Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, October 26, 1999
Eagles get quick win after long drive
PECOS, Oct. 26, 1999 -- The drive there and back was about six times as
long as the match itself, but at least the Pecos Eagles second trip of
the season to El Paso Mountain View allowed Pecos to close the regular
season in District 2-4A volleyball with a victory.
The Eagles had nothing to play for in Monday's make-up game in El Paso,
having clinched second place in the district standings on Saturday in San
Elizario. But the Lobos had a shot to clinching third place with a win
over the Eagles, forcing Pecos to make the 195-mile drive out to Mountain
View to play the game originally scheduled for Sept. 24.
This time, the officials did show up for the game, and the Eagles were
able to take care of the Lobos in under an hour, beating Mountain View,
15-12, 15-4 to finish with an 8-2 district record.
"Mountain View really didn't do anything," said Eagles' coach Becky
Granado. "For a team trying to get a playoff spot, I thought the match
was going to be tougher than it was. But they really were flat."
Pecos needed under 20 minutes to win the opening game, before struggling
a little in the second game, as Mountain View did briefly grab an 8-7 lead
before the Eagles rallied, scoring the final three points of the match
to break open a 12-11 game.
"We had a couple of good plays. Ashley (Salcido), Alexa (Marquez) and
Kalyn (Lara) placed the ball well. I don't know if they saw the holes or
what, but they placed the balls well," Granado said.
"As far as defense we really didn't have to do anything. I thought No.
10 (Diana Gonzales) would play like she played us in the first game (in
Pecos), and go around Philly (Fobbs) by dinking the ball, but she didn't."
Mountain View fell to 4-6 in district with the loss, tying them for
third with San Elizario. The two teams will hold a playoff today for the
right to face El Paso Burges in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Pecos, meanwhile, will face El Paso High in their bi-district match, with
both contests scheduled for Saturday at Burges High School.
Granado said the time for the Eagles' game will be decided on Wednesday,
and before then, Pecos may play a practice match later this week against
Fort Stockton, which qualified for the playoffs out of District 5-4A.
El Paso cross country field tough for Pecos
PECOS, Oct. 26, 1999 -- A boys cross country meet in El Paso is about as
tough a meet as you can get in Texas, the Pecos Eagles found out on Saturday.
"The first 21 runners finished under 17 minutes," Jurado said. "They
cut down on their times, but for us to have a glimpse of making regionals
we're going to have to run a 17 at least, and that still doesn't guarantee
us a win."
Marco Gallegos of El Paso High blitzed the field, running the three-mile
course in 15:24.53. Fabens Ricky Ontiveros has the best time among 2-4A
runners and was just edged for second place, finishing with a 16:07.21
Pecos' best time was a 19:25 by Jason Sanchez, which was good enough
only for 67th place in the field. Abel Lopez was 77th
with a 20:14 time, Nolan Blount was 78th with a 20:30 time and
Mark Gomez was 81st, with a 21:40 time.
Fabens did finish second in the overall standings with 69 points, 30
ahead of defending state champion El Paso High. Class 5A El Paso Austin
won the meet with 44 points.
The Eagles had no girls entered in El Paso, but Jurado said junior Jenny
Alvarez has the best chance at a regional berth this Saturday, when the
District 2-4A meet is held at San Felipe Park in Fabens.
"I think Jenny stands a good chance of making it if she runs in the
14s," he said. Girls cross country in El Paso is not as strong as the boys
division, with Odessa High taking that title this past Saturday over El
Pecos golfers place eighth in El Paso
PECOS, Oct. 26, 1999 -- Area band competition had the same effect on the
Pecos Eagle girls' golf team as it did on other Eagle squads Saturday in
El Paso, cutting into their numbers during tournament play at Fort Bliss.
But Pecos was still able to finish eighth out of 14 teams in the two-day,
The Eagles shot an 801 in the tournament, which was won by Snyder with
a 686 score. El Paso Coronado was next with a 712 total and Fort Stockton
was third, at 738.
"I was missing most of my girls due to band," said coach Tina Hendrick.
"We took two juniors and two freshmen, and I was proud of the way my girls
competed under the circumstances."
"Salem Mitchell was 10th on the medallist list," Hendrick
said, with a 178 total for 36 holes. Lauren Martinez shot a 193, Brandi
Bradley a 202 and Dena Dutchover a 220 for the Eagles' other scores.
Hendrick said this would probably be the last varsity meet for Pecos'
girls until the spring semester.
Stewart's death casts pall on tourney
HOUSTON, Oct. 26, 1999 (AP) — Although the show will go on at the
PGA's Tour Championship this week in Houston, players and fans said it
won't be the same without one of golf's greatest showmen.
U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart, one of 30 top money winners playing
in the $5 million tournament, was killed along with at least four others
when his LearJet flew uncontrolled for hours Monday before crashing in
"It's going to be a tough week, for all the players to really stay focused
on the task at hand," fellow pro Jeff Maggert said. "It's a really tragic
Stewart was to be in Houston today for the tournament's pro-am at Champions
Golf Club. The event was canceled after the plane crash, but PGA chief
operating officer Henry Hughes said the 72-hole tournament will resume
later this week.
"We just don't think it's appropriate this soon after this tragedy to
have a festive pro-am competition," he explained.
Stewart's classic dress — knickers and a tam o'shanter — and fiery performances
set him apart on the links.
"He's an inspiring guy, and to be on the Ryder Cup team with him and
see his emotions ... he's someone I've always looked up to," golfer Justin
Another pro, Duffy Waldorf, compared Stewart to Jack Nicklaus and Arnold
"He's such a big part of the game," Duffy said. "We'll probably go along
here for the whole week and not feel like ourselves. We'll just be a little
numb, and maybe just kind of suffering along with Payne Stewart's family."
Flags flew at half staff at the golf course after it was confirmed Stewart
was aboard the wayward jet. The mood was thoroughly somber as fans watched
golfers practice in the sunshine.
"He was one of my favorite players. He was always willing to take the
time to be with the fans and sign autographs," 16-year-old Matt Coleman
said. "He was one of the classiest guys on the tour."
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