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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 of play.

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 quarterfinals.

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 12.

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