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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 district tournament.

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 Tennis Tournament.

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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