Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, March 26, 2002
Graham nets first for Pecos at tennis tourney
Pecos Eagles' tennis player Trent Graham took home the boys singles division
title this past Saturday at the Fort Stockton Invitational Tournament, while
Natalia Ornelas took the consolation title in Division I competition over
"It was a good experience playing against some different players," said
coach Mike Ortiz of the tournament. "We faced people from Eldorado, Eagle
Pass and Uvalde, so the kids got to see some different people and I like
that for our varsity."
Graham opened up play against a more familiar face, defeating Simon Trujillo
from District 2-4A rival Fabens, 6-1, 6-2. He then downed Uvalde's Jonathan
Rittenhouse, 6-4, 6-1, and Logan Neal of Eldorado, 6-3, 6-1, before winning
the title match in split sets over Randy Garden of Tornillo, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
Ornelas lost her opening match in split sets to Uvalde's Lacy Leosoky,
4-6, 6-3, 6-4, but then came back to defeated Monahans' Irene Blocker, 8-0;
Midland Christian's Colleen Cosner,. 8-4, and El Paso High's Carla Saldana,
8-1, before defeating Fort Stockton's Britt Bollier for consolation, 6-1,
6-0. Earlier, Bollier had downed Pecos' Brenda Fuentes in the consolation
bracket, after she lost to Uvalde's Lyndsey Kramer in the opening round.
The other singles player for the boys, Bobby Sotelo, downed Alpine's Jose
Torres in his first round match, then lost to Del Rio's Marco Rieben in the
second round and fell to Bobby Phillips of Eldorado in consolation play.
In the junior varsity bracket, Catherine Garcia picked up third place
in singles, as did Whitney Lamb and Beatrice Villerreal in doubles play.
The Eagles tennis team has one more match scheduled, a dual meet against
Crane at home this Thursday, before hosting the District 2-4A Tournament
on April 5-6 at the Pecos High School tennis courts. Other results from this
weekend are listed below:
Stephen Lamb and Orlando Mendoza lost to Subia-Franco (Ft. Stockton); defeated
Arranga-Rangel (Del Rio), 8-5; lost to Sotelo-Flores (Uvalde), 8-2.
Michael Orona and Jay Dannelley lost to Ballew-Jones (Eldorado); defeated
Ricchuti-Faz (Del Rio), 8-2; lost to Gines-DeHar (Clint), 8-4.
Amanda Fleming and Jennifer Rayos defeated Burns-Crun (Alpine); lost to
Martinez-Griffith (Uvalde), 6-3, 6-1.
Kristina Dominguez and Elizabeth Carreon lost to Duran-Parras (Ft. Stockton),
4-6, 6-2, 6-2; defeated Ortiz-Reglado (El Paso High), 8-2; lost to Chamberlain-Hall
Eagles run into tough fields at weekend meets
The Pecos Eagle boys' track team got what coach Jerry Parent termed "a
reality check" for anyone qualifying for next month Region I-4A track meet,
following this past weekend's San Angelo Relays.
Things went a little better for Pecos girls on Saturday in Seminole, but
they also found some tough going against a large field of teams at the Indian
The girls picked up one first place finish and two other medals on the
day in Seminole, while finishing with 31 points, while Pecos' boys managed
only two points in the two-day meet at Angelo State University, the site
of the Region I-4A competition one month from now.
"It was a reality check for all of them," said Parent. "But it enabled
us to see the rest of the region and some of the runners from the other regions."
Freshman Rashad Terry, running in his first meet of the year, picked up
the Eagles' only points, placing fifth in the 200 meter dash with a 22.55
time. "That's not bad for a freshman, and he's capable of going lower than
that if he gets a good start," Parent said.
"The others were improved in their times, but were just unable to place
in that field. There were about 24 there and we were finishing 10th
or 12th," the Eagles' coach added. "In the triple jump Peter
(Juarez) did 40-foot-6 ¾ which is his furthest of the year, but some
others did 41, 42 and there was even a 44 in there. In the (110) hurdles
Jason (Gonzales) ran 15.99 and didn't get in and in the long jump Jason Sanchez
did 19-plus (feet) and he didn't get in."
Lubbock Estacado ran away with the Division II title at San Angelo, finishing
with 153 points to 93 for Killeen Shoemaker. Snyder was third with 58 points.
Up in Seminole, Andrews won the girls division at the Indian Relays with
123 points, while Pecos got the bulk of its 31 points in the field events.
