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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, September 29, 1998
Eagles can avoid trouble with win over Lions
PECOS, Sept. 29 -- The Pecos Eagles can save themselves a
whole lot of headaches for the final nine games of their
inaugural District 2-4A volleyball season, if they defeat
the Clint Lions at home tonight.
The Eagles host the Lions starting at about 7:15 p.m.,
following the freshmen and junior varsity matches, set for 6
p.m. in the old and new Pecos High School gyms.
Both teams are 1-1 in district play, and both were beaten in
three games at home last week by the Fabens Wildcats --
Pecos on Tuesday by a 13-15, 15-3, 15-8 score, and Clint on
Saturday, by 10-15, 15-12, 15-9 margins. But with the top
three teams (Fabens, Clint and district co-leader San
Elizario) on the home schedule in the first half of 2-4A
play, the Eagles need a win tonight or they could find
themselves sitting in fourth place in the district standings
with second half trips to Fabens, Clint and San Elizario
looming next month.
The Eagles bounced back from last Tuesday's loss with a
15-7, 15-4 win over 1-16 Mountain View in El Paso on
Saturday. Eagles' coach Becky Granado coaches not only that
game, but also the junior varsity and freshman matches,
while coaches Lily Talamantez and Veroncia Valenzuela were
10 miles away in Clint, watching the Lions face the Wildcats.
"They said Clint probably runs a 5-1 (single setter)
offense, and their setter's pretty good," Granado said of
the Lions. "They have a couple of big girls, and one of
those can really jump, but she's inconsistent.
"They also said Clint can pass real well, so the way they're
talking it sounds like we're going to have to play ball to
win," the Eagles' coach said.
Clint opened 2-4A play with an easy win at Canutillo, and
their 10-9 record is a half-game better than the Eagles' 9-9
mark. Unlike Fabens, who the Eagles have seen several times
in the past two seasons, this will be the first meeting in
volleyball for the Eagles and Lions, who moved to from Class
3A last season.
Eagle netters go 2-1 against El Paso
PECOS, Sept. 29 -- The Pecos Eagle tennis team's first trip
of the season to El Paso started slowly, but finished up
well, as they bounced back from a Friday loss to El Paso
Burges to beat El Paso Jefferson and El Paso High on
Burges defeated Pecos by a 15-3 score, before the Eagles
rebounded to down El Paso High, 13-5, then win their second
tie-breaker of the year against Jefferson, after the teams
split their 18 varsity singles and doubles matches.
"We won 109 (games) to 100," said coach Bernadette Ornelas,
as the teams had to go to what would normally be the second
tie-breaker in their pro-set match. Pecos' other matches
against Jefferson and Burges were regular best-of-three
Jefferson is a Class 5A school, while El Paso Burges and El
Paso High are members of District 1-4A, but have faced some
of the Eagles' District 2-4A rivals. District play opens for
Pecos at home against Clint this Saturday.
"We pretty much got a feel for what's out there," Ornelas
said. "I think based on that, we've got a pretty good chance
at the district title.
"The kids got a chance to experience what's out west. Their
game style is a little different from what's played here,"
she said, referring to teams in Pecos' old District 4-4A and
elsewhere in the Permian Basin.
Pecos' boys swept their nine varsity matches from El Paso
High, while the top four seeds on the boys' side, Jonathan
Fuentes, Mark Marquez, Tye Graham and Jeff Lam, also won
their singles and doubles matches over Jefferson. Vanessa
Miranda and Tiffany Jarrett won singles matches against the
Silver Foxes, while Miranda and Lorrie Minjarez were doubles
Lam won in both singles and doubles play against Burges,
teaming with Graham for the doubles victory, while Marquez
had the Eagles' other victory against the Mustangs.
The 2-1 weekend gives Pecos a 4-5 record with one more
pre-district match scheduled, at home on Thursday against
Pecos (3-4) at EP Burges (15-16)
Jonathan Fuentes lost to F. Tarin, 6-3, 6-4; Mark Marquez
defeated B. Prat, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6; Tye Graham lost to S.
Ruoalcaba, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Jeff Lam lost to J. Bentley, 6-1,
6-1; Alan Fleming lost to C. Gonzalez, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6; Casey
Love lost to T. Hagen 6-4, 6-0.
