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Friday,February 14, 2003

Bears place trio on 9-A hoop squad

Two members of the Balmorhea Bears' girls basketball team were named to the All-District 9-A team in voting by the district's coaches, while one other Bears was selected to the second team and three earned honorable mention.

Senior Julia Garlick and sophomore Larissa Rodriguez were the Bears' first team selections, coach Melissa Flores said, while junior Trina Jurado was the second team selection from Balmorhea.

The names were released following this week's losses by District 9-A champion Fort Davis and runner-up Dell City in the bi-district round of the Class A-Division II basketball playoffs. Fort Davis fell to Marathon, 47-38, while Dell City lost to District 10-A champion Sanderson, 36-31.

Rodriguez and Garlick were both posts on the Bears' 2002-03 team, which finished third in the final standings, losing a second place playoff game to Dell City last Friday by a 33-29 final score. Balmorhea ended up 5-4 in district this year.

"I ended up taking only six girls, and one of my starters (Vanessa Baeza) went down in the second quarter when she rolled her ankle, so I didn't have anyone else," Flores said. Balmorhea had beaten Dell City a week earlier by one point, despite finishing the game with only four players, including Amber Briceno, who went back into the game after injuring her ankle and scored the game-winning basket.

"We just didn't have any luck this year with injuries," Flores added.

She said Briceno, a junior, Baeza, and two freshmen, Savanna Matta and Sabrina Lopez, earned honorable mention in voting by the district's coaches.

Balmorhea's boys are awaiting their Class A-Division II bi-district game, this coming Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Pecos against the Buena Vista Longhorns. The Bears won the District 9-A title and are 19-3 on the season, after losing a playoff practice game this past Monday to the Iraan Braves by a 59-58 final score at Fort Stockton.

On Saturday, the Bears will be at Imperial to take on Sanderson in a pre-playoff game, starting at 7 p.m. Sanderson won the District 10-A title and will face Fort Davis in their bi-district playoff game.

Eagles face tough openers in Andrews

Staff Writer

There's no question the Pecos Eagles softball team will face a tougher time in district play in 2003 than any time in the last four seasons.

But the Eagles still may not have as tough a pair of games back-to-back as they will today, when they open their 2003 season with games at the Andrews Softball Tournament.

The Eagles played a pool round game this morning against the El Paso Eastwood Troopers, and then began the actual tournament competition with a 1:35 p.m. match-up against the Midland Christian Mustangs.

"We got to see Eastwood last year over in Odessa. They were playing Abilene Cooper before our playoff game, and it was a pretty good game" said Eagles Coach Tammy Walls.

This year, Eastwood opened their 2003 season on Tuesday with a three-inning, 19-2 win over El Paso Del Valle. Erika Gonzales earned the victory on the mound and went 2-for-2 at bat, while Stephanie Escontrias was 4-for-5 for the Troopers with three RBI.

Midland Christian may even be better. The Mustangs won the Class 4A state title in the Private School TAPPS last year, and began their 2003 season on Tuesday with an 8-3 victory over Midland High. The Mustangs rallied from 1-0 and 3-1 deficits by scoring four times in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh off the Class 5A Bulldogs.

Taharra Tisdale picked up the win or Midland Christian, while Kelly Wolfenberger went 3-for-4 and Cricket Criner had a pair of hits and three RBI.

Pecos had been scheduled to start its season on Tuesday as well, but their game at Alpine was postponed because the Bucks were involved in the Class 2A basketball playoffs. Walls said Stephanie Herrera, 13-3 last season, would start on the mound for the Eagles today.

If Pecos wins their 1:45 p.m. game, they'll play again at 5 p.m. against either Odessa High or former District 2-4A rival Fabens. A loss would send them into a 6:30 p.m. contest against the OHS-Fabens loser. Pecos' current District 4-3A rival, Monahans, is also on the same side of the tournament bracket, and will begin play against Andrews `B' team after facing Midland Christian in their pool round contest.

Depending on Friday's outcomes, the Eagles' first game on Saturday could start anywhere from 9 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.

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