Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, November 10, 1999
Pecos boys 4th in El Paso tourney
PECOS, Nov. 10, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagle boys’ golf team placed fourth in
a field of - teams this past weekend, during tournament play at Fort Bliss
in El Paso.
“We were just two shots out of third and three shots out of second,
so we nearly got a trophy,” said coach Kim Anderson, who added that No.
1 golfer Michael Baca did pick up medallist honors for the 36-hole tournament,
with a two-day score of 80-81-161 on the Underwood Golf Complex course.
El Paso Irvin won the tournament with a 353-358-711 score, followed
by El Paso Americas at 360-364-724, El Paso Montwood at 355-370-725 and
the Eagles, with a 369-358-727 total.
After Baca’s 161 total, Clay McKinney shot a 94-93-187, Jack Stickles
had a 97-93-190, Trey Perkins had a 98-93-189 and Daniel Munoz shot a 122-116-238.
Anderson said this was the third and final tournament on the fall schedule
for Pecos, after trips to Las Cruces and Santa Teresa, N.M. in September
and October. “We improved at every tournament,” said Anderson, who will
add a few players from football and swimming when the spring season starts
“I probably only have one or two varsity players. The rest will be playing
on the JV,” in the fall season, Anderson said. Pecos sent both its A (varsity)
and B (junior varsity) teams to the Region I-4A tournament this past spring.
Pecos’ girls completed their fall varsity season late last month,
also with a tournament at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Like the boys, the girls
will be hoping to send both their ‘A’ and `B’ teams to regional competition
for the second year in a row, when District 2-4A tournament play is held
in early April.
Eagle hoop squads open seasons Tuesday
PECOS, Nov. 10, 1999 -- Basketball season opens next Tuesday at home for
both the Pecos Eagle boys and girls basketball teams, and both teams will
spent much of the opening month of the 1999-2000 on their own court.
Pecos' girls, who will scrimmage at Odessa Permian on Saturday, host
Alpine in the first of four straight home games to begin the season. The
Eagle boys will play their first two regular season games at home, starting
with Monahans followed three days later by a match-up against the Odessa
High Bronchos. Next Tuesday's varsity games will start at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Both Eagle teams will be hoping to improve on last season's record _
the boys posted a 10-19 season record and were 2-8 in District 2-4A following
a 2-2 start, while the girls went 1-9 in district a year ago, and were
Coach Brian Williams' girls will again play several games against their
former District 4-4A rivals. They'll host Fort Stockton and Andrews on
Nov. 23 and Nov. 27, and will also have games on the Prowlers and Mustangs'
home courts, along with a Dec. 30 game at Sweetwater, which is ranked in
the Class 4A Top 20 and is favored to win the District 5-4A title this
New boys coach Tino Acosta has two trips to Fort Stockton on his schedule,
a single game on Jan. 7 to close out pre-district play, after the Eagles
close out 1999 and open 2000 with tournament play there on Dec. 31 and
District 2-4A play opens for the boys with a Jan. 14 game at Fabens.
As was the case last season, the district schedule has been reworked to
avoid long weeknight trips for the Eagles, who'll play all their district
road games on Friday nights, starting at 8:30 p.m. CST.
Pecos girls will begin their 2-4A schedule a week earlier, on Jan. 7
at El Paso Mountain View. The girls and boys will have eight doubleheader
games in district play, beginning on Jan. 14 in Fabens, and concluding
with the girls' final regular season game, on Feb. 8 at home against San
Elizario. Girls' varsity games will start at 6 p.m. in Pecos, and 7 p.m.
CST on the road.
The girls have just one tournament on their varsity schedule this season,
Dec. 9-11 in Monahans, with the freshmen and junior varsity teams host
their own tournament on Dec. 3-4. The boys will also go to the Sandhills
Tournament, along with their New Year's trip to Fort Stockton.
Agent could urge retirement for Aikman
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Nov. 10, 1999 - Troy Aikman better get ready. It's almost
time for Leigh Steinberg to give him "The Speech."
After suffering two serious head injuries in eight days, the Dallas
Cowboys quarterback has undergone a battery of tests to determine whether
any brain damage has been done and, if so, how bad it is.
Should doctors discover find anything wrong, Steinberg won't hesitate
to tell Aikman to retire. It may not even take that much for the agent
to tell his top client enough's enough.
"That's a discussion for later in the week," Steinberg said Tuesday.
"We'll just have to see how he does, how he progresses."
Cowboys coach Chan Gailey said Aikman has not yet been ruled out of
Sunday's game against Green Bay. Steinberg, however, said: "It doesn't
strike me as being a huge probability that he'd play after suffering two
head injuries in eight days."
Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin will miss the Packers game. Should Aikman
also sit, it would be the first time since Smith joined the league in 1990
- a span of 152 regular-season games - that none of Dallas' so-called triplets
are in the lineup.
Gailey said he assumes Aikman will be out only a week, but Steinberg
said it's too soon to know. He said Aikman was still having side effects
Tuesday when he underwent a diagnostic exam and an MRI.
Aikman's sixth concussion of his 11-year career came Monday night when
Jerry Ball sacked him in Dallas' 27-17 loss to Minnesota.
It actually might have been Aikman's seventh concussion, considering
how woozy he was after Jeff Burris hit him the previous Sunday against
Indianapolis. Aikman briefly returned to that game and the team never labeled
it a concussion.
What's most worrisome is that Ball didn't hit Aikman as hard as Burris
did, yet Aikman felt much worse after Ball's blow.
"I'm sure the previous week had something to do with it," Gailey said.
"When he went down his head did hit the turf, but it wasn't as big a lick
as the week before."
Roger Staubach's career as a Cowboy ended under similar circumstances.
Concussions were happening more easily and lasting longer. He decided on
his own it no longer was worth the risk.
A generation later, Steinberg gives his clients - many of whom are the
game's top quarterbacks - the same advice. The essence of The Speech is
to walk away while healthy enough to enjoy their millions.
Steinberg has studied the topic more than many doctors have. He's also
organized three concussion seminars, including one Aikman attended three
Through his research, Steinberg has come to a sobering conclusion: Time
is the only way to determine truly the severity of a concussion or its
long-term effects, and by then it's usually too late to do anything about
"The brain is the last frontier of medical research," Steinberg said.
"Compared to hips and other joints, what we know is medieval and primitive."
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