Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, January 26, 2001
Eagles seek home winsover Wildcats
PECOS, Jan. 26, 2001 -- The Pecos Eagle basketball teams will try to bounce
back from a pair of losses in Clint Tuesday night, when they host the
Fabens Wildcats this evening in girls and boys games at 6 and 7:30
It's close to a must-win game for the girls, who are tied with Canutillo
for the third and final playoff spot in District 2-4A, while for the boys,
it will be their fifth attempt to get their first district win against a
Fabens team that has scored three easy wins after dropping their 2-4A opener
to San Elizario.
Fabens' girls also are hunting their first district win, and are 0-6 right
now compared with the Eagles' 3-3 mark. Last year, Pecos' only win of the
season came at home against Fabens, and the Eagles already own a 51-45 win
in Fabens over the Wildcats earlier this month.
The Eagles were able to cut down on their turnovers that night, something
they didn't do in Tuesday's 60-43 loss at Clint. "We didn't run our offense,"
said coach Veronica Valenzuela. "Clint put a lot of pressure on the ball
and tried to keep everything on the outside, and my girls just didn't handle
Fabens, meanwhile, dropped a 42-31 decision to Canutillo on Tuesday. Liz
Avitia scored 13 points and Rebecca Alarcon added 10 in the game for the
Wildcats, whose last district win came against Pecos at home a year ago.
On the boys' side, coach Tino Acosta knows his team is going to have to
play a lot better tonight to stay with the Wildcats. The Eagles were beaten
on Tuesday at Clint, 83-44, while Fabens blew out Canutillo, 86-54, to move
into a three-way tie for first with the Golden Eagles and San Elizario.
Guard Manny Solis put in 24 points while post Alonzo Favela added 12 in
the victory, which improved the Wildcats' record to 16-8 on the season.
"We just weren't focused. We weren't mentally ready, and we can't do that
Friday night against those guys" Acosta said. "If we don't have our `A' game,
we're going to get pounded."
Play will start today at 4:30 p.m. with the girls junior varsity and boys'
freshmen games. The boys' JV game will be at 6 p.m. in the old Pecos High
Season openers near for Pecos golfers
PECOS, Jan. 26, 2001 -- The 2001 golf season will get underway for the
Pecos Eagle girls golf team next weekend in San Angelo, while spring golf
for the boys will start a week later in Big Spring, and both squads will
be completing their regular seasons this year with the District 2-4A Tournament
The district tournament will be a lot different for Pecos this season
than it was a few years ago, when district play was a 54- or 72-hole affair.
When the teams play at the Reeves County Golf Course on April 9, the tournament
will be only 18 holes, with the top two teams advancing to regionals.
"We cut it to 18 because the band competition is the next two days, and
we'd have to come back after that (on April 12) and finish it up," said boys'
golf coach Kim Anderson.
The lack of strong golf programs at the other 2-4A schools is another
reason why their wasn't much problem is shortening the tournament. Pecos
has sent both its `A' and `B' teams to regional on the boys and girls' side
each of the past two seasons, with the boys' `B' team beating out Clint by
69 strokes last season in El Paso for the second regional berth, while the
girls' `B' team finished 258 strokes up on Fabens, the only other 2-4A school
able to field a full squad.
At regionals, the girls `A' team placed fifth and the `B' team was 15
th, while the boys finished 14th and 15th at
their regional tournament.
The girls will see many of their regional rivals at San Angelo next week,
and some of the same teams will face both the girls and boys squads the following
weekend in Big Spring. It's the only meet before district both squads will
go to at the same time.
The boys will follow that up with a trip to Fort Stockton, while the girls
go to Fort Stockton the following week. Both teams also have trips on their
schedules to Midland this season, and the boys will go to San Angelo in March.
Coach Tina Hendricks' girls have two other varsity tournaments scheduled
in March, at Andrews and in El Paso, while the junior varsity girls will
have their own tournament at home, on Feb. 27.
Region I-4A play will again be in San Angelo this season, on April 23-24.
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