Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, October 2, 1998
Girls get extra work in Pecos' victory
There were a lot of girls matches and a few boys matches for
the Pecos Eagles on Thursday, as they prepared for their
District 2-4A opener on Saturday with a dual meet against
the Monahans Loboes.
Pecos' girls won 11 of their 18 matches while the boys went
6-8 on the afternoon, as the Eagles scored a 17-9 victory
over the Loboes at the Pecos High School tennis courts.
"I didn't play my top two boys," said Eagles' coach
Bernadette Ornelas. "Mark (Marquez) is recovering from a
shoulder injury. He's been going to the trainer, and I want
him to be ready for district."
Ornelas said the Loboes also brought only four boys for the
match, but on the other side, "They had 13 girls and wanted
to play everyone, so some of my girls played twice."
Teresa Minjarez and Eric Dominguez won both their singles
and doubles matches, while Vanessa Miranda split two singles
matches on Thursday. In doubles play, Miranda and Rachel
Pharoah also won, as did Lorrie Minjarez and Priscilla
Levario, while Tiffany Jarrett and Sarah Melter split their
The boys top four players, Tye Graham, Jeff Lam, Alan
Fleming and Casey Love, all won in singles, with both Graham
and Lam and Fleming and Love also earning doubles wins.
The win lifted Pecos' season record to 5-5 going into
Saturday's district opener, at home against Clint starting
at 1 p.m.
Monahans (9) at Pecos (17)
Tye Graham defeated Joe Hawkins, 8-6; Jeff Lam defeated J.
Oscar Polanco, 8-0; Allen Fleming defeated Jason Leyva, 9-7;
Casey Love defeated Aaron Sanders, 8-1; Chase Saunders lost
to Polanco, 8-0; Saunders lost to Leyva, 8-0.
Teresa Minjarez defeated Crystal Passmore, 8-3; Erin
Dominguez defeated Ashley Neace, 8-6; Vanessa Miranda lost
to Lynsey Stout, 8-5; Rachel Pharoah defeated Crystal Smith,
8-1; Tiffany Jarrett lost to Kristen Hall, 8-6; Sarah Metler
defeated Sarah Lively, 8-5; Lorrie Minjarez lost to Amanda
Uechi, 10-8; Megan Joplin defeated Stafford, 8-1; Abagail
Garza lost to Dane, 8-0.
Graham and Lam defeated Hawkins and Polanco, 8-3; Fleming
and Love defeated Leyva and Sanders, 8-4.
Dominguez and T. Minjarez defeated Passmore and Neace, 8-4;
Miranda and Pharoah defeated Stout and Smith, 8-3; Jarrett
and Metler lost to Hall and Stafford, 8-2; L. Minjarez and
Levario defeated Hale and Uechi, 8-3; Joplin and Garza lost
to Dane and Beninger, 8-4; Jarrett and Melter defeated
Livley and Roser, 8-4.
Eagles seek road victory in Canutillo
PECOS, Oct. 2 -- The Pecos Eagles' volleyball team started
out the road portion of their District 2-4A schedule with
about as easy a game as they could get, against 1-16 El Paso
Mountain View last Saturday.
This Saturday, things will be a little tougher for the
Eagles, but shouldn't be anywhere near to what their
remaining trips west will be, when they go to Canutillo to
face the 2-13 Eagles, starting at about 4 p.m.
The Eagles will again be seeking to steady their
up-and-down play when they face Canutillo, and could take
sole possession of second place in the District 2-4A
standing with a victory.
Pecos improved to 2-1 in district on Tuesday with a shaky
15-7, 15-12 win over Clint. The Eagles controlled play in
almost all of the first game and the first part of the
second, but couldn't put the Lions away for nearly three
full rotations after going out to a 7-2 lead.
"We're going to have to come out hitting," said coach Becky
Granado, who was unhappy with the lack of power from her
outside spikers down the stretch. "Hopefully we can do
better against Canutillo."
Their Eagle opponents also come into Saturday's game off a
win, as they swept El Paso Mountain View, 15-5, 15-6, to go
to 1-2 in district. Canutillo also played San Elizario close
the previous Saturday, losing by 15-13, 15-13 scores.
San Elizario faces Clint on Saturday, and a Pecos win and
Clint victory would leave Pecos alone in second going into
Tuesday's home match against the district's other Eagles
squad, which closes out the first half of 2-4A play.
Fans planning to make the 220 mile trip to Canutillo should
take Interstate 10 to Exit 4 (Loop 375) and from there left
on 375 to Highway 20. From there, it's a right on 20 and
then a quick left onto FM 260 and across the Rio Grande to
Bosque Road, where Canutillo High School is located.
Play will open with Pecos' freshman purple team facing
Canutillo at 2 p.m., followed by the junior varsity match at
about 3 p.m.
