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Monday, January 19, 1997

Eagles finish seventh, ninth at Lubbock

PECOS, Jan. 19 -- The Pecos Eagle boys finished seventh and
the girls ninth on Saturday at the Lubbock Invitational,
their final meet prior to District 4 competition later this

The girls scored 108 points in a division won by San Angelo
Central, with 381 points, while the boys managed 147 points
in their division, which El Paso Eastwood won with 399

The boys' total was cut due to the absence of sophomore Evan
Bates, who was part of two of the Eagles' three `A' relay
teams, while the girls were missing swimmer Kellee Bagley.
Pecos wound up seventh in the boys' 200 medley relay and 400
freestyle relay, while finishing eighth in the 200 freestyle

Individually, Kenneth Friar had Pecos' best individual
finish Saturday, as he placed fifth in the 200 individual
medley with a 2:11.56 time, and in the 100 butterfly with a
58.12 effort.

Al Tillman was seventh in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in
the 200 individual medley; Matt Ivy was 10th in the 200
freestyle; Grant Holland was 13th in the 100 breaststroke
and Tye Edwards was 15th in the 100 backstroke. On Friday,
Scott Pounds placed eighth in the 1 meter diving competition
for the Eagles' other points.

The top finish for the girls was a sixth and seventh from
Liz Parent in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles. Megan Freeman
placed ninth and Randi Key 10th in the 100 fly, while Key
was 14th in the 14th in the 100 backstroke; Sarah Flores was
10th in the 100 breaststroke and 12th in the 200 individual
medley; Jamie Corson was 13th in the 500 freestyle and
Dionnie Munoz was 14th in the 100 free.

In the relays, the girls 400 freestyle team was ninth, the
200 free team was 10th and the 200 medley team finished

Lubbock High and Midland high were second and third in the
girls' division with 262½ and 235 points, while San Angelo
Central and Midland High trailed Eastwood on the boys' side,
with 304 and 214 points. Both Eagle squads had the highest
finish among Class 4A teams at Lubbock. Along with Pecos on
the girls side, Monahans scored 61 points, while Andrews and
Pampa had one point each. On the boys' side, Fort Stockton
had 65 points, Pampa had 43, Monahans had 24 points, Andrews
18 and Artesia, N.M. 10.

The Eagles will be idle this weekend, then compete at the
District 4 meet on Jan. 31 in Monahans. Top finishers there
will return to Lubbock for regionals on Feb. 13-14.

Pecos falls to Lake View's late rallies

PECOS, Jan. 19 -- The fourth quarter did in both the Pecos
Eagle boys and girls Friday night, as they dropped a pair of
road games at San Angelo Lake View.

The girls saw the Maidens outscore them 22-11 in the final
period, including a 10-0 streak to close out the game, as
they rallied to beat the Eagles, 62-52. The boys then saw a
44-41 lead after three quarters erased by a 15-9 San Angelo
fourth period, leaving Pecos on the short end of a 56-53
final score.

It was the second straight narrow loss on the road for Pecos
to open District 4-4A play, while Lake View rebounded from a
two-point loss at Fort Stockton last Tuesday in their 4-4A

Omar Hinojos led the Eagles with 22 points and got the
Chiefs' leading scorer, Jorge Villarreal, into early foul
trouble, as he finished with just four points. Jacob Chavez
hit five 3-pointers on the way to 17 points. But the Eagles
got just 14 points out of the rest of the team, while Lake
View had four players in double figures to make up for
Villarreal's absence.

Cody Renfro led that group with 16, Michael Williams had 12,
and Alozno Robinson 11, and Kendall Jones put in 10 points,
including a late 3-pointer. The win improved Lake View's
season record to 13-7, while Pecos fell to 13-9, but get
their next two district games at home, Tuesday against Big
Spring and Friday versus Fort Stockton.

The girls were able to press Lake View through the first
three quarters and stayed with the Maidens until the final
three minutes, when they began to run out of both gas and

Lorie Marquez led the Eagles with 16 points and Annette
Marquez added 10, including a late 3-pointer that helped
rally Pecos from a five point deficit to tie things at
52-all. But the press cost Pecos late, as the Eagles had
seven more fouls than the Maidens, who took 38 shots from
the foul line, and Lori Marquez and Marisol Arenivas both
fouled out in the closing minutes.

