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Jan. 28, 1999

Lobos win tennis match in Andrews

The Lobo tennis men defeated the Mustangs from Andrews in a
dual match-up Saturday at the Andrews tennis courts. The
team won 6 matches to 4, and the 8th Grade Walker Jr. High
boys tennis team also prevailed 6 to 4.

"It was good to see all the tennis kids from both schools
travel together and compete" Coach Baber said. "I am
extremely proud of the camaraderie of the different age
groups as well as the tennis competition they exhibited."

The Walker Jr. High team had a great day. "This was our
first competition. The kids have been practicing since
August and they finally got to play someone other than
themselves. It was extremely encouraging to see how they

"I was pleased with the doubles play and the teamwork the
kids exhibited. Communicating as a team is a crucial element
we had not had much experience with," said Coach Baber.

Zachary Oliver, Nolan Pritchard, Matthew Laws, Conrado
Salinas, Emily Benninger, Grace Hawkins, and Carol Williams
all contributed wins against their Andrews opponents.
Several other Lobo players competed tough and were narrowly

Unfortunately, the Varsity girls suffered their first
setback this year, 3 to 8. The only bright spots for the
Monahans girls on Saturday were the play of Erin Armstrong,
Ashley Neace and Lecia Baker. They were the only girls to
win in either singles or doubles.

Coach Baber said several factors contributed to the
lackluster showing by the girl's team. For one the #3 girl
was absent, as well as several Lobo Ladies appeared to be
hampered from flu-like symptoms.

In addition, "the Andrews coach was really ready for us,"
the Coach said. "He and I have played together in several
doubles tournaments in the summers and we like to compete
with each other. He told me he had prepared for this match
since before Christmas.

"They even had signs up and banners decorating the court
area with sayings about beating us. He wanted revenge from
the defeat we gave him here in Monahans last fall."

Besides Erin, Ashley and Lecia, the Lobo boys really were
the highlight of the day. The following scores indicate the
results of the match... [NOTE: When reading these scores, it
is important to remember the scoring system of tennis. The
high school rules for tennis state theat each match will be
2 out of 3 sets.

The winner of a set is the one who is the first to win 6
games, provided they win by at least a margin of 2 games. If
the set is tied at 6 to 6 and no two game margins have been
reached; a tiebreaker is played for the sake of saving time.

The tiebreaker is 12 points, and the first one to get 7
points and win by at least a margin of 2 will win the
tiebreaker, and thus the set.

If this is confusing, remember this...the winner of every
game is the one who gets 4 points. The winner of every set
is the one who gets 6 games (except if play a tiebreaker, in
which case the winner of it has a 7th game they have won).

The winner of the match has won 2 sets. Got it? Summary:
Game = 4 points, Set = 6 games, Match = 2 sets. The scores
below are listed by how many games in each set. If someone
played a tiebreaker, the points won in that tiebreaker are
shown in parentheses.]

Varsity Boys Singles
Will Foster defeated Daniel Fuentes 6-3, 6-2
Robert Wilbur defeated Ricky Bintz 6-4, 6-4
Aashish Chopra defeated Erin Leeper 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Wes Burn defeated Jeremy Reyes 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
Drew Skinner defeated Kent Rogers 6-1, 7-6, 7-0
Ben Hawkins defeated Thuan Nguyen 7-6, 7-3, 2-6, 7-5
Joe Hawkins defeated Randy Stein 6-2, 6-3

Varsity Boys Doubles
Foster-Nguyen defeated Fuentes-Reyes 6-2, 6-4
Bintz-Leeper defeated Wilbur-Skinner 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
B. Hawkins-Chopra defeated Burns-Stein 6-1, 7-5

Varsity Girls Singles
Erin Armstrong defeated Georgia Stein 6-4, 6-4
Lecia Baker defeated Christi Overbeck 6-3, 6-1
Blair Long defeated Sandra Molinar 6-2, 6-1
Shamra Gray defeated Melinda Covensky 7-5, 6-2
Melissa Wood defeated Casey Gatzki 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Amanda Long defeated Tarrah Oliver 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Ashley Neace defeated Kelsey Lynch 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
Sarah Snow defeated Shara Dane 6-2, 6-1

8th Grade Boys Singles
Zachary Oliver defeated J. Fisher 7-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
J. Ratliff defeated Jared Turner 6-1, 6-0
Quaid Ledingham defeated J. A. Fisher 6-0, 6-0
C. Collins defeated Conrado Salinas 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Nolan Pritchard defeated N. Cole 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Matthew Laws defeated J. Aubrey 6-2, 6-1
Eighth Grade Boys Doubles
Fisher/Ratliff defeated Oliver/Turner 6-3, 6-4
Ledingham/Pritchard defeated Ratliff/Collins 6-0, 6-0
Salinas/Laws defeated Cole/Aubrey 6-3, 6-2
8th Grade Girls Singles
W. Copeland defeated Emily Benninger 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 7-0
M. Pollard defeated Audrey Sanders 8-3
Grace Hawkins defeated L. Dushone 6-2, 6-3
Carol Williams defeated A. Ham 6-3
C. Moxley defeated Allison Fambro 2-6, 6-3, 5-2 Retired.

