Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Pecos girls 3rd in Andrews, boys 17th at Angelo
The Pecos Eagle girls' golf team had a pretty good weekend in Andrews,
taking third place in the Andrews Girls Golf Classic, while Pecos' boys had
a few more problems over in San Angelo, placing 17th in the Blue
Division of the San Angelo Invitational.
The girls lost out on the second day of the 36-hole tournament by four
strokes to the host Mustangs for second place behind El Paso Coronado, after
both teams shot 329 scores in the opening round. The Eagles finished with
a 325 for a 654 total while the Mustangs shot a 321 to finish at 350, eight
shots behind Coronado, which won with a 325-317-642.
But the Eagles did finish three shots up on their likely main rival at
next month's Region I-3A Tournament, Snyder. The Tigers shot a 333 in the
opening round and were only able to make up one stroke on Pecos the following
day, shooting a 324 to finish with a 657 score.
Senior Lauren Martinez and freshman Shelly Martinez both placed in the
Top 10 in the medallist standings. Lauren ended up fifth with 77s both days
for a 154 total, while Shelly ended in a three-way tie for eighth with an
83-78-161 score. They were followed by Brandi North with an 81-86-167; Dena
Dutchover with an 88-86-174; and Sarah McKinney with a 91-84-175.
Pecos' main District 4-3A rivals, Monahans and Fort Stockton, placed 11
th and 12th in the tournament, with 731 and 738 scores.
Seminole was the only other Class 3A school entered in the tournament.
Most of the teams in the San Angelo Invitational's Blue Division were
Class 4A schools, with Lewisville Hebron running away with the title by shooting
a 296-290-586, 22 shots ahead of Wichita Falls Rider. No other team had as
much success in the opening round at Quicksand Golf Course, which included
the Eagles, who were among nine teams to cut 30 strokes or more off their
scored during the second round of play, but wound up 17th overall
in the final standings.
Pecos shot a 350 on Friday and dropped that score to a 316 on Saturday
to finish with a 666 total. Fort Stockton was the only other District 4-3A
school entered in the tournament and had similar problems, shooting a 360
on Friday and a 319 on Saturday to finish with a 679 score.
Pete Vasquez had the low score for Pecos, coming back after a 90 on Friday
to shoot a 74 on Saturday for a 164 total. Jake McKinney was one shot back
with an 85-80-165 and was followed by Sal Nichols at 88-78-166, Michael Nichols
at 89-84-173, and Casey Breiten with an 88-87-175.
The San Angelo Invitational was the last tournament for the boys before
District 4-3A play opens on March 24 in Kermit. The girls have one more tournament
scheduled, on March 20 at Greenwood, before hosting the first round of their
district tournament, on March 25.
Eagles begin Spring Break against Chiefs
Spring Break is on for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD students, but the schedule
won't be any lighter for the Pecos Eagles baseball team this week, as they
play the first of four games tonight, at home against San Angelo Lake View.
It's the first game between the two teams since 1998, when they were both
members of District 2-4A. The Chiefs are now part of District 3-4A, while
the Eagles stayed in 2-4A as it moved west to El Paso in the fall of 1998,
and now are part of District 4-3A.
For the Chiefs, it will be their second road game in as many days. They
made the 75-mile trip to Brady on Monday, where they defeated the Bulldogs
by a 9-4 score. John Montelongo homered in the win and Jeff Trimble had two
doubles for San Angelo. The win came after an 11-1 victory on Saturday over
Portales, N.M., in the consolation round of the Big Spring Tournament, but
overall, Lake View is only 5-7 on the season right now.
Pecos is 8-4 right now, after winning the consolation title on Saturday
over Midland High's junior varsity in the West Texas March Classic by an
8-7 score in nine innings. It was the sixth comeback victory for Pecos in
their eight wins, but errors remain a problem for coach Elias Payan, who
used three freshmen on the mound in the four games Pecos played in the tournament,
due to the absence of senior Rigo Ramirez.
Freshmen Eddie Vela picked up the win over Brownfield on Friday, with
another freshman, Edward Valencia, earning the save, while senior Matthew
Levario two-hit Monahans later that night. Junior Jose Reyes pitched all
nine innings in the win over Midland High, while senior Barney Rodriguez
took the loss in relief of freshman Josh Anchondo against Seminole, in a
game where errors put Pecos in a 7-2 hole, and then ruined a comeback that
saw them grab a 9-8 lead in an eventual 10-9 loss.
"Our pitching is not going to just go out and blow it by people. That's
why the defense has to come through," Payan said. "With the way we're hitting,
if we start to play defense, we're going to be dangerous."
After today's game the Eagles will be headed down to Alpine for tournament
play this week. They'll face the Bucks' JV team in a 9 a.m. game on Thursday,
and will then take on either Tornillo or Wimberly on Friday, at 9 or 11:30
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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