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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, October 8, 1999
Eagle boys win opening swim meet
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Oct. 8, 1999 -- The first swim meet of the 1999-2000 season
produced no major surprises for the Pecos Eagles, which meant a big win
for Pecos’ boys and a close loss to Monahans by the Eagles girls.
Pecos hosted Monahans and Fort Stockton at the Pecos High School pool
Thursday night, where the boys’ team scored 167 points to finish 100 points
up on the Loboes. On the girls’ side, Monahans used its depth in the relay
events to pull away from Pecos and score a 135-101 victory.
“I thought we did good for the first meet,” said Eagles’ coach Terri
Morse. “Several of them have been swimming much, because they’ve been out
in other sports. Some of the times were off a little bit from what I expected,
but I think those will improve.”
Pecos’ girls won two of the three relays – the 200 medley and 400 freestyle.
But Monahans placed second and third in both those races, while finishing
first and second in the 200 free relay. Pecos had just one `B’ relay team,
which placed fifth in the medley, and their `A’ team was fourth in the
200 free relay.
“We didn’t have enough depth to have three good relay teams. We had
two good ones and had to hope for the best in the other,” Morse said. “But
all of them are new on that (200 free) relay, except for Victoria (Gomez).”
JoAnn Wein, Briar Prewit, Sarah Flores and Lauren Wein won the medley
relay by .28 second over Monahans, with a 2:10.40 time. The same four swimmers
also won the 400 free relay with a 4:26.63 time, while Gomez, Tina Grice,
Misty Cason and Rachelle Eisenberg swam the 200 free relay for the Eagles
along with the `B’ medley relay.
Individually, Flores, Prewit and Lauren Wein also won individual races.
Flores took the 100 yard freestyle with a 1:03.25 time and was second in
the 100 breaststroke; Prewit won the 500 free with a 6:28.81 time and was
second in the 500 free; while Wein won the 200 free with a 2:29.94 time
and was second to Prewit in the 500 freestyle.
JoAnn Wein placed second in both the 200 individual medley and the 100
backstroke, and Pecos also got a third place medal from Eisenberg in the
The boys won first and second in both the 200 medley and 400 freestyle
relays, and also took first in the 200 free relay. Eagle swimmers also
won every individual event, with Patrick McChesney and Grant Holland earning
two first places apiece.
Holland took the 500 freestyle in 5:48.96 and the 100 breaststroke in
1:10.16, while McChensey was first in both the 200 free, with a 2:10.36
time, and in the 100 butterfly, with a 1:08.55 time.
Single-event winners included Kevin Bates in the 50 free (22.96), Randall
Reynolds in the 200 medley (2:26.50), Cortney Freeman in the 100 free (59.43),
Tye Edwards in the 100 breaststroke, and Scott Pounds in the 1 meter diving
competition (95.55 points)
Bates and Freeman were also members of all three of the Eagles’ winning
relay squads. Edwards and Holland were the other two swimmers on the 200-medley
team that won with a 1:48.56 time, while Bates, Edwards, Freeman and Louis
Nieto won the 200 free relay in 1:37.69 and Bates, Freeman, Holland and
Reynolds took the 400 free with a 3:48.52.
Nieto, McChesney, Reynolds and Pounds were on the second place medley
relay squad, while Pounds, Edwards, McChesney and Matthew Montanez were
on the 400 squad that placed second. The Eagles’ 200 free relay `B’ team
of Pounds, Montanez, Eddie Mata and Clayton Cox finished fourth.
Other top three finishes for Pecos were by Cox, third in the 200 freestyle;
Montanez, third in the 200 medley and the 100 breaststroke; Wesley Roberts,
second in diving; Nieto, second in the 100 free and third in the 100 backstroke;
and Reynolds, second in the 500 free.
Thursday’s meet was one of two at home this season for the Eagles’ who’ll
host the Pecos Invitational on Nov. 12-13. Pecos’ next meet will also be
a dual against District 3-4A rivals Andrews and Big Spring in Andrews on
Full squad of freshmen get first grid win, 12-8
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Oct. 8, 1999 -- Points were hard to come by for the Pecos Eagles'
sub-varsity football teams Thursday night, though the freshmen were able
to come up with enough to get their first win of the season.