8th Grade Girls Doubles
Benninger/sanders defeated Pollard/Ham 7-5, 7-5
Pollard/Copeland defeated Williams/Hawkins 6-1, 6-0
Moxley/Dushone defeated Miller/Fambro 6-2, 6-1

Cranes fell varsity five

The varsity men's basketball team fell to the Crane Golden
Cranes, 61-43 in Crane Tuesday, dropping the Loboes to 4th
in the District with a 2-3 record. With the win, Crane moved
to 5-0 and into the driver's seat in district play.

The match featured Crane's run-and-gun offense and a stellar
defense, a combination that was simply too much for the
Loboes to handle.

Crane jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it.
Off the the hot hands of Jamin Phipps, who had 26 points,
Crane netted a 17-13 first quarter advantage, which they
extended to 32-24 at halftime.

Second half, the Cranes settled into a more relaxed
offensive attack, which, along with tremendous defensive
play by the Green, kept the scoring low. The Cranes took a
43-30 lead into the fourth quarter and downed the Loboes,

Entering the second half of the season, the Mean Green will
travel to Presidio but will host all the other district
teams. Friday, they take on Kermit in the multipurpose

Scoring: Micah Tuxhorn, 9, Shorty Porras, 6, Jarod Thomas,
2, Fabien Welch, 2, David Williams, 6, Jason Merrick, 2,
Chris Adams, 9, Wayne Branham, 5, Carlos Suton, 4.

Faltering offense costs Lobo women

On Friday, January 22, the Lobo women traveled to Alpine for
a district contest against the Lady Bucks. The Loboes were
tied for first in the district, and wanted to preserve their
position. The home team, however, had other ideas.

The Pack opened up the game close, and at the end of the
first quarter, trailed Alpine, 15-12. They came out more
aggressive in the second quarter, but couldn't overcome a
quick Buck team. The women went into the locker room
behind, 30-26. The mid-game proved to assist the Lobo
defense, as it held the bucks to 9 third period points, but
the team couldn't muster the offense to take advantage of
the situation.

The final period started with the Bucks ahead, 39-32. The
Pack had its highest scoring output of the game, but to no
avail, as both team exploded for offensive fireworks. The
Lady Bucks ended up victorious, by a 58-49 final score.

The women then traveled to Crane on Tuesday, January 26 to
confront the Golden Cranes. The women led at halftime, but
a sinister defensive stand by the Cranes kept the Loboes to
three points in the third quarter. Once the pack was
stopped, the Cranes had only to keep the lead, and stole a
league win from the Loboes, 43-33.

Monahans 12 14 6 17 49
Alpine 15 15 9 19 58

Scoring: Points
Tracie Jasso 13
Lori Enriquez 8
Shayla Terry 8
Dedra Wessels 8
Amanda Krone 4
Amber Rogers 4
Jeanette Franco 2
Carleigh Melius 2

Monahans 10 8 3 14 33
Crane 9 7 14 13 43
Scoring: Points
Lori Enriquez 14
Shayla Terry 10
Dedra Wessels 8
Tracie Jasso 3

Swartzfager outstanding in Kermit

Aaron Swartzfager was named outstanding lifter in a
powerlifting competition with Kermit Saturday. The Monahans
boys came home with second place.

Weighing in at 296 pounds, Swartzfager lifted a total of
1445 pounds -- 600 squat, 315 bench and 530 dead weight.

Jessamy Parras put the girls on the board with a third place
lift, totaling 495 in the 123 pound class. She lifted 175
squat, 90 bench and 230 dead weight.

Also contributing to the Monahans boys points were Joel
Najar, third, with a total lift of 1080 and Justin Wilder,
fourth with 970, both in the 220 pound weight class.

In the 242 range, Robert Sanchez lifted 940 and Micah
Alaniz, 880 for second and third respectively.

Benny Rodriguez, with 1130 total pounds lifted took first in
the 198 pound level and Josh Swarb, 965, was third.

Junior Cordova came in fourth in his class with a total lift
of 905 pounds.

Mario Alvarez lifted 825 total for a third place in his
class and Garrett Bracon and Chad Greenfield, came in first
and second, respectively, in the 114 weight class.

Other Loboes competing were Abel Bernard, J.R. Higgins, Shon
Riley, Shawn Creel, Chris Smith, Frank Vela, Matt Morgan,
Josh Melius and Ermin Gardea.

Steffanie Morales, Carleigh Melius, Angela Campbell, and
Mandy Wilson also competed for the girls.

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