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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, October 28, 2002
Eagles overcome Prowlers, clinch playoff spot
By JON FULBRIGHT
It wasn't the prettiest of matches to watch, but for the Pecos Eagles
the end result was what they wanted _ a seventh straight trip to the
state volleyball playoffs.
The Eagles and Fort Stockton Prowlers struggled with bad serves, bad serve
receptions and net and line violations in their Saturday afternoon match
at the Williams Center in Fort Stockton, but in the end Pecos was able to
take control of the deciding game and score a 15-11, 7-15, 15-2 win over
the Prowlers, clinching a playoff berth for the Eagles.
The three-game match featured only two lead changes, as Pecos jumped out
to a big early lead in Game 1 and Fort Stockton did the same in Game 2 before
the Eagles recovered to take control in Game 3, scoring nine straight points
after the Prowlers had taken a 1-0 lead.
"In the second game we just started playing Fort Stockton's game," said
Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "Once we decided in the third game to start
doing what we worked out in practice, hitting it cross court and playing
defense, everything started falling into place."
The only real comeback in the match was by the Prowlers in Game 1, when
they cut a 12-6 lead down to 12-11 before the Eagles were able to break serve
and then got a break, when Leslie Rodriguez' saving return of a free ball
just fell inside the Prowlers' back line. Fort Stockton's Ruby Garcia then
hit a back line spike into the net, and Pecos ended the game off a serve
by Bre'Ann Windham.
Most of the Prowlers' comeback was due to problems the Eagles had handling
Fort Stockton serves, problems that got worse in Game 2 and left Pecos in
a 10-2 hole. "We were just standing around out there, and we can't afford
to do that," said Granado. "As the game went on I made some changes out there
and we started picking it up."
Fort Stockton also started having problems getting their own serves in
bounds, which gave Pecos a chance to come back. But after cutting the lead
to 10-7, the Prowlers were able to finally get back on track when a dink
shot by Stephanie Herrera to break serve was ruled illegal. Fort Stockton
then got a kill from Erika Munoz, a back line save of their own for a point
by Lyndsey Yarbrough and a block of a Rodriguez spike by Annette Hernandez
to close out the game.
Game 3 started off as a repeat of Game 2 _ Fort Stockton took a 1-0 lead
on a mishandled relay by Maritza Sandoval, but the Prowlers had problems
getting their other serves in bounds, and the Eagles would take the lead
on a bad set by Munoz and a net violation by Vanessa Lujan.
Sophomore Danielle Garcia then did get her serves in, and the Eagles ran
off six points as part of their 9-0 run, with two of the points coming on
spikes by Rodriguez and Windham of bad passes over the net by the Prowlers.
Herrera also had a kill in the streak, and Rodriguez and Garcia and Windham
would score off spikes after the Prowlers got their only other point of the
"Leslie finally came around, and even Danielle and Stephanie had some
good cross-court hits," said Granado. "Once we started hitting cross-court
it pretty much took care of our offense."
The victory was the fourth this season by Pecos over Fort Stockton and
lifted the Eagles to 6-3 in District 4-3A play and 12-13 on the season, while
the Prowlers fell out of the playoff race, with a 3-6 district mark and 9-18
overall. The Eagles will close out their regular season schedule at home
on Tuesday night against Midland Greenwood, which is a game ahead of Pecos
in the district standings after their 15-2, 15-10 win over Presidio.
A win by the Eagles over the Rangerettes would tie the teams for second
place, though Granado said Saturday she didn't know if there would be a playoff
game to decide second if that occurs. "I'll talk to their coach and see what
she wants to do," said Granado. "I really don't want to decide it by a coin
flip, I'd rather let the girls decide it on the court."
Fort Stockton did win both the junior varsity and freshman matches on
Saturday. The Prowlers swept the Eagles freshman, 15-6, 15-5, and won in
three games over the JV, 15-6, 9-15, 15-7.
Eagle swimmers capture Big Spring meet
The Pecos Eagles swim team may have a little more competition in some
events at this year's district and regional meets than in the past few seasons,
but the Eagles were still able to come out on top in the team scores on Saturday
in their first meeting against several of their District 3-4A rivals, at
the Big Spring Invitational.
The Eagles set several meet record in winning the boys division by a 299-244
margin over the host Steers, with Andrews in third place at 184½ points.
The margin in the girls' division was even wider, with Pecos scoring 360½
points to finish over 100 points ahead of second place Odessa Permian, while
Andrews and Abilene Wylie tied for third with 125 points apiece.
"Our times were pretty good, and some of our individuals had an extremely
good day," said Eagles coach Terri Morse. "Some were a little off, but I
thought most everybody did well."
The Eagles' biggest challenges were in the freestyle races, though on
the girls' side sophomore Susan Moore was able to win the 50 yard freestyle
in 26.21, just over half a second better than Andrews' Susan Wallace.
