Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Eagles in 2nd after district golf opener
The Pecos Eagle boys golf team is in second place after the opening round
of the District 4-3A golf tournament in Kermit on Monday, while Pecos' girls
were on their own course today, for the first round of their three-round
The boys shot a 318 on Monday at the Winkler County Golf Course in Kermit
and hold a five-stroke lead over Fort Stockton. Monahans blistered the Winkler
County Course with an opening round of 291, as four of their five 'A' team
golfers broke 75 for the day.
Pecos was led by Sal Nichols, who shot a 75, while Peter Vasquez also
broke 80 for the afternoon, with a round of 79. Michael Nichols shot an
81, Jake McKinney had an 83 and Casey Breiten shot an 86 for the Eagles'
other 'A' team scores.
"Monahans just shot lights out," said Eagles' coach Kim Anderson. "Sal
played real good, and the other guys can improve a little, but we're still
sitting in second place.
"We had some bad bounces, but overall we're still in good shape, and
I'm expecting them to play better next Tuesday at Monahans," he added.
Greenwood is one stroke behind Fort Stockton with a 324 score, while
the host Jackets shot a 329 and Monahans 'B' was next at 341.
Pecos 'B' team is 11th overall after the opening round, following a 476
score on Monday. David Bradley shot an 87, and was followed by Dustin Gulihur
with a 120, Will Kington with a 122 and Tye Kington with a 147.
The first round of district play opened this morning for Pecos' girls
at the Reeves County Golf Course. The Eagles come off a third place finish
two weeks ago at the Andrews Tournament, and are favored to win their fourth
straight district title this season.
The second round of the girls' tournament will be next week at Fort Stockton,
while the final rounds for both boys and girls will be in two weeks at Midland.
Eagles netters 4th in tourney at Monahans
Pecos Eagle Trent Graham placed second in boys' singles and Natalia Ornelas
finished fourth in girls' singles over the weekend at the Monahans Invitational
Midland Christian won first place overall in the tournament, while coach
Mike Ortiz said the Eagles placed fourth out of eight teams entered.
Graham lost to Midland Christian's Adam Vavrek in the finals, 6-4, 6-2,
after defeating Tim Blackwell of Monahans' junior varsity, 6-1, 6-0, and
Matt Helm of Midland Christian, 6-3, 6-1, in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
The Eagles' other singles player, Joel Sotelo, also lost to Vavrek, 6-0,
6-2, in the quarterfinals, after an opening round win over Midland Trinity's
Kory Yoho, 6-0, 6-0.
Ornelas won her opening match over Wink's Ashley Taylor, 6-0, 6-1, then
defeated Lydia Jackson of Midland Trinity, 6-4, 6-3 before losing to Midland
Christian's Amber Raindl, 7-5, 6-0. Randl won the finals, while Ornelas
lost to her teammate, Molly Cook, for third place, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In doubles play on the boys' side, Stephen Lamb and Orlando Mendoza defeated
Wink's Russell and Shirley in the first round, 6-3, 6-1, then lost to Brad
Burke and Brady Sullivan of Midland Christian, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4). The Eagles'
other doubles team, of Frankie Hernandez and Donald Walker, were beaten
by Romo and Hernandez of El Paso Ysleta, 6-2, 6-3, then lost in the consolation
semis to Kesey and Phariss of Monahans' JV, 6-3, 6-3.
In girls doubles, Elizabeth Carreon and Jennifer Rayos won over Montoya
and Bouquin of Monahans' JV, 6-0, 6-1, then lost to Midland Christian's
Ashlee Thane and Colleen Cosner in the quarterfinals. No score was available
for that match. Amanda Fleming and Beatrice Villarreal lost their two matches,
to Smith and Byron of Midland Trinity, 6-2, 6-1, and Amy Stretcher and Jennifer
Oden of Midland Christian, 6-2, 6-0.
The Eagles will be in Fort Stockton this weekend, for their final tournament
before district competition back in Monahans on April 4-5. "This weekend
all the district teams are going to be there, so we'll have a pretty good
idea how all the seeds are going to go," Ortiz said.
Pecos girls face Prowlers, boys go to Monahans
Coming off losses on Friday and Saturday, the Pecos Eagle baseball and
softball teams both will be trying to turn things around today, as the girls
close out the first half of District 4-3A play by hosting Fort Stockton
at 5 p.m., while the boys travel to Monahans for their second district game,
a 7 p.m. start against the Loboes.
With a 2-2 record, today's game is bigger for the girls, who'll be trying
to break a tie for third with Fort Stockton in the district standings. The
Eagles lost a 4-0 decision on Friday at Greenwood, in a game called after
41/2 innings due to lightning. Fort Stockton, meanwhile, had their game
Friday against Monahans called because of rain, and on Monday, the Prowlers
dropped the make-up game to the Loboes in extra innings, 4-1.
Lucy Acala shut out Monahans for six innings, but the Loboes rallied to
tie in the top of the seventh, then scored four times in the eighth inning
for the victory. Acala's other loss in district was by a 2-1 margin at Greenwood,
while against the Eagles she's 1-1 this season, shutting out Pecos by a
3-0 score while losing 7-2, both during tournament play.
"Fort Stockton's a big game for us, but I have all the confidence in our
athletes," said Eagles' coach Tammy Walls.
She said Stephanie Herrera would pitch today's game against the Prowlers.
Herrera took the loss earlier this season against the Prowlers, allowing
three unearned runs, while Danielle Garcia earned the victory.
The boys will be trying to avoid their ongoing problem of falling behind
early tonight, when they take on Monahans. The Eagles are 12-6 on the season,
but have trailed in 15 of their 18 games this season and in their past three
games have been outscored 12-3 in the first two innings of play.
That includes a 5-0 hole after two innings on Saturday at Kermit. The
Eagles would eventually trail by a 7-1 margin, before a late rally fell short
and they lost, 7-6 to the Yellowjackets.
The Eagles also have trailed in all three games they've played this season
against Monahans, but have rallied to win two of them, by 8-1 and 4-3 scores
in Pecos and at Midland, while dropping a 5-3 decision to the Loboes on
their home field. Dee Porras tossed a one-hitter that game, but then was
beaten by the Eagles in Midland when Matthew Levario threw a two-hitter.
Tonight, the Eagles will probably see Noah Miles on the mound for Monahans.
He came off a three-week suspension last Tuesday and defeated Seminole,
allowing three runs in seven innings while also contributing a double in
the Loboes' 5-3 win. Monahans opened district play at home this past Friday
with an 8-4 victory over Presidio.
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