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Sept. 5, 1996

Mustangs back in saddle after year up north

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PECOS, Aug. 5 -- If the other five District 4-4A coaches had a vote,
they probably would have chosen Snyder or Lamesa as the former district
rival they would like to see come back in the fold.

However, the University Interscholastic League had other ideas this past
January, and decided the Sweetwater Mustangs, who joined Snyder and
Lamesa as part of the Lubbock area's District 6-4A in 1994, should
rejoin their former 4-4A rivals starting this year to replace Monahans,
which went down to 3A.

In their last three seasons in 4-4A, Sweetwater made the playoffs not
only all three times in football, but also two out of three years in
basketball and baseball as well. The last two aren't a concern for the
other district coaches, but a Mustang team that went 11-1 last season
and comes into 1996 rated No. 7 in the Associated Press' preseason
rankings certainly is.

That ranking comes despite the loss of running back Shawn Carr, who took
his 2,200-plus yard rushing total to Texas Tech this fall. But coach Tom
Ritchey already has wide receiver Jason Blueford (5-11, 175, Sr.) set to
move into Carr's position.

Blueford is the lone remaining player from the Mustangs' last District
4-4A championship team, in 1993. He debuted as a freshman wide receiver
in mid-year, with a 132-yard effort in a win over Pecos. That
represented over half the Mustangs' total offensive yards that night.

Blueford was an all-District 6-4A selection last season, but even with
him moving behind the line, that still leaves all-district pick Shedrick
Williams (5-11, 175, Sr.) at split end.

Carr's blocking back, Andy Hall (5-11, 170, Jr.) will be handling the
same duties out of the fullback position for Blueford, who also figures
to catch a few passes out of the backfield as well, after snaring 28
passes for 510 yards in 1995.

Williams had another 249 yards as a pass catcher, and ought to see that
total go up, since he'll be working with the same quarterback as a year
ago, in junior Andrew Boatright. He ran for 496 yards himself last
season, while throwing for 896 more on 49-for-96 (52 percent) passing.
Ritchey has five juniors who'll be competing for the vacant wingback
position, with Brand Barnes (5-11, 160) and Michael Gomez (5-9, 155)
considered the leading candidates, while senior Adam Miller (5-11, 165)
and junior Landon Brim (6-2, 185) will vie at tight end.

On the line, the Mustangs return a pair of starters, led by all-district
guard Tony Luz (5-11, 280, Sr.) and tackle Daniel Green (6-1, 205, Sr.).
Center hopefuls are Kyle Monde (5-10, 230, Sr.) and Dwane Watts (6-2,
175, Jr.). Sammy Camacho (5-11, 295, Sr.) is the leading candidate to
join Luz at guard, while tackles looking to be paired with Green include
Jason Grizzle (6-1, 170, Sr.) and Daniel Price (6-1, 235, So.).

Defensively, Sweetwater will be led by all-district linebacker Roman
Reyes (5-10, 180, Sr.), tackle Andy Soto (6-0, 235, Sr.) and nose guard
Rudy Garza (5-9, 180, Sr.). Blueford and Williams also started in the
defensive secondary, though his added work at running back may cut
Blueford's time back there this season.

Scott Rhodes (6-2, 165, Jr.) and Dominic Solis (5-8, 155, Jr.) will be
seeking to fill the openings at free and strong safety. Hall and Kelly
Belcher (5-11, 175, Jr.) could join Reyes at linebacker, while up front,
there are a host of players Sweetwater coaches can choose from to fill
the other tackle spot. At defensive end, Jason Gomez was rated the top
prospect by Ritchey. Others include Ramiro Lopez (5-7, 15, Jr.), Joel
Spence (5-11, 155, Jr.) and Matt Moses (6-1, 165, Jr.).

Sweetwater is also the only team in the district to list one player
specifically as its kicker -- senior Robert Reed, who at 6-foot-6 should
remind other district teams that Sweetwater's basketball squad was
ranked even higher than its football team last year, and the Mustangs
are expected to remain around the top again this winter after all the
footballs are put away.

Chiefs hunting defense to match high-powered offense

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PECOS, Aug. 5 -- The San Angelo Lake View Chiefs kept their
district-leading quarterback and their district-leading running back
from the 1994 season, and didn't miss a step in finding a replacement
for all-state receiver David Taylor.

Lake View went 5-0 in District 4-4A play in 1994, and repeated that in
1995 behind quarterback Sterlin Gilbert and running back Jay Jordan.
They repeated as 4-4A leaders in passing and rushing, while Morris Smith
came in for Taylor and led the district in receiving last season, with
575 yards, and earned second team all-district honors.

