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Tuesday, February 29, 2000

Eagles face Kermit in home openers

PECOS, Feb. 29, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle baseball and softball teams will be playing their 2000 home openers today, both against the Kermit Yellowjackets.

After a 1-2 weekend at the Tall City Invitational in Midland, Pecos' girls will host Kermit starting at 4 p.m. today at Martinez Field. Three hours later, the baseball team will try and improve on their 1-1 record when they face the Jackets at Eagle field.

Coach Tammy Walls said her girls did not have a good weekend, losing to Midland High's junior varsity, 5-2, and Snyder's JV, 4-1, around a 12-6 win over Coahoma's JV.

"I played everybody (against Midland), and I think that kind of knocked our rhythm off," Walls said. "But I thought it was important to see what kind of depth we have." She said Evelyn Galindo did a good job coming in at first base against Midland High.

Walls said even in the win over Coahoma, "our timing was still off," while in the loss to Snyder, "we just didn't hit the ball at all." Pecos had five hits and six strikeouts in the game, getting the only run on a home run by Maricela Arenivas.

Alexa Marquez pitched all three games for the Eagles and will start again today against Kermit, which comes off a 5-3 loss to Abilene Cooper's JV in the consolation finals of the Division II bracket at Midland.

The boys split their season openers on Saturday at Monahans, losing the opener to the Loboes, 2-1, before coming back to post a 3-2 win in the second game.

Coach Bubba Williams said Capi Magana would get his first varsity start today against the Jackets. Magana pitched only one inning last season for the varsity, in a relief appearance against Lubbock Cooper at the Snyder Tournament.

The Eagles played Saturday's games without two of their starters from a year ago, in outfielder Kevin Bates and second baseman Orlando Lara. Bates was at the Class 4A swimming finals in Austin on Saturday, and has not worked out with the team before Monday. Lara was in pre-regional powerlifting competition in Andrews, but he has practiced with the baseball team.

"I'm just going to stick him (Bates) in there. That's what these games before district are for," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. Bates was scheduled to play center field for the Eagles, while Lara will play at second base, a spot Magana handled on Saturday.

Pecos earns three medals at Sandhills

PECOS, Feb. 29, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle boys picked up two medals and the girls one on Saturday, during the season-opening Sandhills Relays in Monahans.

The boys scored 22 points and the girls had 18 at the meet, which was won by Big Spring's boys and Crane's girls.

The boys got a second place finish from Len Carson in the 800 meter run with a 2:06.9 time, and Daniel Terrazas also picked up a medal with a third place finish in the 100 meter dash, with a 11.4 time. Terrazas also was fourth in the 200 and 400-meter dashes with 23.7 and 54-3 times.

Coach Ron Arnesen was also happy with the efforts of Ricky Martinez in the junior varsity division of the meet. He posted the same times as Terrazas in the 400 and 100-meter dashes, taking first and second in those races, and also won the triple jump with a 41-foot-5 effort and the long jump with a 21-foot leap.

"He would have won the varsity division with that," said Arnesen, who added that Martinez had the best time in the 200-meter dash as well, but suffered a strained hamstring in the finals.

"It's still a little tender right now, so he's questionable for this week," Arnesen said.

"I was proud of the kids who went to this meet. They gave in everything they've got a represented us well," he added.

On the girls' side, Kelsey Holt had Pecos' lone medal with a second place finish in the 1600-meter run, with a 6:15.2 time. The 800-meter relay team of Yvette Barreno, Mindy Harrison, Jessica Rodriguez and Christina Arenivas placed fourth, with a 1:58.1 time, and Arenivas also was fifth in the long jump on Saturday.

"That was her personal best. Last year she never hit 15 feet. This year she got 15-6 in her first meet," coach Lily Talamantez said.

The Eagles were scheduled to go to Andrews this weekend, but that meet has been moved to April 1, the same day as the West of the Pecos Relays. As a result, the Eagles will go to Fort Stockton for the Comanche Relays on Friday and Saturday.

Netters 13th, 15th at El Paso tournament

PECOS, Feb. 29, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' tennis team placed 13th on the girls' side and 15th in the boys division over the weekend, in tournament play at Americas High School in El Paso.

"We played against 5A and the larger 4A schools out there," said coach Bernadette Ornelas. El Paso Ysleta and Burges were the only other 4A schools at the meet, which included three schools from New Mexico.

"We got to play against Carlsbad, and overall we did very well against schools from New Mexico," Ornelas said.

The highest finish and the most wins on the day were different for the Eagles. Brenda Fuentes and Rachel Pharoah finished 25th in girls doubles, but won three of their five matches. They lost to Carlsbad's Candace Dawson and Tiffany Graham, 7-5, 6-1, and Americas' Miriam Estrada and Shanty Rodriguez, 6-4, 6-0, before coming back to beat Loretto's Carla Diaz and Marcy Dominguez, 6-1, 6-4, El Paso Andress' Christina Harder and Jennifer Kerin, 6-1, 6-1, and closed with a 6-2 6-3 win over Becca Meyer and Laura Sorenson of Los Alamos, N.M.

The other girls doubles team of Amanda Fleming and Jennifer Marquez downed Ysleta's Sharon Sanchez and Julie Serna in their first match, 6-2, 6-2, then lost to No. 4 seeds Alexis Kaltenbach and Jennifer Traver of El Paso Hanks, 6-0, 6-1, and lost three more consolation matches to finish in 16th place overall.

In girls' singles, Tiffany Jarrett lost to No. 2 seed Alexis Carmona of El Paso Coronado, 6-1, 6-0, and then beat Andress' Carmen Sanabria, 6-0, 6-1, before losing her last three matches to finish in 23rd place. Kristina Dominguez finished 27th, losing her opening matches to Carlsbad's Lindsey Joiner and Loretto's Camille Basiger, then beating Ysleta's Susana Hernandez. She lost to Montwood's Emonique Adame in three sets, and then defeated Carlsbad's Jenny DeVito, 7-5, 6-1.

On the boys' side Pecos had just one player in singles, Allen Almunia, who lost to Jefferson's Kristian Alcantar, 6-0, 6-0 in his opener and wound up in 32nd place. In doubles, Jay Dannelley and Michael Tremble placed 16th, beating R. Salazar and R. Sanchez of El Paso Cathedral in their opener, 6-4, 6-1, before losing their final four matches. The other doubles team, Orlando Mendoza and Bobby Sotelo, placed 31st, closing with a default win, after falling to teams from Carlsbad, Americas, Midland Lee, and Deming, N.M.

The tennis team has two trips to Fort Stockton this week, going today for a dual meet against the Panthers and again on Friday and Saturday for tournament competition. "Overall the kids will be working more either on their singles or doubles strategies," Ornelas said. "because they're only going to playing singles or doubles," during the spring tournament competition leading up to April's District 2-4A Tournament.

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