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Tuesday, November 24, 1998

Eagles get early Stockton doubleheader

PECOS, Nov. 24 -- What would have been a January
doubleheader in past years will take place a coupler of
months early tonight, when the Pecos Eagles travel to Fort
Stockton to face the Panthers and Prowlers.

The boys will play varsity, junior varsity and freshman
games against Fort Stockton, at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m., while
the girls varsity will be the only ones to face the
Prowlers, prior to the boys' varsity game at 6 p.m. The JV
and freshmen girls are hosting Buena Vista's varsity and JV
squads tonight.

Pecos' boys are 1-1 on the season after their 54-49 loss in
Presidio on Friday. Pecos opened their season with a 42-35
victory at Monahans, while Fort Stockton raised it's season
record to 2-0 on Friday with a 53-45 win at home over the

"We didn't play very well in the first half," coach Mike
Sadler said of Friday's loss. "We were down 34-24 at
halftime and then we came back. We closed it to within 51-49
with 13 seconds to play and had no time-outs left. They were
on the back end of a 1-and-1 and we were hoping he would
miss the back end and we could get the rebound and run the
play we had worked out, but they got the offensive rebound,
took it back inside and made a three-point play."

Sadler said Oscar Luna and Frank Perea both had 15 points to
lead Pecos in scoring, with Perea's points coming off five
3-point shots. But he added the Eagles were without their
regular starting posts for the final 1½ quarters of the game.

"We already were playing without Fern (Navarette, out until
Dec. 1 due to grades) and Mark had four fouls with 2½
quarters gone," Sadler said. "The last foul he got was a
technical foul. He was hot and I didn't play him the rest of
the game."

"We need to get that worked out at the first of the year so
it doesn't beat you at the end. They got two free throws and
a basket, so it was a four-point play and you can't do
that," the Eagles' coach added.

Nathan Sawyer had 15 points and Luke Groth 10 in Fort
Stockton's win over Monahans. The Panthers beat the Eagles
twice when they were District 4-4A rivals last season.

Pecos' girls beat Fort Stockton four times a year ago, twice
in district, but both teams come into tonight's game with
0-2 records. The Eagles' 56-29 loss at Stanton was a step up
from their 97-point loss to Odessa High to open the season,
while Fort Stockton comes in off an 80-34 loss at Reagan
County this past Friday.

"We come out in a game a lot different from what we do in
practice," said Eagles' coach Brian Williams. "We get out
there and score, and we score and go back upcourt with our
heads down instead of turning around and getting into the

Shaye Lara has been the only Pecos player doing much scoring
so far this season, netting 22 of Pecos' 50 points in two
games. Fort Stockton was led by Christina Robledo with seven
points in their loss at Reagan County, in which the Owls
jumped out to a 46-13 halftime lead.

Balmorhea puts two on volleyball squad

PECOS, Nov. 24 -- Balmorhea Bears' senior setter Brenda
Dutchover was named to the first team All-District 3-A
volleyball squad, while another senior, Amy Garcia, was a
second team selection.

The teams were picked earlier this month and released on
Saturday, following Wink's 15-13, 13-15, 15-10 loss to
Windthorst in the Class A state championship game in Austin.

It's a first-time selection for Garcia, while Dutchover
received second team honors as a setter on last year's
all-district squad.

Wink's Jess Ann Fernandes repeated as Most Valuable Player
for District 3-A and both the Wildcats and second place
Grandfalls-Royalty put four players apiece on the first team

Three other seniors from Wink -- Cassie Slaughter, Michelle
Harbin and Geanna Baker -- were first-team picks, with
Slaughter being named outstanding setter. Offensive and
defensive player honors went to Grandfalls' senior Stacey
Miller and junior Dorina Rodriguez, with two other juniors,
Misty Stocks and Crystal Rayos, also chosen to the squad.

Buena Vista senior Carla Grant rounded out the first team

Joining Garcia on the second team squad were three Buena
Vista juniors -- Deanna Graham, Crystal Sickler and Meg
Choate -- senior Anabell Luna and junior Mary Lou Ramirez
from Grandfalls, and senior Erin Wolf and juniors Mandi
McCallister and Ryan Thomas from Wink.

Bears' playoff game site set

PECOS, Nov. 24 -- After a couple of days of looking, the
Balmorhea Bears and Samnorwood Eagles found a midpoint site
for their six man football quarterfinal game this week,
though it will mean a long drive Friday for both teams.

