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March 6, 2001

Eagles hosting Permian after break for rain

PECOS, March 6, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles are scheduled to resume their rain-delayed baseball this evening, with a 6 p.m. home game against the Odessa Permian Panthers.

Rains washed out the Eagles' final two games over the weekend at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament, and rains also could threaten tonight's game against Permian. But if the Eagles do face the Panthers, coach Bubba Williams said junior Richard Rodriguez would make his debut on the mound this season. Rodriguez has played in the Eagles' first four games, but wasn't cleared to pitch until last week after undergoing emergency appendectomy surgery in late December.

"We'll start out with Richard and see what happens," Williams said. Rodriguez and junior Capi Magana are the only Eagle pitchers who saw action on the mound last season.

This will be Permian's second trip to Pecos in the past month _ the teams scrimmaged back on Feb. 9, with the Panthers rallying late for a 7-6 victory. Pecos went with Barney Rodriguez, Angel Villalobos and Rigo Ramirez on the mound that afternoon, and took a 6-3 lead on the Panthers before Permian scored four times in the final innings.

"We'll probably see (Justin) Whitaker, the kid who was their quarterback. He throws pretty good," Williams said. "We'll just go out there and play as hard as we can and try and beat them."

Today's game is the first of as many as five games this week for Pecos. They'll face Abilene Wylie in the first round of the West Texas March Classic at 2 p.m. on Thursday in Midland, and then come home next Monday for a game against the Alpine Bucks.

Pecos girls pick up firsts in Midland, Alpine

PECOS, March 6, 2001 - Playing without one of their top golfers over the weekend, competing in the `B' division of the Tall City Invitational in Midland suited the Pecos Eagle girls golf team just fine. But coach Tina Hendrick said her girls would get a chance to face most of the `A' division teams coming up this weekend at Andrews.

Pecos won the Division II title at Midland, shooting a 374-363-737 for the 36-hole tournament. That's higher than some of the Eagles' recent scores, but Hendrick said Pecos played with only four golfers this past weekend.

"Salem (Mitchell) got sick and didn't make the trip," she said. "Overall, it was good for them. The girls competed well and realized they could win the tournament without her."

Lamesa was second in Division II with a 765 total, while Andrews shot a 635 to win the Division I title, 17 strokes ahead of Fort Stockton. Snyder, meanwhile, finished fourth with a 688 score, and it's the Mustangs and Tigers the Eagles figure to be trying to beat out for a state berth, when the Region I-4A Tournament is held in San Angelo in late April.

"This week we'll run up against those other teams up in Andrews, and we'll see where we stand against Andrews and Snyder," Hendrick said.

Lauren Martinez was runner-up medallist in Division II to Borger's Afton Messinger, shooting an 88-82-170 to finish two strokes behind. Brandi North shot an 86-94-180, Cassie Foster shot a 95-90-185 and Candace Hilliard shot a 105-97-202 for the Eagles' other scores.

On Monday, Pecos' `B' golf team took first place out of five teams in tournament play at Alpine. The Eagles shot a 422 to finish 50 shots ahead of Alpine, while Marfa shot a 503, Fort Davis had a 526 and Van Horn shot a 563.

"The JV girls did a good job yesterday in Alpine. They had a tough time putting, but I'm real proud of them," Hendrick said.

Dena Dutchover shot a 99 for the low score of the day, while Kattie Davis shot a 105, Kristain Aguilar and Sarah McKinney both shot 109s and Jena Cranfill shot a 116.

Eagles' Crawford misses out on state berth in powerlifting

PECOS, March 6, 2001 - Pecos Eagles' senior Gito Crawford failed in his bid for a state powerlifting berth this past Saturday, at the Region I competition in Lubbock.

Crawford went in as the No. 2 seed in the 275-pound weight class, but coach Steve Cross said he failed on his squat thrust lift at regionals.

"The opening weight was 600 pounds and he went close to that a week ago (at Seagraves) easily, but for some reason it wasn't his day," Cross said. "He almost got it on his third try, but it wouldn't go all the way up."

Crawford was the Eagles' lone regional qualifier this season, the second for Pecos in powerlifting competition. "We're going to miss his. Gito's a senior and he's shown good leadership in the program, but I'm looking forward to the juniors we have right now stepping up as seniors into the leadership role next year," Cross said.

"We've got some juniors right now who are pretty strong, and we've also got some freshmen I'll be counting on next year," Cross said. In addition, he said three of his six girls who were part of the Eagles' first-year team will be back for next year's powerlifting season.

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