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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Netters drop spring openers to Loboes, Panthers

The Pecos Eagles tennis team opened the spring portion of their 2006-07 season on Saturday in Monahans, with a pair of losses to their district rival Loboes and Fort Stockton Panther squads.

The Eagles dropped a 13-2 decision to Monahans and were beaten by 14-4 margin by Fort Stockton, who they’ll face again this coming Saturday on the Panthers’ home court. “We were missing a couple of our top players on both the boys’ and girls’ sides,” said Eagles’ coach Bernadette Ornelas. “That bumped everyone up, so they were playing out of position.”

She said some of the missing were actually nearby, but competing in Saturday’s powerlifting meet at the Monahans High School gym, while some were away taking SAT tests on Saturday.

Against Monahans, the Eagles’ wins both came at No. 3 singles, as Derrick Barron defeated Ryan Bean, 6-4, 6-3, while on the girls’ side, Yesenia Munoz downed Hanna Beth Carter, 7-5, 6-2.

Against Fort Stockton, the Eagle boys got a singles win at No. 2 seed from Cody Zamarripa, 6-1, 6-0 over Alec Milam, and from the No. 1 doubles team of Barron and Jerris Rayos, 8-4 over Milam and Jorge Sanchez. On the girls’ side, Amber Pando got a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 win at No. 1 seed over Geena Yong, and Daniela Bustillos defeated Jennifer Penn at No. 6 seed, 8-6.

Ornelas said the Eagles had been scheduled to go to Fort Stockton on Friday and Saturday for tournament play, but that was cancelled and the dual against the Panthers on Saturday will take its place. The Eagles will have a tournament in March at Fort Stockton, then return there for District 2-4A individual play on April.

Pecos (2) at Monahans (13)

Boys Singles

Jerris Rayos lost to John Witiecki, 6-3, 6-1; Cody Zamarippa lost to Michael Derrick, 6-4, 6-2; Derrick Barron defeated Ryan Bean, 6-4, 6-3; Elias Alvarado lost to Ryan Day, 6-2, 6-1; Jeremy Ramirez lost to Andrew Orona, 6-1, 6-1.

Girls Singles

Amber Pando lost to Tiffany Bean, 7-2 (7-2), 6-4; Hope Mora lost to Madison Murray, 6-1, 6-1; Ysenia Munoz defeated Hannah Beth Carter, 7-5, 6-2; Jessica Munoz lost to Amanda Chavez, 6-1, 6-3; Megan Lopez lost to Holley Peneck, 6-3, 6-4; Julie Licon lost to Lin Truex, 6-0, 6-0; Daniella Bustillo lost to Laura Phipps, 8-1.

Boys Doubles

Rayos and Zamarripa lost to Derrick and Day, 6-2, 6-4; Barron and Alvarado lost to Bean and Domenic Nichols, 8-4.

Girls Doubles

Pando and Mora lost to Bean and Truex, 8-1; Y. Munoz and J. Munoz lost to Murray and Carter, 8-3; Lopez and Licon lost to Peneck and Phipps, 8-2.

Pecos (4) vs. Fort Stockton (14)

Boys Singles

Jerris Rayos lost to Nati Salmonica, 6-4, 6-1; Cody Zamarippa defeated Alec Milam, , 6-1, 6-0; Derrick Barron lost to Jorge Sanchez, 6-4, 6-4; Elias Alvardo lost to Rode Mills, 6-3, 6-2; Jeremy Ramirez lost to Kalen Thomas, 6-2, 6-1; Jeremy Ramirez lost to Ty Gullihur, 9-7.

Girls Singles

Amber Pando defeated Geena Young, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1; Hope Mora lost to Kayla Gullihur, 6-1, 6-2; Ysenia Munoz lost to Laura Casas, 6-1, 6-1; Jessica Munoz lost to Jessica Fierro, 6-1, 6-0; Megan Lopez lost to Reba Subia, 6-4, 6-1; Julie Licon lost to Bianca Fuentes, 6-0, 6-1; Daniella Bustillo defeated Jennifer Penn, 8-6.

Boys Doubles

Rayos and Zamarripa defeated Milam and Sanchez, 8-4; Barron and Alvarado lost to Mills and Thomas, 8-2.

Girls Doubles

Pando and Mora lost to Gullihur and Casas, 8-2; Y. Munoz and J. Munoz lost to Young and Subia, 8-2; Lopez and Licon lost to Fuentez and Penn, 8-1..

Twin wins have Eagles closing in on playoffs

The Pecos Eagles were on the right side of a nail-biter Friday night, and on the right side of a blowout against a team they had barely beaten at home two months ago, as Pecos got back-to-back District 2-3A wins over the Fort Stockton Prowlers and the Presidio Blue Devils.

