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Friday, April 11, 2008
Crockett boys capture 7th, 8th grade tennis titles
The Crockett Junior High boys’ tennis team won three of four division titles last Thursday and captured first in both the seventh and eighth grade divisions of the District 2-3A junior high tournament, while Pecos also picked up one mixed doubles title and a second place finish in tournament play at Monahans.
Geronimo Ornelas captured first in eighth grade boys singles, while the team of Chase Price and Mark Quintana won first in doubles. Trey Graham and Zack Renshaw finished fourth in that division, while Tag Lozano and Sarai Vargas won the mixed doubles title, beating out teammates Allen Medina and Haley Kington.
On the girls’ side, Annie Cerna and Kebbeh Darpolar placed third and Jazmine Espino and Leanna Bustillos were fourth in doubles play in the eighth grade doubles division.
Pecos didn’t have any teams place in boys or girls doubles at the seventh grade level, but the boys won the title thanks to a sweep of the top four spots in singles play, and a second place finish in mixed doubles.
George Herndon beat out teammate Michael Hardwick for first, while Aaron Castillo placed third and Justin Workman was fourth in singles. In doubles, the Eagles got their second place from the team of Brandon Garnto and Krista Flores.
Eagle girls claim 2-3A track title; boys get third
The Pecos Eagle girls, who left their El Paso-based district six years ago with their first track and field title in years, will be going back there next season to defend one, after the Eagles won their first championship since 2002 on Monday, at the District 2-3A Track and Field Championships.
Pecos’ girls scored 240 1/2 points, winning their first district title since leaving the El Paso-based District 2-4A six years ago. The Eagles, who will be part of the El Paso-based District 4-3A next year, won by 70 1/2 points over second place Monahans, while Pecos’ boys finished third at the 2-3A meet, held at Panther Stadium in Fort Stockton.
“We won first in 12 of the 17 events,” said Eagles’ coach Dona Gent, adding that Pecos will sent about 10 qualifiers and alternates to the Region I-3A Track and Field Championships on April 25-26 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.
“On paper, I had us losing by three points, but I was playing devil’s advocate,” she said. “But the girls stepped up and then had personal bests in a lot of their races.”
Pecos’ boys ended up with 112 points in a division won by Fort Stockton with 242 1/2 points. Monahans was second with 211 points.
The girls had started their 2008 season in Fort Stockton back in February, scoring just 28 points and suffering a couple of injuries at the Comanche Relays. Monday’s return went a lot better, with Pecos winning eight of 11 running events and four of six field events.
“All of our times were better across the board,” Gent said. “Nobody ran slower, which is what you want for your team.”
Junior Jasmine Rayos picked up five firsts and sophomore Ally Salcido had four first place finishes individually and as part of the Eagles’ relay teams. Rayos won the long jump and triple jump Monday afternoon, and took the 400 meter dash that night, along with being part of the 400 and 1600 meter relay teams. Salcido won the pole vault in the afternoon and later took the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, along with running on the 1600 meter relay team.
Salcido cleared nine feet to win the pole vault, won the 100 meter hurdles with a 16.93 time and took the 300 hurdles with a 49.15 time. Rayos ran a 62.86 to win the 400 by .04 second over teammate Brittany Quintana after winning the long jump with a 16-feet-2 1/4 jump, and taking the triple jump with a 34-feet-11 effort.
In the 1600 relay, the two, along with Quintana and Carissa Cerna, won with a 4:19.72 time, with Salcido and Rayos running the first two legs for the first time this season. “I was trying to see if we could drop some time a little bit. We’ve always had such a big lead the girls don’t have to run hard,” Gent said. “We still do have to cut about 12 seconds off the mile relay.”
Rayos, Quintana, Brittany Palomino and Diana Parada made up the 400 meter relay team that finished with a 51.78 time and had only one competitor, after Presidio didn’t field a relay team and Monahans was disqualified due to a false start. The 800 meter relay team edged Fort Stockton by half a second, with Parada, Cerna, Palomino and Dakota Long finishing with a 1:52.84 time.
Cerna and Palomino also had individual firsts in the running finals, with Cerna taking the 800 meter run with a 2:39.55 time and Palomino winning the 100-meter dash in 13.54, which was .01 second ahead of Parada. Pecos’ other first was by Gabby Garcia, who threw 92-feet-9 to win the discus.
