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Friday, February 5, 1999

Pecos girls open golf play in San Angelo

PECOS, Feb. 5 -- The 1999 girls golf season opens for the
Pecos Eagles in San Angelo today, and that's where the
Eagles hope to be in late April, when regional competition
rolls around.

After years of playing in District 4-4A, the Eagles' move
into district 2-4A this season figures to give coach Tina
Hendricks team a good shot at earning their first-ever berth
in regionals. But for the next two months, Pecos figures to
see a lot more of their old district rivals than they will
of their new 2-4A opponents.

Pecos will have seven tournaments before opening district
play this year, in what will be only a 36-hole tournament
for the first time. The Eagles have played 54- or 72-hole
tournaments in past seasons, but will have only an April 10
round in Pecos and a second, three days later in El Paso,
with the top two finishers advancing to the Region I-4A
Tournament, back in San Angelo in late April.

The Eagles did send Alva Alvarez to regionals as a medalist
last season, and she finished 12th there after a fourth
place finish in district. Pecos also gets back is No. 2
golfer from a year ago, Sarah Armstrong, who also earned
all-district honors with an eighth place finish.

Hendrick said Alvarez and Armstrong will be among the five
players for Pecos today and Saturday, and will be joined by
Amanda Stickels, Salem Mitchell and Cassie Foster. "I've got
11 girls out overall," said Hendrick, and none are currently
involved in other sports.

Pecos only saw one of their new district opponents last
season, in Clint, whom the beat in El Paso. Pecos will make
one pre-district trip to El Paso again this season, on March
19-20, and Hendrick said, "Clint is supposed to be there,
but we probably won't see the other teams until we get to

Pecos' boys will open their 1999 season next week with
tournament play in Big Spring. The girls also will compete
at the Big Spring tournament, and follow that up three days
later with a trip to Alpine.

Eagles seek road wins over Clint

PECOS, Feb. 5 -- It's been an up-and-down season for the
Pecos Eagle boys, and a mostly down one for the Pecos Eagle
girls. But both teams have a shot at pulling off upsets on
the road tonight, when they take on the first-place Clint
Lions at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

It's the last chance for the boys to stay in the District
2-4A playoff race, after dropping their last two games to
Canutillo and Fabens. Clint, meanwhile, can clinch a playoff
spot with a victory tonight over a team they beat by 30
points in Pecos last month.

Pecos' girls are already out of the playoff picture, but the
Eagles can keep Clint from clinching the district title with
a victory tonight over the Lions, who are unbeaten so far in
2-4A play.

The girls have had their problems in the middle quarters the
past two games after good starts against Canutillo and
Fabens. On Tuesday, they took an early 8-2 lead, but spent
most of the game chasing the Wildcats. Down 12 midway
through the final period, the Eagles went on a 15-2 run over
the next three minutes to take a one-point lead, only to see
Fabens rally and then hold on for a 59-56 win.

It dropped Pecos to 1-7 in district and 4-21 on the season.
"I would like to win like everybody else, and the girls
would like to win, but as long as we play hard to the end,
I'm satisfied," said Eagles' coach Brian Williams.

Clint hasn't overpowered anyone in district this year, but
they've come out on top in all eight games so far, including
a 47-30 win in Pecos last month in which the Lions were up
by just eight with 2½ minutes left. Polly Wagner led Clint
with 19 points that night and tied Jessica Wagner for high
point honors on Tuesday with 10, in the Lions' 47-36 win
over San Elizario.

Clint's boys are 5-1 in district, a game up on both San
Elizario and Mountain View thanks to their 55-49 win at San
Elizario on Tuesday. Michael Ortega led the Lions with 14
points, as Clint jumped out to a 29-17 halftime lead.

Pecos had a chance to move to within a game of second place
on Tuesday, but dropped a 47-45 decision to
previously-winless Fabens at home. Pecos was hurt by the
absence of guard Oscar Luna for a third straight game,
especially on defense, where the Eagles managed few steals
against the Wildcats, who were able to run down the clock
several times in the third and fourth quarters. The loss
left Pecos with a 2-4 mark in district, 10-15 overall.

The Eagles had a full group the first time they played
Clint, but were never in the game, falling behind by 18
points after one period, on the way to a 70-40 loss. guard
D.J. Check and Dario Arroyo did the most damage that night,
with 17 and 18 points, while Mark Marquez led Pecos with 11.

Eagle netters fall to Rebels

PECOS, Feb. 5 -- The Pecos Eagles' tennis team were a
little shorthanded on the boys' side on Tuesday, but still
managed to come out with five wins in eight matches against
the Lee Rebels in Midland on Tuesday. However, Lee was able
to take eight of the nine matches on the girls side for an
overall 11-6 victory.

"We had some people out due to illness, but our guys played
pretty close to them and our girls got one win from Teresa
Minjarez," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas. "Everybody
looked pretty consistent out on the court."

Minjarez beat Elle Howard at No. 1 singles by a 6-3, 6-4
score, while the boys won the top three seeds in singles and
took both doubles matches. Jonathan Fuentes, Tye Graham and
Jeff Lam won on the boys' side, after both Graham and Lam
and Fuentes and Alan Fleming combined for doubles wins.

Ornelas said the Eagles' next matches would probably not be
until their first tournament of the Winter/Spring season, on
Feb. 12-13 at El Paso Burges.

Lee also won the only JV match played on the girls' side.
Results of Tuesday's matches are listed below:

Pecos (6) at Midland Lee (11)
Boys Singles
Jonathan Fuentes defeated Javier Molinar, 8-2; Tye Graham
defeated Justin Rich, 8-5; Jeff Lam defeated Armando Rivera,
8-6; Alan Fleming lost to Tri Njuyen, 8-1, Michael Chavez
lost to John Hendricks, 8-0; Chavez lost to Chris Hack, 8-1.

Girls Singles
Teresa Minjarez defeated Elle Howard, 6-3, 6-4; Vanessa
Miranda lost to Allison Carol, 6-1, 6-4; Tiffany Jarrett
lost to Becky Morgan, 6-0, 6-1; Rachel Pharoah lost to Susan
Lambilotte, 6-0, 6-3; Lorrie Minjarez lost to Lexi Binggeli,
6-4, 6-4; Sarah Metler lost to Julia Wisdom, 6-1, 6-2.
JV - Abigail Gonzales lost to Becky Morgan, 8-1.

Boys Doubles
Fuentes and Graham defeated Molinar and Rich, 6-2, 6-1;
Fuentes and Fleming defeated Harris and Rivera, 6-1, 6-2.

Girls Doubles
T. Minjarez and Miranda lost to Howard and Carol, 8-4;
Jarrett and Pharoah lost to Morgan and Labilotte, 8-0; L.
Minjarez and Metler lost to Binggeli and Wisdom, 8-1.

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