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Friday, October 27, 2000


Runners face tough road to regionals

PECOS, Oct. 27, 2000 -- Getting to regionals will again be a tough task Saturday for the  Pecos Eagles' cross country team, when they run in the District 2-4A meet  at San Felipe Park north of Fabens.

The Eagles will have only one girl running, but a full boys squad, for the district meet, and will be looking to get a runner into regionals for the first time in three years.

Much of that has to do with the Eagles' district. While 2-4A's teams may not be the strongest overall in sports like football and volleyball, the district is the toughest in Texas in cross country, with Fabens looking to defend the Class 4A title it won last November.

"We're going to compete against the defending state champs, and I think the No. 3 team in the state is Mountain View," said coach Rudy Jurado, while Clint also is among the state's Top 10 teams.

The top two teams and the top 10 individuals on Saturday will advance to regional competition next week at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. Jurado said of his seven boys, Jacob Mora has the best chance to advance to regionals.

"He's down in the low 18s (for the three-mile cross country course)," Jurado said, "But for us to have a chance I'm expecting he's going to have to get down into the 17s, especially with runners of that caliber."

Aside from Mora, Jurado said Pecos' other runners on the boys' side are Jeremiah Mora, Nolan Blount, Jason Sanchez, Alex Orosco, Justin Lara and Genaro Mendoza, while freshman Mari Martinez in the lone Eagle running on the girls' side.

"She's just a freshman, but I'm going to throw her in with the varsity (division) and hopefully she can compete," Jurado said.

District 2-4A's girls division isn't on the same level as the boys _ Amarillo area runners tend to dominate at the regional meet _ which should help the freshman. But Jurado said that Martinez would have to improve on her times in order to have a shot at advancing to Lubbock.

"Mari's running in the low 15s, but she needs to get into the low 14s to stand a chance," Jurado said.

Bears close volleyball season with loss

PECOS, Oct. 27, 2000 -- Another slow start for the Balmorhea Bears helped foil  their chance to close out the 2000 volleyball season with a  winning record Thursday, as they dropped their final regular season game  at home to the Buena Vista Longhorns by a 15-2, 15-13 final score.

"It was like a carbon copy of the last six or seven games. We start out real slow and in the second game played really good," said coach Gary Gallego. "We had a chance to win it and force a third game, but we just couldn't do it."

Gallego said the Bears rallied from an 11-8 deficit to take a 13-8 lead, only to see Buena Vista stage their own comeback to earn the victory.

"Fabiana Lujan served five straight points," Gallego said about the 5-0 run, which included one ace, along with a pair of kills by Celina Rodriguez. But after the Longhorns finally broke serve, Gallego said "Their girl, Julie Grant, who's one of the better servers in the district, came up and served the game out.

"She had aces on the 12th and 13th points while on the 14th and 15th points we had really good rallies and had a chance to win, but our freshman, Amber Briceno, ended up hitting the ball long," Gallego said.

Rodriguez led the Bears with 13 kills and "had her best game of the season," according to Gallego. She also had three blocks and a pair of aces, while Briceno had six kills and a couple of blocks, and Julia Garlick had four kills to go along with 10 assists.

Buena Vista goes into the playoffs as the district's second place finisher behind Wink, while Balmorhea finishes up with a 1-5 district record, 12-12 on the season.

"The girls felt real bad about losing, but we have a good nucleus coming back. We've got seven girls, plus there are three junior high girls we could have used last night that we'll have next year." Gallego said. "This is the best record we've had in about six years or more, and there were a lot of close games we lost."

Big Spring is swimmers first invitational

PECOS, Oct. 27, 2000 -- After a split and two wins in dual meets to start the season, the  Pecos Eagles swim team will compete in their first invitational meet tonight  and Saturday, when they travel to the Big Spring Invitational.

Diving competition will begin at 6 p.m. today, while the swimming finals are scheduled for an 11 a.m. start on Saturday, coach Terri Morse said.