Kayla Natividad won two second place medals, placing behind Monahans’ Michelle Azuaje in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs to earn trips to the regional meet with 13:09.55 and 6:06.96 times, while Parada and Palomino qualified for regionals with third place finishes in the long jump and triple jump. Parada went 15-feet-5 1/2 in the long jump to beat out Palomino, who placed fourth, while Palomino took third in the triple jump with a 32-feet-10 effort, while Parada finished sixth.
The Eagles’ other regional qualifier was Olivia Castilleja, who placed third in the 300 meter hurdles with a 51.12 time. The Eagles other points came from fourth and fifth place finishes by Aileen Rayos and Garcia in the 800 meter run; a fourth by Catherine Moore in the 100 meter dash; a fifth by Rayos and a sixth by Kathryn Lamka in the 1600 meter run; a fifth by Trina Morales in the 300 meter hurdles; a fifth by Long and a sixth by Moore in the 200; a fourth by Castilleja and a fifth by Garcia in the high jump’ and a fourth by Moore and a fifth by Destiny Simmons in the shot put.
The boys qualified all three of their relay teams and had two first place finishes on the day, including one event where the Eagles were without their returning regional qualifier from a year ago.
Jeremiah Soto won the discus with a throw of 126-feet-7, while Bryan Navartette also advanced to regionals with a third place finish, throwing 120-feet-8. It will be the first trip to regionals for both Pecos throwers, after the Eagles lost last year’s regional qualifier, Robert Herrera, last month, when he was hit by a discus and suffered a broken nose.
“I was extremely pleased with the way we competed,” said boys coach Derek Price. “All of our times were better across the board and most of our results in the field events were better. Nobody ran slower, which is what you want for your team.”
The Eagles’ other first came from German Rodriguez, who won the 800 meter run with a 2:10.65 time, edging out Fort Stockton’s Victor Soto. In the 3200, Pecos’ Gus Mendoza was edged by Monahans’ Brian Azuaje for first, while earlier, Omar Medina claimed second in the pole vault, with a jump of 10-feet.
The other individual qualifiers for Pecos were Matthew Florez, third in the 400 meters with a 53.72 time, and Luis Morales, third in the 200 with a time of 23.62. In the relays, Dillon Garcia, Vincent Palomino, Isaiah Patino and Morales placed third in the 400 meters, with a 45.06 time; Edgar Madrid, Paul Zubeldia, Jon Dominguez and Chris Martinez were third in the 800 meters, with a 1:38.76 time; and Morales, Flores, Rodriguez and Maurice Johnson were third in the 1600 meters, with a 3:43.71 time.
Pecos’ other points came from a fourth by Alex Dominguez in the 300 meter hurdles; a fourth by Martinez in the high jump; a fifth by Garcia in the 100 meter dash; a fifth by Billy Garcia and a sixth by Jesse Juarez in the 800 meter run; a fifth by Justin Ramirez in the 400; a sixth by Mendoza in the 1600 meters; a sixth by Job Darpolar in the shot put, and a sixth by Jeremy Martinez in the triple jump.
Golfers send three to 1-3A regional meet
A second place finish in two out of the three rounds of the District 2-3A tournament wasn’t enough for the Pecos Eagle boys golf team to earn second place overall and a trip to the Region I-3A tournament on Tuesday in Monahans, while Pecos’ girls weren’t able to make up the two strokes they needed and also missed a regional berth with a third place finish.
Pecos’ girls will send two individual golfers to Midland in two weeks, while one Eagle on the boys’ side advanced to regionals, following the final round of the 54-hole tournament, at the Ward County Golf Course.
Pecos’ boys shot a 339, one stroke behind first place Monahans and one stroke in front of Fort Stockton on the day. But Pecos started the day 18 shots behind the Panthers for the No. 2 spot, and finished with a three-round total of 1020 to 1003 for Fort Stockton and 985 for Monahans, which claimed this year’s 2-3A title.
“Like I told the kids, we didn’t come out of the box very good,” coach Gaylon Doan said of the Eagles’ opening round score of 353. If we had only shot in the 330s the first time, we would have made regionals.”
Doan said junior Nathan Duke would advance to regionals, after finishing fifth in the medalist standings with a 54-hole score of 248. Duke shot an 86 on Tuesday, tying him with Coe Duke for the third-best score for Pecos. Richard Dutchover shot an 82 and Heath Armstrong had an 85, but their scores of 251 and 252 fell just short of regional berths.
