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Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Eagle girls 4th, boys 12th at regional golf

The Pecos Eagle girls' golf team had a good round Monday, but the Andrews and Snyder squads had great rounds on the opening day of the Region I-4A Tournament.

Pecos shot a 323 Monday at Riverside Country Club in San Angelo, but find themselves in the same place they were at the season-opening San Angelo Invitational tournament, in fourth place, behind the Mustangs, Tigers and Southlake Carroll. Andrews was expected to win the 36-hole tournament and hold the lead with a 298 opening round, but Snyder stayed right with the Mustangs, and are at 303, five shots behind Andrews but 20 in front of Pecos in the race for the second Class 4A state playoff berth.

Meanwhile, Pecos' boys were unable to cut their scores at Quicksand Golf Course from their last trip to San Angelo and shot a 342, putting them in 12th place in the 16-team regional tournament.

Andrews and Snyder finished 1-2 at regionals a year ago, and while Pecos placed fourth in San Angelo back in February, the Eagles did finish ahead of the Tigers in tournament play at Big Spring a week later. But on Monday four of Snyder's five golfers broke 80, while only Lauren Martinez, with a 76, did the same for Pecos.

The Eagles are also 11 shots in back of Southlake Carroll for third place, after they shot a 312 on Monday. Carroll also has the current individual leader, Calais Gardner, who shot an opening round 68. Granbury, which placed ahead of Pecos `A' last year at regional, is in fifth place with a 330 total.

Martinez' 76 ties her for seventh in the medallist race going into today's final round. She was followed by Cassie Foster with an 81, Sarah McKinney with an 82, and both Candace Hilliard and Brandi North, who shot 84s.

Pecos and Southlake Carroll were the only schools to qualify both their `A' and `B' teams for regionals. The Eagles' `B' team currently in 12 th place, following a round of 376 on Monday. Dena Dutchover led the `B' team with a 90, and was followed by Jennie Canon with a 93, Kristian Aguilar with a 94, Bianca Mendoza with a 99 and Kattie Davis with a 106.

Southlake Carroll's `B' team is in 13th place with a 384 score, and the Eagles `B' team is six strokes behind Wichita Falls Rider, which shot a 370.

Rider and Granbury lead the boys division, after shooting 298 and 301 scores on Monday, while Southlake Carroll is at 303 and Snyder is at 304. The Eagles' 342 total is 12 strokes behind 11th place Dumas and eight shots in front of the 13th place team, El Paso Burges.

None of the boys were able to break 80 on Monday, with Casey Breiten turning in the best round of the day, an 81, followed by David Bradley at 82. After that it was Pete Vasquez with an 88, Michael Nichols with a 91 and Jake McKinney with a 92.

Coach Kim Andrews swapped around his `A' and `B' team golfers prior to district in order to get both squads to San Angelo, then moved them back for regional competition. The `B' team ended up shooting a 398 on Monday and are last among the 16 teams, 11 shots in back of El Paso Ysleta.

Individually, Jack Stickels shot an 88, Sal Nichols had a 92, Jacob Gonzales shot a 101, Andre Varela shot a 117 and Dustin Gulihur shot a 120 for the `B' team's opening round scores.

Pecos netters are eliminated from regionals

There were only two upsets on the opening day of the Region I-4A tennis tournament, and unfortunately for the Pecos Eagles, none of their four regional qualifiers were involved in either of them.

Only two seeds fell in the opening rounds of the regional tournament on Monday at Angelo State University, and all four Pecos players entered ended up falling to the top seeds. Singles players Trent Graham and Natalia Ornelas won their opening round matches before losing in the second round, while Jay Dannelley and Bobby Sotelo were beaten by the top-seeded boys doubles team in their opening round match.

Sotelo and Dannelley lost to David Barrett and Jared King of Wichita Falls Rider, 6-1, 6-0 in their opener, while Graham won his opening match over El Paso Ysleta's Jacob Meils, 6-1, 6-1, then lost to Barrett and King's teammate, No. 1 singles seed Andrew Ulrich of Rider, 6-1, 6-1 in the tournament quarterfinals.

