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                                                                                                                                                                             Friday, January 5, 2001


                SALO              Prep soccer season starts today with tourneys
               OTERO              BY SALO OTERO                        11 last year, finishing third in    play Brownsville Lopez at       are Juan Cobos, Fernando           year. They play PSJA North
               Times sports       Times sports editor                  district, losing in bidistrict to   noon, San Benito at 2 and       Castillo, Victor Jimenez,          today at 10 a.m. Alexander
                  editor
                                                                       McAllen Memorial 8-0. Six           Harlingen at 5:30. Martin is    Jose Luis Ronces, Gabriel          returnees are Matt Carroll,
                                    The 2001 Laredo high               letter winners return. They         the defending district cham-    Ruiz, Nati Canales, Carlos         Agustin Elizondo, Peter
                                  school soccer season kicks           are Amber Bautista, Rosario         pion, finishing 18-7 last       Martinez, Juan Fructoso            Escamilla, Ricky Garza,
                                  off today with tournaments           Gutierrez, Selina Gomez,            year, losing in bidistrict to   and J.J. Calzada.                  Armando Jimenez, Santiago
30-5A girls                       in the Rio Grande Valley.
                                    It is the third year of UIL play
                                                                       Oralia Alvarez, Julie Cantu
                                                                       and       Candy        Campos.
                                                                                                           Rivera 2-0. Martin returnees
                                                                                                           are Omar Ortiz, Julian
                                                                                                                                             CIGARROA:                J.J.
                                                                                                                                           Berlanga, coach, third year.
                                                                                                                                                                              “Jimmy’’ Martinez, Alex
                                                                                                                                                                              Uresti, Carlos Velasquez

into round                        for the local boys and girls.
                                    The United and United
                                                                       Alvarez led the team in scor-
                                                                       ing with 13 goals last year.
                                                                                                           Medrano, Ricardo Aquino,
                                                                                                           Benjamin Ramos, Ricardo
                                                                                                                                           The Toros were 15-5 last
                                                                                                                                           year, third in district, losing
                                                                                                                                                                              and Josue Zavala.
                                                                                                                                                                                UNITED SOUTH: Carlos
                                  South girls are competing at         South plays McAllen High to         Arias, Mario Gomez, Juan        to McAllen Memorial in             Cantu, coach, third year.
two tonight                       the Mission Tournament.
                                    In boys play, Martin, Nixon
                                                                       start the tourney.
                                                                         UNITED: Jose Castillo,
                                                                                                           Andrade,
                                                                                                           Hernandez,
                                                                                                                                 Nelson
                                                                                                                                  David
                                                                                                                                           bidistrict 4-1. Cigarroa plays
                                                                                                                                           Brownsville Rivera at noon,
                                                                                                                                                                              The Panthers were 11-9-2
                                                                                                                                                                              last year, second in district,
      he District 30-5A girls     and Cigarroa are at the              coach, third year. The Lady         Cardenas, Mitchell Garcia       Eagle Pass at 2 and                losing to Rowe in bidstrict 2-
T     basketball      season
      enters their second of
                                  Brownsville             Tourney.
                                  Alexander and United South
                                                                       Longhorns         lost    three
                                                                       starters from last year’s 8-
                                                                                                           and Enrique Reyes.
                                                                                                             NIXON: Chilo Garcia,
                                                                                                                                           Edcouch-Elsa at 5:30.
                                                                                                                                           Returning starters are Beto
                                                                                                                                                                              0 in a shootout after a 2-2
                                                                                                                                                                              tie. South plays Valley View
three rounds tonight with         are       at     the     McAllen     14 team. The returnees are          coach, third year. The          Castillo, Julio Huerta, Luis       at 10 a.m., Weslaco at 1
preseason favorite United         Tournament.                          sisters Karina and Patricia         Mustangs return 10 players      Chaires, Ricardo Palos,            p.m. and Rowe at 3.
