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Tuesday, October 8, 2002

Eagles get 2nd, 3rd to start off swim season

The Pecos Eagle girls swim team had the higher team finish on Saturday, while Pecos' boys had the better results in the individual races, as both teams placed in the Top 3 at the season-opening Odessa Invitational

Pecos' girls placed second to Midland High in the field of 15 teams, scoring 216 points to Midland High's 463. San Angelo Central was just behind Pecos with 204 points, and Midland Lee was fourth with 145 points.

Depth helped the girls earned their second place finish, as their points came despite only one swimmer, sophomore Susan Moore, winning a medal in any event. In contrast, the boys picked up three first place finishes and two seconds in the meet, but with only half as many swimmers as the girls ended up third in the team standings with 185 points, behind Midland High (338 points) and Midland Lee (207).

"I knew we'd do well, I just didn't know how well," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse. "I was real impressed with how well the they fared against some strong 5A schools."

"All the schools were 5A except for Fort Stockton and a couple of private schools that were there like Midland Trinity and Midland Christian," she said. "Everybody cut their times, and a lot of kids had their personal best swims from what they had last spring, and they did it against 5A schools that lead the region when it gets to the championship part of the season."

Moore took third in the 50 yard freestyle with a 26.47 time, and was also fifth in the 100 free. She, Jessica and Catherine Minjarez and Betsy Lujan were fourth in the 200 freestyle relay, while Moore, Teddie Salcido, Rebecca Reynolds and Kelsey Holt placed fifth in the 200 medley.

Salcido, Jessica Minjarez, Lujan and Holt were fifth in the 400 freestyle relay, while in the other individual finishes, Salcido was eighth, Jessica Minjarez ninth, Reynolds was 14th and Ashley Mendoza 15th in the 200 freestyle; Catherine Minjarez was fifth, Lindsay Shaw seventh and Lujan ninth in the 200 individual medley; Holt was seventh, Ashley Horsburgh 13th and Chyloe Martin 14th in the 50 free; Catherine Minjarez was fourth in the 100 butterfly; Lujan was ninth, Holt 13th , Horsburgh 15th and Lauren Wein 19th in the 100 free; Salcido was fifth, Jessica Minjarez tied for sixth, Mendoza was 13th and Amie Reynolds was 14th in the 500 free; Wein was seventh and Martin was 10th in the 100 backstroke; and Shaw was eighth, Rebecca Reynolds 11th, Amie Reynolds 12th and Carrasco 16th in the 100 breaststroke.

The girls' `B' medley relay team of Wein, Shawn Catherine Minjarez and Amie Reynolds placed sixth, two seconds behind the Eagles' `A' team; while Horsburgh, Martin and both Reynolds were seventh as the 200 freestyle `B' relay and Horsburgh, Wein, Mendoza and Shaw placed eighth in the 400 free relay.

The boys got their first place finishes from juniors Max Key and Will Oglesby. Key won both the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard breastrstroke, in times of 23.43 and 1:04.61 respectively. Oglesby took the 100 yard butterfly with a 54.35 time after placing third earlier in the 200 medley, with a 2:08.39 time. Key and Oglesby also teamed with Gary Garcia and Matt Elliott to finish second in the 200 medley relay, with a 1:48.16 time to Midland High's 1:46.22, while Oglesby, Key, Garcia and Daniel Quintana finished second in the 400 free relay, with a 3:34.80 time to Midland High's 3:28.32.

"I was missing K.W. (Winkles). He went to band. If we had had him we might have gotten second (in the team standings), because there wasn't much difference between second and third," Morse said. She also said the medley relay team might have had a chance to win first in their event. "It would have been pretty close."

Elliott, Quintana, Michael Juarez and Paul Parker were fourth in the other relay event, the 200 freestyle, where Fort Stockton placed second to Abilene Cooper. In the other individual events for Pecos, Quintana was fifth and Parker 12th in the 200 freestyle; Elliott was 18th in the 50 free; Juarez was seventh in 1-meter diving; Garcia was sixth and Juarez 14th in the 100 free; Quintana was eighth and Parker was 10th in the 500 free and Garcia was fourth in the 100 backstroke.

Eagles battle Rangerettes for 2nd place

The Pecos Eagles and Midland Greenwood Rangerettes both will be looking to take sole possession of second place in the District 4-3A standings and solidify their chances for a trip to the playoffs this evening, when the Eagles travel to Midland to face Greenwood in a 6:30 p.m. match.