He's back, and so is Gilbert, but Jordan is gone, as well as several key
members of the Lake View line that gave Gilbert plenty of time to
operate in the run-and-shoot offense. San Angelo already has a
replacement well groomed for Jordan's job in the one-back attack, but
the key for Gandy this season will be building a new front line for
Gilbert, and improving on a defense that was a little too leaky to carry
the Chiefs past the second round of the playoffs last November.

Numbers are not a problem for Lake View. Their preseason roster lists 58
varsity players, 21 of whom were on the varsity in 1995. That group is
led by Gilbert (5-10, 170, Sr.) who has thrown for 2,916 yards during
regular season play the past two years, with 35 touchdowns and just
seven interceptions. His yardage was up by about 300 last season, though
his amazing 19-to-2 ratio of TDs to interceptions in 1994 was not as
good, but still impressive enough to earn him all-state honors.

Lake View's success last season in getting out to big early leads gave
Jordan's backup, Adam Binnix, enough chances to run the ball so that he
earned second team all-district honors. Binnix (5-7, 170, Sr.) had 684
yards and three scores in a part-time role. He'll be the main back now,
while the Chiefs' third-team runner of a year ago, Chris Burgess (6-0,
170) moves up a notch. He had 41 yards and a TD in just eight carries
last season, while paying mostly on defense.

Smith started strong in pre-district last season, but was quieter during
4-4A play and lost out on first-team honors to Chiefs senior Jason
Wiley. Still, his nine touchdowns receiving and total yardage was well
ahead of all other district pass catchers.

With Wiley gone, senior Michael Daly (5-6, 140) should get more
attention. He caught 11 passes to 19 for Smith last season, though his
yards-per-reception was less, as he finished with 125 yards total and
one touchdown. Two other returning varsity players, Jorge Vilareal (6-4,
190, Jr.) and Sterling Cole (5-11, 150, Sr.) saw limited action.
Vilareal caught two passes for 17 yards, but is the biggest target
Gilbert will have this season, while Cole had one 23-yard reception a
year ago.

Another big target, who the Chiefs hope will be on the receiving end of
passes, is Dennis VonWiller (6-3, 190, Sr.). He was Gilbert's backup a
year ago, but saw little action, throwing only three passes all season.
Gandy has him penciled in at tight end this time around.

Up front, more moves will have to be made. San Angelo lost all three of
their all-district selections to graduation, though they'll have some
experience in guard, Bill Farmer (6-0, 250, Sr.) and tackle Cody Crill
(6-1, 210, Sr.). Other returning subs from 1995 include guards Louis
Wilson (6-0, 250, Sr.) and Brian Lacy (6-1, 280, Sr.) and tackle Darin
Hasty (6-1, 200, Sr.), while newcomer Breck Hale (6-1, 192, Jr.) may
take over at center.

Defensively, things look better as far as experience goes, and the
Chiefs have definite room for improvement there. While their offense
racked up nearly 380-yards per game and 31 points per game, the defense
allowed 15 points per contest and over 310 yards each time out -- high
numbers even for a run-and-shoot style attack, which often takes little
time to score its touchdowns.
Lake View's strength should be at linebacker, where they get back all
three starters in Gary Pittman (6-1, 185, Sr.), Gary Floyd (6-1, 185
Sr.) and Todd Gray (5-10, 190, Sr.). Both Pittman and Gray were
second-team all-district picks as juniors.

The secondary also figures to be a bright spot for Lake View. Along with
cornerback Burgess, Lake View's first team 4-4A pick at safety Brandon
Henry returns. He led the district in interceptions with four last
season. Kendall Jones (6-0, 160, Jr.) and Derrick Wilcox (6-1, 170, Sr.)
are the returning reserves from last season in the defensive backfield.

On the line, only junior Jason Walker (6-2, 185) is back, at defensive
end. Other hopefuls there include Hasty. John Goolsby (6-0, 180, Jr.)
and Billy Matthews (6-2, 174, Jr.). The tackle positions are wide open,
with most of the candidates - Adrian Carter (5-9, 170), Anthony Hutton
(5-6, 200), Steve Trevino (5-6, 200) and Danny Gomez (5-10, 185) coming
out of the Chiefs' junior class.

Punting and kicking both figure to be handled by Gilbert, who averaged
33.6 yards on 26 attempts last year, while booting 11 extra points and a
pair of field goals in place of all-district kicker Beau Kiser, who was
injured early in the season.

