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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Eagles seek share of first in Monahans

The Pecos Eagles can tie for first with a win, and still make the playoffs even with a loss tonight, when they travel to Monahans to take on the Loboes after a week's break from District 4-3A volleyball play.

The Eagles are 6-1 in district and 14-14 on the season following their 25-11, 25-11, 25-23 win at home over Presidio a week ago. It was the second straight game the Eagles had won the two opening games easily only to struggle in the third game, having done the same against Kermit on Oct. 11.

Monahans has barely struggled in any of their matches over the past two seasons in district play. The Loboes have not lost a game in any of their 17 victories so far, seven coming this season to go along with a 31-5 overall record. That includes a 25-9, 25-10, 25-7 win in Pecos back on Sept. 30.

In that game, the Eagles had trouble as expected with Loboes' hitters Laura Crumrine and Brittany Hughes, but they also had problems simply handing Monahans' serves, giving the Loboes a number of free balls and easy points.

"It's going to be tough winning there," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, whose team will host Fort Stockton on Saturday and then travel to Greenwood a week from today to close out the regular season.

"I keep telling them we need to concentrate on us. If we just take care of business everything will be OK," she said.

While Monahans can clinch the district title with a win tonight, the Eagles can still clinch a playoff berth even with a loss, if Greenwood defeats Fort Stockton. The Rangerettes are two games behind Pecos right now, while the Prowlers are three games back with three to play.

Play will start today at 5:30 p.m. with the freshman and junior varsity matches. The varsity game will start following the JV contest, sometime around 6:30 p.m.

Runners get in extra work at Midland meet

Pecos Eagles' coach Rudy Jurado thinks his team, and all the others entered at the Tall City Invitational this past Saturday, may have gotten in a little extra running on the Hogan Park cross country course, in the first meet there in several years.

The girls may have run a two meter course instead of a two-mile one on Saturday, the Eagles coach said, since the times at the Midland race were slower than in other recent meets for Pecos. "It was about 2.2 (miles) for the girls, and I'm not sure how much for the boys, but I told them the course was longer because everybody ran slower times," he said.

"They had a water puddle in the middle they tried to go around. I don't know how much they changed it up, but you can have one guy have a bad day, but when all my girls and guys are slower there's something wrong."

The distance change didn't alter the results much from the previous week in Odessa. Big Spring's boys and Odessa High's girls took the division titles, while Pecos' boys placed sixth in their division, with 173 points.

Jurado said the Eagles only got to see one of their District 4-3A rivals, Presidio, at the meet, though one of the Eagles' possible regional opponents, Snyder, was there, finishing fourth on the girls' side and placing two runners in the Top 10.

Pecos only had two runners on the girls' side, not enough for a team score, and their best finish was a 15:08 by Jennifer Martinez, which put her in 15th place. Jasmine Rodriguez, the other runner for the Eagles, had an 18:55 time.

The best time for the boys was a 20:57 by Gonzalo Reyna, which put him in 36th place. He was followed by Joshua Cobos with a 21:44 time, Miguel Estrada with a 22:13 time, Jeremiah Mora with a 23:36 time, Luis Nunez with a 24:57 time and Pete Juarez, with a 25:09 time.

The District 4-3A will be next Monday at the Ward County Golf Course in Monahans. However, before then, Jurado said the Eagles would run in a dual meet on Thursday against the Balmorhea Bears in Balmorhea. "Hopefully, we'll get some accurate times there to prepare us for Monday's meet in Monahans," he said.

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