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March 18, 1997

Eagles seek 3rd win over Rangers

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PECOS, Mar. 18 -- The schedule may have said `Midland,' but the Pecos
Eagles will be going a little further east this afternoon, to Greenwood,
for their third meeting of the season against the Rangers.

The Eagles end a 10-day break by facing the Rangers, in a 5 p.m. start.
It was originally reported Pecos would face Midland High in their first
game back from Spring Break.

Eagles' coach Bubba Williams had been hoping to see his team come back
from the week off a little bit healthier than they were following a
stretch of seven games in nine days. But instead, the Eagles are
actually more banged-up then before the break, thanks to last Monday's
car crash involving first baseman Joseph Strain and reserve shortstop
Eric Muniz.

Both players were hurt when the car Strain was driving rolled over on
the north side of town. Muniz was lost for the season with a broken
ankle and Williams said he didn't know when Strain would return.

"His back is still hurting him. He can't move right now," Williams said.
Pecos already had lost Eric Aguilar at least until the latter part of
the season due to a tonsillectomy, while Oscar Luna remains out of the
lineup, right now with a wrist injury.

"His wrist is so swollen he can't swing a bat," Williams said. "I hope
he's ready by district (next Tuesday against Sweetwater), but he's going
to be rusty."

As for tonight, Williams said Jason Abila would start on the mound.
He'll be trying to even his record at 2-2 against the Rangers, who have
dropped 9-1 and 22-3 games to the Eagles so far this season.

Abila allowed just four hits and struck out 12 in eight innings in his
last start, but two unearned runs saddled the junior with a 3-2 loss to
Abilene Wylie on Mar. 7 at Greenwood's West Texas March Classic. The
Eagles followed up that Friday night loss with a 5-4 defeat Saturday
morning to Kermit, leaving them with a 7-3 record for the season.

The Eagles have two more home games before their district opener against
Sweetwater, this Friday when they host Lamesa for a doubleheader at 4:30


In the Mar. 10 story in the Enterprise on Pecos' 3-2 loss to Wylie, a
sixth inning throwing error was credited to second baseman Nestor
Mendoza by mistake. The throwing error was by shortstop John Paul

Crockett girls win Pecos Relay title

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PECOS, Mar. 18 -- The Crockett Eighth grade girls won first place at the
West of the Pecos Junior Relays on March 7, while Monahans took the
three other division titles at the seventh and eighth grade track meet.

Pecos' seventh grade boys and girls both finished second in the
seven-team field, while the eighth grade boys were fourth in their

Crockett's girls won by a 131-111 margin over Fort Stockton, with
Monahans third with 97 points. Depth helped the Eagles take the title,
as they won only two events on the day, the 400 and 1600 meter relays.
Adria Walker, Yvette Barreno, Crystal Garcia and Philonicus Fobbs made
up the 400 meter team, while Walker, Barreno, Garcia and Maricela
Arenivas were on the 1200 meter team.

The Eagles also got a second place finish from Garcia, Fobbs, Arenivas
and Nicole Payne in the 800 meter relay. Individually in the other
running events, Walker, Barreno and Fobbs were second, third and sixth
in the 100 meter dash; Arenivas and Payne were second and fifth in the
200 meters; Alexa Marquez was second in the 200 meter hurdles; Benita
Esquivel and Jenny Alvarez were second and sixth in the 600 meter run
and fourth and fifth in the 1200 meter run.

In the field events, Walker was second, Arenivas fourth and Fobbs was
sixth in the long jump; Walker and Arenivas were second and third in the
triple jump; and Charlee Waight was fifth in the discus.

In the seventh grade division, Monahans' girls won by a 161-82 margin
over Pecos, with Kermit, Crane, Fort Stockton and Alpine just behind,
with 79, 77, 76 and 71 points.

Zavala's girls got a win in the 1200 meter relay from Rebecca Prieto,
Cathy Maldonado, Rocio Morales and Melanie Franco. The 800 meter relay
team of Franco, Prieto, Jamie Jenkins and Christina Arenivas was third
and the 400 meter team of Jenkins, Maldonado, Morales and Arenivas was

Individually, the Eagles got one silver medal, from Alexandra Vasquez in
the shot put, and bronze medals from Arenivas in the long jump and
Mireyea Medrano in the discus. Ashley Cox was fifth in the shot put for
Pecos' other field event points.

In running events, Elida Gonzales was third in the 1200 meters while
Franco and Prieto were fourth and fifth in the 600 meters; Arenivas was
fourth in the 55 meter hurdles and Nikki Walker was fourth in the 200
meter dash.

Pecos `B' scored two points in the meet, with Jacqueline Marquez, Erica
Evans, Sara Lozano and Carmen Matta placing sixth in the 800 meter relay.

The seventh grade boys lost by a 159-146½ margin to Monahans, with
Kermit third with 63½ points. Pecos won both the 400 and 1200 meter
relays, with Benny Juarez, Mason Abila, David Meline and Kendrick Evans
making up both relay squads.

Zavala also got wins from Evans in the 200 meter dash, Ricky Plummer in
the 1200 meter run, Juarez in the pole vault and Tony Harris in the
discus. Harris was also second in the shot put, while Abila was third in
the pole vault and Plummer was sixth. Juarez took third and Evans fourth
in the long jump, and Richard Rodriguez was fourth and Evans fifth in
the triple jump.

Plummer placed second in the 1200 meters; Juarez was third in the 100
meters and fourth in the 600 meters; Abila was second in the 300 meters
and Meline was sixth and Rodriguez was fourth in both the 65 and 200
meter hurdles.

The eighth grade boys fared well in the running events, but were hurt by
a lack of field event points. Crockett got a pair of gold medals from
Juan Avalos in the 600 and 1200 meter runs. Michael Pena and Jacob Mora
were second and third in the 1200, and the Eagles also got a third from
Vincent Prieto, Alvaro Navarette, Chris Bryant and Juan Perez in the
1200 meter relay.

Perez also won third in both the 65 and 200 meter hurdles; Navarette was
fourth in the 300 meter dash and Prieto was fifth in the 200 meter dash
for the Eagles' other running event points.

In the field events, however, Crockett's lone points came from Cortney
Freeman, second in the pole vault; Pifi Montoya, who was third in the
discus and fifth in the shot put, and from Bryant, who placed sixth in
the long jump.

The relays were run with the girls running and boys events in the
afternoon, and the boys running and girls field events in the evening.
Crockett coach Tino Acosta said he was happy with the support given to
the relay, the second of four for Pecos this season.

The Eagles' teams will be in Fort Stockton on Friday, then close their
season on Mar. 27 at Monahans.

Optimists hold clinic for LLers

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PECOS, Mar. 18 -- The Pecos Evening Optimist Club will by holding its
annual Little League Baseball Clinic this Saturday at Chano Prieto
Little League Field on Walthall Street.

The clinic begins at 9 a.m. and had a registration fee of $5 per child.
All instructors for the clinch have played baseball at the college or
professional level.

Participants will receive a jersey and a certificate of completion
following the event, and a lunch of hamburgers, chips and soda will be
provided to the players.

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