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PECOS, Dec. 9 -- A few fractions of a second kept the Pecos Eagle boys
from placing second on Saturday in the final team standings at the
Odessa Invitational swim meet at the Permian High School pool.
Pecos was edged for second place by Midland High, 164 points to 163, in
the 17-team field. San Angelo Central won the division with 229 points,
while Midland Lee was fourth, with 156 points.
Central also took first in the girls' division with 266 points to 195
for Lee. Pecos placed ninth with 74 points, third out of the District 4
teams entered in the tournament.
The boys earned their third place finish despite getting just one gold
medal on the day, from Seth Whitworth in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Whitworth won with a 1:07.64 time, while Al Tillman was fourth in that
event. Earlier, Whitworth had earned a bronze medal for a third place
finish in the 200 individual medley, with teammate Kenneth Friar placing
fourth in that race.
Friar also earned fifth in the 500 yard freestyle, while Tillman was
11th in the 100 fly. Kevin Bates was fourth in the 100 backstroke and
seventh in the 100 butterfly, Matt Ivy was ninth in the 200 freestyle,
Dennis Harris was seventh in the 500 free and Scott Pounds was 11th in
the 1 meter diving event.
In the relays, Pecos picked up a pair of medals, as Bates, Tillman,
Friar and Harris placed second to Lee in the 200 medley relay, while in
the 400 freestyle, Pecos' team of Whitworth, Friar, Kiefer and Bates
just missed getting second and giving the Eagles second in the team
standings, as they were edged by Midland Lee for the silver medal,
3:36.19 to 3:36.40. The Eagles' 200 freestyle relay team of Whitworth,
Kiefer, Tillman and Harris finished fifth.
"Abilene beat us in the 200 freestyle, which they usually don't do. We
would have gotten some points there," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse,
who said the overall times were "A little slower compared to what they
"As hard as they're working out, and as torn down as they are it's not
unexpected," she said. "Coming off the Thanksgiving break, school's
tough right now, and they're having a lot of tests, so they're going to
be pretty worn down."
On the girls' side, the top finishes came from the 400 freestyle relay
team of Randi Key, Dionnie Munoz, Megan Freeman and Liz Parent, as they
took fourth place, just behind Big Spring, while Freeman also earned
fourth in the 100 freestyle and was seventh in the 100 breaststroke.
The same four placed eighth in the 200 medley relay, while the 200 free
relay of Jamie Corson, Kellee Bagley, Sara Lam and Christy Whitworth
finished 14th. Individually, Parent had the next best finishes for the
Eagles, with a pair of sixths in the 200 medley and the 500 freestyle.
Whitworth was 12th in the 200 freestyle, Key was 10th and Munoz 12th in
the 100 butterfly, while Munoz was 11th and Key 12th in the 100
Monahans was the highest District 4 finisher on the girls' side, taking
fourth with 129½ points, while Midland Lee was third with 171. Big
Spring was seventh with 85 points, while Andrews had 16 points, Abilene
Wylie five and Fort Stockton zero among the other district teams. For
the boys, Big Spring was next highest behind Pecos with 115 points and a
sixth place finish. Fort Stockton, Monahans and Andrews were 10th, 11th
and 12th with 43, 39 and 27 points, any Wylie had zero points.
The Eagles will have their final pre-Christmas swim meet this Saturday,
when they travel to the Seminole Invitational.
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PECOS, Dec. 9 -- The third quarter woes that appeared to have finally
left the Pecos Eagles on Thursday returned to plague them again Friday
and Saturday at the West Texas Shootout in Crane.
The Eagles, who outscored Fort Stockton 13-3 in the third period on
Thursday, could manage just eight points in the third period of Friday's
and Saturday's games combined, and dropped their games to the host
Cranes and the Monahans Loboes by 61-39 and 52-22 final scores.
"We started the way we finished up last night," Eagles coach Patty Hall
said following Saturday's game. "We were real slow."
Against Monahans the Eagles had troubled scoring in the first and
fourth periods as well as in the third. They were down 15-2 after eight
minutes of play, trailed by a 29-14 score at the half, and managed just
two more points in the third period and six in the fourth quarter.
Monahans was led by senior Leah Johnson, who had 12 points, while
Eunice Tarango put in 10, including a pair of 3-point jumpers. However,
overall, Hall said, "The majority of their shots came from inside. They
were fast-breaking to the basket, and we weren't reacting.
"I think the kids are a little confused in what (defense) we're
running. I thought we had it down after the Fort Stockton game, but I
guess we're going to have to go back and work on it again on Monday."
Hall said an injury to junior guard Marisol Arenivas didn't help
things. "She was hurt in the second quarter when she got poked in the
eye, and went out for the rest of the game. It didn't shatter us, but it
left us a little unbalanced."
Lori Marquez led the Eagles in scoring with 12 against Crane and her
six was the highest in Saturday's loss to Monahans, while the two losses
dropped Pecos to 1-5 on the season, going into Tuesday's game at Alpine.
The Eagles will face Monahans again on Thursday, in the first round of
the Loboes' Sandhills Tournament.
Pecos' junior varsity, meanwhile, stayed at home on Saturday and got
their first win of the season, 59-37 over Van Horn. Both the JV and
freshman teams will also play in Alpine Tuesday.
Seminole downed Crane 53-35 to win the title, while Fort Stockton came
back to beat Fort Davis and Greenwood to earn consolation.
Arenivas 1 0-0 2; Carrasco 0 2-3 2; Camarena 1 0-0 2; A. Marquez 0 2-2
2; Armstrong 0 0-0 0; Orona 0 0-2 0; L. Marquez 3 0-0 6; Bell 2 0-1 5;
Matta 0 2-2 2; Barrera 0 0-0 0; Thorp 1 0-0 2. Totals 8 6-10 22.
Tarango 3 2-2 10; Alamnza 1 0-0 2; Taredyn 2 0-0 4; Hix 3 0-0 6; Sutter
1 2-3 4; Johnson 5 2-2 12; Cobb 4 0-0 8; Carrell 1 0- 2 2. Totals 22
Three-point goals: Monahans 2 (Tarango 2). Fouled out: None. Total
fouls: Pecos 14, Monahans 10.
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PECOS, Dec. 9 -- The Balmorhea Bears came away with a pair of easy wins
in Carlsbad on Friday night, with the girls getting their first win of
the season and the boys their second in as many tries against Victory
The girls downed Carlbad by a 54-13 final score, while the boys posted a
98-47 win over Victory Christian, in a game that was even more lopsided
than the girls' victory.
"It was 40-2 at the end of the first quarter, and then I pulled off,"
said Bears' coach Michael Barrandey, whose team opened the season last
Tuesday with a two-point win over Valentine.
Zane Rhyne had 23 points to lead the Bears in scoring, while Kevin
Castillo put in 16, Scott Clark 15 and Debiasie Mendoza had 10 for the
Bears, who'll play a 5 p.m. game in Fort Stockton on Tuesday against the
Panthers' junior varsity squad. Shea Garlik led Carlsbad with 12.
Balmorhea's girls bounced back from their opening loss to Valentine, as
Cherry Garcia had 12 points and Jessica Portillo added eight. Christina
Blum topped Victory Christian with eight.
Barrandey said the girls, who were scheduled to be idle Tuesday, have
added a game against Kermit's junior varsity to the schedule. The Bears
will host the Yellowjackets, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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