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Friday, November 24, 2000


Eagles put four on 2-4A volleyball team

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PECOS, Nov. 24, 2000 -- Four members of the Pecos Eagles’ volleyball team were named to the All-District 2-4A squad in voting by district coaches last week, while a fifth earned honorable mention.

Seniors Philly Fobbs and D’Andra Ortega were named to the first team, with Fobbs earning the Outstanding Hitter award for the second year in a row. Junior Christina Arenivas was named Newcomer of the Year, while senior Dee Dee Molina was a second team choice and junior Jessica Rodriguez received honorable mention at setter.

“I was surprised at Christina being named Newcomer,” said coach Becky Granado, who was also disappointed Molinar didn’t earn first team honors as a setter this season.

“They (the other coaches) kind of voted on which girl they remembered had a good game against their team instead of going by the numbers,” Granado said. “In D’Andra’s case, they probably remembered that she played opposite Philly in the rotation.”

Fobbs was a first team pick for the third year in a row, but finished behind a Clint player in Most Valuable Player voting for the second straight season. This time, the Lions’ Collanne Bramblett was named District 2-4A MVP, while two players from El Paso Mountain View, Diana Gonzales and Diana Cineceros, were named Outstanding Setter and Outstanding Blocker for the district. All three are juniors, and Gonzales and Bramblett are repeat first team selections.

Fobbs led the team in both kills and blocks again this season for Pecos, while Ortega was second in blocks for the Eagles. Molinar and Rodriguez shared the setter’s job this season for the Eagles. Last season, Molinar earned honorable mention for Pecos as a hitter and setter.

Arenivas was used both as a defensive player on the back line and up front at times as a blocker for the Eagles this season. Pecos finished with a 27-9 season record, and defeated Clint in a one-game playoff for the District 2-4A title before losing to Canyon Randall in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Fourth place San Elizario actually ended up with the most players on the first and second team squads, five, while Clint and Mountain View had three players apiece chosen.

Aside from Bramblett, the Lions’ No. 1 hitter, Clint spikers Michelle Tullius, a senior, and Marissa Arnold, a junior, were named to the first team. Mountain View, which beat out San Elizario for third place, had sophomore hitter Laura Torres on the first team along with Ceniceros and Gonzales, while San Elizario senior Johanna Valadez was named Outstanding Defensive Player, senior hitter Fran Martinez was a first team selection and a trio of underclassmen were on the second team - junior Reba Madrid and sophomores Valerie Soto and Ana Morales.

Fabens’ senior Kalya Cera was the other first team selection, while her teammate, sophomore Jessica Anutunez and Canutillo senior Gracie Borajas, were the other second team choices.

Tullius, Ceniceros, Borajas and Martinez were second team picks last season, Arnold and Soto were honorable mentions and Anutunez was the Newcomer of the Year in 1999.

Other honorable mentions for 2000 were a pair of Clint sophomores, Janette Sanchez and Alva Esparza; Mountain View junior Martha Alvarez and senior Yadira Silva; Canutillo senior Yvette Friade; Fabens junior Alyse Ramos and San Elizario sophomore Valerie Barraza.

Eagles hope to end streak Saturday

 PECOS, Nov. 24, 2000 -- Thanksgiving is over, but the Pecos Eagles’ basketball team will still be hoping for something to celebrate this weekend, when they travel to Presidio to face the Blue Devils.

Pecos and Presidio will play junior varsity and varsity games Saturday afternoon at 1 and 2:30 p.m. It’s the first road game of the year for the Eagles, who lost to Monahans, Fort Stockton and Andrews in their three season-opening home games over the past 10 days, the latest by a 73-46 score to the Mustangs on Tuesday.

That extended Pecos’ losing streak to 32 games, dating back to a victory over El Paso Mountain View in January of 1999. But going by Tuesday’s result for the Blue Devils, the Eagles have as good a shot at ending that long streak on Saturday as they have at any time since late last year.

Playing at home against Marfa, Presidio dropped a 48-28 game to the Shorthorns on Tuesday. The Blue Devils were outscored in the middle periods, 30-9, and had no player in double figures. Jake Bull led Presidio with nine points and Xavier Vargas put in eight.

Pecos, meanwhile, saw Andrews use a 17-2 run in the closing minutes of the first period and the start of the second to break an 11-11 tie in their loss on Tuesday. Saul Garcia led the Eagles with 13 points and Adrian Tarin added 10.

Both teams were minus several players due to football on Tuesday, but the Eagles will have a couple available for Saturday’s game, coach Tino Acosta said.

“We’ll have two of them out. We still have a couple of them that need to heal up,” he said. “Freddy (Torres) and Richard (Rodriguez) will give us 11 players. They started practicing this week, so they’re just going to have to get after it.”

Acosta said a knee injury suffered by Cesar Coria and a slight concussion Alex Garcia suffered in last Friday’s playoff loss to El Paso Parkland will keep those two players out of Saturday’s game. Both will have a little while to heal up after that - the Eagles’ only games between Saturday and Dec. 8 are at next weekend’s Andrews Tournament.

Meanwhile, Pecos’ girls will finally get their 2000-2001 season started this coming Tuesday, when they host the Monahans Loboes. The Eagles had originally been scheduled to start their season on Monday in Alpine, but coach Veronica Valenzuela said that game has been canceled.

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