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Friday, January 21, 2005

Powerlifting team’s first meet set for Monahans

The Pecos Eagles powerlifting team will compete in their first meet of the 2005 season this Saturday, when they travel to Monahans for competition against other area schools.

Coach Patrick Willis said the weigh-ins for the meet would be at 8:30 a.m., and competition would start about 30 to 45 minutes later.

He said on Wednesday about 15 to 20 Eagles would be entered in the event, mostly on the boys’ side. “We’ve only got six girls lifting, and three of them probably won’t be going, because they’re not ready yet,” Willis said.

On the boys’ side, he said on Wednesday he was still looking at what weight class some of the lifters would be entered in .”We’re going to look at that Thursday and Friday. I’ve got some ideas, but we’ll have to take a look at things.”

The meet is one of four over the next six weeks for Pecos, and depending on where each of the lifters places and what their lift totals are, they can then qualify for regional competition in March, the girls in Kermit and the boys in Lubbock. Top finishers in each weight class there then go on to the state finals later in the month.

Panthers’ third quarter bombs help down Eagles

Staff Writer

Hot shooting from the outside gave the Fort Stockton Panthers a big lead in the third quarter. Cold shooting from the Pecos Eagles at the end of the third quarter kept them from wiping it out.

The Panthers, who went into the second half with a 34-28 lead over the Eagles, hit four 3-point shots in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the third period, to go out to a 15-point advantage. But Pecos the went on their own 8-0 run over the next two minutes, and cut that margin back down to 48-41 with two minutes remaining in the quarter.

The Eagles then had several chances to get that margin down to five, but failed to connect on three inside shots as well as four chances from the foul line. Fort Stockton then regrouped, and used the inside play of post John Fuentez to pull away again in the final quarter, as they kept Pecos winless in District 4-3A play with a 66-50 victory.

“That was what we didn’t do. They came out and hit those 3s at the start of the third quarter, and we came out and put it up and missed, put it up and missed, put it up and missed,” Eagles coach Art Welborn said.

Brian Rainwater hit three of the four 3-point shots, all from the left corner, to account for all nine of his points on the night, while Taylor Yancey had one of his three 3s during the opening run in the third period. The streak came after Fort Stockton had closed the second quarter with a 10-3 run that turned a one-point Pecos lead into a 34-28 halftime deficit.

Josh Anchondo actually scored the first basket of the second half, on a lay-up off a pass from Saul Pina. But Yancey then connected from outside and Rainwater hit two of his 3s around a lay-up by J..J Hickman. Pecos finally broke the streak with a 3-pointer by Luis Licon, but Rainwater immediately came back with his final points of the night, after he was again left open for a corner jumper.

Both teams suffered through first half foul problems Pina picked up his fourth foul just after Licon’s jumper, but the Eagles’ comeback started when Yancey was whistled for his fourth foul a minute later.

Ricardo Morales hit one of two free throws after the foul, then scored on a lay-up and went 1-for-2 again from the line in the span of a minute to get the lead down to 48-37. Nathan Guajardo then hit a lay-up and was fouled by Rainwater to make it 48-39. He missed his free throw, but the Panthers were unable to score and Lupito Bustamantes hit a side jumper to make it 48-41.

Jason Garcia finally stopped the Eagles’ run with a lay-up, but Bustamantes came back and scored on a rebound lay-up. He was fouled by Matt Garvin on the play, but again, the Eagles missed a chance to convert a three-point play, and then with 1:05 left in the period, Guajardo missed the front end of a 1-and-1 after being fouled. Garcia would score on a rebound basket in the final minute of the period to boost Fort Stockton’s lead back up to nine points.

Morales led Pecos with 14 points, but was 6-for-12 from the foul line, and on five of his six trips to the free throw line the junior made his first attempt while missing the second. “That hurt us because we were going to go press after the second shot if he made it,” said Welborn, who added that even when the Eagles did have a chance to run the press after a made shot, they were hurt by the absence of Pina due to foul trouble.

Three of Morales’ 1-for-2s came in the first part of the fourth period. The three points were the only ones the Eagles would get until Licon hit from the outside with 3 1/2 minutes to play, while the Panthers got a trio of lay-ups from Fuentez, who led all scorers with 20 points, and a steal and lay-up by Colby Terrazas to widen their lead back to 15 points. Licon’s jumper got the margin back to 11, but the Eagles couldn’t get the deficit back into single digits and for a while, couldn’t get the ball back from the Panthers. “I was real proud of the kids. They played hard and fought back, but we made some critical mistakes. They had the ball with three minutes left and I was yelling ‘red, red, red’. That means foul, but we didn’t foul for a minute and a half.”