Steers appear deep in running backs, while looking to fill holes up front

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PECOS, Aug. 5 -- If there's one thing it's you can be assured the Big
Spring Steers will absolutely, positively do in district this season
it's this:

Check the eligibility of all their players before the game.

Big Spring used an ineligible player in last year's 56-8 win over Pecos,
had to forfeit the game and missed the playoffs despite a season-ending
14-10 victory over Andrews, which claimed the runner-up berth thanks to
the Steers' mistake.

This season, with Sweetwater coming back into the district and with
three teams going to the playoffs for the first time, the Steers are
again picked to battle the Mustangs for the final playoff berth in 4-4A,
though as usual, coach Dwight Butler's team has the potential to come
out on top if everything goes right.

Offensively, Big Spring figures to have the deepest corps of running
backs in the district, if not the best overall.

Start with tailback Antwoyne Edwards (5-8, 180, Jr.), who stepped in
last year when returning start Toma McVae was injured in an auto
accident and wound up second in the district in rushing, with 977 yards
and eight touchdowns, earning second team all-district honors. Big
Spring will have him back as well as a healthy McVae (5-10, 165, Sr.),
who had just eight yards on eight carries in 1995, after gaining 216
yards as a mid-season call-up in 1994.

Fullback Frankie Green (5-7, 170, Sr.), a spot starter last season,
returns as well. He ran for 106 yards and a trio of TDs in limited
offensive duty.

Wingback Todd McAdams (5-10, 168, Sr.) didn't carry the ball last
season, but caught four passes for 66 yards. Along with McVae
(3-for-53), he's the Steers' top returning receiver, but the player Big
Spring figures to target as much as anyone will be a sophomore, Tory

He had just one four-yard reception after being called up as a freshman
late last season, but took home bronze medals in both the 100 and 200
meter dashes at the Class 4A state track meet in Austin this past May.
Mitchell (6-1, 150) is listed at flanker for the Steers, replacing
all-district pick Marc Baker.

Big Spring also needs to replace quarterback Bucky Crenshaw, and senior
Jerrod Helms (6-3, 165) figures to have the inside track. He was
Crenshaw's backup last season, completing 2-of-6 passes for 22 yards.
Juniors John Lawdermilk (5-8, 150) and Gabe Mendoza (5-9, 160) are the
other QBs on the Steers' roster.

Tight end Daniel Franks has gone off to the University of Miami, so Big
Spring will be looking for a new starter there, as well as on three of
the five spots on the offensive line. Tyler Murphy (5-10, 170, Sr.) is
the lone returning tight end on the varsity, though junior C.J. Ashley
(6-3, 180) and sophomore Chauncy Ford (6-3, 185), are closer to Franks'

Across the line, the Steers get back center Dan Brewster (6-0, 200, Sr.)
and guard Jeremy Collier (5-10, 205, Jr.), but need another, as well as
two new tackles.

Gabe Rubio (5-10, 195, Sr.) is the only other varsity letterman at
tackle for Big Spring, while 1995 reserves Jeff Denton (6-1, 190, Jr.)
and Kade Bowerman (5-11, 200 Sr.) are among those looking to fill the
holes at tackle.

Jason Brock (6-1, 190, Jr.) is also a possibility, though he figures to
remain as the Steers' starting defensive end, since Big Spring's
experience on defense is also mainly in the backfield.

Denton and Bowerman are also listed as defensive ends by Butler, who'll
have a trio of sophomore tackles, Daniel Thomas (5-6, 210), Chris
Conaster (6-4, 215) and Dusty Clayton (6-0, 180) among his hopefuls.
Conaster and Thomas are among the biggest lineman on the Steers, a big
turnaround from past seasons, when Big Spring has generally featured one
of the most sizable lines in 4-4A.

At linebacker, Big Spring has second-team 4-4A pick Brock Gee (5-8, 190,
Jr.) returning, with Rubio and Charles Rodriguez (5-10, 160, Jr.) among
those seeking to fill the other two holes.

In the secondary, there's only one hole to fill, at free safety. McAdams
was an all-district strong safety pick a year ago, and Green earned the
same honors at cornerback. Luis Pena (5-6, 160, Jr.) is the other
starter returning, while McVae and three juniors, Tim Yanez (5-8, 150),
Josh Ontiveros (5-10, 160) and James Newman (5-8, 150) are the other
safeties on the Steers' roster.

