Weekly Newspaper and Tourism Guide for Ward County Trans Pecos, Big Bend of West Texas
Oct. 15, 1998
Lady Loboes move up ladder
By Nathan Rogers
A sports correspondent of The News
CRANE - The Monahans Lady Loboes come a little closer every
game to re-establishing themselves as one of the best high
school volleyball teams in Texas.
They rallied past the tough Golden Cranes on Saturday, Oct.
10, and maintained their lead in District 2-3A.
Playing Crane on their own court was merely a test of the
team's poise and desire. The Ladies looked impressive as
they won the first game; but couldn't adjust to Crane's new
look in the second game, and dropped a close one.
Crane came out strong in the third game and took a 13-5 lead
over the Ladies. Then the comeback began.
Monahans came up with a side-out, and Marisol Yanez stepped
up to serve. Vanessa Collins killed Crane's return, and the
Ladies cut the lead to 13-8. Crane regained serve and
pushed the score to game point, 14-8.
On the Golden Crane serve to win, Lobo Mandy Wilson made a
crucial play and put away the ball.
Shayla Terry also came up with a big play, and the Lobo
Ladies went on to win the game, 16-14, and the match.
Says Coach Patty Hall, "We started out really well, but
couldn't quite adjust to Crane's set after that. In the
third game, I was extremely proud of the girls, because they
showed a great deal of poise and control. I feel this is
because they play at a high level of maturity. This win
gives us a 3-1 record in district and a very good shot at
Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Lady Loboes played the Presidio Lady
Devils in a non-district matchup at the Multi-Purpose
Complex. The team showed a great improvement overall, but
showed slight inconsistencies in the serving game.
A rather bright spot in Tuesday's non-district match was the
return of junior middle blocker Cass Avary. Avary had a
minimal amount of playing time to get back in the flow of
things, but had two kills.
This weekend the Ladies are open, giving them a rest and a
chance to gear up for the finale of the district season.
From Hall, "I'm glad we're open this weekend. With
homecoming this week and the band contest on Saturday in
Odessa, we really need a break. This way we can prepare for
wrapping up our season."
The playoff light at the end of the tunnel for the Ladies
may not be zooming, but it is getting closer.
Hall cautiously optimistic
CRANE - After the victory over Crane, Monahans High
School's volleyball mentor Patty Hall waxed contemplative.
She knew when that victory was notched after a furious rally
by a suddenly more mature squad, that a district
championship is not only possible but likely. More
importantly, as Hall says, her team knows it can play
Hall still is cautious but she also is optimistic.
Says Hall: "Saturday's game was proof that the Lady Loboes
are definitely after the 2-3A district title. The Lady
Loboes entered the gym with an air of confidence. As they
took the court during the first game of the match, the
In the third game of the Crane match, the Lobo volleyballers
dug themselves a hole and then, almost methodically, they
built a ladder and climbed out to victory. That Hall, notes,
"Over all this team finally was able to see that they are
championship material," says Hall. "As long as they stick
together, they can be unstoppable."
Crane extends unbeaten record
Friday, Oct. 9, the unbeaten Crane Golden Cranes came to
Monahans with several goals.
They wanted to maintain their unblemished season record.
They wanted to make good on a golden opportunity to beat
the two time defending district champions from Monahans High
School in their own back yard. The Cranes wanted to
exorcise the 30 year old demons which had haunted them
since their last victory over the Loboes.
They did it all.
Behind the heady play of junior QB Clay McGuire, Crane
extended its 1998 winning streak to six by defeating the
Crane (6-0, 1-0 in league play) now sits atop the district
with Kermit (4-2, 1-0) and Greenwood (3-3, 1-0). The
Loboes (1-5. 0-1) sit a game out of first at the bottom
with Alpine (2-4, 0-1) and Presidio (1-5, 0-1).
Crane set the tone for the game on their first offensive
possession, which they earned after shutting the Loboes down
on a seven play drive. After moving the ball to the Lobo
31, McGuire found Donny Bishop across the middle on a short
pass. As Bishop began to turn the ball upfield, he was hit
by Lobo safety Raul Hinojos, and the ball popped loose.
However, the ball rolled into the endzone to the waiting
hands of Ricky Heredia. Luis Hernandez added the PAT, and
the Cranes led 7-0 with 6:52 remaining in the first quarter.
That score held until the early going in the second quarter.
