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Tuesday, November 23, 1999

Eagles, Prowlers seeking first victory

PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles and Fort Stockton Prowlers didn't have much else last year, but they did have each other.

Tonight at the Pecos High School gym, the Eagles and Prowlers again will be looking to get a (so far) rare victory over their nearby rival, when Pecos hosts Fort Stockton starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles and Prowlers combined for just eight wins last season, with both teams getting half their four victories against each other. This season, both Pecos and Fort Stockton have dropped their first two games of the season, with the latest setbacks coming on Friday and Saturday. Pecos lost at home to Stanton by a 70-34 score, while Fort Stockton was beaten at Reagan County, by a 61-41 margin.

The Prowlers were in their game longer than the Eagles were, as they trailed Reagan County by only a 23-21 margin at halftime, before the Owls went on a 22-9 run in the third period.

"I head they had a couple of girls move in from Ozona, so they should be better," said Eagles coach Brian Williams, who is hoping for a better effort out of his squad tonight.

The Eagles were outscored 21-8 in the opening period by Stanton, which cruised to victory after a 21-point loss in their opener to Ozona. Williams said the Eagles hit just 13 of 46 2-point shots Saturday and only 1-of-9 from 3-point range, to go along with 46 turnovers.

Swimmers again get 1st, 4th in meet

PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles changed locations but kept the same spots in the final standings this past Saturday, at the Monahans Invitational Swim Meet.

Pecos' boys, winners of their own invitational a week earlier, captured their fifth meet in five tries this season, taking first place with 322 points, 116 ahead of second place Andrews. Meanwhile, Monahans' girls won their division title over Carlsbad for the second week in a row, this time by a 258-206 margin, and the Eagle girls ended up fourth for the second straight week, with 151 points.

"They did pretty good. A lot of people cut their times there," Eagles' coach Terri Morse said. "They seemed to swim pretty well and there were no disqualifications, which I was pleased with. We still have some work to do but it's starting to come together."

Pecos' girls were the ones disqualified last week, in the 200 medley relay. They got through that race untouched this week and finished third, the same spot they finished in to close out the meet, in the 400 freestyle relay. JoAnn Wein, Kelsey Flores, Briar Prewit and Lauren Wein swam both the medley relay and 400 free relay, while Rachelle Eisenberg, Victoria Gomez, Misty Cason and Prewit made up the 200 free relay team, which placed seventh.

The girls' only `B' relay team, of Gomez, Cason, Eisenberg and Tina Grice, finished 12th in the 400 free relay.

Individually, Flores had the girls; best finish of the day, placing second in the 100 yard breaststroke, and also picked up a third place medal in the 200 individual medley. JoAnn Wein won third place in the 100 yard backstroke, and she was seventh, Gomez 10th and Grice 11th in the 100 butterfly; Lauren Wein, Prewit and Grice were fifth, seventh and 16th in the 200 freestyle, while Wein also was sixth in the 500 free; Gomez was 16th, Cason 26th and Rebecca Reynolds was 37th in the 500 freestyle; and Eisenberg was 13th and Cason 24th in the 200 free.

The boys benefited from the return of senior Kevin Bates, who missed the Pecos Invitational after injuring his shoulder in the Eagles' final two football games of the season. Bates won the 50 yard freestyle with a 22.74 time and took the 100 free in 50.82.

"Kevin did well. He cut his times from his last meet and his shoulder didn't seem to bother him, so that's good news," Morse said.

Cortney Freeman was sixth, Craig Wein 17th, Clayton Cox 22nd and Leroy Rodriguez 24th in the 50 free, while Freeman also placed sixth in the 100 free, with Luis Nieto eighth and Gary Garcia 20th.

Tye Edwards got the Eagles' other individual wins, taking the 100 yard butterfly in 59.54 and the 100 backstroke with a 59.08 time. Nieto finished fifth in the backstroke, and Jason Lopez was fourth and Cox 10th in the 100 fly.