“Richard missed by two shots and Heath missed by three,” Doan said, as the two placed eighth and ninth in the medalist standings.
Sammy Sandoval, the other ‘A’ team golfer for Pecos, shot a 96 on Tuesday and finished with a three-round total of 251.
Pecos’ ‘B’ team shot a 400 in their final round, which was fifth on the day, trailing Monahans ‘B’ with a 355 and ahead of Fort Stockton ‘B’ with a 422. Overall, the ‘B’ team had a 1245 score for the three rounds.
Individually, Dominque Vejil led the ‘B’ team with an 89, and was followed by Mateo Tarango with a 94, Josh Elliott with a 101, John Tarin with a 116 and Manuel Villaneuva with a 120.
“They know what to do from now on. They were upset they didn’t make regionals, but we’ve got everyone coming back, and next year will be a lot better. They want to make regionals, and they want to go to state,” Doan said.
Overall in the tournament, Fort Stockton’s Ethan Ezell placed first with a 239 score, after a round of 85 on Tuesday, while Monahans’ Justin Ochoa was second, with an 80 on Tuesday and a 244 for 54 holes.
The girls went into the final round two strokes in back of Monahans ‘B’, but lost ground to the Loboes. Pecos shot a 368 and finished with an 1124 score, while Monahans ‘B’ shot a 356 and finished with a 1110 total to qualify for regionals along with the Loboes ‘A’ team, which won with a 968 score after a final round of 313 on their home course.
“Our 3-4-5 golfers did a good job of bringing their scores down, it’s just that Monahans did a better job than us,” said coach Tina Doan. “When you have a ‘B’ player (Erin Fisher) shooting an 81, it’s tough to compete.”
She said freshman Tatum Windham and senior Rica Pino did earn medalist berths at the regional tournament. Windham shot her third straight round of 90 and finished at 270, while Pino had a 94 and ended up with a 272 score. “Tatum was mad at herself. She said ‘I want to break 90’,” Doan said. “Rica just had two bad holes that hurt her in the long run.”
The Eagles No. 3, 4 and 5 golfers, Rina Pino, Kayla Natividad and Samantha Sparkman, had final round of 94, 90 and 96 to finish at 290, 292 and 306 for the tournament.
“Kayla did a wonderful job in her last tournament, and Rina did a great job stepping up as a freshman,” Doan said.
The Eagles’ other two golfers, Cynthia Ramirez and Heather Matta, had final round totals of 107 and 109. Ramirez finished at 322 overall while Matta finished with a 335 score.
Monahans golfers took the Top 6 spots in the medalist race, with Shelbye Hill winning with a 231 score after a final round of 74, with Jordan Jerrigan second at 244, after shooting a 75 on Tuesday.
Doan said the girls’ Region I-3A tournament would be on April 22-23 at Nueva Vista Golf Course in Midland, while the boys will play on April 21-22 at Nueva Vista.
Crockett girls in second place, boys 3rd after JH golf opener
The Crockett girls’ golf team is in second place following the opening round of the area junior high golf tournament, while Crockett’s boys are in third place after the first round of play this past Saturday at the Reeves County Golf Course.
Andrews’ girls and boys both took big leads following the first round of the five-round tournament. The Mustangs shot a 199 to lead the girls’ division following the first nine holes of their 45-hole tournament, while Pecos shot a 239 and is one stroke up on Monahans.
On the boys’ side, the boys played 18 holes on Saturday and shot a 390. Andrews ‘A’ leads with a 339 score, while Andrews ‘B’ is 10 shots up on Pecos, with an opening round of 380.
The girls were led by Gabby Nichols, who shot a 56 on Saturday and is in 10th place in the medalist standings. She is followed by Catrina Hinojos, who had an opening round of 60, Amanda Mora with a 61 and Gabby Levario with a 62.
Pecos’ ‘B’ team shot a 275 in the first round of play. Brittany Alligood’s 62 was the low score for the ‘B’ team, and was followed by Vanessa Munoz with a 67, Leanna Bustillos was a 71 and Sara Gent with a 75.
Pecos’ boys finished the first round two strokes ahead of Fort Stockton, which shot a 392, and are followed by Monahans with a 405, Kermit with a 415, Monahans ‘B’ with a 478 and Pecos ‘B’, with a 502 score.
