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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 11 points.

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.

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