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Tuesday, March 14, 2000

Pecos wins EP golf, girls 8th at Andrews

PECOS, Mar. 14, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle boys golf team went from worst to first in two days, in tournaments at San Angelo and El Paso, while girls golf team finished eighth over the weekend at the Andrews Girls Classic.

After placing 21st in the Blue Division this past Friday and Saturday at San Angelo, the Eagles shot a 323 on Monday at Vista Hills Golf Course in Horizon City to win the Clint High School Invitational by 16 strokes over El Paso Montwood.

"The boys played real well. We're finally starting to come together," said Eagles' coach Kim Anderson. Montwood's 339 was followed by El Paso Parkland's 346 and El Paso Hanks' 352 scores. Class 5A El Paso Hanks (350), Eastwood (360) and Austin (442) and private school El Paso Cathedral (363) made up the rest of the field.

Tye Edwards shot a 79 to win a tiebreaker with teammate Cortney Freeman for runner-up medallist honors, while Michael Baca finished fourth with an 80 score, John Granado was eighth with an 85 and Austin Alvarez was 10th with an 87 total.

Anderson said a Clint golfer won medallist honors, while overall, the Lions shot a 405 and two of the Eagles four other District 2-4A rivals, Canutillo and Fabens, shot 416 and 476 in the tournament.

Things were a lot tougher two days earlier in San Angelo, where the Eagles shot a 350-341-691 at Bentwood Country Club and the Riverside Golf Course. Granbury shot a 588 to win a playoff over Andrews for the Blue Division title.

Baca shot 81s both days for the Eagles to finish with a 162 score, and was followed by Alvarez with an 89-86-175; Granado at 91-87-178, Freeman at 89-82-181 and Edwards with a 96-87-183.

The girls also had a tough field to compete against in Andrews, where they finished with a 36-hole total of 735 in Andrews, where Snyder won with a 654 total, six strokes ahead of the host Mustangs. A total of 19 teams were entered in the tournament.

Candace Hillard had the best round of the tournament for the Eagles, an 85-88-173. Cassie Foster was next with a 98-88-186, while Salem Mitchell and Lauren Martinez both shot 188s, Mitchell with rounds of 89 and 99 and Martinez with a 91 on Friday and a 97 on Saturday. Dena Dutchover was the other Eagles' golfer, and shot a 107-108-215.

The girls are off this weekend, and resume play in El Paso on March 24-25, while the boys play again this Friday and Saturday, at the Fort Stockton Invitational.

Eagle powerlifters miss out on state berths

PECOS, Mar. 14, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' two regional qualifiers failed to earn trips to state this past Saturday, at the Region I Powerlifting Championships in Plainview.

Lubbock Monterey won the team title, beating out Dumas by one point in the final standings, 31-30.

Eagles' coach Steve Cross said Chris Lara finished seventh in the 132-pound division, while Gito Crawford failed to place in the 275-pound weight class, due to problems with the bench press.

"Gito started with a beautiful 575-pound squad thrust," Cross said. "Then he scratched his first bench press at 325 pounds on technicalities. He scratched a 335 pounds for the same thing, and then on his third bench press lift he didn't get the bar set right at the start."

Cross said Lara had 870 pounds on his three lifts, going 305 pounds on the squad thrust, 215 on the bench press and 350 on the dead lift.

"We got some good experience, but nobody's going to the state meet," said Cross. The top two finishers in each weight class on Saturday advanced to the state finals, set for March 25 in Killeen.

"Next year I'd like to take 10 (to regionals), but I hope we can get five. We've got some up-and-coming underclassmen who are working hard," Cross said.

Eagles seek better focus against Andrews

PECOS, Mar. 14, 2000 -- Pecos Eagles' coach Bubba Williams was telling his players they needed to have better focus, after a flat but winning effort in Midland on Saturday.

Tonight, the Andrews Mustangs will give the Eagles something to focus on, when Pecos wraps up pre-district play by hosting their former district rival in a 7 p.m. game.

The Eagles come in off a 3-1 weekend at the West Texas March Classic in Midland, which raised their record to 8-2 on the season. But coach Bubba Williams warned his players they'll have to do better than Saturday's 7-6 win over Colorado City, "or it's going to be embarrassing" against Andrews.

The Eagles' last home game against Andrews fit that mold, an 18-4 loss to the Mustangs two years ago. The teams missed playing each other last season due to realignment, and then missed out on a chance to face each other in the Region I-4A finals, when Weatherford defeated Pecos in their semifinal series.

Andrews then defeated the Kangaroos in the regional finals and went on to win the Class 4A state title. Coach Joe Halsey lost all but one of his regular starters off that squad, but after a slow start, the Mustangs beat Abilene Cooper, Fort Worth North Richland Hills and Big Spring this past weekend to win the championship of the Cougar Classic in Abilene.

Andrews used a five-run sixth inning to rally from a 4-0 deficit to beat Big Spring, 5-4 in the title game. Tyson Dever has been the big hitter so far this season for the Mustangs, including a grand slam in Andrews' 4-3 win over Cooper, in which the Mustangs again scored all their runs in the sixth inning to rally from a 3-0 deficit.

The last time the teams met, Andrews rallied from a 4-0 deficit at home to beat Pecos, 6-4, back in 1998. Only two starters from that team, Josh Casillas and Kevin Bates, are back from that game for the Eagles, with Casillas scheduled to start tonight on the mound.

The senior comes into the game with an earned run average under 2.00, but with only a 1-2 record, thanks to a 3-2 loss to Monahans to open the season, and last Friday's 4-2 loss to Abilene Wylie in the semifinals of the West Texas Classic. He allowed seven hits while striking out eight in the loss to Wylie, but has been hurt by control problems in his three starts this season, having walked 16 batters in 17 innings of work this season.

Eagles face Fabens after Canutillo win

PECOS, Mar. 14, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' softball team will be looking for their second road victory in four days to open District 2-4A play, when they head to Fabens to take on the Wildcats this afternoon, in a 5 p.m. CST start.

The Eagles, whose district home opener a week ago against El Paso Mountain View was blown away by the wind, defeated Canutillo on Saturday by an 18-3 score, and will make up their game against the Lobos at home on Thursday.

Coach Tammy Walls said the Eagles had an easy time in Canutillo, scoring 10 runs in the first inning then finishing the game off in the fifth under the 10-run rule. "I played my first nine in the first inning, and I played everybody else after that," she said.

Katrina Quiroz had a three-run home run in the first inning and Rebecca Wein added a triple for Pecos. Alexa Marquez allowed one hit and had five strikeouts in four innings or work, while Ashley Salcido struck out two in her one inning of pitching on Saturday.

Fabens opened District 2-4A play last week with a 22-8 loss at home to San Elizario, a game in which the Wildcats trailed 16-1 after 2½ innings. Walls said she would start Marquez on the mound today, but "I hope to pitch both of them," this afternoon.

This is the first of three games this week for the Eagles. After their 4 p.m. make-up game against Mountain View on Thursday, they'll hit the road again Saturday for a game in San Elizario, then close out the first half of their 2-4A schedule a week from today in Clint.

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