Both teams are 3-1 so far in district play, both with losses to Monahans, which leads the district with a 4-0 mark. The Eagles are 10-12 on the season after their 15-12, 15-5 win at home on Saturday over Fort Stockton, while the Rangerettes are 14-16 after winning on Saturday at Presidio.

Eagles coach Becky Granado had gotten a look at their other four district rivals a couple of times before 3-4A play begins. In contrast, Granado said she only got a brief glimpse at the Rangerettes during pre-district play.

"I saw them for a little while at Monahans (during the Sandhills Tournament in August), but I'm sure they've changed things since then," she said, while adding. "They don't have the height they used to have. They're about like we are this year."

The Eagles had to play last week minus junior Bre'Ann Windham, and moved up sophomore Danielle Garcia to the varsity in her place. For this evening's match, Granado said, "We'll have our full squad on Tuesday, and that should help."

Play will open this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. with the freshman and junior varsity matches.

Shorthanded Pecos tennis team drops matches

A shorthanded Pecos Eagles' tennis team dropped a pair of matches on Saturday in Fort Stockton, losing to the host Panthers by a 9-4 final score, while falling to the Midland Christian Mustangs, 9-2.

"I lost a few kids to band and some flunked," said coach Mike Ortiz, who hoped to have pretty much a full squad for his next match, at home against Fort Stockton a week from today.

Pecos only had three boys playing against Midland Christian and four against Fort Stockton. Of that group, Trent Graham got both of the Eagles' wins against the Mustangs, defeating both Adam Vaurek and Matt Helm in singles play by 6-3, 6-1 scores. He also won his only singles match against Fort Stockton, downing Bjorn Subia by 6-2, 6-4 scores.

"Trent beating Subia was kind of a big thing because he's pretty tough, and he also beat Midland's No. 1 and No. 2 players, and they split with Subia," Ortiz said. "Also Natalia (Ornelas) beating their No. 1 (Fort Stockton's Kirti Ghandi) was also pretty good."

Ornelas downed Ghandi, 6-4, 6-2. The girls' other singles win came from Beatrice Villarreal by the same 6-4, 6-2 score over Elisha Blanco, while she and Amanda Fleming downed Blanco and Leigh Hmapton in doubles play, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 (10-6).

Pecos (4) at Fort Stockton (9)

Boys Singles

Trent Graham defeated Bjorn Subia, 6-2, 6-4; Jay Dannelley lost to Eric Fierro, 6-2, 6-1; Orlando Mendoza lost to Brian Fierro, 6-0, 6-2; Joel Sotelo lost to Vishal Chopa, 6-3, 6-4.

Girls Singles

Natalia Ornelas defeated Kirti Ghandi, 6-4, 6-2; Jennifer Rayos lost to Britt Bollier, 4-6, 6-2, 14-12; Beatrice Villarreal defeated Elisha Blanco, 6-4, 6-2; Imari Ornelas lost to Kassie Bollier, 6-3, 6-4.

Boys Doubles

Graham and Dannelley lost to E. Fierro and Subia, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2; Mendoza and Sotelo lost to Chopra and Bryan Rainwater, 6-1, 6-0.

Girls Doubles

N. Ornelas and I. Ornelas lost to Ghandi and B. Bollier, 7-6, 7-5 (10-8); Fleming and Villarreal defeated Hampton and Blanco, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6.

Pecos (2) vs. Midland Christian (9)

Boys Singles

Graham defeated Adam Vavrek, 6-3, 6-1; Mendoza lost to Matt Smith, 6-3, 6-4; Sotelo lost to Jonathan Burks, 6-3, 6-1; Graham defeated Matt Helm, 6-3, 6-1.

Girls Singles

N. Ornelas lost to Amber Raidel, 6-4, 6-2; Rayos lost to Jennifer Oden, 6-3, 7-6, (10-1); Fleming lost to Amy Stretcher, 6-1, 6-3; Villarreal lost to Brittany Phillips, 6-3, 6-0; I. Ornelas lost to Katelyn Insram, 6-4, 6-2.

Boys Doubles

Mendoza and Sotelo lost to Noe and Burks, 6-3, 7-5.

Girls Doubles

Elizabeth Carreon and Rayos lost to Raindel and Molly Cook, 6-3, 6-3; N. Ornelas and I. Ornelas lost to Oden and Stetcher, 6-1, 6-2; Fleming and Villarreal lost to Huff and Phillips, 6-0, 6-4.

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