South in command.                   The other local teams start        Elizondo, Melissa Fajardo,          from a 10-10 season. They       Tomas Robles and Eduardo           Returning United South
  The Lady Panthers are           next weekend. District 30-           Adrian Rodriguez, Heyda             play Brownsville Porter at      Hernandez. Other lettermen         players are Jose Lopez,
two games up on their             5A action opens on Jan. 16.          Rios, Vanessa Martinez,             noon, Mercedes at 2 and         include Luis Martinez,             German Castillo, Jose
nearest rival – Nixon— in           A look at this weekend’s           Tatiana Ramos and Naiely            Harlingen South at 5:30         Carlos Huerta and Juan             Quintana,            Rodrigo
the standings.                    games:                               Martinez. United plays              today. Daniel Hermosillo,       Uvalle. The Huertas are            Alvarado, Felix Garcia, Luis
  In the boys, United South                       GIRLS                Mission at 9 a.m.                   the district’s MVP last year,   brothers.                          Rodriguez, Oscar Ruiz,
is also the leader after            UNITED SOUTH: Deidra                             BOYS                  returns but will not play for     ALEXANDER:            Tomas      Miguel Sanchez, Daniel
three games – one game            Gutierrez, coach, third year.          MARTIN: Jerry Martinez,           another week because of an      Martinez, coach, third year.       Gonzalez, Marco Velez and
over Nixon and Alexander.         The Lady Panthers were 8-            coach, third year. The Tigers       injury. The other returnees     The Bulldogs were 4-15 last        Ozzie Tovar.
  The 30-5A girls stand-
ings with district mark
listed second: United
                                                                                                                                                                               Ram Faulk
South 15-7, 5-0; Nixon 12-
10, 3-2; Alexander 12-12,
2-3; United 11-11, 2-3;
Cigarroa 11-13, 2-3; Martin
                                   BCS, Sooners                                                                                                                                tops NFL
6-16, 1-4.
  Tonight’s          games:
Cigarroa at Nixon, Martin
                                   set for changes                                                                                                                             on offense
at Alexander, United at                                                                                                                                                         BY BARRY WILNER
                                   BY R. ROSENBLATT                     points of concern — trying
United South. All at 8 p.m.                                                                                                                                                     AP Football Writer
                                   AP Football Writer                   to lessen the importance of
  St. Augustine (1-14) is
                                                                        margin of victory and
idle until Tuesday against                                                                                                                                                        NEW YORK — Marshall
                                     MIAMI — In the end, the            increasing the value of
San Antonio Christian in                                                                                                                                                        Faulk is the perfect player
                                   Bowl Championship Series             head-to-head matchups.
the District 4-4A TAPPS                                                                                                                                                         for the St. Louis Rams’
                                   worked again.                          As the season came down
opener.                                                                                                                                                                         wide-open offense. So per-
                                     That makes the BCS 3-              to its final few weeks,
  The 30-5A boys stand-                                                                                                                                                         fect that for the second
                                   for-3 in staging a national          Florida State and Miami
ings with district mark                                                                                                                                                         straight season, Faulk has
                                   title game that produced an          were in a close points race
listed second: United                                                                                                                                                           been voted The Associated
                                   undisputed        champion.          to finish second in the BCS
South 14-5, 3-0; Nixon 12-                                                                                                                                                      Press       NFL      Offensive
                                   Controversy, though, is              standings as long as first-
7, 2-1; Alexander 12-7, 2-                                                                                                                                                      Player of the Year.
                                   always close by.                     place Oklahoma kept win-
1; United 10-9, 1-2;                                                                                                                                                              Faulk,      selected      the
                                     The way No. 1 Oklahoma             ning.
Cigarroa 5-12, 1-2; Martin                                                                                                                                                      league’s Most Valuable
                                   dominated No. 5 Florida                Even      though     Miami
6-12, 0-3.                                                                                                                                                                      Player last week by a
                                   State in Wednesday night’s           defeated Florida State 27-                                                                              nationwide panel of 50
  Tonight’s games: Nixon           13-2 victory in the Orange           24 on Oct. 7, the Seminoles
at Cigarroa, Alexander at                                                                                                                                                       sports writers and broad-
                                   Bowl, even Seminoles                 moved ahead of the                                                                                      casters who cover pro foot-
Martin, United South at            coach Bobby Bowden won-              Hurricanes in the BCS
United. All at 7:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                        ball, is a defensive coordi-
                                   dered if the Sooners (13-0)          standings with the help of a                                                                            nator’s nightmare. This sea-
  On       Saturday,      St.      played the right team.               54-7 rout of highly-ranked
Augustine (3-16) opens                                                                                                                                                          son, he set an NFL record
                                     “When I look at it now, I          Clemson         in      early                                                                           with 26 touchdowns, led the
District 4-4A TAAPS play           think it should have been            November.
at home at 5 p.m. against                                                                                                                                                       NFC with 2,189 combined
                                   Miami and Oklahoma,”                   Swofford said there are                                                                               yards (1,359 rushing and
San Antonio St. Gerard             Bowden said.                         possible “sportsmanship
(12-8).                                                                                                                                                                         830 passing) and had 81
                                     It could have been.                issues” with running up                                                                                 receptions, the most by an
  The Scope picked seven           Oklahoma, Miami and                  scores and the commis-                                                                   AP Photo
of eight correctly last out-                                                                               JOSH HEUPEL: OU quarterback celebrates Orange win.                   NFC running back.
