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Friday, November 8, 1996

Underwater camera gives Morse

new angle on swimmers' strokes

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Nov. 8 -- Pecos Eagles' swimming coach Terri Morse is looking at
her team a little differently now, thanks to a new piece of equipment
that recently arrived.

The equipment is an underwater video camera, video recorder and
monitor, which were displayed Thursday, prior to the Eagles' departure
for the San Angelo Relays. The camera is mounted on the edge of the
pool, and transmits color images via a waterproof cable to the VCR and

"It's great. We've already made some corrections in the little time
we've had it," Morse said, explaining the camera allows her to look at
the swimmers' strokes beneath the surface of the water.

"They've been able to film above the water before, but until now, Terry
hasn't had the ability to see if the strokes are correct underwater,"
said Jim Ivy, one of the parents who helped raise the funds for the
equipment, which came from Titan Cove in Australia.

Ivy said half of the $1,000 cost for the camera came from the booster
club, and through Morse and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Athletic Director Mike
Belew, while the Pecos Aquatic Club paid for the TV monitor and stand.
"We asked the school board to match the $500, and they did," he said.
"The equipment belongs to the school district, and is a gift from the
swim team."

"We've had it for a couple of weeks. We were just trying to figure out
how to use it best before calling everybody in," Morse said.

The camera was set up at the end of Lane 1 on Thursday, but the Eagles'
coach said it can also be placed along the side walls of the outside
lanes. "We can have them swim where we can get a front view or a side
view and get their turns. You can do about any angle you want," she said.

"As far as I know, none of the other schools in the district have
this," the Eagles' coach added, while Ivy said he hoped it would improve
Pecos' chances at regionals.

"Most of the kids are working out voluntarily two times a day right
now, the way some of the 5As like Midland are. With all these things,
combined with being able to teach the correct strokes, I feel like our
kids will be able to have a better chance of getting to state."

Pecos has won six of the last seven District 4 boys titles, and six in
a row on the girls' side, but have sent only one swimmer to state during
that time. primarily because the UIL combined all classifications for
their regional swim meets, unlike other sports.

Morse said many of those Region I-5A schools, along with some Region II
schools, will be in San Angelo today and Saturday for the San Angelo
Invitational. "There will be some Dallas schools, a couple from El Paso,
and most of the others from our region (Midland-Odessa, Lubbock and
Amarillo), she said. "It will be a much larger field and much faster
than what we've faced so far."

Preliminaries began at 1 p.m. today, and Saturday's finals will start
at 10:30 a.m. Morse said because of the large field, "I'm not taking
everybody, because you have to qualify."

The Eagles will still have about 16 swimmers making the trip, she
added. The rest will get to swim at home next Saturday, in the Pecos

Second half TDs lift 7th, 9th graders

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Nov. 8 -- The offense was mostly in the second half for Pecos'
seventh and ninth grade teams, in their final home games of the season
Thursday night, and in one case, the offense was all from the defense.

Pecos' seventh grade gold team used an interception return in the
fourth quarter to score the only points of the game, as they defeated
Fort Stockton, 6-0. The purple team then missed several first half
scoring chances, but still managed a 14-0 halftime lead before adding
three more third period scores on the way to a 36-0 win.

The Eagles' freshman saw a first half touchdown called back by a
penalty, and two more scores in the second half brought back as well.
But the ninth graders were still able to get in the end zone after their
second half penalties, and turned an 8-8 halftime tie into a 36-16

Down in Fort Stockton, the Eagles close the season with one win in
three games, as the junior varsity lost to the Panthers, 41-18, while
the eighth graders split, with the gold team winning, 6-0, and the
purple team falling, 28-14.

In the seventh graders' win Mason Abila scored from 13 yards out in the
first period, then added a two-point conversion run after Benny Juarez'
7-yard score in the second period to give Zavala's purple team their
lead. Juarez then went 67 yards on the first play from scrimmage in the
second half, and added a two-point run for a 22-0 advantage.

He scored again less than two minutes later, this time from 22 yards
out, and Abila got his second TD on the night two minutes after that to
close out the scoring. The win allowed the purple team to end its season
with a 3-2 record.

