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Thursday, May 27, 1999

P-B-T starts summer athletic programs

PECOS, May 27 -- With school set to come to an end this week, the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah summer recreation programs will get underway next week, with the first registrations planned for Memorial Day morning.

The USA 1-2-3 summer tennis program is scheduled to run in two sessions, with Pecos High School tennis coach Bernadette Ornelas as instructor. The first session will begin Monday, May 31, and run through June 11 at the PHS tennis courts. The second runs from June 14-25. Registration will take place the first day of each session, Ornelas said.

Times for the sessions are 8-8:45 a.m. for boys and girls entering Grades 1-3; 9-9:45 a.m. for Grades 4-6; 10 to 10:45 a.m. for junior high students, and 11 a.m. to 12 noon for high school students. The program is open to all P-B-T students and fees are $5 for one child, $7 for two and $10 for three or more in a family. Racquets will be provided for students who do not own one.

Summer golf will hold registration on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Crockett Middle School Gym, and classes begins on Wednesday with Tina Hendrick as instructor.

They will run and will run Monday through Friday until the end of June. Class time are from 8-8:45 a.m. for Grades 1-3; 9-9:45 a.m. for Grades 6-7; 10-10:45 a.m. for Grades 4-5 and 11 to 11:45 a.m. for eighth through 12th grade students. Fees are the same as for tennis.

Registration for the summer track program is also set for Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to noon in the lobby of the new PHS gym. Practice will begin next Wednesday and run weekdays except Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon through June 25.

Varsity girls track coach Lily Talamantez will be the instructor, and the program is open to students between the ages of 7 and 18. Track meet dates will be in the upcoming days.

Summer volleyball is scheduled to begin Wednesday and run on even-numbered weekdays through July 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Becky Granado will be the instructor for the course and students can sign up the first day they participate. Fees are $5, $8 and $10 per family for one, two or three or more students

A volleyball camp for girls entering seventh grade will be held from 9 a.m. to noon the week of July 12, while the eighth grade camp will be at the same times the week of July 19, and the ninth graders will go the week of July 26.

Volleyball will share the gym with the summer basketball program, beginning Tuesday and running through July 1, with the exception of the week of June 7.

Mike Sadler will be the instructor. Students can sign up during their first day of attendance with a one-time fee of $5.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 12 noon on June 1, 14, 16, 17, 28, 30 and July 1 and 2, from 2-6 p.m. on June 2 and June 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 4, from 1 to 6 p.m. on June 16 and from 2-4 p.m. on June 28 through July 2.

Along with those programs, the PHS field house will be open during the summer for weight lifting, beginning on June 7. Head football coach Gary Grubbs will be the supervisor, and the weight machines will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening, with the exception of July 2.

D-Rays' pitcher breaks arm in Rangers' win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 27 (AP) -- The sound was unmistakeable.

``He threw the pitch, and you could hear a real loud pop,'' said Tampa Bay shortstop Kevin Stocker, of the moment teammate Tony Saunders broke his left arm in the Texas Rangers' 8-6 win over the Devil Rays on Wednesday night.

``You could hear the break real loud. I didn't know if it was just the ball coming out of his hand -- like he was throwing something funny -- or what it was until he went down and started screaming. Then you realized it came from his arm.''

Saunders broke the humerus bone, which runs from the shoulder to the elbow, and will miss the rest of the season. Doctors at Bayfront Medical Center set the bone Wednesday night and a team official said no surgery will be required.

``It will take three-to-four months of healing time,'' Tampa Bay trainer Jamie Reed said. ``We will rehab it and do everyhting we can do to get him ready for next year.''

Saunders was hurt on a 3-2 pitch to Juan Gonzalez. Ball four was a wild pitch, about 10 feet wide of the plate, and scored a run.

``I ran out there to him and just grabbed his other hand and told him to hold onto that and try to relax,'' Tampa Bay catcher John Flaherty said. ``Obviously, the pain was so intense and he said he was feeling a burning in there. Then, his whole arm went numb. After that, it was just being there for him. It's one of the toughest things I've had to go through in my career, seeing that happen. It was just sickening.''

The instant Saunders crumpled to the mound, Wade Boggs thought back to Dave Dravecky.

Dravecky broke the same bone while throwing a pitch for San Francisco in August 1989.

``You could hear it, plain as day,'' said Boggs, who was in the Devil Rays' first-base dugout. ``I remember watching Dravecky on TV and seeing that image. It was the same image when Tony went down. That's about as bad as it gets.''

All of Tampa Bay's infielders, along with manager Larry Rothschild, the training staff and medical personnel immediately rushed to the mound.

``I haven't heard anybody scream like that in a long time,'' Stocker said. ``Tony was in a lot of pain, man.''

The crowd of 17,575 became silent while Sanders writhed on the ground.

Rothschild and Texas manager Johnny Oates knew there was a problem right away.

``I heard a pop in the dugout, a real snap over the crowd noise and everything,'' Oates said. ``It was an eerie feeling.''

Said Rothschild: ``Obviously, you're shocked. It's very rare. To say it wasn't on everybody's mind the rest of the game, I would be lying.''

``It's just one of those things. There's no predicting it,'' he said. ``There is no precursor to it, the doctors said. He threw on the side the other day and it went great. It was one pitch.''

The game was held up ten minutes as Saunders' arm was immobilized. He was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to an ambulance, which took him to Bayfront Medical Center.

Cleveland's John Smiley broke his left humerus while warming up for a game in 1997. Cincinnati's Tom Browning broke his left arm while throwing a pitch in a game in 1994.

``You wonder who else will go down ... what else will happen,'' Devil Rays closer Roberto Hernandez said. ``We all run some risks. That's why every player has got to take the approach that this is only a game.''

Texas swept the three-game series and sent Tampa Bay to its season-high fifth straight loss. Ivan Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 16 games.

Jose Canseco hit his 18th home run for Tampa Bay.

Texas tied it at 3 with three runs in third and scored three more in the fifth.

Roberto Kelly hit a solo home run, Rusty Greer added an RBI single and Luis Alicea scored on Saunders' wild pitch in the third. Rodriguez had an RBI single and Todd Zeile hit a two-run single in the fifth.

Rick Helling (5-5) was pulled in the eighth when Canseco's two-run homer made it 8-5.

Miguel Cairo's RBI single off Tim Crabtree cut the Tampa Bay deficit to two.

Texas closer John Wetteland entered the game and walked Stocker to load the bases with two outs. Wetteland then struck out pinch-hitter Boggs on three pitches for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

Julio Santana (1-4) took the loss. He allowed three runs and three hits -- all coming in the fifth inning -- in 1 1-3 innings.

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