Stephanie Herrera picked up a gold medal in the discus, and finished second
in the shot put. "She threw 118-6, which was her best of the year," coach
Roxie Chavez said, while her 32-0½ in the shot put her behind Lamesa's
The Eagles' other medal came from Jessica Martinez, who was third in the
1600 meter run. Leslie Rodriguez placed sixth in that race after finishing
fifth earlier in the day in the 3200 meter run, and the Eagles' other four
points came from Mindy Harrison, who placed fourth in the triple jump.
After competing in track meets for the past five weeks, Chavez said the
Eagles would take this week off. "We're not going to Crane. I'm going to
let them rest and then get started again on Monday."
Pecos' boys, who were off two weeks ago, will compete this Friday in the
Golden Crane Relays. The following week, the boys will go to Kermit and the
girls to Van Horn, before hosting the District 2-4A track meet on April 12-13
at Eagle Stadium.
Pecos girls face Lobos; boys host Wildcats
The Pecos Eagles softball and baseball teams, both on District 2-4A win
streaks, will be playing at the sites of their last 2-4A losses today, as
the girls travel to El Paso Mountain View, while the boys play host to the
The Eagles play at Mountain View, site of their last district loss two
seasons ago, in a 5 p.m. game, while the baseball team is at home at 7 p.m.
to Fabens, the team that handed Pecos its only loss in district play at home
The Wildcats have won their last two games in Pecos, while the Eagles
have never lost to Fabens on the road, including a 14-4 win two weeks ago
in the semifinals of the Alpine Tournament. "They get excited about playing
under the lights and get all pumped up," said Eagles' coach Elias Payan,
as the Wildcats made the plays on defense last season in a 5-3 victory.
J.R. Ontiveros was the beneficiary of his team's defensive efforts, and
went on to earn district MVP honors for the 2001 season. But Ontiveros has
been sidelined by grades so far this season, and Steven Ornelas and Jose
Sanchez have been coach Ismael Salas' main pitchers this season. Sanchez
picked up a win on Friday in Fabens' district opener, allowing seven hits
in downing Canutillo, 3-2.
Pecos opened district play with a 12-4 win at Clint, as the Eagles' defense
turned three double plays behind pitcher Barney Rodriguez. Tonight, Payan
said Capi Magana, 2-0, would start on the mound for Pecos. Magana tossed
a four-hitter over 10 innings and struck out 12 in his last game, a 6-5 victory
over Presidio. His other win was a non-district 7-4 decision over Clint on
Pecos' girls go into their game at Mountain View this afternoon with a
3-0 district record, while the Lobes are 0-3 and in need of a victory to
keep their playoff hopes alive. The Eagles have won 16 straight district
games, dating back to the 2000 season, when Mountain View rallied in their
final at-bat for a 6-5 victory over the Eagles.
Stephanie Herrera has three straight one-hitters to open district play,
the latest an 11-1 victory at Canutillo this past Friday, while Mountain
View lost to San Elizario on Friday.
The Eagles host San Eli on Thursday, but with the trip to El Paso tonight
and a short practice day on Wednesday, coach Tammy Walls said, "It's going
to be tough to get enough practice time in to get prepared," for Thursday's
Teams sought for Andrews select tourney
If youth baseball is your game, there is going to be plenty of it in Andrews,
Texas the weekend of USSSA Baseball is hosting a Select State Qualifying
tournament at three fields in Andrews on April 6th and 7th, including the
Little League, the Babe Ruth and Men's Softball fields.
The top two teams qualify for the 2002 USSSA State tournament.
Age Groups are for 8 and Under all the way to 14 and Under.
The entry fee is $275 per team.
As of last Friday there were a total of 20 teams registered to compete
in the local tourney with several more area teams expected to join in.
The 11 year-old and Under division had the most teams with eight, including
San Angelo, Lubbock, two Midland teams (Raiders and Scorpions), Hobbs, Kermit,
the West Texas Shockers and the Andrews Sluggers.
The 12 and Under, 13 and Under and 14 and Under Divisions already have
four teams each.
The 12 and Under has the Odessa Shockers, Cooper Pirates, Frenship and
The 13 and Under has the West Texas Longhorns, Pecos, Basin Bandits and
The 14 and Under has the West Texas Mustangs, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa.
So far the 10 and Under has only Andrews.
With the tournament still two weekends away, a lot of area teams wait
until the last week to join so more teams are expected in all divisions.
Concession stands will be open at all three parks and local teams will
be selling hamburgers, burritos and other items as a fund-raiser.
For more information call Roy Holly in Andrews at 915-523-5540, Phillip
Lathram at 915-689-8718 or Rodney Lathram at 505-392-3644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the tournament go to the web site http://usssa.home.att.net
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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