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The first week of the 1996 volleyball season was a draw for the Pecos
Four matches, two wins, two losses. Ten games, five wins, five losses.
Two extended games, one win, one loss. Six pool round games, three wins,
Tonight, the Eagles will try and get off the break-even mark in
Midland, when they take on the Lee Rebels and Snyder Tigers beginning at
Pecos hosted those two teams back on Aug. 17 in scrimmage play, and
split two 20-minute sets with the Rebels while edging the Tigers in a
pair of close scrimmages. But the Tigers opened their season with a
victory over San Angelo Lake View, while the Eagles split their pool
matches with the Maidens on Friday. Lee, meanwhile, was finishing 13th
in the Amarillo Invitational Volleyball Tournament, going 2-1 in
Saturday's matches after a 2-4 record in pool round play Friday.
Pecos wound up 10th in the Ector County ISD Tournament on Saturday,
losing in the consolation finals to Alpine 20-22, 15-1, 15-9. Eagles'
coach Nora Geron said a long break for a referee change after the long
opening game broke her team's concentration, and the Bucks were able to
avenge their season-opening loss in Pecos.
"That game went back and forth. We'd serve a point and score, then
they'd break serve and score," Geron said. "It seemed like part of the
time neither team wanted to win, and then someone would come back and
make a big play to keep things going."
Tonight's matches will be followed on Friday by pool round play in the
11th annual Cantaloupe Classic at the Pecos High School gym. Lubbock
Invitational winner Seminole and Sandhills Tournament runner-up El Paso
Bowie will be among the 16 teams entered in the varsity division of the
tournament, with eight more teams competing in both the junior varsity
and freshman divisions.
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The Balmorhea Bears kept much of their game under wraps Friday, but
still managed to post a pair of scrimmage wins at home over the Marathon
Mustangs and Dell City Cougars.
The Bears beat Marathon by a 2-0 score in their 30-play scrimmage, then
defeated Dell City 1-0 in their second 30-play matchup. The Cougars beat
the Mustangs in Friday's other scrimmage pairing.
"We scored twice on offense against Marathon, and against Dell City we
scored on defense," said Bears' coach Michael Barrandey, who added his
team wasn't at full strength for Friday's three-way scrimmage.
"We had some kids out with injuries and colds, so we were about five
short out there, but we still did some good things," he said. "We didn't
do anything fancy and didn't try anything special, but it gave us 60
plays to practice with."
Both Dell City and Marathon are District 8-A six man rivals of the
Bears, and Balmorhea will be facing Marathon again in just 10 days, on
the road in both teams' non-district season opener. "Since we scrimmaged
two teams we're going to see again, I didn't want to expose our spread
offense. So we ran about three basic plays out of our tight offense,"
"We made some errors as far as hitting holes," he added, while saying
overall, "The team looked good. we did some things that were real
pleasing. We just have got get over these minor injuries."
Barrandey said the Bears also kept to the basics on defense in shutting
down the Mustangs and Cougars. "We got good play out of Roger Lopez on
the defensive line, and Vince Calderon ran back an interception for the
touchdown against Dell City. It was about 60 yards," he said.
"Dell City has the assistant coach who used to be at Fort Hancock, so
they ran the Fort Hancock offense with the unbalanced line. They made
about one 12 yard run on us and about a 25 yard pass, but after that we
stopped them," the Bears' coach said, adding the Cougars split their
plays about evenly between offense and defense.
On offense for Balmorhea, Barrandey said, "Arturo Miranda ran the ball
well, and Zane Rhyne did a good job at quarterback." The two are among a
dozen returning players off last year's 7-2-1 team that placed second
behind Imperial in the district standings.
Barrandey said Balmorhea would open things up a little more this week,
when they face off against each other in a blue-and-white scrimmage.
"We're going to start about 8:30 p.m., so the kids can get used to
playing under the lights," the Bears' coach said.
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The Pecos Eagles got in only one of their two scheduled tennis matches
on Saturday in Midland, and came out on the short end of a 25-3 score
against the Lee Rebels.
Lee swept all 16 matches on the girls side, while winning 9 of 12 boys
singles and doubles matches. "They're a solid 5A team, but overall, I
thought it still went really well," coach J.R. Torrez said. "If we had
executed better on the boys' side, we could have won five to nine of the
Pecos had been scheduled to face the Plainview Bulldogs as well on
Saturday, but they didn't make the 160 mile trip south, Torrez said.