In the 200 freestyle, Randall Reynolds placed second, Patrick McChesney fifth and Mike Howard 13th, while Reynolds, McChensney and Howard were third, fifth and seventh in the 500 free. Grant Holland picked up third place in the 200 medley, while Lopez was third, Holland fourth, Wein 10th and Garcia 11th in the 100 breaststroke.

In Friday's 1-meter diving competition, Scott Pounds finished fourth, Wesley Roberts was 11th and Rodriguez placed 13th.

The boys also won two of the three relays on Saturday. Edwards, Lopez, Bates and Freeman took the 200 medley with a 1:46.99 time, and Edwards, Reynolds, Holland and Bates won the 400 free with a 3:37.67 time, 16 seconds ahead of second place Andrews.

In the 200 free relay, Pounds, Nieto, Holland and Freeman earned third place, with the `B' relay team of Howard, Cox, Rodriguez and Wein finishing seventh. Pounds, Lopez, Cox and McChesney were fifth in the 400 free relay, while Nieto, Reynolds, McChesney and Pounds also took fifth in the 200 medley relay.

Andrews beat out Carlsbad by two points for second in the boys division, with Monahans fourth with 154 points,Pampa fifth with 106 and Odessa Permian sixth with 87. On the girls' side, El Paso Americas beat out the Eagles for third, with 164 points, while Abilene Wylie was fifth with 137 points and Pampa sixth with 107.The Eagles get Thanksgiving off, then get a rare mid-week meet the first Thursday of December, at the Border Invitational in El Paso.

Graham captures first  in Midland tennis

PECOS, Nov. 23, 1999 -- Eighth grader Trent Graham took first place recently in the BWM Boys Championship Level Tennis Tournament in Midland.

Graham, who won several tournaments playing for Zavala Middle School this past season, qualified for the championship level event earlier this year by reaching the finals in tournament play at El Paso.

Graham took the Pecos Black Gold Tournament and the Monahans Sandhills Invitational Tournament earlier this year, along with the Odessa Highway 80 and the Midland TAM Tournaments over the summer. He placed second in the Midland Open and Big Lake Black Gold tourneys and advanced to the semifinals of the El Paso Open.

Tech talking with Clemson assistant

LUBBOCK, Nov. 23, 1999 (AP) - Texas Tech officials began the process of replacing head football coach Spike Dykes by interviewing Clemson offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez in Dallas.

Rodriguez, 36, reportedly flew to Dallas on Monday, likely for a preliminary meeting with Tech officials, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, who quoted a source close to Rodriguez.

Tech athletic director Gerald Myers is leading the search for a new coach, but declined to reveal his whereabouts on Sunday and Monday. Dykes resigned Saturday after a 38-28 victory over Oklahoma that ended his 13th season with a 6-5 record.

Tech chancellor John Montford was in Iowa Sunday on an unrelated matter and said it "could be" Tech offficials met with Rodriguez on Monday, according to the newspaper.

"I imagine there will be 10 or 12 candidates," Montford said. "The feeling is to go after the best prospects in the country, but I don't think there's an official list yet."

Rodriguez, who served as the offensive coordinator at Tulane from 1997-98, is one of three candidates contacted by Tech so far. The others are Oklahoma offensive coordinator Mike Leach, 38, and Southern Mississippi head coach Jeff Bower, 46.

Bower told the newspaper on Sunday that he was contacted by Tech but is not interested.

"I'm flattered," Bower said. "But my best interest is in this program here. I am not a candidate for the position."

Leach could not be reached for comment. He checked out of his hotel in Lubbock after Saturday's loss to the Red Raiders.

By state law, Tech must keep the head coaching position open to all applicants for at least 10 days after posting it for the first time on Monday. Myers said that anybody is welcome to apply, including current assistants under Dykes.

Tech defensive coordinator John Goodner aspires to be a head coach but said he isn't sure about his future at Tech.

"I haven't been contacted about it, so I think that would not be a possibility," said Goodner, an assistant at Tech since 1993. "At this time, I'm just trying to get my resume in shape."

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