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Tuesday, November 23, 1999
Eagles, Prowlers seeking first victory
PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles and Fort Stockton Prowlers didn't
have much else last year, but they did have each other.
Tonight at the Pecos High School gym, the Eagles and Prowlers again
will be looking to get a (so far) rare victory over their nearby rival,
when Pecos hosts Fort Stockton starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Eagles and Prowlers combined for just eight wins last season, with
both teams getting half their four victories against each other. This season,
both Pecos and Fort Stockton have dropped their first two games of the
season, with the latest setbacks coming on Friday and Saturday. Pecos lost
at home to Stanton by a 70-34 score, while Fort Stockton was beaten at
Reagan County, by a 61-41 margin.
The Prowlers were in their game longer than the Eagles were, as they
trailed Reagan County by only a 23-21 margin at halftime, before the Owls
went on a 22-9 run in the third period.
"I head they had a couple of girls move in from Ozona, so they should
be better," said Eagles coach Brian Williams, who is hoping for a better
effort out of his squad tonight.
The Eagles were outscored 21-8 in the opening period by Stanton, which
cruised to victory after a 21-point loss in their opener to Ozona. Williams
said the Eagles hit just 13 of 46 2-point shots Saturday and only 1-of-9
from 3-point range, to go along with 46 turnovers.
Swimmers again get 1st, 4th in meet
PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles changed locations but kept the
same spots in the final standings this past Saturday, at the Monahans Invitational
Pecos' boys, winners of their own invitational a week earlier, captured
their fifth meet in five tries this season, taking first place with 322
points, 116 ahead of second place Andrews. Meanwhile, Monahans' girls won
their division title over Carlsbad for the second week in a row, this time
by a 258-206 margin, and the Eagle girls ended up fourth for the second
straight week, with 151 points.
"They did pretty good. A lot of people cut their times there," Eagles'
coach Terri Morse said. "They seemed to swim pretty well and there were
no disqualifications, which I was pleased with. We still have some work
to do but it's starting to come together."
Pecos' girls were the ones disqualified last week, in the 200 medley
relay. They got through that race untouched this week and finished third,
the same spot they finished in to close out the meet, in the 400 freestyle
relay. JoAnn Wein, Kelsey Flores, Briar Prewit and Lauren Wein swam both
the medley relay and 400 free relay, while Rachelle Eisenberg, Victoria
Gomez, Misty Cason and Prewit made up the 200 free relay team, which placed
The girls' only `B' relay team, of Gomez, Cason, Eisenberg and Tina
Grice, finished 12th in the 400 free relay.
Individually, Flores had the girls; best finish of the day, placing
second in the 100 yard breaststroke, and also picked up a third place medal
in the 200 individual medley. JoAnn Wein won third place in the 100 yard
backstroke, and she was seventh, Gomez 10th and Grice 11th
in the 100 butterfly; Lauren Wein, Prewit and Grice were fifth, seventh
and 16th in the 200 freestyle, while Wein also was sixth in
the 500 free; Gomez was 16th, Cason 26th and Rebecca
Reynolds was 37th in the 500 freestyle; and Eisenberg was 13th
and Cason 24th in the 200 free.
The boys benefited from the return of senior Kevin Bates, who missed
the Pecos Invitational after injuring his shoulder in the Eagles' final
two football games of the season. Bates won the 50 yard freestyle with
a 22.74 time and took the 100 free in 50.82.
"Kevin did well. He cut his times from his last meet and his shoulder
didn't seem to bother him, so that's good news," Morse said.
Cortney Freeman was sixth, Craig Wein 17th, Clayton Cox 22nd
and Leroy Rodriguez 24th in the 50 free, while Freeman also
placed sixth in the 100 free, with Luis Nieto eighth and Gary Garcia 20th.
Tye Edwards got the Eagles' other individual wins, taking the 100 yard
butterfly in 59.54 and the 100 backstroke with a 59.08 time. Nieto finished
fifth in the backstroke, and Jason Lopez was fourth and Cox 10th
in the 100 fly.
