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Tuesday, September 23, 1997

Eagles look to end woes in 1st games

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PECOS, Sept. 23 -- Pecos Eagles' coach Becky Granado is hoping her team
can snap out of its recent first-game funk tonight, when they travel to
Fort Stockton to face the Prowlers in varsity, JV and freshman
volleyball matches.

Play begins at 5 p.m. with the ninth graders, followed by the JV at 6 ad
the varsity at about 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles are 1-1 in District 4-4A play, following their 15-12, 15-4
victory on Saturday at Sweetwater. But in both that match, and in last
Tuesday's three game loss to Andrews, Pecos jumped out to huge leads in
the first game, only to see them disappear.

"We've just don't have a killer instinct," Granado said. "We're going to
have to play much better on Tuesday to win."

Last year, the Eagles needed a 15-5, 9-15, 15-4 victory at Fort Stockton
late in the season to end their three-year playoff drought. It was also,
not coincidentally, the Eagles first victory at Fort Stockton since
their last playoff trip, in 1992.

The Prowlers have gone almost a decade since they last reached
post-season play, but right now are in second place in the 4-4A
standings with a 1-0 record, 12-6 overall, after their 15-12, 4-15,
15-13 victory at Big Spring on Saturday.

Junior Elisa Espino was an all tournament pick last month in Pecos at
the Cantaloupe Classic, while Ashlea Creech was the Prowlers leading
hitter during the tournament.

Tonight's match ends a string of 11 road trips in the past 12 matches
for the Eagles. They'll be home for their next two contests, this
Saturday against Big Spring and a week later against San Angelo Lake View.

Girls' wins carry Lake View by Pecos

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PECOS, Sept. 23 -- A 6-3 win on the boys' side for the Pecos Eagles'
tennis team was offset on the girls' side by San Angelo Lake View's 8-1
victory margin, as the Chiefs scored an 11-7 victory over the Eagles on
Saturday in San Angelo.

"There were two or three matches that had they gone the other way we
would have won," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas, pointing out two
losses on the girls' side, a 7-5, 6-3 loss by Erin Dominguez at No. 5
singles to Jennifer Darby, and a 6-4, 6-2 loss in doubles by Rachel
Pharoah and Lorrie Minjarez to Darby and Amanda Holcomb.

Vanessa Miranda had the Eagles' lone victory on the girls' side, a 6-4,
7-6 (7-3) decision over Lake View's Cathy New.

The boys won the top four seeds in singles, and the top two doubles
matches. Jonathan Fuentes, Mark Marquez, Tye Graham and Jeff Lam all
scored a pair of victories. Fuentes downed Max Guerrero, 6-1, 6-2,
Marquez beat Bryan Wheeler, 6-0, 6-0, Graham defeated Dusti Bartram,
7-5, 6-4 and Lam defeated Dallas Weaver, 6-1, 6-2.

"The kids were a little bit disappointed, but a loss like this lets us
know we can turn it around. We're still a young team and will only lose
one senior next year," Ornelas said.

Pecos' next match, though, will be their toughest in District 4-4A play,
when they travel to Big Spring on Saturday.

Boys Singles
Jonathan Fuentes defeated Max Guerrero, 6-1, 6-2; Mark Marquez defeated
Bryan Wheeler, 6-0, 6-0; Tye Graham defeated Dusti Bartram, 7-5, 6-4;
Jeff Lam defeated Dallas Weaver, 6-1, 6-2; Alan Fleming lost to Noel
Fulgencio, 6-1, 6-1; David Lam lost to Bo McClellan, 6-2, 6-0.

Girls Singles
Randa Taylor lost to Edna Carrillo, 6-0, 6-0; Teresa Minjarez lost to
Melissa Stokes, 6-1, 6-2; Nichi Dannelley lost to Jessica Escue, 6-0,
6-1; Vanessa Miranda defeated Cathy New, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); Erin Dominguez
lost to Jennifer Darby, 7-5, 6-4; Rachel Pharoah lost to Kim Nguyen,
6-0, 6-0.
JV -- Sarah Metler lost to Amanda Holcomb, 6-0, 6-0; Tiffany Jarrett
lost to Bobbie Offill, 8-0; Meagan Joplin lost to Offill, 8-1.

