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Tuesday, August 25, 1998

Pecos faces tough games in Midland

PECOS, Aug. 25 -- The Pecos Eagles volleyball team will play
their second dual meet of the 1998 season today, when they
travel to Midland to take on the Lee Rebels and Snyder
Tigers, starting at 4:30 p.m.

"We'll see how we do on Tuesday. Midland Lee's tough this
year, but I think it's good to have a tough preseason
(district) schedule," Eagles' coach Becky Granado said
following Saturday's matches at the Ector County ISD

The Eagles are 2-2 on the season, with both their losses
coming against Alpine, last Tuesday in Pecos and on Saturday
in the consolation semifinals of the Ector County
Tournament. Pecos' wins were a week ago over Odessa High and
on Saturday against El Paso Riverside.

Pecos' former district rival, San Angelo Lake View, won
Saturday's tournament, defeating Lamesa in the finals. Their
toughest match came against Midland Lee in the semis, as
they outlasted the Rebels, 15-8, 12-15, 15-9. The Rebels
then lost in three games for third place in the tournament
to El Paso Andress, but opened the season with wins over
Andrews and Snyder and are 3-2 overall, while Snyder was
swept by Abilene High in their season opener, 15-12, 15-6.

The Eagles' freshman and junior varsity teams will also face
the Rebels and Tigers tonight, and all three teams will be
home this weekend for the Cantaloupe Classic volleyball

Eagle netters fall to Permian in opener

PECOS, Aug. 25 -- The 1998 tennis season opened for the
Pecos Eagles with only one of their two scheduled matches in
Odessa going off as planned, and while the Eagles struggled
against the Permian Panthers, coach Bernadette Ornelas said
she was happy with her kids' attitudes after their 22-2 loss
to Permian.

"I saw some good things from the kids. They came off the
court knowing what they need to work on," Ornelas said. "I
believe it was a good preseason opener."

Pecos had been scheduled to face both Permian and Odessa
High, but Ornelas said the Bronchos didn't have enough
eligible players to field a team. The Eagles brought 14
players to Saturday's match, and the Eagles' coach said,
"Some of the girls played extra matches to accommodate some
of the other girls they had."

The Eagles' two wins came from two of the girls who played
extra singles matches, as Vanessa Miranda downed Michelle
Acosta, 8-5, and Lorrie Minjarez did the same to Christina

The boys were swept by the Panthers in their 12 matches,
with No. 2 and No. 3 singles players Mark Marquez and Tye
Graham and the doubles team of Marquez and Jeff Lam going
three sets before falling. Patricia Levario and Megan Joplin
had the only split set loss on the girls side Saturday.

"We had four split set matches we lost, but maybe by the
middle of the season the matches will turn over for the best
for our team," Ornelas said.

The Eagles will play their first home match this Thursday
afternoon, against Fort Stockton, starting at 4 p.m.
District 2-4A play this season will include only three of
the Eagles' five district rivals -- Clint, El Paso Mountain
View and Fabens. The three matches will be on the first
three Saturdays in October, with the top two teams advancing
to Region I-4A Tournament play on Oct. 30-31.

Pecos (2) at Odessa Permian (22)

Boys Singles
Jonathan Fuentes lost to Gage Hicks, 6-3, 6-3; Mark Marquez
lost to Joey Baldwin, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6; Tye Graham lost to Joel
Morgan, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2; Jeff Lam lost to Bradley Ford, 6-2,
6-1; Allen Fleming lost to Josh Powell, 6-0, 6-1; Casey Love
lost to V. Holmes, 6-2, 6-3; Sonny Celaya lost to Shawn
Reese, 8-4; Anthony Casillas lost to Chris Robinson, 8-5.

Girls Singles
Teresa Minjarez lost to Melissa Whitten, 6-2, 6-2; Vanessa
Miranda lost to Nicole Blades, 6-1, 6-1; Lorrie Minjarez
lost to Lauren Reedy, 6-4, 6-1; Tiffany Jarrett lost to
Brandy Cannon, 6-1, 6-1; Priscilla Levario lost to Kim
Olivarez, 6-1, 6-1; Meagan Joplin lost to Kristi Crawford,
6-0, 6-0; Miranda defeated Michelle Acosta, 8-5; L. Minjarez
defeated Cristina Vizcaino, 8-5.

