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Dec. 18, 1997

Loboes fare well in Sandhills tourney

On the second weekend in every December comes the moment of
truth for both boys and girls Lobo basketball. Of course,
the annual Monahans Sandhills Tournament means precisely
nothing when district comes around. But it always seems to
be the cornerstone of both the men's and women's season.
Winning or losing, the Loboes always play well at their
tournament. And 1997 was no exception.

The Lobo varsity basketball teams each showed tremendous
play at the 1997 Sandhills Tournament. The women took 4th
place while the men finished eighth.

Early in the season, the girl's basketball team has seemed
to be the victim of a tough schedule. Playing tough
opponents, including perennial 3A powerhouse Seminole, the
Loboes failed to garner a win, despite playing tough
basketball. Fans, followers, and media all knew it was
merely a matter of time before the girls could place a "W"
on their record.

It didn't take long once the tournament started last week..

The girls opened up play Thursday night, Dec. 11, against
rival Fort Stockton. Behind a superb overall effort, the
girls garnered their first win of the season by defeating
the Panthers, 43-21. Coach Mike Swigert remarked that the
girls played some of their finest basketball thus far in the
season that game. The Loboes were lead by Juniors Tracie
Jasso and Lori Enriquez. Jasso tallied 13 points, while
Enriquez put up 8 in the winning cause.

The win secured the women a spot in the Championship
bracket of the tournament. In the semifinals, the girls
took on El Paso Irvin. Despite a hard fought battle, the
girls fell short, losing to 5A Irvin, 36-18. Senior post
Amanda Sanchez led the Loboes with 8 points.

The loss to Irvin set the Loboes back, both literally and
figuratively. The loss to Irvin seemed to drain the Loboes,
but they did not lose their fight. On Saturday afternoon,
the Loboes took on Pecos for third place. The Loboes came
out with something to prove and definitely proved it,
despite a 48-34 loss. The Loboes showed unmatched effort
and fight in the loss, as once again Junior Lori Enriquez
took over. Enriquez totalled 24 points, a game and season
high. The girls finished in 4th place in the tournament.

The men's basketball team also had their share of hardships
in the 1997 Sandhills tournament. The Loboes had several
reasons to give up. These guys had only been playing
together totally for under two weeks, allowing little time
to get crucial timing down and learning how each other works
on the court. Not to mention, the Loboes had arguably the
hardest draw in the tournament, beginning with a game 7:30
Thursday night against 4A San Elizario.

However, they refused to give up-that's why they have the
right to wear "Loboes" on their jerseys.

The Loboes played tough Thursday night against a tough San
Elizario team, ultimately falling 57-44. The Loboes had a
total team effort despite the loss, as many players off the
bench came in and made important offensive and defensive
contributions. Sr. Cody Avary led the Loboes with 10
points, while Jr. David Williams followed up with 9.

With the loss, the Loboes advanced to play at 1:30 Friday
afternoon against defending New Mexico State Champion
Artesia, who lost to El Paso Bowie in the first round. The
Loboes, in front of a huge crowd of fans and most of the
Monahans High School student body, fell against the
Bulldogs, 72-55. The Loboes trailed 47-24 at halftime, but
came out firing in the second half. After the Bulldogs
pulled off a nice Alley-Oop to start the scoring in the
second half, the Loboes went on to outscore the Bulldogs in
the half 31-23. The Loboes pulled to within 15 in the
fourth quarter, playing reserve players, which prompted the
Artesia coach to put back in his starters. This failed to
stop the Lobo attack, but ultimately the clock did, and
Artesia left victorious. Senior Chris Allen led the Loboes
with 13 points, while Junior Jason Merrick scored eight.
Sophomore Chris Adams also pitched in eight, all in the
fourth quarter.

The Loboes then participated in the seventh place game
against El Paso Mountain View. The game, which began at
10:30 am Saturday morning, was expected to be over by Noon.
This was not the case. The Loboes (Monahans) and the Lobos
(Mountain View) fought hard for four quarters. Tied at the
end of regulation, Lobo and Lobo played two more quarters in
overtime. When all was said and done, the Lobos from El
Paso emerged victorious 53-50 in double-overtime. Cody
Avary once again hauled in the big load, leading the Loboes
with 24 points. Senior Brandon Stephens also pitched in
eight in the losing cause.

Monahans women whip Buena Vista

Monahans broke a three game slide Tuesday night, Dec. 16.
with a 47-34 win over Buena Vista in women's basketball.