Boys Doubles
Fuentes and Marquez defeated Guerrero and Weaver, 7-5, 3-6, 6-0; J. Lam
and Graham defeated Bratram and Matt Driggs, 6-4, 6-1; D. Lam and
Fleming lost to Wheeler and Slade Hodges, 6-4, 6-2.

Girls Doubles
Taylor and Dannelley lost to Carrillo and Stokes, 6-0, 6-0; T. Minjarez
and Miranda lost to Escue and New, 6-1, 6-2; Pharoah and L. Minjarez lost to Darby and Holcomb, 6-2, 6-4.

Grizzly Bears up next for Dallas this Sunday

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LAKE FOREST, Ill., Sept 23 (AP) -- It's a situation the Chicago Bears
haven't experienced in nearly 30 years. Four games played, four games

And there's more: They've been outscored 128-58 so far this season,
outgained by nearly 100 yards a game and penalized 33 times.

Could it get worse? Just wait. This Sunday the Bears -- who haven't been
0-4 since 1969 -- play the Cowboys on the road.

``It's been very ugly. ... It's 10 times harder on us because we've been
working so long to reach goals, and right now we're backpedaling instead
of going forward,'' linebacker Ron Cox said.

The defense gave up 402 yards in Sunday's 31-3 loss to the New England
Patriots. But the offense also is struggling. Quarterback Rick Mirer is
trying to learn on the job, top receiver Curtis Conway is out with a
broken collarbone, and the offensive line is missing two injured

The Bears have scored just 10 points the last two games and converted
only two of 13 third-down chances against the Patriots.

``We haven't scored a touchdown in awhile. We're trying not to press,''
Mirer said Monday. ``We've got the people and the game plan. We got to
execute. Two-for-13 on third downs won't produce wins. It's that

No one, says coach Dave Wannstedt, is more disappointed than he is.

``It's frustrating, you put so much effort and time into it. You want to
see the progress,'' he said. ``It's really difficult to take a step
backward. Offensively now, we've done that. We've got to get it going.''

Wannstedt is taking the heat for his past personnel decisions and for
his conservative game plan Sunday, devised to take some pressure off
Mirer. That criticism is something he expects.

``From what everybody tells me, from Jimmy Johnson to Mike Ditka,
everybody you talk to about it, it's part of the job,'' Wannstedt said.
``You have to deal with it.''

The Bears held a players-only meeting after Sunday's loss. But clearing
the air won't win football games.

``There are lot of guys in the
locker room who care,'' linebacker Bryan Cox said. ``We're not as down
as people think. We can't bury our heads and say, `That's it.'''

Without deep-threat Conway and offensive linemen Todd Perry and Chris
Villarrial, the Bears are having a difficult time scoring. Running back
Rashaan Salaam also is out with a broken ankle, and top tackler Marty
Carter missed Sunday's game with an elbow injury.

``The toughest thing right now is the offensive line is not where it's
been the last couple of years. That's not an excuse,'' Wannstedt said.

He plans to stick with Mirer, who made his first Chicago start against
New England as Erik Kramer went to the bench.

Mirer was 17-for-25 for 154 yards with two interceptions.

``I expect him to make improvement this week,'' Wannstedt said.

``He needs to come out and play better. He knows it, and he expects it.
It's not just that position. We've got to do it in a lot of spots.''

Mirer, acquired from Seattle at the expense of a first-round draft pick,

``Guys are there, and you have to hit them,'' Mirer said.

``It happened two or three or four times, and you got to hit the guy,
and I didn't,'' Mirer said. ``It's unacceptable for this offense. They
need to be gimmes.''

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