Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, December 27, 1999
Pecos boys resume play at Stockton
PECOS, Dec. 27, 1999 -- The Christmas break ends relatively quickly for
the Pecos Eagle boys' basketball team this season, when they resume play
Tuesday afternoon with games in Fort Stockton against the Panthers.
The Eagles face the Panthers in freshman, junior varsity and varsity
games on Tuesday at 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. It's the first meeting of the season
for the two teams and the first of three trips this week for the varsity
to Fort Stockton. They'll play in the Panthers' holiday tournament on Dec.
The Eagles remained winless on the season after last Tuesday's 81-56
loss at Monahans. Most of the Loboes' margin came from a 10-0 run to close
out the first half and a 15-7 run to start the third period, turning a
29-25 advantage into a 54-32 margin.
Hector Rodriguez led Pecos with 18 points, almost all of that from inside
or the foul line, but the Eagles gave the Loboes too many second-chance
baskets in the game, and will face the same problem Tuesday with the Panthers'
The 6-foot-6 senior led Fort Stockton to three narrow wins over the
Eagles last season, and was named to the all-tournament team in Monahans
two weeks ago, when the Panthers won the consolation title. He scored 21
points in a 48-45 opening round loss to Pecos' District 2-4A rival, El
Paso Mountain View, then put in 23 in a 63-34 win over Alpine.
The Panthers' other post, Nathan Sawyer, had 17 in their 48-46 consolation
win over El Paso Austin. Pecos lost to Alpine and Austin in consolation
play at Monahans.
The Eagles and Panthers could meet again later this week, in the second
round of the Fort Stockton New Year's Tournament. Pecos opens with a 4:30
p.m. game against Kermit New Year's Eve, and will face either the Panthers
or McCamey late New Year's Day morning.
Pecos' girls are off until Thursday, when they travel to Sweetwater.
The girls also are looking for their first win of the 1999-2000 season.
Cowboys get late Christmas present
IRVING, Texas, Dec. 27, 1999 (AP) - Despite a 7-8 record after Friday's
loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Dallas Cowboys can clinch a playoff
berth with a win in their final regular-season game Sunday against the
New York Giants.
The Washington Redskins, who had already secured a playoff position,
clinched the NFC East title with a 26-20 overtime victory Sunday night
against the San Francisco 49ers.
A win over the Giants would give the Cowboys a wild card berth in the
playoffs because they would have a better conference record than Green
Bay and Carolina, regardless of the outcomes of their games.
Dallas coach Chan Gailey said after Friday's 31-24 loss to the Saints
that he had little hope his team would make the playoffs.
"There may be a miraculous way but I don't think so. If that's the case,
that'd be great, but at this point I'm thinking we won't," Gailey said.
"You deserve to go if you have the record to go. You don't deserve to go
if you don't have the record to go. We go by the rules, we don't make them.
I'd love to have a shot."
Three other teams - Carolina, Green Bay and the New York Giants - also
have 7-8 records and shots at the remaining wild card slot.
If the Cowboys beat the Giants, Carolina beats New Orleans and Green
Bay beats Arizona, the three teams will end up tied with overall records
The Cowboys would then go to the playoffs because they would have the
best conference record at 7-5. The other two teams would end up with NFC
records of 6-6.
If the Cowboys and Packers both win Sunday and Carolina loses, the Cowboys
still would go to the playoffs because the Cowboys beat the Packers this
If the Cowboys and Panthers win and Green Bay loses, the Cowboys still
go. The Cowboys and Panthers did not face each other this season.
Minnesota clinched a playoff berth with their 34-17 win over the New
York Giants, while Washington won the NFC East title by beating San Francisco
in overtime. Detroit also made the playoffs thanks to Minnesota's win,
despite their 17-7 loss to Denver on Christmas Day.
Tampa Bay is headed for the playoffs, too, joining previous qualifiers
Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee and St. Louis.
As for the rest of the 12 postseason berths, well, don't ask.
But since you did:
-Buffalo, Miami, Seattle and Kansas City are battling for three spots
in the AFC.
At the top of the AFC, the Colts improved to 13-2 Sunday and assured
the biggest turnaround in NFL history - they were 3-13 last season - by
edging Cleveland 29-28. That also tied AFC East champion Indianapolis with
Jacksonville for the conference's best record with one week to go.
The Jaguars had their 11-game winning streak snapped with their second
loss this season to Tennessee. The Titans (12-3) got five touchdown passes
from Steve McNair in a 41-14 victory. They would win the Central if they
beat Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati takes Jacksonville next Sunday.
In the West, Seattle ended a four-game skid with a 23-14 home victory
against Kansas City, which had won four in a row. They are tied atop the
division at 9-6, but the Seahawks win the crown if they beat the Jets in
a road finale. Kansas City is home for Oakland.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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