"Andrews had some pretty good sprinters. I was impressed with that," Morse
said. "There were several individuals that looked pretty good for each team.
Big Spring's boys did well, and Andrews girls surprised me, because they
had some that did really well."
Pecos' boys set new Big Spring meet records in the 200 medley relay and
400 freestyle relay. Gary Garcia, K.W. Winkles, Will Oglesby and Max Key
swam a 1:45.58 in the 200 medley, two seconds faster than the old record
set three years ago by the Eagles; while Oglesby, Winkles, Key and Daniel
Quintana won the 400 free in 3:30.62, which was 2½ seconds better
than the mark set by Pecos in 1999.
Oglesby and Key also had two individual first place finishes on Saturday,
while Winkles won the 200 individual medley and Michael Juarez took the 1-meter
diving competition on Friday for the Eagles.
Oglesby won the 100-yard butterfly in 54.36 seconds and took the 100-yard
backstroke in 58.61 seconds. Key won the 100-yard freestyle in 51 seconds
flat and took the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.30. Winkles was second in
that race after winning the 200 medley with a 2:11.56 time, and Juarez' 130
point score in diving was 15 points better than second place Heath Fisher
of Odessa Permian.
Garcia was second to Oglesby in the backstroke and placed fourth in the
500-yard freestyle, while Quintana was second to Key in the 100 freestyle
and placed third in the 200 free.
Paul Parker was eighth in that event and fifth in the 500 freestyle; Matt
Elliott was sixth in the 200 medley and seventh in the 100 butterfly, Juarez
was 13th and Andrew Grant 38th in the 50 free and Grant
placed fifth in the 1-meter diving; the Eagles' 200 yard freestyle relay
team of Garcia, Elliott, Juarez and Quintana was fourth and the 400 yard
`B' relay of Elliott, Grant, Parker and Juarez placed seventh.
Moore's win in the 50 freestyle was one of two first place finishes of
the meet for Pecos' girls. She, Betsy Lujan, Teddie Salcido and Jessica Minjarez
was won the 400-yard freestyle with a 4:11.01 time, 15 seconds ahead of Andrews,
while the Eagles earned several other medals, including a second place by
Moore in the 100-yard freestyle, where Wallace edged her by .16 second.
Moore, Catherine Minjarez, Lindsey Shaw and Lauren Wein placed second
to Odessa Permian in the 200 medley relay; Lujan was third in the 200 yard
freestyle; Minjarez was second and Shaw third in the 200 medley and Minjarez
was second in the 100 fly; Jessica Minjarez was third in the 500 freestyle;
the 200 freestyle relay team of Ashley Horsburgh, Chyloe Martin, Amie Reynolds
and Rebecca Reynolds was second to Permian; Shaw was second to Permian's
Allie Hawkins in the 100 yard breaststoke and the Eagles' 400 yard freestyle
relay `B' team of Horsburgh, Shaw, Wein and Rebecca Reynolds placed third.
Martin, both Reynolds and Ashley Carrasco took fourth as the `B' relay
in the 200 medley event, while other finishes for the girls included a fifth
by Jessica Minjarez and a seventh by Salcido in the 200 free; 10th
by Ashley Mendoza in the 200 medley; a ninth by Horsburgh and a 12th
by Martin in the 50 free; an 11th by Carrasco in the 100 fly;
a fourth by Lujan a seventh by Horsburgh and a ninth by Wein in the 100 free;
a sixth by Mendoza and a ninth by Camilla Alvarado in the 500 free; a fifth
by Wein, seventh by Salcido and ninth by Martin in the 100 backstroke; a
fourth by Rebecca Reynolds and a 14th by Carrasco in the 100 breaststroke
and a sixth by Salcido, Lujan and both Minjarezes as the `B' relay in the
200 freestyle relay.
The Eagles have this week off, before hosting their own invitational meet
on Nov. 8-9. Morse said Pecos' district rivals, along with schools from Midland,
Odessa and Lubbock, would be entered in the meet.
Early errors sent Pecos down to 29-0 defeat
By JON FULBRIGHT
There are times to hurry up, and there are times to wait.
Seeking to jump-start their struggling attack, the Pecos Eagles went with
a hurry-up offense on the first three plays of Friday night's game against
the Monahans Loboes.
But then, after those three plays netted only three yards, the Eagles
didn't wait to get the punting team onto the field. Instead, they ran another
hurry-up play on fourth down, which came up three yards short and gave Monahans
the ball at the Pecos 42.
Given that early break, the Loboes capitalized, converting twice on third
down and once on fourth down on the way to a touchdown, and then did it again
a few minutes later, after Pecos fumbled the ball on their next offensive
play at their own 44. The Eagles also allowed Monahans to score twice on
two-point conversion attempts _ one intentional and one accidental on the
Loboes' part _ and that sent the host team out to a 16-0 first quarter lead
on the way to a 29-0 victory.
