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Thursday, April 22, 1999

Junior high golfers start play Saturday

PECOS, Apr. 22 -- The junior high golf season begins for the
Pecos Eagles seventh and eighth grade teams on Saturday,
with the first of four rounds of tournament play at Fort

While the Eagles' high school golf teams were moved into a
district with El Paso area schools this past year and will
send both their `A' and `B' teams to regionals next week,
Crockett and Zavala golfers will compete against their usual
area opponents in Fort Stockton, Monahans, Andrews and
Kermit during the four week tournament.

Andrews will host the second round of the tournament on May
1, while Pecos and Kermit will split the third round. The
girls will go to Kermit for their nine-hole tournament on
May 7, and the boys will play 18 holes at the Reeves County
Golf Course on May 8.

The tournament's final round will be on May 15 in Monahans.

Girls coach Kim Calhoun said she has eight players out in
the two grades this year. "I've got a couple of seventh
grade girls, Sarah McKinney and Stephanie Herrera, who are
very good. Jenna Cranfill also plays seventh grade and the
rest are eighth graders," she said.

Brandi North, Lauren Martinez, Dina Dutchover, Amanda
Armstrong and Rebecca Reynolds are the other junior high
girls on the golf team.

On the boys' side coach Waymond Holland has nearly 20
players out in the two grades, of which 10 will play in the
three out-of-town tournaments. "On the 8th, everybody gets
to play," he said. "I want to get each kid at least two
rounds in the tournament."

Holland said Pete Vasquez, Sal Nichols, Jake Morton, Daniel
Medina John Parent, Bubba Foster and Jeremi Ballard are the
seventh grade players, while Jack Stickels, Travis Thorp,
Jake McKinney, Chase Lawrence, David Bradley, Trey Perkins,
Casey Breiton, David Elkins, Austin Alvarez, Will Armstrong
and Clayton Cox are the eighth graders participating.

Clemens beats Rangers, ties win mark

AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Apr. 22 -- Roger Clemens hasn't shown New York
Yankees fans the overpowering pitcher who won five Cy Young
awards. He has shown them a pitcher who can battle without
his best stuff.

The Rocket tied the American League record with his 17th
straight win, allowing four hits in 7 1-3 innings Wednesday
night in the New York Yankees' 4-2 win against Texas.

``I feel like I've been fortunate to win that many games and
have that type of record,'' Clemens said. ``I don't bask in
it. I'll look back on it over the winter when I see all the
hard work is worth it.''

Clemens struggled early with his control against Texas,
walking three and allowing an unearned run in the first

He settled down after that, issuing only one other walk. He
allowed singles to Mark McLemore in the third and fifth
innings, a solo homer to Todd Zeile in the fourth and a
single to Rusty Greer in the eighth. He held Texas hitless
in 14 at-bats with runners on base.

``We were one hit away from getting to him,'' Texas manager
Johnny Oates said. ``But we just couldn't get it. We always
seem to be a hit away against this team.''

Clemens, who heard a smattering of boos in the first and
fourth innings, left to a standing ovation after striking
out Juan Gonzalez, his sixth of the game. Mike Stanton and
Jeff Nelson each got an out in the eighth and Mariano Rivera
pitched the ninth for his second save.

``He struggled tonight,'' Yankees interim manager Don Zimmer
said. ``When I took him out he said, `Nothing comes easy
anymore.' That's the sign of a great pitcher. You don't win
five Cy Youngs by not winning games without your best

Clemens (2-0) hasn't lost since last May 29 to Seattle,
tying the AL record set by Cleveland's Johnny Allen in
1936-37 and matched by Baltimore's Dave McNally in 1968-69.
Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants set the major league
record of 24 in 1936-37.

Clemens can break the AL record next week in his home state
of Texas against the Rangers.

``I don't think we've seen the dominating pitcher yet,''
said Chili Davis, who hit a solo homer to support Clemens.
``It's early in the season and he's still trying to find
himself. But you can't downplay how impressive the streak
is. Seventeen wins in a row is big.''

Clemens missed a chance to tie the record last week against
Baltimore, allowing seven runs in three-plus innings. He
ended up with a no-decision as New York lost 9-7.

``I feel pretty fortunate,'' Clemens said. ``Obviously, you
have to throw the ball well. But I got a mulligan the last

Texas has lost 13 of 16 to New York over the past two years,
including a three-game sweep in the division series. That
motivated the Rangers to pursue Clemens when Toronto put him
on the trade market.

The Rangers came close to reaching a deal in February, only
to be trumped again at the last minute by New York, raising
the ire of Texas general manager Doug Melvin.

``It doesn't seem like we changed a whole lot from last
year,'' said Texas starter Rick Helling (0-3). ``We play
them close but lose. That's what happened last year.''

Clemens' addition has made the gap between the two teams
even wider. The Rangers, who led the majors in batting
average and were second in runs to the Yankees last year,
have scored just three runs and are batting .143 (22-154) in
their last five games against New York.

Texas took the lead in the opening inning, its first against
New York since their last meeting in the regular season. Tom
Goodwin walked, stole second and third and scored on catcher
Joe Girardi's throwing error.

The Yankees tied it in the second on Davis' fourth homer.
After Zeile's homer put Texas back ahead, the Yankees struck
for three in the fifth.

Chuck Knoblauch singled with one out and scored on Derek
Jeter's fifth homer. Paul O'Neill walked on four pitches and
advanced to third on Bernie Williams' single, knocking out
Helling. O'Neill later scored on Martinez's RBI groundout.

Helling, who won his first six starts last year en route to
a 20-win season, allowed five hits and four runs in 4 1-3
innings. His ERA after four starts is 8.53.

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