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Friday, October 9, 1998

Lady Eagles need road win

PECOS, Oct. 9 -- The race for the District 2-4A volleyball
title will either be all tied up or all but over by Saturday
evening, depending on the outcome of the Pecos Eagles' match
in Fabens against the Wildcats.

The Wildcats host the Eagles starting at about 4 p.m. in
Fabens, and can take a two game lead in the district
standings with a victory. Fabens comes in with a 5-0 record
in district, 16-5 overall, while Pecos is 4-1, and 12-9 on
the season.

Eagles' coach Becky Granado will be hoping another long bus
ride helps her team focus better than they have in their
three district home matches so far. The Eagles had little
trouble handling the two weakest 2-4A squads -- El Paso
Mountain View and Canutillo -- after 195- and 220-mile bus
rides the past two Saturdays, but have struggled after
strong starts in the three home matches.

They survived last Tuesday, beating San Elizario, 15-1,
13-15, 15-13. But two weeks earlier, after getting off to a
14-4 start against Fabens, the Eagles lost by 13-15, 15-3
15-8 scores.

After Tuesday's narrow win, coach Becky Granado said her
setters and hitters were both going to have to make better
decisions to beat the Wildcats.

"I've told out setters if somebody misses a kill to go to
one of the other hitters, but they don't want to do it," she
said, while the hitters, "need to take what the defense is
giving them. I told them to go cross court, but they didn't
do it, and it doesn't do any good to hit the ball hard, if
you hit it right at somebody."

Wildcats hitters Beverly Alarcon, Stephanie Macias and Cindy
Arrieta outplayed Pecos' front line after the outset, as the
Wildcats took away Pecos' momentum and never gave it back.

The district winner will earn a first round bye in the
playoffs, though they do have either Hereford or Dumas
awaiting in the second round. The second and third place
teams will face District 1-4A opponents in their first
playoff match, and with Clint facing 2-15 Canutillo and San
Elizario meeting 1-19 Mountain View, Pecos needs a win to
avoid falling into a likely tie for second with the Lions
and San Elizario counterparts.

But no matter what happens, Pecos will need to win at least
one of their final three Saturday road matches, at Fabens,
Clint and San Elizario, to be assured of their third
straight trip to the playoffs.

Swimmers face Steers in season-opening meet

PECOS, Oct. 9 -- The Pecos Eagle boys swimming team will get
an early look at their main District 4 rival on Saturday,
when they open their 1998-99 season with a dual meet against
the Big Spring Steers.

The Eagles and Steers will meet at 1 p.m. at the Big Spring
YMCA pool, the first of two dual meets in six days for
Pecos. They'll host Andrews in their home opener next

Eagles' coach Terri Morse said for the first time in a
while, she'll have more swimmers on her boys' team than on
the girls' side. "If everybody comes out who said they
would, we should have 10 or 11 (girls), probably not as much
as we need, but we'll have a good slate of boys," she said.

The Eagles will have enough boys out on Saturday to field
three relay teams in the 400 freestyle, and two in both the
200 freestyle and 200 medley relays.

Big Spring has had the numbers advantage in recent years and
have won two of the past three boys district titles, with
the Eagles winning the other seven since 1990. This season,
Morse said that situation may also be reversed.

"They still have Slate (Broyles) and Billy (Beckworth), but
they had quite a few graduate. They only have eight boys and
quite a few girls. I think we'll have a few more numbers
than they have unless they've picked up a few more."

Big Spring edged out Pecos by seven points for last season's
district title, with Broyles winning two individual firsts,
one over Pecos' Kevin Bates in the 100 butterfly, who did
set a new district record in the 100 freestyle. He's
scheduled to swim the 100 fly and the 50 free on Saturday.

Bates is the only returning district champ for Pecos, while
among the other returning swimmers Matt Ivy had a pair of
third place finishes at district on the boys' side, while
for the girls Liz Parent will try to improve on two second
place finishes last season at district. Kelsey Flores also
had a second for the Eagles a year ago as a freshman in the
100 breaststroke, which she'll compete in on Saturday.

"We don't have as many numbers out. We only have two senior
girls and that's not a lot, so we're going to have to see
what our younger girls can do," Morse said.

