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Monday, February 11, 2002

Eagles notch tourney win in Big Spring

The Pecos Eagle girls' golf team has won a few tournaments in recent years by big scores _ usually the District 2-4A tournaments out in El Paso. But this past weekend, the Eagles took home first place going away at the Big Spring Invitational playing against some of their regional rivals, while Pecos' boys placed 13th out of 23 teams in their division of the tournament, which was also their first tourney of the season.

The girls were playing in their second tournament, and after finishing fourth at the San Angelo Girls Golf Classic, won at Big Spring going away, shooting a 669 over 36 holes to beat out Andrews for the tournament title by 44 strokes.

"The girls play good rounds and came together as a team," said Eagles' coach Tina Hendrick. "They supported each other and played pretty sound golf. We had a few problems on some holes because of a little course management problem, but overall we had a good tournament."

However, the Eagles do know not to get overconfident, despite beating out Andrews and Snyder, last year's state qualifiers out of Region I-4A and two of the three teams that finished in front of Pecos at San Angelo.

Andrews' did have their No. 1 golfer, Vanessa Fuganti, who shot a 162 to beat out the Eagles' Cassie Foster for medallist honors by one stroke, but the Mustangs played without their four other golfers from the opening week of the season, and Snyder brought five different golfers from the ones who went to San Angelo, and wound up finishing fourth, with a 738 score.

"(Andrews) No. 1 was there and they had one girl out of basketball who has some possibility of making their varsity," said Hendrick. "Snyder had two girls who'll probably play on the varsity who traveled to this tournament. I don't know if they'll be in Snyder, but they will both be in Midland and we'll be in the same division with them."

Foster shot an 83 on Friday at Comanche Trails Golf Course and then shot an 80 at the Big Spring Country Club for her 163 total, tying Snyder's Katie Kerley, while Lauren Martinez placed fourth in the medallist race with a 79-85-164. For the other Eagles, Brandi North shot an 82-87-169, Candace Hilliard shot an 89-84-173 and Sarah McKinney shot a 93-91-184.

Pecos' boys shot a 684 in their division, which was won by Frenship with a 617 score, 21 strokes ahead of the host Steers. A poor first round did in the Eagles, as they shot a 354 on Friday at the Big Spring Country Club before coming back to shoot a 330 on Saturday at Comanche Trails.

"The country club sits up on top of a hill and it just flat blew on Friday," Eagles' coach Kim Anderson said. "Saturday it didn't blow and we shot 330, which is respectable. It's not where I want us to be, but 330 is better than a 354."

Casey Breiten shot an 85 on Friday and then a 79 on Saturday for a 164 to lead the Eagles individually. He was followed by Jack Stickels with an 87-81-168, Sal Nichols with a 90-84-174, David Bradley with a 92-88-180 and Pete Vasquez with a 100-83-183.

"I'm real proud of Casey Breiten. He played just as steady as can be," said Anderson. "The rest of them will have to improve.

Class 5A Lubbock Coronado was third in the tournament with a 640, while Andrews and Sweetwater tied for fourth, with a 644.

Eagles fall to Lions in final road game of season

The Pecos Eagles were able to get some scoring from one player, but not much from anyone else, while the Clint Lions got a little scoring from a lot of people, and came away with a 69-44 victory over the Eagles in Clint on Friday night.

Playing in their final road game of the 2001-2002 basketball season, the Eagles fell behind the Lions by six points after one period and by 11 at the half, then were outscored by Clint in the third period, 20-11, to fall behind by a 54-34 score.

"We fought them tooth and nail, but we fell apart in the third quarter. That's when they got us," said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta. "(Joey) Ortega had a big game, but we didn't get anybody else to score."

Ortega led all scorers with 16 points. Clint was led by Royce Hickman's 12, but the Lions had several other players around the 10 point mark, and were able to survive foul trouble by their post players.

"They hit their shots in that gym," said Acosta. "We packed it in tight to take away their big men's shots, and even got them in foul trouble, which is why Joey did so well. But they hit their outside shots."

The loss drops Pecos to 1-7 in District 2-4A play, while Clint improved to 6-3, a game behind Fabens, which missed a chance to clinch the district title on Friday when they lost to Canutillo, 70-56. Fabens will try to clinch again on Tuesday when they play in Pecos, and the Eagles may also have to play another game on Thursday against San Elizario, depending on the outcome of Tuesday's contests. San Eli is a half-game behind Clint and faces the Lions on Tuesday, while Canutillo is a half-game in back of San Eli and closes regular season play versus El Paso Mountain View.

Pecos swimmers repeat as regional champs

Staff Writer
The Pecos Eagles swimming team survived one setback on Friday to score their second straight sweep of the Region I-4A Swimming and Diving Championships this past weekend, at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center in Lubbock.