The Loboes went into the half time leading by only five, but
had an explosive third quarter out scoring Buena Vista 7-13
to pull out the win.

Leading Lobo scorer was five-foot-seven inch junor guard and
forward Lori Enriquez who scored 16 of the Loboes 47 points.

Friday, Dec. 19, the Lobo ladies will be in Iraan at 6:30


Monahans 47, Buena Vista 34

Monahans 7 12 13 15 - 47

Buena Vista 3 1 7 13 - 34

Monahans players: Kari Almanza 2 0-0 4, Amanda Krone 0 2-2
2, Sonya Williams 0 2-4 2, Lori Enriquea 6 4-6 16, Janette
Franco 0 1-2 1, Tracie Jasso 2 1-2 6, Amber Rodgers 0 2-2 2,
Kacey Huckaby 0 1-2 1, Amanda Sanchez 1 3-7 4, Debra Wessels
2 4-9 8. TEAM TOTALS: 13 20-36 47.

Buena Vista players: Mandujano 0 1-2 1, Graham 2 4-6 8,
Stickler 0 0-1-0, Solo 5 1-3 11, Campa 2 2-3 9, Choate 1
3-10 5. TEAM TOTALS: 11 11-25 34.

Three-pointers - Buena Vista one (Campa); Monahans one

Monahans Sandhills tournament results

First Round - Thursday
Lubbock High 54, Mountain View 39
Leading Scorers: Lubbock High - Chavez 17, Randle 13.
Mountain View - Villa 11, Trejo 10.
El Paso Jefferson 54, Fabens 29
Leading Scorers: Jefferson - Oilvares 13, Acosta 12. Fabens
- Contreras 8.
El Paso Bowie 57, Artesia (N.M.) 48
Leading Scorers: Bowie - Carrera 18, Rodriguez 11. Artesia -
Owens 20, Hamilto 12.
San Elizario 57, MONAHANS 44
Leading Scorers: San Elizario - Jacquez 14, Jimenez 12.
Monahans - Avary 10, Williams 9.
Semifinals - Friday
Lubbock High 54, El Paso Jefferson 48
Leading scorers: Lubbock - Chavez 16. Jefferson - Aguilera
El Paso Bowie 61, San Elizario 40
Leading scorers: Bowie - Rodriguez 17, Ochoa 15. San
Elizario - Jimenez 14, Ramirez 12.
Semifinals - Friday
Fabens 38, Mountian View 26
Leading scorers: Fabens - Ramirez 14, Casillas 10. Mountian
View - Villa 8, Miranda 8.
Artesia 72, MONAHANS 55
Leading scorers: Artesta - Owens 19, Hamilton 16, Rogers 10.
Monahans - Allen 8, Miranda 8.
Championship Game - Saturday
Lubbock High 52, El Paso Bowie 37
Leading scorers: Lubbock High - Young 16, Landle 14. Bowie -
Quezado 10, Ochoa 10.
El Paso Jefferson 70, San Elizario 38
Leading Scorers: Jefferson - Aguilara 19, Gallego 16. San
Elizario - Ramirez 11.
Final Game - Saturday
Artista 70, San Elizario 38
Leading scorers: Artista - Hamilton 15, Scroggin 13. Fabens
- Gutierrez 7.
Mountian View 53, MONAHANS 50 (2OT)
Leading Scorers: Mountian View - Trejo 17, Garcia 10.
Monahans: Avary 24, Stephens 8.
Chris Owens, Artista; Jammy Hamilton, Artista; Eric Ramirez,
Fabens; Frank Jiminez, San Elizario; Edgar Acoata, El Paso
Jefferson; David Aguilara, El Paso Jefferson; Trumaino
Young, Lubbock High; Bradley Randall, Lubbock High; Alex
Rodriguez, El Paso Bowie; Jose Ochoa, El Paso Bowie. MVP -
Marc Chavez, Lubbock High.
First Round - Thursday
Pecos 70, EP Coronado 42
Leading Scorers: Pecos - Lara 23, Marquez 18, Arenicas 10.
Coronado - Bexeraa 11, Budde 11.
San Angelo Lake View 69, Fabens 62
Leading Scorers: Lake View - Lee 27, Bartz 19, Leifeste 15.
Fabens - Alacaron 41.
El Paso Irving 47, Reagan County 44
Leading Scorers: Irving - Escobedo 16, Castro 13. Reagan
County - Moon 12, Dodd 10, phillips 10, Evans 10.
MONHANAS 43, Fort Stockton 21
Leading Scorers: Monahans - Jasso 12, Enriquez 8. Fort
Stockton - Ortiz 5, Robledo 5.
Semifinals - Friday
San Angelo Lake View 55, Pecos 38
Leading scorers: Lake View - Lee 20, Leifesste 1, Bartz 10.
Pecos - Marquez 20.
El Paso Irvin 36, MONAHANS 18
Leading scorers: Irvin - Hill 18. Monahans - Sanchez 8.
Semifinals - Friday
Fabens 66, El Paso Coronado 57
Leading scorers: Fabens - Alcaron 23, Maes 15, Phillips 15,
Hernandez 10. Coronado - Oney 14, Buddie 12, Alvarez 10.
Reagan County 52, Fort Stockton 33
Leading scorers: Reagan County - Phillips 21, Evans 10. Fort
Stockton - Espino 17.
Championship Game - Saturday
El Paso Irvin 58, San Angelo Lake View 56
Leading scorers: Irvin - Piepenbrank 21. Lake View - Lee 16.
Pecos 48, MONAHANS 34
Leading Scorers: Pecos - Marquez 15, Arenicas 11. Monahans
Enriquez 24, Krone 2, Sanchez 3.
Final Game - Saturday
Reagan County 43, Fabens 40
Leading scorers: Reagan County Phillips 17, Evans 10, Moon
10. Fabens - Alcaron 19.
Fort Stockton 54, El Paso Coronado 50
Leading Scorers: Fort Stockton - Espino 21, Robledo 11,
Carrillo 11. Coronado - Oney 13, Beceran 13, Budde 12.
Heather Moon, Reagan County; Beverly Alcaron, Fabens;
Marisol Arenivas, Pecos; Sha Lara, Pecos; Lorie Marquez,
Pecos; Lisa Marie Castro, El Paso Irvin; Vanessa Escobido,
El Paso Irvinl Hillery Lee, Lake View; Stacy Bartz Lake
View. MVP - Partricia Hills, El Paso Irvin.

