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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 straight sets.

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


Staff Writer

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 upcoming invitationals.

"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 placed fifth.

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 meet.

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 took second.

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 took third.

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.

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