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Friday, May 26, 2000

Eagles hope to cut EP volleyball trips

PECOS, May 26, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles volleyball team's 2000 schedule looks a lot like their 1999 schedule did, though with a couple of changes.

One is a pair of mid-week trips to El Paso for the first time ever. The other is a regular season-ending game at home, which makes coach Becky Granado happy after what happened last fall.

"I'm glad to finish the season out with a game at home," Granado said of the Eagles' Oct. 21 match against San Elizario. Last year, Pecos was scheduled to close out their regular season at San Elizario last season, but ended up having to make a trip two days later to El Paso Mountain View to make up a match from September that was cancelled when the officials failed to show up. The Eagles then had to go back to El Paso five days later for their bi-district playoff contest against El Paso High, their seventh trip to El Paso in five weeks

That last visit was due to Pecos failing to earn a first round bye by winning the District 2-4A title, as they had in 1998. Clint defeated Pecos twice to take the 2-4A crown, and this time around, the Eagles will open district play at home on Sept. 19 with a match against the Lions.

Regular season play starts for Pecos at the same site as a year ago, in Odessa against the Bronchos and Alpine Bucks on Aug. 15. The Eagles will then compete in the Monahans Sandhills Tournament and take a trip to Midland to face the Lee Rebels and Snyder Tigers before playing their home opener on Aug. 25, in the pool round of the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic Tournament.

Pecos will get to play eight of 11 matches at home following Labor Day, including three of their first four district games. Regular season play for the Eagles does close out with four of six matches on the road, including Tuesday trips to San Elizario and Mountain View in October.

Granado said both the Eagles' seventh and eighth grade teams will be playing the same schedules this season, and while both seventh and eighth grade students will be going to Crockett Middle School come August, the volleyball teams will continue to use both the Crockett and Zavala gyms for their games.

The seasons begin at home for Pecos' black and white squads with Aug. 21 match-ups against Monahans, while the purple and gold teams open their seasons at home on Aug. 24 against Alpine. The purple and gold teams will host their own tournaments on Sept. 23.

Rec department expands hours

PECOS, May 26, 2000 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department will be expanding their hours for the summer, beginning next week at the old Pecos High School gym.

The gym facilities will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays during the summer.

The rec department is also in charge of the Northside pool at Ash and `B' streets this year. The pool will open on Saturday and will be open on Tuesdays through Sundays during the summer from 2 to 6 p.m.

The pool is also available during evening hours for private parties. For further information, call 447-9776.

The rec department is also signing up players and teams for a men's summer basketball league in July. Deadline to sign up is June 24.

Sign-ups ended on Thursday for the summer T-ball leagues, while Summer Taekwon-Do classes at the old PHS gym start on Monday, June 5, at 10 a.m. For further information on men's softball or Taekwon-Do, call the RCCSRD office at 447-9776.

Summer tennis sign-ups start Tuesday

PECOS, May 26, 2000 -- The first sign-ups for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah summer athletic program will begin on Tuesday with registration for the first session of the USA 1-2-3 summer tennis program.

There will be two sessions, with the first running through June 9 and the second from June 12-23. Pecos High School tennis coach Bernadette Ornelas is course instructor, with each day's activities divided up by grades.

Kindergarten and first graders will go from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m., second and third graders from 8:15 to 9 a.m., fourth through sixth grades from 9 to 9:45 a.m., junior high students from 10-10:45 a.m. and high school players from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

The program is open to all P-B-T students and fees are $5 for one child, $7 for two and $10 for three or more in a family. Racquets will be provided for students who do not own one.

Knicks lose Ewing, game to Pacers

AP Basketball Writer
INDIANAPOLIS, May 26, 2000 - Two years ago, Patrick Ewing made an unexpected return from a shattered wrist in a Game 2 at Indiana. In a Game 2 a year later, also on the road, his season ended when he tore his Achilles' tendon.

Another Game 2 in Indiana came and went Thursday night, and another injury to Ewing threatens to change everything.

After straining a tendon in his right foot in the first quarter, Ewing did not return as Indiana beat New York 88-84 to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. The severity of his injury was to be learned later today when Ewing undergoes an MRI.

"They played against us last year without Patrick, and they beat us," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "We can't let up."

The Knicks didn't let down after losing their center. In fact, they played pretty well right up until the end.

But out of timeouts, the Knicks didn't line up any big men under the basket as Dale Davis went to the foul line with 5.8 seconds left. He missed both, but was able to outjump Charlie Ward for the rebound and pass to Jalen Rose for a game-clinching dunk with 2.4 seconds left.

The Knicks were livid at themselves for letting an opportunity slip away, especially while coming so close to tying the series despite dealing with the uncertainty of not knowing whether Ewing is out for the rest of the playoffs.

"I'm going to try to come back Saturday and help my team win," Ewing said.

Rose led the Pacers with 24 points, Reggie Miller had 19 for the second straight game and Rik Smits scored 10 of his 12 in the fourth quarter - long after Ewing was gone. Davis grabbed 16 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed for much of the game, but scored the final six points to win it.

Larry Johnson (25 points, seven rebounds) and Kurt Thomas (10 points, eight rebounds) had strong games in Ewing's absence, but New York couldn't make the plays it needed down the stretch.

Thomas helped keep New York ahead despite playing with five fouls, scoring on consecutive possessions and grabbing several big rebounds on both ends. Indiana tied it, though, with 3:01 left when Smits picked up a loose ball, dunked and was fouled for a three-point play that made it 80-80.

Houston hit a jumper, Miller made a layup, and Thomas and Rose exchanged jumpers to make it 84-84 with 55 seconds left.

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