Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Panthers boys provide margin against Eagles
The Fort Stockton Panthers' boys team provided the majority of the wins
on Tuesday against the Pecos Eagles, as the Panthers scored a 13-8 win at
the Pecos High School tennis courts.
The Eagles took six of the 11 girls matches and four of nine on the varsity
level, but the Panthers won eight of 10 boys matches, with all eight wins
on the varsity level. But coach Mike Ortiz said he was still happy overall
with the way his team played.
"I thought we played real well. I saw a lot of good things out there,"
he said. "There was a lot of good effort, even though a lot of them didn't
win. We could have won several matches, but they tried and that's all I can
ask of them."
The Panthers won both of Tuesday's split set matches on the boys' side,
as Eric Fierro and Bjorn Subia defeated Trent Graham and Jay Dannelley in
doubles play, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) and 11-9, and Fierro then won in singles over
Graham, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.
The boys' lone win came in singles play, where Joel Sotelo defeated Alex
Marquez, 6-4, 7-5.
The Panthers won two of three doubles matches on the varsity level in
the girls' division, but the Eagles won four of six singles matches. Natalia
Ornelas and Whitney Lamb got the win in doubles, over Leigh Hamilton and
Elisha Blanco, while Elizabeth Carreon, Jennifer Rayos, Amanda Fleming and
Chantel Orona picked up singles victories.
Orona also won at No. 4 doubles with Imari Ornelas for the girls' other
After playing matches against Monahans and Fort Stockton for the past
several weeks, the Eagles will get to see another District 4-3A rival on
Saturday, when they travel to Midland College to face the Greenwood Rangers.
Pecos will also face Sweetwater in Midland on Saturday, with the matches
set for 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., though Ortiz said because of UIL band competition,
he would be down to only five players on the boys and girls sides for the
Pecos (4) at Fort Stockton (9)
Trent Graham lost to Eric Fierro, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5; Jay Dannelley lost
to Bryan Rainwater, 6-3, 6-4; Orlando Mendoza lost to Brian Fierro,
6-0, 6-1; Joel Sotelo defeated Alex Marquez, 6-4, 7-5; T.J. Harwick
lost to Robby Barriga, 6-1, 6-2; Donald Walker lost to Robert Sotelo,
6-0, 6-2; Danny Lujan defeated Carr (no first name available), 8-4.
Natalia Ornelas, lost to Casee McKenzie, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4; Elizabeth
Carreon defeated Kirti Ghandi, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4; Jennifer Rayos defeated
Leigh Hamilton, 6-4, 6-2; Amanda Fleming defeated Ashley Hamilton,
6-2, 6-0 Beatrice Villarreal lost to Victoria Subia, 6-2, 6-4;
Chantel Orona defeated Elisha Blanco, 6-3, 6-3; Imari Ornelas lost
to Kassie Bollier, 8-6.
Graham and Dannelley lost to E. Fierro and Subia, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 11-9;
Mendoza and Sotelo lost to Marquez and Rainwater, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4); Walker
and Lujan lost to B. Fierro and Barriga, 6-0, 6-0.
Carreon and Rayos lost to McKenzie and Ghandi, 6-0, 6-2; N. Ornelas
and Lamb defeated Hamilton and Blanco, 6-1, 6-0; Fleming and Villarreal
lost to Hampton and Subia, 6-6, 6-3; Orona and I. Ornelas defeated
Bollier and Graves, 6-2, 6-3.
Pecos escapes Presidio with narrow win
The Presidio Blue Devils are a lot tougher to handle on their side of
the Davis Mountains, the Pecos Eagles found out on Tuesday.
The Eagles, who had allowed Presidio only 13 points combined in their
two matches in Pecos last month against the Blue Devils, were blown out in
the first game Tuesday night in Presidio, 15-5, before coming back to win
the second game, 15-12, and then rallying late in the third game for a 15-13
victory, to keep them tied for second place in the District 4-3A standings.
"We never showed up. It was just like we were expecting Presidio to just
give us the game," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "We had a lot of mental
errors; hitting the ball out, passing it into the net and just letting balls
After their 15-3, 15-5 loss to Pecos back on Sept. 28, Presidio had beaten
Kermit and taken Greenwood and Fort Stockton three games before losing at
home. On Tuesday, they were within two points of upsetting the Eagles before
Pecos was able to score the final four points of the match to win.
"Towards the end of the third game we were down 13-11 and I called a time-out,"
Granado said. "I told the girls who had varsity experience that they had
to step it up and not depend on the inexperienced players to carry us. I
don't know if that did it, but they went out there and picked it up."
"Presidio had momentum then, but they just made one mistake and we took
advantage and never gave them the serve back," she said.
"We did have the most kills last night of any other game. Stephanie (Herrera),
Leslie (Rodriguez), Danielle (Garcia) and Mindi (Harrison) got some kills
when we needed them the most," Granado said. Herrera led Pecos with eight
kills, while Garcia had six.
Meanwhile, Presidio's Karla Garcia and Lina Coffman also had a much better
night hitting against the shorter Eagles than they did in the two meetings
in Pecos. "They ran their offense and got some good passes and were able
to put the ball on the floor," Granado said. "They played much better. I
talked to their coach, and they took Fort Stockton three games on Saturday,
so they play a lot better at home, but they just didn't have the mental toughness."
The victory moves Pecos to within a game of .500 for the first time since
losses to Alpine and Odessa High on the opening night of the season. The
Eagles are 12-13 overall and 5-2 in district, tied with Greenwood for second
place. Both are two games ahead of Fort Stockton, which lost to Monahans
on Tuesday night.
District teams are taking this Saturday off due to UIL band marching competition
in Odessa. The Eagles' next game will be next Tuesday, at home against Monahans,
which clinched a playoff spot and stayed unbeaten in 4-3A play with their
victory over the Prowlers.
Presidio defeated Pecos in junior varsity play on Tuesday, but no scores
were available. There was no freshman match between the Eagles and Blue Devils
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