"We're seeded pretty well in most areas on the boys side, and the girls are seeded pretty good too, so that's encouraging," said Morse.

The boys are seeded first in all three relay events, and the 400 yard freestyle relay is seeded No. 2 going into that race. Other No. 1 seeds are Grant Holland in the 200 individual medley and Tye Edwards in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke.

On the girls' side, the Eagles have just one No. 1 seed, Sarah Flores in the 200 medley. But the girls are seeded second in both the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, and Morse said she thinks senior JoAnn Wein will fare better than the pre-meet times indicate.

"I entered her with her best time this year, and I think some of the others may be entered with their best times ever," she said. "Sometimes it helps not to be seeded No. 1. It helps t hem work a little harder and do a little better."

Morse said the defending District 3-4A girls champs, Monahans, will not be at the meet, though the boys' team is entered, and Fort Stockton may also not make the meet. The Eagles' other district rivals will be there, along with Class 4A schools from Pampa and Wichita Falls and 5A teams from Abilene, Odessa and El Paso.

Pecos JV gridders out-muscled by Andrews in 41-6 loss

PECOS, Oct. 27, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' junior varsity dropped its sixth game in a row  after two season-opening victories, as they fell by a 41-6 final score  in Andrews to the Mustangs Thursday night.

The game was the only sub-varsity contest played. Pecos' freshman home game against Andrews was canceled due to a lack of players, while the junior high teams had the week off.

Andrews scored three touchdowns in each half, and led Pecos after two periods by a 20-6 score.

"Our kids played tough. They gave out a great effort and never quit, but we're still one off-season away from being able to handle them for four quarters," said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta, referring to the increased weight-training program put in this past offseason. "We can handle them for about two quarters right now, but not four."

Pecos' lone touchdown came on a 30-yard pass from Jose Reyes to John Parent.

The JV is scheduled to face Van Horn next week to close out their 2000 season, while Pecos' junior high teams will take on Andrews after a two-week break. Rains canceled the Eagles' seventh and eighth grade games against Kermit on Oct. 19.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity hosts the Canutillo Golden Eagles. Pecos comes in with a 2-0 record while Canutillo is 0-2, but both teams fared about the same offensively and defensively in their games with Fabens, where turnovers proved to be the difference _ the Eagles committed just one in their 21-20 win over the Wildcats last Friday, while the Golden Eagles had seven in losing to Fabens at home the previous week, 27-13.

Fabens goes down the road to San Elizario tonight, while Clint is at El Paso Mountain View in the other District 2-4A game.

Fabens (1-1 district, 4-3 season) at San Elizario (1-1, 4-3): The Wildcats out-gained the Eagles last week, but couldn't make the big plays when it counted after cutting Pecos' lead to one in the third period. Vicente Macias ran for 135 yards, but only eight of that came in the final 15 minutes, while quarterback Rigo Estrada made bad decisions on a couple of passes that led to Pecos interceptions, the final one resulting in the game-winning score.

San Elizario will try and stop Macias tonight, while the Wildcats have to deal with Mike Tapia, who regained his eligibility and ran for 147 yards in their 22-12 win at Clint a week ago. The winner of this game will have a leg up on earning one of the three remaining playoff berths, and could still have a shot at the district title.

Clint (0-2, 1-6) at El Paso Mountain View (2-0, 4-3): This could be payback time for the Lobos, who were kept out of the playoffs by losses to Clint in their final game each of the past two seasons. But since Lions' head coach Lloyd Smith was Mountain View's offensive coordinator the past two seasons, he may have a little better luck against his old team than could be expected from Clint's last three games.

After 46-7 losses to El Paso Burges and Pecos, they spotted San Eli a 22-0 lead after one period last week, then shut out the visiting Eagles the rest of the way, though still allowing 368 yards overall, all but 16 of that on the ground. Mountain View ran for just 70 yards in their 17-7 win over Canutillo last Friday, but figure to stay on the ground in the early going with Jose Garcia, who remains the district's second-leading rusher with 587 yards.

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