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Tuesday, December 14, 1999

Netters put five on 2-4A first team

PECOS, Dec. 14, 1999 -- Five members of the Pecos Eagles girls' tennis team were named to the first-team All-District 2-4A squad, while three others received second team honors as a result of this year's district matches and 2-4A team tournament.

Pecos had only one of their players on the boys' side earn second team honors, while six players received honorable mention for the fall 1999 season.

Rachel Pharoah, Rebecca Wein and Tiffany Jarrett were named to the first team at the No. 3, 4 and 5 singles positions, while Pharoah and Wein also were first team picks in doubles play. Pharoah was teamed with Vanessa Miranda at No. 2 doubles, and Wein was paired with Kristina Dominguez at No. 3 doubles.

"All the results were based on district games, and the tie-breakers were based on the district tournament," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas. The Eagles finished third in district during regular season play, but beat out Fabens for the second regional berth at the 2-4A tournament behind Clint. Both the Eagles and Lions were eliminated by Wichita Falls teams at the Region I-4A tournament.

Jarrett was a second team selection, along with Teresa Minjarez, at No. 1 doubles, and Minjarez was also earned second team honors at No. 1 singles. No. 6 singles player Prescilla Levario also was picked for the second team, while Miranda was honorable mention at No. 2 singles.

The boys had all first-year players this season, after sweeping most of the top spots in 1998. Their lone second team selection came in mixed doubles, where Ben Hernandez was paired with Carolina Esquivel. Hernandez also was honorable mention at No. 4 singles.

The other honorable mention picks were Jerry Orona, Michael Tremble and Jayson Hinojoz at No. 3, 4 and 6 singles. Orona also received honorable mention with Bobby Sotelo at No. 2 doubles, and Hinojoz and Orlando Mendoza were honorable mention at No. 3 doubles.

Outside of Pecos' girls, Clint dominated the first team all-district picks, getting 11 of the other 14 first team spots.

On the girls' side, Laura Lechuga and Faye Abdelquader were first team at No. 1 doubles and as No. 1 and No. 2 singles. On the boys' side, Martin Renteria, Rigo Nunez, Jesus Ortega, Alvaro Chacon and Steve Baca were first team singles at the No. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 spots, while Renteria and Louis Morales and Chacon and Baca were first team No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, and Stephanie Marmolejo and Hugo Grimes were first team mixed doubles

The other spots were taken by Adrian Zavala of Fabens at No. 2 singles and teammates Steven Ornelas and Danny Villagran at No. 2 doubles. On the girls' side, Sonia Galvan of Fabens was the first team pick at No. 6 singles.

Second team selections were Fabens' Daisey Gonzalez and Samara Ihmud at No. 2 and 3 singles; Clint's Elvia Gonzales and Lisa Corral at No. 4 and 5 singles and No. 3 doubles; and Melissa Salcido and Cindy Cordero of Fabens at No. 2 doubles.

Second team selections on the boys' side included Clint's Morales at No. 2 singles; Fabens Joey Pinon at No. 1 singles, and teammates Jesus Ortiz, Ornelas, Villagran and Lee Mathewson at singles spots 3 through 6. In doubles, Pinon and Zavala were the second team in doubles at No. 1 seed, Ortiz and Mathewson were the No. 3 seed selection and Clint's Nunez and Ortega earned second team honors at No. 2 seed.

Griffey rejects deal to New York

AP Baseball Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif, Dec. 14, 1999. - Ken Griffey Jr. made it clear to the New York Mets: I'm not going.

In an electrifying near-miss, the Mets had a trade in place with Seattle for Griffey, only to have the Mariners star block it Monday night.

"I don't feel like we were wasting time," Mets general manager Steve Phillips said. "I think it was a worthy effort to pursue, and an exciting one to pursue."

A busy day at the winter meetings began with Vinny Castilla going to Tampa Bay and Jeff Cirillo and Rolando Arrojo heading to Colorado in what baseball called its first four-team trade since 1985. Later, free agent Greg Vaughn signed with Tampa Bay.

Then, the Mariners and Mets almost pulled off one of biggest trades ever.

"I think we were close to an understanding," Mariners general manager Pat Gillick said.

Neither GM identified the players the Mets agreed to send Seattle for the 10-time All-Star center fielder. A person involved in the talks, speaking on the condition he not be identified, said the sides had settled on closer Armando Benitez, outfielder Roger Cedeno and young pitcher Octavio Dotel.

"At this point, I don't think he wants to go to the Mets," Gillick said. "You're always hopeful something will change."

Mariners president Chuck Armstrong called Griffey's agent Monday, saying a deal was in place and asking if Junior would waive his right to block it.

But agent Brian Goldberg said no deal, Gillick said.

During the weekend, the Cincinnati Reds publicly pulled out of trade talks with the Mariners.

After the Reds backed out, Goldberg said: "I don't know why Seattle is wasting its time talking to a bunch of teams. If he can't go to Cincinnati, then he's going back to Seattle for the final year of his contract."

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