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Tuesday, September 17, 1996

Eagles seeking to end Mustangs' domination

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PECOS, Sept 17 - The Pecos Eagles' last victory against the Andrews
Mustangs on Andrews' home court, in 1992, is also the last time the
Eagles advanced to the Class 4A playoffs.

Andrews has won the last three meetings at home, five of the last six
district meeting overall, and -- not coincidentally -- has beaten out
Pecos for a playoff berth in each of those seasons. Last year, the
Mustangs also beat out Monahans for the District 4-4A title, which
they'll begin defending tonight at 7:30 p.m., when they host Pecos in
the 1996 district opener for both schools.

Along with San Angelo Lake View, Andrews is the only 4-4A team to enter
district play with a winning record. They're 10-5 after going 17-9 a
year ago and earning an area round berth in the 4A playoffs. They placed
second in their own tournament this past weekend, losing in the finals
to Snyder, 15-11, 15-8.

Pecos, meanwhile, is 8-10 on the year, but have won five of their last
seven matches following a 3-8 start. They split their final pre-district
matches on Saturday, beating Greenwood in two games, 15-8, 15-1, while
dropping a pair to San Angelo Central, 15-8, 15-13.

Eagles' coach Nora Geron said both the win and loss were good for Pecos
because, "It gave us a chance to play against bigger hitters, and that's
what we'll be facing Tuesday."

Geron was referring mainly to senior hitters Keitha Ramsey, Prescilla
Rampone and junior Kacee Connally. Rampone and Connally will both have a
height advantage on the front line over the Eagles, while Ramsey was an
all-district pick from a year ago.

The Eagles will be trying to change their pattern so far this season,
in which they've fared better against taller teams after a couple of
meetings. Saturday's win over Greenwood came following two earlier
losses to the Rangerettes, while Pecos won twice the previous week
against Midland Lee, after falling to the Rebels in their first meeting
last month.

Sweetwater hosts San Angelo in tonight's only other district game. The
Eagles will host Sweetwater on Saturday, in their 4-4A home opener for

Booster Club seeks members,

volunteers for clean-up effort

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PECOS, Sept. 17 - The Pecos Eagles' Athletic Booster Club is hoping to
recruit more members among parents whose boys and girls are involved in
various high school and junior high sports, club president Dennis Thorp
said today.

Thorp said only about a quarter of the club's members have students in
junior high athletics, while turnout in also low among those in football
and other fall high school sports.

"We can do a lot of good things, if we can get some more people to show
up and participate," said Thorp, who is seeking participants this
Saturday for a cleanup of the Eagle Stadium stands following Friday's
Pecos-Monahans football game.

At Monday's booster club meeting, Thorp said the cleanup would take
about 3-4 hours if 20 volunteers participate, and the effort would raise
$500 for the club.

Thorp also said that West Texas Gas has agreed to donate funds to pay
for delay-of-game clocks for the football field at Eagle Stadium.
They'll go along with the new stadium scoreboard funded by Big Bend
Bottling Co., which Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board members approved
last week.

Club members also talked with P-B-T athletic director Mike Belew about
the possibility of establishing girls' softball at Pecos High School for
the 1997 spring season.

Belew said it was unlikely an official program could be established by
then, since the athletic budget for the 1996-97 school year has already
been set. But parents and others interested could try to form a club
team, as Andrews and San Angelo Lake View have done, which could compete
against other area high school-age squads.
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