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Monday, December 6, 1999

Border trip gives Morse ideas for regionals

PECOS, Dec. 6, 1999 -- This past Thursday's Border Invitational in El Paso gave at least one Pecos Eagle swimmer something to shoot for come February, when Region I-4A competition is held in Lubbock.

The Eagles won first place by over 250 points in the boys division, going up against the El Paso area's Class 4A and small-5A schools. Pecos took the title with 423½ points to 170½ for El Paso High, while the girls placed second to Alamogordo, N.M. in the meet, with 210 points to the Tigers' 304.

Class 5A El Paso Bel Air was next with 179 points, but it was the 4A schools coach Terri Morse wanted to get a look at.

"I think we've seen everybody in the region now," said Morse. With the creation of the new sub-Class 5A regional and state meets this season, the Eagles have a far better chance to earn trips to Austin than any time in the past. But the qualification rules will remain the same, with only the first place winner in each event earning an automatic berth in the state finals.

The boys didn't hurt their chances on Thursday, as they took all but one of the races in El Paso. The only loss to another 4A swimmer came in the 100-yard butterfly, where Isaac Pepper of El Paso Parkland beat out Tye Edwards.

"It was just a real close thing, they touched, boom-boom, right at the same time," Morse said. "But Tye can beat that guy the next time around. Tye was real turned in, he wasn't rest for the meet."

Parkland was the next 4A school in points after El Paso High with 103 and finished fifth, behind El Paso Austin (168 points) and Alamogordo (114).

Overall, Morse said, "All three relays set (meet) records, Kevin (Bates) set records in the 50 and 100 free and Randall set a record in the 500 free," Morse said. "In fact all three of my swimmers (Reynolds, Grant Holland and Patrick McChesney) finished 1-2-3 and went better than the record."

Reynolds swam a 5:45.21, Holland had a 5:58.37 and McChesney swam a 5:51.29 in the 500 on Thursday. Bates set meet marks with a 22.57 in the 50 free and a 50.17 in the 100 free. In the relays, Edwards, Bates, Jason Lopez and Cortney Freeman won the 200 medley with a 1:46.44 time; Holland, Freeman, Bates and Louis Nieto took the 200 freestyle in 1:36.28 and Edwards, Reynolds, Holland and Scott Pounds won the 400 free with a time of 3:41.86.

McChesney, Lopez, Mike Howard and Clayton Cox ended up second in that race with a 4:01.67 time, while the Eagles' other two `B' team teams _ Nieto, Reynolds, McChensey and Pounds in the 200 medley and Pounds, Cox, Eddie Mata and Craig Wein in the 200 freestyle _ finished fourth.

Holland also won the 200 freestyle with a 2:00.48 time, while Edwards took the 100 backstroke in 59.24 and Lopez won the 100 breaststroke, with a 1:08.72 time. The only other race the Eagles did not win was the 200 individual medley, where Reynolds was beaten out by a Class 5A swimmer for first.

On the girls' side, the Eagles didn't pick up any first place finishes, though they did end up second overall to Alamogordo. "Alamogordo is kind of like Carlsbad. They have a real strong girls team," said Morse.

No other 4A school finished among the points leaders on the girls' side. El Paso Bel Air, Austin and Andress held down the next three spots, with 179, 172 and 144 points.

Sarah Flores and JoAnn Wein had Pecos' best finish individually. Wein placed second in the 200 freestyle, with Lauren Wein fourth, and Flores earned a second in the 100 breaststroke, while Rachelle Eisenberg was third in that race. Lauren Wein was also third in the 500 freestyle, while JoAnn Wein was fifth in the 100 backstroke and Eisenberg finished fifth in the 200 medley.

Flores, Briar Prewit and JoAnn and Lauren Wein also took home second in both the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Eisenberg, Prewit, Victoria Gomez and Misty Cason were fourth in the 200 free relay, and the girls' lone `B' relay team of Gomez, Eisenberg, Cason and Tina Grice, finished sixth.

Other finishes for Pecos included an eighth for Gomez in the 50 free and a ninth in the 100 free; ninths for Grice in both the 100 fly and 500 free; a 14th for Cason in the 50 free and a 19th in the 100 backstroke; a 10th for Ashley Carrasco in the 200 medley and a ninth for Rebecca Reynolds in the 100 breaststroke and a 16th in the 50 free

In other results for the boys, McChensey was third and Howard sixth in the 200 freestyle; Cox was seventh in the 200 medley; Freeman was third, Nieto fifth, Wein ninth and Mata 10th in the 50 free and in the 100 free, Freeman also placed third, with Pounds fifth, Mata 10th, Howard 12th and Trey Edwards 14th. Lopez was fourth and Cox 10th in the 100 fly; Nieto was fifth and Trey Edwards 11th in the 100 backstroke and Wein was 11th and Gary Garcia 13th in the 100 breaststroke.

