Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Eagles seek playoff, title clinchers
The Pecos Eagle girls can clinch their fourth straight District 2-4A softball
title today, while the Eagle boys can clinch their fourth straight trip to
the Class 4A baseball playoffs this afternoon, when the teams resume play
after a one-week break.
The girls will close out the home portion of their 2002 schedule at 5
p.m. by hosting the El Paso Mountain View Lobos, while the boys will play
their final district road game this afternoon in Fabens, also starting at
Both Eagle teams are riding winning streaks. Pecos' girls have won nine
straight games and 21 consecutive district games since the 2000 season, with
the latest a 10-4 win over Canutillo at Martinez Field last Tuesday.
Stephanie Herrera improved her record to 11-1 on the season, and Canutillo
scored three of their four runs with two outs in the seventh inning. The
Eagles are 8-0 in district and 12-3 overall, and can avoid a showdown with
second place San Elizario with a win today. San Eli is 6-2 right now, and
host Pecos on Friday to close out regular season play.
Mountain View was the last team to beat Pecos in district play, rallying
in the final inning for a 6-5 win. But so far this season, the Lobos are
winless in district at 0-8, including a 12-2 win in El Paso on March 26.
Pecos' boys have two wins already this season over Fabens, a 14-4 win
at the Alpine Tournament on March 15 and a 10-0 win at home over the Wildcats
in the Eagles' district home opener 11 days later.
Capi Magana, 5-0, no hit Fabens in the March 26 win and figures to get
the start this afternoon for the Eagles, who picked up a 12-4 win last Tuesday
over Clint to improve to 6-0 in district play and 18-4 on the season.
Fabens started district play by losing two of their first three games,
but since then have won three straight, the latest a 12-4 win over Canutillo
a week ago. Carlos Sanchez, who took the loss against Magana last month,
earned the win while going 2-for-3 at the plate against Canutillo.
Crockett girls 2nd, boys 6th in area golf
Crockett Middle School golfer Shelly Martinez took medallist honors on
Saturday at the opening round of the area junior high golf tournament, while
the Eagle girls placed second as a team and the boys were sixth overall after
the first round of their tournament.
The girls shot a 227 for nine holes playing on their home course, while
the boys shot a 399 for the first 18 holes of their tournament.
Girls' coach Crissy Martinez said Shelly Martinez shot a 40 to win medallist
honors by nine strokes over Andrews' Cassey Allen, though the Mustangs as
a team were able to capture first place overall in the standings. Andrews
had five players ranked in the Top 10 at the tournament, while the other
Pecos golfer to finish there was Evelyn Flores, who came in tied for 10
th with a 58 score.
Sarah Wentworth shot a 64, Stephanie Galindo shot a 65 and Melissa Mendoza
had a 67 for the Eagles' other scores.
Andrews shot a 205 to place first on the day, while the Eagles beat out
Fort Stockton for second by two strokes, with Monahans placing third with
a 250 total. Kermit did not have a girls' team entered this past weekend,
and none of the other four teams had enough players for a `B' team score.
On the boys' side, Andrews `A' shot a 337 to hold the opening round lead,
while Kermit `A' was second with a 355. Fort Stockton `A' was next with a
358 total, Monahans `A' shot a 373 and Andrews `B' had a 383. Following Pecos
were Monahans `B' at 409, Fort Stockton `B' with a 472 and Kermit `B' with
The Eagles did not have enough players for a `B' team score, and coach
Ronnie Daniel said he may be down to as few as six golfers this coming weekend,
when the second round of the tournament is held in Monahans.
Individually, Alex Morales had the low score of the day for Pecos, shooting
a 93, while Marky Mendoza had a 101, Jonathan Garcia shot a 102, Jesse Prieto
had a 103 and Albert Lira shot a 117 for the `A' teams other scores.
For Pecos' other three golfers, Zach Morton shot a 114, Michael Lee had
a 122 and Brian Casillas shot a 131.
Kermit' Matt Creager shot an 80 to place first in the tournament, while
Luke Abbott of Fort Stockton was second with an 81 and a pair of Andrews
golfers, Nathan Bryan and Bryce Horton, tied for third with 83s.
Area shooters compete in Garand match Saturday
Sixteen shooters from across West Texas signed up to shoot in the second
monthly John C. Garand match Saturday morning sponsored by the Pecos Rifle
and Pistol Club.
"This match is really gaining in popularity," Club Vice President Mike
Mason said. "It is a fun match and you do not have to invest a lot of money
to be able to compete."
Mason said that the Garand match was limited to as-issued M-1 Garands,
Springfield 1903s, 1917 Enfields and M-1 Carbines and that the Club supplied
the ammunition for the match.
"The rifle cannot be modified and everyone has to shoot the same ammunition
so you have a very level playing field. It's more about shooting and less
about how much money you have to spend on a rifle," he said. "I think that
is why it is so popular."
Mason said that by shooting in the match competitors also qualified to
buy an M-1 Garand from the Civilian Marksmanship Program and that the Club
would loan a rifle to first-time shooters so that they could qualify under
"This is a great sport for Pecos and we want to do everything we can to
make it grow. One advantage Pecos has over most other towns is land. We have
a lot of it and that is what you need to shoot. Today we had 27 shooters
representing Alpine, Odessa, Midland, and Lubbock as well as Pecos for the
two matches. I think that is good for our town," he said.
Top honors went to Smokey Briggs in the Garand match with a score of 259
out of a possible 300 points. Mason was close behind with 255 points and
Larry Longoria placed third with 251 points.
In the Service Rifle match that followed the Garand match Mason held a
short course in the art of marksmanship for his fellow competitors Mason
turned in a season high score of 427 points out of a possible 500 during
the 50-shot match.
Smokey Briggs managed to find 408 points for second place while Longoria
edged out Alpine's Jimmy LaBaume for third. LaBaume and Longoria both scored
386 points but Longoria scored 4 more "Xs" than LaBaume.
Mason also said that club's Service Rifle matches were being conducted
according to National Rifle Association league rules this year and that shooters
would receive NRA classifications at the end of the year.
"Anyone can come out and shoot. These are fun matches and we are fairly
informal about everything but safety," he said. "Anybody who is interested
should contact a club member. We will get you started."
Mason said that the club is holding the rifle matches every second Saturday
this year, along with pistol, black powder and .22 caliber matches on first
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