Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, April 11, 2001
Eagle girls remain close to regional golf leaders
The Pecos Eagle girls' golf team is at the back of the front of the pack
after one round of the Region I-4A Tournament in San Angelo on Monday, which
means they're still in the hunt for a state tournament berth, but will have
to get past three other teams today to do so.
Pecos' boys, meanwhile, are doing slightly better in the standings after
the opening round of their regional tournament than they did a year ago,
but are still well behind the leaders with 18 holes to play in the regional
at Quicksand Golf Course.
The girls played their opening round Monday at Riverside Country Club,
and are in fifth place, with a 340 score through the first 18 holes. That's
13 strokes behind second place Snyder and 16 in back of tournament leader
Andrews, with two other teams, Southlake Carroll and Granbury, in-between.
The Mustangs are at 324 and the Tigers at 327 to lead the race for the two
state tournament berths, while Southlake Carroll is at 333 and Granbury at
335 going into the final round today.
The Eagles were also in fifth place a year ago after the opening round,
but were 37 shots out of second place following going into the final 18 holes
Individually, Salem Mitchell is in the running for one of the state medallists
berths. The Eagles' No. 1 golfer shot a 77 on Monday to put her in fifth
place overall, four strokes behind leader Calais Gardner's 73. After Mitchell,
the next best score for Pecos was an 87 by Cassie Foster, while Lauren Martinez
and Candace Hilliard shot 88s and Brandi North fired a 90.
Pecos is 21 strokes up on the tournament's sixth place team, Fort Worth
Arlington Heights, while the Eagles' `B' team is in 13th place
in the 16-team field, with a 388 total after the opening round of play. Sarah
McKinney's 91 was the best score for the `B' team, and was followed by Dena
Dutchover with a 97, Kattie Davis with a 102, Kristain Aguilar with a 108
and Jena Cranfill with a 121.
Pecos' boys, who held down the last two spots a year ago after the opening
round of play, are in 13th and 15th place following
this year's first round, as Pecos' `A' team shot a 378 while the `B' team
had a 415. Southlake Carroll leads with a 311, while Snyder and Andrews are
next with 314 and 315 totals.
While the `B' team came close to beating out the `A' team for the District
2-4A title two weeks ago, coach Kim Anderson said he expected the `A' team
to fare better on the tough course at Quicksand because they had played it
once already this season. That turned out to be the case, as some of the
Eagles' freshmen golfers struggled on Monday.
Senior Tye Edwards shot an 89 for the `A' team's low score, and was followed
by Casey Breiten with a 90, Cortney Freeman with a 96, Jack Stickels with
a 101 and David Bradley with a 108. The `B' team was led by Peter Vasquez'
93 score, while Jake McKinney shot a 97 and Sal Nichols had a 98, but after
that Daniel Munoz ended up with a 127 and Dustin Gulihur shot a 129, which
hurt the Eagles' team score.
Pecos' lone medallist golfer, Jacob
District qualifiers ousted early at regional tennis
The District 2-4A regional tennis qualifiers didn't have a good day at
Monday's I-4A tournament in San Angelo, as all but one of the eight singles
and doubles qualifiers were ousted in the opening round.
That included the Pecos Eagles' boys doubles team of Orlando Mendoza and
Michael Orona, which was beaten in their opening round match by Oren Tzabar
and Phillip Barnhard of North Crowley by 6-0, 6-0 scores.
Mendoza and Orona weren't paired at the District 2-4A Tournament three
weeks ago, but coach Bernadette Ornelas had to substitute Orona for Stephen
Lamb, who won the district title at San Elizario, while Orona and his teammate
at district, Phillip Salcido, finished fourth.
Wichita Falls area players dominated the regional matches on Monday, while
only the 2-4A girls doubles team of Cynthia Falcon and Diana Ceniceros of
El Paso Mountain View, made it into the second round. They defeated Hanna
Jensen and Kristin Muckleroy of El Paso Burges, 6-3, 7-5, then lost to Megan
Nalley and Virginia Fraser of Southlake Carroll, 6-3, 6-2, in the tournament
The other district qualifier in boys doubles, Hugo Gines and Jesus Ortega
of Clint were also blanked in their opening match, but Luke Beasley and Ryan
Banning of Burleson, 6-0, 6-0. In boys singles, Clint's Martin Renteria lost
to No. 4 seed Brian Hull of Southlake Carroll, 6-3, 6-2, and his teammate,
Alvaro Chacon, lost to No. 1 seed Brad Prigmore of Wichita Falls, 6-0, 6-1.
On the girls' side in singles, Clint's Laura Lechuga lost to No. 4 seed
Beth Channel of Southlake Carroll, 6-1, 6-2; and Fabens Monica Andrade was
beaten by El Paso Burges' Christina Orozco, 6-3, 6-1. The other girls' doubles
team out of 2-4A, Daisy Gonzalez and Jennifer Ramos of Fabens, were beaten
by Erin Hicks and Jenny Virak of Canyon in their opening match, 6-1, 6-3.
Pecos looks to stay in first against winless Lobos today
The Pecos Eagles take the second of three straight trips to the
El Paso area today, and will try to avoid any slip-ups when they face
the Mountain View Lobos in a 5 p.m. start.
It's the next-to-last game of the regular season for the Eagles, who are
tied for first place with San Elizario in the District 2-4A standings, both
with 7-1 records. San Eli plays Canutillo today, and if the two Eagle teams
remain tied, Friday's game in San Elizario will decide the district champion
and the first round bye in the Class 4A playoffs.
Pecos will be rooting for a victory today by Canutillo, who they defeated
on Friday by an 11-5 score, while they take care of business against Mountain
View, which is still looking for its first victory of the 2001 season.
Their closest game so far came a week ago, when they dropped a 7-1 decision
to Canutillo, while their game earlier this month in Pecos provided the Lobos
with both some of their high and low points of the season. The Eagles allowed
Mountain View to take a 6-2 lead after 1½ innings of play, then scored
22 runs in their next three at-bats to win by a 24-6 final score.
Barney Rodriguez got the win and Carlos Villalobos took the loss that
day, though the Eagles scored most of their runs off reliever Cesar Sanchez.
Today, Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said he would probably start Angel Villalobos
on the mound against the Lobos.
"I may go with Angel and see what happens," Williams said on Monday. Villalobos
is 4-1 on the season, with his last win an 11-5 decision at Clint on April
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