Playing as a group for the first time this year, the ninth graders used
a pair of scores in the second and third quarters to defeat Wink's junior
varsity by a 12-8 final score at Eagle Stadium. Earlier, Pecos' seventh
grade `A' team had been shut out by Fort Stockton, 14-0, while the `B'
team dropped a 30-8 decision to the Panthers.
Down in Fort Stockton, the host Panthers used a late score to beat Pecos'
eighth grade `B' team, while the `A' team scored two late touchdowns to
break open a 6-0 game and beat the Eagles, 22-0.
About a quarter of the Eagles' freshmen have been playing on the junior
varsity team this year. But when failing grades made the JV roster too
small to face Marfa's varsity on Thursday, that game was canceled and the
remaining freshmen were moved down to the ninth grade squad.
One of that group, Jason Carrillo scored the winning touchdown on a
50 yard run, after Robert Carrasco caught a 46-yard touchdown pass off
a halfback option from Ruvel Carrasco in the first half. Wink's only score
came on a touchdown pass in the opening period.
The eighth graders gave up a first half punt return and pass for touchdowns,
then were stopped inside Fort Stockton's 10-yard-line in the second half.
In the `B' game, the Eagles' lone score was a 50-yard run by Gilbert Gonzales,
who also added the two-point conversion.
Raymond Hernandez also had both a TD and two-point conversion in the
seventh grade `B' team's loss. "It was 8-6 in the fourth quarter and Stockton
just took the ball and drove it downfield," said coach Rudy Jurado.
In the `A' game, the Eagles were down 6-0 when Fort Stockton scored
twice in the final 3½ minutes of play. "They had a 4th-and-10
and came with a fake punt and scored with a little bubble pass," Jurado
said. Pecos then turned the ball over on a recovered lateral, and Fort
Stockton added their final score in the closing minute.
Tonight at 8:30 p.m. CDT, the Eagles' varsity opens the District 2-4A
portion of their 1999 schedule in Fabens against the Wildcats. The Eagles'
defense allowed Kermit just 41 total yards last week in their 20-0 victory
and have outscore Fabens, 91-14 in their last three meetings, but have
never had an easy time on the Wildcats' field. The Eagles' struggling offense
may also be without offensive lineman Orlando Lara tonight, due to a back
Tonight's game is one of three District 2-4A openers. In the others,
Canutillo goes to Clint and San Elizario is at El Paso Mountain View.
Canutillo (0-5) at Clint (3-2): The Lions went
into Canutillo last year and came away with a 41-26 victory, before the
Eagles went on to win their final four district games and share the 2-4A
title with Pecos. Playing at home tonight would seem to give Clint an even
bigger advantage, but despite their winless record things actually have
gone better for Canutillo the last two weeks.
They had a chance to defeat El Paso High before losing
in overtime 35-28, then last week saw El Paso Burges score with four minutes
left to take a 25-23 lead and hold on, after running back Gilbert Gonzales
fumbled at the Mustangs' 15-yard-line with 2½ minutes left and Adam
Zapata missed a 40-yard field goal as time expired.
Clint's D.J. Check came back after a knee injury two weeks
ago against El Paso Parkland to throw for 298 yards last week, but the
Lions' all-state receiver, Jeremy Arnold, had to spent part of the night
running the ball due to the suspension of D.J. Shepard, and they fell to
El Paso Bowie by a 20-17 final score. Both teams allowed nearly 300 yards
rushing last week, but Canutillo also gained over 200 yards, and will probably
try to do so again tonight to keep the ball out of Check's hands.
San Elizario (3-2) at EP Mountain View (3-1): San
Eli got last week off after a 24-21 win at Bowie, in which they ran for
nearly 300 yards. Quarterback Mike Perez ran for two scores and 93 total
yards, while Mike Tapia added 118 more yards. This is the latest the Eagles
have been above the .500 mark in football during the season in over a decade.
