Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, March 2, 2000
Pecos puts three on second-team squad
PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 -- The 1999-2000 season was one to forget for Pecos’
varsity basketball teams, but the Eagles did manage to place two girls
on the second team All-District 2-4A hoop squad with one all-defensive
team honorable mention, while the boys put one player on their second team
squad, along with a defensive honorable mention.
Juniors Maricela Arenivas and Philonicus Fobbs were the second team
picks for the girls team, with junior Dee Dee Molinar earning honorable
mention, while the boys put senior Hector Rodriguez on the second team
squad, with senior Adrian Rayos earning honorable mention.
Pecos’ girls won just once this season, while the boys went winless
during the 1999-2000 year, but Arenivas had the single high-point game
for any 2-4A player this season, scoring 41 points in a five-overtime loss
to Fabens. The point guard ended up as the team’s top scorer overall for
the year, while Fobbs was the No. 2 scorer this season for the Eagles.
Rayos averaged over 16 points a game in district play, after a slow
start on offense during pre-district play. His high-point total was 28
The boys’ team was released last Friday, after losses by second-place
San Elizario to Hereford (53-39) and 2-4A champ Canutillo to Amarillo Palo
Duro (75-44) in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs. The girls’ team
was announced the previous week, after district-champion Clint was eliminated
by Canyon from the playoffs
San Eli’s Mike Perez added a co-MVP award in basketball to the one he
earned in football earlier this season. The senior shared it with Canutillo’s
Frank Lerma, also a senior while the rest of the first team was made up
of Canutillo senior Chris Grant, Clint senior D.J. Check, Fabens junior
Manny Solis, Clint junior Luke Carraway and El Paso Mountain View junior
Second team members along with Rodriguez were Mountain View seniors
Damin Lomas and Javier Garcia, Canutillo senior Jaime Reyes and San Elizario
sophomore Noel Cuevas.
Placing ahead of Rayos, who was the other post player for Pecos along
with Rodriguez, were four seniors, Clint’s Michael Ortega and Carlos Nunez,
Canutillo’s Mark Castenon and San Elizario’s David Garcia, along with junior
Albert Jacobo of San Elizario.
On the girls’ side, Canutillo’s Ale Pineda repeated as District 2-4A
MVP. The senior was joined on the first team by her teammate Gracie Borjas,
a junior, and San Elizario junior Fran Martinez, Mountain View senior Monica
Acosta, Clint senior Polly Wager and Fabens freshman Paula Portillo.
Along with Fobbs and Arenivas, the second team was made up of Clint
senior Denise Duran, San Elizario junior Rachel Diaz, and Mountain View
sophomore Susy Alva. The all-defensive team consisted of freshman Valerie
Soto and senior Ruby Jimenez of San Elizario, junior Michelle Tullius and
sophomore Collanne Bramblett of Clint, sophomores Lorrie Estrada of Canutillo
and Diana Gonzales of Mountain View, and senior Susie Ramirez of Fabens.
Boys 3rd in Alpine golf, JV wins own tourney
PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles boys golf team placed third on
Monday in a one-day tournament in Alpine, while Pecos’ junior varsity girls
took first place in their own tournament at the Reeves County Golf Course
Alpine placed first and Monahans second out of the nine teams entered
in Alpine, with 345 and 350 totals. The Eagles shot 356 for the day, and
coach Kim Anderson said two of their golfers, John Granado and Casey Breiten,
placed in the Top 10 in the medallist race.
Granado shot an 86 and Breiten an 87, while Austin Alvarez shot an 89,
David Bradley a 94 and Chase Laurence had a 99 for the Eagles’ other scores.
Trailing the Eagles in the tournament was Alpine’s `B’ team with a 360
score and Big Bend (Study Butte-Lajitas) with a 383 total.
The JV girls shot a 389 to beat out Midland Christian by five strokes
for the title on Tuesday, even though Midland had two of the top three
finishers in the medallist race. Eydie Guelker had the day’s low score,
an 82, while for Pecos, Brandi North tied for fifth best overall total,
with a 94. Kelsey Riley shot a 97, Kattie Davis had a 98 and Dena Dutchover
shot a 100 for the Eagles’ other scores, while the other Pecos golfer,
Jacqueline Martinez, shot a 105.
Coach Tina Hendrick said she would be taking her varsity team to Midland
this weekend to compete in the Tall City Invitational. Pecos comes in off
a third place finish last weekend at the Blue Ribbon Invitational in Fort
The boys have this weekend off, but Anderson said they’d be busy during
the spring break period, going to the San Angelo Invitational on March
10-11, then to El Paso for a one-day tournament on March 13, followed by
the Fort Stockton Invitational on March 17-18.
Eagles take on Bucks in Sandhills opener
PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 -- The bad part of the Pecos Eagles’ good 1999 baseball
season began in Monahans against the Alpine Bucks.
Today, they’ll try to avoid a repeat of that problem when they travel
to Monahans to face the Bucks in their first round game at the Sandhills
Tournament, starting at 3 p.m.
The Eagles won their first district title in 12 years and advanced to
the Region I-4A semifinals for the first time since 1990 last season. But
that came after a rough two-week stretch in pre-district that began when
they blew a big lead against Alpine in the first round of the Sandhills
Tournament, and dropped a 6-5 decision to the Bucks.
Pecos would come back later and beat Alpine in a couple of pre-playoff
practice games, and will go into today’s contest with six of their nine
starters off that team back this season.
Alpine lost a few more players, including pitcher Adam Llanez, but coach
Bubba Williams said “They still have Cougar McBride and that catcher (Noe
Lujan) back.” McBride’s two run homer last year in Monahans gave the Bucks
their victory over the Eagles.
Pecos has already played twice in Monahans, splitting a low-scoring
doubleheader with the Loboes last Saturday. There were a lot more runs
on Tuesday in the Eagles’ 17-7 home-opening victory over Kermit, though
Williams is hoping the middle part of his batting order can break out of
the season-opening slump they’ve been in.
Mason Abila and Josh Casillas, both of whom hit over .400 during regular
season play last year, have started off the season batting .125 and .143
respectively. Meanwhile, the bottom of the order, led by Alex Garcia and
Kevin Bates, collected eight of the Eagles’ 12 hits in Tuesday’s victory.
Play began this morning with Kermit taking on Fort Stockton, and continued
with a 12:15 p.m. game against Greenwood and Presidio. The host Loboes
face Denver City in the final game of the day, at 5:45 p.m. Pecos will
either face the winner of the Kermit-Fort Stockton game at 3 p.m. on Friday,
or play the loser between the Panthers and Jackets, at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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