Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
"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
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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