Different games, results for JV, freshmen
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Oct. 2 -- The Pecos Eagles and Kermit Yellowjackets
were involved in two completely opposite games Thursday
night, during freshman and junior varsity play at Eagle
Stadium. But one thing was consistent - the freshmen scored
and scored in their game, and when the JV began, the
freshmen scored there as well.
In this case, freshman Mason Abila accounted for the only
points of the game for either side. He returned a Kermit
punt 38 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, as
Pecos' JV shut out Kermit, 6-0.
Earlier, the two freshman teams combined for 84 points, with
the Jackets using a pair of seven yard quarterback bootlegs
in the third and fourth periods to break a 34-34 tie and
beat the Eagles, 50-34.
Over in Kermit. Pecos' junior high `A' teams also split
their games, with the seventh graders losing 22-0 while the
eighth graders won, 12-8. Zavala's seventh grade `B' team
also played Thursday, and defeated Kermit, 14-12.
The JV scored after backing up Kermit deep in their own end
early in the third period, but the fourth quarter was played
mainly in Pecos' end, as the Jackets drove twice inside the
Eagles' 10-yard line only to be stopped on downs. The win
lifted the JV's record to 2-3 on the season.
The freshmen fell to 2-3 with their loss. Pecos was able to
battle back from a two touchdown deficit in the first half,
but were shut down on offense in the second half, getting
their only score on an 85-yard kickoff return by Ricky
Plummer, off a handoff by Richard Rodriguez.
Rodriguez had gotten Pecos' first touchdown midway through
the opening period, of a 55-yard kickoff return after Kermit
took a 12-0 lead. The Jackets made it 18-6 early in the
second quarter before the Eagles scored twice in 22 seconds
to take a 20-18 lead.
Rodriguez passed 30 yards to Plummer for the first TD, then
after he intercepted a Kermit pass, Kendrick Evans went 38
yards for the score, and added a two-point run. Kermit came
back to grab a 26-20 lead on their next series, before Evans
took a screen pass from Rodriguez and went 67 yards to tie
the score at 26-all at the half.
Kermit made it 34-26 on a touchdown off a Rodriguez
interception, before the Eagles got their final TD on
Plummer's kickoff return.
Both Crockett coach Rudy Juardo and Zavala coach Jerry
Parent said penalties hurt their teams in Kermit. "We got
three touchdowns called back for pushes in the back or
holding," Juardo said, though Pecos was still able to get
scores on a 35-yard run by Paul Juarez and a 50-yard pass
from Matthew Levario to Robbie Ontiveros before the Jackets
got their lone TD.
"They got their touchdown on our little group. Our `B' team
didn't play, so I got everybody in there," Juardo said. The
Eagles' record improved to 2-1 on the season.
Parent said his team, "Just didn't get started. We'd get a
drive going and get a penalty," as Zavala fell to 0-3, while
the `B' team improved to 1-1.
Richard Compton scored on a 10-yard run and Tomas Salgado
scored from 20 yards out, as Pecos overcame a 6-0 deficit,
then stopped a fourth quarter two-point try by the Jackets,
after Kermit cut the lead to 14-12.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. the Eagles varsity travels to Kermit
for their final pre-district game, against the
Yellowjackets. Both teams are 2-2 and will be trying to go
into district play with wins, Kermit opens their 4-3A
schedule next Friday in Alpine, while the Eagles face the
Bucks' former district rival, Fabens.
The Wildcats figure to be unbeaten when they come to Pecos
next week. Fabens is 4-0 and faces Santa Teresa, N.M.,
tonight, while Mountain View, which is also 4-0, faces its
toughest game so far when they play El Paso Ysleta. Clint
goes to El Paso Bowie and Canutillo is at El Paso Burges,
while San Elizario will take the week off after winning
their first-ever game against a Class 4A school last week.
Clint (2-2) at El Paso Bowie (0-4): As the first 4A team to
lose to San Elizario, the Bears have probably been pretty
grouchy this week. Bowie allowed quarterback Mike Perez to
run for 128 yards and two touchdowns, after El Paso
Jefferson ran for over 200 yards the week before.
Clint's D.J. Check figures to go the other way, since he's
averaging just under 300 yards per game passing and had 296
last week against El Paso Parkland, despite losing receiver
Jeremy Arnold, who was ejected just before halftime. But the
Lions also gave up 441 yards rushing to the Matadors and
ended up losing 28-14. Bowie has gotten most of their yards
this season through the air, but will have to get their
running game going tonight if they're to have a shot at
Fabens (4-0) at Santa Teresa, N.M. (3-2): The Wildcats
racked up 496 yards and 49 points on Presidio last week, but
since the Blue Devils came into that game after allowing 55
points to Marfa, the 49 points looks a little less
impressive. Fullback Mike Morales had a big night rushing,
as did tailback Vince Culbreath, as both gained over 100
Santa Teresa beat San Elizario in their season opener, then
came close to doing the same to Mountain View, taking a 17-0
lead in the second quarter before losing, 21-17. So the 1998
Desert Warriors (it's a better nickname than "Port of
Entry") are probably a better team than the one that got
walloped by Fort Stockton two years in a row, but they still
had to struggle last week to beat an El Paso Cathedral team
Fabens routed in the second game of the season.