The gold team finished up 2-4, with both their wins coming over Fort
Stockton. This time, it was a 73-yard interception return by Capi Magana
early in the final period that provided the margin of victory, and both
teams struggled to move the ball.

In the purple team loss for the eighth graders, Orlando Munoz scored on
a 70-yard kickoff return and Chris Bryant caught a 40-yard touchdown
pass from Saul Garcia, with Vincent Prieto adding the conversion run.
The lose ended the Eagles' season with a 2-5 record.

In the gold game, Juan Perez' 40-yard run was the only score of the
game. The win lifted the gold team to 3-2-1 on the year.

"The kids played great last night. We just made some mistakes that hurt
us," coach Tina Acosta said. "Between 40 and 50 of them are going to
play freshmen next year, and they're going to be a good group."

This year's freshmen took an 8-0 lead on a strange play, when Luis
Salgado picked up a fumble after a 12-yard pass completion and went the
final 10 yards into the end zone. Joe Camacho added the extra point run,
but Fort Stockton came back to tie at 8-8 on a 5-yard TD run and
conversion, after an offsides call kept their drive alive and wiped out
a punt return for a score by Jason Payne.

The Eagles took the lead for good in the third period, as Jomar Gallego
hit Jacob Weidner with a 12-yard TD pass, and Roy Marta scored from 24
yards out for a 24-12 lead. The Panthers cut it to 20-16 off a 30-yard
run early in the final period, but the Eagles would answer back with two
more touchdowns by Marta, a 24-yard run just 90 seconds after the
Panthers' score, and an 81-yarder with three minutes to play.

Marta and Craig Wein had the two-point runs for Pecos, which ended the
year with a 6-3 record.

The JV ended 7-3, as turnovers hurt Pecos. "The score was not
indicative of the game. We had over 450 yards in offense, but we
committed seven turnovers," coach Mike Ferrell said.

Robert Gonzales and Hector Garcia scored on 3-yard runs in the first
period, and Orlando Matta caught a 78-yard TD pass from Oscar Luna in
the final quarter.

"The kids had a great year. We executed well all year long and I'm
excited about the possibility of them playing varsity football next
year," Ferrell said.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. Pecos' varsity ends its season by hosting Fort
Stockton. The Eagles are going for their eighth straight win over the
Panthers, while avoiding their first winless mark in district play since
1957. Fort Stockton will be trying for their first non-losing record
since 1988, the last time they defeated Pecos, and the Panthers still
have a very outside shot at a playoff berth, if they win tonight and
Andrews and Big Spring tie. However, with the new limited overtime rules
for District 4-4A, that's a remote possibility.

Big Spring, despite consecutive losses to San Angelo, Fort Stockton and
Sweetwater, has a better playoff shot, if they can beat Andrews at the
Mustang Bowl tonight. San Angelo and Sweetwater, who have already earned
post-season berths, will decide the District 4-4A title tonight at the
other Mustang Bowl.

San Angelo (4-0 district, 8-1 season) at Sweetwater (4-0, 9-0): It's
the biggest game between these teams since 1983, when San Angelo won a
high scoring affair at the Mustang Bowl and beat out Sweetwater for a
playoff berth. The Mustangs have been out of the playoffs only one year
since then, while the Chiefs have won 14 straight district games and two
titles, taking advantage of Sweetwater's two-year absence from District
4-4A. On the field, that 35-33 win in 1983 was Lake View's last victory
in the series.

San Angelo may get running back Adam Binnix back for tonight's contest,
but their offense will have to do a better job in the early going this
week than they have in their last six games. Lake View got 19 points a
week ago in the first half against Pecos, but 12 of that was by the

Sweetwater, in contrast, if probably going to have to throw the ball
this week, something they've hardly even attempted recently. Andrew
Boatright has gone 9½ quarters without a completed pass, though the
Mustangs' quarterback ran for over 200 in last week's 33-6 win at Big

Big Spring (1-3, 2-7) at Andrews (2-2, 4-5): The Steers shut down Jason
Blueford last week, holding him to just six yards, but Boatright's night
offset any gain that strategy had. This week, at least the Steers know
if they stop Shaud Williams, the Mustangs don't have an equally good
runner to go to instead.

