Pecos Country History
Weekly Newspaper and Travel Guide for Ward County Trans Pecos, Big Bend of West Texas
Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998
Loboes lose brave fight
With Monahans having knocked off number one seed,
Breckenridge in the quarterfinals, Aledo is now a six point
favorite over Cuereo, the other finalist.
The scoring began in the first quarter, as Aledo began their
first drive after a Raul Hinojos pass was tipped and
intercepted by Aledo DB Aaron Manous. The Bearcats started
at their own 37, and went with their own version of
Blitzkrieg. The Bearcats kept to the air the entire drive,
moving the ball down to the Lobo 9. The Lobo defense made a
great goal line stand on first and second downs, but Aledo
QB Joel Laminack found Donald Hays near the two yard line.
Hays made the catch and fell into the end zone, and Aledo
took a 6-0 lead. The extra point attempted by Aledo's
All-State kicker Colt Dowd fell well under the goal posts,
and the score stayed 6-0 with 7:45 remaining in the first
The Loboes next drive again failed to yield any points, and
the Loboes were forced to return the ball to the Bearcats.
Aledo moved the ball down to the Lobo 27 before being held
by a Lobo defense that was adapting to the Bearcat throwing
game. Dowd attempted a 45 yard field goal which was easily
long enough, but went wide right, and the 6-0 lead held into
the second quarter.
After that kick, the Loboes began their first offensive
threat of the evening. Starting on their own 28, the Loboes
used sweep runs by Benny Rodriguez, Louis Moreno, and Raul
Hinojos to efficiently move the ball down the field. Adding
in a 16 yard reception by Chris Adams and some off-tackle
runs, the Loboes moved the ball down to the Bearcat 4. On
first and goal, Hinojos kept the ball on a strong-side QB
In a controversial call, the line judge ruled that Hinojos
fumbled the Bearcats recovered. Aledo took over possession
on their own 2 yard line.
The Bearcat's took advantage of the momentum swing to move
down the field for their second touchdown.
Early in the drive, Aledo tried to reopen their running
game, only to realize that running on the Lobo defense was
next to impossible. On a third and 10 from their own 2 yard
line, Laminack again found Hays down the right side of the
field for a first down. It took the 'cats only 10 more
plays to move to the three. On a third and goal from the
three, Matt Saunders received the Laminack handoff and dove
over a huge pile. It appeared Lobo DB Moreno recovered a
fumble, but the referee thought otherwise and awarded Aledo
with the TD. B.J. Warren found his way into the endzone for
the two-point conversion, and the Bearcats held a 14-0 lead.
After another Lobo drive failed to produce any points, the
Bearcats took the ball back with just a minute and a half
left in the first half. The Bearcats were trying to run out
the clock going into halftime, but on a second down draw
Laminack was hit and coughed the ball up into the hands of
The Loboes moved the 27 yards in under a minute with no time
outs. On 2nd down Moreno took a handoff and appeared to be
stopped for a loss. Turning on a dime, he launched the
ball back to Raul Hinojos for a 12 yard gain. On the next
play, HinojosÆ pass to J.T. Higgins fell incomplete. The
back judge threw a flag for pass interference against the
Aledo defender, and the Loboes had the ball on the two yard
line. The Big Green wasted no time getting in the endzone,
as Louis Moreno launched over the pile from 8 feet away for
the first Lobo TD of the game. Najar's PAT was true, and
the 14-7 lead stuck through late in the third quarter.
Capitalizing on another Lobo turnover, the Bearcats put
their final points on the board After holding the Bearcats
to a "three-and-out" on the opening drive of the second
half, the Lobo offense took the field and marched 84 yards
before an errant exchange between Benny Rodriguez and
Hinojos made its way to the hands of an Aledo defender. The
Bearcats moved the length of the field, again relying on
their passing offense, to put the stake into the Loboes.
Warren was the RB to find the endzone this time, working his
way around the Lobo defense for the final TD of the game.
Dowd finally hit true on a PAT, and Aledo held the 21-7 lead.
The Loboes put up a brave fight, especially in the fourth
quarter, where the Loboes were known all season for pulling
the game out. But this time it wasnÆt to be. The Big Green
ended their season 7-7, and became the only team in the
history of Texas High School Football to have a non-winning
record and reach the semi-finals.