The girls won last year's district title by 25 points over
Monahans, and have won six of the previous seven titles
before that, with the Loboes winning in 1997. "I think our
toughest competition will be Monahans again, along with Big
Spring, and Fort Stockton's boys could be tough, too," Morse

Rallies hurt, help Eagles at home

Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 9 -- Comebacks paid off in two of the three
football games at Eagle Stadium on Thursday night, while
Pecos' seventh grade and junior varsity teams were too far
behind to stage any comebacks in their road games on

Wink's junior varsity rallied from a 16-3 deficit to defeat
Pecos' freshman 26-16 at Eagle Stadium, after Crockett's
eighth grade `A' team rallied from an 8-6 halftime deficit
to down Fort Stockton, 20-8. The eighth grade `B' team
scored a fourth quarter touchdown to tie Fort Stockton at
6-all, but saw the Panthers then go down and score in the
closing minutes for a 12-6 victory.

Pecos JV had a rough night in Marfa, as they lost to the
Shorthorns' varsity by a 67-0 final score, while in Fort
Stockton's Pecos `A' and `B' seventh grade teams were beaten
by the Panthers, 34-6 and 34-0.

Wink's JV turned an early Pecos fumble into a field goal
before the Eagles scored on their next two possessions, off
a 40 yard touchdown pass from Richard Rodriguez to Ricky
Plummer, and a 67-yard to Plummer off a lateral play. But
Wink answered with two TD runs before halftime for an 18-16
lead, then used a screen pass for the only score of the
second half, from 20 yards out in the third quarter.

The loss left the ninth graders with a 2-4 record, with
their final four games all on the road.

THe Shorthorns piled it on Pecos' JV before their 1998
homecoming crowd, including a missed field goal attempt in
the closing minutes that would have made it 70-0. The loss
leaves the JV with a 2-4 season record.

The eighth graders improved to 3-1 despite a sub-par
performance, especially in the first half, when Fort
Stockton outplayed Pecos on the lines. The Eagles took a 6-0
lead on Matthew Levario's 40-yard scoring pass to Abel
Lopez, but Fort Stockton came right back to go up 8-6 on a
57-yard run and two point conversion.

Pecos went ahead for good in the third period when Levario
was spun around on a bootleg to the left, and went around
the right side for an 18-yard touchdown. In the fourth
period, he hit Lopez again, this time from 27 yards out,
then ran in the two-point conversion to close out the

The `B' team got their score on a fourth down run by Chris
Orona with five minutes to play, but saw the Panthers come
back with a 25 yard run with just under two minutes

The seventh graders' lone score came off a 10 yard pass to
Oscar Parada from John Parent, who then had to leave the
game with a hand injury. "Jose Reyes had to play quarterback
in the second half and did a good job," said coach Jerry
Parent. "And Trent Graham did a good job for the `B' team.
He had a trial by fire, because he was the only quarterback
we had."

The `A' team fell to 0-4 on the season, while the `B' team
is now 1-2.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity plays their 1998
homecoming game and District 2-4A home opener against the
Fabens Wildcats. Pecos comes in with a 2-3 record after
losses to Crane and Kermit, while Fabens defeated Santa
Teresa, N.M. last week to go 5-0 on the season. This will be
the fifth straight year the teams have met in regular season
play, with Pecos winning the past two seasons and in 1994
while Fabens won at home in 1995.

The Eagles and Wildcats will get a 30 minute head start on
El Paso Mountain View and San Elizario, while Clint and
Canutillo will kick off at 8:30 p.m. in tonight's other
District 2-4A opener. However, both of Pecos' road games in
district, next week at Mountain View and Oct. 30 in
Canutillo, will by 7:30 p.m. starts.

San Elizario (2-3) at Mountain View (4-1): The Eagles had a
week off to enjoy their two consecutive victories, something
San Elizario has had a tough time picking up in an entire
season in recent years. Add to that the fact that the last
win was by a 34-14 score over El Paso Bowie, which then
turned around and beat Clint, 35-12, and San Eli has to be
more excited about the district football season than they've
been for a while.

Mountain View, meanwhile, suffered their first loss of the
season last week, a strange 41-7 defeat to El Paso Ysleta in
which the Lobos outgained the Indians, 401 yards to 261. San
Elizario quarterback Mike Perez has been his team's main
weapon, running and passing for over 300 yards so far, while
Mountain View's attack has been a little more diverse, with
not only quarterback Adolfo Villa throwing to Albert
Jaurneta, but backs Frank Carrejo and Ricky Lopez both
having 100-yard rushing games against Ysleta.