Bustamantes was the only other Eagle in double figures with 12 points, while Hickman had 14 and Yancey 13 for Fort Stockton, which won its second straight district game after an 0-3 start. Pecos, meanwhile, fell to 0-5 in district and 3-18 on the season going into their final game of the first half of 4-3A play, on Friday night in Monahans, starting at about 7:30 p.m. The Loboes are 1-4 in district following a 68-44 loss at Presidio on Tuesday.

Fort Stockton also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game over Pecos, 56-40. Javier Mendoza led the Eagles with 13 points.

FORT STOCKTON (66) Rainwater 3 0-0 9; Martinez 0 0-0 0; Hickman 6 2-2 14; Sotelo 0 0-0 0; Pacheco 1 0-0 2; Yancey 5 0-0 13; Terrazas 2 0-2 4; Garvin 0 0-0 0; Garcia 2 0-0 4; Fuentes 7 6-8 20. Totals 26 8-12 66.

PECOS (50) Jurado 0 0-1 0; Morales 4 6-12 14; Pina 2 0-0 5; Guajardo 1 0-2 2; Licon 3 1-2 9; Anchondo 2 2-2 6; Estrada 1 0-0 2; Bustamantes 4 4-5 12; Macha 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 12-24 50. Ft. Stockton 15 19 18 14 -- 66 Pecos 14 14 15 7 -- 50 Three-point goals: Fort Stockton 6 (Yancey 3, Rainwater 3). Pecos 3, (Licon 2, Pina). Technical fouls: Fort Stockton, Fuentez, Pecos, Morales. Fouled out: Fort Stockton, Fuentez. Total fouls: Fort Stockton 23, Pecos 21.

Pecos’ shooting problems costly in loss

Staff Writer

There weren’t as many big players inside Tuesday night for the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team to worry about, but lay-ups remained a problem for the Eagles as they opened up the second half of their District 4-3A schedule against the Fort Stockton Prowlers.

Pecos, which had problems getting off any close-in shots against Seminole’s tall front line last Friday, got off a lot more shots against the shorter Prowlers on Tuesday, but they couldn’t make them, and did a poor job shooting from the foul line as well. The Eagles shot only 7-for-22 from the line, and had to get over half their points on outside jumpers, while the Prowlers were able to get inside for baskets down the stretch, and avenged a December loss to Pecos with a 55-49 victory.

“That hurt,” said Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery, who was at a loss for words to describe her team’s play on Tuesday. “I think they were just satisfied that they beat Fort Stockton last time.”

Danielle Garcia scored 17 points and Amalie Herrera added 13, most of those on outside shots. But the Eagles did have their problems hitting from the outside down the stretch, while Lowery said the Panthers did squeeze their defense inside around sophomore post Chantel Mazone.

“Had we hit some more of our outside shots they would have come out on Chantel and it would have opened things up,” Lowery said.

It also was a tough night for the Eagles’ other sophomore post, Adrianna Armendariz. She missed a fast-break lay-up off the game-opening tip by Mazone, then was injured in the second half after falling over a loose ball and was hit with a technical foul after returning to the game arguing about a non-foul call on a rebound battle in the final period.

Armendariz would come back later to hit a rebound lane jumper to give Pecos a 43-42 lead, but that turned out to be the final lead of the night for Pecos. Nicki Fuentes drove past the Eagles’ defense for a short bank shot on the next trip downcourt, and Ruby Bernal hit a lay-up for a 46-43 lead.

Herrera would connect from the foul line after that to narrow the gap back to one, but the Eagles would then go over three minutes without a basket, until Garcia hit a lay up with 11 seconds remaining. In-between, Alexis Ramirez and Kayla Carrillo would score off rebound lay-ups for Fort Stockton, and the Prowlers would connect for five foul shots in the final 40 seconds to clinch the victory.

Fuentes led all scorers with 19 points, while Bernal also was in double-figures for Fort Stockton wit 10. “I thought that was one of the worst defensive games we’ve played,” said Lowery, whose team fell to 3-18 on the season. Both squads are now 2-5 in District 4-3A play, with the Eagles going to Monahans for their next game, this Friday at 6 p.m. Monahans also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game, by a 50-37 final score. Vanessa Valeriano led the Eagles with 17 points.

