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Dec. 20, 1996

Pre-Christmas schedule ends against Hobbs

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PECOS, Dec. 20 -- The Pecos Eagle girls play their final game before the
Christmas holidays tonight, when they host the Hobbs Eagles in varsity
and junior varsity games.

Play opens at 4:30 p.m. with the JV contest, followed by the varsity
matchup at 6 p.m.

While it's the final game prior to the holidays, the Eagles' Christmas
break is actually no longer than the time since their last game. They
come off a 64-53 victory over Fort Stockton six days ago at the Monahans
Sandhills Tournament, and will be back in action six days from now, when
they take on Lamesa in the first round of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce
Holiday Tournament.

Last Saturday's win gave the Eagles the tournament's consolation title,
and a 4-6 record on the season. Hobbs, meanwhile, won their opening game
over El Paso High, 75-38, at the Seminole Tournament, but then dropped a
68-50 decision to the Eagles' District 4-4A rival, Andrews, in the
tournament semifinals, and lost the third place game to the host Maidens
last Saturday, 44-42.

The teams met during pre-season scrimmage play at Odessa Permian, and
Eagles' coach Patty Hall said the New Mexico Eagle squad is "real quick,
although they don't have as much height as in the past.

"We didn't have all our players out when we faced them, but we did O.K.
in the first quarter. We just need to be able to stay with them on the
press and take good shots."

The Eagles' scoring has been up-and-down this season. In all four of
their wins in the 1996-97 season, they've scored 55 points or more,
while in their six defeats, they've yet to break the 40 point mark.

A lack of outside shooting has hurt the Eagles, but they got a
season-high five 3-pointers in their win over the Prowlers, four by
Marisol Arenivas, whose 22 points was the highest by any Pecos player so
far this season.

After tonight, the Eagles will have either two or three games next
weekend, they get another five days off before beginning District 4-4A
play at home against Fort Stockton on Jan. 2. They go to Sweetwater two
days later for their first 4-4A road contest.

West Texas gets few on Class 4A state team

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From Staff and Wire Reports
DALLAS, Dec. 20 -- Grapevine won a state title with offense. Defense put
La Marque in its fourth-consecutive championship game.

So it should be no surprise which schools were prominent on each side of
the ball in The Associated Press Sports Editors' Class 4A all-state
teams released Thursday.

Southeast and North Central Texas teams dominated the suqad, while
District 4-4A schools had no representatives on the first team squad and
only two on the second team unit. Both were from Sweetwater, while
Andrews' running back Shaud Williams, who finished second in the state
in rushing during the regular season, didn't even get that far,
finishing as one of four honorable mention selections from 4-4A.

Grapevine had three first-team offensive players, plus the kicker, and
top offensive player in quarterback Eric Guajardo, while La Marque
lineman Roylin Bradley was named the top defender for the second year.

Bradley, a 6-foot-2, 223-pound senior, was the only first-teamer from La
Marque (13-2), which plays Denison (14-1) on Saturday for the 4A
Division II title. It's a rematch of last year's championship, won 31-8
by La Marque.

Bradley helped the Cougars get back to the finals as much through his
leadership as with his 103 tackles, 12 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

``He came in this year and said, `Coach, I've got to show those people
they were right,''' La Marque coach Alan Weddell said. ``Even in
practice, he goes out every day trying to get better. That attitude
raises the whole team.''

Denison also had one first-teamer in D'Nard Whitfield, another defensive

The seventh annual APSE team is based only on regular-season
performance. Votes are cast before the playoffs.

Sweetwater, Andrews and San Angelo Lake View, the three teams that
advanced to the playoffs from District 4-4A, were the only ones to place
players on the squad.

Sweetwater put senior offensive lineman Tony Luz and junior defensive
back Sherdrick Williams on the second teams unit, while running back
Jason Blueford received honorable mention.

Williams had a key interception to give Sweetwater the 4-4A title over
San Angelo Lake View and two interceptions deep in Mustangs territory
against Pecos, while Blueford was fourth in the district in rushing with
1,054 yards.

Andrews' Williams led all state rushers going into the final week of the
season, but a hip injury held him to eight yards against Big Spring. He
still finished with 1,867 yards, and the sophomore ran for another 300
in two playoff games.

San Angelo's Sterlin Gilbert was a second team 4A pick last year, but
earned honorable mention this season, while defensive lineman Jason
Walker also was an honorable mention pick.

Gilbert threw for less yards than in his sophomore and junior years, but
still led all 4-4A quarterbacks with 1,584 yards and 13 touchdowns on
93-for-219 passing during the regular season.

Corpus Christi Calallen, which lost to La Marque in the semifinals for
the fourth-straight year, had three first-teamers in offensive lineman
Gabe Garza, running back Woody Chambers and linebacker Jarrett Erwin.

Garza, La Marque's Bradley and Azle defensive back Derek Dorris were the
only repeat first-teamers.

Chambers replaced last year's 4A offensive player of the year Wes
Danaher as the featured back in Calallen's run-oriented offense and
gained 1,899 yards.

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