In the 200 freestyle, Randall Reynolds placed second, Patrick McChesney
fifth and Mike Howard 13th, while Reynolds, McChensney and Howard
were third, fifth and seventh in the 500 free. Grant Holland picked up
third place in the 200 medley, while Lopez was third, Holland fourth, Wein
10th and Garcia 11th in the 100 breaststroke.
In Friday's 1-meter diving competition, Scott Pounds finished fourth,
Wesley Roberts was 11th and Rodriguez placed 13th.
The boys also won two of the three relays on Saturday. Edwards, Lopez,
Bates and Freeman took the 200 medley with a 1:46.99 time, and Edwards,
Reynolds, Holland and Bates won the 400 free with a 3:37.67 time, 16 seconds
ahead of second place Andrews.
In the 200 free relay, Pounds, Nieto, Holland and Freeman earned third
place, with the `B' relay team of Howard, Cox, Rodriguez and Wein finishing
seventh. Pounds, Lopez, Cox and McChesney were fifth in the 400 free relay,
while Nieto, Reynolds, McChesney and Pounds also took fifth in the 200
Andrews beat out Carlsbad by two points for second in the boys division,
with Monahans fourth with 154 points,Pampa fifth with 106 and Odessa Permian
sixth with 87. On the girls' side, El Paso Americas beat out the Eagles
for third, with 164 points, while Abilene Wylie was fifth with 137 points
and Pampa sixth with 107.The Eagles get Thanksgiving off, then get a rare
mid-week meet the first Thursday of December, at the Border Invitational
in El Paso.
Graham captures first in Midland tennis
PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 -- Eighth grader Trent Graham took first place recently
in the BWM Boys Championship Level Tennis Tournament in Midland.
Graham, who won several tournaments playing for Zavala Middle School
this past season, qualified for the championship level event earlier this
year by reaching the finals in tournament play at El Paso.
Graham took the Pecos Black Gold Tournament and the Monahans Sandhills
Invitational Tournament earlier this year, along with the Odessa Highway
80 and the Midland TAM Tournaments over the summer. He placed second in
the Midland Open and Big Lake Black Gold tourneys and advanced to the semifinals
of the El Paso Open.
Tech talking with Clemson assistant
LUBBOCK, Nov. 23, 1999 (AP) - Texas Tech officials began the process of
replacing head football coach Spike Dykes by interviewing Clemson offensive
coordinator Rich Rodriguez in Dallas.
Rodriguez, 36, reportedly flew to Dallas on Monday, likely for a preliminary
meeting with Tech officials, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,
who quoted a source close to Rodriguez.
Tech athletic director Gerald Myers is leading the search for a new
coach, but declined to reveal his whereabouts on Sunday and Monday. Dykes
resigned Saturday after a 38-28 victory over Oklahoma that ended his 13th
season with a 6-5 record.
Tech chancellor John Montford was in Iowa Sunday on an unrelated matter
and said it "could be" Tech offficials met with Rodriguez on Monday, according
to the newspaper.
"I imagine there will be 10 or 12 candidates," Montford said. "The feeling
is to go after the best prospects in the country, but I don't think there's
an official list yet."
Rodriguez, who served as the offensive coordinator at Tulane from 1997-98,
is one of three candidates contacted by Tech so far. The others are Oklahoma
offensive coordinator Mike Leach, 38, and Southern Mississippi head coach
Jeff Bower, 46.
Bower told the newspaper on Sunday that he was contacted by Tech but
is not interested.
"I'm flattered," Bower said. "But my best interest is in this program
here. I am not a candidate for the position."
Leach could not be reached for comment. He checked out of his hotel
in Lubbock after Saturday's loss to the Red Raiders.
By state law, Tech must keep the head coaching position open to all
applicants for at least 10 days after posting it for the first time on
Monday. Myers said that anybody is welcome to apply, including current
assistants under Dykes.
Tech defensive coordinator John Goodner aspires to be a head coach but
said he isn't sure about his future at Tech.
"I haven't been contacted about it, so I think that would not be a possibility,"
said Goodner, an assistant at Tech since 1993. "At this time, I'm just
trying to get my resume in shape."
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