The sophomore needs 141 yards to surpass the 2,000 yard mark, after
last Friday's 448-yard performance against Fort Stockton. Williams
figures to get it, but if he doesn't, the Mustangs may not even get the
third place playoff berth, since it took last week's near-record effort
to keep the Panthers from pulling off the upset.

A win would give the Steers a playoff spot if Pecos wins, but if Fort
Stockton comes out on top tonight, Big Spring would have to win by seven
to advance under the tie-breaker points system, as the Steers, Mustangs
and Panthers would all finish with 2-3 marks.

Rodeo team members win two firsts, second at Eden

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PECOS, Nov. 8 -- Pecos' DeAnda Allgood placed first in cutting during
both days of the Eden Rodeo on Oct. 26-27.

She was one of four local competitors at the two-day event, and earned
a cash pay-back for her firsts, while also finishing eighth in the
barrels on Saturday and Sunday.

Renea Rasberry was sixth on Saturday in the same event, and placed
ninth on Sunday. She also teamed up with Joe Bob Hayter for an eighth
place finish in team roping on Sunday, while two other Pecos ropers,
Randel Barmore and Trever Warren, tied for second place on Sunday,
following a seventh place finish on the opening day.

Eagle cagers to scrimmage in Monahans

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PECOS, Nov. 8 -- The Pecos Eagles' football season will be over for
less then 12 hours when some members of the team will be starting
basketball play, in Pecos' lone pre-season boys scrimmage on Saturday.

The Eagles will travel to Monahans to scrimmage their former District
4-4A rival, along with the Crane Golden Cranes and Odessa Permian
Panthers, coach Mike Sadler said Thursday. The scrimmage will come three
days before Pecos opens its 1996-97 season at home against Crane.

Pecos will have most of last year's sophomore-laden team back, and
hoping to improve on their 5-21 record, 0-10 in district play. The
Eagles lost only two seniors to graduation, though - in an ongoing
pattern from past years - that saw one of their underclass post players
move away, as Charncey Ephriam transferred to Midland High.

Pecos still returns starters Fabien Adame, Omar Hinojos, Eric Abila and
Jason Abila, though the latter two are among those who will still be on
the football field tonight.

After Tuesday's home opener, the Eagles have just one more home game
for the next three weeks, on Nov. 22 against Greenwood. They open on the
road on Nov. 19 in Monahans, and will also host the Loboes on Dec. 3.

District 4-4A play opens for Pecos at home on Jan. 7 against defending
champion Andrews, while they close their season on Feb. 7 in Sweetwater
against the Mustangs, who are favored to take this year's 4-4A title.

The Eagles' annual tournament will take place on Dec. 12-14, and
they'll also be in tournament play Thanksgiving weekend at Odessa, and
over the Christmas holidays in Big Lake.

Permian, Hobbs cagers test Eagle girls

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PECOS, Nov. 8 -- Pecos Eagle girls basketball coach Patty Hall is hoping
to get the first look at her full lineup of players on Saturday, when
the Eagles scrimmage at Odessa Permian.

Pecos held their first scrimmage on Tuesday against Big Lake and Fort
Stockton on the Panthers' home court. But that was the same night the
Eagles were competing in the Class 4A volleyball playoffs against
Lamesa, and several of last year's varsity players were members of that

"It was very enlightening," the first-year coach said. "I played a lot
of sophomores and juniors, and we only had two people that hard varsity
experience in Penny (Armstrong) and Liz Matta.

"Big Lake is a seasoned team, and against them, we couldn't do what we
wanted to, but against Fort Stockton we did much better. We had some
good defensive plays, then we let down a little," she said. "We were
kind of tired at the end because we had played 45 minutes straight."

Lamesa's victory on Tuesday eliminated Pecos from the volleyball
playoffs, but Hall said as of Thursday, "Annette (Marquez) is the only
one to turn herb uniform in," though she was hoping the others would
show up in time for Saturday's scrimmage.

Along with the Panthers, Hall said the Eagles would face Hobbs, and
probably Fort Stockton as well. Permian is also the site of the Eagles'
regular season opener next Tuesday, while they'll play their first home
game a week later against Odessa High.

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