Big Spring will be in search of a new kicker this season to replace
departed senior Tim Rios, but will get back McAdams as punter. He'll try
to improve on his 31.2 yard average from a year ago.

Andrews has different needs, eyes same ending results

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PECOS, Aug. 5 -- The difference is like night and day as far as the
level of experience for the Andrews Mustangs goes in 1996. But coach
Mike Lebby is hoping the final results won't be much different from a
year ago.

Andrews returned almost all their defensive starters from 1994, while
getting help from some key underclassmen on offense - and from Big
Spring's forfeit for using an underclassman on offense - to earn their
fourth playoff trip in five years last November.

After a 1-4 start, Andrews went 3-2 in District 4-4A, shut out El Paso
High, 20-0 in the first round of the playoffs before being eliminated by
Pampa, 17-10, in the area round to finish with a 5-7 record.

The defense was key for the Mustangs a year ago, as Andrews led 4-4A by
allowing only 202 yards per contest. But of that group, only tackle Eric
Lewallen remains as a starter, while the offense, which had mostly new
faces in 1995, returns six starters, including all four of their top
running backs.

Shaud Williams (5-10, 150, So.) was a mid-season call-up at halfback and
ran for 480 yards and three touchdowns in just five regular season
games, earning second team all-district honors.

Andrews also returns their player Williams had to sub for, Danny
Wheeler (5-6, 165, Sr.), who ran for 239 yards and a TD last season, as
well as halfback Caleb Waller (5-7, 155, Sr.) and fullback Chris Terry
(5-9, 160, Sr.). Waller had 359 yards and one score in 1995; Terry
picked up 191 yards and scored a pair of TDs. A fifth running back,
Brandon Yandell (5-6, 154, Sr.) gives the Mustangs even more depth.

Andrews will have a new face - or faces - to run their option offense at
quarterback. Junior Marcus Bueno and senior Dewayne Wilkins split time
their last season, but Bueno is not back this season, and in his place
Lebby is looking at Cody Chesshire (140 lb., Jr.) and Daniel Kessler
(145 lb. So.). Cheeshire had the better runs in Andrews 3-1 scrimmage
loss to Odessa High, and also hooked up with Waylon Mayfield on a
deflected pass touchdown.

Mayfield is among several candidates for the vacant wide receiver spots.
That group includes Doug Stricklin (145 lb., Jr.), the younger brother
of Justin Stricklin, a two-way all-district pick last season, and tight
end Brandon Long (155, So.), whose older brother Loran was an
all-district pick on defense in 1995.

Seniors Orlando Bueno (6-1, 155), Jeff Francis (5-11, 185) and junior
Mike Hudson (5-10, 210) are other wide receiver and tight end
candidates. Bueno is the only non-back among returning players to catch
a pass last season, pulling in a pair for 23 yards.

Up front, Andrews gets back first team all-district center Chris Dulin
(6-0, 175, Sr.) as well as Lewallen (5-10, 205, Sr.) at one guard spot
and Ryan Glenn (6-2, 225, Sr.) who - if the program from 1995 is correct
- has put on 40 pounds in the past year.

Andrews has two other returning varsity linemen in tackle Lucas Garcia
(5-9, 234, Sr.) and guard Kevin Mobley (5-8, 185, Sr.).

Some of those who don't start on offense figure to have starting jobs
awaiting on the other side of the ball. None of Andrews' returning
players had a fumble recovery or an interception last season, but
Chesshire got the former last week playing at defensive back, while
another db, Stormy Jackson (140 lb, Jr.) picked off an Odessa High pass
in the end zone. Nathan Pena (5-8, 160, Sr.) was a reserve at both wide
receiver and in the secondary last season, while Justin Matthews (145,
Jr.) is also expected to find a starting job.

Waller, Wheeler, Terry and Yandell all could see action at linebacker on
defense, along with Temo Guevara (165, Jr.) and Lebby's son, Kyle (155,
So.), who'll back up Dulin at center on offense.

Dulin, Glenn and Francis are among the defensive end candidates, as are
Jay Ellenburger (175, Jr.) and Tony Tuck (195, So.), while at the other
open tackle spot, Mobley, Hudson and Glenn will be joined by newcomers
Beau Moore (175, Jr.) and Joe Davilla (220, So.), among others.

In addition to replacing almost all of their defense, including eight
all-district picks, Andrews will also be hunting a new punter and kicker
in 1996. The Mustangs have had at least one all-district pick at either
one of the two positions for six of the past seven years, so odds are
Andrews won't be hurting too much there once the season rolls around.

