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Friday, September 22, 2000

Eagles seek district win over Wildcats

PECOS, Sept. 22, 2000 -- In the two volleyball tournaments they were entered in together  last month, the Pecos Eagles looked very good most of the time while  the Fabens Wildcats look good only a few times.

None of that means much right now, as the Eagles will go into their District 2-4A match against the Wildcats on Saturday looking up at Fabens in the standings. Pecos, 0-1 after their Tuesday loss at home to Clint, will try to even up their district record against the 1-0 Wildcats when the teams meet starting at about 4 p.m. CDT.

Fabens swept Canutillo in their district opener by 15-13, 15-11 scores, after struggling through most of pre-district play. That includes at the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic and Monahans Sandhills Tournaments, where they finished behind Canutillo. The Eagles, meanwhile, finished second in Monahans and won their own tournament on the way to capturing 18 of their first 24 matches.

But they were unable to regain their composure after getting down in Games 1 and 3 on Tuesday against Clint, and weren't able to maintain any momentum after the Lions lost their composure in Game 2, in what turned out to by a 15-9, 1-15, 15-4 loss for the Eagles.

"We've dug a hole for ourselves," said coach Becky Granado, who was angry about her team's lack of enthusiasm on the court over the past couple of weeks. "If we cannot get up for our games, we're going to struggle."

Pecos was able to bounce back from a home-opening loss in district two years ago to take their next nine 2-4A games and win the district title. That loss came at the hands of Fabens, but the Wildcats have lost all their tall front line players from that team, and have been working with a short, but quick squad this season.

The Wildcats are led by Jessica Antuenz, an all-district pick as Newcomer of the Year in 1999, while Rebecca Garcia is their lone returning hitter. The Eagles have been able to beat Fabens in both their meetings so far on the Wildcats' home court since the teams became district rivals in 1998.

Granado said she will change her lineup up Saturday, putting Christina Arenivas on the front line in place of Philly Fobbs. "Philly will come in and play, but at the start we won't have any big blockers on the front line, though Christina had a good vertical leap," she said.

Junior highs win; JV falls, freshmen tie

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 22, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles junior high football teams out-manned the  Van Horn Eagles on Thursday, while the Eagles' junior varsity was  out-manned by the Odessa High Bronchos sophomore squad in  games played in Pecos.

The JV was at a size and speed disadvantage against OHS, which jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead on the way to a 40-6 win over the Eagles. Meanwhile, Pecos' junior high gold teams didn't have a size advantage over Van Horn, but with the help of some of their purple team regulars had a speed advantage, which they used to get a 28-8 win in the seventh grade game and a 44-8 win in the eighth grade match-up.

The only Pecos team to play on the road Thursday was the Eagles' freshman squad. There were in Presidio, where no one out-manned anyone else, and the ninth graders ended up in an 8-8 tie with the Blue Devils' JV team.

Van Horn took the early lead in both the seventh and eighth grade games, before Pecos rallied. Julio Orozco scored on a 47-yard run and Josh Anchondo on a one-yarder in the third period for the seventh graders, while quarterback Eddie Vela scored on runs of 51 and 42 yards in the fourth quarter, the last coming on the final play of the game.

Orozco and John Elliott had the two extra-point runs for Pecos. The win evened the gold team's record at 1-1.

The eighth grade gold team is now 3-0 after their win. Gabriel Orona scored three touchdowns on runs of 40, 14 and 26 yards, while Elario Bustamantes caught a 30-yard TD pass from Jared Grubbs, Greg Barrera had a 31-yard scoring run and Mark Navarette scored from 70 yards out for the Eagles.

In the JV game, Odessa High's running backs were too much for the Eagles, who managed just two first half first downs on offense. Pecos fared better against the Bronchos' reserves in the second half, getting their only TD on a Ruvel Carrasco pass to John Saenz. The loss evened the JV's record at 2-2 on the season.

The freshmen scored with about two minutes left in the game on a 10-yard run by Jose Reyes, and tied the game on a two-point conversion by Dustin Gulihur. Lionel Abila intercepted a Presidio pass in the closing minute to preserve the tie.

"The kids made a valiant effort last night," said coach Tino Acosta of the freshmen, who are 0-2-1 on the season. "It wasn't winning, but it wasn't losing, so it's success and we'll take it."

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. the Eagles' varsity hosts Presidio. Pecos is 1-2 and coming off two straight overtime losses, to Fort Stockton and Alpine, while the Blue Devils are 2-0, their first two-game winning streak in five years, after season opening wins over Marfa and Anthony.

Four of the five other District 2-4A teams also are in action tonight, with three of the four also looking to bounce back from losses a week ago. Clint is at El Paso Cathedral, Fabens hosts El Paso Parkland, El Paso Mountain View is home to Santa Teresa and San Elizario goes to Deming, N.M. Canutillo is idle.

