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Friday, Feb.7, 2003

Panther boys control play in win over Eagles

The Pecos Eagles' tennis team beat the cold weather into town on Thursday, but they couldn't beat the Fort Stockton Panthers in their District 4-3A match at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

The Panthers won all five split set matches on the day and defeated the Eagles' varsity by a 14-5 margin, and by a 15-7 overall score in a match postponed from late January. Two of their final split set victories were in the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in boys singles and doubles, where Fort Stockton ended up winning all nine varsity matches and had a 10-1 overall advantage.

"They have a pretty strong boys team, but we should have won a couple of those matches," said coach Mike Ortiz.

Trent Graham was beaten by Bjorn Subia, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in singles play, after Subia and Eric Fierro beat Graham and Jay Dannelley in doubles, 6-3, 7-5. The other split set match for the boys was a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 win by Brian Fierro and Robbie Barriga over Pecos' Stephen Lamb and Orlando Mendoza.

"Trent had him four-love (in the second set) and he just came back," said Ortiz. "Our No. 2 doubles team was ahead twice in the third set and let them come back. But the kids tried. And left everything on the court, so I was real happy with the effort"

Fort Stockton won the top four singles matches as well as winning in split sets in No. 1 doubles, where Elizabeth Carreon and Jennifer Rayos lost 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, 6-0 to Casee McKenzie and Kirti Ghandi. The Eagles' wins came at No. 2 and 3 doubles, where Whitney Lamb and Natalia Ornelas defeated Victoria Subia and Leigh Hamilton, 6-2, 6-4, while Amanda Fleming and Beatrice Villarreal downed Elisha Blanco and C.J. Bollier, 6-2, 6-2.

In mixed doubles, Frankie Hernandez and Imari Ornelas downed Carr and Hamilton, 6-1, 6-3. Hernandez and Ornelas then won their singles matches, though at No. 7 seeds they did not count towards the final varsity score.

The loss left Pecos at both 1-1 in district and for the spring season. While the weather on Saturday is supposed to be warmer than today's snowy conditions, Ortiz said the Eagles' scheduled matches in Midland against Lamesa and Brownfield have been canceled, due to the flu bug at both those schools. Pecos' next matches will be next weekend, when they host their own tournament at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

Fort Stockton (14) at Pecos (7)

Boys Singles

Trent Graham lost to Bjorn Subia, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2; Jay Dannelley lost to Eric Fierro, 6-1, 6-1; Stephen Lamb lost to Brian Fierro, 6-3, 6-1; Michael Orona lost to Vishal Chapa, 6-1, 6-1; Orlando Mendoza lost to Robbie Barriga, 6-1, 6-4; Joel Sotelo lost to Alex Marquez, 6-1, 6-1.

JV _ Frankie Hernandez defeated Timmy Carr, 8-5; Donald Walker lost to Daniel Sotelo, 8-2.

Girls Singles

Natalia Ornelas lost to Casee McKenzie, 6-3, 6-3; Elizabeth Carreon lost to Kirti Ghandi; Jennifer Rayos lost to Victoria Subia (no score available)' Amanda Fleming lost to Leigh Hamilton, 6-3, 6-3; Whitney Lamb defeated Elisha Blanco, 8-6; Beatrice Villarreal defeated C.J. Bollier, 8-2.

JV _ Imari Ornelas defeated Melissa Hamilton, 8-2.

Boys Doubles

Graham and Dannelley lost to Subia and E. Fierro, 6-3 ,7-5; Lamb and Mendoza lost to B. Fierro and Barriga, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5; Orona and Sotelo lost to Chopa and Marquez, 6-3, 6-3.

Girls Doubles

Carreon and Rayos lost to McKenzie and Ghandi, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, 6-0; N. Ornelas and Lamb defeated Subia and l. Hamilton, 6-2, 6-4; Fleming and Villarreal defeated Blanco and Bollier, 6-2, 6-2.

Mixed Doubles

Hernandez and I. Ornelas defeated Carr and M. Hamilton, 6-1, 6-3.

Pecos cagers look to derail Monahans' playoff hopes

With an 0-8 record in District 4-3A play, any hopes of making the playoffs are long gone for the Pecos Eagle boys basketball team.

But they can throw a wrench into the Monahans' Loboes' post-season hopes tonight, when they travel to Monahans for their final road game of the 2002-03 season.

The Eagles, who haven't won since Jan. 7, will face the Loboes, who blew a chance to wrap up the third and final 4-3A playoff berth on Tuesday, in a 7:30 p.m. start tonight at the Monahans Special Events Center. Play will open with the freshman game at 4:30 p.m., followed by the junior varsity game at 6 p.m.

The Eagles lost on Tuesday at home against Kermit by a 62-45 final score. Pecos moved the ball around better on offense than in recent games, but couldn't complete their plays when they needed to, and the Jackets were able to pull away in the final period. Joey Ortega was the only Pecos player in double figures, finishing with 10 points. It left the Eagles at 10-16 on the season.

Monahans is 4-4 in district after losing at home on Tuesday to Presidio, which tied the Loboes for third in the 4-3A standings with their 48-37 victory. The Blue Devils outscored the Loboes 20-9 in the final period and no Monahans player managed to score in double figures.

The Loboes own two wins over Pecos this season, 70-64 in tournament play at Fort Stockton and 67-60 in Pecos on Jan. 21. In that game, the Eagles managed to cut an 18-point third quarter deficit down to one midway through the final period, but again couldn't complete their plays down the stretch when it counted.

Isaiah Armendariz had a season-high 30 points in the loss, while Monahans was led by Ronnie Robledo's 18 points.

Following tonight's game, the Eagles will play their final game of the season at home on Tuesday night against Fort Stockton.

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