JV -- Chase Saunders lost to M. Valdez, 6-0, 6-0.
Teresa Minjarez lost to V. Rodarte, 6-1, 6-2; Erin Dominguez
lost to C. Orozco, 6-1, 6-1; Vanessa Miranda lost to S.
Mendez, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Rachel Pharoah lost to N. Pauogg,
6-0, 6-0; Tiffany Jarrett lost to T. Hansby, 6-0, 6-0;
Lorrie Minjarez lost to H. Jensen, 6-2, 6-2.
JV -- Robin Matthews defeated E. Parra, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.
Fuentes and Marquez lost to Tarin and Prat, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2;
Graham and Lam defeated Ruoalcaba and Bentley, 6-2, 6-1;
Fleming and Love lost to Montes and Gonzalez, 6-2, 6-4.
T. Minjarez and Dominguez lost to Orozco and Briceno, 6-1,
6-2; Miranda and Pharoah lost to Rodarte and Pauogg, 6-1,
6-0; Jarrett and L. Minjarez lost to Mendez and Hansby, 6-0,
Pecos (9/109-10) at EP Jefferson (9/100-10)
Fuentes defeated Robert Martinez, 8-0; Marquez defeated
Kriston Alacantar, 8-1; Graham defeated Eric Torres, 8-4;
Lam defeated Henry Holguin, 8-1; Fleming lost to Roberto
Dominguez, 8-3; Love lost to Arturo Flores, 8-5.
JV -- Saunders lost to Joey Camacho, 8-0.
T. Minjarez lost to Rebecca Feldman, 8-5; Dominguez lost to
Tara Van Mittenwald, 8-3; Miranda defeated Azalia Marquez,
8-5; Pharoah lost to Terry Madrid, 8-1; Jarrett defeated
Melissa Favela, 8-5; L. Minjarez lost to Gaby Anchondo, 8-6.
JV -- Matthews defeated Damariz Alcaraz, 8-1.
Marquez and Fuentes defeated Martinez and Alcantar, 8-4;
Graham and Lam defeated Torres and Holgiun, 8-0; Fleming and
Love lost to Dominguez and Flores, 8-3.
Minjarez and Dominguez lost to Feldman and Mittenwald, 9-7;
Miranda and Pharoah lost to Marquez and Madrid, 8-4; L.
Minjarez and Jarrett defeated Favela and Anchondo, 8-3.
Pecos (13) at EP High (5)
Fuentes defeated Yinadi Yuan, 6-1, 6-2; Marquez defeated
Ramon Telles, 6-0, 6-3; Graham defeated Matt Gomez, 6-0,
6-0; Lam defeated John Holguin, 6-2, 6-0; Fleming defeated
Nick Romero, 7-5, 6-4; Love defeated Michael Brownfield,
0-6, 6-2, 6-3.
T. Minjarez defeated Melissa Alvarado, 6-4, 6-3; Dominguez
defeated Anne Formanek, 6-3, 6-2; Miranda lost to Bachora
Rincon, 6-4, 6-2; Pharoah lost to Harini Subramanian, 6-2,
6-1; Jarrett lost to Erin O'Rourke, 6-2, 6-0; L. Minjarez
lost to Prescilla Saenz, 6-2, 6-4.
Lam and Graham defeated Yuan and Holgiun, 6-1, 6-2; Fuentes
and Marquez defeated Telles and Gomez, 8-0; Fleming and Love
defeated Romero and Brownfield, 6-2, 7-5.
T. Minjarez and Dominguez defeated Alvarado and Formanek,
6-1, 7-5; Miranda and Pharoah defeated Bincon and O'Rourke,
4-6, 7-5, 6-2; Jarrett and L. Minjarez lost to Subramanian
and Saenz, 6-3, 6-2.
Monahans golfers take tourney's top flights
PECOS, Sept. 29 -- Mike Claburn of Monahans won first place
in the Championship Flight of the annual Best of the Best
golf tournament, held Saturday and Sunday at the Reeves
County Golf Course.
Claburn shot a 70-65-135 to win by two strokes over Joe Espy
of Fort Davis, who shot a 70-67-137. Jim Bob McNeil was
third, with a 71-67-138 total.