El Paso Parkland (3-0) at Fabens (2-1): The Matadors already own a 35-15 win over San Elizario and a 35-13 win over Mountain View. Neither team was able to stop the running back tandem of Matt Austin and Artise Cheeks, though the Lobos did stay close until the second half last week. Austin ended up with 151 yards rushing and will be a big test tonight for Fabens' defense, which is allowing less than 150 yards per game.

Last week, though, the Wildcats' Vicente Macias was stopped by El Paso Cathedral, who held him to only 42 yards rushing in their 19-7 loss. A long pass and a long punt return for touchdowns proved to be the margin of difference for Fabens, who out-gained the Fighting Irish 206 yards to 174.

Clint (1-1) at El Paso Cathedral (2-1): Cathedral beat Fabens after defeating Mountain View two weeks earlier, 27-21, and tonight's game figures to be more like that higher scoring contest than the defensive struggle against the Wildcats. Robert Martinez had the 85-yard punt return and the 65-yard reception for scores against Fabens, and in the wins over Fabens and Mountain View, Cathedral's defense has collected 10 turnovers.

Clint rolled up 46 points on Anthony in their opener, and then saw El Paso Bowie put 49 points on the board against them last week. Tony Alvarado had a pair of touchdown passes to Chris Franco, but they came after the Bears had built a 28-0 halftime lead. Clint had nearly 300 yards in offense in the game, but gave up almost 460 in the losing effort.

Santa Teresa (0-3) at EP Mountain View (0-2): Canutillo blanked the Desert Warriors three weeks ago, 21-0; San Elizario then took out Santa Teresa, 38-0, and last week, Hot Springs, N.M. beat them by a 34-7 final score. Based on that, Mountain View should be in pretty good shape to pick up their first win of the season tonight.

The Lobos were surprised by Cathedral in their opener, and then were within 14-0 at the half and 21-7 in the third period against Parkland a week ago. Mountain View was able to move the ball in both their games so far _ they gained 141 yards rushing and another 132 passing against the Matadors, with quarterback Arturo Muniz having passed for 402 yards in the two losing efforts.

San Elizario (1-1) at Deming (1-2): Deming has had virtually no offense to speak of the past couple of seasons, but last week they got their first victory in three years, 34-28 over Cobre, N.M. They also scored 20 points on Fabens two weeks ago, and while the Wildcats racked up 46, all of Deming's scores came in the first half, which they left trailing only by a 26-20 score. Deming was outscored in their opener by Hot Springs, 47-27, so they should give San Elizario's defense a little bit of a test.

The Eagles, meanwhile, figure to do as well against the Wildcats on offense as they did two weeks ago in routing Santa Teresa. Fabens ran for well over 300 yards against Deming, 204 of that by Macias, while San Eli gained 315 yards on the ground against the Desert Warriors using a host of backs, none of whom broke the 100 yard mark.

Junior high, youth volleyballon Saturday

PECOS, Sept. 22, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' high school volleyball teams will be in the El  Paso area on Saturday, but the Pecos High School old and new gyms will still  be full of volleyball matches all day, with the Eagles' junior high teams  hosting their own tournaments in the new gym, while the Reeves  County Community Sports and Recreation Department begins its  youth volleyball league play in the old gym.

The junior high tournament is expected to last about 14 hours, starting at 8 a.m. with Pecos' seventh grade purple team playing Grandfalls and the eighth grade purple team taking on Van Horn. Three of the four seventh and eighth grade teams are in the tournament, with the seventh grade gold team playing Monahans at 10:30 a.m. and the seventh grade white team taking on Alpine at 11:45 a.m. Fort Stockton faces Van Horn in the other opening round match.

In the eighth grade division, Monahans faces Pecos White and Alpine takes on Pecos Gold at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m., with Fort Stockton meeting Midland Christian in the final first round match, at 11:45 a.m.

Consolation semifinals are at 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. in both seventh and eighth grade divisions, with the championship semifinals at 3 and 4:15 p.m. The consolation finals, third place and championship matches are scheduled for 6, 7:15 and 9 p.m.

The youth volleyball league matches will be over well before that. There are 10 teams in the two age divisions, four among the third and fourth graders and six in the fifth and sixth grade bracket. The fall season will run for five weeks, ending on Oct. 21.

Saturday's games match the Spikers and Diggers and the Servers against the Setters in the third and fourth grade division, at 9 and 10 a.m., while the fifth grade Spikers and Diggers; Servers and Setters; and Blockers and Passers will play their first games at 11 a.m., 12 noon and 1 p.m.

There will be a five-minute warm-up period before each match, and parents are asked to have their children at the old PHS gym 30 minutes before game-time.

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