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Thursday, April 15, 1999
Netters seek regional tourney berths
PECOS, Apr. 15 -- After earning a district team championship
and regional berth this past fall, the Pecos Eagles' tennis
team will try to get as many players as possible back to
regionals in the spring, when the District 2-4A Tournament
is held Friday and Saturday at Fabens High School.
The first and second place finishers in each of the four
divisions will advance to regionals at San Angelo in two
"We did very well in the seedings. Mark (Marquez) and
Jonathan (Fuentes) are seeded first in boys doubles, and Tye
(Graham) and Jeff (Lam) are No. 3 seeds," said Eagles' coach
Bernadette Ornelas. "Erin Dominguez and Teresa (Minjarez)
are also seeded second (in girls doubles)."
Each team is allowed two players in singles and two teams
apiece in doubles, and the other girls' doubles team, of
Vanessa Miranda and Rachel Pharoah, will be matched up
against No. 1 seeds Laura Lechuga and Mabiza Lechuga of
Minjarez and Dominguez will face Andrade and Ramos of the
host Wildcats in the first round, while on the boys' side
Marquez and Fuentes drew Ricky Barrow and Michael Ortiz of
Fabens as their opening match on Friday, and Graham and Lam
will face Clint's Payton and Estrada in their first round
Fabens has both of the top seeds in singles play, with Adam
Canales on the boys' side and Cindy Cordero on the girls'
side. Pecos' Alan Fleming is seeded No. 4 for the boys, and
will be matches against Gabriel Morales of El Paso Mountain
View, while David Lam is matches against No. 3 seed Martin
For the girls, Nichi Dannelley is seeded third and is paired
with Clint's Laura Loera in the first round, while Lorrie
Minjarez drew Cordero in the first round.
Ornelas said unlike the Eagles' old District 4-4A, there
will not be a freshman division in the 2-4A tournament, due
to the limited number of players and the absence of
Canutillo and San Elizario from varsity tennis competition.
Pecos comes into the tournament off a 16-2 win over Crane in
team play on April 1 and a second place finish to Monahans
last weekend in tournament play at Fort Stockton that also
included Fabens. Fuentes and Marquez Won the Division I boys
singles title, defeating Monahans' Skinner and Wilbur by a
6-2, 4-6, 6-4 score in the championship game, while Graham
and Lam lost to the Loboes' duo in the semifinals, but came
back to beat Fabens' Mario Gomez and Tim Pinon, 6-1, 6-4.
Frank Dominguez and Laura Hinojos also won first in the
mixed doubles division while Miranda and Pharoah won third
in the Division I girls doubles, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 over Oswald
and Tumlinson of Greenwood.
in the Division I girls singles, Lorrie Minjarez advanced to
the conolation finals before losing to Fabens' Cordero, 6-3,
6-1, and Sonny Celaya, Sarah Metler and Prescilla Levario
all went 1-2 in the Division II boys and girls singles,
while Meagan Joplin and Kristina Dominguez lost in the
Division II consolation finals
Pecos' junior high swimmers take meet title
PECOS, Apr. 15 -- Pecos' junior high swimmers came away with
first place honors this past weekend, in a meet featuring
future District 4 rivals Big Spring, Andrews and Monahans
along with swimmers from seven Lubbock junior high schools.
The girls edged Lubbock's O.L. Slaton Junior High by 204«
points to 203 for top honors, while the boys had an easier
time, scoring 435« points to 124 for Slaton, which placed
"We did real good overall. THe kids cut their times,"
Eagles' coach Terri Morse said. "Some times still were a
little slow, but from what they were entered with and what
they slashed their times to, they did a super, super job."
The meet was for grades 6, 7 and 8 for Pecos and their
district rivals, while some of the Lubbock schools also
brought ninth graders, with the boys' division overall
featuring fewer swimmers. In the 200 medley relay Pecos
ended up with three of the five teams, placing first, second
and fourth overall. In the other relay, the 200 freestyle,
Pecos had four of the six squads, and won first though third
and fifth place.