Loboes place seven on best team
Seven Loboes were named to the 3-AAA All-District first
team. Brandon Lee, junior, was the unanimous selection for
punter and was also named a first team running back and
Kicker was Crane junior Luis Hernendez, offensive MVP was
Crane Junior Clay McGuire, defensive MVP was Crane senior
Jonathan Phillips and quarterback was Kemit senior, Marvin
Jamieson. Crane's coach, Alan Cherry, a former Monahans
resident, was named Coach of the Year.
Also selected were tight end, junior Chris Adams; offensive
line, Lanny Hayes, senior; receiver, Micah Tuxhorn, senior;
defensive line, senior Arnold Swartzfager; defensive end,
junior, Roy Porras and defensive back, Raul Hinojos, also a
Adams and Tuxhorn were selected unanimously.
Crane placed the most members on the first team, followed by
Monahans, Alpine, Kermit and Greenwood.
Second team selections included Crosby Swanson, senior, on
the offensive line, Wayne Branham, senior linebacker and
Junior Cordova, senior defensive back. Crane, Greenwood,
Alpine, Kermit and Presidio also placed members on the elite
Loboes named to the Honorable Mention team on offense
included Raul Hinojos, quarterback; Roy Porras, running
back, Todd Passmore, center, Ruben Garcia and Robert
Sanchez, offensive linemen.
On Defense, Lobo Honorable Mentions included Larry
Navarette, defensive lineman; Josh Swarb, defensive end;
Gabriel Ontiveros and Joel Najar, linebackers and Frank
Vela, defensive back.
Loboes earning spots on the Aademic All-district list were
Wayne Branham, sr., Jared Thomas, sr., Micah Tuxhorn, sr.,
Brandon Lee, jr., J. T. Higgins, jr., Gabriel Ontiveros,
sr., Lanny Hayes, sr., Crosby Swanson, sr. and Josh Swarb,
Eagles claw Loboes
The Monahans Lobos boys fell to the Pecos Eagles, 57-37,
Tuesday night in Pecos.
The 4-3 Loboes, "are reorganizing," said Coach John Curry
before the game. "It may take a while to get the football
people in rotation."
Lobo Brian Morris opened the scoring with a 3 point jump
shot. Pecos took the lead, 5-3, with 3 minutes left in the
first period. Again, a 3 pointer by Lobo Guard Brian Morris
put Monahans ahead. Senior post David Williams followed with
a layup and the Loboes led 8-7 with 1:40 remaining in the
Brian Morris connected on his 3rd 3 pointer to give Monahans
a short lived lead at 11-8.
Eagle Frank Perea made good a 3 point jump shot and the
Pecos Eagles led after first period, 12-11.
The second quarter, Lobo David Williams hit a 2 point jump
shot, to put Monahans in the lead again 13-12. Josh Gaddis
followed with two points of his own.
With 4:18 left in the first half, Lobo Guard Fabian Welch
made good on a 3 pointer and the Loboes had a 5 point lead,
Morris made another 3 point play and at the end of the
first half, it was 26-23, Loboes.
Third quarter action saw the game tied at 30 after Lobo Oved
Porras made a layup. Again Morris hit a 3 pointer for the
Loboes and Monahans led 35-31 with 2:46 left in the stanza.
The Eagles came back with 6 unanswered points to move back
The Pecos Eagles took command in the fourth quarter, scoring
14 unanswered points. Gaddis scored the lone basket for the
Loboes with 1:15 left in the game. The final score Pecos 57
- Monahans 37.
After the game Coach Curry said, "We got caught completely
out of our element. We weren't aggressive on the boards and
coupled with their quickness, it killed us."
Eagle Coach Mike Sadler said, "We played a tough Monahans
team. When they get their football players involved they
will be tough."
Last weekend the Loboes played in the Coahoma tournament.
They took their opening contest against Seminole Junior
Varsity, 86-72 and came back Friday to defeat Greenwood,
51-50. They did not compete Saturday because of the football
Monahans plays Montainview Friday night at the complex.
Cowboys lose heartbreaker
By Jim Lewallen
In boys basketball action Thursday night, the Grandfalls
Royalty Cowboys lost a heartbreaker to the Wink Wildcats 53
- 50. It was a game that saw the lead change some six times.
Although Wink led at halftime 30-23, the Cowboys moved in
front 43-40 with 1:23 left in the game. Wink took advantage
of their trips to the free throw line late in the game, that
enabled the Wildcats to pull this one out and post a three
Cowboy Coach Ed Jones said, "We only shot 33% from the foul
line and that's not good enough to win," Wink did much
better at the foul line." "In order to beat Wink, we must
contain Justin Hamm," Jones said. "He is the complete
Jason Carter led all Cowboys with 11 points, while Stephen
Phillips had 10 points.
