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April 25, 2001

OC looks to hire instructors to teach non-credit courses

PECOS, April 25, 2001 - Odessa College offers a wide variety of non-credit courses for members of the community who want to broaden their educational experiences but who are not interested in obtaining college credit. These courses may range from a one to three day workshops.

There are no entrance requirements for most continuing education courses.

Almost any course that is of public interest can be organized if enough students ask to be enrolled, provided that a competent instructor and suitable facilities are available. Continuing education also works with business and industry to provide education and training for employees.

Continuing education program directors will be on hand to visit with business, industry, students about their special needs and interests.

Instructors interested in teaching are encouraged to stop by the Continuing Education booth to pick up an application and visit with Odessa College program directors. Sample of future course offerings for Pecos: management, intro. to computers, windows 98, learning to surf the net, intro to web page design, Microsoft word 2000, Microsoft publisher, ms power point, quickbooks pro, Microsoft excel, cake decorating, nurse aide, medication aid, CPR, office systems technology courses, Spanish, stained glass, automotive and welding.

A spring and summer schedule of continuing education courses may be obtained at the Pecos Technical Training Center of Odessa College. For more information, call 445-5535.

College concurrent classes available for P-B-T, Balmorhea HS students

PECOS, April 25, 2001 - College concurrent classes are currently being offered to students in both the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah and Balmorhea ISD, though Odessa College.

Students in Wink, Monahans, McCamey, Andrews, and Seminole along with Pecos and Balmorhea can take certain courses to help high school students get ahead and save money.

The prices for these college classes are currently $88 for a 3 hour course and $117 for a 4 hour course. Pay these prices now vs. $300-$1170 later. A 3 hour course in the evening at the Pecos Technical Training Center of Odessa College is approximately $143.00.

By the end of a student's senior year, he/she could have completed up to 24 hours of college hours (8 courses). It takes 30 hours of college credit to be a sophomore in college!

This school year, Pecos and Andrews High School students have access to 10 college classes. Wink and McCamey students have 8. Balmorhea ISD students have 4. Monahans has 6 and Seminole students have 9 college courses available to them. For a listing of these classes, stop by the Odessa College admissions booth or contact a high school counselor.

Junior high swimmers win Andrews meet

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 25, 2001 - The Pecos Junior High Swim Team ended their season with `A' bang by winning every event except one at the Andrews Middle School Invitational this past Saturday.

The Pecos Junior High girls' team won the overall meet with 492 points while the boys' team took first with 332 points.

The Pecos Elementary girls' team placed fourth while the boys' team placed third.

The meet started off with the girls 200-yard medley relay, where the Eagles' `A' team took first place in while the Pecos `B' placed third and the Pecos `C' placed fifth.

The `A' relay team for the girls also won the 200-yard freestyle relay with Pecos `C' close behind to come in second, while the `B' team placed fifth.

Teddie Salcido, Amie Reynolds and Ashley Horsburgh started off the individual events with first, second and third place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle.

Salcido also placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with Susan Moore and Michelle Wein finishing second and third.

Salcido and Moore took home the top two places in the 50-yard backstroke, and Lindsay Shaw, Moore, Ashley Mendoza and Sara Wein swept the top four places in the 100-yard Individual Medley (IM).

Shaw also led the pack by taking first in the 500-yard freestyle with Mendoza and Reynolds coming in second and third.

Another sweep of the top four spots occurred in the 50-yard breaststroke with Shaw, Danielle Garcia, Michelle Wein and Sara Wein.

Reynolds placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with Garcia coming in third and Michelle Wein placing fourth, while Garcia placed first in the 50-yard butterfly with Mendoza, Sara Wein and Taryn Rodriguez placing third, fourth and fifth.

Cynthia Marmalejo placed seventh in the 200-yard freestyle, 10th in the 50-yard butterfly and 22nd in the 50-yard freestyle.

Horsburgh placed fourth in the 50-yard backstroke and sixth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Amanda Contreras placed sixth in the 50-yard backstroke, ninth in the 50-yard freestyle and 10th in the 100-yard freestyle.

Camilla Alvarado placed 16th in the 50-yard backstroke and 23rd in the 50-yard freestyle.

Tiffany Boicourt placed eighth in the 50-yard breaststroke, 15th in the 100-yard freestyle and 25th in the 50-yard freestyle.

Taryn Rodriguez finished ninth in the 50-yard breaststroke and 18th in the 50-yard backstroke.