Down in the first flight, Chuck Claburn took first place by
shooting 74s both days for a 148 total, one shot ahead of
Ken Winkles, who shot a 74-74-149. Mike Davis and Jay
Alexander of El Paso both finished at 151, after 75-76 and
Second flight golfers had a better day Sunday than those in
the first flight, with Mike Harrison winning with a
78-68-146 total. Terry Burton of Muleshoe and Steve
Valenzuela were next at 150, with 79-71 and 78-72 rounds
In the third flight, Bobby White of Monahans won with an
80-75-155 total, and was followed by Terry Ott of Muleshoe,
with an 82-74-157, and Beau Jack Hendrick, at 82-75-157. In
the fourth flight, Kim Anderson won with an 83-72-155, and
was followed by Jerry Deporto of Hobbs, at 83-77-160, and
Mike Smith of Midland, with an 83-79-162.
Fifth flight winners were Ruben Baca, Sr., with an
87-80-167, Trini Bejar of Hobbs, with a 90-82-172 and Jack
Casimir, who shot an 89-83-172.
"Everything went smoothly and we had perfect weather for
it," said Reeves County Golf Course manager Royce Cassell.
He added that Pecos and Monahans golfers will compete
against each other the weekend of Oct. 9-11, in the annual
Pecos River Cup Tournament, at the Ward County Golf Course
Cubs survive Giants' rally
By RICK GANO
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO, Sept. 29 -- For years they were the team that
could blow any lead, squander any game. The Chicago Cubs
teased and tormented their faithful fans, who kept flocking
to their picturesque neighborhood park nonetheless.
Losing was just what the Cubs did, pretty much every
summer. And if it wasn't good baseball, it was often
entertaining, always eventful, an excuse to party.
Now, in a season that almost defies description, the Cubs
have found a way to win the National League wild card -- not
easily, of course -- and are in the playoffs for the first
time since 1989.
``It wasn't going to be any other way for us,'' first
baseman Mark Grace said.
Grace, the only remaining member from the last playoff
team, led a parade around Wrigley Field following Monday
night's 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the
first one-game NL playoff in 18 years.
The Giants scored three runs in the ninth before burly
ex-San Francisco closer Rod Beck got 1993 World Series hero
Joe Carter, playing in his final game, to pop out with a
``Five-run lead, tying run at the dish. That's the way it's
going to be with the Chicago Cubs,'' Grace said.
Now it's on to Atlanta to face the Braves. And even though
they beat the Braves six times in nine meetings, the Cubs
will be decided underdogs against the team of the '90s when
the best-of-5 series begins Wednesday.
But in this wacky and unforgettable season, why not?
There was the ball that got stuck in the ivy against the
Chicago White Sox and was ruled a ground-rule double,
keeping a run from scoring. Another run was saved when a
ball wedged under a wall for a ground-rule double against
the Colorado Rockies.
Perhaps legendary broadcaster Harry Caray, who died during
spring training, has been looking down as Sammy Sosa has
And there was the agony. The Cubs lost six of eight going
into Monday night, but still got into a playoff when the
Giants blew a 7-0 lead Sunday and lost to the Rockies.
The Cubs haven't been to a World Series since 1945 and
haven't won one in 90 years.
``Maybe it's the Cubs' year,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker
said. ``When we were behind, I kept looking out there at the
balloon in left field with Harry Caray on it. Maybe the
ghost of Harry Caray is sending those balls right to them.''
Sosa, whose home run challenge to Mark McGwire fell short
70-66, had two key singles Monday night. And Steve Trachsel,
who gave up McGwire's 62nd homer, pitched hitless baseball
until the seventh.
And how's this for a finish? The Cubs turned to their No. 1
starter, Kevin Tapani, for relief, along with Terry
Mulholland and Beck, who did the pitching in Sunday's
crushing, 11-inning loss to Houston.
``We had a fun time, but it was pretty touch-and-go for a
while. Everybody ran the whole gamut -- nervous, angry,
elated -- everything. That's how it goes sometimes,'' said
veteran Gary Gaetti, a late-season addition whose two-run
homer Monday night got the Cubs started.
``I never thought this would happen to me,'' added the
joyful Sosa, in the playoffs for the first time. ``I'm never
going to forget it.''
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
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