Strong sub-varsities lift Panthers' hopes

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PECOS, Aug. 5 -- The first season of coach Philip Lopez' tenure at Fort
Stockton high school was a step in the right direction, if for no other
reason than the Panthers' 21-20 district-opening win over Monahans.

It may have been the only win of the season for Fort Stockton, but that
was still one more victory than the Panthers managed in all of 1994, and
was their first in 4-4A play since the end of the 1991 season.

More importantly, Lopez raised the sub-varsity participation levels at
Fort Stockton back to where they hadn't been since the departure of Ken
Herring in 1987. Not surprisingly, that was also the last year the
Panthers posted a record at or above .500 (7-3).

For 1996, Lopez and the Panther would like to match the turnaround
engineered by Kyle Gandy at San Angelo Lake View, as he took the Chiefs
to the District 4-4A title in just his second season. That may not
happen this time around, but the Panthers should field their most
competitive team in nearly a decade this fall, and could work their way
into the playoff picture.

Lopez nearly doubled the Panthers' turnout a year ago, from about 70 in
1994 to nearly 140 last season, and it paid off with a 9-1 junior
varsity record and an 8-2 freshman mark. Players from those squads will
have a shot at filling about half the starting spots on offense and
defense, though Fort Stockton would like that to be even higher if they
can eliminate a few two-way starters.

The Panthers have two coming back who went both ways last year in tight
end/defensive end Scott Coker, and offensive/defensive tackle Phillip
Herrera. Coker (6-0, 18, Sr.) earned second team all-district honors
last season at tight end, which is slated to be his main position this
season. He caught 10 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in 1995.
Herrera (6-3, 220, Sr.), in contrast, is looked at mainly as a defensive
starter this season by Lopez.

Coker is joined by wing back Bryan Parker, quarterback Ector Lopez,
guards Albert Millan and Aaron Carrasco and center Julio Leyva as the
other returning starters on offense.

As a junior Lopez (6-1, 170, Sr.) threw for 1,017 yards and eight
touchdowns. The Panthers would like to see some improvement in both the
completion percentage (73-for-193) and interceptions (12) this year.

Parker (6-0, 185, Sr.) had more yards receiving (10 catches for 74
yards) and passing (2-for-5, 44 yards) than rushing (14 carries 23
yards) last season, while also serving as the team's punter and kicker.

The Panthers were expected to have Jacob Vasquez back at tailback. He
ran for 495 yards, caught six passes for 203 more and scored five
touchdowns as a sophomore, but was not on Fort Stockton's early
preseason roster. The other returning backs returning are junior
fullback Layton Woody (5-11, 170), who had just 14 carries for 63 yards
a season ago; tailback Danny Diaz, who had 13 carries for 14 yards and
caught three passes for 27 more; and wingback Eric Dominguez, who had
even less, rushing eight times for two yards.

Leyva (5-11, 220, Sr.) was a second team all-district pick at center.
Combined with guards Millan (5-9, 210, Sr.) and Carrasco (5-9, 205, Sr.)
- and possibly Herrera at tackle, it sure should the Panthers of
improving on last season's 108 yards per game rushing average.

As far as maintaining their 100-plus yard passing totals, Lopez has
Coker and Parker back as targets, along with backups from a year ago
Auden Velasquez (6-0, 160, Sr.) and Ramiro Rodriguez (5-10, 160, Sr.).

Dominguez (5-9, 170, Sr.) saw most of his action last season at
cornerback, as did Diaz, while at linebacker, Woody and Alfred Garcia
(6-0, 165, Sr.) will join second team all-district choice Scott Fish
(6-0, 185, Jr.) to create a veteran group.

The line will also be experienced, if Coker returns at end and Leyva
does double-duty at defensive tackle. Reserve Chris Irgoyen (5-11, 190,
Jr.) is a candidate for the other end spot, while big juniors Carlos
Vasquez (5-10, 205) and Ramiro Caballero (6-4, 240) are other hopefuls
at tackle.

Fort Stockton will open the season against a pair of unknown quantities,
in Santa Teresa, N.M. and El Paso Ysleta, though they dropped down to
Class 4A this year and could be a bi-district playoff opponent of the
Panthers or some other 4-4A team come November. The Panthers' progress
in Year Two under Lopez will become easier to judge starting in Week
Three, when they travel to Lamesa before hosting Monahans.

