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Tuesday, September 3, 2002

Late collapse helps Fabens get by Pecos

Staff Writer

"Leadership" has been something Pecos Eagles'  volleyball coach Becky Granado has been looking for from one or two of  her players since the start of preseason workouts a month ago.  The championship game of the Cantaloupe Classic  Volleyball Tournament on Saturday gave fans a chance to see why.

After dominating former District 2-4A rival Fabens in the first game of the title match, 15-6, the Eagles saw the Wildcats break a 9-9 tie in the second and go on to win, 15-11. The deciding game was then a combination of the first two contests _ the Eagles dominated early, jumping out to a 7-2 lead, but never scored again, as Fabens rolled off 13 straight points to win 15-7, and take the championship.

The loss ended the weekend on a sour note for the Eagles, who went 7-1 in pool play, then swept Fort Stockton, 15-2, 15-10, and Fort Davis, 15-0, 15-2, for their first officials victories of the season. The title game loss left Pecos with a 2-7 season record going down to Alpine this afternoon for the second dual meet of the season against the Bucks and Odessa High Bronchos. Alpine and Odessa High defeated Pecos in the teams' season opening matches on Aug. 20.

"They just seem satisfied doing what they're doing," said Granado, whose team had swept district rival Fort Stockton and Fort Davis earlier on Saturday to advance to the title match against Fabens, who they had split with during pool round play. "We make one mistake and that one mistake will turn us."

"We go out there and play defense the first game, and then we just stop moving and stop talking," the Eagles' coach said. "Leslie was pounding the ball in the first two games, but we get to the championship game and she holds back."

Rodriguez did end up getting the tournament's MVP award, but her last two points in the title game came on dinks over the Wildcats' defense in Game 2. The Eagles' only points in Game 3 that did not come off Fabens errors were on hits by Jennifer Martinez and Stephanie Herrera.

"They are young, as far as experience goes. I think we've got three rotations with only one senior out there," Granado said. "Only Leslie, Stephanie and Mindi (Harrison) played much last year, but that's still no excuse."

Pecos' defense was on almost every ball Fabens hit in the opening game and in the early part of Game 2, but after a free ball fell in midway through the second game, the Eagles lost their balance and became tentative, both on the front and back lines.

Wildcats' hitter Stacey Macias was the biggest beneficiary of the breakdown. Macias ended the first game by getting blocked by Martinez and spiking another shot into the net, but came up with a series of kills against the Eagles in Game 3, leading the Wildcats back from 6-0 and 7-2 deficits and earning her the tournament's Outstanding Hitter Award.

On Friday in pool play, the Eagles lost the first game to the Wildcats, 15-11, then beat Fabens, 15-9. Pecos also defeated Marfa 15-11, 15-4; Anthony 15-11, 15-8; and Fort Hancock, 15-5, 15-9.

"We did better than Tuesday. We're trying to play as a team, I have to give them credit for that," Granado said following Friday's matches.

Herrera and Martinez joined Rodriguez on the All-Tournament team, while Fabens' Jennifer Ramos was named the tournament's Outstanding Setter and Jessica Antunez the tournament's Outstanding Defensive Player. The other all-tournament players were Alexis Charis of El Paso Parkland, Suzanne Shoer of Fort Davis and Jackie Hinojos of El Paso Ysleta.

Parkland won consolation over Anthony in the tournament, 15-9, 15-7, while El Paso Ysleta rallied to down Fort Davis for third place, 4-15, 16-14, 15-10.

Bears open 2002 season with win over Vaqueros

Kick return defense was about the only thing wrong for the Balmorhea Bears this past Friday night, as they opened up their 2002 six-man football season with a 62-12 victory in Sierra Blanca over the Vaqueros.

The Bears played their District 6-A six-man rival in a non-district game and had little trouble with the Vaqueros, who have had problems just fielding enough players for a team the past few seasons. Coach Ennis Erickson said Balmorhea was able to end the game in the third quarter under the 45-point rule.

"We just had a good overall contribution from a large number of people," said Erickson who had to replace most of his starters from last year's team due to graduation. "They stepped in and did a good job."

Erickson said the Bears' defense shut out the Vaqueros, who got both their scores on special teams play. "We were ahead 40-0 when they returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Then we scored and they returned another kickoff for a touchdown," he said.

Meanwhile, Balmorhea had two returns for scores on defense, off an interception by Robbie Mendoza and a fumble recovery by Keith Baeza.

"The last extra point kick wasn't tried because of the 45-point rule and we missed our first extra point. But we got a safety later on to make up for it," Erickson added.

After playing a "zero week" game, the Bears will take this week off, before returning to action with a neutral site game on Saturday, Sept. 14 against Lubers Avoca, beginning at 11 a.m. at Loop High School, located on State Highway 83, east of Seagraves.

Two other District 6-A six-man teams faced each other in a non-district match-up on Friday, with Fort Davis winning their first game after dropping down from 11-man football, beating Grandfalls, 36-12. Buena Vista also won its season opener, 56-6 over Spade.

Eagles to get forfeit win, lose district home game

The football season hasn't even started yet, and the Pecos Eagles have already won a game and lost a game _ and both games are the same one.

The Eagles have lost their Oct. 18 home game against the Presidio Blue Devils, after Presidio decided not to play a varsity schedule during the district season. Presidio was not competitive in District 4-3A last season, and lost a non-district game to Pecos, 62-8.

The Oct. 18 game will go in the books as a win for Pecos, but they will now play only four district games, three of them on the road.

The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD business office will refund money to people who have already bought season tickets for the Eagles' 2002 home games, while season tickets for the remaining four home games will be $20 per seat and can be picked up at the business office, 1302 S. Park St. Pecos' first home game is Sept. 13, against Lamesa.

All of the Eagles' other district rivals _ including Presidio _ opened their 2002 seasons this past weekend, and only the Greenwood Rangers came out with a victory. The Rangers downed the Ballinger Bearcats 28-6, as running back Jeremy Audus ran for 229 yards and one touchdown.

Monahans dropped their season opener at Merkel by a 21-3 final score, Kermit was shut out at home by Ozona, 33-0, Fort Stockton lost at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa on Saturday to Colorado City, 15-6, and Presidio was shut out at Van Horn, 49-0.

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