Teague first in backstroke

SEMINOLE - Sophomore Candice Teague of Monahans High
School's swimming Loboes grabbed a first in the 100-yard
backstroke at the Seminole Invitational Swim Meet on
Saturday, Dec. 13.

Teague victories in the women's 100 back are getting to be a
habit in a sport dominated in West Texas by 5A and 4A

This time 3A swimmer Teague wins in 1:04.80.

Coach Doug Ward puts it simply: "Candice Teague once again

Overall, the coach notes, the women's swimming team finished
sixth (49 points); the men, seventh (27 points).The
competition in Seminole begins the Christmas Recess for
swimming competition at Monahans High School although
practices continue. The next meet is in Fort Stockton on
Jan. 10, 1997,.

Lobo Swimming Summary


200 Medley Relay - 4,. Monahans "A" (Candice Teague, Lindsey
Fredericks, Marina Martin, Fonda Moore) 2:04.60

200 Free - 6. Fonda Moore 2:23.00 12. Karen Robertson 2:33.80

200 IM - 4. Candice Teague 2:31.35. 6. Marina Martin 2:35.50.

100 Fly - 5. Marina Martin 1:15.50 9. Fonda Moore 1:19.20.

100 Free - 5. Lindsey Fredericks 1:02.70; 10. Karen
Robertson 1:05.55

500 Free - 10. Rebekah Robinson 7:43.00; 11. Amy Bowman 7:53.

200 Free Relay - 5. (Teague, Fredericks, Martin, Moore)

100 Back - 1. Candice Teague 1:04.80

100 Breast - 6. Lindsey Fredericks 1:18.15

400 Free Relay - 10. Monahans "B" (Bowman, Robertson,
Crystal Partida, Robinson) 4:34.00.


200 Medley Relay - 7. Monahans (Brandon Sutter, Clayton
Cunningham, Josh Oliver, Chris Cain) 1:53.00

200 Free - 7. Chris Cain 2:07.90

100 IM - 8. Carlee Heuman 2:33.10

50 Free - 12. Josh Oliver 25.85

100 Free - 7. Brandon Sutter 55.06. 11. Josh Oliver 58.20

200 Free Relay - 5. (Sutter, Oliver, Heuman, Cain) 1:41.10

100 Back - 4. Sutter 1:02.60 10. Clayton Cunningham 1:10.

100 Breast - 4. Chris Cain 1:09.60 10. Carlee Heuman 1:14.05

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