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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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
(See *OTERO Page 2B) Manning.