For the girls' elementary team, Alyson Reynolds placed sixth in the 50-yard breaststroke, ninth in the 50-yard backstroke and 12th in the 50-yard freestyle.

Lauren Elliott placed 23rd in the 50-yard backstroke and 24th in the 50-yard freestyle.

Tatum Windham finished 13th in the 50-yard backstroke and 15th in the 50-yard butterfly.

The boys' junior high `A' relay placed first in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Kyle Winkles, David Davis and elementary swimmer Heath Armstrong took home the top three finishes in the 200-yard freestyle.

Davis and Winkles also placed first and second in the 50-yard backstroke, while Paul Parker and Winkles placed first and second in the 500-yard freestyle.

Parker led the way for himself, Matt Oglesby and Andrew Grant to take the top three places in the 50-yard breaststroke.

Matt Elliott finished first in the 100-yard IM while Oglesby placed third.

Elliott and Oglesby also placed first and third in the 50-yard butterfly.

Elliott once again finished first in the 100-yard freestyle while Grant placed third.

Davis and Parker placed second and third in the 50-yard freestyle with grant and Armstrong coming in fifth and sixth.

Isaiah Machuca placed 11th in that race as well as fifth in the 50-yard breaststroke and sixth in the 50-yard backstroke.

Armstrong placed fourth in the 50-yard backstroke while fellow elementary swimmer Josh Elliott placed fifth, and also took fifth in the 50-yard butterfly and eighth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Eagles tune-up for title game with 15-0 win

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 25, 2001 - Pre-game practice was as much of a problem for the Pecos Eagles as their actual game against the El Paso Mountain View Lobos was, as the Eagles defeated the winless Lobos in five innings, by a 15-0 final score on Tuesday in El Paso, to set up Friday's game at San Elizario to decide the District 2-4A title.

"Everybody got to play, and it was one of those games where we played just well enough to win," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams, whose team was a little flat at times, but still had no trouble handling the Lobos. Mountain View committed seven errors, allowed Pecos to steal 10 bases, to go along with a wild pitch, passed ball and balk that also advanced Eagle base runners.

Pitcher Jonathan Martinez went the distance for Mountain View, while catcher Chris Sylva was the victim of most of Pecos' stolen bases, three of which came despite pitch-outs by the Lobos. Sylva's one high point Tuesday was his bunt single in the second inning, which spoiled Angel Villalobos' no-hit bid and loaded the bases with none out, after the Eagles had taken a 3-0 lead. But Villalobos then struck out Steve Corral, David Florez and Ezel Rojas to retire the side and end Mountain View's lone scoring chance.

"Angel threw strikes most of the game. They weren't going to hit him. When he walked those two kids (Martinez and Mark Chavez) was the only time he got in trouble," Williams said. The walks came before Sylva bunted a ball past Villalobos that third baseman Matthew Levario was unable to make a play on.

The Lobos' only other base runner came with two outs in the fifth, when Eric Soto reached on an error by second baseman Zoe Serrano, one of several substitutes Williams put in the game in the final inning. The error was the lone one on the day for the Eagles, and came after Serrano took a ball in the throat during pre-game warm-ups and was unable to talk for several minutes.

Martinez' ground-out to Villalobos in the fourth inning and Larry Zuniga's game-ending line drive to left fielder Oscar Parada were the only hard-hit balls off Villalobos on the afternoon. Defensively, Mountain View's highlight was a double play turned by shortstop Cesar Sanchez in the first inning, but Corral then lost Mason Abila's fly ball to left field for a double, and he stole third and scored when Sanchez booted Villalobos' grounder.

In the second, the Eagles scored twice with two out, as Levario singled home David Elkins, who had walked with one away, and he came in after stealing second on Rigo Ramirez' single. Pecos added six unearned runs in the third after Corral fell down trying to catch Villalobos' fly ball double. Barney Rodriguez reached on an error by Florez at third base, Elkins then doubled to left center field and scored when Chavez dropped Florez' two-out throw to first base.

Levario again scored after a stolen base and single by Ramirez, and he would then come home on a steal, bad throw by new catcher Carlos Gonzales and a balk by Martinez. That came after a walk to Richard Rodriguez, who then scored on Alex Garcia's single.

In the fourth, walks to Elkins and Parada were followed by Levario's two-run triple to center field, while in the fifth, two more errors and a walk set to Pifi Montoya's three-run double, and he then scored the game's final run on a single by Elkins.