                                   Florida State finished 1-2-3         sioners of the six confer-                                                                                That was good enough to
ing.                               in the final regular-season          ences that make up the             Swofford said.                 On Thursday, Oklahoma
  The Scope sees tonight,                                                                                                                                                       collect 32 votes in balloting
                                   AP poll and the coaches              BCS might ask the eight              Also, Swofford said, the   coach Bob Stoops accept-                announced Thursday, easi-
Saturday:                          poll, but the BCS standings          computer rankings not to           BCS might change the way     ed national championship
            BOYS                                                                                                                                                                ly outdistancing running
                                   matched the Seminoles                give extra credit for              the at-large berths are      trophies for finishing a                backs Eddie George of
  United     South      over       against the Sooners primar-          blowouts. Of those eight,          granted so deserving teams   unanimous No. 1 in the AP               Tennessee and Edgerrin
United. The Panthers               ily because of a higher              six have a cap of 21-28            aren’t passed over by a      media poll and the USA                  James of Miami, who had
boast the city’s new top           computer ranking. So what            points; one has no value for       lower-rated team.            Today/ESPN coaches poll.                four apiece.
scorer, Reggie Lopez, who          if Miami beat Florida State          margin of victory; and the           This year’s example would    His underdogs Sooners                   Faulk, who helped the
averages 20.3 points per           during the season, the com-          other has a limitless bonus        be Notre Dame’s selection    completed a perfect season              Rams win the Super Bowl
game. Teammate Pablo               puter said.                          for routs.                         over     a    higher-ranked  with a nearly perfect game              last season and virtually
Ledezma is No. 4 among               Now, BCS chairman John               “I would be for telling the      Virginia Tech to play in the plan to shut down the high-             carried them into the play-
city scorers at 16.8.              Swofford says a tweaking             computer partners, ‘This is        Fiesta Bowl. Oregon State    flying Seminoles, who went              offs in 2000 by scoring 11
United’s top scorers are           of the system is up for dis-         the way it is or you can’t be      easily beat Notre Dame 41-   into the game as 10½-point              touchdowns in the final
Juan Osorio (14.8) and             cussion. He touched on two           a part of the BCS formula,”’       9 on Jan. 1.                 favorites.                              three games, credits the
Joey Sanchez (10.1).                                                                                                                                                            offensive scheme for much
South is tops on offense                                                                                                                                                        of his success.
with a 76.1 ppg average.
United is sixth in offense at
50.6. United is first and
                                   OU not concerned about expectations                                                                                                            “It is matchups, obvious-
                                                                                                                                                                                ly,” he said. “If they called a
                                                                                                                                                                                blitz and I’m in the back-
South second in defense            BY OWEN CANFIELD                     come that, and certainly           1974 and ‘75. Nebraska                                               field, I could be running the
at 50.4 and 57.8.                  AP Sports Writer                     that’s what we’re going to         and Alabama also have                                                ball or going out for a pass.
  Alexander over Martin.                                                push for every year.”              won back-to-back titles                                              They ID the personnel, but
Robert Garcia (14.0) and             MIAMI — Barry Switzer                Oklahoma won its seventh         twice;     a    repeat     by                                        they don’t know who will be
Michael Salinas (13.2)             used to call it “feeding the         national     championship,         Oklahoma next year would                                             doing what, and they gam-
lead the Bulldogs, averag-         monster,” that constant              which is second only to            make the Sooners the first                                           ble.”
ing 63.3 and allowing 58.5.        effort to maintain the suc-          Notre Dame’s eight. The            school to do it three times.                                           It doesn’t hurt to have
Martin is led by Sergio            cess that Oklahoma fans              13-0 season came just 25             Oklahoma has a good                                                Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce,
Rivera (10.8) and Santiago         had grown accustomed to              months after Stoops was            many pieces in place to                                              Torry Holt, Az Hakim and a
Cordero (10.1). The Tigers         under Bud Wilkinson.                 hired to resurrect a program       make a run at another title.                                         solid line on his side, either.
