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February 20, 2001

Pecos finishes fourth at Stockton tennis

PECOS, February 20, 2001 - A series of consolation title wins over the weekend for the Pecos Eagles tennis team allowed them to finish fourth overall in their first tournament of the Spring 2001 season, in Fort Stockton on Friday and Saturday.
Coach Bernadette Ornelas said the Eagles finished behind Hobbs, N.M., the host Panthers and Monahans at the seven-team tournament, which also included Midland Christian, Alpine, Sanderson, McCamey and Crane.
"I'm real proud all our individuals. The gap between us and some of the other schools is narrowing. We're beating more teams than we beat last year," she said.
The Eagles' highest finish overall was a third place by Trent Graham, playing at No. 1 boys singles. He defeated Ben Parra of Fort Stockton in the first round, 6-3, 6-3, then lost to his teammate Luke Epps, 6-1, 6-1, before beating McCamey's Adam Vareck for third, 6-4, 6-4. At No. 3 boys' singles, Orlando Mendoza won consolation, losing to Monahans' Nick Ledingham, 6-3, 6-4, then beating Fort Stockton's Adam Garcia, 6-1, 6-3 and Crane's Matt Winn, 6-2, 6-3, while Stephen Lamb also took consolation at No. 5 boys singles, losing to Hobbs' Luke Barrett, 6-1, 6-0, then beatingWeston McCarty of Crane, 6-0, 6-3, and Travis Woods of Sanderson, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7).
At No. 4 singles on the boys' side, Michael Orona finished in fourth place, while Allen Almunia and Joel Sotelo lost in the consolation finals playing at No. 6 and No. 7 seeds respectively.
On the girls' side, the Eagles had four singles consolation winners. Kristina Dominguez won consolation at No. 2 seed, beating teammate Savana West, 6-1, 6-0, and Ashely Rodriguez of Crane, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 after an opening 6-1, 6-1 loss to Martine Jurreins of Fort Stockton. Pecos' No. 3 seed, Elizabeth Carreon, lost to Prairie Chamberlain of Monahans, 6-2, 6-1, then beat Bianca Callahan of Crane, 6-2, 6-2, and Lindy Lara of Alpine, 6-3, 6-4, for consolation.
Tiffany Jarrett lost to Monahans' Lindsey Stout, 6-2, 6-2, then beat Rachel Diffie of Crane, 6-3, 6-3, to win No. 5 consolation and Jennifer Rayos lost to Alexa Galindo of Monahans, then defeated Kaci Baker of McCamey for the No. 7 seed consolation title.
Three other Eagles _ Natalia Ornelas, Whitney Lamb and Chantel Orona, won their opening matches at No. 1, 4 and 6 seeds, then were beaten in their final two matches and finished in fourth place.
Pecos failed to get any teams past the second round in the championship bracket of doubles play, but won three of the seven consolation titles in that division. On the girls' side, Carreon and Jarrett took consolation at No. 2 doubles, losing their opening match to Monahans by 6-2, 6-2 scores, then sweeping Alpine, 6-0, 6-0 and Crane, 6-1, 7-5, in the consolation round.
At No. 1 boys doubles, Graham and Mendoza lost to Monahans' Aashish Chopra and Ledingham in the first round, 6-3, 6-2, then won 6-0, 6-0 and 7-6 6-1 matches from teams from Crane and McCamey. At No. 2 doubles, Orona and Lamb lost their opening match by a 6-2, 6-2 score to a Fort Stockton team, then won 6-0, 6-0 and 6-3, 6-2 matches over Crane and McCamey.
At No. 1 doubles on the girls' side, Ornelas and Dominguez wound up in fourth place, as did Orona and Rayos in the No. 3 doubles bracket. Pecos' other fourth place finish came in mixed doubles, from Whitney Lamb and Almunia.
The Eagles have another tournament scheduled this weekend, at El Paso Americas High School, then host their own tourney on March 2-3.

Warbirds' Juarez qualifies for state GG tournament

PECOS, February 20, 2001 - Pecos-Barstow Warbirds boxer Peter Juarez earned a berth in the State Golden Gloves Tournament over the weekend, and two other Warbird boxers scored victories at the Permian Basin Golden Gloves Tournament, held Saturday night in Midland.
Warbirds' manager Roy Juarez said Peter Juarez defeated Joseph Minjarez of Lamesa in the 139-pound Open Division weight class, earning him a spot in the state tournament, which runs from Feb. 28 through March 3 in Fort Worth.
Juarez will be the only Open Division fighter from Pecos making the trip to Fort Worth, Roy Juarez said. "Peter will be going, and I was going to take Gilbert Rodriguez, but he never showed up for the weigh-ins, so he can't go to state."
The other two Warbird boxers to win were in the Junior Olympic Division. Antonio Montanez won a bout against his teammate, German Rodriguez, while Jacob Gomez won his bout by default. Roy Juarez said the Warbirds' other fighter on Saturday, Aaron Mendoza, lost to a San Angelo boxer in the Junior Olympic Division.
Juarez and Fred Martin will be taking the Permian Basin team to the state tournament. "We'll be taking off on Tuesday, the 27th and we'll get weighed in early and get ready to fight on Wednesday."

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