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Friday, March 25, 2005

Pecos netters in Big Lake after tourney

The Pecos Eagles tennis team picked up one second place finish and a couple of consolation titles this past weekend in tournament play at Monahans, and were competing in Big Lake on Thursday in their next-to-last tournament before District 3-3A competition in April.

“We ended up in fourth place out of 10 teams, which is a pretty good showing for us,” said Eagles’ coach Mike Ortiz. “Our girls doubles got second, and our boys doubles teams did OK, though they could have done better.”

Catherine Garcia and Sara Natividad advanced to the finals, before losing to Wall and Friesen from Seminole, 6-1, 6-2. “They’re a district rival, so it’s going to be tougher this year with Seminole in there to get out of district, but I think we can get a couple to regionals,” Ortiz said.

Garcia and Natividad won a pair of split set matches over teams from Midland and Monahans to advance to the tournament finals. The Eagles’ other doubles team of Imari Ornelas and Crystal Ikeler lost to Wall and Friesen in the tournament’s second round. Both of the boys doubles teams lost their opening round matches, but won in the consolation semifinals before facing each other in the finals. Pedro Gomez and Jesse Hanks ended up taking the consolation title by an 8-3 score over Francisco Ornelas and Jerris Rayos.

The other consolation title came from Amber Pando, who defeated Nedia Padilla over Van Horn, 8-0, after losing her opening round match to Midland’s Lauren Wells. The other girls’ singles player for Pecos, Sada Orona, also lost in the first round, then won in the consolation quarterfinals before falling to Padilla in the semifinals.

On the boys’ side, both Chris Sotelo and Cody Zamarippa were beaten in the tournament quarterfinals. Sotelo lost to Sammy Carr of Fort Hancock, while Zamarippa fell to Monahans’ Steven Valles.

Ortiz said after Thursday’s matches in Big Lake, the Eagles’ next tournament will be on April 1-2 at Fort Stockton. District 3-3A tournament play comes a week later, back at the Monahans High School tennis courts.

Jr. high netters win first in tourney

The Pecos Eagles junior high tennis team came up with one first place finish this past Saturday in their four-team tournament held at the Pecos High School tennis courts, while also picking up a second place finish and a pair of thirds in their final matches before District 3-3A competition next weekend.

Coach Pablo Briones said the Eagles picked up a first from the boys doubles team of Pepe Pena and Josh Boicourt in the seventh grade division. They also earned their second place finish in the seventh grade division, from Priscilla Sotelo in girls’ singles competition.

The seventh graders overall placed third and got their other points from Monica Diaz and Deanda Mendoza, who were fourth in girls doubles play.

In the eighth grade bracket, the highest finishes were both third place efforts in singles, from Paul Zubeldia on the boys’ side and by Victoria Montoya on the girls’ side. Briones said the another girls singles player for Pecos, Elva Martinez, won consolation.

District rivals Monahans and Fort Stockton were at the tournament, along with the Crane Golden Cranes, Briones said. “The district tournament is next Saturday at Monahans, and we should be in the running.

“We had some kids who were participating in swimming, which knocked us out of No. 1 in girls doubles,” he said. “If we get all the troops in, we should be in the running.”

“Flat” Eagles rolled by Indians

Staff Writer

Coming off two home wins last week, the Pecos Eagles baseball team was a little complacent going into their game Tuesday night against the Seminole Indians, coach Elias Payan said. But the Indians, who lost their last game on a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the 12th inning, were anything but, and jumped on the Eagles early and often to score an easy five-inning victory over Pecos.

Trey Curiel tossed a one-hitter and Matt Castleberry homered in each of the first two innings, including a second-inning grand slam, as the Indians shut out the Eagles, 10-0, in a game ended early under the 10-run rule.

The loss left Pecos with a 2-1 record going into their Thursday night game at home against the Greenwood Rangers.

