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Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Eagles down Prowlers; second match canceled

Staff Writer

Given the circumstances on Tuesday, the Pecos Eagles  were probably fortunate to get even one of their scheduled two games in  at the Pecos High School gym. And the Eagles did make the most of it,  scoring a 15-6, 15-7 victory over the Fort Stockton Prowlers for only their  fifth win in 20 matches this season.

Pecos and Fort Stockton were also supposed to play Marfa on Tuesday, but Eagles' coach Becky Granado said in the wake of the Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Virginia, the Shorthorns didn't make the 95-mile trip to Pecos.

"They (Marfa ISD officials) didn't let the kids come down. They wanted them to stay home," Granado said.

That resulted in a rare late-afternoon single match, and after falling behind by a 4-0 score in the opening game, the Eagles turned things around in Game 1, helped by serving problems suffered by the Prowlers, who are also struggling during the 2001 season.

Granado said a team meeting on Monday might have helped the Eagles solve some of their communication problems. "They cleared up some things that were bothering them, and that helped matters some. They were communicating and talking on the court today," she said. "But we still need to work on our offense. I feel like we're still holding back."

Three unforced errors and a block of a Jessica Rodriguez tip attempt by Bianca Oliva got the Prowlers their early lead, before the Eagles ran off six straight points, beginning with an ace serve by Stephanie Herrera.

Fort Stockton had their own unforced errors during that run, and caused some more problems for themselves after that, as the Eagles scored the final nine points of the game after the Prowlers tied things at 6-6. Jessica Rodriguez had an ace serve during that run and Tiana Terry added a kill as part of the nine-point rally.

The second game started as the opposite of the first, with the Eagles grabbing a 5-0 lead only to see the Prowlers rally for a 6-5 lead. Jessica Martinez and Stephanie Herrera were able to place balls between the Fort Stockton defense at the start, while Olivia had a couple of points off a tip and spike over the shorter Eagle blockers.

But a Terry kill re-tied the game and started a 6-0 run for Pecos that included some more unforced Fort Stockton errors and was capped off by a Rebecca Wein spike. Fort Stockton broke serve and scored one last point, before the Eagles got the ball back and won when the Prowlers mishandled four straight Pecos serves, including serves by Victoria Gomez and Sarah Marquez.

"They played with more emotion and at least we were happy when we did good things. I haven't seen that in a long time," Granado said. "Our defense was better than it's been and we passed the ball better. We didn't have Jessica running all over the court to set."

The Eagles' freshmen and junior varsity teams also played on Tuesday. The ninth graders ended a 10-day break with a 15-5, 15-2 loss to Fort Stockton, while the JV played for the first time in a week and defeated the Prowlers, 2-15, 15-3, 15-3.

Depending on how national events play out, the Eagles are scheduled to play two more home matches this week, against Kermit and Presidio starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, before opening their District 2-4A schedule next Tuesday at Clint.

Bears' runners earn medals in Seminole

The Balmorhea Bears' junior high and high school cross country teams competed in their first races of the 2001 season this past Saturday, at the Seminole Indian Run in Seminole.

The boys' junior high squad placed two runners in the Top 12, out of a field of 67 competitors, while for the girls Savannah Matta placed 20 th and Amber Cook was 71st in a field of 143 runners.

Coach Doug Maynard said Cook and Matta started a little slow and literally had to work their way from the very back of the pack in their 1.8 mile race. Amber Cook finished with a time of 14:28 while Matta's 20th place time 12:38, and earned her a medal.

On the boys' side, Maynard said Mike Hernandez led the race in the early going on the 1.8 mile course, at one point going out in front by 40 yards before slowing down towards the finish and winding up 11th, with an 11:02 time. Meanwhile, Brian Mendoza started out a little lower but finished faster, ended up in sixth place with a 10:47 time. The Bears' other runner, Shaun Baeza, placed 48th, with a 13:14 time.

Maynard said among the high school team, Mike Dominguez ran in the junior varsity division and placed a respectable 27th out of 82 runners after having been sick for two weeks prior and not being able to train with intensity. His time was 19:45 for three miles.

Maynard said both Dominguez and his lone varsity runner, Sammy Dominguez, had played in the Bears' game against Whitharral Friday night, and then had to leave Balmorhea at 5 a.m. for the drive to Seminole.

Sammy Dominguez ran against the other Class A through 5A varsity runners and ended up in 20th place, with a time of 16:14. Maynard said the time was the junior's personal best and 27 seconds faster than his best time in 2000.

Maynard said the Running Bears of Balmorhea will be off to Carlsbad this Saturday for their next race, scheduled for 11 a.m. CDT.

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