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Monday, November 30, 1998

Bears down Eagles to reach semifinals

Special Correspondent
IRA, Nov. 28 -- The Balmorhea Bears scored on five of their
six possessions in the first half to win its six-man
quarterfinal football game over Samnorwood going away,.
52-24 in Ira Friday night.

In doing so, the Bears extended their season record to 8-3
and will now meet defending state champion Borden County in
the state semifinals on Friday at a site to be determined.
Borden County, which beat Balmorhea at home during
pre-district play, advanced to the semifinals with a 52-6
victory over Groom on Saturday afternoon in Floydada.

The Bears continued their march towards the state
championship game on the ground, as they amassed 383 yards
rushing Friday night, after running for over 450 the week
before in their victory over Sands.

The Bears had no passing yards that night, but add another
82 in the air on Friday, and Balmorhea displayed an awesome
offense that had a total of 465 yards for the night.

Samnorwood managed 287 yards of total offense, although they
ran just four plays less than the Boars' 42.

Travis Woodruff started the touchdown parade in the first
quarter for the Bears, as he scooted around the right side
of his offense line and raced untouched into the end zone
for a 31-yard touchdown. The PAT kick was blocked, but the
Bears had the lead with less than 3½ minutes gone off the

Samnorwood tied the score with 3:52 left in the first
quarter on a pass from Artie Wright to Luke Carter. But the
Eagles also missed their extra point and 45 seconds later a
Chris Cook 48-yard dash put the Bears ahead again.

The last glimmer of hope for the Eagles from the Panhandle
was in the opening minutes of the second quarter when a
16-yard pass from Clint McCloy to Carter knotted the score
at 12-12.

Following that Eagle touchdown, the rest of the half
belonged to the Bears, who scored three times in the second
quarter to take a 34-12 halftime load.

Scoring plays in that quarter included a 50 yard run by
Arturo Miranda, a 33 yard run by Billy Lozano and a
37-yarder by Woodruff -- his second of the night -- just 24
seconds before halftime. Miranda converted on two of the
extra-point attempts to help the Bears go out to their
22-point halftime lead.

The two teams took turns scoring in the third quarter.
Miranda ran in from 62 yards out two minutes into the period
to make it 40-12.

Samnorwood's scoring in the period came on a three-yard run
by Carter and a 52-yard run by Adam Herrera, but in-between
Miranda added a three yard TD run, which allowed the Bears
to come out of the period with a 46-24 advantage.

Balmorhea shut out Samnorwood in the fourth period, and
added the final points of the night with 3:27 left in the
tilt when Miranda raced 17 yards for his fourth TD of the

The Bears' win put them into the state six-man semifinals
for the first time since 1994, when they lost, 32-28 to
Amherst, which went on to win the first of its two straight
state championships. Borden County defeated Balmorhea back
on Sept. 26 by a 57-24 score, but finished second in their
district to Sands, the team the Bears beat in their first
round playoff matchup.

Pecos cagers worn down by Bronchos

PECOS, Nov. 30 -- Size again was a problem for the Pecos
Eagle boys basketball team on Saturday, as they dropped
their 1998-99 home opener to the Odessa High Bronchos by a
72-46 final score.

"Our post men were just out-sized," said Eagles' coach Mike
Sadler. "We hung with them for a while, but they just wore
us down."

The Bronchos jumped ahead of Pecos by a 16-5 score after one
period, before the Eagles cut that back to 28-20 at the
half. "They had 18 and we had 13 in the third, so we were
down by 13 but still in it, but they had a tremendous fourth
quarter and we didn't play very well in the fourth quarter."

Oscar Luna tied for high point honors for Pecos with 14
points, including a pair of 3-point shots, but Frank Perea,
who had five 3-pointers in each of the Eagles' previous two
games, was held to just one on Saturday.

"Oscar shot the ball really well, but we just weren't very
hot overall from the outside," Sadler said. "Roy Marta came
in and did a good job shooting the ball."

Roy Hernandez and Tron Gentry each had 14 to lead Odessa
High, as ex-Eagle coach Bobby Milliorn got a victory in his
first game back in Pecos since spending five seasons as the
Eagles' head coach.

"Hopefully, with Fern (Navarette) coming back Tuesday he'll
be able to help out Mark (Marquez) and Frank inside," Sadler
said. Marquez joined Luna with 14 points, his high so far
this season, in the losing effort.

OHS is 2-1 on the season while Pecos falls to 1-3 going into
their game on Tuesday against Crane. It will be part of a
doubleheader against the Cranes, with the girls starting at
6 p.m., followed by the boys' contest.

