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Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Pecos claims three titles in junior high tourney

Pecos Eagle junior high tennis players took three of four titles in the eighth grade division last Thursday, and placed second overall at the District 4-3A Junior High Tennis Tournament in Monahans.

Dina Ortiz and Joseph Tarin won first place in the girls and boys singles divisions, while Francisco Ornelas and Jesse Hanks captured the boys doubles title in the tournament, which was for seventh and eighth grade tennis players.

Ortiz lost only one game in her four matches, defeating Fort Stockton's Jessica Fierro in the finals, 8-1, after 8-0 wins over the Prowlers' Tiffany Holford and Kayla Golliher around a sweep of teammate Syra Mendoza in the quarterfinals.

Golliher defeated Pecos' Crystal Ikeler in the quarterfinals, 8-3, after Ikeler downed Fort Stockton's Bianca Fuentes, 8-1 in her opening round match. The Eagles' other singles player, Amalie Herrera, lost in the first round to Darcy Ripley of Fort Stockton.

Tarin came from the No. 3 seed position to win the boys' title. He downed three Fort Stockton players, beating Francisco Sanchez in the quarterfinals and Michael Aguilar in the semifinals by 8-2 scored, and then downed the Panthers Everado Fierro, 8-6, in the finals. Tarin was the only singles player for the Eagles.

Ornelas and Hanks drew a bye in the semifinals, then downed Gainey and Hill of Kermit in the semifinals, 8-2, and took the title with an 8-1 win over Fort Stockton's Natividad and Rodriguez. They were the only doubles team for the boys, while on the girls' side, their lone doubles team, Vanity Vasquez and Amber Pando, lost in their opening round match to Burgess and Reno of Fort Stockton, 8-1.

In the seventh grade division, Pecos' best finish came in girls' singles, where Sada Orona earned third place. She defeated Megan Mowry in her quarterfinal match, then lost to Monahans' Emily Acker in the semifinals, 8-1, before beating Fort Stockton's Abigail Dominguez for third by an 8-6 score.

The other singles players for the girls, Yezenia Navarette and Vanessa Galindo, lost their opening matches, Navarette to Monahans' Jo Lynn Sinclair in the quarterfinals, 8-3 and Galindo to Fort Stockton's Mowry in the opening round, 8-6.

In boys singles, Chris Sotelo placed fourth, defeating Monahans' Andrew Orona, 8-2, then losing to the Loboes' Ruel Lunar, 8-1 and Fort Stockton's Jeremy Martinez, also by an 8-1 score. Pecos had no seventh grade doubles teams in either the boys or girls divisions.

Eagles send five to regionals despite DQs

Staff Writer

You can do it in an NFL game and you can do it at the end of a basketball game. But you can't do it during a track and field meet.

"It" is looking at a videotape, and while Pecos Eagle coach Roxie Chavez said there was nothing on the tape being recorded for her discus throwers because the equipment wasn't working, the action was still ruled as grounds for disqualification and spoiled what was otherwise a pretty good first day for the Eagles at the District 4-3A Track and Field Championships.

The Eagles qualified five for regionals during the opening day of competition, two on the girls' side and three on the boys' side, while earning the top seeds in five other races for Thursday night's finals at Walton Field in Kermit. But it was the disqualification of Stephanie Herrera, Stephanie Arreguy and Jessica Flores in the discus that had Chavez upset.

"They said the girls went out and looked at a video of themselves throwing," Chavez said. "We fought for about an hour. I don't know how many times we said there was nothing on the screen," though she added one of the other coaches claimed to have seen the tape.

Chavez said that while it may not have been working on Tuesday, "We've been doing it all year, but we didn't know," it was against UIL rules. "The meet director made his decision so that was that. It was a pretty long day after that."

Herrera had won the District 2-4A title in the discus the past two seasons, and was leading after the preliminaries on Tuesday with a 116-foot throw when the dispute occurred. Arreguy was tied for second, while Flores also had apparently qualified for the finals when the three were disqualified.

Herrera still managed too earn a regional berth by placing second behind Fort Stockton's Tammy Cash in the shot put, with a 34-foot-11 throw, while Jessica Martinez qualified for regionals as well by winning the 3200-meter run with a 12:42 time. Leslie Rodriguez was fifth with a 13:49 time and Kelsey Holt was sixth with a 13:50, Chavez said.

Earlier, Rodriguez had placed fourth and Martinez sixth in the high jump, with 4-foot-8 and 4-foot-6 efforts, while Mindi Harrison earned a regional alternate berth in the pole vault, clearing 7-foot-6. She also finished fifth in the long jump competition.

In the running prelims, Chavez said Jummy Akinyode had the fastest time in the 200-meter dash, a 27.22, and Tiana Terry was next with a 28.06 time. Terry also had the third best time in the 100-meter dash. "She wasn't too far behind second place, so hopefully she can move up," Chavez said.

The Eagles also qualified Mari Mendoza and Harrison for the finals of the 400-meter dash on Tuesday. The Eagles won't have any runners in the hurdle finals, while the other races - the 800 and 1600 meter runs and the three relays - are all finals-only events.

The boys placed first and second in the pole vault to earn regional berths, and also qualified one runner for regionals in the 3200-meter finals. Will Armstrong cleared 13 feet to win the pole vault and Justin Lara went 12-foot-6 to place second, while Isaiah Juarez ran a 10:57 to take second in the 3200 meters behind Fort Stockton's Rey Palma.

"We're sitting pretty good. We had 46 points, while Monahans had 53 and Greenwood had 63, but we've got that depth in the finals," coach Jerry Parent said. "We just have to hope everything works out right."

Parent said the Eagles qualified "at least two people in every event but the (110) hurdles and we should have had two there." He said his son John was given the wrong time in his heat of the preliminaries and missed out on one of the top six spots for Thursday's finals.

Jack Bradley had the fastest time in the prelims of the 110, a 15.26, and both Bradley and Parent qualified for the finals of the 300-meter hurdles. Rashad Terry also had the best time in the prelims of the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes with a 10.80 and 22.51, while Alan Chappel and Alex Orosco ran 53.28 and 53.42 for the two best times in the 400 meters. Abel Lopez also qualified for the finals, while Armstrong earned a spot in the finals of the 200 meters.

Genaro Mendoza earned a regional alternate spot behind Juarez in the 3200, placing third with a 11:10 time, and Jay Dannelley was fourth, with a time of 11:35. Parent picked up a fifth in the discus with a 132 foot throw; Trey Edwards was fifth and Tony Trujillo was sixth in the shot put, Jason Sanchez was fifth in both the triple jump and long jump events, and Terry placed sixth in the high jump clearing 5-foot-10."

"He just didn't jump well. It was just one of those days," said Parent. Terry had cleared 6-feet and 6-foot-2 in his previous two meets.

The running finals on Thursday will begin at 6 p.m. at Walton Field, and the top two finishers will advance to the Region I-3A Track and Field Championships on April 25-26 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.

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