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Thursday, September 14, 2000


Bears score home sweep of Pirates

PECOS, Sept. 14, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears volleyball team swept the Valentine  Pirates Tuesday night, in a match at the Balmorhea High School gym, by a  15-8, 15-10 final score.

Coach Gary Gallego said his team had to rally after slow starts in both games. "In the first game we were behind 3-0 before we scored our first point, and they had a 6-2 lead when we scored seven points with Toby Gomez serving.

"In the second game, we were behind 4-0 before we got wound up," Gallego said. Gomez, Celina Rodriguez and Araceli Arredondo each had nine points from the service line, while Julia Garlick led the Bears with six kills, and also played well at the setter's position.

"Our setters (Garlick and Terri Hernandez) had an excellent game. Almost all the sets were good, unfortunately, our hitters were not putting the ball away like they should," Gallego said. "We had only two bad sets (Tuesday) night, and we had an excellent passing game."

Hernandez had seven assists in the game, while Rodriguez and Gomez led the Bears in digs with 17 and 12 respectively.

The win lifted the Bears' season record to 9-5, "which is way better than last year. I think we only won four matches last year," Gallego said.

Balmorhea will face the Pirates in Valentine later this month, and on Saturday go to fort Stockton to take on the Prowlers.

"Unfortunately, it's only against their JV team, but hopefully by next year Pecos, Alpine and the other schools won't mind playing us. We're using nine players right now, and only three of those are seniors," Gallego said.

Balmorhea seeks to bounce back in Sands

PECOS, Sept. 14, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears will try to bounce back from their 45-0 loss  to top-ranked Whitharral on Friday, when they travel to Ackerly for a  7:30 p.m. game against the Sands Mustangs.

The Bears missed two early scoring chances at Whitharral last Friday, losing the ball inside the 10 on a fumble and interception, while the Panthers played a turnover-free game, jumping out to a 30-0 halftime lead before ending the game in the third period under the 45-point rule. The loss dropped Balmorhea's record to 1-1 on the season.

Sands, meanwhile, was a 48-24 loser on the road to the Bears' District 8-A rival, Sanderson, as the Eagles scored five straight touchdowns in the middle periods to turn an 8-6 game into a 42-6 rout. The Mustangs gave up 515 yards in total offense last week, most of that on the ground, in what was their 2000 six-man football opener.

Hale Looney had three of Sands' four touchdowns, a 68-yard run in the first period, a two-yard run in the third quarter and a 68-yard kickoff return following Sanderson's final TD in the fourth quarter.

Friday's game is the first meeting between the two teams since the bi-district round of the 1998 state playoffs. In that game, the Bears racked up 457 yards, all of it on the ground, in defeating the Mustangs by a 74-46 final score. Only a handful of players from both teams remain from that game, including running back Billy Lozano for Balmorhea, who had one of the team's first half touchdowns that night.

After Friday's game, the Bears come home for two straight games, a non-district match-up against Dell City and a game against their former district rival, Grandfalls.

Junior high, JV gridders face Alpine

PECOS, Sept. 14, 2000 -- Two teams will be looking for their first wins of the season  today, while a third will be seeking to stay unbeaten, when Pecos'  sub-varsity football teams take on the Alpine Bucks.

The junior high teams will host Alpine this afternoon at Eagle Stadium in games scheduled for 4 and 5:30 p.m., while the junior varsity team goes to Alpine, for a 6 p.m. game against the Bucks. There will be only one game today for both the seventh and eighth grade squads, while the Eagles' freshman team also will be idle.

The freshmen have bee working out this week with the JV, which pulled out narrow victories in both of their season openers at home against Kermit and Fort Stockton. The Eagles scored with just over 3½ minutes remaining a week ago to defeat the Panthers by a 15-8 final score.

John Saenz caught an 8-yard pass for the winning touchdown from Freddy Torres, who was moved up to the varsity this week due to the injury suffered last Friday by quarterback Alex Garcia.

Late game injuries to linebacker Adam Ybarra has cost the eighth graders in both their games so far this season, as Fort Stockton and Kermit both scored touchdowns in the closing minutes to win games in Pecos, the Panthers a week ago by a 6-0 final score.

The seventh graders only scrimmaged Kermit two weeks ago, but will be trying to recover from a 30-0 loss at the hands of Fort Stockton in their season opener a week ago.

This will be the home opener for the seventh graders, while the Eagles' varsity will face Alpine in their home opener on Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Frenship faces Lamesa in matchup of No. 1s

LAMESA, Sept. 14, 2000 (AP) — It was already going to be a big game between  two good West Texas teams. Then, it turned into a battle of No. 1s and  it got even bigger. 

A week of upsets and shuffling in The Associated Press High School Football Poll created a rarity: a Friday night showdown between Class 4A No. 1 ranked Wolfforth Frenship and Class 3A No. 1 Lamesa.

It's believed to be only the second time AP No. 1 ranked teams have met in the regular season. It happened previously in September 1997 when Class 5A No. 1 Tyler John Tyler met Class 4A No. 1 ranked La Marque.

"When we scheduled this game, we had no idea we'd both be No. 1," Lamesa coach Tim James said. "We've played them before and we felt it would be a good game to get our kids ready for district play."

Frenship and Lamesa are each defending the No. 1 rank for the first week. Frenship ascended to the top in 4A when Texas City lost the No. 1 ranking last week. Lamesa reached the top after preseason No. 1 Newton lost its season opener.

Lamesa must face one of the state's top quarterbacks in Kendal Briles, who led Stephenville to its second straight Class 4A state title last year before transferring to Frenship.

"Being No. 1 has really turned up the volume on the excitement of the game," Frenship coach Bobby Davis said. "I don't think it will change the type of game that's played. They beat us when our seniors were freshmen. I'm sure our seniors and their seniors remember that.

"From that standpoint, I guess it's a rivalry." Lamesa isn't bothered by being the underdog.

"Our seniors played them when they were freshmen and beat them," James said. "So, our kids feel they can play with them. We can't shut Briles down, we just have to contain him as best we can and not let him have those big plays."

In another battle of ranked teams, Newton, which drooped to No. 4 on the 3A list, gets a chance to rebound against No. 2 ranked Crockett.

Garland, the Class 5A leader, will play unranked DeSoto after getting off to a 2-0 start with victories over ranked teams. The Owls beat No. 9 Arlington Lamar last week.

Class 5A has another game pitting ranked teams. No. 7 The Woodlands will play at No. 8 Duncanville on Saturday.

Class 5A second ranked Midland Lee (2-0) takes the week off. No. 3 Austin Westlake hosts A&M Consolidated; No. 4 Katy is at Humble and No. 5 Aldine Eisenhower is at Alief Elsik.

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