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Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Ortiz hopes Pecos netters learn lesson

The Pecos Eagles’ tennis team ended up playing both of Midland’s two high school junior varsity tennis teams on Saturday, and while the Eagles struggled to come up with wins, coach Mike Ortiz is hoping his players benefit from the experience later this week, when the Eagles take on two of their District 4-3A opponents.

Pecos lost to Midland High’s JV by a 13-1 score, then lost to Midland Lee’s JV by an 11-2 margin later on Saturday. However, despite the similar scores, Ortiz said his team looked better in the second match against the Rebels, who replaced Big Lake as the Eagles’ other opponent.

“They were more intimidated in the first one. They’re not used to playing 5As,” Ortiz said. “Some of them were shocked for a while, but it was a learning experience for them. I want to get it into their minds that they can play with anyone, and in the afternoon we had a lot closer matches than we did in the morning.

Pedro Gomez was the lone winner against the Bulldogs. Playing at No. 1 seed, he defeated Carlton Shannon by a 7-5, 6-4 margin. The next closest match was in girls’ doubles, where Sara Natividad and Amber Pando lost to Valerie Stevens and Lauryn Wells, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

In the afternoon match, Gomez and Curtis James defeated Jr. Licon and Travis Middleton, 6-0, 6-0, in the lone doubles match for the boys, while Jerris Rayos downed Licon, 5-7, 6-4, 10-9, at No. 3 seed in boys singles. The girls again didn’t win any matches, but had several split set losses, including a 6-1, 4-6, 10-12 loss at No. 1 singles by Mimi Ornelas to Katie Huff and a 6-7 (10-2), 6-0, 15-13 loss by Natividad at No. 3 seed to Kat Moffett.

“I thought we showed a lot of promise, especially on the girls’ side,” Ortiz said. “Our main problem is the mental side of it, and I hope they picked up that they can compete with anyone.

“We play Monahans on Thursday, and they we play Seminole at the Odessa College tennis courts on Saturday. Those are two of our district rivals, so I hope this helps us,” he added. The Eagles were edged by the Loboes, 9-8, to open their spring schedule two weeks ago, while they haven’t played Seminole, one of their two new District 4-3A rivals.

Results for Saturday’s matches are listed below: Pecos (1) at Midland High (13) Boys Singles Pedro Gomez defeated Carlton Shannon, 7-5, 6-4; Curtis James lost to Drew Harris, 6-4, 6-0; Jerris Rayos lost to Harris, 6-0, 6-0; Rayos lost to Kameron Tatum, 6-1, 7-5. Girls Singles Mimi Ornelas lost to Valerie Stevens, 6-2, 6-0; Crystal Ikeler lost to Ainslee Tankersley, 6-1, 6-1; Sara Natividad lost to Hellie Ewbanks, 6-1, 6-4; Amber Pando lost to Kelsey Clark, 6-1, 6-3; Sade Orona lost to Lauryn Wells, 6-2, 6-0; Delicia Ramirez lost to Caroline Atchison, 6-0, 6-0 Boys Doubles Gomez and James lost to Shannon and Tatum, 6-3, 6-4. Girls Doubles Ornelas and Ikeler lost to Eubanks and Clark, 6-1, 6-1; Natividad and Pando lost to Stevens and Wells, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Orona and Ramirez lost to Tankersley and Atchison, 6-0, 6-1. Pecos (2) at Midland Lee (11) Boys Singles Pedro Gomez lost to Michael Moore, 6-1, 6-1; Curtis James lost to Travis Middleton, 6-0, 6-0; Jerris Rayos defeated Jr. Licon, 5-7, 6-4, 10-9; Rayos lost to Moore, 6-1, 6-1. Girls Singles Mimi Ornelas lost to Katie Huff, 1-6, 6-4, 12-10; Crystal Ikeler lost to Topicia Gamboa, 6-4, 6-3; Sara Natividad lost to Kat Moffett, 6-7 (10-2), 6-0, 15-13; Amber Pando lost to Ashley Gearhart, 6-4, 7-6 (10-5); Sade Orona lost to Monica Ruiz, 6-0, 5-7, 10-7; Delicia Ramirez lost to Veronica Ramos, 6-0, 6-0 Boys Doubles Gomez and James defeated Licon and Middleton, 6-0, 6-0. Girls Doubles Ornelas and Ikeler lost to Huff and Gamboa, 6-0, 7-6; Natividad and Pando lost to Moffett and Gearhart, 6-4, 2-6, 10-4; Orona and Ramirez lost to Ruiz and Ramos, 6-1, 6-0.