El Paso Ysleta (3-1) at Mountain View (4-0): The Indians
are picked to be the `Big 4A' playoff representative out of
District 1-4A, while Mountain View could be the same out of
2-4A (only Canutillo is larger). so this could be a
bi-district preview tonight.
The Lobos went more with the run and less with the pass
last week in routing El Paso Burges, 34-12. Ricky Lopez and
Frank Correjo both gained 112 yards, while quarterback
Adolfo Villa threw for 120 - not bad, but more than 80 yards
below his season average.
Ysleta took care of El Paso Austin last week, 31-10, after
falling behind in the first period 10-0. Joe Martinez caught
a touchdown pass, returned an interception for a score and
ran a punt back 70 yards for another TD, so the Lobos have a
pretty good idea of who they need to contain.
Canutillo (1-3) at El Paso Burges (0-3): While we're on the
subject of interceptions, Canutillo picked of six El Paso
high passes last week, after getting no INTs in their first
three games. That was a major factor behind their 41-20
victory over the Tigers, as was the 115-yard, two touchdown
night by running back Daniel Rodriguez. The last pickoff, by
Reymundo Ortega, sealed the victory after El Paso cut a 28-0
lead to 28-20.
Burges cut a 13-0 halftime lead by Mountain View to 13-12
on a Andy Diaz TD catch and a blocked punt recovery in the
end zone by Eric Ruiz. But the Mustangs were held to 135
yards total offense by the Lobos, while giving up 370 on the
Spiers gets top billing over `Bs' in Astros
HOUSTON - Maybe the Houston Astros should make Bill Spiers
an honorary member of the Killer B's.
OK, so his surname doesn't start with B. But he had just as
big an impact as Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Derek Bell
in helping the Astros even their NL division series against
the San Diego Padres at 1-1.
Spiers' RBI single with one out in the ninth gave the
Astros a wild 5-4 win Thursday at the Astrodome after
Houston blew a two-run lead in the ninth.
While the Killer B's finally had playoff performances that
lived up to their nickname, Spiers went 3-for-5 with two
doubles and scored a run.
``I think that's good for this team to have the Killer
B's,'' Spiers said. ``I don't think anybody on this team
feels like they don't get any credit.''
But the Astros made it clear they go deeper than that.
``The game is not about the Killer B's,'' Bagwell said.
``It's about 25 Houston Astros. The win was huge. If we lost
today, we would have been in big trouble.''
They head to San Diego with a split rather than down 0-2.
The victory clearly lifted the pressure put on the Astros
when San Diego's Kevin Brown beat Randy Johnson 2-1 Tuesday
in a battle of aces.
``We're all going to go surfing,'' manager Larry Dierker
joked about today's off day.
Game 3 is Saturday night at Qualcomm Stadium, with
Houston's Mike Hampton (11-7) and San Diego's Sterling
Hitchcock (9-7) scheduled to start.
Thursday's game was the Astros' 28th victory in their last
at-bat. It was also the fifth straight one-run game the
teams have played this year, and the seventh overall.
``I guess it's good to get the split, but it's
disheartening, too, that we couldn't take this game,''
Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
The Astros took a 4-2 lead into the ninth thanks to the
Killer B's, but Billy Wagner allowed a two-out, two-run
homer to pinch-hitter Jim Leyritz.
Opening the bottom of the ninth off loser Dan Miceli, Ricky
Gutierrez beat out an infield single to shortstop. Brad
Ausmus sacrificed, Trevor Hoffman relieved and Gutierrez
stunned the Padres by stealing third base uncontested.
``I knew with Hoffman's big leg kick, it would be tough to
throw me out,'' said Gutierrez, one of 12 players involved
in the big trade between the clubs in December 1994. ``So I
took off. I guess they didn't think I would steal.''
He was right.
``Ricky, I think, surprised everyone,'' Tony Gwynn said.
``It was a great move by him, but it put us in a tough
Hoffman said he should have kept Gutierrez on second. ``In
that situation, giving him third base was a big mistake,''
said Hoffman, a leading candidate for the NL Cy Young Award.
Hoffman threw four of his bedeviling changeups to Spiers,
who singled to right on a 1-2 count.
``It was a pretty good pitch, I felt like, after seeing the
replay,'' Spiers said. ``I was pretty lucky to get enough of
the bat on it. My approach didn't look too good the first
Wagner, who got the win, was shaky down the stretch,
blowing consecutive save chances against the Mets last month
by allowing homers to Brian McRae and Mike Piazza.
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