Mountain View already owns a win over one of the teams
to defeat San Elizario, Parkland, and last week spoiled El Paso Ysleta's
homecoming with a 35-28 win. Albert Jaurrieta scored four of the Lobos'
five touchdowns; one on a punt return and three others off passes from
Arturo Muniz, including the game-winner from 19 yards out with less than
two minutes left. Like Check, Muniz is averaging better than 200 yards
passing per game.
Netters seek district win against Wildcats
PECOS, Oct. 8, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles football and volleyball teams aren’t
the only ones playing the Fabens Wildcats this weekend. Pecos’ tennis team
also faces Fabens, though unlike the other two squads, they’ll have to
wait until Saturday for their matches.
The Eagles host the Wildcats in a 1 p.m. match, with Pecos looking for
its first district victory after a 14-5 loss last Saturday to Clint at
Pecos got to see Fabens earlier this year at the Fort Stockton Invitational,
but haven’t faced the Wildcats yet this season. The Eagles swept their
matches last year from Fabens, but have struggled so far in 1999 having
lost all of their boys’ team to graduation.
The boys did pick up a couple of wins this past Tuesday in a non-district
match against Monahans, which the Loboes won by an 11-7 final score. Pecos
won five of 11 matches on the girls’ side, but were 5-for-7 in victories
on the varsity level.
Saturday’s match is the final one at home in district for Pecos. They
go to El Paso Mountain View next week, and then head back to San Elizario
for the District 2-4A tournament on Oct. 22-23.
Rangers shut down again by Yanks, 3-1
By BEN WALKER
AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 1999 — The Texas Rangers needed just one key hit
to put themselves in position to tie their AL playoff series.
But they were not going to get it on this night, either. Not against
the New York Yankees. Not against Andy Pettitte.
Pettitte, pitching every bit up to manager Joe Torre's expectations,
stopped Texas at every tight spot Thursday night in a 3-1 victory that
gave the Yankees a 2-0 edge.
"I've seen Andy do it before. When you need to count on him, he doesn't
disappoint," Torre said. "He makes big plays, he makes big pitches."
The Yankees won their ninth straight postseason game and sent Texas
to its eighth playoff loss in a row. New York can complete a three-game
sweep Saturday night at Texas when Roger Clemens starts against Esteban
It was Torre who helped convince owner George Steinbrenner not to send
the shaky Pettitte to Philadelphia at the July 31 trading deadline. Pettitte
was sharp down the stretch and rewarded his manager's confidence with another
top effort in October.
"It seems like every year I struggle and they talk about trading me,
and then somebody stands up for me, like Joe," Pettitte said. "I had a
tough year, a lot of people doubting me."
Against Texas, he looked every bit as focused as the pitcher who won
the clinching Game 4 of last year's World Series and the crucial Game 5
of the 1996 Series against Atlanta.
After the game, Steinbrenner personally complimented Pettitte for a
Juan Gonzalez homered in the fourth, ending the Rangers' postseason
scoreless streak at 25 innings. But that was all they managed in 7 1-3
innings against Pettitte.
Ricky Ledee's tiebreaking double in the seventh off loser Rick Helling
and a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Jim Leyritz in the eighth put the
Yankees one win away from their second consecutive 3-0 sweep of Texas in
the opening round of the playoffs.
Indians 11, Red Sox 1
Jim Thome hit a grand slam, Harold Baines added a three-run shot and
Charles Nagy pitched seven solid innings Thursday as Cleveland moved within
a win of sweeping the AL division series from Boston with an 11-1 rout
of the Red Sox.
Cleveland capitalized on Bret Saberhagen's uncharacteristic wildness
and scored 11 runs in a two-inning span to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5
The Red Sox, who lost Pedro Martinez to a back injury in Game 1, will
turn to another Martinez, Pedro's brother, Ramon, to save their season
in Game 3 Saturday at Fenway Park. Dave Burba, a postseason hero for the
Indians pitching out of the bullpen last year, starts for Cleveland.
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