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for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
"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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