Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
"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
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
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
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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