Saturday action saw Phillips score 17 points and lead the
Cowboys to a 60-48 win over the Marathon Mustangs. James
Stocks led the Cowboys in scoring with 10 points. Coach
Jones said, "We won the battle on the boards and led the
In the second game Saturday, the Cowboys defeated Sierra
"Our legs are suspect," Said Jones. "This was our third game
and playing two games in one day showed we need to be in
better shape." "We led by as much as 16 points after three
James Stock led the Cowboys in Scoring with 13 points.
Grandfalls Royalty is now 2-1 in this year season
Maidens roust Lady Loboes
On Tuesday, December 8, at their home complex, the Lady Lobo
roundballers faced the Seminole Lady Maidens for the second
time this season. Unfortunately, this contest seemed to
follow the same script as the first with the Maidens on top,
Starting for the Lady Loboes were seniors Lori Enriquez,
Jeanette Franco, Dedra Wessels, Tracie Jasso, and sophomore
Wessels scored the first two points of the game and the
girls backed up to play some defense. The Maidens, ranked
number 9 in Texas, had a game plan all their own. Seminole
went on a 14-0 run and at the end of the first quarter, the
score was 20-4.
After a short time-out and regrouping, the Ladies came out
to score 6 points, but to almost no avail and the Maidens
took a 36-10 lead into the half.
As the rest ended, the girls came out to the cheers of the
sparse but supportive hometown crowd. It was right back to
work for the Ladies, but the overly talented Seminole team
provided a stark mismatch for the Loboes.
The girls put up a valiant fight, but ended up dropping the
game to the Maidens, 69-21.
The high scorer for the Ladies was Tracie Jasso, with seven
points. After the game, head Coach Mike Swigert said, "This
(Seminole) is an awesome team. They will make teams much
better than us look horrible. They have tremendous talent."
The Maidens are undefeated thus far and look to be moving up
in the polls.
This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Ladies will be
participating in the Sandhills Tournament here in Monahans.
The Complex will house all varsity games. Be sure to come
and support the Ladies this weekend.
Green Wave Team rises near top
Facing stiff competition that is usually reserved for
regional, the Loboes Green Wave Swim team rose up and
captured 4th place in the girls' division, and 9th place in
the boys at the Odessa Invitational Swim Meet last Saturday.
Results in the girls' division were: San Angelo Central
212.5, Midland High 144, Abiline High 131, Monahans, 119.5,
Carlsbad 119, Odessa High 113, Abiline Cooper 108.5, Pecos
95, Midland Lee 83, Amarillo High 74, Odessa Permian 61, Big
Spring 41, Amarillo Tascosa 29, Abiline Wylie 20, Andrews
15, Lubbock High 12, Lubbock Coronado 11, Amarillo Caprock
Scoring points for the Loboes: 200 Medley Relay - 2nd
Monahans 'A', Candice Teague, Lindsay Fredericks, Marina
Martin, Karen Robertson, 2:03.44; 12th Monahans 'B', Rebecca
Pinson, Beth Cox, Fonda Moore, Alexis Lewallen, 2:21.97. 200
freestyle, 8th Moore, 2:25.18; 11th Robertson 2:26.61. 50
freestyle 2nd Teague, 26.18. 100 freestyle, 8th Fredericks,
1:03.28; 10th Robertson, 1:03.81. 200 freestyle relay, 2nd
Monahans 'A', Moore, Martin, Fredericks, Teague, 1:51.33.
100 Backstroke, 2nd Teague, 1:04.23. 200 Free Relay, 6th
Monahans, 'A', Moore, Lewallen, Martin, Fredericks, 4:21.12.
Team totals in the boy's division; San Angelo Central 354,
Pecos 229, Carlsbad 176, Big Sprint 117, Andrews 114, Odessa
High 81, Abiline High 78, Odessa Permian 49, Monahans 44,
Midland Lee 35, Abiline Cooper 35, Amarillo Tascosa 15, Ft.
Stockton 14, Amarillo High 3.
Scoring for the Loboes were: 50 Freestyle, 5th Chris Cain,
24.64. 100 Freestyle, 6th Brandon Sutter 54.67. 100
Backstroke, 3rd Sutter, 1:00.05. 100 breaststroke, 2nd Cain,
1:06.51. The Green Wave will compete Saturday, Dec. 12 in
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