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Tuesday, January 18, 2000

Pecos gets fourth, 11th at  Lubbock meet

PECOS, Jan. 18, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle boys' swim team was unable to go through the entire 1999-2000 regular season undefeated. But considering the field in this past weekend's Lubbock Invitational, coach Terri Morse was still very happy with the effort of both her boys and girls squads in their final meet before District 3-4A competition at the end of the month.

"We had a great meet," she said. "I didn't have one kids there that didn't cut their time."

The boys, who had won every meet so far this season, placed fourth in their division, with 220 points, behind El Paso Eastwood (369 points), San Angelo Central (319) and Lubbock High (245). "The boys would have gotten third, but the medley relay team got disqualified in the finals," Morse said. "They had a bad relay on the third leg."

The team of Tye Edwards, Jason Lopez, Kevin Bates and Cortney Freeman had placed second to Eastwood in the preliminaries, which would have been worth another 34 points in the finals. "Like I told the kids. I would rather it happen now than in four or six weeks," Morse said.

Carlsbad and Andrews were the only other schools in the 27-team field to break the 100-point mark, finishing with 209 and 152 points.

The girls also broke the 100-point barrier, finishing in 11th place with 106 points. San Angelo Central won the meet by a 287-234 ½ score over Amarillo High School, with Monahans placing the highest among District 3-4A squads, finishing fifth with 149 points.

"We got so many more than I imagined getting into the finals with both the girls and boys, I was really surprised," Morse said. The top eight finishers in each preliminary event qualified for the finals, while the next eight earned spots in the consolation finals.

The meet showed how the creation of a sub-Class 5A division at the regional and state meets would help Pecos. For the first time this year, the Eagles failed to win a race on the boys' side, but in each case Class 5A swimmers, who in the past they would have faced in February at regionals, beat them out.

Aside from the medley relay team, several other Eagle swimmers missed out on medals, though they did place in the finals or consolation finals, and all were beaten out either by Class 5A swimmers or swimmers from Carlsbad. Edwards had Pecos' lone individual medal with a third place finish in the 100 yard backstroke, while Edwards, Grant Holland, Bates and Randall Reynolds picked up a third place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

Holland finished fifth in the 200 individual medley and Reynolds was 12th in the 200 yard freestyle; Bates was fourth and Freeman 10th in the 50 free and in the 100 free, Bates was sixth and Freeman 11th; Edwards was sixth and Lopez 12th in the 100 yard butterfly; Reynolds was sixth, Patrick McChesney 13th and Mike Howard 16th in the 500 free; and Lopez finished fifth and Holland eighth in the 100 yard breaststroke. In Friday's 1-meter diving, Wesley Roberts finished 11th.

The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Holland, Reynolds, Freeman and Luis Nieto placed fifth while the Eagles' 400 `B' relay team of Howard, Lopez, McChesney and Eddie Mata was 12th and the 200 medley `B' team of Nieto, Craig Wein, Scott Pounds and McChesney was 13th for Pecos' other points.

The girls' best finishes came towards the end of the meet. JoAnn Wein placed fourth in the 500 yard freestyle and eighth in the 100 backstroke, Sarah Flores finished seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke and both girls, along with Lauren Wein and Briar Prewit, were eighth in the 400-yard free relay.

Flores, JoAnn Wein, Rebecca Wein and Rachelle Eisenberg finished ninth in the 200-medley relay, while the other relay team of Eisenberg, Prewit Lauren Wein and Victoria Gomez was 16th in the 200 free relay.

Individually, Prewit was 13th and Wein 15th in the 200 freestyle; Flores was 10th in the 200 medley; Rebecca Wein was 14th in the 100 fly; Lauren Wein was 14th in the 500 free; and Eisenberg, 10th in the 100 yard breaststroke.

The Eagles will rest up this coming week in preparation for the District 3-4A meet at Fort Stockton on Jan. 28-29. The top six finishers in each event there will return to Lubbock for the sub-5A regionals on Feb. 11-12.

Eagles again seeking first victories

PECOS, Jan. 18, 2000 -- The trip definitely won't be as long tonight as it was on Friday, and the game probably won't be as long either for the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team, when they host the Clint Lions in the first game of a varsity doubleheader at the Pecos High School gym.

