Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, October 15, 1999
Pecos' title hopes depend on win at Clint
PECOS, Oct. 15, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles volleyball team's home court problems
have been offset by their success on the road over 1½ seasons of
District 2-4A play.
That record, and the Eagles' hopes for a second straight district title,
will be put to the test on Saturday, when they travel to Clint to face
the Lions, in a 3:30 p.m. CDT start.
Pecos won the district title a year ago after an opening loss at home
to Fabens, scoring a three-game victory on the Wildcats' court as part
of a 5-0 record on the road. This year, the Eagles are 2-0 away from Pecos,
taking both matches in two games, while struggling in all four of their
home matches, including last month's 10-15, 15-12, 15-13 loss at home to
Pecos has won their last three matches at home, but all have gone the
distance, including Tuesday's 15-12, 14-16, 15-10 victory over El Paso
Mountain View. They also own a 15-4, 15-9 non-district win over Clint,
at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.
If we play like we did tonight we won't win," Granado said. "We seem
to play at everybody else's level, so it's going to be tough."
Even in their loss to Pecos, Clint was able to hit the ball harder than
the Eagles, but suffered from problems both with their own serves and in
handling serves by Pecos. They cut down on those mistakes in their win
last month, with Denise Duran, Polly Wagner and Collanne Bramblett coming
up with key spikes at the end of the final two games.
With a 7-0 district record, Clint has already clinched a post-season
berth, and a win Saturday would lock up the District 2-4A title. Pecos
can clinch a playoff spot with a win, and possibly earn themselves back-to-back
trips to Van Horn later this month, to make up their canceled Sept. 25
game at Mountain View and for a first place playoff wit the Lions.
Eagles lose to Mustang, Crane teams
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Oct. 15, 1999 -- It was a winless night for the Pecos Eagles
sub-varsity football teams on Thursday. The freshmen were beaten in the
closing seconds of their game by the Crane Golden Cranes, 33-32, while
the seventh and eighth grade teams were defeated by the Andrews Mustangs.
Pecos' junior varsity team was idle Thursday.
Playing at home, the seventh grade `A' team fell to Andrews, 29-8, while
the `B' team dropped a 24-6 decision. Meanwhile, the eighth grade `A' team
dropped a 50-0 decision in Andrews, while the `B' team was also routed
by the Mustangs, 64-0.
The freshmen didn't have the end game luck either with the final score
or with the officials that the varsity did last week in Fabens. Crane won
on a five-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 10 seconds left, after
Pecos had gone in front early in the final period by a 32-20 score.
The ninth graders were flagged for two personal foul penalties in the
final 2:20, which helped set up Crane's winning score, while a missed holding
call on a sweep down to the five yard line with 29 seconds left also cost
Pecos led three times in the game, while Crane held a 14-8 lead before
the Eagles got a tying TD just prior to halftime.
Jason Carrillo had touchdown runs of 35, 58 and six yards in the second
half, while David Elkins caught an eight-yard TD pass from Ruvel Carrasco
and Matthew Levario caught one from Freddie Torres for a 15-yard TD in
the first half.
The seventh grade teams got their scores on long runs _ the `B' team
on a 60 yarder by David Ramirez and the `A' team on a run from 55 yards
out by Adam Ybarra.
Up in Andrews the Eagles had a scare bigger than the final scores, when
`B' team player Isaiah Juarez suffered a neck injury in the third period
of that game. He was taken Permian General Hospital for X-rays, which appeared
to be negative.
"Right now it looks like a bruised neck," coach Rudy Jurado said. "They
did a CAT scan and they're supposed to give us the results this morning."
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Pecos' varsity takes on the El Paso Mountain View
Loboes in the second district game for both teams. The Eagles are 1-0 after
their 6-0 overtime victory at Fabens last Friday, while Mountain View is
0-1 following their 34-20 defeat at San Elizario.
The Eagles should get offensive lineman Orlando Lara back this week,
after he missed the Fabens game with a back injury. "We'll play it by ear
with him," said coach Gary Grubbs. "I don't think we'll have anybody going
two-ways. The only ones might be (Kevin) Bates and (Jayson) Payne, the
ones we run at receiver."
Pecos' next opponent, Clint, plays at Fabens tonight, while Canutillo
goes against San Elizario in a battle of the other two 1-0 teams in District
San Elizario (1-0 district, 4-2 season) at Canutillo
(1-0, 1-5): What's this? A game in which two district teams other than
Pecos spend most of their time running the ball? Based on last week's results
it could happen tonight when the two other Eagle teams in 2-4A meet.
Canutillo kept the ball out of Clint's hands much of the
night, running the ball 54 times for 388 yards, out of 417 overall yards
in their 27-21 win. Pete Terrazas had 171 yards and Gilbert Gonzales ran
for 118 and also added a game-winning punt return for a score.
San Eli was a little more balanced _ they gained 409 yards
against Mountain View, with a mere 288 of that on the ground. Quarterback
Mike Perez took the early lead for district MVP on offense, running and
passing for over 230 yards, while Mike Tapia also had a big night running
the ball for the Eagles.
Clint (0-1, 3-3) at Fabens (0-1, 3-3): Clint's
running game didn't fall apart when D.J. Shephard quit the team, but it
affected their entire offensive game plan, since all-state receiver Jeremy
Arnold had to become their main running back. Clint still managed three
touchdowns and 300 yards offense last week, but the defense has been surrendering
over 250 yards per game this season rushing, which should be good news
for district-leading rusher Vicente Macias, who ran for 126 yards last
week against Pecos.
Fabens defense doesn't figure to come out in an eight-man
front tonight the way they did against Pecos. The Wildcats' pass defense
wasn't tested much by the Eagles, but made a key mistake in overtime, when
Josh Hernandez interfered with tight end Cesar Coria on a pass over the
middle, setting up the game's only score.
Yankees again score one-run win over Sox
By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 1999 - What drama, these New York Yankees and Boston
Red Sox create.
Bounces and bloops. Moves and counter-moves,
Home runs and near misses.
Only the result remains the same: greatness for New York, painful losses
And so, as the AL championship series heads to Boston today, the Yankees
lead 2 games to 0, on track for their third trip to the World Series in
four seasons following Thursday night's 3-2 win, a game that can be replayed
and analyzed endlessly.
"It was ridiculous. It was nerve-wracking," Tino Martinez said after
watching the top of the eighth, a thriller - or tragedy, depending on your
allegiance - that saw New York manager Joe Torre go through four pitchers,
and Boston manager Jimy Williams exhaust his bench by using three pinch-hitters
and two pinch-runners.
"That's the stuff, you sit home and watch a game and say, `Do this,
do this, do this,' " Torre said.
With their 12th consecutive postseason victory, the World Series champions
tied the record set by the Murderer's Row Yankees of Babe Ruth and Lou
Gehrig who swept the World Series in 1927, '28 and '32.
"It is phenomenal. Obviously, you don't think about a streak that you're
on. You just think about the game that you're playing and managing," Torre
said. "You can't say it's hard to believe because it's happened, but it
is - it's hard to believe. I can't think of anything else to say."
Tension built throughout the chilly night.
Martinez hit a solo homer in the fourth off Ramon Martinez, the brother
of Red Sox star pitcher Pedro Martinez, who starts Game 3 Saturday against
former Boston ace Roger Clemens.
Nomar Garciaparra put the Red Sox ahead in the fifth with a two-run
homer off David Cone, starting for the first time since Oct. 2. To add
intrigue, first base was open at the time and Troy O'Leary, just 2-for-22
in his career against Cone at that point, was on deck.
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