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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, August 4, 1999
Eagles volleyball team begins workouts
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Aug. 4, 1999 -- Practice began early this morning for the 1999
Pecos Eagles' volleyball team, and coach Becky Granado said it's going
to be going on for a while today for her junior and senior players.
"We'll be back at 11 o'clock to work on fundamentals," Granado said
near the end of the team's 7 a.m. practice. "I have to work in the workouts
around the (school) orientation sessions. We're going to come back at night
and work on team offense and defense."
All 15 players 11th and 12th graders showed up today, though one had
to sit out due to an unreturned physical form. The rest go in a lot of
running by the time the early morning session came to an end.
"We've been out here since 7, and all we've been doing is conditioning,
so they're dragging by now," Granado said at about 8:30 a.m. "They looked
much better at 7:30 this morning than they did at 8:30."
"We ran the mile this morning and half of them ran it in under eight
minutes and none of them were over 10, so it looks like they've been working
out," during the off-season, the Eagles' coach added.
Half of the Eagles practicing today were members of last year's varsity
squad that won the District 2-4A title with a 9-1 record, but who were
defeated be eventual state champion Dumas in the area round of the Class
4A state playoffs, 15-6, 15-5.
The Eagles did get to see how much they need to improve to have a shot
at winning the state title in that defeat. Pecos had problems handling
Dumas' more complex offense that day, and also had trouble with the Demonettes'
height advantage. However, Granado hopes this year's team have less problems
up front blocking on defense.
"We should be a little bit taller with D'Andra (Ortega) and Crystal
(Garcia)," Granado said. They'll join junior Philonicus Fobbs, who figures
to take over from Sherrie Mosby as Pecos' No. 1 hitter and blocker this
"Alexa (Marquez) can also get up there, so we'll have a little bit more
height than we normally do," she added.
Fobbs was a first team all-district pick last season, while senior Amy
Chabarria earned honorable mention at setter in 1998.
Practice also was set to begin today for Pecos' sophomore and freshmen
players. "We've got about 13 sophomores, and we had 18 or 19 freshmen pick
up their workout clothes yesterday, compared to 60 girls who signed up,
so we'll see how many show up today," Granado said.
The Eagles will have eight days of workouts before their first scrimmage,
on Aug. 13 at home against Wink, Fort Davis and Grandfalls. "We'll go to
Monahans on Saturday (Aug. 14) and I know we'll face Monahans, Permian
and maybe someone else," Granado said, while regular season play opens
on Aug. 17 against Alpine and Odessa High in Odessa.
Pecos women claim ladies River Cup title
PECOS, Aug. 4, 1999 -- Pecos came out on top in the third annual Ladies'
Pecos River Cup, held July 24-25 at the Reeves County Golf Course, scoring
an 8 1/2 to 6 1/2 victory over Monahans.
"It was came down to the last hole and the last shot where Kella (Taylor)
sank her putt," said team member Robin Land, as Monahans came back from
a 6-3 deficit on the final day, when the individual matches were held.
Taylor clinched the win with a victory on the 18th hole over Monahans'
Louise Cassell got Pecos' other victory on the final day of play, winning
on the 17th hole over Foydell Mitchell, while Jamie Windham and Becky Hix
tied for the match's split point.
Pecos won two of three matches each in the alternate shot, low ball
and scramble competitions over nine holes on Saturday.
In the alternate shot event, Tina Hendrick and Becky Perkins won on
nine by one stroke over Mitchell and Hix, while Land and Cassell won by
two strokes in eight holes over Carita Bandel and Saundra Martin. Monahans'
win came from Maxey and Carla Claburn, who won by three shots on the seventh
hole over Taylor and Windham.
In low ball play, Windham and Hendrick beat Maxey and Hix on the ninth
hole, while the other two matches -- Land and Taylor winning over Bandel
and Claburn and Perkins and Cassell losing to Mitchell and Martin -- were
decided on the seventh hole of play.
All three matches in the scramble were decided on the ninth hole, with
Pecos getting its wins from Land and Windham over Mitchell and Claburn,
and Hendrick and Cassell over Maxey and Martin. Taylor and Perkins were
beaten by Bandel and Hix.
Monahans' three wins on Sunday came from Martin, who beat Land on the
17th hole, Bandel, who defeated Hendrick on the 17th, and Claburn, who
beat Perkins on the 11th hole.
Pecos now leads the three-year-old series by a 2-1 score. The men's
Pecos River Cup competition will take place this fall.
Jones says Deion out until late September
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
WICHITA FALLS, Aug. 4, 1999 -- Deion Sanders will not return
to the Dallas Cowboys until September, and even that may be a bit optimistic,
team owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday.
``I know we won't see him in a preseason game,'' Jones said, confirming
for the first time what had long been suspected.
Sanders is in training camp but not practicing with the team as he rehabilitates
his left big toe. He underwent surgery to fix an extreme case of turf toe
There had been no estimate of when the All-Pro cornerback might suit
up until Tuesday, when Jones said: ``I see him really trying to push himself
sometime in September.''
However, Jones also noted that if Sanders sits for all of September,
he would miss only two games because Dallas has an early bye-week. The
Cowboys' third game is Oct. 3 against division rival Arizona in Texas Stadium.
``We only play two games in September,'' said Jones. ``We could let
him do some football activities all of that month and see if he can play
after that. If he only misses two games, I'd say we hit a home run.''
Sanders' injury kept him out of five games last year and limited him
in two others. The Cowboys were 8-3 in games he played and 2-3 without
him. He returned for the first-round playoff loss to the Cardinals and
played in the Pro Bowl, but was still in pain two months later and opted
Missing training camp and preseason games is nothing new for Sanders,
who earlier in his career didn't start playing football until he finished
the major league baseball season.
Jones said he doesn't expect the layoff to be a problem.
``Other than his rehabilitation on his toe, Deion is going to be in
football shape by September,'' Jones said. ``We're not going to push anything
anyway. It's going to have to be obvious to himself and to everybody that
he cannot in any way be compromised.''
Meanwhile, the Cowboys have added former NFL Europe offensive lineman
Ben Fricke and Chad Bates to fill in for several players out with injuries.
``I don't think there are any unrealistic expectations,'' coach Chan
Gailey said Tuesday. ``But at the same time I don't want them to feel like
they're camp fodder.''
Dallas was thin on blockers for Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith because
of injuries on three straight days to Tony Hutson, Mike Kiselak and Earl
Scott. Hutson and Kiselak filled in at first-team right guard while Everett
McIver recovered from knee surgery.
The Cowboys learned Tuesday that Kiselak, a crucial backup because he
plays guard and center, will be out for the season. An arthroscopic exam
found ``very extensive damage,'' Jones said.
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