"I thought we'd try and change the tempo of the offense, but on fourth
down the kids got caught up in the moment," said a dejected coach Fred Carter
following the game. "We were calling `Punt! Punt!' on the sidelines, but
I guess they didn't realize it."
Instead, the Eagles ran the fourth scripted play on the drive, a handoff
to Oscar Parada that only netted four of the seven yards needed for the first
down. Monahans took over and drove 42 yards for their first score, with the
key plays coming through the air against the Eagle defense.
Quarterback Joey Aguilar found tight end Keith Baldarez for an 11-yard
gain on 3rd-and-4 at the 36, and then on 4th-and-8
from the 23, Aguilar rolled right and found an uncovered Dimas Porras downfield
for a 19-yard gain down to the Pecos 5. Three plays later Porras would find
an opening on the left side of the line to score from two yards out, and
Monahans then worked a flanker screen to Joey Juarez for the two-point conversion.
A few seconds later, the Loboes had the ball back after quarterback Freddy
Torres was hit and fumbled on Pecos' next play from scrimmage. Grayson Hiers
fell on the ball at the 43, and after a penalty set Monahans back to the
48, Hires would then take a pitch from Aguilar and complete a 28-yard fullback
option pass to Andrew Galvan down to the 20-yard-line.
Victor Reyes would drop Adrian Dominguez for a four-yard loss on the next
play, but Aguilar would then run for 12 yards on a 3rd-and-9 play,
and after Reyes dropped Dominguez for another four-yard loss after that,
Monahans still got into the end zone, on a five yard pass from Aguilar to
Galvan, a run by the Loboes' quarterback down to the 1 and Porras' second
TD of the night, on fourth down. The extra point snap was botched, but Derek
Jordan was able to pick up the ball and throw a pass to Baldarez for the
Monahans threatened one more time in the first half, but were stopped
in the second quarter at the Pecos 19 when Matthew Levario knocked away a
fourth down pass from Aguilar to Baldarez. Meanwhile, the Eagles wouldn't
get their first first down of the night until 9:28 was left in the half,
on a 13-yard pass from Torres to Parada. That drive would get to midfield
before being killed after a motion penalty, and Pecos would get down to the
Loboes' 25 on a couple of passes from Torres to Ruvel Carrasco as the half
ended, as the Loboes' defensive backs allowed Pecos short completions to
prevent any long scoring plays.
The only long scoring drive of the night came at the start of the third
period. Monahans would drive 90 yards in only six plays, getting out of a
2nd-and-16 hole on a 44 yard run by Aguilar, and scoring on a
30 yard run by Dominguez. Both times, arm tackling by the Eagles' defense
allowed the Loboes runners to break free for big gains.
Torres would suffer a slight leg cramp on the first play of the fourth
quarter, and was replaced by Jose Reyes at quarterback. He found John Parent
on three straight passes for gains of 31 yards and two first downs, but his
fourth pass to Parent went just over the receiver's head and into the arms
of Galvan, who raced 47 yards the other way for the final touchdown of the
The win moved Monahans to 1-2 in district and 4-4 on the season, while
Pecos fell to 1-2 in district and 2-6 overall. However, despite their similar
records, the Loboes' playoff hopes are in far better shape, since they will
get a forfeit win over Presidio on Nov. 8, but will need to win this coming
Friday at Kermit.
Pecos will have to win both of their final two games, at home this week
against Fort Stockton and on Nov. 8 at unbeaten Midland Greenwood, and then
would need help from Kermit against the Loboes next week and Fort Stockton
in their final regular season game. Fort Stockton and Kermit are tied for
second right now, after the Yellowjackets' 2-0 forfeit win over Presidio
and Fort Stockton's 21-7 loss at Greenwood this past Friday night.
Pecos 0 0
0 0 — 0
Monahans 16 0 7
6 — 29
Mon. _ Porras 2 run (Juarez pass from Aguilar), 4:31.
Mon. _ Porras 1 run (Balderaz pass from Jordan), 8:37.
Mon _ Dominguez 30 run (G. Arroyo kick), 2:55.
Mon _ Galvan 47 interception return (kick failed), 2:34.
Passing Yds 116
RUSHING _ Pecos, Levario 8-30, Parada 4-20, Armstrong 1-13, Torres
10-12, Barreno 4-1, Terry 1-(-2). Monahans, Aguilar 6-59, Dominguez
7-58, Porras 10-42, Hernandez 5-5, Sanchez 1-(-1), Jordan 1-(-5).
