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Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Pecos looks to end Monahans' win streak

The Monahans Loboettes have already clinched a playoff spot. The Pecos Eagles would like to clinch one tonight and stop Monahans from clinching the District 4-3A volleyball title when the teams meet in Pecos at 6:30 p.m.

The 7-0 Loboettes and the 5-2 Eagles will meet for the third time this season, with Pecos looking to at least remain tied for second place in the district standings with Midland Greenwood. The Rangerettes face Fort Stockton tonight and wins by Pecos and Greenwood would put both teams into the playoffs.

But to do that the Eagles will have to beat a Monahans team that has yet to lose a game in district play, and which is 27-6 on the season. Two of those wins have come over Pecos, both on the Loboettes' home court, the latest by a 15-6, 15-3 score on Oct. 1.

"We had a good practice on Monday, but we'll see if that carries over," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "If we just play like we practiced, we should be OK."

The Loboettes' main hitters, junior Laura Crumrine and freshman Kara Hughes, had few problems going up for open kills in the Oct. 1 game, as Granado said the Eagles were slow moving over to the ball on the front line and failed to hit their serves and free balls towards Monahans setter Kristen Hall.

Granado changed her lineup once after that loss, and said she would change it one more time for tonight's contest. "I'm putting Leslie (Rodriguez) at middle blocker. I'm hoping she's going to be a little quicker getting over there than Mindi (Harrison)," who was moved to an outside blocker spot in favor of sophomore Danielle Garcia earlier this month.

"I just don't know how Danielle will react when she's in there," said Granado, who added that, "If this doesn't work, I'll just have to change it again between games."

After tonight's match, the Eagles close regular season play at Fort Stockton and then host Greenwood. Granado said Saturday's match scheduled in Fort Stockton may be moved to Friday to avoid conflict with the UIL regional band competition, which Fort Stockton qualified for on Saturday.

Eagle boys take 4-3A cross country title

Getting out of El Paso made a big difference for the Pecos Eagles cross country team.

After spending four years never getting anyone to regionals on the boys side as a member of District 2-4A, the Eagles dropped down one level and sent everyone to regionals on Monday, as they took the District 4-3A cross country title at the Ward County Golf Course in Monahans.

Pecos' Genaro Mendoza took first place individually in the boys' division and Jay Dannelley finished fourth, and the Eagles finished with 32 points to beat out Greenwood and Fort Stockton, both of which finished with 47 points.

On the girls' side, Pecos' only runner, Leslie Rodriguez, also earned a regional berth with a fourth place finish, after leading most of the way, coach Rudy Jurado said.

"Leslie led the whole time until the last 300 meters when the other girls caught up to her," said Jurado. Rodriguez ran the two-mile course in 13:25.30, one second behind third place finisher Kelly Coffman of Presidio. She's the first Pecos girl to qualify for regionals since Liz Parent placed fifth at the District 2-4A meet in 1998

Kermit's Elizabeth Bell and Lura Hayes placed first and second with 13:16.20 and 13:16.30 times, and the Yellowjackets won the team title with 41 points to 48 for Greenwood.

Mendoza won the boys' three-mile race with an 18:24.50 time, while Fort Stockton's David Palma was second, with an 18:30.80 time. "Genaro led the whole time," said Jurado. "He had about a 200 yard lead on the second place runner most of the way, but towards the end he didn't have a kick and they started catching up to him. But luckily he had gotten a big enough lead in the race so he could hold them off."

Dannelley also broke 19 minutes in placing fourth, with an 18:56.30 time. Jason Sanchez was next for Pecos, in 10th place with a 19:37.50 time, and was followed by Joshua Cobos, 12th with a 19:53.50 time; Jeremiah Mora, 15th with a 20:45.10 time; Raul Garcia, 16 th with a 21:02.70 time; and Alex Orozo, 19th with a time of 21:28.30.

All of the Eagles' times were far better than a year ago, when Pecos struggled running through the sand at El Paso Mountain View and finished sixth at the district meet. The regional spots for Pecos' boys are their first since 1997, when they were part of District 4-4A.

"We'll get to see all those El Paso schools at regionals," Jurado said, which will be run on Nov. 1 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock, though the Eagles won't have to run against them, since the Eagles will be in the Class 3A division while their former district rivals will compete in the Class 4A race.

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