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April 5, 2001

Eagles seek regional tennis berths

PECOS, April 5, 2001 - A lot of Pecos Eagles tennis players will be looking for their first-ever trip to regional competition this weekend, when the District 2-4A Tennis Tournament is held at San Elizario High School.

The tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m. CDT on Friday at the San Eli tennis courts and continue on Saturday, with the top two finishers in each of the divisions advancing to the Region I-4A meet at San Angelo in late April.

"I think we have a good chance of getting several people there," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas, though none of the current Pecos players has advanced to the regional meet.

Natalia Ornelas is seeded No. 1 in girls' singles, thanks to her win over Clint's Laura Loera at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament two weeks ago. No. 2 seed is Loera's teammate, Laura Lechuga, while Fabens' Monica Andrade and Ana Garcia are the No. 3 and 4 seeds.

Ornelas will face Loera, who she beat at Monahans, 6-0, 6-0, in her first round match, while the Eagles' other singles player, Amanda Fleming, will face Andrade.

In boys' singles, Trent Graham is seeded No. 2 going into the tournament. Two weeks ago, he defeated Fabens' Adrian Zavala at Monahans, 6-1, 6-3, then lost to Clint's Martin Renteria, 6-1, 1-6 7-6 (7-5). Renteria is seeded No. 1 going into the district tournament, while Zavala is No. 4 seed and Clint's Alvaro Chacon is No. 2 seed.

Graham will face either Chacon or El Paso Mountain View's Gabriel Morales, while Jay Dannelley will take on Zavala in his opening match.

In boys' doubles, Michael Orona and Orlando Mendoza are seeded No. 1 at district, and will f ace Roberto Rodriguez and Jose Acevedo of Mountain View in their first round match. The Eagles' other doubles team, of Phillip Salcido and Michael Orona, will play No. 3 seeds Larry Arrivo and Manny Saucedo of Mountain View in their opening match.

Clint's Jesus Ortega and Hugo Gines are the No. 2 seeds and Fabens' Orlando Olmos and Victor Sigala are seeded fourth.

The girls don't have a seeded team in doubles play, though Brenda Fuentes came the closest of any current Eagle player to a regional berth there last season. She and partner Rachel Pharoah lost a playback to teammates Teresa Minjarez and Rebecca Wein for the runner-up regional berth last season.

This year, Fuentes is teamed with Kristina Dominguez and will face No. 4 seeds Daisy Gonzalez and Jennifer Ramos of Fabens in the opening round. The Eagles' other doubles team, of Whitney Lamb and Elizabeth Carreon, will take on Fabens' other doubles team, Annie Gutierrez and Aljoe Ramos, who are seeded second.

Eagles hosting make-up game against Lobos

PECOS, April 5, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles are undefeated in District 2-4A softball play, while the El Paso Mountain View Lobos are winless.

But the Lobos should provide tougher competition for the Eagle girls than Mountain View's baseball team did for Pecos' boys on Tuesday, when the teams meet this afternoon at 4 p.m., in a make-up of last week's rained out game at Martinez Field.

Pecos comes into the game with a chance to clinch at least a tie for third in the final district standings with a victory. They used a seven-run fifth inning to score a 9-7 victory over Clint on Tuesday, and improved to 5-0 in district and 8-9 on the season.

Mountain View, meanwhile, is winless in district and in last place, the same as the Lobos' baseball team. But while that squad has been routed in almost every game this season and lost on Tuesday to the Eagles, 24-6, the Lobo girls have suffered a series of narrow defeats in district play, the latest by a 5-2 score on Tuesday against San Elizario.

The Lobos trailed 1-0 going into the sixth inning when they scored two times, only to allow San Elizario to score four times in the bottom of the sixth to get the victory. Crizaido Nieto took the loss, while allowing just six hits, but Mountain View managed only two hits off Valerie Soto, by Veronica Guerrero and Cindy Sapien.

Last year, Mountain View was the only district team to beat Pecos, and coach Tammy Walls said she was going to give her team the day off on Wednesday to rest up for today, after Tuesday's win at Clint.

"It's going to be tough for us to get in this make-up game," she said. "Tuesday's game was a hard one for us physically and a hard one emotionally."

Today's game is the only 2-4A

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