Boys Doubles
Marquez and Lam lost to Hicks and Ford, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1;
Fuentes and Graham, lost to Holmes and Baldwin, 7-5, 6-2;
Love and Fleming lost to Morgan and Powell, 6-0, 6-0; Celaya
and Casillas lost to Reese and Robinson, 6-3, 6-1.

Girls Doubles
T. Minjarez and Miranda lost to Whitten and Blades, 6-1,
6-1; L. Minjarez and Jarrett lost to Cannon and Reedy, 6-1,
6-2; Levario and Joplin lost to Olivarez and Acosta, 6-4,
7-5, 6-4.

Youth basketball program planned

A `Players In Progress' (PIP) youth basketball program is
being formed for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah elementary school
students, with registration scheduled between now and the
first week of October.

Pecos Eagles girls basketball coach Brian Williams said the
PIP program is similar to ones in place in other area towns,
including Monahans. The program is designed to improve the
basketball skills and teach various tricks to boys and girls
from kindergarten through sixth grade.

PIP basektballs and T-shirts will be provided to each
student, and Williams said the boys and girls involved will
perform their routines during halftime of Pecos' home
district basketball games, beginning in January.

The program is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Oct. 10,
from 2 to 6 p.m. at the new Pecos High School gym, with
registration running from now through Oct. 5, at a cost of
$45 per student, Williams said. "We need a minimum of 45
boys and girls to run the program, and if we get more, we
could have more than one group performing," he added.

Williams also said parents or other adults are needed to
help with the PIP program, and need to attend a 30 minute
certification class, which will be held following the first
PIP class for boys and girls on Oct. 10.

For further information, call Williams at either the new
gym (447-7234) or at home (447-6494).

Defense gets Rangers past Tigers

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 25 (AP) -- The Texas Rangers, who
made five errors Saturday night in a loss to the New York
Yankees. have to catch and throw the ball better to keep
pace in the AL West.

The Rangers, who started the night 12th in the league in
fielding, turned in a series of outstanding defensive plays
to help Aaron Sele to his 15th victory in Texas' 6-5 win
over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Rangers manager Johnny Oates said he counted ``a minimum of
10 outstanding plays on defense. That was the story. A lot
of balls were well hit that were caught. If we don't make
all those plays, it's a different story.''

Sele (15-10) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 1-3
innings, struck out two and walked one. His previous season
best was 13 wins for Boston last season.

Shortstop Royce Clayton, third baseman Todd Zeile, second
baseman Mark McLemore and left fielder Rusty Greer all
turned in at least one play worthy of a highlight reel.

``We've been playing great defense,'' Sele said. ``I used
the defense to perfection tonight. They kept taking good
swings. I was making good pitches, but they were putting
good wood on the ball.''

The Rangers struggled against the league's top teams before
this favorable stretch.

``This is the time of the year when you have to win most of
your games anyway,'' Sele said. ``It's time to bear down and
win these games.''

The Rangers fell out of first place in the division when
they won only seven of 17 games during an 18-day run that
ended Sunday night against three of the AL's elite: the New
York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.

Starting with Monday night's game against the Tigers, the
Rangers' next 18 games are against five sub-.500 clubs:
Detroit, the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota, Kansas City and
Tampa Bay.

Texas remained 2½ games behind Anaheim in the AL West as the
Angels beat the Yankees 7-3 Monday night.

The Rangers built a 6-1 lead, then the Tigers rallied to
make it a one-run game before John Wetteland pitched the
ninth for his 35th save.

``We jumped out in front, but just couldn't put them away,''
Clark said. ``Our defense was definitely out there. We made
several diving plays and also made some good picks.''

Clark's 17th homer, a two-run shot, highlighted a four-run
fourth inning to help the Rangers hand the Tigers their
sixth defeat in seven games and 17th in their last 20.

The Tigers failed to hit in the clutch, leaving 10 runners
on base.

``Overall, we're hitting the ball better,'' Tigers manager
Buddy Bell said. ``I think we need to do it more
consistently. We need to string some hits together.''

Texas took the lead in the fourth against Justin Thompson
(10-11). Rusty Greer drove in one run with a triple and
major league RBI leader Juan Gonzalez knocked in his 128th
run with an infield single. Clark followed with his two-run
blast to left-center, boosting the Rangers' lead to 4-0.

Roberto Kelly's RBI single in the fifth made it 5-0, but
Detroit's Juan Encarnacion had a sacrifice fly in the sixth
to cut it to 5-1.