Castleberry’s homers came off Eddie Vela, who had shut out Fort Stockton last Thursday in Pecos’ District 3-3A opener. His homer in the first inning made it a 2-0 game, and the second inning grand slam scored the Indians’ next four runs.

“It was a combination of things,” Payan said. “We were just very flat, even driving up there before the game. We were like that all day, and the kids just weren’t ready to play. You could see that in the pre-game, and I even talked to them about getting their heads up.

“I don’t know if it was because of the trip or because we were 2-0 and had beaten them (5-3 in the quarterfinals of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament). But Seminole is a lot better team than what we saw in Monahans, and Eddie couldn’t get his curveball over, and they just sat on his fastball,” Payan said. “That’s what Castleberry hit.”

Vela left the game in the third after giving up a lead-off single and double and was replaced by Robert Nunez. He struck out the first batter he faced, but then allowed a two-run double to Michael Farris to make it an 8-0 game. The Indians added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and Curiel then ended the game in the top of the fifth inning.

Jose Chavez opened the game with a single, which turned out to be the only hit of the night for Pecos, though Payan said he thought Curiel should have had a no-hitter. “They gave him a hit, but in my eyes it should have been an error on him. He kind of nonchalanted the ball and let it get by him.”

Curiel was the pitcher last year when Seminole faced Pecos at home in the first game of their bi-district playoff series. He didn’t get the win, but Castleberry would get the winning hit in extra innings that night, a bad-hop single that bounced over the head of Vela in left field. On Tuesday, Castleberry got the best of Vela more directly with his two home runs, but Payan said the junior wasn’t helped by his defense.

“We let a couple of balls drop in the outfield for doubles because we lost them. We just weren’t concentrating,” he said.

“Seminole’s backs were against the wall. They were 1-1 and didn’t want to fall to 1-2, so to them it was a bigger game than it was to us,” Payan added. “He (Curiel) wasn’t an overpowering pitcher, but he wanted it more.”

Going into Thursday’s game against Greenwood, Payan said he wasn’t sure who his starter would be. Josh Anchondo defeated Monahans last Friday by a 6-3 score, but he said, “Josh’s arm has been bothering him, so he may not throw.

“Eddie didn’t throw very much, so I may come back with him, or going with Isaiah (Rayos) or Robert,” Payan said. “If I do, then we’ll come back with either Eddie or Josh against Presidio on Tuesday.”

Seminole had lost the previous Thursday in Presidio to the Blue Devils, who beat out Pecos for the district title last year and who have only lost so far this season on an extra-inning tiebreaker against Crane at the Sandhills Tournament.

Pecos 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 1 2 Seminole 2 4 2 2 x -- 10 10 0 Vela, Nunez (3) and Garnto. Curiel and Castleberry. W - Curiel. L - Vela. 2B - Seminole, Farris, Phillips, Tittle. HR - Castleberry 2.

Seventh grade boys take first at meet

The Pecos Eagle seventh grade boys won their division last week at the Permian Basin Jr. Relays in Kermit, while the eighth grade boys finished second in the four team meet, that featured the host Yellowjackets, Seminole Indians and Alpine Bucks.

The seventh graders scored 216 points to win their division, while Kermit had 166 points and Alpine was third with 89. In the eighth grade division, Seminole took first over Pecos by a 234-176 margin, with Kermit placing third with 110 points.

Pecos’ seventh grade girls ended up third in their division with 135 points, while Seminole scored 148 and Kermit won the division with 223 points. In the eighth grade division, the Eagle girls had 76 points, while the Jackets won the meet with 200, to 152 for Seminole and 115 for Alpine.

The seventh grade boys picked up six gold medals from five different people. Sammy Sandoval was the Eagles’ double winner, taking the 800 meter run with a 2:26.2 time and the 400 meters in 1:01.23. Cesar Lazcano threw 31-feet-10 1/4 to win the shot put, Alex Dominguez won the 110 meter hurdles with a 19.58 time; German Rodriguez took the 2400 meters in 8:55 and Robert Herrera won the discus with a 98-foot-8 throw.

