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Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Eagles take on Loboes, Cranes in basketball openers

The 2001-2002 basketball season opens tonight for the Pecos Eagles, and for the first time in a long time _ 26 years to be exact _ they'll be the team that's shorthanded while the Monahans Loboes will be at full strength, when the boys start off their season with a 7:30 p.m. game in Monahans.

Pecos' girls also open their 2001-2002 season tonight, and both they and the Crane Golden Cranes will have their full rosters available, when the Eagles travel to Crane for freshman, junior varsity and varsity contests.

The girls games will be at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m., while the boys will only play JV and varsity contests tonight, at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Over the years, the Eagles normally have been the team at full strength due to their varsity football season being over, while the Loboes have been missing players in the opening week games due to post-season playoffs. The past three years both teams have been shorthanded for their opening game due to the playoffs, while this year, the Loboes missed out on post-season football play, while the Eagles will be taking on El Paso Parkland in their bi-district game at home this Friday night.

That leaves coach Tino Acosta minus a few players this evening, but he still had enough to take both a varsity and JV team over to Kermit for a scrimmage on Saturday.

"We went 2-2. We had the lead on them of about five points in the first one (quarter) but then they pulled away and ended up beating us by 10. In the second, they beat us by about 12 points and then in the third we beat them by five and in the fourth we beat them by 15," Acosta said, adding that the Jackets had their full squad and has scrimmaged Odessa Permian earlier in the week.

"We got better each quarter, and everybody who played showed improvement as the scrimmage went on," Acosta said. "When we did struggle it was because a lack of aggressiveness. We need to learn to play aggressive all four quarters."

The Eagles will have three players back from the end of last season, when they finished 4-23, in guards Ezra Varela and Jaime Gomez and forward Justin Mora. Acosta said Isaiah Armendariz also figures to start for Pecos, though he wasn't sure of his full varsity roster as of Monday.

Girls coach Veronica Valenzuela had her roster set as of Saturday, and it includes four returning players, in Christina Arenivas, Kathy Maldonado, Jessica Rodriguez and Tiana Terry; four who didn't play last season, in Mireya Medrano, Jessica Martinez, Rebecca Wein and Stephanie Herrera, a couple of JV players in Leslie Rodriguez and Jesina Natividad and one transfer in Brittany Lobstein.

Size again will be a problem for Pecos _ Terry is the Eagles only returning post, while Valenzuela said Martinez would probably be the Eagles other starter on the front line.

"I have a few of them who can play guard and post. I'm just trying to see who does a better job where," she said. "I don't know about Stephanie. She's tough inside, but she can handle the ball, so if Kathy gets into foul trouble, she'll probably be our other point guard."

Tonight's game is the only one for the girls this week, while the boys' scheduled Friday night game at Fort Stockton has been moved to Saturday morning and afternoon at 11:30 and 1 p.m., with both the Eagles and Panthers in the football playoffs.

Although Pecos is the team still missing players due to this Friday's bi-district game, Acosta said the Loboes opted not to play a freshman game tonight because their ninth graders aren't ready yet. "They didn't play the Zero Week (Aug. 31), and so they just finished their season up last Thursday," Acosta said.

Pecos netters place 11  on all-district first team

The Pecos Eagles tennis team made a clean sweep of the first team positions on the All-District 2-4A tennis team, while Pecos' boys picked up four of the nine first-team slots , while getting second team on the other five slots and in mixed doubles play.

The Eagles went unbeaten through the district schedule and then won the 2-4A tournament to advance to regional competition for the fifth time in seven years. Seven Pecos girls were named to the first team as a result, in the six singles and three doubles spots, while four boys were named to the three first team singles spots and one first-team doubles position, based on their head-to-head records during district play and in the tournament.

Natalia Ornelas, Brenda Fuentes, Kristina Dominguez, Elizabeth Carreon, Jennifer Rayos and Amanda Fleming swept the No. 1 through six singles seeds. In doubles, Ornelas and Fuentes were first team picks at No. 1 seed, Carreon and Rayos were the No. 2 seeds and Fleming and Chantel Orona were the No. 3 seeds on the first team squad.

The only second team selection for the girls was Dominguez, paired with Orlando Mendoza in mixed doubles. The boys' first team picks were Stephen Lamb, Jay Dannelley and Michael Orona at No. 3, 4 and 5 seeds in singles play, and Lamb and Bobby Sotelo at No. 2 doubles.

Getting second team honors in singles were Sotelo, at No. 2 seed, Mendoza at No. 6 seed and No. 1 seed Trent Graham. He and Dannelley were also second team picks at the No. 1 doubles position, while Orona and Joel Sotelo were selected at No. 3 doubles.

The remaining first team spots on the boys side were taken by Clint's Martin Renteria and Alvaro Chacon at No. 1 and No. 2 boys singles, and Fabens' Monty Morales at No. 6 singles. Renteria and Chacon were also first team picks at No. 1 doubles and Morales teamed with Enrique Lopez to earn first team honors at No. 3 doubles. In mixed doubles, Clint's Daniel Sosa and Bianca Armendariz were the first team picks.

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