Pecos' wins came from No. 3 seed Jonathan Fuentes, 6-3, 6-3; No. 5 seed
Tye Graham, 6-7, 6-1, 7-6; and from the doubles team of Mark Marquez and
Skyler Bechtel, who also posted a three-set, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.
Opponents names were unavailable.
The girls' closest matches Saturday were a 1-6, 6-2, 1-6 loss by No. 2
seed Renea Rasberry and a 6-7, 7-5, 4-6 loss by Rasberry and Randa
Taylor in doubles play.
Even with the final score, Torrez said, "I think it was good experience
to get us ready for district," and added that he was able to get all 19
of his players who made the trip at least one match.
The loss dropped Pecos to 2-2 on the season, with no matches scheduled
for the Labor Day weekend. The Eagles' next match is on the road Sept. 7
against former District 4-4A rival Monahans. District play opens the
following week at Andrews.
Pecos (3) at Midland Lee (25)
(Opponents names unavailable
Clifton Ikeler lost 7-5, 6-4; David Zuniga lost 7-6, 6-0; Jonathan
Fuentes won 6-3, 6-3; Mark Marquez lost 6-1, 6-2; Tye Graham won 6-7,
6-1, 7-6; Jeff Lam lost 6-0, 6-0; Skyler Bechtel lost 6-4, 6-2; Albert
Lee lost 6-2, 6-2.
Stephanie Armstrong lost 6-3, 6-3; Renea Rasberry lost 6-1, 2-6, 6-1;
Christi Breiten lost 6-0, 6-3; Randa Taylor lost 6-0, 6-1; Stefanie
Pharoah lost 6-0, 6-1; Nichi Dannelley lost 6-2, 6-1; Brenda Natividad
lost 7-5, 7-6; Robyn Matthews lost (no score available); Vanessa Miranda
lost 6-0, 6-1; Tabitha Matta lost 6-4, 6-2; Holly Perkins lost 6-0, 6-1.
Ikeler and Zuniga lost 7-5, 7-6; Fuentes and Graham lost 6-4, 6-1;
Marquez and Bechtel won, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Lam and Lee lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Armstrong and Natividad lost 6-2, 6-2; Taylor and Rasberry lost 7-6,
5-7, 6-4; Pharoah and Breiten lost 6-3, 6-1; Matthews and Dannelly lost
7-5, 6-3; Matta and Miranda lost 6-1, 6-4.
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Wide receiver Michael Irvin, defensive end Shante Carver, and tight end
Jay Novacek definitely won't. Irvin and Carver are serving NFL
suspensions and Novacek has a degenerative disc in his back that needs
Coach Barry Switzer, who calls his team the ``thinnest'' in football,
said he thinks running back Emmitt Smith, offensive lineman Mark Tuinei,
cornerback-wide receiver Deion Sanders and tight end Erik Bjornson will
take the field.
``We think Emmitt and Mark will be able to go,'' Switzer said. ``We'll
know for sure later in the week.''
Smith was getting treatment for a sprained knee and didn't practice.
Nor did Tuinei, who has a sprained knee ligament. Bjornson, nursing a
pulled hamstring, worked out in shorts and pads.
``We're counting on Bjornson playing,'' Switzer said. ``We need him in
there particularly if we run two tight-end sets.''
Free agent pickup Derek Ware, who played for Cincinnati and Atlanta,
caught two touchdown passes against the Oilers to make the team.
Sanders, who bruised a shoulder Saturday in the Cowboys' preseason
finale against Houston, attended the brief practice.
Smith and Sanders weren't talking about their injuries, although Smith
was walking without a limp and historically has been a fast healer.
``I think I'll be able to go, but I'll just have to see what happens
when I get people pushing on me,'' Tuinei said. ``We have a lot of
injuries. Maybe the most we've ever had. We've got to find a way to
weather the storm.''
If Tuinei can't play, Larry Allen will switch from right guard to left
tackle and George Hegamin will fill in for Allen.
Guard Nate Newton said it was time the Cowboys quit worrying about who
``We've got to quit whining,'' Newton said. ``It's time to work through
this thing. It's time to start playing football and quit worrying about
who is here. It's time to rock and get nasty and mean. No excuses. I'm
telling you Tuinei will play and Emmitt will play.''
(Copyright 1996 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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