Eagle squads return to action with road trip

The Pecos Eagle girls’ basketball team will by trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive on Tuesday, while Pecos’ boys will be trying to hand the Greenwood Rangers their second straight loss, as both teams return to action with a trip to Greenwood after their open dates on Friday.

Pecos’ girls, who improved to 3-6 in district a week ago with a 59-39 win over Presidio, will go up against a 6-4 Rangers team that scored a 60-26 win over the Blue Devils this past Friday.

Meanwhile, the boys, who fought back from three double-digit deficits last Tuesday before finally falling to Presidio, 74-70, will face a Greenwood team that went down to Presidio on Friday and suffered their first district loss in over two years, falling to the Blue Devils by a 65-54 final score.

The boys will be trying to improve on their first game in district play against Greenwood, when the Rangers took a big lead early and cruised to a 80-37 victory over Pecos. Lane Flowers had 20 points and Ryan Bealer 17 in that game, while the two only had 16 points combined in Friday’s loss at Presidio.

Luis Licon was the only Pecos player in double figures in that game, with 11 points, while all five Eagle starters scored 10 or more points last Tuesday. The Eagles come in with a 1-5 district record, 4-19 on the season, while Greenwood is 7-1 and 17-9, a half game ahead of Seminole in the district standings.

The girls need wins in their last three regular season games, against Greenwood, Lamesa and Seminole, to have a shot at the third and final playoff berth. Monahans took over second in the district standings with a win on Friday over Lamesa, while Greenwood is a half game in back of the Golden Tornadoes in fourth place.

Pecos trailed Presidio last Tuesday late in the third period before scoring 21 straight points to pull out the victory. Last month against Greenwood, the Eagles led a low-scoring game at halftime, 13-12, only to see the Rangers rally in the second half for a 41-34 victory.

Whitney Etheridge led all scorers with 13 points for Greenwood, while Danielle Garcia had 12 points to lead Pecos. Garcia had 22 points last Tuesday in the win over the Blue Devils.

Swimmers score fifth straight district sweep

The Pecos Eagle boys were able to meet the challenge on Saturday at the District 3-4A Swimming and Diving Championships, while Pecos girls set themselves up for their main challenge in two weeks, at the Region I-4A meet in Lubbock.

The boys held off challenges from Andrews and Monahans to claim their sixth straight district title and 14th in the past 16 years, while Pecos’ girls claimed their fifth straight title and 13th in the past 15 years, easily getting past host Abilene Wylie with more than double the Bulldogs’ point total. The boys scored a 14 point win over Monahans, beating the Loboes by an 84-70 margin, while the girls set one new school record and scored 126 1/2 points to 58 for Wylie.

“It was very close for the boys. Just the way it was seeded Andrews was in first going into the finals,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. “It came down to what the relays did, along with our individual swimmers.

“We knew we had to win two of the three relays and we needed the third not to get last. They needed to beat at least one team, and they did,” said Morse, who put her veteran swimmers in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. “For the experience that group of boys had, having not more than a year, I’m proud of them.”

Freshmen Luke Serrano, Dustin Windham and Matthew Florez, along with junior Alonzo Garcia got fourth out of five teams in that event, as Morse moved her swimmers out of the race, where the Eagles had been edged by Monahans for most of the season. The 200 freestyle team of junior Matt Elliott, sophomores Kyle Winkles and Matt Oglesby and freshman Matthew Florez was able to beat Monahans by just over a second, finishing with a 1:36.74 time, while the same four swam a 3:35.13 to win the 400 free relay by almost seven seconds over Big Spring.

