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Wednesday, August 4, 1999

Eagles volleyball team begins workouts

Staff Writer
PECOS, Aug. 4, 1999 -- Practice began early this morning for the 1999 Pecos Eagles' volleyball team, and coach Becky Granado said it's going to be going on for a while today for her junior and senior players.

"We'll be back at 11 o'clock to work on fundamentals," Granado said near the end of the team's 7 a.m. practice. "I have to work in the workouts around the (school) orientation sessions. We're going to come back at night and work on team offense and defense."

All 15 players 11th and 12th graders showed up today, though one had to sit out due to an unreturned physical form. The rest go in a lot of running by the time the early morning session came to an end.

"We've been out here since 7, and all we've been doing is conditioning, so they're dragging by now," Granado said at about 8:30 a.m. "They looked much better at 7:30 this morning than they did at 8:30."

"We ran the mile this morning and half of them ran it in under eight minutes and none of them were over 10, so it looks like they've been working out," during the off-season, the Eagles' coach added.

Half of the Eagles practicing today were members of last year's varsity squad that won the District 2-4A title with a 9-1 record, but who were defeated be eventual state champion Dumas in the area round of the Class 4A state playoffs, 15-6, 15-5.

The Eagles did get to see how much they need to improve to have a shot at winning the state title in that defeat. Pecos had problems handling Dumas' more complex offense that day, and also had trouble with the Demonettes' height advantage. However, Granado hopes this year's team have less problems up front blocking on defense.

"We should be a little bit taller with D'Andra (Ortega) and Crystal (Garcia)," Granado said. They'll join junior Philonicus Fobbs, who figures to take over from Sherrie Mosby as Pecos' No. 1 hitter and blocker this season.

"Alexa (Marquez) can also get up there, so we'll have a little bit more height than we normally do," she added.

Fobbs was a first team all-district pick last season, while senior Amy Chabarria earned honorable mention at setter in 1998.

Practice also was set to begin today for Pecos' sophomore and freshmen players. "We've got about 13 sophomores, and we had 18 or 19 freshmen pick up their workout clothes yesterday, compared to 60 girls who signed up, so we'll see how many show up today," Granado said.

The Eagles will have eight days of workouts before their first scrimmage, on Aug. 13 at home against Wink, Fort Davis and Grandfalls. "We'll go to Monahans on Saturday (Aug. 14) and I know we'll face Monahans, Permian and maybe someone else," Granado said, while regular season play opens on Aug. 17 against Alpine and Odessa High in Odessa.

Pecos women claim ladies River Cup title

PECOS, Aug. 4, 1999 -- Pecos came out on top in the third annual Ladies' Pecos River Cup, held July 24-25 at the Reeves County Golf Course, scoring an 8 1/2 to 6 1/2 victory over Monahans.

"It was came down to the last hole and the last shot where Kella (Taylor) sank her putt," said team member Robin Land, as Monahans came back from a 6-3 deficit on the final day, when the individual matches were held. Taylor clinched the win with a victory on the 18th hole over Monahans' Sheila Maxey.

Louise Cassell got Pecos' other victory on the final day of play, winning on the 17th hole over Foydell Mitchell, while Jamie Windham and Becky Hix tied for the match's split point.

Pecos won two of three matches each in the alternate shot, low ball and scramble competitions over nine holes on Saturday.

In the alternate shot event, Tina Hendrick and Becky Perkins won on nine by one stroke over Mitchell and Hix, while Land and Cassell won by two strokes in eight holes over Carita Bandel and Saundra Martin. Monahans' win came from Maxey and Carla Claburn, who won by three shots on the seventh hole over Taylor and Windham.

In low ball play, Windham and Hendrick beat Maxey and Hix on the ninth hole, while the other two matches -- Land and Taylor winning over Bandel and Claburn and Perkins and Cassell losing to Mitchell and Martin -- were decided on the seventh hole of play.

All three matches in the scramble were decided on the ninth hole, with Pecos getting its wins from Land and Windham over Mitchell and Claburn, and Hendrick and Cassell over Maxey and Martin. Taylor and Perkins were beaten by Bandel and Hix.

Monahans' three wins on Sunday came from Martin, who beat Land on the 17th hole, Bandel, who defeated Hendrick on the 17th, and Claburn, who beat Perkins on the 11th hole.

Pecos now leads the three-year-old series by a 2-1 score. The men's Pecos River Cup competition will take place this fall.

Jones says Deion out until late September

AP Sports Writer
WICHITA FALLS, Aug. 4, 1999 --  Deion Sanders will not return to the Dallas Cowboys until September, and even that may be a bit optimistic, team owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday.

``I know we won't see him in a preseason game,'' Jones said, confirming for the first time what had long been suspected.

Sanders is in training camp but not practicing with the team as he rehabilitates his left big toe. He underwent surgery to fix an extreme case of turf toe in April.

There had been no estimate of when the All-Pro cornerback might suit up until Tuesday, when Jones said: ``I see him really trying to push himself sometime in September.''

However, Jones also noted that if Sanders sits for all of September, he would miss only two games because Dallas has an early bye-week. The Cowboys' third game is Oct. 3 against division rival Arizona in Texas Stadium.

``We only play two games in September,'' said Jones. ``We could let him do some football activities all of that month and see if he can play after that. If he only misses two games, I'd say we hit a home run.''

Sanders' injury kept him out of five games last year and limited him in two others. The Cowboys were 8-3 in games he played and 2-3 without him. He returned for the first-round playoff loss to the Cardinals and played in the Pro Bowl, but was still in pain two months later and opted for surgery.

Missing training camp and preseason games is nothing new for Sanders, who earlier in his career didn't start playing football until he finished the major league baseball season.

Jones said he doesn't expect the layoff to be a problem.

``Other than his rehabilitation on his toe, Deion is going to be in football shape by September,'' Jones said. ``We're not going to push anything anyway. It's going to have to be obvious to himself and to everybody that he cannot in any way be compromised.''

Meanwhile, the Cowboys have added former NFL Europe offensive lineman Ben Fricke and Chad Bates to fill in for several players out with injuries.

``I don't think there are any unrealistic expectations,'' coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday. ``But at the same time I don't want them to feel like they're camp fodder.''

Dallas was thin on blockers for Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith because of injuries on three straight days to Tony Hutson, Mike Kiselak and Earl Scott. Hutson and Kiselak filled in at first-team right guard while Everett McIver recovered from knee surgery.

The Cowboys learned Tuesday that Kiselak, a crucial backup because he plays guard and center, will be out for the season. An arthroscopic exam found ``very extensive damage,'' Jones said.

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