The Eagles won all three medals in the shot put, as Nick Granado was second and Danny Aguilar third, and in the 400 meter dash, where Zachary Carrasco was second and Edgar Madrid was third. Chris Martinez was second and Aguilar fourth in the discus.

Dominguez was second in the long jump, Sandoval was third in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump; Maurice Johnson was fourth in the triple jump for Pecos’ other field event points.

In the other running events, Edward Rodriguez was second in the 2400 meters and third in the 1600 meters, Johnson was second in the 100 meter hurdles, Carrasco was second in the 200 meters; Dominguez was second in the 300 meter hurdles; Madrid was fourth in the 800 meters, Brian Rumbaugh was fourth in the 1600 meters and Granado was fifth in the 100 meters. All three of the Eagles’ relay teams took second in their races.

The eighth grade boys earned five gold meals on the day, two by Phillip Williams and two by Joseph Rodriguez. Williams won the triple jump with a 35-foot-5 3/4 effort and the 200 meter dash with a 25.37 time. Rodriguez cleared 4-foot-10 to win the high jump and won the 300 meter hurdles with a 49.18 time. The other first place was by Hector Ramirez, who took the 400 meter dash with a 57.73 time. He also took third in the high jump and fifth in the long jump, while Rodriguez was third in that event and in the 110 meter high hurdles.

Pecos also picked up medals from Brian Navarette, who was second in the discus and sixth in the shot put; Abel Jimenez, second in the 800 meter run, and Timo Reyes, who was second in the 2400 meters, and placed fifth in the 1600 meters and sixth in the high jump, while the 400 and 800 meter relay teams finished second and the 1600 meter team took third.

Other points came from Jesse Juarez, fourth in the 2400 meters and sixth in the 1600; Adolfo Garcia, fourth in the 100 meter dash and fifth in the 200 meters; Linvel Mosby, fifth in the 110 meter hurdles; Jonathan Dominguez, fifth in the 100 meters, and Brian Mora, sixth in the 400 meters.

On the girls’ side, the seventh graders earned three gold medals, by Brittany Quintana in the triple jump with a 26-foot-11 3/4 effort, Brittany Chavez in the 300 meter hurdles with a 58.75 time and Ally Salcido in the 110 meter hurdles, with a time of 19.69.

Salcido also had a second in the triple jump and third in the long jump, while Quintana finished fifth in the 100 meter dash.

Kendra Villanueva picked up a pair of third place medals, in the 400 and 800 meter races. Ashley Baeza was second in the discus and fourth in the shot put, Aileen Rayos was second in the 100 meter hurdles and fourth in the long jump; Trina Morales was second in the 1600 meter run and fifth in the 800 meters, Jayme Galindo was fourth in the discus, and the Eagles’ 400 and 800 meter relay teams both placed second.

The eighth grade girls had one gold medal at Kermit, by Catherine Moore in the shot put, with a throw of 26-feet-4 3/4. Claire Weinacht was second in the 100 meter hurdles, Jasmine Rayos was fourth in the high jump, Doni Marquez was fifth in both the discus and shot put and Gabby Garcia was sixth in the high jump.

Pecos, Monahans split junior high swim meet

The Pecos Eagles and Monahans Loboes junior high swim teams split their dual meet last Saturday, at the Monahans High School pool, while the Loboes won the most points among the younger swimmers competing with the junior high teams.

Pecos’ boys had a 203-124 advantage at the junior high level, while Monahans’ girls won their meet with the Eagles by a 200-139 margin. For the aquatic club swimmers, the Loboes had a 264-124 advantage for the boys and a 279-133 margin on the girls’ side, due mainly to having more swimmers in competition at the younger elementary school level.

