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Tuesday, May 5, 1998

Girls second in area round at Andrews

PECOS, May 5 -- The Pecos Eagles' junior high girls golf team shot
the second best score of the day Saturday, and moved up a couple of
strokes towards second place in the overall standings, after the
third round of the four-round area tournament.

The Eagles shot a 229 on the Andrews County Golf Course, second to
the host Mustangs, who score a 203 over nine holes of play. Overall,
the Eagles `A' team score is 666 through 27 holes of the 36-hole

"Hopefully we can catch Monahans this week. We were eight behind them
and we gained four (strokes)," said Eagles coach Robin Land. The final
round of the tournament is this Saturday at the Ward County Golf Course
in Monahans.

"I think they did real good considering the amount of water and sand
traps Andrews has," she said. "They're getting better and better each
week, and that is a hard golf course."

Individually, Taryn McNeil shot a 54 and is in fourth place overall
with a 153 score. Candace Hillard shot a 58 and is seventh with a 163
total while Cassie Foster shot a 56 and is at 179 through 27 holes.

"Cassie really helped us. she shot a 56, which was her best round of
the tournament," Land said.

Pecos' other `A' team golfers, Brandi North and Dena Dutchover, shot 61
and 71 respectively on Saturday. Dutchover is at 183 and North is at 184

Andrews' `B' team is in fourth place overall in the standings at 694,
following a round of 237 on Saturday, while Andrews `C' is next at 721
after a 264 round. The Eagles' `B' team shot a 260, but, at 761 overall,
remain behind the Mustangs and the Loboes' `B' team, which shot a 272
for a 757 total score. However, Pecos `B' stayed three shots ahead of
Fort Stockton's `A' team, despite a 249 round by the Prowlers on Saturday.

Kristen Aguilar led the Eagles' `B' team with a round of 60, and is at
185 overall. Amanda Armstrong and Ashley Canon, who didn't play in each
of the two opening rounds, both shot 66's, Kattie Davis had a 68 and is
at 185 and Kelsey Riley shot a 74 and is at 206 overall.

Pecos' two other golfers in Andrews, Rebecca Reynolds and Hannah Paz,
shot 74 and 76 on Saturday.

Along with Pecos, Andrews, Monahans and Fort Stockton, Snyder also had
two teams in Saturday's tournament. The Tigers' `A' team shot a 255 and
their `B' team a 274. Fort Stockton's `B' team was the other squad
entered, and shot a 298 for an 839 total. Kermit had only one girl

Millsaps to be speaker at sports banquet

PECOS, May 5 -- Former Pecos Eagles' head football coach and athletic
director Jerry Millsaps will be the guest speaker on Thursday at the
annual Pecos High School All-Sports banquet, set for 7 p.m. at the
Bessie Haynes Elementary School Cafeteria.

Millsaps served as Pecos Eagles' head football coach from 1969-77, and
led the Eagles to the state Class 3A quarterfinals in 1975. After that,
he served as head football coach at Odessa High and at Howard Payne
University before taking over as athletic director for the El Paso ISD.

Along with Millsaps, all-district certificates will be handed out to
Pecos' varsity athletes during the banquet, along with the Doc Lunday
Award in football, the Craig Woods Award in track and football, the
Joe Bob Kelton Award in basketball, the Norma Matta Award in volley-
ball, the Joe Shoemaker Awards for girls athletic participation, and
the Most Valuable Track Athlete Award, first presented last year.

Tickets for the banquet are $8 each and are available through the
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah athletic department (447-7220).

Kersey leads Sonics past Lakers in opener

AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE -- The Los Angeles Lakers' decision to let Jerome Kersey
get away might turn out to haunt them.

Kersey, a key performer in the Seattle SuperSonics' first-round
series victory over Minnesota, helped beat his old team Monday

He was on the floor for the Sonics for 11 minutes in the decisive
fourth quarter, when they pulled away and beat the Lakers 106-92
in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.

``Jerome is the key right now,'' teammate Gary Payton said. ``He's
playing super ball.''

Playing in his 106th playoff game, Kersey, 35, had 12 points and
seven rebounds in 23 minutes. In the final period, he had six points
and four rebounds.

``He comes out and gives us a hustle effort that no one on their team
matched,'' the Sonics' Vin Baker said. ``And, really, no one on our
team matched it.''

Two of the other conference semifinal series begin tonight. In the
Eastern Conference, New York is at Indiana, while the Western Con-
ference has San Antonio at Utah.

The other Eastern Conference series resumes Wednesday night with
Chicago, which holds a 1-0 lead, playing host to Charlotte.

Kersey has a little extra incentive against the Lakers, who signed
free agent Rick Fox in August and send Kersey on his way. He then
signed with Seattle as a free agent in September.

After being used as Seattle's starting center in its five-game series
victory over the Timberwolves, Kersey is a reserves against the Lakers
because the Sonics want to use Jim McIlvaine against Shaquille O'Neal.

But Kersey, limited to 37 games this season because of foot and shoulder
injuries, will get a lot of minutes.

Experience wins close playoff games, Kersey said. And the Lakers are the
youngest team still alive in the playoffs.

``We've been through a lot of fires, and know what to expect,'' he said.
``Maybe we don't get as rattled as some of the younger players.''

After the Lakers led 82-80 with 2:56 gone in the final period, Seattle
outscored them 26-10. Payton scored nine of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, while Detlef Schrempf had six of his 19.

The Lakers won 25 of their previous 29 games, including a 3-1 first-
round victory over Portland, and were the favorites coming into the
Seattle series because the Sonics struggled the second half of the

Seattle coach George Karl said the Sonics have an advantage against
the Lakers because they had to survive the scare of their lives against

``I think the big thing is Game 4 and 5 got us to a demand mentality
that the Lakers didn't get in their series,'' Karl said.

Payton played 43 minutes after playing the entire game -- and scoring
29 points -- in Game 5 against Minnesota on Saturday. He's averaging
42½ minutes and 25.8 points in six playoff games.

And there's still some petrol left in his tank, he said.

``I was on super,'' he said. ``Now, I'm trying to go to ethyl. I'm
going to get a lube job tomorrow.''

And the Sonics, now 4-1 against the Lakers this season, may have
their Pacific Division opponent's number.

``They sure don't want to fall behind 0-2,'' Karl said of Game 2.

The Lakers got 27 points and 11 rebounds from O'Neal, but he was 5-
for-12 from the free-throw line.

Los Angeles was outscored 15-2 from the free-throw line in the final
period, and the Sonics had 11 3-pointers to the Lakers' five.

``We have to play smarter and take the high percentage shot,''
O'Neal said. ``We can't turn the game into a 3-point shooting

Nick Van Exel, 2-for-7 in the fourth quarter, had a difference of
opinion with his 7-foot-1, 315-pound teammate.

`They're going to double Shaq, so the perimeter guys are going to
have to hit shots for us to win this series,'' he said.

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