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Friday, September 10, 1999

Mustangs rout Eagles, JV edges Alpine

Staff Writer
PECOS, Sept. 10, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles made the playoffs in football last year, and they're supposed to make the playoffs again this year.

But when the end of January rolls around and the bi-annual redistricting is announced, Pecos could find itself back in with its former District 4-4A opponents. And Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs and the other Pecos coaches say the team still needs help to improve the overall level of play, especially if they go back to their far tougher district alignment.

Case in point: Thursday night's combined scores on the seventh, eighth and ninth grade levels against the Andrews Mustangs:

Andrews 182, Pecos 6.

"We can't compete until they give us an athletic period," Grubbs said. "Andrews plays football since fourth grade and we don't start until seventh, so you can't expect us to compete without doing something."

Divided up, Thursday's scores translated into 30-0 and 16-6 losses by the Eagles' seventh grade `A' and `B' teams in Andrews, a 46-0 loss by Pecos' ninth grade team at the Mustang Bowl and 34-0 and 56-0 home losses by the Eagles' eighth grade squads.

Pecos' junior varsity didn't play Andrews and did get a win, 6-0 in Alpine against the Bucks, to even their record at 1-1 on the season.

The freshmen do have several players on the JV and one, Eddie Mata, had the only touchdown of the game, on an 82-yard run.

"The defense played real well and Eddie Mata and Jason Carrillo both ran the ball well for us," said coach Junior Williams, whose team survived five first half turnovers. "Joe Loa played a good game on defense for us."

Andrews' freshmen got all their points in the first half Thursday. "We didn't get anybody hurt and we didn't quit," coach Tino Acosta said. "At times we didn't execute that bad, but physically we were manhandled."

The eighth graders hurt themselves as much as being hurt by Andrews, as the Mustangs scored two of their seven touchdowns in the `A' game on blocked punts. The seventh grade `A' game was cut short, coach Robbie Ortega said, due to lightning.

"Turnovers hurt. We fumbled three kickoffs," he said. "We did all right on defense, but they only had half the field to work with because we'd give the ball right back after they scored."

In the `B' game Andrews took a 16-0 lead before Pecos scored on a Gilbert Gonzales touchdown run. Thursday's games were the season openers for both the seventh and eighth grade squads.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles varsity goes to Alpine to take on the Bucks. Pecos has won three straight games since the series resumed after a 16-year break. The Eagles defeated the Bucks a year ago by a 23-8 final score in a game they led only 7-0 entering the final period.

Pecos' District 2-4A rivals tonight are all in action, including El Paso Mountain View, which had its scheduled season opener against Cobre, N.M. last week canceled. The Lobos will host El Paso Parkland in their season opener, while the team Parkland beat last week, San Elizario, hosts El Paso Americas. El Paso Jefferson is at Canutillo, Clint is at El Paso High and Fabens goes to El Paso Cathedral in the other district games.

EP Parkland (1-0) at EP Mountain View (0-0): Parkland just missed the playoffs last season and is scheduled to battle El Paso Burges again for third place in District 1-4A. They rolled up 34 points on San Elizario, while allowing quarterback Mike Perez to run for 95 yards. Mountain View lost quarterback Adolfo Villa to graduation, but returns most of his receivers, including 1,000 yard pass catcher Albert Jaurrieta.

EP Americas (1-0) at San Elizario (1-1): After a shutout win over Santa Teresa, San Eli had more trouble with the speed of Parkland last Friday. This week, they'll face a team with an offense much like the Eagles' own attack, focusing on quarterback Chris Ramirez. He ran for 240 yards and threw for 65 more in last week's 31-14 win over El Paso Bowie.

Clint (1-0) at El Paso High (0-1): The Lions had little trouble against Anthony last week, going out to a 29-0 halftime lead on the way to a 43-12 win. D.J. Check threw three touchdown passes to Jeremy Arnold and D.J. Shephard ran for three more TDs. El Paso High was routed in their opener by El Paso Eastwood, 52-14, a week after the Troopers managed just three points in a home loss to Andrews.

EP Jefferson (1-0) at Canutillo (0-2): Both teams faced the District 1-4A schools scheduled to fight for that district's title last week. Canutillo stayed close to El Paso Riverside for 3 ½ quarters before the Rangers turned a 28-21 lead into a 48-21 victory, while Jefferson surprised El Paso Ysleta, rallying from a 10-0 deficit to win, 13-10. Noel Rios ran for 114 yards in the loss to the Rangers who host Pecos' next opponent, Fort Stockton tonight, and _ if you believe the pre-season rankings _ will be the Eagles' bi-district playoff opponent come November.

Fabens (1-0) at EP Cathedral (34-7): The Wildcats opened with a convincing win over Deming last week, 42-0, as running back Vincente Macias ran for 207 yards, while Bobby Chavez caught three passes for 88 yards, including two TDs. Cathedral was routed in their opener by El Paso Del Valle, 34-7, and were outgained by a 416-120 margin. However, Del Valle beat Canutillo two weeks ago by the exact same score, so that may say more about the Conquistadors' defense than it does about Cathedral's offense.

Pecos girls face Greenwood

PECOS, Sept. 10, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles volleyball team will try and extend their brief winning streak to three games on Saturday, and remain above the .500 mark for the season, when they travel to Greenwood to face the Rangerettes.

Pecos will face Greenwood in freshmen purple and gold and varsity matches, starting at 2 p.m. Pecos' junior varsity will also be on the road, playing in the JV division of the Andrews Invitational on Saturday.

The Eagles swept a pair of matches on Tuesday from Greenwood's district rival, Crane, and Wink, on the Cranes' home court, after Pecos went winless the previous weekend at the Seminole Invitational. The victories gave the Eagles a 7-6 season record.

The teams have played once this season, splitting pool round games at the Cantaloupe Classic in Pecos two weeks ago. Greenwood went on to win the tournament title, and come off a home sweep of Sweetwater and Denver City on Tuesday.

Davenport, Hingis face Williamses

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 1999 (AP) Defending champion Lindsay Davenport and top-seeded Martina Hingis are the last obstacles to the first all-sister final in Grand Slam tournament history.

Since Richard Williams predicted daughters Venus and Serena would meet in the U.S. Open title match, 124 players have packed up their rackets and picked up their checks.

Serena Williams, at 17 the younger of the hair-beaded, power-hitting sisters, was to be the first to play spot in the final when she meets Davenport. The second semifinal pairs Venus Williams, 19, against the 18-year-old Hingis, who won her only U.S. Open singles title two years ago.

It marks the first time three teen-agers have reached the final four since 1980, when Chris Evert was joined in the semifinals by Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger and Hana Mandlikova. And it is the first time three American-born players have gathered in the semis since Evert, Jaeger and Pam Shriver did it in 1982.

The pairings for the men's singles semis were completed Thursday when Cedric Pioline upset fifth-seeded Gustavo Kuerten 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (16-14), 7-6 (10-8) and No. 7 Todd Martin defeated Slava Dosedel 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Saturday's other men's semifinal, which will be sandwiched around the women's final, will be between No. 2 Andre Agassi and No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

"Lindsay hits the ball really hard. I hit the ball hard. It's going to be fun," said Serena Williams, who has a 2-1 career record over Davenport, winning their last two meetings. "It's pretty exciting for women's tennis."

Serena Williams has excited the crowds at the USTA National Tennis Center as she powered her way into a Grand Slam tournament semifinal for the first time.

Venus Williams has been there, done that as far as playing this late in one of the sport's four major tournaments. Her match against Hingis is a replay of the U.S. Open final two years ago when Hingis easily won in straight sets.

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