Josh Aguilar shot an opening round of 80, tying him for second with Andrews’ Matt Harper, one shot in back of the Mustangs’ Hunter Montgomery. Pedro Cano, who shot an 88, is tied for fifth with Brenden Martin of Andrews’ ‘B’ after the first round of play.
The Eagles’ other ‘A’ team golfers, Larry Martinez and Bryce Deitiker, had opening rounds of 109 and 113, while the ‘B’ team was led by Matthew Martinez, with a 109. He was followed by Benny Molina with a 115, Zach Renshaw with a 134 and Colina Basquette with a 144 score.
The second round of the district tournament will be this Saturday at the Ward County Golf Course in Monahans. The final three rounds will be in Kermit, Fort Stockton and Andrews.
Bats give arms a hand in Eagles’ 11-8 win
It was a better day at the plate than on the mound for both starting pitchers Tuesday, in the Pecos Eagles’ game in Presidio against the Blue Devils. But fortunately for Pecos, pitcher Vincent Palomino did enough on the mound to make his night at bat stand up, as the Eagles held on for an 11-8 victory over the Blue Devils.
Palomino struck out 14 batters on the night, but allowed five extra base hits, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. However, by then the senior had gone 4-for-5 at the plate, including a bases-clearing triple in a six-run top of the inning that ended up providing the Eagles with their margin of victory.
“Vincent ran at the district track meet on Monday, and I don’t think he had all his legs with him,” said Eagles’ coach Eric Garcia. “But you’ve got to give Presidio credit. They hit him well in the first inning.
“Vincent came back and kept them down for the next five innings, which was just enough to get our hits,” said Garcia, who did suffer a loss in the game when outfielder/pitcher Geno Leos suffered a fractured hand crashing into the fence going for a Jesus Barron triple in the fourth inning.
“Their No. 3 batter hit a good shot out to right, and Geno was just trying to make the play,” Garcia said. “He laid out and jammed his hand into the wall.”
He said the injury was a microfracture to one of the bones in Leos’ pitching hand, which will sideline him for the rest of the regular season. “We’re looking to get him back for the playoffs, but we’ll just have to see how it goes,” Garcia said.
Presidio’s starting pitcher, Jesse Carrasco, started off the game by allowing no runs in the first two innings, then opened the bottom of the first inning by doubling off Palomino. That was followed by a triple by Edgar Ramirez and a single by Jesus Barron to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead. Palomino then struck out the next five batters he faces, but walked Noe Anaya with two outs in the second and then saw Carrasco triple to center field, making it a 3-0 game.
Carrasco survived a leadoff single by Lucas Chavez in the first and a walk and a hit batter in the second. But he then hit Chavez with one out in the third and saw him score when Palomino tripled down the left field line. He then came home when Oscar Lujan misplayed Timo Reyes grounder for an error.
One inning later, Chris Sotelo walked and Carrasco was replaced by Ruben Guerrero on the mound. He allowed singles by Chavez and Palomino to tie the game, and saw the Eagles take the lead on a ground out by Reyes. Raul Barron came on to pitch and retired the side, and the Blue Devils then regained the lead after Palomino hit Barron with a pitch and Carrasco doubled with one away. A passed ball by J.R. Lujan scored one run, and Carrasco scored on Jesus Barron’s triple to right that caused Leos’ hand injury.
Pecos would re-tie the game in the sixth, on a one-out double by Palomino and a two-out single by Lujan. Then in the seventh Joseph Ontiveros walked and beat a throw to second on a Tony Reyes sacrifice bunt. Chris Sotelo then reached on a bunt single, and after a hit by Chavez put Pecos up 6-5, Palomino followed with his triple for a 9-5 lead.
The Eagles would add two more runs after that, which proved important, when Presidio came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning, two on a two-run homer by Edgar Vargas.
“I was going to go to Isaiah Vela, but Vincent buckled down and got the last two outs,” Garcia said. The win improved Palomino’s record to 6-2, while the Eagles went to 4-1 in district, and regained sole possession of first in the 2-3A standings thanks to Fort Stockton’s 4-2 win over Monahans.
The Eagles, 16-5-1 on the season, can all but clinch a playoff berth on Friday with a win at home over Monahans in a 7:30 p.m. game. The Loboes beat the Eagles in Monahans on April 1 by a 7-4 final score in the teams’ first of three District 2-3A meetings. Garcia said Vela, 4-0, would start on the mound for the Eagles, and will be seeking his third district win in as many starts.
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