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August 30, 1996

Eagles sweep Jackets in tournament opener

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 29 - The Pecos Eagles opened pool round play in the 11th
Annual Cantaloupe Classic by taking a pair of games over defending
tournament champion Kermit this morning at the Pecos High School gym.
The Eagles struggled at the start of both games before pulling away for
15-9, 15-10 (11-5, 11-6) victories. They were scheduled to face El Paso
Bowie, runner-up at last weekend's Monahans Sandhills Tournament, at
12:20 p.m. today, and closed out pool round action with a 4 p.m. matchup
against El Paso Jesus Chapel.
The Jackets have struggled in the first 10 days of the season, after
graduating all-state hitter Irma Cobos this past May. And even though
Kermit maintained a height advantage over Pecos, the Jackets didn't use
any front line blockers after the early going.
"I would think so," Eagles' coach Nora Geron said, referring to playing
5-10 senior Yves Barta and 5-10 sophomore Macy Walker up on the net,
"But they didn't."
It gave Pecos a chance to get off some open kills, and they took
advantage. Junior Lori Marquez led the way, while Gail Taylor, LaCrisha
Molinar, Ivy Thorp and Shirhonda Bell all put down some spikes, most of
them uncontested.
"We've got several girls who can put the ball on the floor. They just
need to start doing it," Geron said.
Taylor had a pair of early kills against blockers, the first wiping out
Kermit's only lead of the opening game, at 5-4, and the second putting
Pecos ahead to stay at 7-6. In the second game, some errors by the
Jackets helped the Eagles finally take control, after Pecos had problems
of their own with their sets.
"We're still working on our setters, but we're doing better than we
were," the Eagles' coach said. "We're progressing slowly, but we're
getting better."
Molinar wound up handling the setter's job at the end, while Marquez
scores points off the couple of kills in Game 2, finishing things off by
putting down a Kermit overset.
Along with the varsity, play also opened today for the Eagles' junior
varsity team, in their two-day tournament, while the Eagles' freshman
teams opened play Thursday afternoon in their bracket.
Both freshman teams split their six pool matches on Thursday, which
turned out to be better for the Eagles' purple team than it was for the
gold squad.
The purple team swept Alpine, 15-12, 15-8, lost to Fort Stockton, 15-11,
15-14, and split with Crane, 15-13, 11-15, but beat out the Golden
Cranes for the second spot in the championship bracket by allowing just
78 points in their six games to 81 for the Cranes.
The Eagles' gold team swept two games from Monahans 15-13, 15-13, split
two with Andrews, 15-11, 11-15, and lost two against Greenwood, 15-4,
15-8. That allowed the Rangers, who went 5-1 in pool play, and the
Mustangs, 4-2, to reach the championship round.
Pecos' purple team will face Greenwood in the semifinals, at 12 noon
Saturday in the Zavala Middle School gym. Andrews faces Fort Stockton in
the other semifinal match. The Eagles' gold team will take on Alpine in
their consolation semifinal contest, starting at 10 a.m. in the Zavala
JV play begins at 9 and 11 a.m. on Saturday in the old gym, and both
divisions have their title matches set for 4 p.m. In the varsity
division, consolation semifinals start things off on Saturday at 8 a.m.,
while the championship bracket begins play at 10 a.m. The tournament
championship match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Continued rains in area to hamper dove hunters

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PECOS, Aug. 29 - Dove hunters will be waiting for sunrise on Sunday to
arrive, along with the start of the 1996 hunting season in West Texas.

An early Labor Day this year means hunters will only have two days of
their traditional three-day season opening weekend to get in their first
hunt of the year, while the remains of hurricane Dolly are expected to
make the hunt a little tougher than it was expected to be two weeks ago.

Texas Parks & Wildlife officials said in late July that mourning dove
hunting in the area should be better this year. Between 35 and 50
million mourning doves were expected to be produced across Texas this

"If there is seed on the ground, dry weather usually makes it easier
for the doves to feed. They prefer feeding on open ground where they can
get to the vegetation and they like to land on dry ground near tanks and
lakes when watering," TP&W wildlife division deputy director Ron George
said last month.

However, the past week's worth of rains have created many new water
holes in the area, and the continued forecast of showers means the doves
will be more spread out than hunters might have hoped for.

Healthy Smith key to Cowboys' hopes

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AP Sports Writer

IRVING, Texas, Aug. 29 - Helmet in hand, Troy Aikman dropped to his
knees on the new, bright green artificial turf in Texas Stadium.