Ornelas didn't have to face the No. 1 seed in her division, and also scored a 6-1, 6-1 opening win, over Nura-Al Himer of Fort Worth Eastern Hills, but was then beaten by Ashley Ellis, the No. 3 seed from Amarillo Caprock, 6-2, 6-1, in her semifinal match.

Only one of the other regional qualifiers out of District 2-4A got past their opening round match. Clint's Alvaro Chacon and Daniel Sosa won their opener in doubles over Miguel Torres and Robert Herrera of El Paso Bowie, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, then lost to No.4 seeds Jay Gerber and David Thacker of Pampa, 6-0, 6-3. In the other singles matches, Martin Renteria lost a three-set match to Dumas' Cody Crouch, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5; while top-seed Lee Hagerman of Wichita Falls downed Fabens' Monica Andrade in girls singles, 6-0, 6-0.

In girls doubles, Cynthia Falcon and Diana Ceniceros of El Paso Mountain View, who won their opener a year ago, fell this time to Nai Inthriath and Kathy Vongsarath of Amarillo Palo Duro, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, while Fabens' Samirah Ihmud and Alyse Ramos were swept, 6-0, 6-0 by Snyder's Pat Vargas and Andrea Dunham, who upset Pampa's No. 3 seed team of Tara and Ashley Jordan in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

The only other upset came on the boys' side. Crowley's Daniel Quinones upset No. 2 seed Fernando Bernardi of Fort Worth Eastern Hills, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, and then downed Dumas' Crouch, 6-2, 6-2.

Pecos hosts Lobos, Loboes in evening games

After playing afternoon games at the same time in the El Paso area several times in the past four years, the Pecos Eagle baseball and softball teams will be playing evening games at the same time in Pecos for the first time ever today, as the boys host the El Paso Mountain View Lobos while the girls take on the Monahans Loboes, both in 7 p.m. starts.

The Eagles will be looking to win their ninth straight District 2-4A game and their 17th straight overall when they host Mountain View, which needs a win to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Meanwhile, Pecos' girls not only will be getting a look at the new lights at Martinez Field for the first time, they'll be getting a look at one of their new district rivals next year when they face the Loboes. Monahans comes in as the champions of District 4-3A, which Pecos will be joining beginning this August.

Today's game is a playoff warm-up game for both teams, who earned first round playoff byes after winning their district titles. The Eagles will be facing either San Angelo Lake View or Borger in the area round of the playoffs, probably on May 2 or 3 in Odessa or Lubbock.

The Eagles won their fourth straight District 2-4A title this season and went 10-0 in district for the second straight season. They've won 11 straight games this season, the latest by a 5-3 score at San Elizario on Friday and are 14-3 on the season. Pecos and Monahans have not faced each other so far this season, but last year the Loboes posted a pair of shutout wins over the Eagles, 3-0 and 5-0.

Three weeks ago Pecos almost shut out Mountain View in baseball, as Barney Rodriguez wild pitched a run in with two outs in the seventh inning of an eventual 9-1 Eagle victory. This past Friday, Pecos clinched its third district title in the past four years, beating Canutillo in five innings, 13-1. It put the Eagles at 8-0 in district and 20-4 on the season.

Mountain View is 2-5-1 with only an outside chance of catching San Elizario or Clint in the race for the final district playoff berth. That's still miles ahead of a year ago, when the Lobos went winless on the season, including a 24-6 loss in Pecos to the Eagle in a game they led at one point, 6-2.

Barney Rodriguez also pitched that game, but for tonight, coach Bubba Williams said Richard Rodriguez would probably start. The senior has won his last three decisions following an 0-2 start, the latest a 12-4 victory over Clint two weeks ago.

Tonight's game is the second of three straight home games for the Eagles to close out regular season play. They'll host San Elizario on Friday to close out their District 2-4A schedule, in a game moved up from a 7 p.m. to a 5 p.m. start.

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