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March 2, 2001

Track squads running today in Comanche

PECOS, March 2, 2001 - The Pecos Eagle track teams will be dealing with wet conditions today and hoping for better weather on Saturday, when they travel to Fort Stockton to compete in the annual Comanche Relays.

Running preliminaries and the finals in the 3,200-meter run begin at 2:30 p.m. today, along with selected field event finals. The remaining field event finals will start at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, with the running finals beginning at 1 p.m. with the 400-meter relay.

Both coaches Jerry Parent and Lily Talamantez will have to rework their lineups for this weekend's meet, after both teams finished fifth a week ago at the season-opening Sandhills Relays in Monahans. Talamantez will be without several girls who will be playing with the Eagles' softball team at the Snyder Tournament, while Parent will be minus Peter Juarez, who's competing in the State Golden Gloves Tournament at Fort Worth.

"I'll put (Will) Armstrong in the 400 meter relay," said Parent. "I still have him (Juarez) in the triple jump and the pole vault if he makes it back."

Parent said he would also change up a few other spots, moving Daniel Terrazas into the 200-meter dash and out of the 1,600-meter relay, while using Eddie Mata in the 100-meter dash and the long jump.

Terrazas had the Eagles' only gold medal at Monahans, in the 400-meter dash, and will run that race again, and was part of the 400-meter relay team, which finished third last Saturday.

"I'm going to run three freshmen in the 1600 meters, John (Parent), Alex Orosco, Lionel Abila and Justin Mora will be the junior in there," the Eagles' coach said.

Parent added that Clayton Cox, Tony Trujillo and Danny Lujan would be entered in the shot put this week, while Avery Ramon would be the lone JV division entry for Pecos, also in the shot put, both of which will go off at 2:30 p.m. today.

The girls' only medal at the Sandhills was a third place in the 800 meter dash, which will be missing junior Jessica Rodriguez at the Comanche, due to the Eagles' tournament in Snyder. Pecos did get a trio of fourth place finishes, from Michelle Saenz in the 800 meter run, Bre'Ann Windham in the 400 meter dash and Tiana Terry in the 100 meter dash.

Bucks rally past Eagles, 7-6

PECOS, March 2, 2001 - Walks will kill you, a fact the Pecos Eagles learned again Thursday afternoon against the Alpine Bucks.

Angel Villalobos walked in a couple of runs in the second inning, and then Brent Mata hit a two run triple following a two run error in the third inning to rally the Alpine Bucks to a 7-6 victory over the Eagles in the opening round of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

The loss dropped the 2-2 Eagles into a 2 p.m. consolation semifinal game today against the Kermit Yellojackets, who lost their opener to Denver City, 3-1. The starting time for today's game was moved back 75 minutes due to this morning's rains.

Williams said walks hurt Villalobos in both the second and third innings. "Angel pitched well other than that, but he just had too many walks in that one inning that hurt us," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. "After that Angel settled down, but we couldn't come back."

Villalobos actually had back-to-back bad innings, after Pecos took a 3-0 lead in the first inning off Albert Rojo. The Bucks rallied to tie the score in the second inning, and they got their final four runs in the third, with Mata's triple the big hit.

The Eagles, on the other hand, couldn't get the key hit they needed off Rojo. "Their pitcher had us off-balance. He had us popping up most of the day," Williams said. Pecos did rally for three runs in the sixth, but couldn't tie the game against Mata, who came on for Rojo and picked up the save.

Richard Rodriguez, Alex Garcia Capi Magana and Matthew Levario all went 2-for-4 in the game, and Levario had a two-run single for the Eagles in the first inning, but the other Eagles could manage just one hit off Rojo. "We popped up. We just couldn't put the ball on the ground enough to make them field the ball," said Williams.

He said Magana, who three-hit Monahans last Saturday in a 15-5 victory, would start on the mound this afternoon against Kermit. If the Eagles win, they'll face either Muleshoe or Presidio for the tournament's consolation title at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, while a loss would drop them into a seventh place game against the loser of today's Presidio-Muleshoe game, at 9:30 a.m. Greenwood edged Muleshoe, 3-2, while Monahans downed Presidio, 5-1, in Thursday's other opening round games.

Pecos' junior varsity team, meanwhile, evened their record at 2-2 with a 31-5 win over Greenwood in the first round of the Kermit JV Tournament. Weather permitting, the Eagles will face Monahans today in the semifinals. The Loboes swept the Eagles last weekend in their season-opening games.

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