Clint (2-3) at Canutillo (2-3): The latest starting game,
and the one mostly likely to make it past midnight. Clint is
averaging over 370 yards offense per game, but only 70 of
that has been on the ground. Quarterback D.J. Check is
throwing better than 30 passes a game and is among the state
leaders, but while the Lions can score quickly, the defense
is giving up lots of yards rushing, which means teams can
keep the ball away from Clint's offense.

Canutillo's secondary is probably happy to see Check and
the Lions come to town. After getting no interceptions in
their first three games, all losses, the Eagles have picked
off 11 passes in their last two games, leading to routs over
El Paso High and El Paso Burges. Like Clint, Canutillo
quarterback Jesus Navarette has put the ball up a lot,
mostly to Ignacio Juarez, but while the Eagles have thrown
for 800 yards, they've also run for 851 and have gotten good
games out of David Rodriguez and Gabriel Gonzales the past
two weeks.

Braves losing arms race as Padres win again

AP Baseball Writer
ATLANTA, Oct. 9 -- Kevin Brown and the San Diego Padres are
showing the Atlanta Braves how it feels to be on the other
end of great pitching.

The Padres once again won the arms race, with Brown allowing
only three singles and striking out 11 as San Diego won 3-0
Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the NL championship

``I think it's a real moral victory for us to come in here
and play against this caliber of team and face the pitching
we were going to face,'' Brown said.

John Smoltz and Tom Glavine did well for Atlanta, but Andy
Ashby and Brown did even better. The Braves, who led the
majors with 23 shutouts in the regular season, are batting
just .172 in the NLCS.

``We can't feel good about being 0-2, but we have the type
of club and pitching that we could easily reel off four in a
row,'' Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.

That is, if his team starts to hit.

Game 3 will be Saturday at San Diego, with Atlanta's Greg
Maddux facing Sterling Hitchcock. The Padres are hoping for
a big weekend at home to reach the World Series for only the
second time, the first since 1984.

The Braves are appearing in their seventh straight NLCS, but
never have faced an 0-2 deficit. In fact, no team has ever
lost the first two games at home and come back to win a
league championship series since the best-of-7 format began
in 1985.

Atlanta did not figure to do much with Brown. The lifelong
Georgia resident, who won twice at Turner Field in the 1997
NLCS while with Florida, improved to 6-0 with a 1.85 ERA in
his last eight starts against the Braves.

``It's definitely sweet when you have success here,'' Brown
said. ``I need to find some wood to knock on. I feel pretty
good right now.''

Relying on his heavy sinker and a nasty fastball in the
mid-90s, he was in real danger just once. With the game
scoreless, he retired Javy Lopez on a fly to end the fourth
inning with runners on second and third -- the Braves hit
only five fly balls all evening.

After striking out 16 in the division series opener against
Houston, Brown now is 2-0 with an 0.38 ERA in three starts
in this postseason.

``I've never seen anything like that,'' Braves cleanup
hitter Andres Galarraga said. ``He threw the ball right
where he wanted.''

Along with outdueling Glavine, Brown almost outhit Atlanta
all by himself. He singled with two outs in the sixth inning
to set up Quilvio Veras' RBI single, and also singled and
scored in a two-run ninth.

``They were timely,'' he said. ``That's one of the reasons I
really enjoy the National League play. You don't always
swing the bat good, but once in a blue moon, you get a
chance to contribute.''

Brown did more than his share, exactly the kind of
performance the Padres hoped for when they traded three
prospects to Florida in the offseason to acquire the

``I knew when we got him that he would make a big
difference, but I didn't know he would make this kind of
impact,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. ``When Kevin
Brown is on, he's as tough as any pitcher in the game. Right
now, he's locked in.''

San Diego won without 50-homer man Greg Vaughn, out of the
starting lineup for 3-4 days because of a strained left

A crowd of 43,083, about 8,000 short of a sellout, spent the
last couple of innings booing the Braves' futility. Atlanta
won 10 straight games before the Padres came to town.

It was 0-0 until the sixth, when Chris Gomez, Brown and
Veras each singled with two outs. Brown made his only
mistake of the game on Veras' hit when he slid head first
and was thrown out at third.

``I picked myself up and said what an idiot I was,'' Brown

Not that Brown needed it, but the Padres scored two
insurance runs in the ninth off Odalis Perez. Brown's
leadoff single set up RBI singles by Steve Finley and Wally

Glavine did his best, even hitting one of the Braves'
singles. In Wednesday night's 3-2 loss in 10 innings, the
20-game winner was used as a pinch-hitter and walked.

``We hit two balls good all night,'' Cox said. ``We just
couldn't score.''

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