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Tuesday, May 25, 1999

Eagles start `99 football season on road

PECOS, May 25 -- There isn't much difference in the Pecos Eagles' 1999 varsity football schedule from the one they played in 1998, and the Eagles are hoping that the results -- at least during the District 2-4A portion of the schedule -- also remain pretty much the same.

The Eagles will play the same schedule of opponents as a year ago but with home sites reversed on all their games except for the season opener, on Sept. 2 at Odessa's Ratliff Stadium against the Denver City Mustangs. It's the first of three straight road games the Eagles will play to open up the 1999 schedule, with their first home game not coming until Sept. 24, when the Crane Golden Cranes come to town.

The neutral site opener takes the place of a Pecos home game this year, leaving Pecos with just four games at Eagle Stadium during the 1999 season. Last year's game at Ratliff took the place of a Denver City home game.

Denver City and Crane are two of the four teams new head coach Gary Grubbs would like to see different results against. Pecos lost to the Cranes and Mustangs last year, while Kermit, this year's homecoming opponent on Oct. 1, handed the Eagles their other pre-district defeat.

Pecos then went 4-1 in District 2-4A play to share the district title with Canutillo and earn their first trip to the playoffs in 23 years. Canutillo handed the Eagles their only district loss last year, and the Eagles will get a chance to avenge that on Oct. 29, a week after they'll play what is supposed to be their tougher game in district this year, an Oct. 22 matchup with Clint on the Lions' home field.

Schedules for the Eagles' junior varsity and freshman teams have also been reversed from a year ago, with the exception of dropping two games between Pecos' ninth graders and Wink's JV. The freshman won't play their home opener until Oct. 14, when Crane comes to town, but the ninth graders will begin their home schedule with their season opener against Denver City on Sept. 3.

Pecos' two scrimmage games also are the same as a year ago, with the sites reversed. They'll play their first scrimmage on Aug. 20 in Monahans against the Loboes, then travel to Midland on Aug. 27 to scrimmage the Greenwood Rangers.

Pecos Eagles 1999
Varsity Football Schedule

* - District game x - Homecoming
2 (Thur.) - Denver City at Odessa 8 p.m.
10 (Fri.) - at Alpine 7:30 p.m.
17 (Fri.) - at Fort Stockton 7:30 p.m.
24 (Fri.) - Crane 8 p.m.

1 (Fri.) - x-Kermit 7:30 p.m.
8 (Fri.) - * at Fabens 7:30 p.m. CDT
15 (Fri.) - *EP Moutain View 7:30 p.m.
22 (Fri.) - *at Clint 7:30 p.m. CDT
29 (Fri.) - *Canutillo 7:30 p.m.

5 (Fri.) - *at San Elizario 7:30 p.m. CST

Pecos Eagles 1999
JV Football Schedule
3 (Fri.) - Denver City 7 p.m.
9 (Thur.) - at Alpine 6 p.m.
16 (Thur.) - Ft. Stockton 7 p.m.
23 (Thur.) - at Crane 7 p.m.
30 (Thur.) - at Kermit 6:30 p.m.

7 (Thur.) - Marfa varsity 7 p.m.
14 (Thur.) - OPEN
21 (Thur.) - Kermit 6:30 p.m.
28 (Thur.) - at Fort Stockton 6 p.m.

4 (Thur.) - Crane 6 p.m.

Pecos Eagles 1999
Freshman Football Schedule
3 (Fri.) - at Denver City 7 p.m.
9 (Thur.) - at Andrews 7 p.m.
16 (Thur.) - at Ft. Stockton 6 p.m.
23 (Thur.) - at Crane 5 p.m.
30 (Thur.) - at Kermit 5 p.m.

7 (Thur.) - OPEN
14 (Thur.) - Crane 8 p.m.
21 (Thur.) - Monahans 7:30 p.m.
28 (Thur.) - Ft. Stockton 6 p.m.

5 (Thur.) - OPEN

Knicks complete sweep by finishing off Hawks

AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, May 25 -- All of a sudden, No. 8 is in the Final Four of the NBA playoffs.

And what's more, the New York Knicks suddenly look like a powerhouse, perhaps energized by a political maelstrom that accompanied their four-game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks.

The Knicks threw a defensive shroud over the outmanned Hawks, completing the second-round sweep with a 79-66 victory Monday night that thrust New York into the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana. The Knicks are the first eighth-seeded team to make it that far.

It's a tribute to coach Jeff Van Gundy, whose job teetered in the balance when the Knicks were 21-21 late in the lockout-shortened season. It was then that Madison Square Garden president Dave Checketts fired general manager Ernie Grunfeld and talked to Phil Jackson about coaching the Knicks.

Checketts at first denied the contact, then said it occurred through an intermediary and then admitted that, yes, he had indeed talked to Jackson in person and lied to Van Gundy about it. For his part, Van Gundy remained above the fray, insisting he was concerned only with the next game.

For the Knicks, that now comes Sunday in Indiana.

The Madison Square Garden fans, a savvy crowd, gave the embattled coach a standing ovation, an unprecedented tribute, as the Knicks finished off the Hawks.

``That was nice of them, but I'm real happy for the win for the guys in the locker room,'' Van Gundy said in his usual understated style.

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