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Wedesday, April 23, 2003

Eagles ousted in first round of I-3A tennis

Pecos' varsity tennis players had a rough day at the Region I-3A tennis tournament in Odessa on Wednesday, as none of their regional qualifiers made it out of the tournament's opening round.

Singles players Trent Graham and Natalia Ornelas lost their opening round matches in straight sets, while the doubles team of Jennifer Rayos and Elizabeth Carreon were beaten in split sets on the tournament's first day.

Rayos and Carreon came close to winning, taking the first set from Slaton's Angela DeCirro and Tiffany Kramp by a 6-3 score. But the Slaton duo came back to win the second set, 7-6, and then won the deciding set by a 6-2 score.

Graham had gone into the tournament seeded fourth, but was beaten by Borger's Mark Millner, 6-3, 7-5. He then went on to down William Matthews of Abilene Wylie in the tournament quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-1.

Ornleas wound up matched against the No. 2 seed in the girls' singles bracket, Caroline Everett of Breckenridge, and she came away with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over the Eagles' junior. Everett then won her second round match over Melissa Irvin of Godley, 6-1, 6-0.

The other singles qualifiers out of District 4-3A fared better on Wednesday. Monahans' Christy Gatzki, who won the district title, downed Muleshoe's Lindsey Wood, 6-0, 6-1, and then beat Perryton's Lindsey Wilkens, 6-3, 7-5 to advance to today's semifinals. On the boys' side, Fort Stockton's Bjorn Subia, who lost to Graham in the finals at district, won his first two matches, 6-3, 6-4 over Canyon's Jeremy Reed and 6-1, 6-0 over Jeremy Parks of Everman.

Fort Stockton's girls doubles team of Cassee McKenzie and Kirti Ghandi, who won their division at district, took their opening match on Wednesday, 6-2, 6-2 over Veronica Cano and Tiffany Redding of Brownfield. In boys' doubles, the only division the Eagles failed to place a regional qualifier, Fort Stockton's Erik Fierro and Bryan Rainwater won 6-3, 6-3 over Matt Farley and Chris Roberts of Canyon, while their teammates, Brian Fierro and Robby Barriga, lost to Farley and Roberts' teammates, Scott Burge and Landon Lewis, by 6-1, 6-2 scores.

Also on Wednesday the Balmorhea Bears' lone qualifier for the Region I-A tennis tournament, Ivan Rodriguez, lost his opening round match in boys' singles play at South Plains College in Levelland.

Rodriguez was beaten by No. 4 seed Jay Massamore of Sudan, 6-0, 7-6. Massamore than won his second round match over Jeffrey Browning of Miami, 6-4, 6-3.

Pecos seeking state berths at Regional I-3A meet

The Pecos Eagles got a lot of people to regionals in their first year as a member of Class 3A. Now, they'll try and get some people to state for the first time in six years at the Region I-3A Track and Field Championships in Odessa on Friday and Saturday.

Competition begins with the girls' long jump and discus and the boys' pole vault at 10 a.m., while the running finals in the 3200 meter race start at 1:30 p.m. Running preliminaries in the other events begin with the 400 meter relay at 2:30 p.m. while on Saturday, field events start at 9 a.m. and the running finals begin at 1:15 p.m.

Pecos' boys won their first district title in 53 years at the 4-3A meet in Kermit two weeks ago, while the Eagle girls placed second to Midland Greenwood after taking the District 2-4A title in 2002. But no Pecos athlete has advanced to state since Bryan Brownlee qualified for the shot put and discus in 1997.

"We should make the finals in a few events, but we'll see how it goes when we get there," said girls' coach Roxie Chavez, who'll have all of her squad available this weekend. "I've seen some of the other times, and we're ranked in the Top 6 in the mile relay, so if we just run we'll be OK.

"In the 200 and the shot put we're ranked in the Top 8, so we have a chance to make finals there, and the 800 meter run is close, and the mile and the two mile are real close, so anybody could take it."

Jessica Martinez won the 3200-meter run at district for Pecos, while Jummy Akinyode took first in the 200-meter dash for the Eagles. Pecos' remaining regional qualifiers came in second at district, including Martinez in the 1600 meters, Alessandra Carrasco in the 800, Stephanie Herrera in the shot put, Tiana Terry in the 100 and 200 meters, and the Eagles' 1600 meter relay team, which will be changed slightly for regionals.

"I'm going to go with Alex (Carrasco) first, Mari (Mendoza) second, Midi (Harrison) third and Jummy last, so we're just switching the last two legs," Chavez said.

