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Tuesday, March 7, 2000

Eagle teams host Lobos, Bronchos

PECOS, Mar. 6, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle softball and baseball team will have another home doubleheader today, when the girls open the District 2-4A portion of their softball schedule against El Paso Mountain View while the boys continue the pre-district portion of their 2000 baseball season against Odessa High.

The girls will face Mountain View starting at 4 p.m., while the boys will take on OHS starting at 7 p.m.

Both Eagle teams come off tournament championship games against Monahans. The girls dropped a 10-2 decision to the Loboes in the finals of the Alpine Tournament, while the boys defeated Monahans by an 11-3 score in the Sandhills Tournament on Saturday.

Coach Tammy Walls' team will be trying to defend their 1999 district title when they face Mountain View this afternoon. The Lobos appear to be one of the more improved teams in the district this season, having beaten El Paso Bowie this past Friday, 13-4, after a 6-3 loss to El Paso Irvin last Tuesday. Heather Bustamante fanned 10 Irvin batters in the losing effort.

Bustamante lost to the Eagles in Pecos last season by a 10-0 score. Alexa Marquez picked up the win, and will be the starter this afternoon against the Lobos.

Along with being the district opener, today's game is the last home game for the Eagles for the next three weeks. They'll play four straight road games, then play four of their final five district games at home.

The boys have won five straight after their season-opening 2-1 loss to Monahans, and Saturday's win came against Brady Hawkins, the same pitcher who had shut them down a week ago. Josh Casillas, the Eagles' leading hitter last season, showed signs of breaking out of a season-opening slump, with two hits, including a double, and coach Bubba Williams also was happy with the hitting of new centerfielder Joey Garcia during the Sandhills Tournament.

Casillas got the win in the tournament opener over Alpine, and he figures to start tonight against Odessa High, which has struggled through the first week-and-a-half of the season.

Track teams eighth at Comanche Relays

PECOS, Mar. 6, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle track teams both came away with the same 20-point total this past weekend from the Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton.

Crane ran away with the Division II boys title, by a 163-99 total over Monahans, with Pecos in eighth place overall, tied with Presidio. Pecos' girls also were eighth, tied with Snyder, in Division II, which was won by Greenwood with 173 points to 77 for Kermit.

Christina Arenivas picked up half of the Eagles' 20 points, with a third place finish in the long jump, going 14-feet-7, and a fourth in the 400 meter dash, with a 1:05.89 time. Kelsey Holt earned the girls' other medal, with a third place finish in the 3200 meter run on Friday, with a 13:45.83 time, and also finished sixth in the 1600 meters.

The Eagles' other points came from Yvette Barreno, sixth in the 400 meters, and 400 meter relay team, which also finished sixth. "We didn't run the 800 relay because Philonicus (Fobbs) pulled up again," coach Lily Talamantez said. Fobbs missed running the 800 meters a week ago because of a strained muscle.

On the boys' side, Daniel Terrazas picked up both of the Eagles' medals, finishing second in the 200 meters with a 22.83 time and in the 400-meter dash, with a 52.89 effort. Terrazas also was a member of the Eagles' 400 meter relay team, which collected Pecos' other four points, finishing fifth with a 3:39.81 time.

"We qualified third (on Friday) and ended up getting fifth," said coach Ron Arnesen. "Some of the kids were not feeling real well on Saturday."

Arensen said Jason Payne slipped from fourth in the prelims of the 400 meters on Saturday to seventh, before running on the mile relay. He added that JV runner Ricky Martinez placed second in the prelims of the 100 meters and finished second in the long jump before re-injuring his hamstring in the triple jump.

The Eagles failed to get any points over the weekend in the varsity field events, with a seventh by Dules Guerrero in the long jump the best finish.

This coming weekend, the track teams will be headed in different directions, with the boys going to Odessa for the West Texas Relays, while the girls go to El Paso Ysleta.

Pecos nets Stockton consolation title

PECOS, Mar. 6, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle tennis team will be facing the Greenwood Rangers at home this afternoon, after earning one consolation title over the weekend at the Fort Stockton Invitational Tennis Tournament.

Rachel Pharoah and Teresa Minjarez lost to the team of Hudson and Davis from Sweetwater, 6-3, 6-3, in their opener then won four straight matches to claim consolation. They beat Bhakta and McCallister of Fort Stockton, 8-0, Grant and Monclova of Alpine, 8-2, Escue and Hancock of San Angelo Lake View, 8-4, and McBride and Lewis of Frenship, 8-6.

"The good part on the girls side also was one doubles team ended up playing Fabens," said coach Bernadette Ornelas. "Our freshman team of Amanda (Fleming) and (Elizabeth) Carreon played their No. 2 doubles team and were ahead at the start. They played pretty good but lost 8-6, but it shows we have some depth on the girls' side."

In girls singles, Carreon defeated Yareth Barron of Crane, 6-3, 6-3, before losing to Anna Garcia of Fabens, 6-3, 6-1. Tiffany Jarrett lost her opener to Jenny DeVito of Carlsbad, 6-3, 6-2; then beat Veronica Hood of Midland Lee's junior varsity, 8-3, before losing by default to Lacy Hix of Sweetwater.

In boys singles, Orlando Mendoza lost his matches, 6-4, 6-0 to Lupe Contreras of Lubbock Estacado, 8-2 to Wes Horton of Del Rio and 8-5 to Kevin Benham of Wink. In doubles, Alan Almunia and Eli Rodriguez were beaten in their three matches by teams from Lake View, Lubbock High and Odessa High.

Today's match with Greenwood is the last one on the schedule for the Eagles until Mar. 24-25, when they host their own tournament at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

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