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Wednesday, July 19, 2000

LL All-Stars begin sectional tourney

PECOS, July 19, 2000 -- After battling a Lubbock team two years ago in the 9-10 year old division for the sectional title, the Pecos Little League All-Stars were expecting to see that same team again tonight, when they begin sectional play in the 11-12 year old bracket.

But things change in two years, and instead of Lubbock Southwest, they'll be taking on Post in the 8 p.m. game tonight at Shamrock.

Instead of trying to play this evening after making the 395-mile drive north earlier in the day, the Little Leaguers left for Shamrock on Tuesday, and were planning a light workout before playing their first round game tonight.

Four teams are entered in the sectional tournament, with Midland Northern taking on Dumas in the 5:30 p.m. game this afternoon. Today's two winners will face each other on Thursday at 5:30 for a berth in the finals, while the losers will meet at 8 p.m. in an elimination game.

The winner of the tournament will advance to the State Little League Tournament next the following week in Waco.

Pecos won the District 4 title by going 4-0 in tournament play; finishing things off on Saturday with an 8-2 win at San Angelo over Lake View. Eddie Vela survived some early control problems and a pair of home runs to get the victory, tossing a three-hitter while striking out nine. "He's eligible to pitch the first game of the sectionals, and we'll probably go back with him," manager Vaughn Garnto said following the game.

Post was the surprise winner of the District 2 Little League title, while Midland Northern blew through the field last weekend to claim the District 3 championship, and figures to be Pecos' toughest potential opponent in the sectional. District 3 includes Midland-Odessa teams, along with Andrews, Lamesa and Big Spring.

Pee Wee grid clinic set for Friday, Saturday

PECOS, July 19, 2000 -- Young football players heading into Pecos Elementary, Bessie Haynes Elementary and Zavala Middle School next month will have a chance to get a head start on the type of workouts junior high and high school football players go through, when the first Pecos Eagles Pee Wee football camp is held this weekend at Eagle Stadium.

The football camp is free and is for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD students entering grades 3 through 6 this year. Head varsity football coach Gary Grubbs said registration for the camp is at the rec department's office in the old Pecos High School gym today and Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 21 and 22 at the Pecos High School field house.

The camp itself will be held in two two-hour sessions, from 6 to 8 p.m., on July 21-22 at the PHS field house. "One day we're going to do offense and one day we'll do defense," Grubbs said. The workouts on offense will be held the first day, while defensive practice will take place Saturday, he added.

"Basically, we're going to take them through a workout like we do in high school," Grubbs said. "We're going to teach them the basics."

He said all the high school and junior high football coaches, along with local volunteers, will be involved in the two-day camp.

Aside from the camp, a Pee Wee contact football league is also planned for players in grades 3 through 6 this fall. It's the first time such a program has been offered in Pecos in 20 years.

Meanwhile, workouts for the Pecos Eagles' varsity, junior varsity and freshman football teams will begin in 2 ½ weeks, on Aug. 7. The team will have one preseason scrimmage this season, at home on Aug. 19 against the Carlsbad Cavemen, and will open their 2000 season on Sept. 1 against the Kermit Yellowjackets.

Cowboys' Williams considers retirement

DALLAS, July 19, 2000 (AP) - Pro Bowl right tackle Erik Williams, who missed the first day of practices at the Dallas Cowboys' training camp, is reportedly considering retirement.

A source told The Dallas Morning News in Wednesday's editions that former receiver Michael Irvin, who himself retired earlier this month, said he had urged the player he called one of his best friends to attend training camp in Wichita Falls and take a leadership role.

But two sources indicated that Williams has said he would like to be traded. Salary cap implications prevent Dallas from considering that option because all of his pro-rated bonus would count against this season's salary cap.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Williams has been weighing possible retirement among several other issues. Jones said he and Stephen Jones, team vice president, had several discussions with Williams' agent, Alan Herman, on Tuesday.

But if Williams decides to retire, he could be obligated to return a prorated portion of the signing bonus he received two years ago when his contract was restructured.

"We're disappointed he's not here," said Jerry Jones. "We'll treat this as we would an injury situation, which means we'll make the personnel adjustments and go on.

"I had a good visit with him last week and was aware of some issues and concerns he had," said Jones. "He's not here, and he's not on his way. We don't want to do anything with the roster spot situation right now."

Jones said he would not fine Williams. The Cowboys could fine the player $5,000 for each day he's not in camp, said a spokesman for the NFL Players Association.

Alan Herman, Williams' agent, was vacationing in Europe and did not return a message left Wednesday at his New York office by The Associated Press.

The player is due $1.85 million this season and next under a six-year deal he signed after the 1995 season. Cincinnati, by comparison, recently signed right tackle Willie Anderson to a six-year deal that averages $5.1 million, slightly more than the $5.08 million per year deal Philadelphia gave tackle Jon Runyan.

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