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Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Eagles finish 4th at Stockton tennis tourney

The Pecos Eagles tennis team took home one division title, a couple of second place trophies and fourth place overall this past weekend, during tournament competition at Fort Stockton.

Elizabeth Carreon defeated Courtney Brown of Eldorado, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, to win the No. 2 girls singles division at the tournament, while she and Natalia Ornelas placed second at No. 1 doubles, losing in the finals to Fort Stockton's Casee McKenzie and Kirti Ghandi, 6-4, 6-3.

The Eagles' other second place finish came at No. 1 boys singles, where Trent Graham lost to the Panthers Bjorn Subia, 6-4, 6-3.

"The kids played well. I was proud of them," said Eagles' coach Mike Ortiz. "It just came down to a few major points and tiebreakers that changed the course of the match.

"The kids are losing those right now, but they're starting to realize they need to work harder in order to win those crucial points," he added.

Aside from the top three finishers, Ortiz said that Pecos picked up two third place finishes at the tournament, from the No. 2 girls doubles team of Imari Ornelas and Chantel Orona and from Joel Sotelo at No. 5 boys singles. Ornelas and Orona defeated Hampton and Graves of Fort Stockton, 6-0, 6-1, and Sotelo downed El Dorado's Shey Parker.

Placing fourth in their divisions were Michael Orona, Orlando Mendoza and Donald Walker at No. 3, 4 and 7 boys singles; Natalia Ornelas and Jennifer Rayos at No. 1 and No. 5 girls singles; Graham and Sotelo at No. 1 boys doubles; and Amanda Fleming and Rachel Rubio at No. 3 girls singles.

Ortiz said the host Panthers won the tournament, while Eldorado placed second and Midland Christian took third.

The Eagles will be heading to Levelland on Thursday to compete in the Region I-3A Tournament. Pecos will be seeded second out of District 4-3A behind Fort Stockton, though Ortiz said, "We won't know who we'll be playing until after the meeting to determine seedings Thursday."

The top finishers in the tournament will advance to Class 3A competition in Austin next month.

Cobos places 9th in division at Austin marathon

Swimmers weren't the only Pecos High School athletes competing in Austin two weekends ago. A PHS sophomore participate in a 26-mile race through the city, and is hoping to eventually qualify for the 2004 Boston Marathon.

Joshua Cobos ran in the Motorola Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 16 and placed ninth in his age group, running the 26.2-mile course in a time of 3 hours, 23 minutes. He was one of 6,000 contestants in the event, of which 5,361 were able to complete the race.

"The Motorola Marathon was my first one," the 16-year-old Cobos said. "My goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon next year, which means I must have a qualifying time of 3:10 by April 21, 2004.

"I gained a lot of information and experience and hope to run a 2:30 one of these days," he said. "Being my first marathon, I didn't know what to expect."

Cobos averaged 7:46 per mile over the race, and ran during the fall as part of the Eagles' cross-country team, where he placed 12th at district in the three-mile race.

"I love to run. I dedicate a lot of time to running," he said. "I live in the country, so I take advantage of the open space. I run weekend, mornings and at school during track or cross-country.

"My hard work and dedication paid off, but now I know I will have to work even harder," Cobos said. "Coach (Tammy) Walls encouraged and gave me vital info about running marathons."

He also said his parents and other coaches, also helped him prepare for his first marathon.

Aside from his goal to qualify for Boston next year, Cobos said  he plans to run in the San Diego "Rock and Roll" Marathon, which  is scheduled for just after the end of the 2004 school year, on June 1.

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