Individually, Daniel Quintana and John Parent were first and
second in the 200 freestyle, with Dominic Jenkins fifth.
Quintana also won the 100 yard freestyle while Parent
finished first in the 500 free. Patrick Fuentes had the
boys' other first place finish, in the 50 breaststroke.
In the other boys' races, K.W. Winkles, Will Oglesby and
Trey Edwards were 1-2-3 in the 100 individual medley, with
Eddie Mata sixth; Parent and Fuentes were third and fourth
in the 50 freestyle, while Mata was 10th, Ruvel Carrasco and
Mike Howard 12th and 13th, Barney Rodriguez 15th, Jenkins
18th, David Davis 23rd, Rashad Terry 26th, Troy Orosco 28th,
Chance Fincher 29th and Timmy Hendricks 32nd. In the 50
butterfly, Ogleby was fifth, Edwards seventh and Alfred
In the 100 free behind Quintana, Fuentes was fourth, Winkles
sixth, Mata 10th, Howard 11th, Carrasco 14th, Rodriguez
18th, Jenkins 19th, Gary Garcia 20th, Davis 22nd, Fincher
23rd and Hernandez 24th; In the 50 backstroke Winkles place
third, Carrasco was tied for fourth, Garcia was eighth,
Howard ninth, Davis 13th, Rodriguez 14th, Terry 16th, Orosco
19th, Hendricks 20th and Hernandez 21st. And in the 50
breaststroke along with Fuentes' first, Quintana was third,
Garcia was 11th, Oglesby 13th, Edwards 15th, Fincher 18th,
Terry 19th, Hendricks 20th and Orosco 22nd.
Pecos' girls ended up second in the 200 free relay and sixth
in the 200 medley, but got indivudal wins from Jessica
Minjarez in the 200 freestyle and Teddie Salcido in the 50
free. Lauen Wein was second to Minjarez in the 200, while in
the 50 free Rebecca Reynolds was 30th, Cheyene Grice was
32nd, Danielle Garcia was 36th, Liza Chavez was 37th, Amie
Reynolds was 45th, Tina Grice was 49th, Mallory Enmon, Joann
Gurule, Emily Waight, Sarah Clark and Rachel Lujan took the
54th through 58th spots, Kimberly Edwards was 60th and
Candace Jacobs was 61st.
In the 100 individual medley, Cathy Minjarez placed second,
Betsy Lujan and Sarah Wein were 18th and 19th, Kelsey Flores
was 28th and Korto Darpolar was 29th. Minjarez also placed
second in the 50 fly, and was followed by Wein in 12th
place, Darpolar in 16th and Flores in 22nd place.
In the 100 free Salcido finished third, Lauren Wein was
eighth, Lujan was 20th, Cheyenne Grice was 26th, Rebecca
Reynolds was 28th, Jessica Carrasco was 34th, Tina Grice was
35th, Amie Reynolds was 37th, Enmon was 43rd, Clark was
45th, Gureule was 46th, Ashley Carrasco was 47th and Camilia
Alvarado was 48th. In the 500 free Cathy Minjarez placed
third and Jessica Minjarez finished fourth.
In the 50 backstroke, Lujan was seventh, Lauren Wein ninth,
Chavez 17th, Garcia 18th, Sarah Wein 28th, Jessica Carrasco
31st, Cheyenne Grice 34th, Gureule 35th, Ashley Carrasco
38th, Darpolar 39th, Tina Grice 40th, Clark 42nd, Alvarado
43rd, Enmon 44th, Jacobs 47th, Lujan 48th, Waight 49th and
Edwards 50th. And in the 50 breaststroke Salcido finished
fifth, Jessica Minjarez 10th, Rebecca Reynolds 14th, Amie
Reynolds 17th, and Flores 20th, while Ashley Carrasco,
Garcia, Jessica Carrasco, Chavez, Edwards, Waight, and
Alvarado took 29th through 35th place.
