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Thursday, January 31, 2002

Powerlifters tie for third at first meet

The Pecos Eagles picked up two first place finishes and ended up in a tie for third overall this past Saturday, in their first powerlifting competition of the 2002 season at Midland Greenwood.

The Eagles tied the host Greenwood Rangers for third place with 31 points, one point behind Crane, according to coach Steve Cross, while Fort Stockton won the tournament with 37 points.

Adam Salgado took first place in the 198-pound weight class with combined lifts of 1,200 pounds, and was named outstanding lifter for the Greenwood meet for lifters in the 181-pound and up weight class. "Salgado ranks third in his weight class (regionally), Tony Trujillo ranks fifth in his class, Hugo Rodriguez is ranked seventh, Chris Orona is ranked ninth and Chris Lara is ranked 11th."

Trujillo took first place in the super-heavyweight (275-pounds and up) weight class at the Greenwood meet, while Matta was second in the 114-pound division, Lara was fourth at 148 pounds and Rodriguez was fourth and Orona fifth at 198 pounds.

Others to place for the Eagles at Midland were Bobby Valenzuela and Fernando Lerma, eighth and 12th in the 165-pound weight class; Jesus Armendariz, fourth at 220 pounds, and David Muniz, fifth at 242 pounds. On the girls' side, Alessandra Vasquez placed eighth in the heavyweight division, Cross said.

"Right now the way the regional standings are this week we have six boys and one girl who would qualify for regionals if things ended today, he said, but added, "I hope the boys improve, because if we don't get better somebody else might, and probably will.

Cross said he expects to have a few more lifters on Saturday, when the Eagles travel to Fort Stockton for their second meet of the season. Pecos' scheduled Feb. 9 meet in Monahans has been canceled, so their next meet will be the first-ever high school powerlifting competition at the Pecos High School gym on Feb. 16.

Eagle girls in San Angelo to open 2002 golf season

The 2002 season gets underway for the Pecos Eagle girls golf team, who'll get an early look at their Region I-4A chances when they compete at the San Angelo Invitational.

Coach Tina Hendrick said she has 13 girls out for golf this season, and will take five of them to the two-day tournament. "I'll take Lauren Martinez, Candace Hilliard, Cassie Foster, Brandi North and Dena Dutchover," she said.

"I'm really excited about competing in this tournament, because a lot of the teams at regionals we competed against we'll get to see there," Hendrick said. "Southlake Carroll, Granbury, Andrews and Snyder will be there and Fort Stockton."

Pecos won the District 2-4A title for the third straight year last April, and advanced to Region I-4A competition in San Angelo, where they finished in fifth place. Andrews won the regional tournament a year ago, while Snyder was second, Southlake Carroll was third and Granbury was fourth. Martinez, Hilliard, Foster and North were all members of last year's `A' team, while Dutchover replaces the Eagles' No. 1 golfer from a year ago, Salem Mitchell, after playing on the `B' team in 2001, which also advanced to regionals.

This weekend's tournament is the first of eight on the Spring schedule for the varsity, before the District 2-4A Tournament in El Paso on April 8-9. The Eagles will go to Big Spring next weekend, followed by tournaments in Fort Stockton, Midland, Andrews, Clint/Horizon City, Marfa and in El Paso, at the Coronado High School Tourney the weekend before 2-4A competition.

Pecos' junior varsity girls will get their first Spring match on Feb. 14 in Andrews. The JV will host their own tournament at the Reeves County Golf Course on Feb. 26 and have one more tournament in Alpine before the district tourney. The Eagles' `B' team has earned the runner-up regional berth in 2-4A the past three seasons.

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