PASSING _ Pecos, Torres 7-15-0-85, J. Reyes 3-4-1-31. Monahans, Aguilar
10-19-1-87; Hires 1-1-0-28, Jordan 1-2-0-10, Porras 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING _ Pecos, Carrasco 3-51, Parent 4-39, Parada 1-13, Levario 1-9,
Ortega 1-4. Monahans, Porras 3-48, Galvan 2-33, R. Arroyo 1-13, Baldarez
1-11, Miles 1-11, Pedroza 1-10, Hires 2-4, Sanchez 1-(-6).
MISSED FIELD GOALS _ None.
Bears get past Longhorns to remain tied for second
It was a good night Friday for the Balmorhea Bears Friday night, as they
traveled to Imperial to play the Buena Vista Longhorns.
"We were a lot more consistent and certainly did not make as many mistakes,"
Coach Ennis Erickson said after the final buzzer, and that consistency added
up to a 54-24 victory over the Longhorns.
After struggling at home the previous week before pulling away from Dell
City, Balmorhea's offense, which has alternated between explosive and fizzling
this year, turned in a solid performance both on the ground and in the air.
The combination was too much for the Longhorns who went into the game
with four wins and three losses overall with two wins and two losses in district
Balmorhea improved their record to 6-2 overall and are now 4-1 in District
6-A Six Man play. The win kept their tied for second place with Fort Davis,
who'll they'll meet to close out the regular season on Nov. 8, with the winner
earning the second place playoff berth out of District 6-A behind Sanderson,
which clinched a playoff berth on Friday night.
The Bears did not waste any time and were leading 28-6 when they kicked
off to the Longhorns with 1:29 left to play in the first half.
The Longhorns managed a steady drive as the clock ticked away and converted
on fourth down and six to keep the drive alive.
The Longhorns got as close as the Balmorhea 17-yard line before the Bear
defense shut the door as time ran out in the first half.
After receiving the opening kickoff of the second half the Bears and 'Horns
traded the ball a couple of times before the Longhorns mounted an impressive
drive that started on their own 14 yard line.
The Longhorns drove down the field into a first down and goal situation
from the Balmorhea six with quick running plays between the tackles.
After being denied three times the Longhorns managed to find the end zone
on fourth and goal. With the missed extra points attempt the score was 26-12.
Balmorhea answered that touchdown on their next possession with a short
drive that was capped by a long pass to Jourmain Matta who out jumped the
defensive back for the ball.
Both teams managed to score twice more before the final gun but the Bear's
were not giving up the lead they had built up in the first half.
Balmorhea added one last touchdown in the final minute to ice the game.
Coach Erickson said that his Bears were preparing for this week's contest
with Sierra Blanca and hoped that his team could display the same steady
consistency they did against Buena Vista.
Balmorhea played Sierra Blanca back on Aug. 30 to open their 2002 season
and defeated the Vaqueros, 62-12. Sierra Blanca is currently 0-5 in district
and 1-6 on the season after a 57-12 loss to Fort Davis on Friday.
Pecos golfers 7th in rain-shortened Abilene tourney
The Pecos Eagles girls' golf team had a rain-shortened opening to their
2002-2003 season over the weekend in Abilene, and ended up placing seventh
in Division I of the Abilene Invitational.
The Eagles shot a 340 on Friday at the Diamondback Golf Course in Abilene,
which turned out to be the only day of play for all of the teams. "It was
a good experience for us, even if it was a little cold and rainy," said coach
Tina Hendrick. "It rained all night, and it was still a little drizzly Saturday
morning, and the golf course was still full of water, so they called it."
Pecos placed fourth at the Region I-4A Tournament this past April, and
the positions of the teams from that tournament didn't change any on Friday
as the new season began _ Andrews took first place, Snyder was third and
Granbury was just behind Pecos in eighth place, while Class 5A teams held
the other top spots. But with Pecos dropping down to Class 3A this year,
the Eagles only have Snyder to worry in regional competition among the schools
that were in Abilene this past weekend.
"We saw Snyder's two teams and they're pretty stout. I think they have
five seniors returning," Hendrick said. Andrews won with a 308 score, while
Amarillo Tascosa shot a 310, Snyder had a 318, Midland Lee had a 329, Abilene
Cooper shot a 332 and Amarillo High shot a 336. Granbury, which moved from
4A to 5A this year, was three shots behind Pecos at 343.
"Some of our players had a difficult time on the course," said Hendrick.
"Lauren (Martinez) played real well and held her game together, but the others
had two or three bad holes that hurt their scores.
Martinez shot a 76 and was followed by Brandi North at 87, Sarah McKinney
with an 88, Shelly Martinez at 89 and Dena Dutchover with a 94.
The Abilene tournament was the only one for Pecos' varsity girls until
February, though Hendrick said she'd be taking her junior varsity team to
a tournament in Midland next week. Pecos' varsity boys have played one tournament
already this fall in El Paso, and are scheduled to go back there this coming
Friday and Saturday for their final tourney before the spring season.
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