Bill Haselman hit his sixth homer in the sixth to make it

Detroit scored twice in the seventh and knocked out Sele on
Brian Hunter's RBI groundout and Damion Easley's run-scoring

Thompson allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings.

Detroit cut it to 6-5 in the eighth when Zeile made a
throwing error on Deivi Cruz's routine grounder with the
bases loaded and Hunter added another RBI groundout.

Saints' rookie injured during hazing

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 25 (AP) -- New Orleans Saints tight end
Cam Cleeland is still uncertain how badly he was injured in
a hazing incident on the last night of training camp.

Cleeland, the Saints' second-round draft pick, was one of a
number of rookies who had pillow cases put over their heads
and were forced to run a gauntlet of veteran players. He was
the only one to sustain serious injuries, however.

``My vision is about the same, blurred, and it hurts a
lot,'' Cleeland said Monday. ``I saw a specialist on Sunday
and he said there is a sack of detached fluid around the
retina that's causing the blurriness.''

On Monday, the tight end had a CAT scan to determine if a
bone around the left eye was broken. Results were not
available Monday night.

On Thursday night, the final night of training camp in La
Crosse, Wis., the rookies were run down the gantlet in a
hall on the third floor of their dorm.

``It's my understanding they were hit, elbowed, kicked, just
about everything,'' Saints general manager Bill Kuharich

By the time the pillow case was removed from Cleeland, it
was soaked with blood, some players said. He was bleeding
from his nose and left eye.

Cleeland was removed from the starting lineup after
complaining of blurred vision before Saturday night's
exhibition game against the Tennessee Oilers.

Cleeland did not want to talk about the incident and said he
did not know which teammates made up the gantlet he was
forced to run.

``It goes on everywhere, you just don't hear about it if no
one gets hurt,'' he said. ``Obviously, it went a little bit
too far this time. But I'm trying to be a member of this
team and I don't want to do anything that gets me in wrong
with people.''

Cleeland's father, Gene, reached at his home in Sedro
Woolley, Wash., said if the injury is career-threatening,
they would consider a lawsuit.

``Having turned my son over to that organization, I expected
them to take care of him,'' Gene Cleeland said. ``From the
owner down, they had an obligation and they failed.''

He said the hazing was brutal and attributed it in part to
Cleeland's being slated as a starter. He also said the
players involved were black; Cleeland is white.

``This smacks somewhat of reverse racism,'' Gene Cleeland
said. ``I'm speaking as a concerned father, but this is a
black, inner-city, gang-like response to life, with the
attitude that it will make a man of you. It's like a gang

``Am I making a value judgment? Yes, I am. Am I a racist?
No, I am not, but I do truly understand the attitude of the

Defensive tackle Jeff Danish, a rookie free agent from
Syracuse, was also injured in the incident when his hand
went through a window when he tried to stop himself
following the run.

Danish, who was not seriously hurt, was waived by the Saints
on Monday.

``In all of my days as a player, assistant coach and coach I
have never heard of anything like this,'' coach Mike Ditka
said on his radio show following the Tennessee game
Saturday. ``There are cowards in the world and I told the
team that. When you blindfold someone, that's the worst of
the coward.''

Grid tickets on sale to public

PECOS, Aug. 25 -- Tickets are now on sale for new buyers of
Pecos Eagles' 1998 football season tickets.

Those wanting to buy tickets for Pecos' five regular season
home games should go to the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school
business office, 1302 S. Park St., today or Friday between
8:15 a.m. and 12 noon and from 1 to 4:15 p.m. to renew their
tickets. Season tickets are $25 apiece.

Individual tickets can be bought for $5 each until 12 noon
the week of each home game.

Home games this season are Sept. 11, Alpine; Sept. 18, Fort
Stockton; Oct. 9, Fabens (homecoming); Oct. 23, Clint; and
Nov. 6, San Elizario.

Pecos' road games this season include the Thursday, Sept. 3
season opener at Odessa against Denver City; Sept. 25 at
Crane; Oct. 2 at Kermit; Oct. 16 at El Paso Mountain View
and Oct. 30 at Canutillo.

Starting times for all home games this season is 7:30 p.m.
Road games will be 7:30 p.m. starts, except for the Sept. 3
game in Odessa and the Sept. 25 game at Crane, which are
both 8 p.m. starts.

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