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Tuesday, July 18, 2000

`Camp Campo' ready to open for Cowboys

AP Sports Writer
WICHITA FALLS, July 18, 2000 - On the eve of Dallas Cowboys training camp, Jerry Jones was too excited to sleep. He probably came closer than his team's new coach, Dave Campo.

"It's a combination of excitement, nervousness - whatever you need to do to get ready to play," Campo said. "When the adrenaline is going, that's what it's all about."

The adrenaline and perspiration were to begin Tuesday morning with the first day of workouts at Midwestern State University.

At a news conference Monday, Jones said his excitement stems from his belief the Cowboys may be headed toward a big season.

"I think we certainly should be recognized coming into camp as a contender," said Jones, holding up one of his Super Bowl rings to emphasize his point. "I don't think people have read the tea leaves and looked at us real close if they don't think we can contend."

The Cowboys are 24-24 the last three years with just one playoff victory. This season, Dallas is breaking in a new coach while trying to replace former All-Pros Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin and Daryl Johnston.

But coming off a season when St. Louis and Tennessee rocketed to the top of the NFL, every team is opening camp with the belief it can contend.

"One thing about the NFL - parity is here, which is an advantage for everyone," Campo said. "Everyone feels they can have the opportunity to go all the way."

Campo said his 22 starters match up with any in the league.

"It comes down to the attitude difference in my opinion that will make the difference," Campo said. "All of the teams going in will be fairly similar. It's the team that really has that extra little bit of desire and willingness to do a little extra that's going to be successful. I feel like we have those kind of players."

The Cowboys will have all five draft picks in camp, plus newcomers such as Joey Galloway, Ryan McNeil, Dimitrius Underwood and Jackie Harris.

Two-a-day practices will be more grueling than usual this week as temperatures are expected to be well into the 100s.

"I truly believe the heat helps us," Campo said. "One of the things that championship football teams have is mental toughness. The grind of going out there twice a day in the heat of the day, that's all part of it.

Basketball clinic set for 8-12 grade girls

PECOS, July 18, 2000 - A basketball clinic for girls entering grades 8 through 12 will be held on July 24 and 25 at the new Pecos High School gym, according to varsity girls basketball coach Veronica Valenzuela.

The clinic will run from 1 to 4 p.m. both days in the PHS gym, with coach Chet Sample of Sul Ross State University as the instructor. The fee for the clinic will be $5 per player, Valenzuela said.

Also scheduled next week from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the PHS gym is a volleyball clinic for incoming PHS freshmen girls, according to coach Becky Granado. Fee per player is also $5 apiece.

Granado said this week's scheduled clinics for Crockett Middle School seventh and eighth grade girls has been combined into just one afternoon session, because only eight girls showed up for the first day of the clinic.

"We're going to combine it today, and hopefully, we'll have more show up," Granado said.

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