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Tuesday, October 19, 1999

Eagles expect full team for tourney

PECOS, Oct. 19, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles tennis team lost their final regular season District 2-4A match at Fabens this past Saturday afternoon. But thanks to the district's set-up for determining regional tournament qualifiers, the Eagles will get another shot at the Wildcats this coming Saturday, and coach Bernadette Ornelas is hoping she'll have a full squad to work with.

The Eagles had to forfeit four of their nine boys matches to the Wildcats due to a lack of players, and their absence gave Ornelas some optimism about the teams' next meeting, in the semifinals of the district tournament.

"The way things look is very promising. We only took three boys on Saturday and lost to them, 9-0, but on the girls side we won, 7-2," Ornelas said. The girls also had a few players absent, due to the UIL band competition being held at the same time a few miles away at Socorro Stadium.

This time, the Pecos Eagle Band will again be marching, but a lot further away _ in the Class 4A area competition in Odessa, 250 miles to the east. But Ornelas said because of the starting time differences, "I think I'll have a full team on Saturday."

"We worked something out with the band," Ornelas said. The Eagles will face Fabens starting at 9:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, while the band won't march until Saturday evening at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa. "As soon as it's over there will be someone to drive them there."

The players would miss the afternoon match, either for third place or the district title, but a win over Fabens would automatically qualify the Eagles for Region I-4A competition next week in Wichita Falls.

Pecos' boys failed to win a game in any of their four matches on Saturday, and neither team had enough players to hold the mixed doubles match.

On the girls' side, Teresa Minjarez, Rachel Pharoah, Tiffany Jarrett and Kristina Dominguez won their singles and doubles matches on Saturday. Minjarez and Jarrett teamed at No. 1 doubles to down Cindy Cordero and Daisy Gonzales, 6-1, 6-4, while Pharoah and Vanessa Miranda beat Samirah Ihmud and Sonia Galvan, 6-1, 6-1, while Dominguez and Jennifer Mirelez downed Marisol Cortez and Melissa Salcido, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Clint will face El Paso Mountain View in the other district semifinal match on Saturday, at San Elizario. The finals will be Saturday afternoon in San Elizario.

Pecos (7) at Fabens (11)

Boys Singles

Bobby Sotelo lost to Joey Pinon, 6-0, 6-0; Ben Hernandez lost to Adrian Zavala, 6-0, 6-0; Robby Hanks lost to Jesus Ortiz, 6-0, 6-0; Pecos def. to Steven Ornelas, Donny Villagran and Lee Mathewson.

Girls Singles

Teresa Minjarez defeated Cindy Cordero, 6-3, 6-1; Vanessa Miranda lost to Daisy Gonzales, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Rachel Phaorah defeated Samairah Ihmud, 6-1, 6-2; Tiffany Jarrett defeated Melissa Salcido, 6-2, 6-2; Kristina Dominguez defeated Marisol Cortez, 6-0, 6-1; Jennifer Mirelez lost to Sonia Galvan, 6-3, 6-1.

Boys Doubles

Sotelo and Hernandez lost to Pinon and Zavala, 6-0, 6-0. Pecos default to Ornelas and Villagran and to Ortiz and Mathewson.

Girls Doubles

Minjarez and Jarrett defeated Cordero and Gonzales, 6-1, 6-4; Miranda and Pharoah defeated Ihmud and Galvan, 6-1, 6-1; Dominguez and Minjarez defeated Cortez and Salcido, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Pecos seeks win to clinch playoff berth

PECOS, Oct. 19, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles volleyball team closes out the very brief  home portion of their schedule tonight, with a game against the Canutillo Golden Eagles starting at about 7 p.m.

The Eagles saw Clint clinch the District 2-4A title at home on Saturday by downing Pecos, 15-13, 15-5, to improve to 8-0 on the season. But the 5-2 Eagles can earn their fourth straight post-season appearance tonight, with a win over Canutillo, the only 2-4A squad out of the playoff picture.

Earlier this month, the Eagles went to Canutillo and downed the Golden Eagles by 15-4, 15-3 final scores. Pecos scored the final 15 points of the match, with Ashley Salcido leading the Eagles with six kills, while Philonicus Fobbs and Alexa Marquez had five apiece.

After tonight, Pecos will go to San Elizario on Saturday for what was to have been their final regular season match. But barring any surprises this week, the Eagles will probably have to play a make-up game next Monday against El Paso Mountain View, either in El Paso or in Van Horn. The teamsí Sept. 24 match at Mountain View was canceled when referees failed to show up.

San Elizario, Mountain View and Fabens are fighting for the third and  final playoff spot. San Elizario and Mountain View can still catch Pecos for second place but the Eagles could clinch that spot tonight with a win over Canutillo and losses by San Elizario to Clint and by Mountain View against Fabens.