Pecos' boys won their third straight regional title in the third year regional competition has been held at the Class 4A level. The Eagles finished with 83 points to beat out Big Spring by 21 points for the regional title, just two points less than their winning margin over the Steers at district two weeks earlier.

Pecos' girls won their division with 109 points, more than double the total of second place Abilene Wylie, which finished with 50 points. The win came despite the disqualification of the Eagles' 200-yard freestyle relay team, which had set a new record while winning district on Jan. 26 at Monahans.

The relay team was disqualified in Friday's preliminaries, coach Terri Morse said. "The second leg of the relay went a little bit early in the prelims. Not a wise move on our part, but nevertheless it happened," said Morse.

"All we needed to do on Friday was qualify for finals, and we were going to do that easily, but the first two girls on the relay are freshmen and they were a little nervous," she said.

Pecos' boys just missed earning a trip to state in that race, finishing third in their division and ninth in the at-large placings for state, where eight teams are taken along with the eight regional winners. But the Eagles won both the boys and girls 200 medley relay and also took the 400-yard freestyle relay, after the boys finished second to Big Spring at district.

"I think everybody made it to finals and everybody got to contribute to the team and got to contribute points to the win," said Morse, who also earned Region I-4A coaching honors as the Eagles sent seven individuals to state in their events and earned one at-large berth to go along with the four relay titles.

"Teddie Salcido and Catherine Minjarez both set regional records in their events _ the 500 free for Teddie and the 100 fly for Catherine," Morse said. Salcido took the 500 free in 5:46.84, while teammate Jessica Minjarez was second, while Catherine Minjarez' winning time in the 100 yard butterfly was 1:07.83.

Salcido and Jessica Minjarez also finished 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle earlier in Saturday's finals. The freshman won with a 2:10.38 time to Minjarez' 2:12.50, while the girls' other first place finish came from senior Rachelle Eisenberg, who won the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:15.66 time.

The boys picked up their first gold medal on Thursday, when Michael Juarez took the 1-meter diving competition. The sophomore beat out Andrews' Phillip Salonek by a 263.90-254.40 margin, and was also named the meet's outstanding diver.

On Saturday, the boys got a pair of firsts in the meet's final two individual events, from sophomores Will Oglesby and K.W. Winkles. Oglesby came back after losing at district to Big Spring's Mark Sheedy to win the 100 yard backstroke with a 58.90 time to Sheedy's 60.44, while Winkles repeated his district win in the 100 breaststroke, taking first with a 1:03.30 time, 1½ seconds ahead of Monahans' Wes Everett.

Winkles was second to El Paso High's Roberto Gandara in the 200 individual medley, while Oglesby was third in the 100 yard butterfly, but his time of 54.41 was good enough to earn an at-large berth in Austin, behind event winner John Ouimette of Wylie (53.45) and El Paso Ysleta's Omar Abila (54.23).

"The (at-large) times were a little faster this year. They keep getting faster and I knew they would, which is why I think there were fewer (at-large) pick-ups this year," said Morse. "That's why I told the kids they can't rely on placings, they have rely on going faster."

A couple of swimmers who did go faster, but didn't earn at large berths, were juniors Rebecca Reynolds and Lauren Wein. "We had some really good surprises. Rebecca Reynolds was third in the breaststroke and Lauren was second in the backstroke," said Morse. Reynolds finished .37 behind Ysleta's Jessica Rivas while Wein edged Monahans' Mackenzie Miles by .24 seconds for the silver medal, behind Big Spring's Jessica Hughey

Earlier, Reynolds finished sixth in the 200 yard backstroke, while other medal winners for the girls include Susan Moore, second in the 50 freestyle, Catherine Minjarez, third in the 200 individual medley, Kelsey Holt, third in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and Cheyenne Grice, third in the 1-meter diving. Betsy Lujan, Eisenberg and Sara Wein were fourth through sixth in the 200 medley; Moore was fifth in the 100 fly; Lujan was fifth in the 100 free; Amie Reynolds was sixth in the 500 free and Chyloe Martin was sixth in the 100 backstroke.

Other medal winners for the boys included Patrick McChensey, third in both the 200 and 500-yard freestyles, and Max Key, third in the 100-yard breaststroke. The boys' other points came from Daniel Quintana, fifth in the 200 and 500 free, while Mark Navarrette was sixth on Thursday in the 1- meter diving. Gary Garcia was seventh in his two races, the 200 medley and 100-yard breaststroke, and Trey Edwards was seventh in the 500 freestyle.

The state swim meet is scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at the Jamail Aquatic Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Pecos' boys placed seventh at state last year and fifth in 2000, while the girls will be trying for their first point placings at the 4A state finals, after qualifying swimmers for state each of the past two years.

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