The Cranes had amassed a drive down to the Lobo 1.
However, the Loboes held the Cranes on the first two downs,
but on the third down Tubby Collins plunged in for his
first TD of the night. Hernandez again added the PAT to
give Crane a 14-0 lead with 11:20 remaining in the 2nd
The Loboes got the ball back deep in their own territory
after the ensuing kickoff. The Monahans drive was short
lived, as a Jarod Thomas pass intended for Chris Adams was
intercepted on the Lobo 25. Just a few minutes later,
Collins rushed in from 5 yards out for his second TD of the
Hernandez was again true on the extra-point, and Crane led
21-0. After exchanging short drives, Crane was forced to
air the ball out with just 4 seconds left on the Lobo 38.
McGuire's deep pass was intercepted by Hinojos, and it
seemed that Crane would be heading to the locker room with a
However, Micah Tuxhorn was called for pass interference,
which moved the ball up to the Lobo 23. Hernandez nailed a
40 yard field goal with time expired to end the first half,
as well as all scoring, giving Crane a 24-0 win.
"Crane is an excellent football team and definitely played
their best game of the season Friday night," head coach
Larry Hanna says. "We lacked the intensity that we needed
to play with them."
The Loboes are keeping their sights on the future, as Hanna
notes, "We're going to come out and play focused, intense
football these last four district games and into the
playoffs. Our goal is to win out our last four games and
have good momentum heading into the bi-district round."
Friday, Oct. 9
Crane 24, Monahans 0
Crane 7 17 0 0 - 24
Monahans 0 0 0 0 - 0
Crane - Eddie Murguia recovered fumble in end zone
(Luis Hernandez kick) 6:42 remaining
Crane - Tubby Collins 1 run (hernandez kick) 11:20
Crane - Collins 4 run (hernandez kick) 2:11
Crane - Hernandez 40 FG 00:01
Third and Fourth Quarter no scoring
1st downs 19 8
Rush/yds 45/222 38/73
Pass yds 85 18
Pass 4/8/1 2/9/1
Fumbles/lost 3/1 3/1
Penalties 3/27 1/15
Punts/avg 2/15 6/29
Crane - Willie Morris, 2 for a negative two; Clay McGuire,
11/116; Tubby Collins, 19/75; Donny Bishop 6/19; Luther
Davenport, 3-6; Eddie Murguia, 3-5; Philip Tann, 1-3.
Monahans - Jared Thomas, 5 for a negative 16; Raul Hinojos,
13/36; Brandon Lee, 9/25; Roy Porras, 5/16; Joel Najar,
6/12; Junior Cordova, 1/9.
Crane - Clay McGuire, 4/7/1 - 85; Jamin Phipps, 0/1/0 - 0.
Monahans - Jared Thomas, 2/8/1 - 18; Raul Hinojos, 0/1/0 - 0
Crane - Donny Bishop, 2/39; Philip Tann, 1/28; Eddie
Monahans - Brandon Lee, 1/10; Roy Porras, 1/8.
Cowboys maintain drive
GRANDFALLS - Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys, hampered by
injuries only slightly, controlled Sierra Blanca's Vaqueros
on Friday, Oct. 9, and maintained their drive for a third
consecutive District 7A-Six Man championship with the 56-20
homecoming victory over Sierra Blanca.
The Grandfalls offense did its job but the defense was as
impressive. Sophomore James Stocks led Big Red defenders
against the Vaqueros with a dozen tackles.
Tied with Sanderson, also 2-0 in district, the Cowboys are
ranked third in Texas six-man football by the San Antonio
based Hundress report. Their only loss has been to first
ranked Trinidad. Borden County is second in the state.
Grandfalls is scheduled to meet Sanderson next week, Friday,
Oct. 23, in Sanderson for the game the league's coaches
believe will decide the district championship.
Cowboy Coach Dewaine Lee expects premier running back Roy
Vasquez to be back from a hyperextended knee injury in time
Before then, the Cowboys play this week in Grandfalls
against Marathon, a varsity the Cowboy junior varsity
already has beaten in a non-district encounter. But this
game is for real.
The absence of Roy Vasquez was almost not noticed in the run
past Sierra Blanca, a team Cowboy Coach Lee calls a good
football squad. Lee says,"I feel like Sierra Blanca is a
pretty good team. They will beat some people in our
district. They will surprise someone."