score 56 and allow 57.9              Switzer did his part,              that had won 12 games in             There are 23 freshman                                              But, still, it is Faulk who
ppg.                               matching Wilkinson’s three           the previous three years.          and sophomores on the                                                makes it all work, the prime
  Nixon over Cigarroa.             national       championships           Oklahoma had never gone          depth chart. The bulk of a                                           threat in the league’s pre-
Rudy Guajardo (18.9) and           and winning a dozen con-             12-0 before Stoops; the            young and talented sec-                                              mier attack.
Victor Garza (17.3) rank 2-        ference titles during a 16-          Sooners reached that mark          ondary will return. All the                                            “There are no limitations
3 in city scoring. Eddie           year run. Now it’s Bob               by winning the Big 12              receivers and most of the                                            to what Marshall does or
Munoz is at 11.4 as the            Stoops’ turn.                        championship game, then            running backs will be back.                                          can do,” coach Mike Martz
Mustangs score 73.6 and              In just his second season,         closed out the baker’s             There will be holes to fill in                                       said. “He wants to be the
allow 67.8. Ruben Garcia           Stoops has a national                dozen with the school’s            the offensive and defensive                                          best in the game and he’s
(14.8) and Polo Garza              championship.             The        12th Orange Bowl victory in        lines.                                                               proven he is. We’ll always
(10.3) top the Toros, who          Sooners’ 13-2 victory over           17 visits.                           “There’s no question the BOB STOOPS                                challenge Marshall and he
score 61.1 and give up 70                                                                                                                                                       always responds.”
                                   Florida State in the Orange            About the only way to top        foundation, discipline and Oklahoma coach
points per game.                                                                                                                            Heupel will leave the                 Faulk, 27 and in his sev-
                                   Bowl Wednesday night                 it, Stoops said, would be to       hard work and toughness
  St. Gerard over St.                                                                                                                                                           enth NFL season, came to
                                   completed an unbeaten                play a preseason game              that these seniors have        biggest void. His ability to
Augustine (Saturday):                                                                                                                                                           the Rams in a trade with
                                   season and proved that               next year and run the table        started in the last two years  run Oklahoma’s spread
Joelu Edewu (11.7) is St                                                                                                                                                        Indianapolis two years ago.
                                   Oklahoma, after several              again.                             will carry on to those         offense and his knack for
Aug’s top scorer. St. Aug                                                                                                                                                       The price was a second-
                                   lean years, really is back.            “That would be about the         younger players and it will    making adjustments at the
scores 45.9 points per                                                                                                                                                          round and a fourth-round
                                     If Stoops is concerned             only place you can go from         only help,” Stoops said.       line of scrimmage will be dif-        draft choice, making the
game and allows 66.6.              about trying to stay there, it       here,” he said. “But doing it      “We expect to continue to      ficult to replace. The
            GIRLS                                                                                                                                                               acquisition one of the
                                   doesn’t show.                        again would be pretty spe-         have great years.”             Sooners have three big,               biggest bargains in NFL
  United     South      over         “I’ve said for two years that      cial, too, and Oklahoma’s            The two greatest losses      strong candidates in line to
United: South (59.7) is the                                                                                                                                                     history.
                                   I wanted expectations to             done that before, I think.”        figure to be Heisman           take over, but how well                 At first, he was uncertain
city’s top scoring team and        rise, that we should expect            Twice, in fact. Two of           Trophy runner-up Josh          they’re able to pick up the
has the top scorer in the                                                                                                                                                       how he would fit in, particu-
                                   to win and compete for               Wilkinson’s national titles        Heupel at quarterback and      nuances in the offense could          larly after working in 1998
city in Lizzy Garcia (13.9)        championships,” he said              came in succession, in             linebacker           Torrance  go a long way toward deter-
and the No. 4 scorer,                                                                                                                                                           with a rookie quarterback
                                   Thursday morning after a             1955 and 56, and Switzer           Marshall, who was voted        mining Oklahoma’s success             with a great future, Peyton
Belinda Macias (13.2).             night of no sleep. “So I wel-        pulled off the same feat in        the Orange Bowl MVP.           next year.
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