Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, October 20, 2000
Netters place secondat tournament
PECOS, Oct. 20, 2000 -- A very long day ended up a little disappointingly
for the; Pecos Eagles' tennis team, but they were still able to earn their
third; straight trip to regionals and fourth in the past six years with
a second place finish at the District 2-4A tennis tournament.
On a day that didn't end until the team arrived home just before
sunrise this morning, the Eagles qualified for regionals with a 10-2 win over El
Paso Mountain View, but then lost in the finals to Clint by a 10-9 final score.
Pecos had defeated Clint at home five days earlier by the same
10-9 score, but the Lions didn't have a full squad for that match. Clint
won all the boys matches and lost all the girls matches, with the
difference being a forfeit in the mixed doubles match.
This time, coach Bernadette Ornelas said, "Clint had a full
squad. They won all the boys matches again and we won all the girls matches,
but this time they won the mixed doubles match in three sets."
"We had one boy, Orlando Mendoza, who split and the
mixed doubles split," she said. Mendoza lost to Jesus Ortega, 3-6, 6-2,
6-4, while Whitney Lamb and Phillip Salcido were beaten by Daniel
Sosa and Sylvia Villarreal, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. All of the girls' victories came in
The district tournament was moved up from Saturday to
Thursday in order to avoid conflict with the area band competition, but some of
the Eagle tennis players will be headed back to El Paso this afternoon,
less than eight hours after arriving back in town. That's because
rainy weather in the area caused a bunch of delays, beginning with a
90-minute one at the outset of play.
Pecos was supposed to start play at 9 a.m., but Ornelas said, "We
started at 10:30, and then it started sprinkling and there was a lunch break in
the middle. The first match ended about 4, but Clint and Fabens
hadn't finished yet.
"We had to wait until 6:30 and we got back at 4:30 this morning,"
she said. An added delay was the courts at San Elizario became unplayable
due to the rain, and the teams had to move the finals over to El Paso
Americas High School.
Ornelas said Clint also defeated Fabens by a 10-9 score, while
the Eagles' match with Mountain View ended early, after Pecos had the
10 wins needed to clinch the victory.
Brenda Fuentes, Natalia Ornelas and Krsitina Dominguez picked
up wins in singles play before the match was stopped. Ornelas had the
closest match, beating Diana Carrasco, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, while she and
Dominguez, along with Priscilla Levario and Elizabeth Carreon won their
doubles matches, all in straight sets.
On the boys' side, Trent Graham and Stephen Lamb were winners
in singles, while in doubles, Graham and Jay Dannelley, Mendoza and
Lamb and Salcido and Michael Orona all were winners. Whitney Lamb
and Allen Almunia also took their mixed doubles match over the Lobos,
the only three-set match of the morning for the Eagles.
The Eagles and Lions will be the Region I-4A representatives for
the third straight year at Wichita Falls, with Clint taking the District
2-4A title for the second straight season. Regionals will be next weekend,
Oct. 27-28, with seedings to be determined next week. Pecos
and Clint have been paired against hosts Wichita Falls and Wichita Falls
Rider at regionals the past two seasons.
Eagle swimmers score sweep of Panthers
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Oct. 20, 2000 -- The Pecos High School Swimming teams came
away with a pair of wins Thursday over the Fort Stockton Panthers, as the
boys won by a 152 to 21 score and the girls by a 128 to 32 margin.
Coach Terri Morse said the kids did very well but the times
could have been a little better.
"Time-wise we didn't do as well as we did against Permian," she said.
Morse said she has been working the kids hard and didn't rest
them for this meet so the team looked a little tired, and they might have
been a little too relaxed mentally because they knew Fort Stockton would
not be as tough as Odessa Permian, whom they beat two weeks ago.
Senior Co-Captain for the boys team Tye Edwards said the team
did well but now they have to look forward to the
"We did a really awesome job," he said. "We were really
pleased, now we just have to focus on Big Spring."
Morse said now the teams have to work on their techniques
and starts as well as working on depth in some areas for the girls and
spreading out the boys to gain as many points as possible.
She said the team would now concentrate on the invitationals
and anticipate doing well at Big Spring next weekend.
Sophomore Rebecca Reynolds agreed that they need to focus on
next weeks meet.
"We're not going to have it as easy next week so we're going to have
to work together and focus on our common goal of bringing home
two first place trophies," she said.
Reynolds helped her team win with her third place finishes in both
the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard breaststroke.
The girls swept both events with JoAnn Wein placing first with a
time of 1:19.20 in the butterfly and Rachelle Eisenberg taking second.
Sarah Flores finished first with a time of 1:18.97 in the breaststroke and
Ashley Carrasco placed second.
JoAnn Wein also placed first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time
of 2:19.96 while Betsy Lujan and Tina Grice took fourth and fifth.
Flores finished first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:03.63
while Kelsey Holt placed second with 1:06.44 and Chyloe Martin
Holt and Martin took first and third in the 50-yard freestyle
and finishing the sweep is Misty Cason who took second.
Jessica Minjarez led the sweep of the 200-yard individual medley
with a time of 2:47.95 while Eisenberg and Carrasco took second and third.
Minjarez also placed second in the 500-yard freestyle while
Lauren Wein placed first with a time of 6:25.29 and Grice took third.
Wein took second in the 100-yard backstroke just behind
Fort Stockton's Puja Chopra with Cason and Lujan taking third and fourth.
Jenny Alvarez, Pecos' lone girl diver placed first in the 1
meter diving with a score of 91.90 points.
