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Friday, January 28, 2000

Eagle boys host, girls play at Canutillo

PECOS, Jan. 28, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle basketball teams take a break from their usual January doubleheaders tonight, as the boys stay in Pecos to face the Canutillo Eagles while the girls go to Canutillo for their games.

Play opens with the freshman contest here starting at 4:30 p.m. The junior varsity boys will play at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.

The girls will actually get an earlier start on their game in Canutillo, since there will be only one sub-varsity game. That will start at 5:30 p.m. and be followed by the varsity contest at 7 p.m.

Both Pecos teams continue to look for their first wins of the season, and come into tonight’s games with 0-18 records after their home losses on Tuesday to El Paso Mountain View. The girls saw a 16-16 halftime tie turn into a 40-27 loss, while the boys saw their 24-all tie with the Lobos at the half end up as a 57-47 Mountain View win.

Canutillo beat Mountain View and San Elizario to open district play, and defeated the Eagles twice last season, including a season-ending 48-33 win in Pecos. “They still have Chris (Grant), their 3-point shooter,” said coach Tino Acosta. “They beat the No. 1-ranked team in El Paso two weeks ago and are ranked in the Top 10, but so what, we’re going to play them tough.”

Pecos and Canutillo already have played once on the girls’ side, with the visiting Eagles scoring a 51-41 victory back on Jan. 11. Ale Pineda had 26 points in the game for Canutillo, most in the first half. The Eagles, who were led by Maricela Arenivas’ 16 points, were within four points of Canutillo with 4½ minutes to play when their shooting went cold, and they were outscored 12-6 down the stretch.

“Now it’s down to four games, two here and two on the road,” said coach Brian Williams. “I don’t know if Pecos has ever had a team that didn’t win a game, but I told them they didn’t want to be the first team to do that.”

Williams is hoping for a better effort than in the second half of Tuesday’s loss . The Eagles didn’t score a point for the first 6:45 of the third period, and Williams said his players lost track of the defense they were supposed to be in during an 8-0 Mountain View run.

Pecos’ boys will go to Canutillo in February to close out their regular season. The teams will play doubleheaders again for the girls’ final three games, beginning on Tuesday at home against Fabens.

UIL's realignment glues coaches to TV

AUSTIN, Jan. 28, 2000 (AP) - Riveting television it's not. But when it comes to high school football in Texas, there's probably nothing more important than the biennial shuffling of districts and classifications.

So next Tuesday, while their players are in class, coaches and school administrators across the state will be huddling around TV sets to see who their district rivals will be under University Interscholastic League realignment.

More than 1,200 schools. One continuous scroll of names and districts rolling across the bottom of the television screen.

And while Fox Sports Net's live, 30-minute broadcast sounds like an insomnia cure-all, it's political high drama in Texas prep sports.

"It just shows you how big high school football is in Texas," said Fox Sports Net spokesman Ramon Alvarez. "It's not riveting television by any means, but there is a need for this."

That's because the secrecy that surrounds realignment - akin to guarding military secrets in some small countries - prevents schools from getting an early look at which district they will play in next season. It also prevents schools from getting a jump on creating a favorable schedule. The UIL realigns football and basketball districts every two years. Moving up or down in a classification or changing districts can ignite state championship dreams - or drown them.

It could also mean keeping or losing a job, said Midland Lee football coach John Parchman.

"One coach might be saying `Oh boy, we can't compete in that district' while another might be dancing a jig," Parchman said.

Coaches will jump at the first chance Tuesday to fill in their non-district schedules.

"If you wait more than a couple of hours, you'll be out of luck," Parchman said.

Tuesday will be the third time Fox has broadcast the realignment announcement.

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