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April 8, 1997

Eagles look to move up on Panthers

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PECOS, Apr. 8 -- What should have been a game for second place in the
District 4-4A standings tonight between the Pecos Eagles and Fort
Stockton Panthers instead is one in which the Panthers cane take a major
step towards their first post-season berth in eight years, when the
teams meet in Pecos at 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles have won both of their district home games so far this season
- on the field. But they had to forfeit their March 25 win over
Sweetwater for using an ineligible player. After last weekend's game at
Big Spring was postponed twice, the Eagles stand 1-2 in 4-4A play, and
10-6 on the season.

Fort Stockton, meanwhile is unbeaten on the road in district, and riding
a three-game winning streak. After an opening loss to first place
Andrews, the Panthers have won at San Angelo Lake View and Sweetwater,
around a 1-0 victory at home a week ago over Big Spring.

Steven Cordero pitched the Panthers to that victory, allowing just two
hits in improving his record to 4-4 on the season. Fort Stockton is 3-1
in district, 9-10 overall.

"Cordero throws a lot of breaking stuff, so we've just got to go up
there, approach it, see it and hit it," said Eagles' coach Bubba
Williams. Cordero opened district with an 8-3 loss to Andrews on March
25, but is averaging about nine strikeouts per game.

Williams said he'll go with Jason Abila who has won four of his six
decisions, though he lost credit for the Eagles' 11-2 win over
Sweetwater due to the forfeit. Last Tuesday, he survived a bases-loaded
jam in the first inning and gave up just four hits the rest of the way
in Pecos' 11-1 win over the Chiefs.

Abila pitched both games last season against the Panthers. He was tagged
for eight hits and five runs, two earned, at Fort Stockton in a 5-4
loss, then two-hit the Panthers in Pecos, in an 8-2 victory.

Pecos is tied for third with Big Spring, a 1½ games in back of the
Panthers, and with the Steers facing Andrews today, a loss could give
Fort Stockton a 2½ game lead in the race for second midway through the
4-4A schedule.

The Eagles don't get to the midway point in district until Thursday,
when they go to Big Spring, but tonight's game is even more important
for them. After the trip to play the Steers, the Eagles will go to
Sweetwater for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, and in-between several team
members will go to Andrews on Friday, for the District 4-4A track meet.

Winds hamper golfers at Sweetwater

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PECOS, Apr. 8 -- The Pecos Eagles cut two strokes off their team score
on Saturday, in the second round of the District 4-4A boys golf
tournament, but ended up falling back one spot in the overall team

Pecos shot a 344 in Sweetwater, leaving them at 690 for 36 holes of
play. Andrews shot a 318 under the windy conditions to grab a six stroke
lead on Fort Stockton, after both had fired 305s on the Panthers home
course on March 22. The Mustangs are at 623 and the Panthers at 629.

"We're out of the running (for regionals) but I was real happy with the
guys' effort with 40-50 mile-per-hour winds," said coach Joe Wheeler.

The host Mustang squad tied Fort Stockton for third-best round of the
day, which allowed them to move past Pecos into sixth in the team
standings. Sweetwater's 324 left them at 676, 14 strokes up on the
Eagles going into the final round this Saturday at Big Spring.

"I think we'll get our strokes back on Sweetwater this week," Wheeler
said. "We've played both courses (at Big Spring), so no matter which one
we play, we should do better."

San Angelo Lake View had the day's best round, a 317, to close to within
two shots of Fort Stockton, at 631. Big Spring is fourth, at 652 after a
335 round, while Andrews ~`B' stands fifth, with a 655 score after
shooting 328 at Sweetwater.

Individually for Pecos, Casey Love and Robert Cravey were able to cut
their scores slightly from the opening round of district. Love shot an
81 and is at 164 after 36 holes, while Cravey shot an 87 after an
opening 91 and is at 178. Jason Salcido and Chris Ryan both shot 88s,
and are at 172 and 174 overall, while Lee Lyles shot a 90, and is at 178.

"Casey shot in the Top 10 in individual scores, so he did pretty well.
The rest had some problem with the winds, plus they had never seen the
course before," Wheeler said.

Pecos' `B' team had their troubles with the wind, as they score went up
30 strokes, from 386 to 416, giving them an 802 overall.

Dallas Jarrett shot a 96 and is at 189 for 36 holes, John Granado shot a
100 and is at 201, Erik Machuca shot a 106 and is at 200, and Michael
O'Callahan shot a 114 and is at 219.

Among the other 4-4A teams, Sweetwater `B' shot a 332 and is at 695;
Fort Stockton `B' shot a 359 and is at 703; San Angelo `B; shot a 365
and is at 709; and Big Spring `B' shot a 387 and is at 746 after two
rounds of play.
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