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Friday, January 31, 2003

Eagles looking to end streaks against Devils

The Pecos Eagle girls will try to snap a five game losing streak in District 4-3A play tonight against the only district rival they've beaten so far, when they travel to Presidio for a 6 p.m. game against the Blue Devils.

Pecos' boys, meanwhile, will try to end a six game district skid against the Blue Devils, who they lost to at home earlier this month after two non-district road wins, when they play in Presidio tonight, starting about 7:30 p.m.

Scoring was a problem for both Pecos teams on Tuesday in homecourt losses to Midland Greenwood. The girls fell to the Rangerettes by a 52-23 final score, while the boys lost to Greenwood, 64-39.

Despite the margins, the girls actually had the better game on Tuesday, even though no Eagle scored more than four points. They trailed Greenwood by only four midway through the second period, but then saw the Rangers roll off 17 straight points to end the first half and open the third period to break the game open.

Eagles' coach Becky Granado, who was substituting for head coach Veronica Valenzuela, said the Eagles' posts Tiana Terry and Erica Franco did better on defense Tuesday, but that was offset by the team's problems in getting off any shots. "We're just unpredictable. Some nights one girls' on and another's off, and then the next game it's different. It would be nice to have them all on for one night," she said.

Earlier this month, the Eagles jumped ahead of Presidio 17-2 at the outset, and defeated the Blue Devils, 65-39. Leslie Rodriguez had 15 points and Terry and Danielle Garcia 11 apiece for Pecos. Presido comes into the game winless in district, with an 0-8 mark.

After losses to the Eagles in tournament play in December, Presidio's boys came into Pecos on Jan. 14 and came away with a 58-55 victory.

The Blue Devils blew a 10-point lead in the third period, but then rallied from a six-point deficit at the end of the game, outscoring Pecos 11-2 over the final four minutes of play.

On Tuesday against Greenwood, the Eagles needed nearly 15 minutes of play to score two field goals. They held the Rangers to just eight points over the first seven minutes of the game, but were outscored 22-1 over the next eight minutes. Isaiah Armendariz led Pecos with 12 points, but was shut down in the first half by Greenwood. It left them at 0-6 in district, while Presidio comes in with a 2-4 district mark.

The Eagles are scheduled to get junior guard Bino Barreno eligible again today, which coach Joe Flores hopes will help his team generate some offense. "He creates shots for himself and he creates shots for other people," Flores said.

Eagles' Juarez wins diving at regionals

The Pecos Eagles earned their first state berth on Thursday in the Region I-4A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center in Lubbock.

Junior Michael Juarez won the regional title in 1-meter diving for the second year in a row Thursday afternoon, earning a personal best and school record score for the second week in a row.

Juarez took the 1-meter event with 335.75 points, while runner-up Clayon Collins of Andrews earned the second place berth at the state meet, with 231.95 points.

The total came after Juarez won the 1-meter diving at district a week ago with a 328.20 point effort, which also was 100 points better than Collins' runner-up score.

Pecos' other two divers, Andrew Grant and Miguel Estrada, placed fourth and fifth in Thursday's regional competition.

Juarez will compete again today in the 500-yard freestyle of Class 4A swimming preliminaries, which will get underway at 4 p.m. in Lubbock, with the finals scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ragus Center.

Will Oglesby will be seeded first in that race, one of six individual races the boys are seeded No. 1 in, along with two of the three relay events.

Max Key, K.W. Winkles and Daniel Quintana are the other top seeds in races entering the preliminaries.

Pecos' girls are seeded first in all three relays, while individually, Teddie Salcido and Lindsey Shaw seeded first in their two events and Catherine Minjarez is seeded first in the 100-yard butterfly.

Unlike diving, only the top finisher in each swimming event automatically advances to the Class 4A state finals in Austin on Feb. 14-15.

The remaining eight qualifying spots based on best times from the eight regional meets.

Pecos set to host Greenwood in tennis match

After a long break following their district-opening victory over Monahans, the Pecos Eagles tennis team will get to play their second match of District 4-3A play Saturday morning, when they host the Greenwood Rangers starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

The Eagles won their 4-3A opener over two weeks ago at Monahans, and were scheduled to have faced Fort Stockton at home last Saturday. But that match was postponed until this Tuesday at the PHS courts.

In past years, a win on Saturday would qualify Pecos for regional competition. But with the drop from Class 4A to 3A, coach Mike Ortiz said the district matches are done only for seeding when regional competition begins in late February.

"We're seeded No. 3 and Fort Stockton is No. 2 right now, so if we can win, that should make us no worse than No. 2 going in," Ortiz said.

Greenwood, which was shorthanded when they faced Pecos during the fall, will again have to forfeit matches on Saturday. "They've got five boys and six girls, so they'll have to forfeit singles and the mixed doubles," Ortiz said, along with their No. 3 boys doubles match.

He added that he hoped to get as many players as possible into matches on Saturday. "What I plan to do is substitute and make sure everybody gets to play once after doubles," he said, though he said his No. 1 girls seed, Natalia Ornelas, will probably play both singles and doubles.

"This is the first match for Natalia, so I want to make sure she gets to play, especially since we play twice next week, against Fort Stockton and at Midland," he said. Ornelas missed the Jan. 14 match with Monahans due to a varsity girls basketball game.

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