Pecos' boys will be minus two of their regional qualifiers this weekend, in senior Genaro Mendoza and sophomore Rashad Terry, and coach Jerry Parent said he would move Isaiah Juarez out of the 3200 to concentrate on the 800 meter run at regional Juarez placed second in both, but Parent said, "They're going to run the 3200 and then come back about an hour later and run the 800 prelims, so I want him to be rested for the 800."

Parent said Wednesday he would put Jay Dannelley into the 3200 meters to allow Juarez to have a better chance in the 800 preliminaries. "As far as the half-mile, Isaiah's right in there with any of them. I think the best time is a 2:02," he said.

Chavez said this morning that officials apparently have decided to run the 800 as a finals-only event on Saturday, but Parent said even with that, he'd only put Juarez in the half-mile event."

"Isaiah's been a little sick this week," he said. "If they don't (run prelims) it will give Isaiah another day to get over his sickness."

Parent will have Freddy Torres in the 800-meter relay on both Friday and Saturday, if Pecos qualifies for the finals, though he'll have a 470-mile trip in-between to and from the Eagles' baseball game Friday night in Presidio.

"All the relays will be the same. He'll run (the 800) and they go play baseball, and if we qualify for the finals he'll go on Saturday," Parent said.

Pecos also qualified its 400-meter relay team, where Peter Juarez is replacing Terry, and the 1600-meter relay team. Jack Bradley qualified in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, with his best shot at state in the first race, while Alex Orosco qualified in the 400 meter dash and both Will Armstrong and Justin Lara will compete in the pole vault Friday morning.

"The best there is 15-7, but after that it pretty much tapers off," Parent said. Armstrong won with a 13-foot jump at district and Lara was second at 12-foot-6. "One of them has a chance of getting out," the Eagles' coach said.

"Alex is sitting about sixth or seventh (in the 400) with a 53 (second) time, but I know he can run 52," Parent said. "There are a couple of guys ahead of Jack (in the 110 hurdles), but he should be right in there."

Junior high swimmers to compete at state meet

Staff Writer

Six Pecos swimmers will be going to San Antonio this weekend to compete in the State Junior High Swim Meet at Palo Alto College.

Coach Evan Bates said the six were members of the Pecos Junior High swim team for grades 6-8 during its spring season and have been training for the past 21/2 weeks for the meet, which will take place on Saturday in San Antonio.

Joshua Elliott, Frankie Morin, Isabel Baeza, Matt Oglesby and Kyle Winkles all earned trips to state based on their times during meets this season, Bates said. The swimmers were part of both the junior high and the Pecos Age Group swim teams during the 2002-03 season, and Bates said most of the swimmers this year were at the elementary school level.

"We had a young team. We only had a handful of seventh and eighth grade kids. Most of them with sixth grade and under," Bates said. "We had a lot of first-time swimmers among the ranks, and they did a really good job keeping pace with the swimmers from the years past.

"Hopefully, they'll stay with it," Bates said. "I saw a lot of potential with those swimmers. They were willing to do whatever it takes."

Oglesby and Winkles were among the seven swimmers from seventh and eighth grade competing for Pecos, while Elliott, Armstrong, Baeza and Morin were among 14 sixth graders competing for the Eagles.

The junior high swimmers had three meets during the season, not including those the age group swimmers went to during the year.

"Overall at the Monahans meet the junior high girls finished second and the boys finished first, and in Pecos the girls finished fourth and the boys were first," Bates said. "At the Andrews meet we combined the team, because we had four junior high kids who weren't able to be there and we finished sixth overall."

Bates added that the elementary grade swimmers placed first in both the boys and girls divisions at Monahans and Pecos, and were fourth overall at Andrews. He said that team was also shorthanded, and "It was a very tough meet. They swam against a lot of 5A schools from Odessa and Lubbock that had full rosters, and we only had 11 overall."

Bates said a total of 22 swimmers competed for Pecos at the junior high and below level this season.

"We had a pretty successful season, except for a few conflicts with the UIL (science fair) and other athletic events," Bates said. "The Andrews meet was the only meet we didn't do all that well."

Bates said the other Pecos swimmers for the boys were Brian Carrasco, Alfredo Tellez, Kenneth Salas and Travis Walker at the 6-8 grade level for the boys; Alexandra Aguilar, Daniella Bustillos, Gabriella Garcia, Tiffani Mariscal, Catherine Moore, Donica Marquez, Clara Weinacht and Destiny Valle for the sixth grade girls; Cassandra Mata, Cynthia Marmolejo and Amanda Dunivan for the 7-8 grade girls, and Conner Armstrong, Allyson Reynolds and Lauren Elliott for the under-sixth grade girls.

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