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April 6, 2001

Eight Bears get regional track berths

PECOS, April 6, 2001 - The Balmorhea Bears placed fourth on the boys side and fifth in the girls division on Thursday, in the District 8-A Track and Field meet, qualifying eight people in six individual events and one relay for next Thursday's Class A area meet in Wink.

Bears' coach Gary Gallego explained that the Class A track and field competition is different this year from in the past, when only the top two finishers from each district advanced to regional competition in Levelland. "The top four from the district qualify for area, and the top four there qualify for regionals," he said. "The area is made up of small 1A and large 1A schools. Next week's area meet is comprised of 24 schools."

Balmorhea's district meet included the area's six-man and non-football schools, with Sanderson winning both the boys and girls division titles. The Eagles scored 131 points on the boys' side, while the Bears finished with 73, while Sanderson's girls had 183 points, and Balmorhea ended up with 24.

The boys had three gold medals in the meet. Billy Lozano won the shot put with a 40-foot-7 throw and also qualified for area in the discus, finishing third with a 123-foot-10½ effort. Jourmain Matta won the discus with a throw of 127-foot-9 and was second to Lozano in the shot put, with a 38-foot-9 effort, and Sammy Dominguez won the 3200-meter run in 11:30 and was second in the 1600 meters, with a 5:11.3 time.

Also qualifying for the boys was Logan Humphries, who jumped 5-foot-6 to place fourth in the high jump, and the 400 meter relay team of Matta, Lozano, Usbaldo Baeza and Jerry Mendoza, which was fourth with a 46.7 time.

On the girls' side, the Bears had one gold medal and two regional qualifiers, Gallego said. Celina Rodriguez threw 81-foot-11 to win the discus, and Amber Briceno was third in the shot put, with a 26-foot-3½ toss.

Lozano and Matta have the top two (area) throws in the discus, and Billy has the third best in the shot," Gallego said. "Celina's throw is the third best in the discus and in the 3200 Sammy cut 18 seconds off his time and he was 14 seconds faster in the 1600, so he did real well."

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Pecos seeks better results at district track

PECOS, April 6, 2001 - You can expect to see the Accutrack electronic timer to remain at the finish line throughout today and Saturday's District 2-4A Track and Field Meet at Canutillo High School. But what the Pecos Eagles would like to see a better results than at last year's troubled meet at San Elizario.

"All the coaches talked about what went wrong last year and how they can avoid making the same mistakes," said Eagles' coach Jerry Parent, referring to the coaches' meeting two weeks ago to set up the two-day meet.

Last year, the electronic timer was put up after the 200 meter dash was finished, which naturally meant that there would be a photo finish in the day's final event, the 1,600 meter relay. Clint ended up getting second place and the Region I-4A berth over Pecos, but it wasn't decided until after a 40 minute meeting in the press box and a discussion the following Monday with University Interscholastic League officials in Austin.

The boys ended up with only one regional qualifier, Daniel Terrazas in the 400 meter dash, and the girls had only one as well, the 800 meter relay team. This year, the Eagles' best chances for trips to regionals again appear to be Terrazas in the 400 meters and the girls' 800-meter squad, though both Parent and girls coach Lily Talamantez are hoping to send more qualifiers to San Angelo at the end of April.

Aside from Terrazas, who is seeded first in the 400, the boys' best regional chances look to be in the 400 meter relay, along with Peter Juarez in the triple jump and Jason Gonzales in the hurdles. "We're second to Clint in the 400 (relay) and I think we'll be right there with them," Parent said.

He also was hoping the Eagles could score some points in the shot put and discus, where Pecos has mostly underclassmen but where the best efforts so far in district haven't been that long.

Clint's boys and girls' teams are favored to win the district titles, and while Talamantez said she thought the Eagles could stay with the Lions in the running events, "the field events are where we're hurting." The girls' best field event so far this year has been the shot put, where freshman Stephanie Herrera placed third last week in Crane.

