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Wednesday, October 9, 1996

Eagles' quick defeat followed by long talk

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Staff Writer

The post-game talk in the locker room lasted longer than the Pecos
Eagles' match against the Andrews Mustangs Tuesday night did.

Eagles' coach Nora Geron and her players talked for over 45 minutes
following Pecos' fourth district loss in six outings, a 15-7, 15-2
defeat at the Pecos High School gym.

"I think it helped," Geron said about the post-game talk. "Hopefully, we
can get some teamwork going. That's what's killing us."

Balls which should have been handled easily were falling in all over the
court, especially after the Eagles missed two straight serves in Game 1
while trailing only 8-6. The Mustangs did score some points of their
own, mostly off spikes by Keitha Ramsey, but most of Pecos' problems
were of their own creation.

"We couldn't pass, and when we could we couldn't set, and when we set
we'd hit it into the block," Geron said. "It was one of those night's
when everything went wrong.

"Our passing failed, our blocking failed, our sets failed and our hits
failed," she added. "I haven't seen Elena (Hinojos) put up and overset
since early this season, and she did it a couple of times tonight, and I
haven't seen Lori (Marquez) hit the ball into the block as much as she
did tonight."

Marquez was blocked by both Prescilla Rampone and Kacee Connolly in the
early going, while getting just one block herself, on Rampone in Game 2.
That got Pecos on the scoreboard, but by that time the Eagles were down
6-1, and after adding one more point, on a spike by Gail Taylor off Ali
Bane, the Eagles were shut out the rest of the way.

In the first game, the points Pecos scored were due mostly to bad hits
by Andrews. Their only earned point was their last, when Sherrie Mosby
spiked a Mustangs' overset to cut Andrews' lead to 11-7. However, the
Eagles then lost serve and were aced by Kristina Campos, and the
Mustangs finished things off a few moments later.

While the loss doesn't eliminate Pecos from the playoff race, with a 2-4
record, 10-15 overall, they're 1½ games behind Fort Stockton in the
battle for the third and final District 4-4A playoff berth with four
games to play. That means the Eagles will need some help, while winning
their final two road matches over the next week, this Saturday at
Sweetwater and next Tuesday in Fort Stockton.

The idle Prowlers are now a half-game behind Andrews for second, as the
Mustangs improved to 4-2 on the season, 15-7 overall and host 6-0 San
Angelo Lake View on Saturday. The Maidens downed Sweetwater on Tuesday,
15-10, 15-3 to remain undefeated.

Pecos did come away with a win in the junior varsity match Tuesday,
7-15, 15-8, 15-6, while Andrews won both the freshman matches, taking
the gold team, 11-15, 15-12, 15-2, and the purple team 16-14, 15-8.

Cross opens Taekwon-Do studio here

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PECOS, Oct. 9 -- An Open House and ribbon cutting was held Saturday
morning for Cross Taekwon-Do at its new South Oak Street location.

Owner and Chief Instructor Steve Cross, along with Instructor Tony
Baeza have been operating in the area for several years, but cross said
the new location gives Pecos something to the community has never had.

"Taekwon-Do has been here for quite some time, but the students have
never really had a dojang (Korean for studio) that was specifically
designed for their purpose." Cross said. He has operated a studio in
Monahans for two years while teaching at the Community Center in Barstow
since early 1994.

"I want to thank Dot Stafford and Christina Bitolas for their support
and give special thanks to Retta and Nolan Blount and Kelly and Donna
Davis for helping make this a reality," Cross said. "I also thank God
for helping us to stay focused on what is really important in all of
this... and that is the children in this community."

He went on to say that "Taekwon-Do is not only for kids though. I
started two weeks before my 35th birthday."

Cross and Tony Baeza are both International Taekwon-Do Federation and
United States Taekwon-Do Federation certified black belt instructors.
Cross, who is a second degree black belt, has travelled all over the
Southwestern United States to compete in tournaments. One of those trips
was to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1994 where he won five medals, including a
gold, at the National Black Belt Championships.

In addition to the instruction in traditional Korean martial arts Cross
Taekwon-Do is offering a self-defense course, with a primary goal of
street self-defense in mind. Also being offered for the first time is a
"Kardio Kwon-Do" class, which uses kicking and punching aerobics to burn
those calories and work the cardiovascular system.

Cross Taekwon-Do is located downtown at 212 South Oak Street and is
open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
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