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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Junior high boys move up,

girls slip in area golf play

The Pecos Eagles junior high boys and girls golf teams both saw their scores go up this past Saturday in the third round of their area tournament, but the boys' increase was small enough so that they actually moved up in the standings after 54 holes of their 90-hole tournament.

The Eagles shot a 397 at Fort Stockton, after shooting a 390 in Monahans two weeks earlier, and that put them at an even 1200 through three rounds of play.

"We placed third in Fort Stockton," said coach Ronnie Daniel. "All teams seemed to balloon in their scores, but the results put us in second for the year. I felt the pairings affected us to some extent. Our A's were paired with other teams B's."

Andrews and Kermit were the teams ahead of Pecos. The Mustangs shot a 355 and hold a wide lead in the team standings, with a 1068 score, while Kermit shot a 392 but are in fifth place overall, at 1215. Monahans is two shots behind Pecos at 1202 after a round of 413, and Andrews 'B' shot a 412 and is at 1213 for the tournament. Fort Stockton is sixth with a 1244 after a 414 round and Monahans 'B' is seventh at 1422 after shooting a 478 on Saturday.

Individually, Pecos' Drake Bradley is in third place in the medallist race with a 261, after a round of 93. He trails Andrews golfers Dylan Dockery (79-243) and Eric Kelton (88-258). However, for the day Joseph Tarin had the best score for Pecos, a 92. Tarin didn't play the opening round of the tournament and has no total score.

The other Eagles' scores on Saturday were a 104 by Zack Morton, who is at 312 overall, a 108 by Dane Daniel, who is at 327, and a 114 by Jesse Preito, who is at 354 overall. Michael Lee shot a 126 and is at 376, Desi Alvarez shot a 129 and is at 389 and R.J. Guerra shot a 130, but like Tarin, missed the opening round of play in Pecos and does not have a three-round score.

Pecos' girls were in second going into the third round of their 45-hole tournament, but fell behind Fort Stockton after shooting a 249 on Saturday. The Eagles had led the Panthers by one stroke, but Fort Stockton shot a 206 and is 653 through 27 holes, while Pecos is at 695. Andrews shot a 194 and leads with a 601 total.

"We just didn't have a very good round," said coach Crissy Dominguez, as only two Eagles broke 60 on the afternoon.

Eleanor Mason shot a 57 and Silvia Baeza had a 59 for the Eagles, while Stephanie Galindo had a 66, Carolina Brinoes a 67 and Sarah Wentworth shot a 72 for the 'A' team. Pecos' two other golfers, Melissa Mendoza and Kayla Natividad shot 63 and 72 scores. Pecos did not have enough golfers this week for a 'B' team score.

Monahans was third in the team standings on Saturday with a 232 score and is at 730 overall, while the Loboes' 'B' team shot a 247 for the fourth best score on the day. The Loboes didn't have a 'B' team last week, while Andrews 'B' shot a 250 and is at 718.

Kermit, which tied for second at Monahans a week ago, didn't have enough golfers for an 'A' team this time around, while Fort Stockton's 'B' team shot a 279, but didn't field a team during the opening round of the tournament.

The fourth round is scheduled for this Saturday in Andrews, with the final round on May 10 at Kermit.

Pecos swimmers place 7th at state junior meet

Pecos swimmers placed seventh overall out of 66 teams this past Saturday in state competition for sixth through eighth grade teams at Palo Alto College in San Antonio.

Coach Evan Bates said the Eagles were second out of all the teams at the Class 4A level entered in the meet, qualifying for the finals in most events and placing third four times.

"The meet was a very fast and highly competitive meet for these six young boys," Bates said. "I was very impressed with the overall performance of our swimmers and the way in which they represented their schools in Pecos. All of the swimmers performed beyond my expectations both individually and also as a team."

Eighth grader Kyle Winkles had a pair of third place finishes, in the 100-yard freestyle with a 57.28 time and the 200 free, in 2:06.02. Matt Oglesby also picked up a third in the eighth grade competition, with a 1:07.58 in the 100-yard individual medley. He was fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke, with a 34.95 time.

For the sixth graders, Joshua Elliott was third in the 50-yard backstroke, with a 34.29 time and fourth in the 100 medley, with a 1:13.96 effort. Heath Armstrong was fourth in the 200 freestyle, in 2:20.22, and fifth in the 100 free, with a 1:04.38 time.

Also in the sixth grade division, Frankie Morin was 18th in the 100 free (1:18.26) and 22nd in the 50 free (34.12), while Isabel Baeza placed 26th in the 50-yard breaststroke (49.79) and 27th in the 50 free (34.12).

Pecos also competed in two relay events, placing fifth in the 200 freestyle with a 2:20.59 time and sixth in the 200 medley relay, with a time of 2:33.26.

"All of the boys improved their times, both in the relays and individually," said Bates. "The boys all achieved personal best times at this meet.

"In the future I hope to have more swimmers qualify for this meet, because I feel it gives them good experience as well as being a reward for working hard all season," he added.

Coin flips go Eagles' way in setting up playoff series

Pecos Eagles coach Elias Payan hopes his baseball team can do as well this weekend as he did in the coin flips against the Seminole Indians on Monday.

Payan swept the flips for both the site of the games and the number of games, and as a result, the Eagles will face the Indians in a best-of-three series, Friday night in Seminole and Saturday afternoon in Pecos.

"I said we'd be willing to play neutral site if he (Seminole coach Mike Brown) would play best two out of three, but he didn't want that," Payan said. The Indians had wanted a one-game playoff at a neutral site, probably in Odessa or Big Spring, while Payan had sought a best-of-three home-and-home series.

Game 1 will be at 7 p.m. in Seminole on Friday, while the second game will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Eagle Field. A third game, if necessary, would be played at about 4:30 p.m.

"I just hope we can take advantage of the situation," Payan said.

The Eagles made the playoffs as the third place team out of District 4-3A, while the Indians won a playoff over Snyder for second place in District 3-3A. The two teams played once this season, with Seminole winning a 10-9 game at the West Texas March Classic in Midland back on March 6.

The other bi-district series will also be a home-and-home affair, with Snyder hosting Greenwood on Friday night in Game 1, while the second and third games, if needed, will be at Greenwood Saturday afternoon.

District 4-3A champion Monahans drew a first round bye. They'll face the winner of the Borger-Dimmitt bi-district playoff match-up in the area round of the Class 3A playoffs next week.

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