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Friday, February 21, 2003

Pecos teams start tournaments

The Pecos Eagle golf and tennis teams will be dealing with cold, wet conditions this morning, as they begin play in tournaments in Fort Stockton and in the Midland-Odessa area.

The varsity tennis and girls golf teams will be heading south to Fort Stockton for their tournaments, while the boys golf team will play in Midland and Odessa this weekend, in the Tall City Invitational. Coach Kim Anderson said Pecos would play Ranchland Hills Golf Course and Ratliff Ranch in the two-day tournament.

The boys finished third last weekend in Fort Stockton, 16 strokes behind first place Big Spring, but lost 15 strokes off their total due to a scorecard error on Friday. This weekend, Anderson said, "We'll probably see Abilene Wylie, Perryton and all the others we might have trouble with at regionals."

Pecos' girls won the Big Spring Invitational two weeks ago, and took last week off. This weekend, they'll see their District 4-3A rivals and are also scheduled to see Snyder, who are favored right now to claim the Region I-3A title in April.

Coach Tina Hendrick said she'll have eight of her nine girls available this weekend, and "I'll take all of the girls to play this district course."

Hendrick said Pecos' four `B' team golfers placed third last week behind Andrews' two teams in the Mustangs' JV Tournament, with Bianca Mendoza's 95 being the low score for Pecos.

The Eagles' tennis team won first place in their own tournament this past weekend, and will see several of the same teams in Fort Stockton today and Saturday, along with the host Panthers, who beat Pecos two weeks ago in a dual meet and will go into next weekend's Region I-3A Tournament at Levelland as the No. 1 seed out of District 4-3A.

"We won't know until we get there and have a meeting to set up seeds who we'll play" at regionals, Ortiz said of next weekend's tournament.

Pecos girls face Greenwood, boys host Snyder

The Pecos Eagles' softball team will definitely see one, and could see two of their District 4-3A rivals today in play at the Tall City Softball Tournament in Midland.

Meanwhile, Pecos' baseball team will see a team on Saturday they could face in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs come May, when they host the Snyder Tigers in a doubleheader at Eagle Field.

The girls, who went 3-2 last weekend in the Andrews Softball Tournament, began play at 10:30 a.m. today in Midland against district rival Greenwood, which is one of the favorites to take the 4-3A title this season. The winner will take on either El Paso Austin or Midland Lee in a 1:30 p.m. game today, while the loser will face either Austin, Lee or another district team, Fort Stockton, in a consolation round game at 3 p.m.

The Prowlers, who won last weekend's El Paso Invitational Tournament, opened play in the Midland Tournament on Thursday with a 3-0 preliminary round loss to Odessa Permian.

"We're going to be in a tough bracket," said Walls, as the tournament also includes Monahans from District 4-3A, along with Odessa High, Midland High, El Paso Americus, El Paso Montwood and Lubbock Monterey from Class 5A; Andrews, Big Spring and Dumas from Class 4A, and Midland Christian, which won last weekend's Andrews Tournament.

Walls said she would start off with the same defensive lineup Pecos finished the Andrews Tournament with last Saturday, with Stephanie Herrera pitching, Kelsey Flores at second base, Danielle Garcia at first base, freshman Jessica Flores catching, and either freshman Hillary Hinojos or senior Erica Franco would play right field.

Pecos' junior varsity will also be entered in the tournament, as they open their 2003 season today against either Crane or Odessa High, also at 10:30 a.m.

Pecos' sub-varsity baseball teams were scheduled to begin their 2003 seasons this evening with home games against Monahans, but coach Elias Payan said those have been canceled due to rain.

Saturday's game are set for a 1 p.m. start between the Eagles and Tigers, who blanked Abilene Wylie in their opener, 10-0.

The Eagles rallied from a 6-1 deficit to tie Odessa High in their opener on Tuesday, only to allow an unearned run in the sixth inning, which gave the Bronchos a 7-6 win. Barney Rodriguez took the loss for the Eagles, but settled down after a shaky start.

On Saturday, coach Elias Payan said he hoped to look at three pitchers against the Tigers, who like the Eagles dropped down from Class 4A to 3A this season.

"I'd may have Rigo (Ramirez) start one of the games, and we also want to work with Josh Anchondo," Payan said. "He may throw two or three innings in the second game, and we'll also work with Matthew (Levario), but like to take a look at Rigo."

Anchondo, a freshman, may also pitch a couple of innings tonight against Monahans. Ramirez saw limited action on the mound last season, while Levario went 6-1 as a part-time starter a year ago.

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