Odessa High also won Saturday's junior varsity game, by a
93-38 final score.

Gentry 5 4-9 14; Hodges 1 0-0 2; Sutherland 1 1-2 3;
Maxwell 1 0-0 3; Mathis 4 2-4 10; Hernandez 6 1-2 14; Casey
4 2-5 10; Price 4 1-1 9; Smithee 2 2-2 6; Espinoza 0 1-2 1.
Totals 28 14-27 72.

PECOS (46)
Herrera 1 0-0 2; Marta 2 2-4 6; Perea 1 0-0 3; Evans 2 0-0
4; Luna 5 0-2 14; Garcia 0 1-2 1; Marquez 6 2-3 14; Weidner
0 4-4 4. Totals 17 9-16 46.

Odessa High 16 12 18 28 --72
Pecos 5 15 13 13 --46
Three-point goals: Odessa High 2 (Maxwell, Hernandez), Pecos
3 (Luna 2, Perea).

Eagles stay winless with loss at Andrews

PECOS, Nov. 30 -- Pecos Eagles' coach Brian Williams said he
saw some more improvement in his girls basketball team on
Saturday, even though the Eagles dropped to 0-4 on the
season with a 70-30 loss in Andrews to the Mustangs.

"We did play a whole lot better," Williams said. "We handled
the pressure better, but we just have to start working on
the mental part of it.

"They tried to press us and we broke it, but we'd get a
3-on-1 or a 3-on-2 and throw the ball away," he said.

"I thought we did a little bit better offensively, but we're
still struggling on defense. We're not blocking out. We're
making them take outside shots, but then we're letting them
get two or three shots off the rebound," the Eagles' coach

Erica Graham had 17 points to lead Andrews, which went to
the foul line 34 times, as Eagle posts Lindsey Hathorn and
Philonicus Fobbs both fouled out for the second game in a
row. Pecos was led by Maricela Arenivas with 10, but the
Eagles were also hurt by their 6-for-18 shooting from the
foul line Saturday.

"They had a 10-0 run right off the bat. We turned the ball
over the first four or five times we had it, before we
settled down," Williams said. Andrews outscored Pecos by 10
each of the first three periods, and held a 53-19 advantage
after three periods.

The win was Andrews' first in four tries, while Pecos' loss
was their second straight on the road against a former
district opponent. They'll try again for their first win of
the season on Tuesday, when they host Crane in the first
game of a doubleheader with the boys' team, starting at 6

PECOS (30)
Lara 2 0-0 4; Marquez 2 0-0 4; Molinar 0 1-4 1; Quiroz 1 2-4
4; Salcido 0 0-0 0; Arenivas 5 0-2 10; Levario 0 3-6 3;
Hathorn 1 0-0 2; Fobbs 1 0-2 1. Totals 12 6-18 30.

Carrasco 0 1-4 1; Graham 6 5-6 17; Robins 3 0-2 6; Johnson 0
0-2 0; Reynolds 4 4-4 12; Tharp 4 0-0 8; Martinez 6 4-8 16;
Hunter 3 4-6 12; Curry 0 0-2 0. Totals 26 14-34 70.

Pecos 5 9 6 11 --30
Andrews 15 19 20 17 --70
Three-point goals: None. Fouled out: Pecos, Hathorn, Fobbs,
Andrews, Hunter. Total fouls: Pecos 24, Andrews 21.

D-backs win battle to sign Johnson

AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Nov. 30 -- Arizona won the bidding war for Randy
Johnson, agreeing today to a $53 million, four-year contract
with the Big Unit.

Johnson, who lives near Phoenix in suburban Glendale,
turned down four-year offers from the Anaheim Angels, Los
Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers.

The average annual value of his new contract is $13.25
million, the second-highest in baseball behind the $13.33
million Mo Vaughn will get under the $80 million, six-year
contract he agreed to last Wednesday with Anaheim.

Johnson, 35, was 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA and 116 strikeouts in
84 1-3 innings this year for the Houston Astros, who
acquired him from Seattle July 31. Unhappy with the Mariners
after they refused to give him a contract extension after
the 1997 season, Johnson had asked for a trade.

When Seattle refused, he was grumpy all through spring
training and the first half of the season, going 9-10 with a
4.33 ERA before Seattle dealt him just minutes before the
trade deadline.

He joins an Arizona team that hopes to improve dramatically
from 1998, when the Diamondbacks went 65-97 in their initial
season, finishing last in the NL West, 33 games behind the
division-winning San Diego Padres.

Since the end of the season, Arizona has signed Todd
Stottlemyre to a $32 million, four-year contract and Armando
Reynoso to a $5.5 million, two-year deal.

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