The Eagles will go back to seeing their usual area opponents this coming Saturday, at the Seminole Invitational. Morse said teams from Carlsbad, Hobbs and Abilene were also expected to be at the meet, the final one for Pecos before the Christmas-New Year’s holidays.

Lee, Permian claim tournament titles

PECOS, Dec. 6, 1999 -- The Midland Lee Rebels and the Odessa Permian Panthers took first place on Saturday in the Pecos JV and Freshmen Girls Basketball Tournaments, with Pecos' JV and ninth place teams both ending up seventh in the eight-team fields.

Both teams also went 1-2 during Friday's 45 minute pool round games. The JV defeated Alpine by a 23-6 final score, then lost to Odessa High, 29-5 and were beaten by Midland High, 24-8. Pecos' freshmen defeated Fort Stockton, 20-13, then lost to OHS, 35-9, and Midland High, 34-4.

On Saturday, the ninth graders had second half scoring problems against Presidio, as an 18-18 halftime tie turned into a 34-22 loss. The Eagles then came away with their second win in two days over Fort Stockton, this time by a 39-30 final score. Tiana Terry and Jamie Moore led Pecos with 15 and 10 points.

The JV was beaten in their consolation semifinal game on Saturday morning by Fort Stockton, 47-43, then came up with their second win in two days over Alpine in the seventh place game, 55-44. Mireya Medrano, one of three varsity sophomores playing on the JV this past weekend, led Pecos with 20 points.

Permian won the ninth grade title with a 36-34 win over crosstown rival Odessa High, and OHS also fell in the championship game of the JV division, losing to Midland Lee, 48-39. Midland High beat Andrews for third place in the freshman division, 38-28, while the Bulldogs fell to Permian for third in the JV bracket, 34-30.

Wink defeated Presidio for the consolation title in the freshman division, 40-22, and Andrews downed Fort Stockton to take JV consolation, 33-15.

The Eagles' varsity was idle on Saturday, but will be at home Tuesday night to face Odessa Permian. Play begins with the JV game at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m. Pecos' boys are off until Thursday, when they face Lubbock High in the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

Title game new to Virginia Tech players

AP Football Writer
NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 1999 -- Florida State's been down this road before, Virginia Tech hasn't. On Sunday, it showed.

"It's going to be a dream come true to step up for that first play against Florida State, a team I never thought I would play," Tech's talented freshman quarterback Michael Vick said after the Bowl Championship Series officially matched the top-ranked Seminoles against the second-ranked Hokies in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.

While the Hokies (11-0) try for their first national championship, the Seminoles (11-0) are back in the title game for the third time in four years. In '96, they lost to Florida in the Sugar Bowl, and last season Tennessee beat the `Noles in the Fiesta Bowl.

"And we ain't happy about that," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "I can remember last year in the locker room. Players were stomping around and crying and everything, but it wasn't three days later when they started saying they want to get back again. We've been beaten the last two times, and we're thankful for another opportunity."

There was no mystery, no intrigue when the final BCS standings were released Sunday. The game everyone expected became a reality when the computers, polls and strengths of schedules agreed that the two teams with perfect records should play for the championship.

Florida State and Virginia Tech also were 1-2 in AP media poll's final regular-season rankings, the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll and in seven of the eight computers used by the BCS.

The last time teams ranked 1-2 with perfect records played in a game that determined the national title was the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, when No. 1 Nebraska beat No. 2 Florida 62-24. The Sugar Bowl marks the 13th time teams ranked 1-2 will play in a bowl game, and the 33rd time No. 1 will play No. 2.

Even No. 3 Nebraska, which dominated Texas 22-6 on Saturday to win the Big 12 title, conceded the Seminoles-Hokies matchup was the right one. The Cornhuskers (11-1) will play No. 6 Tennessee (9-2) in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan 2.

"We'll live with the system," Nebraska coach Frank Solich said.

In the other BCS games, it's No. 5 Alabama (10-2) vs. No. 8 Michigan (9-2) in the Orange Bowl and No. 4 Wisconsin (9-2) vs. No. 22 Stanford (8-3) in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. The payout for each team in a BCS game is about $12.5 million, which is usually split among the conference members.

The Crimson Tide (10-2) beat No. 10 Florida 34-7 Saturday night in the SEC title game to earn their place in the Orange Bowl - their first trip to the game since 1975, when coach Mike DuBose played on the team that lost to Notre Dame 13-11.

The Gators (9-3) will play No. 9 Michigan State (9-2) in the Florida Citrus Bowl, and No. 14 Texas (9-4) was matched against No. 24 Arkansas (7-4) in the Cotton Bowl.

Also, No. 23 Miami's 55-0 win over Temple on Saturday sent the Hurricanes (8-4) to the Gator Bowl against No. 17 Georgia Tech (8-3) on New Year's Day.

Once again, No. 7 Kansas State (10-1) was ignored by the BCS, with the Orange opting for Michigan, rated lower than K-State in the polls and the final BCS standings. Last year, an 11-1 K-State fell all the way to the Alamo Bowl after losing the Big 12 title game.

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