Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, August 23, 2001
Eagles face Ft. Stockton, Burges in tennis openers
The Pecos Eagles tennis team will start their fall 2001 season against
the team they ended their fall 2000 season against, when they begin play
on Saturday with the dual meet against the El Paso Burges Mustangs and
Fort Stockton Panthers.
Pecos will play Burges and Fort Stockton in Fort Stockton beginning
at 9 a.m., the first of their 11 team matches scheduled between now and
the District 2-4A Team Tournament, which will be held on Oct. 20 in Monahans.
The tournament was scheduled to take place in Pecos, but repairs to the
Pecos High School courts scheduled for this fall won't be completed in
time, coach Mike Ortiz said.
Pecos has finished second to Clint the past two seasons at the district
tournament, and will play the Lions in San Elizario the week before this
year's 2-4A tourney. They open district on Sept. 29 at home against Fabens,
which is the last of their three home matches during the fall season. They'll
also face them in Monahans on Sept. 8, in a triangular meet with the Wildcats
and the Loboes.
The Eagles will actually play more matches in Monahans this fall season
then they will in Pecos _ they'll meet the Loboes there twice in pre-district
play, along with their match against Fabens and the 2-4A tournament. Pecos
also has a Sept. 20 home match against Monahans and will face Fort Stockton
three times in pre-district play, including Saturday's triangular meet
against the Panthers and Mustangs.
"They're the team that beat us in regionals a year ago," Ortiz said,
as the Eagles lost to Burges in Wichita Falls by a 10-9 score. Pecos returns
almost all of their players from last season, when they won all three of
their regular district matches before losing to Clint in the 2-4A tournament.
Eagles start Cantaloupe play Friday
The Pecos Eagles volleyball team will be trying to straighten things out
after a rough opening 10 days of the 2001 volleyball season, as well as
defend their 2000 title at the Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament,
which begins play in the varsity division on Friday morning.
The 2-8 Eagles will begin play at 8 a.m. against the El Paso Parkland
Matadors, and will also face Marfa, Kermit and Fort Hancock in their pool
matches on Saturday. Coach Becky Granado said the Eagles were also originally
scheduled to face San Elizario in pool play, but their district rivals
dropped out of the tournament, forcing her to change up the bracket at
the last minute.
There are a total of 11 teams entered in the tournament, with last year's
runner-up, Seminole, in Pool II along with the Eagles' district rival,
Fabens, El Paso Riverside, Anthony, Presidio and Van Horn.
The Eagles rallied to defeat Seminole to win the tournament title last
season, but have had problems so far in 2001. They're 2-8 on the season,
with the only wins coming last Friday against Kermit and Van Horn at the
Monahans Sandhills Tournament.
After facing Parkland, the Eagles will play at 10:30 a.m. against Fort
Hancock, which won first place at the Wink Tournament this past weekend.
They'll take on Marfa at 3 p.m. and will face Kermit at 4:20 p.m.
The top four teams in both brackets will advance to the championship
quarterfinals on Saturday, while the consolation semifinals for the fifth
place team will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Pecos' freshmen will begin pool play this afternoon in their own division
of the tournament. They'll play Fort Stockton's ninth graders at 4:30 p.m.,
Wink at 5:30 p.m. and Crane's `B' team at 6:30 p.m. at the new PHS gym.
The junior varsity will play their pool matches in the old gym on Friday,
at 8 a.m. against Presidio, 12 noon against Andrews and 4 p.m. versus Odessa
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