Pecos rallied from a one-point halftime deficit in Fort Stockton to grab a six-point lead after three periods, but then saw Fort Stockton almost score five points in the final two seconds to tie, before escaping with a 44-42 win. Then on Saturday against Presidio, which came within a last second free throw of beating Pecos in late November, the Eagles went out to a 29-point halftime lead on the way to a 70-45 victory.

Pecos will be hoping things go the same way on Tuesday night, when they travel to Presidio to complete their home-and-home series with the Blue Devils, starting at 6 p.m. A win by the Eagles, coupled with a victory at home by Monahans over Fort Stockton, would clinch a playoff spot for Pecos for the first time since 1991.

Presidio had jumped out on Pecos by a 13-2 score after one period in their first meeting, and the Eagles had to fight from behind for the next three quarters, before winning in overtime by a 49-45 score. That’s what Eagles’ coach Debbie Garcia was expecting on Saturday, but instead, the Eagles scored 19 of the game’s first 20 points, then had a 22-point second period for a 41-12 lead at halftime.

“I think today was the best we’ve moved the ball around and the best we’ve shot all year,” said Eagles’ coach Debbie Garcia. “I think after Friday we got confidence we can win and played like it.”

Jasmine Rayos was active on offense for Pecos at the start of both games this past weekend. The sophomore scored eight of the Eagles’ 11 first quarter points on Friday in Fort Stockton, had put in nine of Pecos’ 19 points in the opening period on Saturday.

“Jasmine shot the ball well, and was more active,” Garcia said, as Rayos finished with 11 points in both games

Chantel Mazone opened the scoring with a rebound lay-up off her own miss, while Adriana Armendariz had seven points in the opening quarter, including a 3-point play as part of a 13-0 run to start the game. Presidio didn’t get their first field goal until just before the buzzer to end the period, when Perla Lopez banked home a 3-pointer. But Armendariz and Rayos had baskets to start the second period, and Gabby Garcia then converted a 3-point play, giving the Eagles a 26-4 lead.

She and Brittany Palomino would follow with three-point jumpers, while the Blue Devils’ offense was mainly limited to Nicky Ortiz who ended up tying Armendariz for high point honors in the game with 18.

The Blue Devils had used a full-court press to cause Pecos problems in their first meeting, and Presidio would get back into that style of play as the third period began. They would go on a seven-point run after a Garcia jumper opened the quarter, cutting a 31-point deficit to 43-19 in just under two minutes. But Brittany Rodriguez then hit a short jumper, Armendariz and Garcia followed with baskets, and the Eagles would eventually grab their biggest lead of the game, at 53-21, on two foul shots by Jenny Palomino late in the third period.

Along with the press, the more aggressive defense by Presidio also meant more fouls and more foul shots, though nowhere near as many as the 76 both teams took in their November meeting. But the final period was still mostly a trip to the foul line, but the Blue Devils never got closer than 23 points and the Eagles would hit the 70 point mark for the first time this season on a basket by Amalie Herrera off a steal by Mazone.

Mazone would have 11 points on the day, while Garcia’s 14 was second high for the Eagles behind Armendariz. Arrely Levario also was in double figures for the Blue Devils, finishing with 10 points, eight of that from the line, as Presidio ended up taking 30 free throws to 20 for the Eagles.

In Friday’s win, Pecos had another strong third period after struggling on offense in the first half. They doubled their point total in the quarter, going from a 17-16 deficit to a 32-26 lead. Pecos would go ahead on a 3-pointer by Garcia in the period, see Fort Stockton regain the lead when Jessica Venegas hit from 3-point range. They would take the lead again at 26-24 when Armendariz hit from behind the 3-point line, and after Erinn Blanco tied in on a lay-up, went ahead to stay on a 3-point jumper by Rayos.

Brittany Palomino would put Pecos ahead by six, hitting a rebound lay-up and free throw after being fouled by Krysti Chavarria in the closing seconds of the third period. But the Panthers would cut the lead to one as the fourth quarter opened, on a Maribel Silvas basket and 3-pointer by Venegas, and the Eagles would spend the rest of the period trying to open up more of a lead.

Armendariz and Mazone would combine for Pecos’ first eight points of the period, with a three-point play by Mazone getting the lead back to six, but that margin was down to two- at 41-39 with 36 seconds left when Palomino missed the front end of a 1-and-1. The ball would go out of bounds off Pecos, but the Eagles then got a break when Chavarria tried a length of the court pass on the inbounds and the ball was picked off by Armendariz. She was fouled and hit both free throws, and after a missed shot by Chavarria, Garcia was fouled and hit one of two with 5.9 seconds left to play.

