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Tuesday, September 28, 1999

Pecos  runners  4th at Big Spring

PECOS, Sept. 28, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagle boys cross country team placed fourth this past Saturday in their second meet of the season, the Big Country Jamboree at Big Spring.

"We did a little better," than at the opening meet in Carlsbad, coach Rudy Jurado said. Pecos finished with 101 points in the meet, won by Odessa High with 16 points. Big Spring (63 points) and Midland Lee (95) were next, while Monahans (103) and Midland High (145) trailed the Eagles. Other schools entered did not have enough runners for a team score.

Jacob Mora had the best time for Pecos, a 19:49.05 that put him in 24th place, 2:25 behind winner Disraeli Arnold of Odessa High. "Jacob did better, but we need to begin trimming down gradually from 19 minutes to 18, and he needs to hit 17 in order to do something in district," Jurado said.

After Mora for Pecos, Michael Howard was 27th with a 20:12 time, Jason Sanchez was 29th with a 20:36 time, Nolan Blount was 30th with a 20:37 time, Abel Lopez was 37th in 21:18, Leroy Rodriguez was 51st (exact time unavailable) and Mark Gomez was 56th with a 26:46 time.

Jurado said the only girl running for Pecos, Shiloh Martin, competed in the meet's junior varsity division.

"We've got one other runner, Jenny Alvarez. She'll run in two weeks (at Ozona) for the first time," Jurado said. "She stands a real good chance at district, but because of outside activities, she hasn't been able to make any of the events so far."
 

Road swing finally ends for Eagles

PECOS, Sept. 28, 1999 -- After one month and 10 straight matches on the road, the Pecos Eagles finally get to play at home tonight, where a win would be a step towards avoiding another long road trip in late October.

The Eagles face the Crane Golden Cranes at about 6:45 tonight at the Pecos High School gym. It's the Eagles' first home match since Aug. 28, when they placed fifth in their own Cantaloupe Classic Tournament.

The Eagles posted a 7-3 record during their month away from home, along with one "no decision" this past Saturday at El Paso Mountain View. The Eagles made the 195-mile trip to El Paso, only to find there were no referees for their match with the Lobos.

"If it's going to affect the final standings, we'll go back up there," Eagles' coach Becky Granado said. The trip would be after the final regular season match, in late October.

Pecos can take a step towards avoiding that trip with a win over Clint tonight. The Lions lead the district race with a 2-0 record, a game up on both Pecos and Mountain View thanks to Saturday's postponement.

Pecos already owns a victory over the Lions this season, in the third place match of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament. The Eagles won by 15-4, 15-9 scores, but relied more on serves than hitting to get the victory. They jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first game, and held on in the second when Clint couldn't get their serves in bounds after come up with a number of kills on Pecos.

Polly Wagner, Michelle Tullius, Collanne Bramblett and Marissa Arnold were the Lions' main hitters in that match; one of only three Clint has lost this season in 15 matches.

Granado said play opens this afternoon with the freshman match at 4:30 p.m., followed by the junior varsity at 5:30 p.m.

Mom links Underwood's actions to cult

By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
Associated Press Writer
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 28, 1999 Dimitrius Underwood's mother claims her son's apparent suicide attempt and his recent erratic behavior have been influenced by a "cult that's posing as a church."

Underwood, a defensive end from Michigan State who walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract with Minnesota, only to resurface in Miami, slashed his own neck Sunday and was found bleeding on a Lansing street, police said Monday.

"He was somewhat despondent," police spokesman Lt. Ray Hall said. "He was upset, physically upset."

Before she left Monday for Lansing from her Philadelphia home, Underwood's mother, Eileen Underwood, said she wanted to speak out against "a cult that's posing as a church," which Underwood began attending while he was at Michigan State.

"There are controlling spirits in there," Eileen Underwood, an ordained minister, told The Miami Herald. "I visited one time and the pastor was talking about if a young man and woman in the church are dating and then they break up, he won't let them date anyone else for six months.

"That's not in the Bible. I know the Bible. That's just someone trying to control people. It's a den of witches sitting up in there."

Eileen Underwood declined to name the church, but said she might take legal action against it.

Underwood's sister, Andrea Underwood, said one member of the church who recruited Dimitrius Underwood always seems to be around when Underwood acts in a bizarre manner.

Underwood was the Minnesota Vikings' second first-round draft pick in April, but left training camp after one day, saying he could not resolve the conflict between playing football and serving God.
 
 



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