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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, November 24, 2000
Eagles put four on 2-4A volleyball team
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
“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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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