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This year, Eagles' coach Mike Ferrell is hoping for the same thing while
starting from a higher level, when Pecos goes to the Crane Invitational
Both the boys and girls will be at the Crane meet, which opens with
running preliminaries at 9 a.m. Field event finals are scheduled for 11
a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., while running finals open with the 3,200
meters at the end of preliminaries, followed by a break before the 400
meter relay, about 3:30 p.m.
"We'd like to win the Crane Relays. That's the goal for our team," said
Ferrell, whose team placed fourth with 56 points at last weekend's
Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton.
Pecos scored 21 points there last year, then racked up 118 at Crane in
finishing second to the host Cranes. This past Saturday, Crane finished
just behind Pecos, and they again figure to be the Eagles' main
competition this weekend.
Pecos got two gold medals at Fort Stockton from senior Bryan Brownlee,
who set new school records in the discus and shot put, while distance
runners Mauricio Villescas and Billy Rodriguez eached picked up a silver
and bronze medal in the season-opening meet. Freshman pole valuter Roy
Marta had Pecos' other medal, placing third in that event.
Ferrell said he lost three team members to grades, all underclassmen,
while adding the junior varsity squad was hit harder by grade problems.
All could regain their eligibility by late March.
Coach Becky Granado said she lost only one freshman girl to grades,
while getting back sophomore Shea Lara, who'll run the 100 meter hurdles
and on the 400 and 800 meter relay teams.
Pecos' girls were sixth at Fort Stockton last week with 33 points, and
were sixth a year ago in Crane, though they were without several of
their runners that day. That included distance runner Marisol Arenivas,
who picked up second and third place medals last weekend at the Comanche.
"We're all right with grades, I just need to get my injured girls
healthy," Granado said. Runners Annette Marquez and Katrina Quiroz are
out with injures, and the Eagles are still awaiting the return of shot
put and discus thrower Jennifer Barrera, who broke her arm during the
Eagles' basketball season in January.
But the peso fell the right way for Pecos in the opener against Fort
Stockton, and they were able to get a strikeout at the right time in
their second game against Andrews, earning them a berth in Saturday's
Pitcher Louis Valencia was helped out by a diving catch by Jose
Contreras in the seventh inning, then struck out the final batter with
the tying run on base, after Andrews cut a 7-2 lead to 7-6. The game
ended at 11:35 p.m.,. after both the Eagles and Mustangs agreed to play
past the 1:45 time limit.
Pecos and Fort Stockton played past the limit in the Eagles' opening
game, and that allowed the Panthers to score a run in the bottom of the
sixth inning, tying the score at 6-6. The teams then flipped to see who
would advance to the semifinals and the coin -- a peso -- came up in
favor of the Eagles.
The same scenario played out in the consolation semifinal between Fort
Stockton and Kermit, but this time, the Panthers saw the Yellowjackets
tie things at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth, then won when the peso
fell their way.
Andrews earlier had beaten Kermit by an 8-0 score.
Today's games match Monahans against Midland Greenwood at 2 p.m. and the
Eagles' freshmen against Van Horn at 4 p.m. Play opens Saturday at 12
noon with the seventh place game, while the tournament championship is
set for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Pecos varsity, meanwhile, won their opening game of the Monahans
Sandhills Tournament this morning, defeating the Midland Greenwood
Rangers by a 9-1 final score.
The win sends Pecos into a scheduled 7:45 p.m. game tonight, in the
semifinal round of the tournament. The Eagles will face the Reagan
County Owls, who defeated Monahans in their tournament opener on
Moses Martinez won for the third time in as many starts on the mound,
and the Eagles improved their record to 3-1 on the season. The winner
advances into Saturday's 8 p.m. championship game, while the loser will
play for third place, starting at 4 p.m.
Pecos' girls travelled to Midland to compete in a field of mostly Class
5A and 4A schools today, while area 4A and 5A boys teams teed off this
morning at the Andrews Invitational. Both tournaments are 36-holes, and
will conclude on Saturday.
Pecos' tennis teams were also in action today and Saturday against some
bigger schools, but istead of going east, they were headed west to El
Paso, the first of two consecutive trips there for the Eagles.
Pecos' boys golf team were off last week, while the girls finished
fourth at the Fort Stockton, and had the third best score last Saturday,
one stroke up on Andrews.
The boys were in Fort Stockton two weeks ago, and while they didn't
place as well as the girls did a week ago, their two round score of 694
was closer to the rest of the District 4-4A pack than in recent seasons.
Pecos' tennis team opened their spring season two weeks ago with their
only scheduled dual meets, against Monahans and Suyder. This weekend's
play is tournament style, going towards the District 4-4A tourney at
Midland in April.
"It's a solid 5A 4A bracket," said coach J.R. Torrez of this weekend's
field. He said El Paso Irvin, El Paso Socorro, Carlsbad, Roswell and
Roswell Goddard are among the teams participating in the two-day
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