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Friday, February 1, 2002

Boxers starting Golden Gloves tourney tonight

Staff Writer

A pair of local boxers will be competing in Midland tonight,  when the West Texas Golden Gloves Tournament opens a two night run  at the old Downtown Lions Club building in Midland, starting at  7:30 p.m.

Pecos-Barstow Warbirds boxers Aaron Mendoza and Antonio Montanez will both compete in the Junior Olympic Division of the tournament, said Warbirds manager Roy Juarez. "Both of them have fights, but who they will fight we won't know until later," he said Thursday night.

"Aaron will be fighting at 75 pounds and Antonio will be fighting at 80 pounds in the Junior Olympic Division," Juarez said, adding that it will be their first fights since mid-November.

"It's been slow, real slow this year," he said, though overall, it will be Mendoza's 30th fight and the fourth in competition for Montanez.

Juarez said he's only got four boxers in training right now, with one other fighter out due to injury and another not fighting because he had missed too many workouts.

Mendoza and Montanez are scheduled to compete on a short card tonight, though Juarez said there would be more bouts on Saturday. "I talked to Fred (Martin) and he said there might be eight fights tonight, but there should be plenty on Saturday," he said. "With these two boys, win our lose we're trying to match them up again on Saturday."

Most of the fighters at the Golden Gloves Tournament will be in the Junior Olympic Division. "I think Fred said there would be two Open Division fights," Juarez said. Winners in the Open Division advance to the State Golden Gloves Tournament in Fort Worth.

The Golden Gloves was moved to Midland three years ago after spending four years in Pecos. Prior to that the tournament had been held for years at the Ector County Civic Center in Odessa. "It's not like it was back then when I was fighting," said Juarez. "They used to have it four five nights at the Coliseum."

As for Pecos, Juarez said, "We're trying to have a smoker in Pecos. I can't tell you when, but we're looking at getting one set up." The Golden Gloves tourney, and most recent boxing smokers, have been held at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Eagles seek to start win streak against Lobos

Their long District 2-4A losing streak came to an end Tuesday night. Tonight, the Pecos Eagles boys' basketball team will have a chance to end an even longer streak of futility, when they play host to the El Paso Mountain View Lobos, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Pecos' girls will also be facing Mountain View tonight, as they try again to win their first 2-4A game of the season in their next-to-last contest of the year, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School gym.

The boys ended a 31-game losing streak in District 2-4A play on Tuesday night, when they defeated Canutillo by a 58-53 final score. The win was the first in district for coach Tino Acosta, who took over the team six games into that loss streak.

But the Eagles' district problems go much further back than that, and a victory tonight over Mountain View would give the Eagles' their first back-to-back wins in district play in seven years, when the Eagles finished 6-5 in 1995, losing a playoff for the final bi-district playoff berth to Big Spring.

Pecos rallied from a nine-point deficit in the first half on Tuesday to win, despite problems at the foul line in the final minutes of play. "We played a zone most of the game, but at the end when we needed a stop we went to a man defense and made the plays, and I'm proud of the kids," said Acosta, whose team is tied for fifth with Mountain View, both with 1-5 district marks.

The Lobos dropped a 56-42 decision on Tuesday to Clint, while they rallied against Pecos at home last month for their only district victory, winning by a 56-51 score. Zuri Espinoza led the Lobos that night with 20 points, while Armando Bonilla had 15 in Tuesday's loss to Clint.

Mountain View's girls are trying to stay in the 2-4A playoff chase. After an 0-3 start in district, the Lobos have won four of their last five games, including a 57-31 victory over the Eagles on Jan. 15. Vanessa Ortiz had 20 points and Laura Torres 16 in that game, which saw Pecos fall behind 31-12 at the half.

That's still better than the Eagles' Tuesday loss to Canutillo. The first place Golden Eagles jumped out in front 38-4 in their eventual 61-31 victory, which left Pecos with an 0-8 mark in district play.

Christina Arenivas and Leslie Rodriguez both had eight points to lead Pecos, while in last month's loss at El Paso Tiana Terry and Stephanie Herrera led the Eagles with nine points apiece.

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