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for Pecos Country of West Texas

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Eagles stay in second in area Jr. high golf

The Pecos Eagle junior high girls golf team placed fourth by one stroke last Saturday, but still held onto second place by one stroke after two rounds of play in their area tournament.

Playing in Monahans, Pecos shot a 231, one stroke behind Fort Stockton and Kermit, who tied for second place. Andrews was first with a 205 round for nine holes of play and at 407 for 18 holes, leads Pecos by 39 strokes. The Eagles are at 446 and Fort Stockton is at 447.

Silvia Baeza shot a round of 53 for the second week in a row and tied for fourth place in the medallist standings for the day. Eleanor Mason was in 10th place with a 56, while Amanda Herrera shot a 57, Carolina Briones shot a 65 and Stephanie Galindo had a 66 for Pecos' 'A' team.

Pecos' 'B' team cut two strokes off its first round total with a 262 score. Maritza Acosta shot a 58, Sarah Wentworth had a 64, Kayla Natividad shot a 68, Melissa Mendoza shot a 72 and Maressa Lyles shot a 74 for the Eagles.

"The girls are learning this lifetime sport. They are having fun and competing," Coach Crissy Dominguez said.

She added that Pecos would have three more girls out for the third round of the tournament, which will be on April 26 at Fort Stockton.

Kermit's girls didn't have enough players for a first round score in the tournament, and Fort Stockton 'B' and Monahans 'C' were also new teams this week, with the Prowlers shooting a 290 and the Loboettes a 264. For the two-week totals, Andrews 'B' is fourth with a 468 score after shooting a 233 in Monahans, and Monahans 'A' was fifth with a 498 after a round of 256. The Eagles were in sixth place at 526 with their 'B' team.

Pecos pitching rotation to stay in order tonight

Pecos Eagles' head coach Elias Payan won't switch around his pitching rotation for today and Saturday, as the Eagles look to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Fort Stockton Panthers and Monahans Loboes.

High winds forced Pecos to postpone their Tuesday home game against Monahans until 2 p.m. on Saturday, and as a result, they'll play Fort Stockton first, starting at 7 p.m. tonight on the Panthers' home field.

Barney Rodriguez, who owns four-hit wins over both Monahans and Fort Stockton this season, was scheduled to pitch against the Loboes, but with the change, Payan said he'll pitch the senior tonight at Fort Stockton.

"We'll go with Barney and just see what happens," Payan said. In the teams' first meeting, Rodriguez, 4-6, earned his only shutout so far this season, a 2-0 win over the Panthers.

Fort Stockton pitcher Terrance Ellis worked out of a couple of early jams to hold Pecos to just two runs, and also figures to start tonight for the Panthers. Fort Stockton comes into the game also needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, following a 7-5 loss at home on Tuesday to Midland Greenwood.

Pecos boys run in meet at Lamesa

The Pecos Eagle boys track team will have about half as many competitors today, for a pre-regional practice meet as they did a week ago while winning the District 4-3A track championship in Kermit.

The boys will be going to Kermit today for the regional qualifiers meet, which begins with field events at 2:30 p.m. and running finals at 3:15 p.m. It's a warm-up for the Region I-3A Track and Field Championships, scheduled for April 25-26 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.

Other extracurricular activities and grades will leave only eight Eagles competing in Lamesa today. All but one, Will Armstrong, will be in the running events. Armstrong will compete in the pole vault and will also be on the 400 meter relay team, which will include Jason Sanchez, Jake Bradley and Peter Juarez today, coach Jerry Parent said.

"The 800 relay will be Will, Peter Juarez, Jason Sanchez and John Parent," he added. "Alex (Orosco) will run the open quarter (400 meters) and I'll probably let Isaiah (Juarez) run the half mile to see how good he'll be."

Juarez qualified in both the 800 and 3200 meter runs, but unlike at district and at regionals, the 3200 will be held with the 800 meters today, with the starting times for both only a little over an hour apart.

Parent said Juarez, Sanchez and Alan Chappell would make up three legs of the 1600 meter relay today, but "I haven't made up my mind on the other one yet."

Pecos' girls will not be making the trip to the qualifier's meet today, coach Roxie Chavez said. "We'll just practice here at home," she said.

The regional meet will begin next Friday morning with field event finals, while running prelims and the finals of the 3200 meters will be that afternoon. The remaining field events will take place on Saturday morning, followed by the remaining running finals.

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