They did not surprise the Cowboys.
Roy's little brother, Ronny; Danny Santiago; and Eric Garcia
scored a couple of touchdowns each as the Cowboys netted 261
yards rushing. It could have been worse, one of Garcia's
touchdowns was called back on an infrequent Cowboy penalty.
"We controlled the ball," says Lee. "We ran the ball at
them. We ran the ball up the middle. We kept the ball the
majority of the game."
The Red Tide Coach forgot to mention his Cowboys also scored
two touchdowns passing.
Says Lee: "We are bunged up a little bit. But offensively
we played extremely well against Sierra Blanca.
"Eric Garcia had two touchdowns and one called back and
played extremely well on defense. He had a solid game."
More from the coach: "We had another good game out of Danny
Santiago and Andy Leyva."
As he did against Sierra Blanca, Lee plans to see what his
players might be able to do in different positions this week
against Marathon at John White Stadium. Kick off is at 7:30
Saturday, the Cowboy junior varsity plays the varsity from
Victory Christian at 6 p.m. at John White in Grandfalls.
Cross country team takes medals
BIG SPRING - It wasn't cross country but it did mean running
a long way - these four mile relays with each runner
sprinting a mile.
And it did mean, as Coach Mike Sweigert reports, the sixth
time in six meets this cross country season that the runners
from Monahans High School earned medals.
Heather Lario, Naomi McKinney, Brea Ulrich and Lori Enriquez
were the Lobo women who won a medal with their ninth place
Justin Heath, David Williams, David Morales and Levi Colwell
medaled with a second place finish.
Margarito Zuniga finished ninth and won a medal in the mixed
Sweigert called the effort by his runners "a great outing."
Twenty-three women's teams and 14 men's teams took part in
the four mile relays.
The coach notes:
"The varsity boys had high expectations and met them. The
boys white team finished only one spot out of qualifying for
a medal. The girl's green team came from behind to earn
their medals. This was the sixth meet of the year and the
sixth time this year the Loboes have come home with medals.
The runners have this Homecoming Weekend off. Next week,
cross country is in Levelland, Saturday, Oct. 24, for their
seventh meet of the season.
Sweigert and his runners promise more medals.
Ward pleased with bowlers
Special to The News
BIG SPRING - The Monahans Special Olympics bowling team
raked in plenty of medals this year at the Area 18 Texas
Special Olympic bowling tournament
Frank Krhut, local Special Olympics coordinator, reports
that the Monahans team of 19 bowlers competed against more
than 250 other bowlers from Big Spring, Kermit, Midland,
and Odessa. Coach John Hood was extremely pleased with the
performance of his team on Saturday, Oct. 10.They won four
gold medals, seven silver medals, and two bronze.
Official standings for the Monahans team were:
Antonio Calzada-Avg.107 going into the game; scratch high
120 on Saturday; handicap avg.198; won a gold medal.
Shelley Kidd-Avg.75; scratch high 109; handicap avg. 215;
Amanda McKelvey-Avg.90; scratch high 134; handicap avg.221;
Paul Rubio-Avg.96; scratch high 149; handicap avg. 232; gold
Jerry Avila-Avg.85; scratch high 134; handicap avg. 224;
Chad Keyte-Avg.121; scratch high 176; handicap avg. 228;
Kandle Krhut-Avg.63; scratch high 102; handicap avg. 212;
Geneva McKellips-Avg.56; scratch high 82; handicap avg. 214;
Todd Rush-Avg.95; scratch high 145; handicap avg. 224;
Charles Vaden-Avg.130; scratch high 152; handicap avg. 197;
Floyd Walker-Avg.93; scratch high 119; handicap avg. 213;
Lorina Galvadon-Avg.44; scratch high 56; handicap avg. 209;
Becci Hardaway-Avg. 101; scratch high 128; handicap avg.208;
Ruben Hernandez-Avg. 64; scratch high 97; handicap avg.212;
Ramon Valenzuela -Avg. 99; scratch high 131; handicap
avg.207; fourth place.
Sylvia Brito-Avg.56; scratch high 47; handicap avg. 180;
Lee Henson-Avg.121; scratch high 127; handicap avg. 199;
Eddie Carrasco-Avg.86; scratch high 95; handicap avg.204;
Billy Russell-Avg.91; scratch high 87; handicap avg. 191;
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