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Monday, May 11, 1998

Eagles place three on 4-4A softball team

PECOS, May 11 -- Three members of the Pecos Eagles inaugural
girls softball team were named to the all-District 4-4A team
in voting by coaches, while three others received honorable
mention, coach Tammy Walls said Friday.

The 1998 team was released Friday, following district
champion Big Spring's 8-2 loss to Keller-Fossil Ridge in the
Region I-4A semifinals. Big Spring had beaten third place
finisher Fort Stockton last Tuesday, the same day district
runner-up Andrews was eliminated by El Paso Ysleta.

Freshman Alexa Marquez, who pitched virtually all of the
Eagles' 10 district games, was named to the team, along with
sophomore outfielder Valerie Gonzales, while freshman Tammy
Perkins was named as a utility infielder.

The Eagles suffered through an 0-10 district season in their
first year of girls' softball, with Marquez absorbing all
the losses. But Walls said, "Alexa did a real good job for
being only 14 years old, and she's going to be a lot better
next season."

Walls said three other Eagles -- sophomore Katrina Quiroz
and seniors Erica Orona and Gabi Bafidis -- received
honorable mention in voting by the six district coaches.
Quiroz was the Eagles' leading hitter this season while
playing at catcher, where only one player was selected for
the all-district squad.

Big Spring sophomore pitcher Jessica Cisneros was named Most
Valuable Player, after posting a 6-0 mark in district and
17-1 on the season. Andrews' senior Holly Field was named
offensive player of the year after hitting 18 home runs this
season. Andrews' junior Leesa Lopez and Big Spring senior
Melissa Martinez shared defensive player honors, while
Andrews sophomore Yuka Kasvda was named Newcomer of the Year.

Along with Marquez, the other pitchers selected were Big
Spring junior Angie Phillips, Sweetwater junior Jamie Warren
and Fort Stockton sophomore Jessica Carrillo. Catcher was
Big Spring junior Jessica Cobos; first base was Andrews
junior Ali Bane; second base was Big Spring senior Honey
Belew; shortstop was Fort Stockton junior Casey Galvan; and
third base was Fort Stockton sophomore Amanda Garrison.

The other outfielders besides Gonzales were Big Spring
seniors Mandy Lance and Sonni Smith; Andrews senior Nicole
Brown; Sweetwater junior Martha Castillo and Fort Stockton
sophomore Cassandra Ortiz. Designated hitter was Andrews
sophomore Sandy Acosta and the other utility infielders were
Fort Stockton junior Kimberly Lockhart and Big Spring junior
Jessica Gonzales.

Swimming sign-ups today, next week at pool

PECOS, May 11 -- Registration for American Red Cross summer
swimming lessons will be held this afternoon and next Monday
at the Pecos High School swimming pool.

Registration will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today and next
Monday, May 18, in the lobby of the PHS pool, with a fee of
$25 per student. The sessions will be divided into Preschool
(3- and 4-years-old) and School Age (5 and up) divisions and
into two sessions, from June 1-12 and June 15-26.

For further information, call PHS swimming coach Terri
Morse at 447-7242.

The swimming lessons are part of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
summer athletic program. Times and dates for other summer
programs will be announced later this month.

Stars lift road trio, Lakers to 3-1 leads

AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK -- Four of the NBA's best, Reggie Miller, Shaquille
O'Neal, Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone, couldn't have been
any better.

On a Sunday when all four second-round series ended up the
same way -- 3-1 leads for the victors -- the Pacers, Lakers,
Bulls and Jazz couldn't have gotten by without their

They did it in order, one after the other, as the four games
were played in succession from early afternoon to late

Miller had another Knick-killing moment at Madison Square
Garden, hitting a tying 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to
force overtime as Indiana went on to beat New York 118-107.

O'Neal scored 39 points at the Forum, his latest in a string
of high-scoring games for Los Angeles, as the Lakers beat
Seattle 112-100.

Pippen made several huge plays in a third quarter onslaught
at Charlotte Coliseum when Michael Jordan was struggling and
the Bulls went on to breeze past the Hornets 94-80.

Malone played like an MVP, hitting 17 shots from the field
and scoring 34 points without going to the foul line at the
Alamodome as Utah beat San Antonio 82-73.

The two Western Conference series resume Tuesday night in
Salt lake City and Seattle, and the next two Eastern
Conference games will be Wednesday night in Indianapolis and

Games 6s, if necessary, will be Thursday (West) and Friday

Pacers 118, Knicks 107, OT

The Knicks seemed to have this one won late in the fourth
quarter, but Indiana had a chance to tie with 19 seconds
left trailing by three.

Miller couldn't get open at the 3-point line, so Rik Smits
drove to the basket and missed. The rebound was batted out
to Chris Mullin near the 3-point line, he flipped it to Mark
Jackson, who passed it to Miller. There wasn't a defender
within 10 feet of him.


``It ranks right up there, and every time I've had a big
moment at the Garden, we've won,'' said Miller, who scored
38 points -- one shy of his career playoff-high.

Smits scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter,
almost single-handedly bringing the Pacers back from their
late deficit, and Jackson scored five straight points in
overtime as Indiana quickly took control.

Miller finished the job with 1:28 left in overtime by making
a 3-pointer from the same spot as his earlier one, shooting
a stare at Knick fan Spike Lee after the ball swished

Lakers 112, SuperSonics 100

O'Neal got his 39 by shooting 15-of-20 from the field and
9-of-12 from the foul line. He also had eight rebounds,
seven assists and five blocked shots.

O'Neal's three-point play with 2:14 remaining made it
106-95, and his two foul shots with 58 seconds left put the
Lakers up by 10.

``If they didn't have (O'Neal) in the middle, it would
probably be a different story right now,'' Seattle's Gary
Payton said. ``We're not matching up well with him right
now, so that's something we've got to think about.''

Eddie Jones of the Lakers had a career playoff-high for the
third straight game, scoring 32 points.

``When you double-team Shaq, somebody's going to have a
shot,'' Seattle's Hersey Hawkins said. ``(Jones) was
knocking the 3s down, penetrating the weak side and getting
to the hole. They seem to be looking for him on the weak
side, and he's making us pay every time.''

Bulls 94, Hornets 80

Pippen hit consecutive baskets to help push Chicago's lead
to double figures just past the midway stage of the third
quarter, then capped a 22-9 run by feeding Luc Longley for
an alley-oop dunk that made it 72-55 with 1:32 left in the

``It looked like it got the best of us,'' Hornets coach Dave
Cowens said. ``We just didn't have what it took to withstand
that onslaught.''

Chicago led by as many as 23 in the fourth.

Charlotte's Glen Rice, guarded much of the game by Pippen,
missed his first five shots and wound up with 13 points on
6-for-17 shooting.

Jazz 82, Spurs 73

Malone, frankly, looked like Jordan.

Malone put on a shooting display unlike anything he had done
in a long while, with many of his 17 field goals tough
jumpers while being guarded by 7-foot David Robinson.

``Boy, it's hard to defend jump shots like he shot. He's
pulling up, 19 or 20 feet,'' Robinson said. ``A lot of times
I'm right on him, and he gets a half a step and leans back
and shoots that thing.''

Malone, who shot 6-for-21 Saturday in Utah's Game 3 loss,
scored 10 of his points in the fourth, answering with a
basket almost every time the Spurs inched closer. He was
17-for-28 from the field and didn't attempt a free throw the
entire game.

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