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Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Pecos holds big leads at district golf tourneys

The Pecos Eagles golf team are halfway towards sending both their `A' and `B' teams to regional competition for the fourth year in a row, following the first round of the District 2-4A golf tournament on Monday at Santa Teresa, N.M.

Pecos' boys teams are within four strokes of each other after the opening round and 76 shots up on their nearest rival, while the Eagles `A' team on the girls' side holds a 24 shot lead on the `B' team, which is 92 strokes ahead of their next closest rival following the first 18 holes of play at the Santa Teresa Country Club.

Coach Kim Anderson split his top players between both the `A' and `B' teams going into the district tournament in order to give both teams a better chance at advancing to regionals, and the results showed on Monday. The Eagles `B' team is in first place with a 336 score, while the `A' team shot a 340 in the opening round.

Canutillo is the next closest team to Pecos, having shot a 416 for the opening round, and are followed by El Paso Mountain View at 425, Fabens `A' and Clint at 426, and Fabens `B' with a 499 score.

Nine of the top 10 individual scores in the tournament also belong to the Eagles. Pete Vasquez, playing for the `B' team, leads with a 79 score, while `B' teamer Sal Nichols and `A' team member Jake McKinney both shot 81s and are tied for second. David Bradley shot an 82, Casey Breiten had an 88 and Jack Stickels shot an 89 for the other three scores that made up the `A' team's 340 score, while Michael Nichols shot an 84 and Jacob Gonzales shot a 92 for the other two scores on the `B' team's total.

The best score by any other player was a 94 by Mountain View's Jorge Silva.

Pecos' girls also control the top individual spots after the opening round of their tournament, which ended with the `A' team shooting a 347, followed by the `B' team, at 371. Fabens and Canutillo were tied for third with 463 scores, while Clint was the only other school to field a full girls team, and is fifth with a 493 score.

Coach Tina Hendrick didn't mix up her `A' and `B' teams for the tournament the way Anderson did, but players from both teams were mixed in the top 10 standings.

Lauren Martinez shot an 80 to lead the `A' team and the medallist race. She's four strokes up on teammate Sarah McKinney, while Dena Dutchover is in third place after shooting the best round for the `B' team on the day, an 89.

Candace Hilliard shot a 90, Cassie Foster had a 93 and Brandi North shot a 95 for the other `A' team scores, and for the `B' team Kristian Aguilar and Bianca Mendoza both shot 93s, Kattie Davis had a 96 and Jennie Canon shot a 97.

The final round of the district tournament was this morning at Santa Teresa, with the winner and runner-up teams advancing to the Region I-4A Tournament in two weeks at San Angelo.

Pecos teams hosting Canutillo, Clint

The Pecos Eagles softball team already knows they're going to the playoffs for the fourth straight season, but can take a step towards earning a first round playoff bye for the fourth year in a row this afternoon, when they host the Canutillo Golden Eagles in a 5 p.m. game.

Meanwhile, Pecos' baseball team, which has also advanced to the playoffs three straight years, will be trying to remain at least two games up on their nearest rival tonight, when they host the Clint Lions to start the second half of their District 2-4A schedule.

The two teams will meet in a 7 p.m. start, with Pecos seeking to win their 14th straight game, while the Lions try to remain in the district playoff race. They're 2-3 in district and in fourth place, after edging Canutillo this past Friday by a 5-4 final score.
Jonathan Baeza picked up the victory, as the Lions rallied from a 4-3 deficit with two runs in the seventh inning, after losing an early 2-0 lead.

Two of the Eagles' wins in their current 13-game streak have come at the expense of the Lions. They won by a 7-4 score in the Cotton Valley Tournament back on March 9, in a game the Eagles led only 2-1 after 5½ innings, then opened district on March 22 with a 12-4 victory at Clint, in a game where the Eagles turned three double plays to offset a 12-hit effort by the Lions against pitcher Barney Rodriguez.

Capi Magana picked up the win in the teams' first meeting and improved to 5-0 on the season with an 8-4 win on Friday at San Elizario, which also put Pecos at 5-0 in distrct play. Rodriguez also won last week at Mountain View to improve to 6-1 this season, but for tonight, Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said he would look at another pitcher against Clint.

"I'm going to start Richard Rodriguez Tuesday. He's thrown good the last two games he's pitched, and I figure we're going to have to use him in the playoffs, so I'm trying to get him some work right now," said Williams, who looked at pitcher Matthew Levario two weeks ago in Canutillo.

Richard Rodriguez had a rough start to the 2001 season on the mound, but won his last two starts in mid-March, over Midland Christian and Midland Greenwood, to even his record at 2-2 on the season. Clint figures to go either with Mickey Fierro, who allowed 14 hits in Pecos' 12-4 win, or Fernie Lopez, who allowed two runs in five innings back in early March against Pecos.

Pecos' girls clinched a playoff spot this past Friday with an 8-0 win at Fabens. Freshman Danielle Garcia got her first varsity pitching win and first shutout, with sophomore Stephanie Herrera absent from the game due to confirmation.

"I was worried about the game going in because we didn't have Stephanie there, but our defense did an excellent job and Danielle was able to throw strikes" said coach Tammy Walls, whose team has now won 20 straight district games dating back to the 2000 season.

Both Herrera and outfielder Bre'Ann Windham will be back for today's game against the Golden Eagles, who are trying to move closer to a playoff berth with a victory today.

Pecos girls 1st in VH; boys 4th at Kermit

The Pecos Eagle girls picked up a first place trophy and most of the individual first place finishes this past Saturday at the Van Horn Relays, while Pecos' boys earned one additional first place medal on Friday in Kermit than they had seven days earlier in Crane, but finished lower down in the point standings at the Permian Basin Relays.