The girls' B, C D and E relays in the 200 freestyle finished
seventh, 11th, 13th and 16th respectively, while in the 200
medley, Pecos' `B' squad ended in ninth place.
It's the first time Pecos has hosted a junior high meet,
after holding high school and age group meets at the Pecos
High School Natatorium for years. "I think all the coaches
were pleased. We had a lot of compliments with the smooth
running of it," Morse said.
Last weekend's meet completes the season for Pecos' junior
high swimmers, though some may still have one more meet to
go this weekend in San Angelo, as part of the Pecos Aquatic
An A-B-C meet will be held at San Angelo Central, and will
include swimmers ages 8 and up. It's the final meet of the
season for the age-group swim team.
Strawberry jailed for cocaine solicitation
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer
TAMPA, Fla., Apr. 15 -- Darryl Strawberry's turbulent
baseball career took a downward turn when he was charged
with possession of cocaine and soliciting a prostitute.
The New York Yankees outfielder, in a gold-colored 1999 Ford
Explorer, solicited an undercover officer for sex for $50,
Sgt. M. Hamlin of the Tampa Police Department said after
Wednesday night's arrest about three miles from the team's
Upon being searched by officers K. Daniel and B. Holder at
10:10 p.m. EDT, 0.3 grams of powder cocaine wrapped in a $20
bill was found inside of Strawberry's wallet, the police
The powder was tested and proved positive for cocaine,
according to the police report.
Strawberry was booked at 12:22 a.m. today at the
Hillsborough County Jail. After he had his fingerprints
taken and was photographed for a mug shot, he was released
on $6,000 bond shortly after 1 a.m.
The 37-year-old outfielder, an eight-time All-Star, has been
in Tampa at the Yankees' extended spring training camp while
he works back into shape following colon cancer surgery last
After the Yankees won the World Series without him, New York
City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani praised Strawberry ``for the
comeback he's made as a baseball player and the comeback
he's making in life.''
He was in New York last weekend to receive his World Series
ring, then returned to Tampa. He was not expected to rejoin
the Yankees until next month, until after a stint with
Columbus of the Triple-A International League. The Yankees
did not want him to join Columbus until after he completed
Strawberry's list of substance abuse problems is lengthy.
Major league baseball suspended him for 60 days in 1995
after he tested positive for cocaine. The previous year, he
entered the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and
spent four weeks undergoing treatment for a substance abuse
In 1990, while with the New York Mets, he entered the
Smithers Center in New York for alcohol rehabilitation.
In addition to substance abuse, Strawberry also ran afoul of
tax laws. In April 1995, a federal court ordered him to
repay $350,000 in back taxes and sentenced him to six months
of home confinement. But the order allowed him to leave home
for practice and games, and to travel to road games.
Strawberry, who came to prominence with the Mets in the
early 1980s and won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1983,
also has had off-and-on problems in Los Angeles, where he
was accused of failing to make timely payments to his
He rebounded after signing with the Yankees in June 1995 and
had remained drug free, with regular testing by major league
baseball. Strawberry had his best season in seven years in
1998, hitting .247 with 24 home runs and 57 RBIs in 295
The Yankees, because of complicated rules involving
baseball's luxury tax, shifted him to a minor league roster
during the offseason, fearing he would not be healthy enough
to play by opening day.
Strawberry, the No. 1 pick in baseball's June 1980 amateur
draft, joined with Dwight Gooden to help lead the Mets to
the 1986 World Series title. Gooden also has had cocaine
problems and currently is with the Cleveland Indians.
Strawberry has a .250 career average with 332 homers and 994
RBIs in 16 major league seasons with the Mets, Los Angeles
Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Yankees. He led the NL
with 39 homers in 1988 and topped 100 RBIs three times with
the Mets from 1987-90.
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