District up-for-grabs with Loboes, Tigers, Tors gone

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PECOS, Aug. 5 -- District 4-4A football coaches may not have been happy
to see the Sweetwater Mustangs return to District 4-4A play after a two
year absence, since they're at or near the top of the standings annually.

But as far as volleyball goes, the Mustangs' reappearance is a better
situation for the five other 4-4A teams than to have any of the other
recently-departed schools return.

Sweetwater was one of four schools to leave the district during the
past decade, and based on results so far this season, the three that
remain out of the fold - Monahans, Snyder and Lamesa - would be the
likely favorites to claim the three available 4-4A playoff berths come

The Loboes, Tigers and Tornadoes are perfect so far in a handful of
matches against 4-4A opponents, but when district play begins, they'll
be a problem for teams in Lubbock, Alpine and El Paso. Meanwhile, the
remaining district squads appear to be in a wide open battle for the
trio of post-season berths, where effort figures to play as big a role
as talent.

Andrews won the district title a year ago with a playoff victory over
Monahans, after finishing second to the Loboes the past two seasons.
They were 8-2 in 4-4A play last season, 17-9 overall and reached the
area round of the Class 4A playoffs before falling to Dumas, 15-11, 15-3.

The Mustangs return two of their three leading hitters from last
season, in seniors Kathy Ramsey and Kacee Connolly. Ramsey was a second
team all-district pick last season, while Connolly was named Newcomer of
the Year.

Andrews is one of two teams with winning records right now among 4-4A
schools, but they've has struggled against the good teams like everyone
else in pre-district, including a 15-0, 15-13 loss at the hands of a
long-ago district rival, Seminole.

The hungriest team in district right now appears to be San Angelo Lake
View, and with good reason. The Maidens have fallen just short of
playoff berths each of the past three years, usually due to key
late-season losses.

Lake View's 8-4 mark is tops among 4-4A school after two-plus weeks of
play, despite losing almost all of their key players from a year ago.
But San Angelo also has been unable to get past the area's strongest
teams, and are hampered by a shoulder injury suffered by hitter Amy
Bragg in a loss last Saturday to Monahans. Setter Chasidy Harp was also
bothered by an injury in a Tuesday loss to Snyder. Harp and Bragg were
members of last year's team that went 15-13, 6-4 in district, as were
hitters Terri Kirby and Jennifer Casey.

A knee injury to senior Veronica Carrasco has hampered Pecos on
defense, but the Eagles also have motivational problems of their own so
far in 1996, after a 5-5 finish, 15-13 overall, last season.

Most of the Eagles' juniors saw time on the varsity last year, and were
pressed into starting roles after hitter Lori Marquez went out in the
second half of 4-4A play. Marquez is back this season, but Eagles' coach
Nora Geron is still looking for a consistent setter and No. 2 hitter,
while Pecos' players are still trying to learn to play together and
avoid the unforced errors that have cost them points during a 3-8 start.

After a strong start in 1995, Fort Stockton fell apart in district,
going 2-8 after an 8-5 start. It also cost coach Connie Alexander her
job. Ella Gonzales took over this season, and is hoping for a faster
finish after a slower start. The Prowlers are 5-6 after Tuesday losses
to Seminole and Midland High.

Fort Stockton returns senior hitter Yvonne Valeriano, a second team
all-district pick from a year ago, and are hoping for a break-out season
by senior Angelo Granado. The 6-footer, a four-year varsity member,
earned all-tournament honors at the Cantaloupe Classic this past weekend.

Big Spring probably has the district's best hitter in senior LaTosha
Wilbert, an all-district choice last year and an all-tournament
selection at the Ector County ISD tourney two weeks ago. But the Steers
have not been able to get many of their other top athletes off the
basketball court in recent years.

With the district leveling off so much this season, Big Spring will
definitely improve on last year's 1-9 mark 4-20 overall. They're 3-6 so
far this season, and have also had problems with a former district
rival, losing 15-3, 15-1 to Lamesa in last weekend's Denver City

Nobody has seen much of Sweetwater, either for the past two years, when
they were members of District 6-4A, or for the past two weeks, since the
Mustangs opened the season playing mostly matches against Abilene area
teams. They've beaten Miles, Bronte and Albany so far in 1996, while
losing to Brownwood and Colorado City.

Sweetwater advanced to the playoffs in 1991, but closed out their
previous stint in 4-4A battling Big Spring to avoid last place. Right
now, they're also a team with internal problems, as their all-district
hitter from last season, Corey Clemmons, quit the team along with
another player this past weekend.
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