The girls set the new district record in the 200 medley, as seniors Teddie Salcido, Catherine Minjarez, Susan Moore and Lindsey Shaw swam a 2:00.90 and beat Monahans by almost 10 seconds. Pecos also won the other two relays on Saturday, as Shaw, Moore, Ashley Horsburgh and Amie Reynolds edged Abilene Wylie by one second to win the 200 freestyle relay, with a 1:51.30 time, while Minjarez, Salicdo, Reynolds and Horsburgh took the 400 free relay with a 4:06.07 time.

That was 10 seconds better than second place Wylie but looking towards regionals, five second slower than the time El Paso Chapin posted at their district meet over the weekend. Pecos’ girls won 10 of the 12 events in the finals, but will be challenged by the Huskies in all 10 of those races at regionals for the automatic state berths.

“The girls will need to win two out three relays to beat them, assuming our individuals come through,” Morse said. “It will be a close one for the girls, but I think they’re up for the task. After this (district), the boys proved that anything’s possible.”

Individually, Moore for the girls and Winkles for the boys were chosen as the meet’s outstanding swimmers. Moore won the 50 freestyle with a 26.30 time, and took the 100 free with a 59.13, while Winkles captured the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle, with 58.37 and 51.05 times.

Elliott, in the 200 freestyle and 100 fly for the boys, also took both his individual events, while Minjarez won the 100 fly and 100 backstroke for the girls. Elliott swam a 1:55.26 in the 200 free and a 57.03 in the fly; Minjarez had a 1:06.41 to win the fly and a 1:09.46 in the backstroke.

Morse also said she was happy with the efforts of Oglesby in the 100 butterfly and Shaw in the 100 breaststroke, even though neither finished first in those events.

“Matt Oglesby I’d say was the highlight of the boys races, in the 100 fly” Morse said. “He was beating Matt Elliott through most of the race and only got beat on the touch. Kyle did a good job in both his races, beating Zac Vaughn and Brandon Nicholas, and for the girls Lindsey had a good meet in both her races. She did her best time in a couple of years in the breaststroke.”

Oglesby placed second to Elliott in the 100 fly by .07 second after earlier winning the 200 individual medley with a 2:08.29 time. Shaw also won the 200 medley, with a 2:30.32 time, and later was second to Big Spring’s Jessica Hughey in the breaststroke, finishing with a 1:17.86 time.

The girls’ other first place finish came from Teddie Salcido, who took the 500 freestyle with a 5:55.34 time. Earlier, she was second to the Steers’ Hughey in the 200 free.

“Just about everybody cut their times. Overall, I think all our boys did their personal best times, even the ones who didn’t make the finals. Adam Medina cut 45 seconds off his time in the 500, which he just started swimming two weeks ago,” Morse said.

Medina placed eighth in that event, while the Eagles did qualify Garcia in the 500, as he placed fifth. The top six finishers in each event advance to the regional meet.

Other regional qualifiers on the girls side were Reynolds, second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 100 breaststroke; Horsburgh, who tied Monahans’ Catherine Cutbirth for second in the 100 backstroke and placed fourth in the 100 free; Ashley Mendoza third in the 200 and 500 freestyle; Amanda Contreras, fourth in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 200 free; and Cassandra Mata, fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

“She was disqualified in the 200 medley,” Morse said of Mata. “It was only the second race of the day and she was a little nervous, but she came back and qualified in the breaststroke.”

On Friday, the boys got a second place finish from freshman Dustin Windham in the 1-meter diving. “Dustin had an excellent meet in diving, and he just missed by a hundredth of a second getting into the finals of the 100 free,” Morse said. Windham scored 331.10 points to finish second to Andrews’ Matt Culberson, who scored 399.15 to set the other new record at the district meet.

The other regional qualifier for the boys was Florez, who was fourth in the 100 free. Garcia was second alternate in the 100 breaststroke, where he placed eighth.

Morse also won awards for Coach of the Year for the boys and girls, while Joan Capshaw shared diving Coach of the Year honors in the boys’ division.

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