Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, April 13, 1999
PHS golf teams reach regionals
PECOS, Apr. 13 -- The greenskeepers at the Vista Hills Golf
Course made things rough on District 2-4A golfers Monday,
but didn't keep the Pecos Eagles from maintaining the top
two places in the final round of the district tournament.
Pecos' `A' and `B' teams earned regional berths in the boys
and girls divisions Monday, though their scores were higher
in the final round of the 36-hole tournament than they had
been on Saturday on the Eagles' home course.
Pecos' `A' boys shot a 339 after an opening round of 311
and won the tournament with a 650 score, while the `B' team
finished at 706 after a 367 round on Monday, 32 strokes
higher than two days earlier.
Those were still the best two scores of the afternoon and
111 shots better than Clint, which finished third with an
"It was pretty close to what I expected," said coach Kim
Anderson. "They were hitting the ball good, but those fast
greens ate them up. Plus, there were some wicked pin
placements. I don't think I could have shot 80, it was like
the Masters in Augusta, Ga."
Girls' coach Tina Hendrick said the same thing, after her
teams saw their scores rise by 31 and 67 strokes on Monday.
"It was a tough course. The pin placements were tough, the
greens were tough, and our kids have a little trouble
getting out of the sand," she said.
Still, the `A' girls shot a 370 to finish with a 709 total
for 36 holes, and while the `B' team's total jumped to 435,
their 803 total was 92 shots up on third place Clint.
Sarah Armstrong won medalist honors, shooting a 90 to
finish at 167, two shots up on teammate Alva Alvarez, who
also shot 90 on Monday. Salem Mitchell had a 94 to finish at
185, Amanda Stickels shot a 96 and was at 188, and Cassie
Foster had a 107 and finished with a 203 total.
The `B' team was led by Candace Hillard in El Paso. She
shot a 102 and finished at 187, while Brandi Bradley shot a
103 and was at 194. Candace Roach also broke 200 for the
tournament, shooting 107 at Vista Hills to finish at 196.
Kelsey Riley shot a 123 and was at 226 overall and Kattie
Davis shot a 131 and finished at 239.
Fabens and Canutillo were the only other teams in the
girls' division along with the Eagles and Clint. The Lions
shot 474 at Vista Hills, while the Wildcats shot a 536 and
finished at 1019, and Canutillo shot a 574 and ended with a
Hendrick said Pecos had the top five individual spots,
while Bradley tied Clint's Sara Britton for the sixth and
final regional medalist spot. "The Clint girl will go as
medalist, since Brandi's already going with the team," she
Clint's Clinton Moore won the boys medalist honors and will
also advance to Region I-4A competition at San Angelo after
shooting 80 on Monday to finish at 159. But Pecos golfers
took the next nine spots, with Lee Lyles placing second
overall at 161 after a round of 82, one shot up on teammates
Casey Love, who had an 86, and Jason Salcido, who shot an
Cortney Freeman shot an 86 and finished with a 165 score,
while Michael Baca had an 89 and ended with a 162 score for
The `B' team was led by Dallas Jarrett's 83, which gave him
a 169 score for the tournament. John Granado shot a 90 and
finished at 174, Tye Edwards had a 99 and ended at 177, Eric
Machuca shot a 99 and was at 183 and Jae Ewing shot a 98 and
finished at 191.
Pecos' two individual golfers, Patrick McChesney and Daniel
Munoz, shot 145 and 137 respectively. McChesney finished at
254 and Munoz at 264 for the tournament.
Fabens `A' was fourth in the tournament, with a 420 for an
840 score. El Paso Mountain View was the only team to cut
it's score from Saturday to Monday, shooting a 420 to finish
at 845, while Canutillo shot a 438-870 and Fabens `B' shot a
The Eagles will now await the two-round Region I-4A
Tournament on April 26-27 in San Angelo. The girls will play
Riverside Country Club and the boys will be at Bentwood,
where they played earlier this season.
"I'd say this course (Vista Hills) will be tougher than
Bentwood," said Anderson, who'll be taking the Eagles to
regionals for the first time since 1985.
The girls will be making their first trip ever to regionals
as a team, and will face former district rivals Andrews and
Snyder, who figure to be favored to advance to the state
Class 4A tournament next month.
"We can compete with them if the girls will be course smart
and if they think about what they're doing," Hendrick said.
"If my 1-2 girls play like they played here (in Pecos), then
my 3-4-5 girls have to step up and take some strokes off."
Eagles seek victories to stay in first
PECOS, Apr. 13 -- It may be a sprint for the girls and a
mid-distance run for the boys, but both the Pecos Eagles'
baseball and softball teams have the same goal today -- try
to stay ahead of the Clint Lions in the District 2-4A
The girls, having lost their first district game of the
season at Clint on Saturday, can still win the 2-4A title
with victories in their last two games, beginning today,
when they host San Elizario in a 4 p.m. start.
The boys are at the midpoint of their 10-game district
schedule, and remain undefeated going into their second half
opener, at Fabens this afternoon at 5 p.m.
Today's softball game at Martinez Field is the only one on
the district schedule. Pecos and San Elizario were given a
bye three weeks ago, and as a result, Clint's regular season
ended with their 18-7 win over Pecos on Saturday. The Lions
finished at 8-2, while Pecos is 7-1 entering today's game.
San Elizario is 5-4 after their victory over Clint, and can
clinch a playoff berth today with a victory over Pecos. If
the Eagles win, they can clinch the district title Ï and a
first round playoff bye Ï with a victory over El Paso
Mountain View, which is a game in back of San Elizario for
the third and final 2-4A playoff berth.
The Eagles were supposed to have hosted Mountain View on
March 27, but that game was rained out and coach Tammy Walls
said today that they'll make it up at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Pecos' defense fell apart late in Saturday's game, turning a
one-run game into an 11-run Clint victory. Before then, the
Eagles had been the ones taking advantage of other teams'
defensive problems, including San Elizario, who they beat
17-3 on March 23.
"We may have taken them a little lightly," Walls said about
Saturday's loss. "We're so used to getting off to a slow
start then coming back, but this time, our defense didn't
let it happen."
Alexa Marquez took the loss on Saturday, and had the win
last month at San Elizario after a slow start, in which she
walked the first three batters she faced. Marquez, 10-5,
figures to get the start again this afternoon.
The Eagles did better in baseball over the weekend, closing
out the first half of district with a 14-3 home win over San
Elizario. Oscar Rodriguez tossed a four-hitter and Mason
Abila, Oscar Luna and Josh Casillas had home runs for the
Casillas no-hit Fabens in a five-inning, 11-0 win back on
March 23 to open district play, and coach Bubba Williams
said he would start again on the mound today for Pecos.
"Josh will start and we'll have the same lineup as usual
when he pitches," he said. Casillas won last Tuesday at
Canutillo by a 10-3 score to improve to 7-1 on the season.
Fabens, meanwhile, is battling with San Elizario and
Canutillo for third place in the district standings.
Unlike the girls, today's game will be the only one for the
baseball team this week. Their next home game won't be until
April 20, when the host El Paso Mountain View, followed by
their rematch with Clint on April 24.
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