Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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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