Nearby, Emmitt Smith was writhing in pain, his left leg a victim of
340-pound teammate Erik Williams, who had fallen on it in a tangle of
bodies at the end of a running play against the Denver Broncos.

For five minutes Aikman didn't move as Smith was being treated. He knew
the 1996 season hung in the balance.

Of all the bad things that happened this summer to the Super Bowl
champions - free agent defections, the Michael Irvin sex and drug
scandal and suspension, Shante Carver's suspension, and the loss of two
starting offensive linemen - this could have been the killer blow.

Finally, slowly, Smith got to his feet and walked to the sidelines.

``It was a big relief,'' Aikman said. ``Everybody knows what Emmitt
means to this team. That was a scary moment. It was exciting to see him
walk away from there.''

The Cowboys have played and won without Aikman. But they've played
miserably when Smith, a four-time NFL rushing champion, was out of the
lineup. Dallas has won three of the last four Super Bowls by being a
running team first and a passing team second.

Smith, who suffered a strained knee ligament and sprained an ankle, was
expected to be ready for the Sept. 2 regular-season opener against the
Chicago Bears.

The world champions walk a very thin line these days. Without depth
because of free agency, a few injuries can bring the Cowboys' talent
level even with the rest of the NFL.

``This is the thinnest we've ever been,'' says Dallas coach Barry
Switzer. ``We have very little depth.''

What depth the Cowboys do have is there because of the return of three
prodigal sons who are willing to play for the NFL's version of the
minimum wage, $275,000 and all the free Pepsi they can drink in the pop
machines at Valley Ranch.

Herschel Walker, Tony Casillas, and Kelvin Martin have come back in the
hopes of winning a Super Bowl ring and getting playoff bonuses.

``It really helps having those guys,'' Switzer said. ``Herschel can play
tailback, fullback, wide receiver, and tight end and help out on the
special teams. Tony gives us much-needed depth in the defensive line and
Kelvin has been one of the best third-down receivers in the NFL.''

``Los Tres Caballeros'' lighten the sting somewhat of all the
defections, injuries and moral misjudgments hounding owner Jerry Jones'

Dallas lost Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown, Robert Jones, Dixon Edwards and
Russell Maryland from the defense to higher bidders.

Irvin will miss the first five games because of his sex and drug scandal
suspension, and defensive end Shante Carver will miss six games because
he violated the NFL's substance abuse program.

Injuries did you say? Pass the Ben Gay.

Besides Smith, tight end Jay Novacek and defensive end Charles Haley
have bad backs and cornerback Kevin Smith, offensive linemen Erik
Williams and Ray Donaldson and linebacker Godfrey Myles are coming off

Tight end Kendall Watkins, a devastating blocker, and defensive lineman
Darren Benson are gone for the year with knee injuries. Offensive
linemen Mark Tuinei and George Hegamin have knee ligament sprains.

Strong safety Roger Harper, who played for Atlanta last year, broke an
arm in the Cowboys' Blue-White scrimmage in July.

There are new Cowboys on defense working with coordinator Dave Campo,
including former Green Bay linebacker Fred Strickland, former Minnesota
linebacker Broderick Thomas, and former Packers defensive back George

The Cowboys defense was 16th in the NFL last year, but the team still
won a Super Bowl. It will have to get better this season.

It could be better this year even if Deion Sanders plays wide receiver
some of the time.

The return of Kevin Smith at cornerback after rupturing an Achilles heel
rupture in the first game of 1995 is a key. He's played well in the
preseason and it will free up Sanders to play more offense.

How much offense will Sanders play? Switzer says as much as he can

``Deion is going to substitute himself and we'll never know how many
plays he will play,'' Switzer said. ``He will manage his own number of

It will be much the same with Haley, whose back problems come and go
like a weak signal from a border radio station.

``Charles will let us know when he can be in there,'' Switzer said.

This is going to be a year where the Dallas defense must step to the
front while the Irvin-less offense finds itself.

``Without Irvin and Novacek I may not be completing 65 percent of my
passes early in the season,'' Aikman said. ``We may not be quite as
methodical with our drives as we've been in the past. We may have to
make a few more big plays to compensate for some of the things we're
going to be missing.''

It sounds like the 1996 Cowboys are going to be very human.

(Copyright 1996 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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