Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, August 16, 2001
Eagles hope long days in Monahans net wins
Last season, the Pecos Eagles spent a lot of time at the Monahans Sandhills
Tournament because of what they did on Friday, and not as much time as
they would have liked to have spent there on Saturday because of what happened
with the tournament bracket.
This year, the Eagles don't have any choice but to spend a lot of time
at the Sandhills Tournament on Friday, and they're hoping they'll do well
enough to have to spend the day in Monahans on Saturday as well, as Pecos
tries to recover from a pair of season-opening losses on Tuesday.
The Sandhills Tournament opens today with the freshman division pool
round play, while the junior varsity and varsity brackets begin their pool
play on Friday. The varsity division is a 10-team tournament, divided into
two five-team pools. Pecos is in Pool I, and will open play at 8:30 a.m.
on Thursday against Kermit, then will face the host Loboettes at 11 a.m.,
Van Horn at 2:45 p.m. and Midland Trinity Christian at 6:30 p.m.
The top four teams in both brackets will advance to the championship
round, while the fifth place teams will play a consolation game at 10 a.m.
on Saturday. "I hope we can stay out of that one," said Eagles' coach Becky
Granado, after her team dropped a pair of matches on Tuesday to Alpine
and Odessa High.
Pecos dropped their opening round match a year ago at the Sandhills
to Andrews, but because the 2000 tournament was a double-elimination format,
Pecos was able to come all the way through the losers' bracket on Friday
and Saturday, winning five games to earn a rematch with the Mustangs in
But since Pecos would have had to beat Andrews twice to win the title,
they would have played five games on Saturday, one more than the maximum
allowed by the University Interscholastic League. As a result, Granado
opted not to play the finals, and Pecos went home with a 5-1 tournament
This year, the most games the Eagles can play on Saturday is three,
if they advance to the championship round. To do that, Granado said they'll
have to play better than they did in Tuesday's 15-5, 15-8 loss to the Bucks
and 15-2, 15-8 loss to the Bronchos.
"Alpine and Odessa High are not that strong, it was just our mistakes.
We made too many mental errors," said Granado, who planned to shuffle her
lineup for this weekend's matches.
Alpine, Big Spring Greenwood, Presidio and El Paso Jefferson are the
other five teams in the tournament, which resumes play on Saturday with
quarterfinals starting at 8 a.m.
Pecos' freshmen play their first pool game at 3:30 p.m. today against
Kermit, then face Alpine at 6 p.m. and Monahans' green team right after
that, at 6:50 p.m. The ninth graders beat Alpine and OHS in their openers
The JV opens their pool round with a 9 a.m. game on Friday against Kermit,
then take on Midland Trinity Christian at 10:40 a.m. and Monahans at 1:10
p.m. The JV beat Odessa High and lost to Alpine in their openers.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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