Eaglesí coach Becky Granado said Monday the teamsí bi-district match already has been set for El Paso on Oct. 30, as part of a District 1-4A/2-4A playoff doubleheader. The Eagles have played just seven home matches out of 24 so far this season.

Giants have Tiki to ride over Cowboys


AP Football Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 19, 1999 - As a rookie in 1996, Tiki Barber quickly earned a job as the New York Giants' running back. Just as quickly, he lost it.

But his up-and-down career hit a new high Monday night when he almost single-handedly beat the Dallas Cowboys, outperforming Deion Sanders, who pulled a similar act on a Monday night against New York last season.

Barber's 85-yard punt return broke a 3-3 tie with just 7:50 left in regulation. Then, after Emmitt Smith's 2-yard TD run with 1:57 left tied it for Dallas, Barber went 56 yards to the Dallas 3 with a short pass from Kent Graham, setting up Brad Daluiso's 21-yard field goal with 1 second left.

"Our main focus this week was not to let Deion make any plays," said Barber, who like Sanders, wears No. 21. "He didn't make the plays. The other 21 made the plays."

For the Giants (3-3), the win made up for a 31-7 thrashing last season in which Sanders returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown, an interception 71 yards for a score and caught a 55-yard pass to set up another TD.

Barber had 233 all-purpose yards, which were 5 yards more than the Giants had from scrimmage.

Dallas didn't do much better. With Michael Irvin out, New York played eight and nine men near the line of scrimmage and held the Cowboys (3-2) to just 24 yards on the ground. Smith, who came into the game needing 25 yards to reach 13,000 for his career, made it, but just barely - he had 26 yards in 22 carries.

That's what made the special teams so special.

"Coming to the game, all the attention was on myself and Deion. What is Deion going to do to hurt us?" said Giants punter Brad Maynard, who averaged just 35.6 yards per kick, but got four out of bounds and two high enough to be downed. Sanders ended up with just one return for 10 yards and actually got called for pass interference, a rarity because teams don't often throw to him.

The game ended on a wacky note and a bad one for the Giants.

Daluiso's field goal came with 1 second left, meaning Dallas had one shot at taking back a kickoff.

Sanders took it and threw it to Kevin Mathis - obviously forward. As a flag went down to negate the play, Mathis threw it to Signor Mobley, who went into the end zone.

There was no TD, but Daluiso tore a ligament in his left knee trying to tackle Mathis and is gone for the season, meaning the Giants will have sift through the unemployed kicker pool to find a replacement.

The game was dominated by the two defenses.

"It was frustrating for me, frustrating for all of us," said Smith, who was consistently stifled by linebackers Jessie Armstead, Ryan Phillips and Corey Widmer as well as strong safety Sam Garnes, who spent most of the night as a fourth linebacker.

Yanks finish off Sox for 36th AL title

AP Baseball Writer
BOSTON, Oct. 19, 1999 - Next stop for this New York Yankees express, Game 1 of the World Series.

Orlando Hernandez, Derek Jeter and the Yankees earned a return trip Monday night, once again frustrating the Boston Red Sox and their fans with a 6-1 victory in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

"To repeat after the incredible year we had last year is a great accomplishment," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

"I tried to warn the club in spring training that we cannot compete against ourselves because it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing," he said.

Still, the defending champs did just fine. They wrapped up their record 36th pennant, and became the first AL team to win two in a row since Toronto in 1992-93.

The World Series opens Saturday night at the home of the NL champion. Atlanta leads the New York Mets 3-2 in the NLCS, with Game 6 tonight.

The Yankees faced both teams this summer in interleague play, meaning this will be the first time World Series opponents have met in the regular season.

"The best part about it is I don't have to pull for anybody to win now," Torre said. "It's nice to take a day or two off."

While the Yankees won for the 14th time in 15 postseason games, Boston will now get a whole winter to figure out how to beat the New Yorkers next century.

The wild-card Red Sox brought out all their good-luck charms at Fenway Park, and yet it did no good against their longtime tormentors.

Babe Ruth's 82-year-old daughter threw out the first ball - trying to reverse the Curse of the Bambino - and Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez roused the well-behaved crowd of 33,589 from the dugout and bullpen.

"We really had a fine year. I told those kids in there we had a fine year all year long," Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said. "They really did a lot for this city this summer."

From DiMaggio and Bucky Dent to El Duque and Derek, the result stayed the same in baseball's longest running drama.

Yankees win, Red Sox lose.

"With the rivalry getting back to where it was, it's sweet to wrap it up here," said third-base coach Willie Randolph, a longtime Yankees star.

Coming off its record 125-win season, New York headed back to the World Series for the third time in four years.

The Yankees will have a chance to win their 25th title. All of them have come since the Red Sox won their last championship in 1918, two years before they sold Ruth to New York.

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