Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, February 4, 2002
Eagles place 2nd, 3rd at opening tourneys
The Pecos Eagle girls golf team opened their 2003 spring season with
a second place finish over the weekend at the San Angelo Girls Golf
Classic, while Pecos' boys began spring play by placing third on Friday in a
one-day tournament at Monahans.
The girls shot a 358-327-685 to finish 27 strokes behind Blue Division
winner Andrews. But unlike in past years, when the Eagles would then have
to face the Mustangs back in San Angelo for regional play, this time
the Mustangs remain in Class 4A, while the Eagles will be trying to
advance past regionals and to the state tournament in Class 3A this year.
"Overall the wind blew a lot on Friday, but the girls held
their composure and confidence and played real well," coach
Tina Hendrick said of the opening round at Quicksand Golf Course. Round
two was played at Riverside Golf Course, and every team in the division
cut their scores.
"Quicksand is a tough golf course. I think it's rated
13th in the state," Hendrick said. "It's got about
100 sand traps, but my girls played it real well."
Lauren Martinez placed fourth individually in the division,
shooting 81s both days for a 162 score. She was followed by Brandi North with
a 94-77 _171, Sara McKinney with a 94-80 _174, and Shelly Martinez
with a 93-89 -182.
Pecos' boys shot a 329 in their one round tournament, finishing
behind District 4-3A rival Monahans, which shot a 321, and Midland
Trinity, which shot a 328.
Coach Kim Anderson said he played Friday's tournament
without two of his `A' team golfers, Casey Breiten and Sal Nichols. "I just
needed to site Casey because he's got too many tournaments," said
Anderson. Breiten had the best score of all the Eagle golfers at regionals last year.
Sophomore Michael Nichols had the best score overall on Friday
at Monahans, winning medallist honors with a 76 total. Pete Vasquez was
next for Pecos with an 80, and was followed by Jake McKinney with
an 87, David Bradley with a 90 and Jack Stickels with a 92.
"We shot a 329 in that wind, which was not bad," Anderson
said. "Michael Nichols has been playing real good golf lately, and so has
Pete. He was off a little bit at Monahans, but he still finished in the Top 10
and got all-tournament."
Girls ending hoop season with Jackets
The 2002-03 basketball season comes to a close for the
Pecos Eagles basketball team tonight at home against the
Kermit Yellowjackets, while the boys play their next-to-last home
game tonight against Kermit, with the games beginning at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Pecos' girls are seeking to end a five-game losing streak and
get their second district victory, while the boys have dropped
seven straight games since 4-3A play begin in early January. The
latest losses came on Friday night in Presidio, as the girls fell by a
42-35 final score while the boys dropped a 60-41 decision to the Blue Devils.
While the Eagles are out of the playoff picture, tonight's
games are far more important to the Yellowjackets. With their 69-61
win on Friday over Fort Stockton, they tied the Prowlers for the third
and final playoff berth out of District 4-3A, both with 5-4 records.
They can clinch a playoff spot tonight with a win over the Eagles and
a loss by Fort Stockton to Greenwood, which
defeated second place Monahans on Friday to clinch the 4-3A title.
Back on Jan. 17 in Kermit, the Eagles rallied from a 14-6
first quarter deficit to tie Kermit late in the second period, only to go
cold again at the start of the third period and eventually lose by a 55-39
final score. Amber Broadway, who had 33 points in a December win
over Pecos, put in 27 that night, while Stephanie Herrera led Pecos with
Kermit's boys are pretty much assured of a playoff berth, with a
6-1 mark in district. But the Jackets need a win to stay within a game
of first place Greenwood, who they'll face on Friday night.
Last month at home, the Jackets used a 17-2 run in the first half
to wipe out an early 10-3 Eagles lead, then held off comeback tries
by Pecos in the third and fourth quarters to win by a 62-49
final score. David Haring topped the Jackets with 15 points, while
Joey Ortega had 15 for Pecos and Isaiah Armendariz had 13, despite
missing most of the first half due to foul trouble.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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