The Bears and Eagles will face each other at 6 p.m. Friday
in Ira -- located 10 miles southwest of Snyder -- for the
right to advance to the state semifinals, coach Ennis
Erickson said Monday. That means an early start for fans
going to the game, since Balmorhea is about a 220-mile drive
from Ira, while Samnorwood, located east of Amarillo, is
210-miles away, all of that along back roads.

The game will match Balmorhea's high-scoring running attack
against Samnorwood's defense. The Bears, 7-3 were stopped
have been averaging better than 60 points a game while
winning their last four games, over Sanderson, Sierra
Blanca, Marathon and last Friday's 74-46 playoff victory
over Sands, while Samnorwood, 7-4, came away last week with
a 36-0 victory over Rochester, which entered that area round
playoff game with a 9-1 record.

Bledsoe breaks, doesn't bend, in Pats' win

FOXBORO, Mass., Nov. 24 (AP) -- New England quarterback Drew
Bledsoe wasn't about to let backup Scott Zolak take his

Not even after the Patriots star broke a finger on his
throwing hand.

``If there was any way I could do it, I wanted to stay,''
Bledsoe said. ``I didn't know if I was hurting the team by
staying ... but I'd be damned if I'm going to let Zolak in
in that situation. It's a situation I dream about.''

Trailing 23-19 with just under two minutes left against
Miami on Monday night, the Patriots were at midfield when
Bledsoe fractured his right index finger in two places after
hitting a shoulder pad.

``He called a timeout, then came back and said, `I got to
stick it out,' '' receiver Shawn Jefferson said.

Bledsoe did far more than that, capping a 15-play, 80-yard
drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson with 29
seconds left as the Patriots beat the Dolphins 26-23.

``It's a situation I've always loved,'' said Bledsoe, who
converted two fourth-and-10s during the winning drive.

It was a big setback for Miami (7-4), which lost a chance to
retain sole possession of the AFC East lead. The Dolphins
dropped into a tie with Buffalo and the New York Jets, one
game ahead of New England (6-5).

``Every time we have an opportunity to separate ourselves
from the rest of the division, we just haven't been able to
do it,'' Miami quarterback Dan Marino said.

Marino had led the Dolphins on a 48-yard drive that
culminated with Karim Abdul-Jabbar's 4-yard touchdown with
3:22 left that gave Miami its 23-19 lead. Marino finished
24-for-38 for 289 with two touchdown passes to Oronde
Gadsden and one interception.

``I thought we had it won,'' Miami coach Jimmy Johnson said.
``But, you know, you don't have it won until it's over

Instead, Bledsoe and Jefferson stepped up.

Jefferson, who dropped Bledsoe's pass on the Patriots' last
offensive play in a 13-10 loss at Buffalo a week ago,
stepped into the huddle and asked, ``Can I have another

He got two, and made the most of them -- a 12-yard reception
on a fourth-and-7 from the Miami 37, then an
over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone.

``It's the same route (as in Buffalo) and he came through,''
Patriots coach Pete Carroll said. ``He was really upset last

Bledsoe completed 28-of-54 passes for 423 yards, just 3
yards short of his career-high. He threw two touchdowns
passes and two interceptions.

``That's the kind of stuff we've been calling on guys to do
and to make big plays for us,'' Carroll said. ``He had a
great game.''

Jefferson had six receptions for a season-high 131 yards.

New England won for just the second time in six games.

``Every time we thought we had them, they made fourth-down
plays in the clutch,'' Miami linebacker Zach Thomas said.
``This one's tough.''

Adam Vinatieri's fourth field goal, a 24-yarder, gave the
Patriots their first lead, 19-17 with 9:01 left. But Marino
engineered the 48-yard drive that ended in Abdul-Jabbar's

The Patriots began the winning march at their own 20 and
Bledsoe had five completions on third and fourth downs
during the drive.

``We blew some coverages,'' Johnson said.

Miami got the ball back at its own 4 with 26 seconds left,
and Marino's 46-yard completion to Ed Perry got the ball to
midfield. But the game ended on the next play, a short
completion to Gadsden.

Bledsoe's 8-yard scoring pass to Ben Coates tied it at 7
after one quarter. Gadsden's second touchdown, an 11-yarder
following a 35-yarder in the first quarter, made it 14-7.

``We won one game, and it was a dramatic effort,'' Carroll
said. ``We're starting to get healthy here. We've got some
guys coming back. Now we've got to turn our attention to

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