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February 27, 2001

Pecos hosts Stockton, seek first home win

PECOS, February 27, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles will try to continue their hitting and pitching efforts from Saturday, while improving their fielding, base running and sign-reading tonight, when they play their second home baseball game of the 2001 season, a 7 p.m. contest against the Fort Stockton Panthers.

The 1-1 Eagles will face the 0-3 Panthers in the first of four games this week for Pecos. They'll be in Monahans Thursday through Saturday to compete in the Sandhills Tournament.

The Eagles picked up their first win of the season this past Saturday in Monahans, beating the Loboes in six innings by a 15-5 score, a day after they lost a 12-7 extra-inning decision at home against Monahans. Pecos suffered fielding and base running problems and missed several signs from coaches, all of which cost them chances to win in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings on Friday, and did the same in the early innings on Saturday before breaking out for 13 runs in their final two at-bats against the Loboes.

Capi Magana went six innings and allowed three hits to earn the win, after Angel Villalobos allowed 11 hits over eight innings the previous night, leaving with a no decision against the Loboes.

Tonight, Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said Richard Rodriguez would get his first start of the season on the mound.

"We'll put Richard in there and see what he can do," Williams said of Rodriguez, who missed the last have of Pecos' basketball season due to emergency appendectomy surgery over the Christmas holidays.

Fort Stockton will be looking to improve on their early inning efforts over the weekend against Andrews. The Panthers allowed seven runs in the first two innings of their opening game against the Mustangs and lost in five innings, 12-0, then gave up eight runs in the first three innings of the second game of their Saturday doubleheader and lost by a 9-1 score.

Pecos' freshmen team will also play Fort Stockton today, in a doubleheader on the Panthers' home field. On Monday, the Eagles' junior varsity game against Midland Greenwood was canceled.

Bears place four players on all-district girls team

PECOS, February 27, 2001 - Balmorhea seniors Terry Hernandez, Celina Rodriguez and Chela Arredondo were named to the first team of the All-District 9-A basketball squad, while sophomore Julia Garlick was a second team selection in voting by the district's coaches.

Balmorhea placed second in District 9-A this season and defeated Sanderson in the first round of the Class A Division II playoffs before falling to Ira in the Section III semifinals on Feb. 16 in Abilene.

Coach Gary Gallego said Hernandez placed second in voting for Most Valuable Player to Dell City's Crystal Mendoza and finished with an 18.5 points per game average. Gallego said the senior guard also shot 81 percent from the foul line and averaged 4.8 assists per game.

"Terry has been invited to play in the six man (Division II) all-star basketball game this summer, and this past Thursday a big basketball tournament, the Zebra Roundup in Grandview invited her to play there on March 27," Gallego said. "She's bee offered a couple of scholarships and is still looking."

Rodriguez averaged 13.8 rebounds and 13.8 points per game this season, while Arredondo led the team in assists with 5½ per game. Garlick was third on the team in scoring with a 7½ point average, and had just over 10 rebounds per game.

Gallego said three other underclassmen, freshmen Vanessa Baeza and Amber Briceno, sophomore Fabiana Lujan, earned honorable mention, along with senior Joanna Garza.

Dell City won the District 9-A title and also advanced to the sectional semifinals before being eliminated. Along with Mendoza, a junior, the Cougars put seniors Patty Cabal and Katy Templeton on the first team, and junior Naomi Perez. Fort Davis sophomore Cherish Zimmerman and Sierra Blanca junior Sonia Ortega round out the first team.

The other second team selections were Dell City seniors Linsey McDaniel and Christy Ojade, Fort Davis juniors Tori Prude and Carrie Sones and Sierra Blanca senior Kelsy French.

Junior highs squads shorthanded at Pecos Relays

PECOS, February 27, 2001 - The 2001 track season got off to a bit of a slow start for Pecos' junior high teams at home on Friday at the West of the Pecos Junior Relays.

Fort Stockton and Monahans won the seventh and eighth grade boys divisions, while Monahans swept the girls divisions at the meet, which was held Friday afternoon and evening at Eagle Stadium. Pecos' eighth grade boys placed third and the seventh graders were fourth in their divisions, while the eighth grade girls were fifth and the seventh graders ended up seventh overall at the meet.

The seventh graders scored 62 points to finish behind Fort Stockton (198), Monahans (125) and Marfa (86) in the seven-team field. The Eagles' lone gold medal came from the 400 meter relay team, which won with a 52.40 time. Individually, Pete Juarez earned a pair of third place medals, in the 200 meter dash and the long jump, and was fifth in the triple jump.

Joshua Anchondo picked up a third place medal in the discus and was fourth in the shot put, Dario Marquez was fourth in the 200 meters and sixth in the discus, Luis Licon was fifth in the 1200 meter run, Andrew Grant was fifth in the pole vault, Luis Nunez was sixth in the 200 meter hurdles and the Eagles' 1200 meter relay team finished fourth.

In the eighth grade division Pecos had two first place finishes and scored 66 points to finish behind Monahans (195 points) and Fort Stockton (150 points). The firsts came from Jack Bradley, who won the 200 meter hurdles with a 29.35 time, and Rashad Terry, who took the high jump with a 5-foot-6 leap.

Terry also placed third in the 200 meter dash, fourth in the 100 meter dash and fifth in the long jump, while Bradley was fourth in the high jump. The Eagles also got medals from Booker Fobbs, third in the 100 meters, and from the 400 meter relay team, which finished second. Their other points came from Mark Navarrette, fifth in the pole vault and sixth in the 200 meter hurdles, Adam Huertas, sixth in the 600 meter run, Saul Pina, sixth in the 1200 meter run, and from the 1200 meter relay team, which placed fifth.

The eighth grade girls had 28 points in their division to finish behind Monahans (251 points), Presidio (93), Alpine (91) and Fort Stockton (62). Cheyenne Grice had Pecos' only two medals of the day, taking second in the shot put and third in the discus. She also placed fifth in the 55 meter hurdles.

Pecos' other points came from the 1200 meter relay team, which took fourth place, and the 800 meter relay squad, which finished fifth.

Coach Melinda Flores said she only had four girls in the seventh grade division, because some were out of town at other events this weekend. Pecos ended up with only seven points in a division won by Monahans with 229 points. They were followed by Fort Stockton (121½), Alpine (94), Presidio (48), Marfa (46½) and Van Horn (9).

Shelly Martinez had the highest finish for the girls, a fourth in the 200 meter dash, while Jessica Flores took fifth place in the shot put for the Eagles.

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