The win improved Pecos' record to 8-1 in district and 17-6 on the season going into their final regular season game on Friday, at San Elizario. They kept pace with the Eagles by coming away with a 9-8 victory over Canutillo, and the winner of Friday's game will clinch the district title and earn a bye in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

"The kids will be up on Friday for that game and will be ready to go," Williams said. The winner will probably face either Hereford, Big Spring or San Angelo Lake View in the area round of the 4A playoffs, while the loser will face either El Paso Ysleta or El Paso Parkland in the bi-district round of the playoffs next week.

Fabens will be the third place team out of District 2-4A in the playoffs, after clinching that spot on Tuesday with a 12-3 win over Clint. They'll face El Paso Burges in the bi-district round.

Pecos girls finish fifth, boys 14th at I-4A golf

PECOS, April 25, 2001 - The second time around the Riverside Golf Course didn't help the Pecos Eagle girls golf team on Tuesday, as they lost ground to the leaders and finished fifth for the second year in a row at the Region I-4A Tournament.

Pecos, which shot at 340 on Monday, had a 345 on Tuesday, while Andrews, Snyder and Southlake Carroll were all able to cut their second round scores, with the Mustangs winning the regional championship by a four-stroke margin over the Tigers.

Meanwhile, Pecos' boys cut a few strokes off their total in the second round of the boys' Region I-4A Tournament at Quicksand Golf Course, but finished in 14th place overall, while the Eagles' `B' team also lowered their opening round total, but ended up 16th in the tournament, which was won by Snyder with Southlake Carroll second.

"They just couldn't get up to their `A' game," said coach Tina Hendrick, whose team was only 13 strokes out of second going into the final round of play. "We struggled and played hard, but we just didn't have our `A' game."

"We knew Granbury and Southlake Carroll were going to be hard to beat because of those two good golfers (first and third place finishers Christa Spedding and Claris Gardner), and we knew when we got down there we'd have to have two in the 70s and everyone else in the low 80s to be in there and we didn't do it," Hendrick said.

Salem Mitchell ended up eighth place overall in the medallist race with a 162, but saw her 77 score on Monday rise to an 85 on Tuesday. Cassie Foster shot and 83 after an opening 87 and finished at 170, while Candace Hilliard shot an 88-88, 176, Lauren Martinez shot an 87-89-177, and Brandi North shot a 90-100-190.

The Eagles' `B' team was one stroke higher on the second day of play, shooting a 399 to finish at 797 overall, and 12th out of the 16 teams. "We've got some good girls coming up, and my JV's goal the second day was to move up one spot and they did," Hendrick said, as they passed Wichita Falls Rider and were 11th overall on Tuesday.

Sarah McKinney led Pecos individually with a 91-93-184 and was followed by Dena Dutchover at 97-96-193; Kattie Davis at 102-105-207, Kristian Aguilar at 108-105-213, and Jena Cranfill at 121-118-239.

Andrews won with a 324-316-640, while Snyder shot a 327-317-644. Carroll shot a 329 on Tuesday to finish at 661, while Pecos' 345 did tie Granbury for the fourth best score of the day, and left them five strokes out of fourth place. Fort Worth Arlington Heights was sixth at 725, 40 strokes behind the Eagles.

On the boys' side, the Eagles two seniors, Tye Edwards and Cortney Freeman, fared the best overall. Edwards led the Eagles' `A' team with an 89-81-170 while Freeman shot a 96-89-185. They were followed by Casey Breiten with a 90-101-191, Jack Stickels with a 101-97-198 and David Bradley with a 108-100-208.

The `B' team was led by freshman Sal Nichols, who shot a 98-87-185, while two other ninth graders, Jake McKinney (97-97-194) and Peter Vasquez (93-102-195) also broke 200 for the 18-hole tournament. Dustin Gulihur shot a 129-118-245, Daniel Munoz shot a 127-122-248 for the other `B' team scores, while the Eagles' medallist golfer, Jacob Gonzales, shot 97s both days to finish with a 194 total.

"The ones who saw it the most played it the best," said Eagles' coach Kim Anderson. "It's a tough course, and we don't see sand traps and water that much.

"They played it as well as I expected. I didn't expect them to burn it up because they don't see course like that here (in Pecos), and the other teams play on courses like that every day and can practice in the traps. A couple of my kids saw the sand on one side and water on the other and their eyes got as big as saucers," Anderson said.

Snyder shot a 314-310-624 to win.

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