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Wednesday, November 10, 1999

Pecos boys  4th in El Paso tourney

PECOS, Nov. 10, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagle boys’ golf team placed fourth in a field of - teams this past weekend, during tournament play at Fort Bliss in El Paso.

“We were just two shots out of third and three shots out of second, so we nearly got a trophy,” said coach Kim Anderson, who added that No. 1 golfer Michael Baca did pick up medallist honors for the 36-hole tournament, with a two-day score of 80-81-161 on the Underwood Golf Complex course.

El Paso Irvin won the tournament with a 353-358-711 score, followed by El Paso Americas at 360-364-724, El Paso Montwood at 355-370-725 and the Eagles, with a 369-358-727 total.

After Baca’s 161 total, Clay McKinney shot a 94-93-187, Jack Stickles had a 97-93-190, Trey Perkins had a 98-93-189 and Daniel Munoz shot a 122-116-238.

Anderson said this was the third and final tournament on the fall schedule for Pecos, after trips to Las Cruces and Santa Teresa, N.M. in September and October. “We improved at every tournament,” said Anderson, who will add a few players from football and swimming when the spring season starts in February.

“I probably only have one or two varsity players. The rest will be playing on the JV,” in the fall season, Anderson said. Pecos sent both its A (varsity) and B (junior varsity) teams to the Region I-4A tournament this past spring.

 Pecos’ girls completed their fall varsity season late last month, also with a tournament at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Like the boys, the girls will be hoping to send both their ‘A’ and `B’ teams to regional competition for the second year in a row, when District 2-4A tournament play is held in early April.

Eagle hoop squads open seasons Tuesday

PECOS, Nov. 10, 1999 -- Basketball season opens next Tuesday at home for both the Pecos Eagle boys and girls basketball teams, and both teams will spent much of the opening month of the 1999-2000 on their own court.

Pecos' girls, who will scrimmage at Odessa Permian on Saturday, host Alpine in the first of four straight home games to begin the season. The Eagle boys will play their first two regular season games at home, starting with Monahans followed three days later by a match-up against the Odessa High Bronchos. Next Tuesday's varsity games will start at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Both Eagle teams will be hoping to improve on last season's record _ the boys posted a 10-19 season record and were 2-8 in District 2-4A following a 2-2 start, while the girls went 1-9 in district a year ago, and were 4-23 overall.

Coach Brian Williams' girls will again play several games against their former District 4-4A rivals. They'll host Fort Stockton and Andrews on Nov. 23 and Nov. 27, and will also have games on the Prowlers and Mustangs' home courts, along with a Dec. 30 game at Sweetwater, which is ranked in the Class 4A Top 20 and is favored to win the District 5-4A title this season.

New boys coach Tino Acosta has two trips to Fort Stockton on his schedule, a single game on Jan. 7 to close out pre-district play, after the Eagles close out 1999 and open 2000 with tournament play there on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

District 2-4A play opens for the boys with a Jan. 14 game at Fabens. As was the case last season, the district schedule has been reworked to avoid long weeknight trips for the Eagles, who'll play all their district road games on Friday nights, starting at 8:30 p.m. CST.

Pecos girls will begin their 2-4A schedule a week earlier, on Jan. 7 at El Paso Mountain View. The girls and boys will have eight doubleheader games in district play, beginning on Jan. 14 in Fabens, and concluding with the girls' final regular season game, on Feb. 8 at home against San Elizario. Girls' varsity games will start at 6 p.m. in Pecos, and 7 p.m. CST on the road.

The girls have just one tournament on their varsity schedule this season, Dec. 9-11 in Monahans, with the freshmen and junior varsity teams host their own tournament on Dec. 3-4. The boys will also go to the Sandhills Tournament, along with their New Year's trip to Fort Stockton.

Agent could urge retirement for Aikman

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Nov. 10, 1999 - Troy Aikman better get ready. It's almost time for Leigh Steinberg to give him "The Speech."

After suffering two serious head injuries in eight days, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has undergone a battery of tests to determine whether any brain damage has been done and, if so, how bad it is.

Should doctors discover find anything wrong, Steinberg won't hesitate to tell Aikman to retire. It may not even take that much for the agent to tell his top client enough's enough.

"That's a discussion for later in the week," Steinberg said Tuesday. "We'll just have to see how he does, how he progresses."

Cowboys coach Chan Gailey said Aikman has not yet been ruled out of Sunday's game against Green Bay. Steinberg, however, said: "It doesn't strike me as being a huge probability that he'd play after suffering two head injuries in eight days."

Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin will miss the Packers game. Should Aikman also sit, it would be the first time since Smith joined the league in 1990 - a span of 152 regular-season games - that none of Dallas' so-called triplets are in the lineup.

Gailey said he assumes Aikman will be out only a week, but Steinberg said it's too soon to know. He said Aikman was still having side effects Tuesday when he underwent a diagnostic exam and an MRI.

Aikman's sixth concussion of his 11-year career came Monday night when Jerry Ball sacked him in Dallas' 27-17 loss to Minnesota.

It actually might have been Aikman's seventh concussion, considering how woozy he was after Jeff Burris hit him the previous Sunday against Indianapolis. Aikman briefly returned to that game and the team never labeled it a concussion.

What's most worrisome is that Ball didn't hit Aikman as hard as Burris did, yet Aikman felt much worse after Ball's blow.

"I'm sure the previous week had something to do with it," Gailey said. "When he went down his head did hit the turf, but it wasn't as big a lick as the week before."

Roger Staubach's career as a Cowboy ended under similar circumstances. Concussions were happening more easily and lasting longer. He decided on his own it no longer was worth the risk.

A generation later, Steinberg gives his clients - many of whom are the game's top quarterbacks - the same advice. The essence of The Speech is to walk away while healthy enough to enjoy their millions.

Steinberg has studied the topic more than many doctors have. He's also organized three concussion seminars, including one Aikman attended three years ago.

Through his research, Steinberg has come to a sobering conclusion: Time is the only way to determine truly the severity of a concussion or its long-term effects, and by then it's usually too late to do anything about it.

"The brain is the last frontier of medical research," Steinberg said. "Compared to hips and other joints, what we know is medieval and primitive."

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