FORT STOCKTON (55) Rey 0 0-0 0; Fuentes 8 3-4 19; Leyva 0 0-0 0; Bernal 4 2-3 10; Nevins 0 0-0 0; S. Carrillo 3 2-3 9; Ramirez 2 1-2 5; Blanco 1 0-0 2; Newton 0 1-2 1; K. Carrillo 3 1-2 7; Singh 0 2-4 2. Totals 21 12-20 49.

PECOS (49) Carrasco 1 0-2 2; Garcia 7 0-1 17; Herrera 6 0-4 13; Rodriguez 0 0-2 0; Valdez 0 0-0 0; Mendoza 0 3-5 3; Armendariz 2 3-4 7; Mazone 3 1-4 7. Totals 19 7-22 49. Ft. Stockton 11 11 13 20 -- 55 Pecos 11 13 9 16 -- 49 Three-point goals: Fort Stockton 1 (S. Carrillo). Pecos 4, (Garcia 3, Herrera). Technical foul: Pecos, Armendariz. Fouled out: Fort Stockton, Bernal. Total fouls: Fort Stockton 21, Pecos 16.

Eagles netters drop spring opener to Loboes

The Monahans Loboes used a 6-2 advantage in girls singles play on Tuesday to defeat the Pecos Eagles’ tennis team by an 8-9 score, in the opening matches of the 2005 spring season for both teams.

Most of the matches were played on the girls’ side, as coach Mike Ortiz said he still has a number of players not available as of yet for spring tennis play.

“We’re minus three that are still in basketball and five that flunked, buy they should be eligible by this Friday, “ Ortiz said.

The boys won four of five singles matches, while Monahans took the lone doubles match on the boys’ side. Meanwhile, the girls took two of their three doubles matches, while the Loboes came back to win the six matches in singles.

Ortiz said he was happy with the play of Pedro Gomez, who was substituting at No. 1 singles and defeated John Willhelm, 8-4. “I put that guy at No. 1 and he’s playing pretty good. He beat their No. 1 solidly,” he said. “My No. 1 (Francisco Ornelas) is playing basketball, but we were able to squeeze him in, so he got to play.”

Ornelas, who had a JV basketball game when Tuesday’s match started, defeated Jacob Kesey, 8-1, while Jerris Rayos downed Chris Garcia, 8-2 and defeated Kyle Bean, 8-6, in the other two singles matches.

The girls got their wins from No. 3 seed Sara Natividad, 8-3 over Tiffany Bean, and from No. 4 seed Catherine Garcia, who downed Cheyenne Smith, 8-1. In doubles, top seeds Imari Ornelas and Crystal Ikeler won by an 8-5 score over Bean and Laura Ramirez, while Natividad and Garcia at No. 2 seed scored an 8-4 win over Smith and Jennifer Rodriguez.

Tuesday’s matches were the first of four at home for Pecos during the spring season. They’ll host Fort Stockton next Tuesday and have their spring tournament scheduled for Feb. 11 and 12, while they’ll play two tournaments in Fort Stockton and two in Monahans, including the District 4-3A Individual Tournament on April 8-9.

The Region I-3A team tournament will be held on Feb. 3-5 at South Plains College in Levelland, with the 3A team tournament the following week at in Bryan. Individual regionals will be April 27-28 in Odessa, with the state tournament on May 9-10 in Austin.

Results from Tuesday’s matches are listed below: Monahans (9) at Pecos (8) Boys Singles Pedro Gomez defeated John Willhelm, 8-4; Curtis James lost to Steven Martinez, 8-1; Jerris Rayos defeated Chris Garcia, 8-2; Francisco Ornelas defeated Jacob Kesey, 8-1; Rayos defeated Kyle Bean, 8-6. Girls Singles Mimi Ornelas lost to Laura Ramirez, 8-4; Crystal Ikeler lost to Trena Escamilla, 8-0; Sara Natividad defeated Tiffany Bean, 8-3; Catherine Garcia defeated Cheyenne Smith, 8-1; Amber Pando lost to Jennifer Rodriguez, 8-4; Sada Orona lost to Emily Acker, 8-1; Delicia Ramirez lost to Erin Culdeney, 8-1; Rodriguez lost to Amanda Chavez, 8-6. Boys Doubles Gomez and James lost to Willhelm and Martinez, 8-4. Girls Doubles Ornelas and Ikeler defeated Ramirez and Bean, 8-5; Natividad and Garcia defeated Smith and Rodriguez, 8-4; Pando and Orona lost to Escamilla and Acker, 8-1.

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