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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, April 25, 2000
Pecos girls in fifth at regional golf
PECOS, Apr. 25, 2000 -- The first round of the Region I-4A golf tournament
produced few surprises on Monday, which left the Pecos Eagle girls golf
team within striking distance of third place during the final day of play
at Riverside Golf Course in San Angelo, while the boys will be hoping to
catch up to the rest of the field this morning at Bentwood Country Club.
Pecos' `A' and `B' teams shot 360 and 378 on Monday at Bentwood, and
are in 15th and 16th place following the first round
of play. Meanwhile, the girls' `A' squad is in fifth place after the first
18 holes of the tournament at Riverside, shooting a 354 on Monday. Pecos'
`B' team is 15th, after they shot 420 in the opening round.
The top two teams in the tournament will advance to the state finals
in Austin, and after the first round Snyder and Andrews appear to have
those spots locked up. The Tigers and Mustangs lead the girls' tournament
with 306 and 316 scores. Grandbury is 21 strokes behind the Mustangs and
17 up on the Eagles, at 337, and Stephenville is four shots ahead of Pecos,
with a 350 total.
Salem Mitchell led the Eagles in the opening round with an 85, while
Amanda Stickels and Lauren Martinez both shot 89s, Cassie Foster had a
91 and Candace Hilliard shot a 93.
The `B' team was led by Brandi Bradley's 94 score. Dena Dutchover shot
a 104, Kelsey Riley shot a 107, Kattie Davis had a 115 and Brandi North
shot a 116.
The boys, meanwhile, had a rough time at Bentwood, with only two golfers,
Tye Edwards and Austin Alvarez, shooting under 90. Edwards led the `A'
team with an 86 score and Alvarez shot an 89 to lead the `B' team golfers.
After Edwards, John Granado shot a 91, Cortney Freeman had a 92, Michael
Baca shot a 97 and Clay McKinney shot a 99 for the `A' team, while Jack
Stickels shot a 92, Casey Breiten had a 98, Trey Perkins a 99 and David
Bradley shot a 102 for the Eagles' `B' squad. Jake McKinney, the Eagles'
medallist golfer, shot a 95 on Monday.
Grandbury, which won the San Angelo Invitational at Bentwood last month,
took a 14 shot lead over Andrews in the first round of the regional tournament,
shooting a 282 to the Mustangs' 296. Andrews is two shots up on their future
District 4-4A rival Frenship, while Granbury's B team and Wichita Falls
Rider are next, with 302 scores.
Eagles' doubles team suffers illness, loss
PECOS, Apr. 25, 2000 -- Pecos Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas had to make
a last-minute substitution on her girls' doubles team, just prior to the
start of Region I-4A competition Monday morning at Bentwood Country Club
in San Angelo.
That wasn't a good situation for either Teresa Minjarez, or her new
partner, Rachel Pharoah, to be in, going up against No. 1 seeds Nancy and
Camille Chandler of Wichita Falls Rider, as the defending regional champs
swept the Eagle netters by 6-0, 6-0 scores in the first round of the tournament.
Minjarez was supposed to play with Rebecca Wein, after the two placed
second three weeks ago at the District 2-4A Tournament in San Elizario.
But Ornelas said Wein got sick before the tournament began, "and I had
to replace her with Rachel Pharoah, and then they had to play Wichita Falls
Rider in the first round.
"It was a pretty tough first round match. All the people in our district
had to play seeded players," Ornelas said, adding that players ranked as
high as the Chandlers also compete in U.S. Tennis Association Tournaments.
"They play independently and get in a lot more tournaments."
Only one district player was seeded in the regionals, but Clint's Martin
Renteria was eliminated by Burleson's Cort Spellman, 6-4, 7-5, after an
opening 6-3, 7-6 (6-4) win over Snyder's Allan Smith. Renteria was seeded
fourth in the boys' singles, while No. 1 seed Luke Epps of Fort Stockton
opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Frenship's Craig Ness and a 6-2, 6-0 win
over Clay Clifton of Weatherford.
Wein still has one more game this week, as part of the Eagles' softball
team when they face Hereford in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs
in Midland on Thursday.
"She just has the flu. She couldn't play in regional tennis, but hopefully
she's feeling a little better," said softball coach Tammy Walls. "We'll
she how she is in practice and then go from there."
Pecos needs fast start against San Eli
PECOS, Apr. 25, 2000 -- All teams like to get off to fast starts. But for
the Pecos Eagles' baseball team tonight, a fast start is probably crucial
if they hope to capture second place in the District 2-4A standings.
That's because before the Eagles play their final regular season game
against San Elizario, they'll finish up their suspended game from three
weeks ago, starting at 6 p.m.
Late-arriving umpires forced the game to be called due to darkness after
nine innings, with the score tied at 4-4. The teams will pick up play in
the top of the 10th inning, with the Eagles batting as the designated
visitors team. Once that game is over, the regular game will be played,
with Pecos as the home team this time.
With a 5-3-1 record, the Eagles are tied for second with Fabens, which
hosts Canutillo tonight and still has to make up its suspended game against
El Paso Mountain View, unless they win tonight and San Elizario sweeps
Pecos. That would give the Wildcats the second playoff spot and also clinch
third for the Eagles, despite suffering two losses.
It's also not the way Eagles' coach Bubba Williams would like to get
into the playoffs, especially since the third place team will probably
have to go to El Paso Ysleta or El Paso Burges for their bi-district games.
Capi Magana, who pitched out of jams in the seventh and ninth innings
at San Elizario, will start the 10th inning on the mound Williams
said, and may start the regular game as well. "It depends on what the situation
is. If we go and score in the first inning and he holds them, we'll probably
come back with him. If it goes more innings, we'll go with Josh (Casillas)."
Magana is 4-1 on the season, with his last game a 9-2 loss to Fabens
two weeks ago. Casillas is 4-2 after beating Canutillo last Thursday by
an 8-4 score.
Williams said the team had a good workout on Monday after the Easter
break. "It was still a (school) holiday but they all showed up, so I think
they're ready to go," he said.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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