The 800-meter relay team is seeded first going into district, while the 400-meter relay team is seeded second to Clint. Individually, Jesenia Natividad is seeded first in the 300-meter hurdles, Tiana Terry is also seeded second in the 100-meter dash, Mari Martinez is seeded second in the 3200 meter run. The Eagles also have several No. 3 seeds, including the 1600-meter relay team and Kelsey Holt in the 1600 meter run.

Running preliminaries and field event finals were scheduled to get underway at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon at Canutillo, with the running finals scheduled to 12 noon CDT on Saturday. Canutillo's field located north of FM 260, just past the Rio Grande crossing on the west side of town.

Eagles combine hits, walks to KO Lobos

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 6, 2001 - A few more walks and a few more hits were enough to carry the Pecos Eagles to a 7-1 victory Thursday over the El Paso Mountain View Lobos, in a make-up of their rain-delayed District 2-4A softball game.

There weren't many hits at all for either the Eagles or Lobos. Pecos would end up with seven off pitcher Brizaido Nieto while Mountain View managed just three off the Eagles' Stephanie Herrera. But more importantly for Pecos was when the hits did come _ two in the Eagles' four-run third inning and three more in their three-run sixth, while the Lobos got two of their three hits and their only run after they were down to their final out in the top of the seventh.

"Defensively I thought we looked good, and I saw some good things out there," said Eagles' coach Tammy Walls. "Stephanie covered on a ground ball to first base, which is what we're supposed to do, so fundamentally, I saw some improvements."

Herrera's play, taking the throw on a Nieto grounder to Jessica Rodriguez, came after Vanessa Sanchez had singled off the freshman for the game's first hit with two outs in the third. Both teams had left the bases loaded in the second inning, the Lobos on a trio of 3-2 pitch walks by Herrera and the Eagles off a walk to Neftali Salgado and two Mountain View errors.

Herrera cut down on her walks after the second inning, but Nieto's control problems cost her in the third. She hit Kathy Maldonado twice with pitches in the game, the second time following a leadoff walk to Rodriguez in the third. Herrera then reached on a bunt single and Rebecca Wein followed with a two-run single to left field.

Nieto then got two outs, but in-between she hit Alexa Marquez with a one-bounce pitch to load the bases, then walked Salgado to force home a run and wild pitched home another for a 4-0 Pecos lead.

Nieto was able to get out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning after retiring the side in order in the fourth, but in the seventh the Eagles' three hits and a couple of Mountain View errors allowed Pecos to put the game away.

Centerfielder Cynthia Solis let Rodriguez' leadoff single go through her legs for a three-base error the Eagles' fifth run of the game. One out later Herrera reached on another infield hit and then was safe at second when Sanchez couldn't handle Susy Alva's throw from shortstop on a Wein ground ball. Alva then made a mental mistake, failing to cover third as Nieto and third baseman Nancy Otero went after an Ashley Salcido pop up in foul territory. Nieto caught the ball, but no one was on third and that allowed both runners to move up a base, from where they scored on Marquez' single to center field.

Nieto ended up walking five and striking out seven while taking the loss. Herrera walked four and struck out eight in the game, including the final out after losing the shutout when Mya Carrasco tripled past a diving Bre'Ann Windham in left field with two away and scored on a single to center by Alva.

Mountain View came into the game winless in district, and are now 0-6, while Pecos improved to 6-0 despite their lowest-scoring effort so far in 2-4A play. "We played a little flat, and I think we were a little tired. This week has been quite a workout for us," Walls said. "Clint took a lot out of us (in Pecos' 9-7 road win on Tuesday) and then we had six weeks tests on Wednesday.

"A lot of my girls are also in track and have been getting ready for that (today's District 2-4A meet in Canutillo). Hopefully, they'll get some rest Sunday and Monday and be ready for Tuesday," Walls said, when the Eagles will host Fabens in a 4 p.m. game.

Thursday's win assured the Eagles of no worse than a tie for third place in the final district standings, and the Eagles can clinch their third straight trip to the playoffs with a win on Tuesday over the 4-2 Wildcats.

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