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Tuesday, October 12, 1999

Netters get first district victory

PECOS, Oct. 12, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles' tennis team evened their District 2-4A record at 1-1 on Saturday with a 15-4 victory over the El Paso Mountain View Lobos at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

Pecos' girls swept all nine of their matches, while the boys went 5-4, losing two matches by default to a shortage of players. Mountain View had the same problem in mixed doubles, where they were one girl short and had to default that match to the Eagles.

"The girls are holding strong on their side and the boys are coming up," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas. "Our No. 1 doubles team (Jay Dannelley and Michael Tremble) lost, 7-5, 6-1, but as they're playing together, they're getting more experience.

Bobby Sotelo and Ben Hernandez teamed for a win over Felipe Flores and Robert Rodriguez at No. 2 doubles, then won their singles matches _ Sotelo 6-4, 6-4 over Lorenzo Arroyo and Hernandez 6-1, 6-4 over Flores. Jayson Hinojoz had Pecos' other win on the boys' side, 6-3, 6-3 over Rodriguez.

On the girls' side Teresa Minjarez and Tiffany Jarrett won by 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 scores over Cynthia Falcon and Roxanne Ramirez, and Minjarez defeated Falcon, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in the only split set matches of the afternoon. Straight set winners included Jarrett in singles, as well as Vanessa Miranda and Rachel Pharoah in both their matches, and Rebecca Wein and Prescilla Levario in their doubles match and in singles play.

The Eagles will be going out to Fabens this weekend for their final district dual meet, then go to San Elizario on Oct. 22-23 for the District 2-4A tournament. "These matches are only for seeding purposes, to see who we'll play at the tournament," Ornelas said. Depending on the outcome of Clint's match with Mountain View on Saturday, the Eagles figure to face either Fabens or Mountain View in the tournament semifinals on Oct. 22.

EP Mountain View (4) at Pecos (15)

Boys Singles

Jay Dannelley lost to Omar Rodriguez, 6-0, 6-0; Bobby Sotelo defeated Lorenzo Arroyo, 6-4, 6-4; Michael Tremble lost to Felipe Gonzales, 6-1, 6-1; Ben Hernandez defeated Felipe Flores, 6-1, 6-4; Jayson Hinojoz defeated Robert Rodriguez, 6-3, 6-3; Clint wins No. 6 match by default.

Girls Singles

Teresa Minjarez defeated Cynthia Falcon, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1; Vanessa Miranda defeated Roxanne Ramirez, 6-2, 6-3; Rachel Pharoah defeated Natasha Gonzales, 6-1, 6-1; Rebecca Wein defeated Tawnee Buckingham, 6-0, 6-0; Tiffany Jarrett defeated Aregelia Rodriguez, 6-0, 6-0; Prescilla Levario dedeated Guadalupe Gonzales, 6-0, 6-0.

Boys Doubles

Dannelley and Tremble lost to O. Rodriguez and Arroyo, 7-5, 6-1; Sotelo and Hernandez defeated Flores and R. Rodriguez, 6-1, 6-1; Clint wins No. 3 match by default.

Girls Doubles

Minjarez and Jarrett defeated Falcon and Ramirez, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Miranda and Pharoah defeated N. Gonzales and Buckingham, 6-2, 6-2; Wein and Levario defeated Rodriguez and G. Gonzales, 6-0, 6-0.

Mixed Doubles

Sarah Metler and Hinojoz win by default over Clint.

Eagles take 2nd shot at 1st meeting with Lobos

PECOS, Oct. 12, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles are scheduled to close out their three game district home stand this evening - referees permitting - against the El Paso Mountain View Lobos.

Pecos will face Mountain View in freshman, junior varsity and varsity matches at 4:30, 5:45 and 7 p.m. at the Pecos High School gym. The JV and freshman teams played three weeks ago in El Paso, but the Eagles were unable to play the varsity match because the officials failed to show up for the 3 p.m. MDT contest.

The Eagles are still 1½ games behind Clint in the District 2-4A playoff race, following their 13-15, 15-6, 15-7 win on Friday over Fabens. Pecos is 4-1 in district, while Clint is 6-0 after beating Canutillo on Saturday, 15-6, 15-8.

At the same time, Mountain View is trying to catch Pecos for second place in the 2-4A standings. The Lobos defeated San Elizario on Saturday by 15-13, 7-15, 15-14 scores and are 3-2 in district play, and are alone in third place, despite winning just two matches during pre-district play.

The Eagles have gone three games in all three of their home matches, losing to Clint while beating Fabens and San Elizario. Pecos had its best stretch so far at home in their final two games against Fabens, as the Eagles controlled play at the net and were able to react to the ball better on defense against the Wildcats than they did in either of their other home matches.

"We saw the tape (of last month's match in Clint) and worked on when they were up there hitting the ball where the holes are," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "I think it helped us to watch the tape on Wednesday."

A loss tonight would almost guarantee the Eagles will have to make a return trip to Mountain View later this month to make up the canceled game against the Lobos. Pecos would also likely have to play the make-up game if they win today and on Saturday at Clint, since it would affect the race for first place in the 2-4A standings.

Cowboys say Irvin may play again in 1999

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Oct. 12, 1999 Now that the Dallas Cowboys know that Michael Irvin will eventually play football again, they can begin wondering when they will have their star receiver back.

Irvin, who suffered a swollen spinal cord and herniated disc early in Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, flew home Monday and walked into the team's headquarters wearing a protective collar around his neck.

Irvin is out indefinitely, although team trainer Jim Maurer said he's optimistic that Irvin will be catching passes again this season.

"You've got to let all the factors come into focus," he said. "Let's see how he responds over the next few days and the next few weeks."

Irvin will see a spine specialist Wednesday. That visit should produce a better idea of how long his recovery will take.

"We're fortunate that Michael is not more seriously injured," Cowboys coach Chan Gailey said.

Immediately following the play, there was concern that Irvin may never walk again, much less continue his career.

"He had some limitations on the field," team trainer Jim Maurer said. "He didn't have full motor function and he had pain in his neck."

Irvin was able to move his hands and feet within 15 minutes, much to the relief of his terrified teammates. He was then strapped to a stretcher and taken to the spinal unit at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, where he spent the night.

By Monday morning, Irvin had regained full use of his motor functions.

"Michael has been a great player for this organization for a long time," said quarterback Troy Aikman, who has won three Super Bowls with Irvin.

"He's made a lot of big plays in a lot of big games. We're going to miss his presence."

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