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Wednesday, May 7, 2003

Pecos girls head to state golf tourney

The Pecos Eagles have the best score, but the Snyder Tigers will have the experience - and so will the Yoakum Bulldogs - when the Class 3A State Golf Tournament tees off Thursday morning at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.

The Eagles won the District 4-3A title by a wide margin in early April, and two weeks ago captured the Region I-4A title by five strokes over Snyder, which needed a playoff to beat Breckenridge for the second place state playoff berth.

But while this is the first trip to state for Pecos' girls, Snyder went a year ago as Class 4A regional runners-up to Andrews, after placing second at the I-4A meet in which the Eagles finished fourth.

"Snyder and Yoakum both were there last year," said coach Tina Hendrick. Yoakum competed in the 3A tournament a year ago, and Hendrick said, "They're the ones who slipped up and beat Monahans for second place."

Yoakum actually qualified both their teams for state out of Region IV-3A. "They'll be stout. They've got four returnees who played at state," Hendrick said, three for the Bulldogs, and one for Zapata out of Region IV is 2002.

A total of eight teams will be at the tournament. Paris North Lamar and Gladewater Sabine are the Region II-3A qualifiers, and Waco Robinson and Columbus are the Region III-3A teams who'll compete in the state tournament.

"Snyder probably has an advantage on us, because they've played here, but we have nothing to lose," Hendrick said. "They've been there, and they're expected to win."

The Jimmy Clay Golf Course is on the east side of Austin, which is a little flatter area than the west side of the city. But Hendrick said that doesn't apply to the course itself.

"It's got sand and water and is a up and down course and has a few holes that are tree-lined," she said. "It's longer than the reds and short than the whites (tee boxes at the Reeves County Golf Course), so it's mainly going to be course management."

Playing at the Nueva Vista Golf Course in Midland, Senior Lauren Martinez placed fourth individually at the Region I-3A Tournament with a 151 score for 36 holes of play, while her sister Shelly shot a 157 and ended up in sixth place. Senior Brandi North shot a 166, junior Sarah McKinney had a 177 and senior Dena Dutchover shot a 184 for the Eagles' other regional totals.

While the Eagles have never won a state girls golf title, both of the Martinezes and McKinney will be trying to earn their second state title in a week when they play the Jimmy Clay Course. Lauren Martinez and McKinney were part of the main team and Shelly Martinez as a freshman alternate on Pecos' dairy cattle judging team that won first place last weekend at the State FFA Competition at College Station, earning them a trip to the national FFA competition in Louisville, Ky., this fall.

Hendrick said overall, preparing for two state finals at the same time wasn't that big a problem for her other three girls.

"They worked it out. They competed there and worked out on the weekend," Hendrick said before the team left for Austin on Tuesday. "They got in Saturday night. I don't know if they got in any practice yesterday (Sunday), but we're going to work out today, and then we've got a practice round on Wednesday in Austin."

Lauren Martinez said preparing for both the state FFA and the golf competitions, "is about the same. You have days you do well and days that you don't."

While the Martinezes and McKinney did have to split time between the two events last week, the trip to College Station did give the girls a chance to experience the higher humidity conditions in Central Texas a week in advance of having to play 18 holes on the Austin course.

"It's going to be tough on us. I talked to the girls and told them before the start they better drink plenty of water and to wrap something around their neck, because coming around the back nine the heat and humidity will have an effect on them."

Pecos competitors get second, third at meets

Staff Writer

A Pecos High School sophomore placed second running against college competition in El Paso this past weekend, while a PHS junior will be going to Austin this week - though for now not as a competitor - to attend the Class 3A Track and Field Championships after getting third at a state qualifiers meet last Saturday.

Stephanie Herrera will be going to the state meet at the University of Texas-Austin as an alternate in the shot put competition, after placing third at the Region I-3A Championships in Odessa on April 26. "We'll be leaving on Thursday," said coach Roxie Chavez.

Fort Stockton's Tammy Cash won the regional competition, while Sanger's Stephani Roberson was second. Herrera would compete at state if either Cash or Roberson has to drop out.

"We'll just go there and see what happens," said Chavez. "If she doesn't get to throw, that's OK. She can just see what it's like for next year."

Herrera did participate this past weekend at the qualifiers meet at McMurry University in Abilene. "She got third, but she didn't throw as far as she did at regional. She threw 35-11," Chavez said, which was just over a foot shorter than her third place throw at regionals.

Meanwhile, Pecos sophomore Rashad Terry went west this past Saturday to compete at the UTEP Twilight Meet at Kidd Field in El Paso, and placed second in the 200-meter dash with a 21.87 time. He was beaten in the race by UTEP's Richard Petty, who ran a 27.11 time for the host Miners.

"He finally ran good around the curve," said Dan Cook, who took Terry to the meet. "He was in first, but he just didn't finish, and that other guy (Petty) passed him coming out of the curve"

Terry lost his eligibility after the District 4-3A Track Meet on April 10, where he won the 200-meter dash with a 21.68 time and placed second in the 100 meters. Saturday's meet was made up of runners from UTEP, New Mexico and New Mexico State, along with other competitors who ran either unattached, like Terry, or competed for smaller schools in the El Paso-Juarez area.

Andrews girls earn 2nd place in 4A tourney

AUSTIN (AP) - Wichita Falls' Will Osborne shot a 4-under 67 Tuesday to win the Class 4A boys' state high school golf title.

His round on the rain-soaked par-71 Roy Kizer Golf Course for a two-day total of 5-under 137 was good enough for a one-stroke victory over Palestine's Jeremy Falls, who won a three-way playoff for second.

Dallas Highland Park won the team title at 559, four strokes ahead of Palestine, which shot the tournament's low round, a 276, to finish with a 563 score for the 36-hole tournament.

In 4A girls, Laura Cross of Midlothian posted the lowest two-day total at 139 after a round of 71 Tuesday. Two strokes back was Montgomery's Mallory Underwood.

Montgomery won the team title at 613, following up an opening round 307 with a 306 on Tuesday. Andrews shot 315 both days to place second with a 630 score, two strokes ahead of Highland Park, which had the tournament's low round on Tuesday with a 304.

In Class 2A, Moody's Jeremy Miller shot a 2-under 70 at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course to win the boys' title by five strokes with a two-day total of 3-under 141. Van Horn's Jeff Hensley was second at 146 after posting a 3-over 75 Tuesday. Three Rivers won the team title with a 608.

In 2A girls, Clyde Eula's Alesha Hurt easily won the title with a two-day total of 153, nine strokes better than runner-up Adi Attaway of Idalou (162). Salado took the team title at 703.

In 1A, Abbott's Kevin Doskocil took boys' medalist honors with a two-day 148 at the par-72 Morris Williams Golf Course. Utopia's Michael Hillis shot 150 and earned second place by winning a four-way playoff. Memphis won the team title at 624.

The 1A girls' medalist was Baird's Jodi Neal, who shot 158 and won the title with a birdie on the first playoff hole with Valley Mills' Nora Quinters and Throckmorton's Kinsi Hodges. In the team standings, Throckmorton and Memphis both totalled 688 before Throckmorton won the title in a playoff.

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