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March 8, 2001

Eagles seeking defensive lift against Wylie

PECOS, March 8, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles' defense has been giving opponents plenty of chances to score runs though the first two weeks of the season.

The Abilene Wylie Bulldogs have done a pretty good job scoring runs on their own so far this season, and if the Eagles hope to beat Wylie in the first round of the West Texas March Classic this afternoon, they're going to have to cut down the mistakes that have plagued them in four of their first five games of the 2001 season.

The 2-3 Eagles face the 5-1 Bulldogs at Christensen Stadium in Midland, with Pecos looking to snap a string of four straight losses to Wylie in the Midland Tournament, last season's by a 4-2 score. And Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said he'd also be looking hard at the play of his starters, following Tuesday's error-filled 13-3 loss to Odessa Permian.

"If we play good and they beat us, then they beat us, but not if they beat us like that, when we beat ourselves," Williams said, after the Eagles allowed the Panthers seven unearned runs on Tuesday.

Richard Rodriguez was the victim of most of the unearned runs, taking the loss while going 1 2/3 innings. Capi Magana came on in relief and went 2 1/3 innings, and Williams said he would probably start the junior this afternoon against the Bulldogs.

"I think Capi will start, and as far as coming back with Richard he's still a little sore from Tuesday, so if we can't go with him if Capi gets in trouble we'll probably have to go with Angel (Villalobos)," Williams said.

"The kids pepped up in practice (Wednesday) and worked hard out there. If we do the same today, we should be in good shape," said Williams, who was also considering swapping second baseman Matthew Levario and centerfield Alex Garcia for today's game.

Wylie was off Tuesday, but come off a 3-1 weekend and third place finish at the Hendrick Classic in Abilene. Nick Kincade four-hit El Paso Montwood in the Bulldogs' 10-0 opening win, and they then outscored Lubbock Coronado, 13-9, and later beat Levelland in six innings, 15-5, for third place.

They also own two 10-run rule wins already this season over Midland Greenwood, while the Bulldogs' only loss was in the tournament semifinals last week to Amarillo High, 14-2.

Chase Campbell shut down Coronado in relief to pick up the Bulldogs' other win on Friday, while Rocky Hussman drove in seven runs in Wylie's victory over Levelland.

If the Eagles win, they'll advance to a 9 a.m. game on Friday against either Seminole or Alpine at Christensen Stadium, while a loss would put them in a 9 a.m. game against either Colorado City or Monahans at Greenwood High School.

Kermit faced Fort Stockton this morning in the tournament opener at 9 a.m., while the Colorado City-Monahans game was an 11:30 a.m. start. Alpine and Seminole followed the Eagles and Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m., and the host Greenwood Rangers take on Merkel in the final first round game, at 7 p.m.

Juarez beaten in finals of state GG tournament

PECOS, March 8, 2001 - Peter Juarez' back problems were a problem for the Pecos Eagles' track team two weeks ago.

This past weekend, Juarez' back was a problem again, this time in the boxing ring, as the Pecos-Barstow Warbirds' fighter was beaten in the finals of the State Golden Gloves Tournament in Fort Worth.

Juarez lost to Americo Santos of Dallas in the title match for the Light Welterweight (139 pound) Division, following wins over Mark Longoria of Corpus Christi and Pablo Pena of El Paso in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

"It was a close fight. If he would have listened to me and done what he did in the last round he would have won the fight," said manager Roy Juarez.

"The fight Friday (against Pena) went all four rounds and Peter did real good. You could tell he won the fight," Roy Juarez said. "On Saturday, he has a back problem that's been hurting him and he didn't do what he should of in the first rounds.

"I told him if he wanted to the fight he had to come out and box like he should. He went out there and won the round and threw combinations and did what he needed to, but by then it was too late," the Warbirds' manager said.

"He was upset about losing, but he said he would be back next year," he added.

The Warbirds' next fights will probably be on April 7 in Odessa. "They've asked team from Dallas to come down, and they're supposed to bring some kids, but not all of them," said Juarez, who has most of his fighters competing in the Junior Olympic Division.

"We've also got two girls. One's sick right now, but if she gets well I'm thinking about taking her and her sister, depending on how she looks in practice. Hopefully they (Dallas) will bring three girls down from there.

"For sure Peter will fight and hopefully Gilbert Rodriguez, but with the little kids you can't tell for sure who's going," Juarez said.

Junior high netters get fifth at tournament in Monahans

PECOS, March 8, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles junior high tennis team placed fifth overall last weekend, in tournament play at Monahans.

The Eagles earned a trio of third place individual finishes in the tournament, according to coach Susy Molina. Adrienne Natividad defeated Monahans' Azyah Sedillas, 8-4 and teammate Krystal Mata, 8-2 in eighth grade girls singles, before losing to the Loboes' Irene Blocker, 8-6.

In eighth grade boys singles Frankie Hernandez downed Haze Robers of Sanderson, 8-4, then lost to his teammate Eric Bilano, 8-4, before defeating a third Sanderson player, Shane Chriesman, 8-5, in the third place match.

In seventh grade girls singles, Imari Ornelas defeated Lara Norton, 8-4, and Cobie Sawyer, 8-1 before falling to Tori Reynolds in the semifinals, 8-5, and then defeating Anne Lunar for third place by an 8-7 score.

Also in the seventh grade division Ashley Dunn lost in the consolation round to Lindsay Nichols of Midland Trinity, 8-4, after an opening 8-1 loss to Wink's Hope Martinez and 8-4 and 8-2 wins over Trinity's Sara Storey and Wink's Jacque Wilkinson. Heather Hinojos lost her two matches to Monahans' Reynolds, 8-5, and to Trinity's Nichols, 8-4, while Cassandra Calanchi lost to Lunar, 8-1, and to Wilkinson, 8-2.

On the boys' side in seventh grade, Chris Muniz lost to Russel Sloan, 8-5, and Gabriel Rodriguez, 8-6, while Roger Quintana lost to Brett Powers, 8-0, and Bill Moody, 8-0. In the other eighth grade boys singles matches, T.J. Hardwick lost to W. Wilkerson on Wink, 8-4, defeated Crane's Joe Cook, 8-4, and lost to Wink's Tyler Martinez, 8-4.

In the other girls singles matches for the Eagles' eighth graders, Mata defeated Crane's Candace Sanchez, 8-2, before losing to Natividad, while Catherine Garcia defeated Crane's Jamie Kelly, 8-0 before an 8-5 loss to Monahans' Teresa Escamilla.

There was only one doubles team for the Eagles in the tournament, Sara Clarke and Lori Natividad in the eighth grade division. They lost to Wink's Garcia and Carrasco 8-4, and then fell to Monahans' Jordan and Krauter, 8-4.

The junior high tean is scheduled to play at home this afternoon, against Wink's seventh and eighth graders beginning at 4 p.m. at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

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