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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, March 2, 1999
Eagles close pre-district with Loboes
PECOS, Mar. 2 -- The Pecos Eagle softball team's first time
above the .500 mark lasted only a couple of hours on
Saturday at the Midland Invitational Tournament. This
afternoon they'll try to reach the above-.500 again and stay
there a little longer, when they travel to Monahans to take
on the Loboes.
It's the final pre-district game of the season for Pecos,
which opened play just two weeks ago. The Eagles will face
the Mountain View Lobos in El Paso on Saturday in their
District 2-4A opener.
The Eagles come into today's 4 p.m. game with a 3-3 record,
after losing in the consolation finals on Saturday to
Colorado City. Pecos dropped its tournament opener on
Thursday to the Midland Lee junior varsity, then bounced
back with a 32-8 win on Friday over Midland Christian's JV
and a 15-3 win Saturday morning over Kermit's JV, which put
Pecos over .500 for the first time ever.
Coach Tammy Walls said the Eagles had a chance to win the
consolation title, but saw Colorado City rally in the final
inning. "We played well against Colorado City, we just
tensed up at the end," she said.
Walls said Rebecca Wein had two home runs in the win over
Midland Christian, while the Eagles rallied from an early
3-0 deficit against Kermit by scoring seven runs in their
first at-bat. Alexa Marquez got the win in relief of Ashley
"Rebecca's really got her stroke down right now. One of her
home runs landed about 30 feet behind the fence," Walls said
of the freshman catcher, who has been moved into the
clean-up spot in the batting order.
The Eagles' coach said she tried to play all her players in
Thursday's 9-0 loss to Lee's JV, which wound up beating Big
Spring for the Division II title. Pecos has already scored
65 runs in their first six games, more than they scored in
all of their inaugural season last Spring.
"I'm pleased with how much we've improved, although we've
still got a long way to go," Walls said.
The Loboes should be a good pre-district test for the
Eagles. Monahans was one of many teams that beat the Eagles
a year ago under the 15-run-rule and the Loboes went on to
take the District 4-3A title, beating out three of Pecos'
new district rivals, Mountain View, Clint and Fabens.
Netters suffer early losses at Odessa
PECOS, Mar. 2 -- An abundance of teams meant a late start
and an early finish for most of the Pecos Eagles tennis
players this past weekend in Division II of the Bob Clark
Invitational in Odessa.
Coach Bernadette Ornelas said the tournament was so big
that matches had to be divided between courts in both Odessa
and Midland. "Some players didn't get to play their first
round match until after lunch, and they were kind of off by
then," Ornelas said.
Only one team advanced past their first round match.
Vanessa Miranda and Rachel Pharoah defeated Dawn Palmer and
Stephanie Loven of Borger, 6-1, 6-2, before losing to
Melissa Whitten and Nicole Blayders of Odessa Permian, 6-1,
Priscilla Levario and Veronica Valenzuela lost to Shalyn
Schaeffer and Melissa Whalen of Frenship, 6-4, 6-0 and Sarah
Metler and Abagial Garcia lost to Brownfield's Kaci Willis
and Yvonne Banda, 6-1, 6-1, in the other girls' doubles
In girls' singles play Lorrie Minjarez lost to Leti
Binggilli of Midland Lee, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0; Teresa Minjarez
lost to Amy Drachenberg of Frenship, 6-4, 6-3; Jessica Orona
lost to Lora Turner of Odessa High, 6-4, 6-0; and Tiffany
Jarrett lost to Anne Christian of Lubbock Coronado. No score
was available for that match.
In boys doubles the Eagles also had one three-set loss, by
Mark Marquez to Drew Skinner of Monahans, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Sonny Celaya was defeated by Clint Schuelke of Grady, 6-2,
6-2; David Lam lost to Andy Montoya of Sweetwater, 6-1, 6-1;
Alan Fleming lost to Joey Baldwin of Odessa Permian, 6-4,
6-0, and Anthony Casillas lost to Permian's Blake Williams,
In doubles play, Tye Graham and Jeff Lam suffered a
three-set loss to A. Trahern and R. Schmitz of Borger, 2-6,
6-4, 7-5. The Eagles' other doubles team of Craig Wein and
Stephen Dominguez, lost to Permian's A. Lassater and B.
Cockrell, 6-2, 6-0.
The Eagles will have another tournament set for this
weekend in Fort Stockton, then take a week off before
hosting their own tournament on March 18-19.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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