The loss left Pecos with a 1-3 season mark and 11-10
overall, while Lake View improved to 2-2 and 13-9. The
Eagles will close out the first half of District 4-4A play
with only their second home game in the past two months,
Tuesday night against Big Spring.

PECOS (53)
Garcia 1 1-1 3; Luna 0 0-0 0; Martinez 1 0-0 2; Navarette 3
1-2 7; Hinojos 8 5-8 22; Adame 1 0-0 2; Chavez 6 0-0 17.
Totals 20 7-11 53.

Robinson 3 3-5 11; Freeman 0 0-0 0; Brown 1 0-0 3; Jones 3
3-5 10; Williams 5 2-2 12; Villareal 2 0-0 4; Renfro 7 1-2
16. Totals 21 9-14 56.

Pecos 11 21 12 9 --53
San Angelo 17 11 12 15 --56
Three-point goals: Pecos 6 (Chavez 5, Hinojos); Lake View 5
(Robinson 2, Renfro, Brown, Jones) Fouled out: None. Total
fouls -- Pecos 14, San Angelo 14.

PECOS (52)
Arenivas 2 0-0 4; Lara 2 1-5 5; A. Marquez 2 2-2 10;
Armstrong 2 4-4 8; Orona 3 2-3 9; L. Marquez 6 4-6 16;
Hathorn 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 13-20 52.

Leifeste 3 2-2 9; Bulloch 0 9-14 9; Lee 2 3-5 7; Hogeda 0
1-2 1; Bartz 13 3-9 29; Rodriguez 0 2-4 2; Irvin 1 1-2 3;
Hernandez 0 0-0 0; Simpson 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 21-38 62.

Pecos 13 11 17 11 --52
San Angelo 7 17 16 22 --62
Three-point goals: Pecos 2 (A. Marquez 2); Lake View 1
(Leifeste) Fouled out: Pecos, L. Marquez, Arenivas. San
Angelo, Hogeda. Total fouls -- Pecos 26, San Angelo 19.

Despite back, Couples up front

AP Sports Writer
BERMUDA DUNES, Calif., Jan. 19 -- He would love to play a
friendly pickup game of basketball, or maybe play catch with
a baseball, or go skiing.

Fred Couples, however, is afraid to do a lot of things
other people take for granted.

He is afraid that if he does, he won't be able to play golf

Although playing in pain from his arthritic back, Couples
still is one of the best golfers in the world.

The Plano, Texas golfer proved that Sunday, shooting a
6-under-par 66 that included a birdie on No. 18 to catch
leader Bruce Lietzke. Then Couples had another birdie on the
first playoff hole to beat Lietzke for the Bob Hope Chrysler
Classic title, his first victory in almost two years.

``You learn how to swing with it (a back problem). I just
don't try to hit the ball as hard when I'm tired. I just try
to make contact,'' he said. ``When it gets tired, it feels
like anything can happen. There are times when I play around
my back.''

He first felt the pain more than four years ago.

``In 1993 I was on the range warming up and it just went
out,'' he said. ``It like blew up. And it was all just
tightening up, tightening up, and it finally just snapped,
was what the doctors told me. I have an arthritic back and
it is not something that can be operated on. It looks old, I
guess. It feels old.''

Couples said heat and exercise loosen up the muscles in his
back and, although it hurts and he has more or less constant
fear that it will ``blow up'' again, he has learned to live
with it and to play his game.

``There are no days where I go and I run around the course
and I say, `You know, my back felt great today.' It is the
same every day, and I am able to play, so that's good,'' he

The future, however, might be different.

``I don't know what it's going to be like two or three or
four years from now, but it is getting gradually worse,''
Couples, 38, said.

Lietzke, a friend and a bit of a Couples fan, said Couples
looks like the same player he's always been when the
weather's warm and his back is ``loose.''

``Freddie says he is struggling, but that swing is still as
pretty and as fluid as it's ever been,'' said Lietzke, 46,
who shot a 69.

He and Couples finished 90 holes at 28-under par. Lietzke
lost his one-shot lead on the final hole of regulation when
he left a 15-foot birdie try high of the cup. Couples, who
had hit his second shot onto the green of the par-5,
513-yard 18th, tapped in for a 4.

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