The girls' relays swept first and second in the 200-yard medley
relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The Pecos A team of JoAnn Wein, Eisenberg, Flores
and Minjarez placed first with a time of 2:13.62 while the B team of
Cason, Reynolds, Carrasco and Lujan placed second with a 2:28.32 in
the 200-yard medley.
The Pecos A team of both Weins, Eisenberg and Flores finished
first with a time of 4:24.89 in the 400-yard freestyle relay while the B team
of Holt, Grice, Reynolds and Lujan placed second with a time of 4:40.69.
The Pecos A team of Minjarez, Lauren Wein, Cason and
Holt finished just behind the Fort Stockton A team with a time of 2:02.72.
The Pecos boys managed to finish in first place in every event of
The boys A and B relays finished first and second in all three relays.
Edwards, Jason Lopez, Will Oglesby and Patrick
McChesney swam a 1:52.54 to win the 200-yard medley relay with the team of
Gary Garcia, Wesley Roberts, K.W. Winkles and Eddie Mata second.
In the 200 medley, Grant Holland, Randall Reynolds, Lopez and
Cortney Freeman placed first in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of
1:39.85, with the B team of Garcia, Roberts, Daniel Quintana and Mata.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay the Pecos A team of Edwards,
Randall Reynolds, Freeman and Holland finished first with a time of
3:43.94 while the B team of Winkles, Oglesby, Quintana and McChesney
Winkles started off the sweep of individual first places for the boys
by taking first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.44 ahead
of Oglesby and Garcia who took second and third.
Winkles also placed first ahead of McChesney and Adrian Puertas
in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:43.89.
Puertas also placed fourth in the 200-yard individual medley
behind Reynolds and Quintana's first and second places.
Freeman just squeaked by Edwards 24.51-second place
finish with a time of 24.33 in the 50-yard freestyle while McChesney
But Freeman just fell short of first place in the 100-yard freestyle
behind Holland's 54.96 first place finish with a time of 55.10 while Lopez
finished the sweep with third place.
Lopez, took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time
of 1:05.75 ahead of Holland and Roberts, who took second and third.
Garcia led the sweep in the 100-yard backstroke with a first place
time of 1:06.35 ahead of Mata and Quintana.
Pecos also swept the 100-yard butterfly with Edwards placing
first with a 1:00.63 and Oglesby placing second while Reynolds took third.
Roberts placed first in the 1-meter diving with a score of 133.40
while Leroy Rodriguez and Mata finished second and third.
Pecos JV falls to McCamey
PECOS, Oct. 20, 2000 --It may not have rained enough to cancel a Friday
night football game, but Thursday's showers were enough to scrub the scheduled
junior high football games at Crockett Middle School Field between Pecos'
seventh and eighth grade `A' teams were canceled thanks to the early afternoon
rain that passed through the area.
Pecos' freshman game at Eagle Stadium against Kermit was
canceled for another reason _ lack of players _ while the junior varsity did get
in their game at McCamey, losing to the Badgers by a 14-6 final score.
"They out-played us in the first half,' said coach Tino Acosta. "In
the second half we got after it, but it was too late."
Oscar Parada scored on a one-yard run for Pecos' only touchdown,
as the JV fell to 2-6 on the season.
"The kids are getting better. We're improving, but we just have to
learn to play four quarters of football," Acosta said.
Pecos' varsity will try to do that tonight in Fabens, when they
take on the Wildcats in an 8:30 p.m. CDT start.
It's the fourth trip in the past six years to Fabens for Pecos, and
in each of their previous three visits the Eagles have been plagued
by penalties, getting flagged a dozen times in last year's 6-0 overtime win.
Pecos and Fabens are tied for first place in the district standings with
1-0 records, with the Eagles at 3-3 and the Wildcats at 4-2 on the season.
In tonight's other district games, El Paso Mountain View goes to Canutillo
and San Elizario is at Clint.
El Paso Mountain View (1-0 district, 3-3
season) at Canutillo (0-1, 1-5): The Lobos are the
pre-district favorites and began 2-4A play by
routing last year's district champ, San Elizario, 42-0.
While Arturo Muniz started out this season with some
big passing numbers, it has been the rushing game
and defense that has carried Mountain View in their
wins over San Eli and El Paso Ysleta.
Jose Garcia gained 171 yards and scored four touchdowns last week, is ranked second in
the district in rushing, while the defense allowed
just 132 yards and added a score on an Aaron
Garcia interception return.
Canutillo turned the ball over seven times in
their 27-13 loss to Fabens, which also scored one TD
on defense. The Golden Eagles held the Wildcats to just 233 yards total offense, while gaining 247,
most of that on the ground. Noel Rios finished with
98 yards and a pair of scores for Canutillo, which
has lost five straight since a season-opening win
over Santa Teresa, N.M.
San Elizario (0-1, 3-3) at Clint (0-1,
1-5): San Eli's fortunes took a nosedive when they lost
running back/linebacker Mike Tapia _ in the past 10
quarters, the Eagles have been outscored 100-14
after outscoring their opponents 110-6 in the
previous 10 periods. Tapia may be back tonight, which
would help San Eli a bunch against Clint, which has
major problems on defense.
The Lions have dropped back-to-back 46-7 games to El Paso Burges and Pecos, and have allowed
a staggering 1,015 yards in the past two games.
Clint did move the ball at times against Pecos in the
first half, and Domingo Lozano is second in the state
in pass receiving, with 49 catches for 577 yards.