Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, December 14, 1999
Netters put five on 2-4A first team
PECOS, Dec. 14, 1999 -- Five members of the Pecos Eagles girls' tennis
team were named to the first-team All-District 2-4A squad, while three
others received second team honors as a result of this year's district
matches and 2-4A team tournament.
Pecos had only one of their players on the boys' side earn second team
honors, while six players received honorable mention for the fall 1999
Rachel Pharoah, Rebecca Wein and Tiffany Jarrett were named to the first
team at the No. 3, 4 and 5 singles positions, while Pharoah and Wein also
were first team picks in doubles play. Pharoah was teamed with Vanessa
Miranda at No. 2 doubles, and Wein was paired with Kristina Dominguez at
No. 3 doubles.
"All the results were based on district games, and the tie-breakers
were based on the district tournament," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas.
The Eagles finished third in district during regular season play, but beat
out Fabens for the second regional berth at the 2-4A tournament behind
Clint. Both the Eagles and Lions were eliminated by Wichita Falls teams
at the Region I-4A tournament.
Jarrett was a second team selection, along with Teresa Minjarez, at
No. 1 doubles, and Minjarez was also earned second team honors at No. 1
singles. No. 6 singles player Prescilla Levario also was picked for the
second team, while Miranda was honorable mention at No. 2 singles.
The boys had all first-year players this season, after sweeping most
of the top spots in 1998. Their lone second team selection came in mixed
doubles, where Ben Hernandez was paired with Carolina Esquivel. Hernandez
also was honorable mention at No. 4 singles.
The other honorable mention picks were Jerry Orona, Michael Tremble
and Jayson Hinojoz at No. 3, 4 and 6 singles. Orona also received honorable
mention with Bobby Sotelo at No. 2 doubles, and Hinojoz and Orlando Mendoza
were honorable mention at No. 3 doubles.
Outside of Pecos' girls, Clint dominated the first team all-district
picks, getting 11 of the other 14 first team spots.
On the girls' side, Laura Lechuga and Faye Abdelquader were first team
at No. 1 doubles and as No. 1 and No. 2 singles. On the boys' side, Martin
Renteria, Rigo Nunez, Jesus Ortega, Alvaro Chacon and Steve Baca were first
team singles at the No. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 spots, while Renteria and Louis
Morales and Chacon and Baca were first team No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, and
Stephanie Marmolejo and Hugo Grimes were first team mixed doubles
The other spots were taken by Adrian Zavala of Fabens at No. 2 singles
and teammates Steven Ornelas and Danny Villagran at No. 2 doubles. On the
girls' side, Sonia Galvan of Fabens was the first team pick at No. 6 singles.
Second team selections were Fabens' Daisey Gonzalez and Samara Ihmud
at No. 2 and 3 singles; Clint's Elvia Gonzales and Lisa Corral at No. 4
and 5 singles and No. 3 doubles; and Melissa Salcido and Cindy Cordero
of Fabens at No. 2 doubles.
Second team selections on the boys' side included Clint's Morales at
No. 2 singles; Fabens Joey Pinon at No. 1 singles, and teammates Jesus
Ortiz, Ornelas, Villagran and Lee Mathewson at singles spots 3 through
6. In doubles, Pinon and Zavala were the second team in doubles at No.
1 seed, Ortiz and Mathewson were the No. 3 seed selection and Clint's Nunez
and Ortega earned second team honors at No. 2 seed.
Griffey rejects deal to New York
By BEN WALKER
AP Baseball Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif, Dec. 14, 1999. - Ken Griffey Jr. made it clear to the
New York Mets: I'm not going.
In an electrifying near-miss, the Mets had a trade in place with Seattle
for Griffey, only to have the Mariners star block it Monday night.
"I don't feel like we were wasting time," Mets general manager Steve
Phillips said. "I think it was a worthy effort to pursue, and an exciting
one to pursue."
A busy day at the winter meetings began with Vinny Castilla going to
Tampa Bay and Jeff Cirillo and Rolando Arrojo heading to Colorado in what
baseball called its first four-team trade since 1985. Later, free agent
Greg Vaughn signed with Tampa Bay.
Then, the Mariners and Mets almost pulled off one of biggest trades
"I think we were close to an understanding," Mariners general manager
Pat Gillick said.
Neither GM identified the players the Mets agreed to send Seattle for
the 10-time All-Star center fielder. A person involved in the talks, speaking
on the condition he not be identified, said the sides had settled on closer
Armando Benitez, outfielder Roger Cedeno and young pitcher Octavio Dotel.
"At this point, I don't think he wants to go to the Mets," Gillick said.
"You're always hopeful something will change."
Mariners president Chuck Armstrong called Griffey's agent Monday, saying
a deal was in place and asking if Junior would waive his right to block
But agent Brian Goldberg said no deal, Gillick said.
During the weekend, the Cincinnati Reds publicly pulled out of trade
talks with the Mariners.
After the Reds backed out, Goldberg said: "I don't know why Seattle
is wasting its time talking to a bunch of teams. If he can't go to Cincinnati,
then he's going back to Seattle for the final year of his contract."
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