The same two Eagles who won events the previous week at Crane _ Isaiah Juarez and Jason Gonzales _ picked up three gold medals at Kermit, which accounted for 30 of the Eagles 80 1/3 points in the meet, which put them in fourth place in the final standings.

Greenwood edged Monahans for first place by a 110-107 margin, while Crane was third with 85 points. Pecos had placed second to Crane the previous week at the Golden Crane Relays, despite earning just two gold medals.

"We only had five points coming out of the field (events), which was disappointing, but we picked up 75 points in the running events," said coach Jerry Parent.

Gonzales won both the 110-meter high hurdles, with a 15.75 time, and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, in 41.70 seconds, while Juarez took the 3200-meter run with an 11:11.80 time, edging Monahans' Jimmy Wright by less than a second.

"He won right at the end. The other kid passed him and Isaiah was behind in the final 15 yards. But he caught him and just leaned over the finish line," Parent said.

Genaro Mendoza was third in that race and later placed fourth in the 1600 meters, while the Eagles also picked up a pair of third place medals from Rashad Terry, in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and finished third in the 400 meter relay.

"The 400 was third because of a disqualification, but we dribbled the baton twice and still ran a 45 (seconds)," said Parent. "We had improvements by the mile relay, and Rashad Terry in both the 100 and 200."

Jason Sanchez ended up in a three-way tie for sixth in the 100 meters and Will Armstrong placed sixth in the 200 meters. Sanchez also took home a fifth place finish in the long jump and Armstrong was fifth in the pole vault.

The Eagles' other points came from a fourth place finish by the 1600 meter relay team, a fifth place finish from Peter Juarez in the 400 meter dash and a sixth place finish by Tony Trujillo in the shot put.

Coach Roxie Chavez didn't have individual times or distances for her team at Van Horn, but said the Eagles scored 180 points overall while winning nine events.

"We had a good track meet. We needed the boost before district," said Chavez, which will be this Friday and Saturday at Eagle Stadium.

Stephanie Herrera and Christina Arenivas both earned a pair of gold medals at Van Horn. Herrera won the discus and shot put, while Arenivas took the long jump and 300-meter hurdles. Herrera was also a member of the first place 400-meter relay team, along with Becca Wein, Mindy Harrison and Tiana Terry, while Arenivas was on both the 800 and 1600-meter relay teams that took first in their division. Terry, Harrison and Maricela Mares were the other members of the 800-meter relay team, and Harrison, Jessica Martinez and Leslie Rodriguez were the others on the 1600-meter squad.

Terry took home a first in the 100-meter dash and earlier was second in the triple jump, while Nikki Reyna won the high jump and was second in the 3200 meter run for the Eagles' other gold medal.

Chavez said Martinez was second and Rodriguez fifth in the high jump; Wein was second in the discus; Alexandra Vasquez was fourth and Rodriguez fifth in the shot put; Rodriguez was second and Martinez third in the 800 meter run and Mares was third in the 200 meter dash and fourth in the 100 meters.

Cardwell edges out Mason at pistol match

Jim Tom Cardwell of Alpine edged out Mike Mason of Pecos Saturday at the first Defensive Pistol Match of the year.

David Arnold of Kerrville was a close third and John Deering of Odessa took fourth place.

Mike Mason, vice president for the Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club, said that 14 shooters entered the competition.

"This was the club's first pistol match of the year," Mason said.

The match format was based on the International Defensive Pistol Association or IDPA rules, he said.

The rules require shooters to use a handgun of a minimum caliber of 9mm or .38 caliber, he said.

Saturday, shooters fired four separate courses of fire, many of which required shooters to reload and move during the course.

"It's really a fun format," Mason said. "We use a combination of steel knock-down targets and paper targets. Scores are based on the number and score of hits and the shooter's time."

Mason said that anyone can enter the match.

"The club holds a John C. Garand match and Service Rifle match on the second Saturday of each month. On the first Saturday of the month we alternate between a pistol match, a black powder match and a .22 silhouette match," he said.

A black powder match is scheduled for May 4, and the club plans to hold the .22 silhouette match on June 1.

Mason said that the club held the first Service Rifle and John C. Garand matches last month.

"We've added the John C. Garand match this year," he said.

The Garand match is limited to as-issued M-1 Garands, 1903 Springfields, 1917 Enfields and M-1 Carbines he said.

"It is a nice change from Service Rifle shooting," he said.

Mason said that the Club issues the ammunition for the Garand match and that, along with the fact that the rifles cannot be modified, makes for a very level playing field.

"It does not take a large investment to be able to shoot and really compete in the John C. Garand match," he said.

Mason said that Will Fernandes won the match last month and that the next match was scheduled for this coming Saturday with shooting scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

"We'll fire the Service Rifle match as soon as the Garand match is over," he said.

Two PHS rodeo competitors advance to state finals

Two Pecos High School students earned berths in the Texas High School Rodeo state finals over the weekend, following results of the Region II competition in San Angelo.

John Marvin Clark placed third in the cutting horse competition and was seventh in the tie-down calf roping event to earn trips to the state finals during Saturday's Region II event.

Also earning a trip to state, scheduled for Abilene on June 9-15, was Kaci Harrison, who finished sixth in the pole bending competition. The top 10 finishers in each event earned trips to the state finals.

Clark was also elected as vice-president for the Texas High School Rodeo Association out of Region II and was named the student cutting horse director for the region.

Clark is the son of Gary and Judy Clark of Pecos, while Harrison is the daughter of Roger and Angela Harrison.

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