Pecos' boys didn't have as long a game as the girls' five-overtime marathon on Friday, but they'll be hoping to do better at home tonight against Clint than they did in their District 2-4A opener last Friday against the Wildcats.

The girls will play at 6 p.m., following the freshman contests, while the boys will start at about 7:30 p.m. Tonight's junior varsity games will be played in the old PHS gym.

After scoring a total of 102 points in their previous four games, the Eagles scored 90 on Friday in their marathon at Fabens. But the Wildcats were able to score 95, with the difference an 11-6 fifth overtime advantage, when both teams were down to their last two players.

"Our girls were crying after that game. That's the first time this season we've gotten emotional about losing," said coach Brian Williams, whose team dropped to 0-16 and 0-3 in district with their loss. "Hopefully, we'll show the same emotion on Tuesday."

Clint comes in with a 3-0 season record after their win over San Elizario on Friday. The Lions also have most of their players back from last year's district championship team, led by Polly Wagner, who had 19 points in their 47-30 win in Pecos.

Clint's boys are 1-0 in district after beating San Elizario, while Pecos is 0-16 and 0-1 after their 88-65 loss at Fabens, in a game that didn't end until midnight. The Eagles had problems with guard Manny Solis, who scored 29 points, and with Fabens' inside game.

Last year in Pecos, the Lions jumped all over the Eagles in the first period, going out to a 15-3 lead and a 35-8 advantage just before the half, on the way to a 70-40 victory.

"We just need to avoid letting them get off on a big run like they did last season," said coach Tino Acosta, whose team has played better at home since the start of the new year, losing a couple of close games to Greenwood and Fort Stockton.

Packers pick Sherman as new head coach

GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan. 18, 2000 (AP) - Mike Sherman is Ron Wolf's surprising choice to take the Green Bay Packers back to the top of the NFL.

Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks' offensive coordinator and a former Green Bay assistant, was to be hired today as the new coach of the Packers, a team source told The Associated Press on Monday.

The team scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. CST.

Sherman is a long-time college assistant coach with just three years of NFL experience, two of them as Mike Holmgren's tight ends coach in Green Bay. He gained a reputation as a detail-oriented disciplinarian, much like Holmgren himself.

Wolf, the Packers' GM, fired Ray Rhodes and his staff on Jan. 3 after the Packers completed an 8-8 season, Rhodes' first in Green Bay. The GM cited a team-wide lack of discipline and focus, and he vowed his new coach would create a "well-disciplined, tough and hard-nosed football team."

Sherman was one of eight assistant coaches Holmgren took with him from Green Bay to Seattle last year, but Wolf decided to bring him back to Wisconsin after the pool of coaching candidates began to dry up.

Wolf's early favorites - former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer and Rams offensive coordinator Mike Martz - took themselves out of the running over the weekend.

The Post-Crescent of Appleton and ESPN first reported Sherman's hiring.

Sherman doubled as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach for the Seahawks, but his name hadn't been widely mentioned for any of the six NFL coaching vacancies this offseason.

But Sherman made a strong impression when Wolf interviewed him in Green Bay on Saturday. Wolf said the search for Rhodes' replacement would be "a lengthy process," yet he settled on Sherman just two weeks after firing Rhodes.

Like Holmgren in 1992, Sherman comes to the Packers with no head coaching experience, but a background in the disciplined, hard-nosed style of football favored by Wolf. Four of Holmgren's assistants in Green Bay - Jon Gruden, Steve Mariucci, Dick Jauron and Andy Reid - are currently NFL head coaches.

Wolf apparently chose a coach who would keep the West Coast offense that brought the Packers their recent success and which three-time MVP quarterback Brett Favre is most comfortable running.

Sherman was popular with Green Bay's players, including tight end Mark Chmura, who made the Pro Bowl during each of Sherman's two seasons with the Packers. Chmura missed all but two games of the 1999 season with a neck injury, but expects to return next season.

The Packers missed the playoffs under Rhodes for the first time since 1992, the first of Holmgren's seven years in Green Bay.

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