At the junior high level, the boys got wins from the 200 yard medley team of Frankie Morin, Brian Carrasco, Josh Elliott and Derek Teague, with a 2:01.26 time, while winning the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:59.77 time. Elliott also took the 200 yard freestyle with a 2:07.86 time, the 200 individual medley with a 2:22.68 time and the 50 yard butterfly with a time of 28.93; Teague won the 100 yard freestyle with a 1:03.52 time; Morin took the 100 yard backstroke in 1:14.44, and Carrasco won the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:32.41 time.

Teague was second, Morin third and Gus Mendoza fourth in the 200 freestyle; Hector Roman was fourth, Edward Navarro fifth and Joe Benavidez seventh in the 50 freestyle; Morin was third, Carrasco fourth and Mendoza fifth in the 50 yard fly; Roman was fifth, Navarro sixth and Benavidez eighth in the 200 free; Carrasco was third, Mendoza fourth and Roman sixth in the 100 backstroke; Teague was second in the 200 individual medley; Navarro was fifth and Benavidez sixth in the 100 breaststroke; and the ‘B’ relays of Mendoza, Roman, Navarro and Benavidez placed third in both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle races.

The girls got wins from Lyndsay Chowning in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200 yard individual medley. She was also second in the 50-yard butterfly. Chowning, Niki Lindermann, Kristin Ikeler and Adriana Roman were second in the 200 medley relay, while Chowning, Ikeler, Stephanie Lucas and Jessica Dickenson were third in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Roman, Lindemann, Nessa Chavez and Anatalia Hernandez finishing fourth in that race, and Lucas, Dickenson, Hernandez and Julie Licon were fourth in the 200 medley relay.

In the other individual finishes for the junior high girls, Ikeler was fourth and Dickenson fifth in the 200 freestyle; Hernandez was sixth, Lindemann eighth, Chavez ninth, Lucas 10th and Licon 11th in the 50 free; Roman was third in the 50 fly; Ikeler was third, Hernandez fourth, Lindemann fifth, Lucas seventh, Chavez eighth and Licon ninth in the 100 backstroke; Roman was fifth, Dickenson sixth, Chavez eighth, Lucas ninth and Licon 10th in the 100 free; Roman was second in the 200 medley, and Ikeler was fifth, Dickenson sixth, Lindemann ninth and Hernandez 10th in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Pecos’ elementary school swimmers won all four relay events on Saturday. For the girls, Dana Conger, Alexcia Mendoza, Alyson Reynolds and Dakota Long took the 200 medley race with a 2:56.07 time and the 200 freestyle relay with a 2:43.24 time. Reynolds also won the 200 freestyle with a 2:18.22 time, the 100 free with a 1:04.34 time and the 50 yard breaststroke with a 38.21 time; Mendoza won the 50 freestyle with a 32.66 time and the 100 yard medley with a 11:22.75 time, while placing second in the 100 free; Conger was fourth in the 25 free, the 50 yard backstroke and the 25 butterfly. and Long was fourth in the 25 backstroke and fifth in the 25 free.

For the other Eagle swimmers, Amanda James won the 25-yard backstroke; Maggie Hernandez was sixth in the 25 backstroke 11th in the 25 free; Tiffany Hunter was third in the 25 backstroke12th in the 25 freestyle.

The boys won the 200 medley relay with R.J. Lozano, Bradley Shaw, Carlos Navarro and Turner Hardwick swimming a 2:59.37, and took the 200 free relay with a 2:39.53 time. In the individual events, Navarro won the 200 yard freestyle with a 3:10.01 time and the 100 medley in 1:22.75 while placing second in the 50 backstroke; Shaw was first in the 50 yard fly with a 44.12 time, while Lozano finished a quarter second behind; Shaw also won the 100 free in 1:22.88 and the 50 yard breaststroke in 550.38; Lozano won the 50 backstroke in 44.73 and was third in the 50 free; and Hardwick was third in the 100 free and fifth in the 50 free and the 50 backstroke.

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