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Thursday, February 27, 2003

Eagles facing Monahans JV at Sandhills

With the possibility of two games looming on Friday, the Pecos Eagles will try to stay focused on their work this afternoon, when they begin play in the Sandhills Baseball Tournament.

Pecos originally was scheduled to take on the Reagan County Owls in a 12 noon game today, in their tournament opening game at Kermit. But the Owls have advanced to the Class 2A regional semifinals in basketball, and as a result had to drop out of the tournament.

The Eagles will now be taking on Monahans' junior varsity team, which is taking Reagan County's place in the tournament. The winner of that game will come back and play at 3 p.m. on Friday, against either the Alpine Bucks or the Eagles' District 4-3A rival, Presidio.

However, since Pecos is in the preliminary round side of the tournament bracket, the winner of that game will have to turn around 90 minutes later and take on the winner between Monahans and Denver City, in the tournament's semifinal game. Play will conclude with the championship, third place and consolation games on Saturday.

The Eagles evened their season record at 2-2 on with an 8-1 win over Monahans' varsity, in the Loboes' season opener. Barney Rodriguez survived allowing a run at the start of the game to no-hit the Loboes over the final four innings, and evened his record at 1-1 on the season.

Today, Eagles' coach Elias Payan said freshman Jose Anchondo would start on the mound against the Loboes' JV. Anchondo went four innings against Snyder this past Saturday, and should be familiar to several of the Loboes' JV players. He. Played summer baseball in Monahans, helping them reach the Texas Teenage League state finals.

For the remaining games, Payan said, "We'll go with Rigo (Ramirez) and Matthew (Levario), and hopefully Barney by Saturday will be ready to go again."

Ex-Pecos student Rayos wins N.M. state crown

A former Pecos student now living in Carlsbad captured the heavyweight division state wrestling title in New Mexico last Friday.

Jesse Rayos won the title after scoring an upset win over Anthony Kirby of Manzanc in the New Mexico District 4-5A Tournament and at state. Rayos had lost to Kirby three times the previous year, and handed the future University of New Mexico football player his only losses of 2003 after 24 wins.

After falling behind at the outset of the district match by a 5-0 margin, Rayos was able to come back in the final two rounds to wear the larger Kirby down before scoring a 10-6 victory. He was one of seven Cavemen wrestlers to win their division titles at the district meet.

Rayos attended Pecos elementary schools before moving to New Mexico with his parents, Joel and Eliser Rayos.

Pecos faces Midland Christian squads

The Pecos Eagles' softball team will be back in Midland this evening, for the second tournament there in as many weeks, when they open up play in the Midland Greenwood Softball Tournament, at the Bill Williams Softball Complex in Midland.

The Eagles will play pool round games today against Midland Christian and the Mustangs' junior varsity teams, which are scheduled for 6:10 and 7:20 p.m. starts. Pecos' JV will also be entered in the tournament, and will face Andrews' JV in their division at 5 p.m.

Coach Tammy Walls said the JV will play again at 10:10 a.m. on Friday, but because Denver City dropped out of the tournament, the Eagles won't know who their pool round opponent is until they get to Midland this afternoon.

The Eagles are 4-5 on the season, after going 1-3 this past weekend at the Tall City Tournament in Midland. The Eagles lost to District 4-3A rivals Greenwood and Fort Stockton, along with Dumas, while defeating El Paso Americus. The previous weekend, they were 3-2 in tournament play at Andrews, which included an 18-1 loss to Midland Christian, which went on to win the tournament.

Walls pitched freshman Hillary Hinojos in that game, but said junior Stephanie Herrera would start on the mound today. At the same time, she said shortstop Brittany Lobstein would be the latest Eagle tried out as catcher, as Pecos seeks to solve their main defensive problem so far this season.

"She's done a good job in practice," Walls said. "She came to us and said she wanted to help in any way she could. She's a junior, so she's got some experience and I think that will help us settle down."

Walls said that in place of Lobstein at shortstop, Christy Contreras would start for the Eagles today. "Her hitting has really been an asset for us, and I feel like she can step in and perform," Walls said.

This weekend's games are the last ones for the Eagles before District 4-3A play opens next Tuesday against Presidio. That game will also be the Eagles' 2003 home opener at Martinez Field. With the addition of lights at the field and the shorter travel distances for Pecos' district opponents, starting times for home games this year will be moved back an hour, to 5 p.m.

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