That should have been the game, but instead, the Prowlers went down and scored on a 3-point shot by Heather Garvin, who was fouled with 1.9 seconds to go. Needing two points to tie, Garvin deliberately missed her free throw, which bounced out to Blanco. But her eight-foot jumper hit the side of the rim as time expired, giving Pecos the victory. “I thought we shot the ball well today, and I thought we rebounded better today than we have,” Garcia said. “We still had too many turnovers when we forced the ball inside when we shouldn’t have, but hopefully, we can build on this.”

Armendariz joined Rayos with 11 points to lead Pecos while Mazone added 10. Blanco’s 10 points were tops for Fort Stockton, which fell to 0-3 in district play.

Saturday’s game was a make-up of the Jan. 19 game between the Eagles and Blue Devils that was to have opened up district play. Tuesday’s game will start the second half of 3-3A play for the Eagles, who at 2-1 can assure themselves of at least a .500 record in district with a win. Presidio, meanwhile, can tie Pecos for second with a victory. The Blue Devils are 1-2 in 2-3A play after their loss to the Eagles following a 52-45 loss at home on Friday to Monahans.

“It’s going to be a tough game in Presidio. It’s always tough to play there, and I think the first quarter is going to be like the fourth quarter today,” Garcia said.

Pecos’ junior varsity won both their games this weekend as well, beating Fort Stockton, 37-30 and Presidio by a 31-23 score. Brittany Quintana’s 10 points topped the Eagles in scoring on Friday, while Allyson Salcido had 10 to lead the Eagles on Saturday.

Calderon helps carry Stockton past Pecos

Somebody had to find their shooting touch eventually on Friday night in the District 2-3A boys basketball opener between the Pecos Eagles and the Fort Stockton Panthers. That turned out to be Fort Stockton’s Omar Calderon, whose fourth quarter outburst was enough to carry the Panthers to an eight-point victory over the Eagles.

Calderon scored the game’s first four points and then was quiet for the next 2 1/2 periods, before scoring nine of Fort Stockton’s 13 points in the final quarter, to help the Panthers beat the Eagles by a 39-31 final score. Calderon ended up with a game-high 18 points, while the Panthers’ Lamberto Gonzales was the only other player on either team to hit more than two field goals, finishing with six points on the night.

The game was the first in two weeks for Pecos, due to a bye date and two games being lost to bad weather. But coach Chaun Brooks said it was the lack of movement on offense by the Eagles more than any rustiness due to the long lay-off that was responsible for their offensive problems.

“Not having Jeremy (Rodriguez) really hurt us,” Brooks said of the senior guard, who is ineligible at least until this Friday’s game against Monahans. “We didn’t run the ball the same because Jeremy is the best at penetrating inside and making things happen.

“Mark (Marquez) stepped up and did pretty good, but he’s more comfortable playing off the ball, and we just weren’t getting the ball in our spots,” he said. “Fort Stockton did a good job forcing us out, which made it harder to get the ball to our cutters.”

Calderon scored on Fort Stockton’s first two trips downcourt, and Sergio Corral then hit two foul shots to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead. Pecos wouldn’t score until Chris Garnto hit a lay up and was fouled by Corral with 3:28 left in the period, but the Panthers failed to score again after Corral’s foul shots, and the Eagles left the quarter trailing by just a 6-4 score.

They would then take the lead in the second period, after a Calderon steal and lay-up gave Fort Stockton a 10-6 lead. Victor Mondragon hit a 3-pointer and Lucas Macha sank to free throws for an 11-10 lead, and after a jumper by Michael Rivera put the Panthers back on top, Garnto closed out the half with two free throws and a lay-up off a pass from Marquez, for a 15-12 Pecos lead.

But the Panthers would open the third period with a 9-2 run, tying the score at 17-all on a jumper by J.D. Granado and taking the lead for good on a rebound lay-up by Justin Pena. Fort Stockton ended the period up by five, and after a 3-pointer by Marquez to opened the final period, would take a 32-26 lead with just under three minutes left on a pair o free throws by Calderon.

Macha would half the lead in the next minute, with a lay-up and a free throw, but Calderon then was fouled when Macha missed his second foul shot, and also hit one of two from the line with 1:43 to go. That made it a four points game, and Calderon then sealed the victory by blocking a pass by Macha at midcourt, and taking it in for a lay-up for a 35-29 lead. “We kept him (Calderon) pretty quiet until the end when he got loose,” Brooks said. “He controlled the ball and got us out of our zone. But I thought we did a good job on him until then.”

Macha finished with 11 points to lead the Eagles, who fell to 6-13 on the season going into their Tuesday night game at Presidio against the Blue Devils, while Fort Stockton is 12-11 on the year going into their game on Tuesday at Monahans, which dropped their 2-3A opener on Friday at Presidio, 45-44.

Tuesday’s game will start following Pecos’ varsity girls game against Presidio, while the freshmen and JV games are scheduled for 4:30 and 6 p.m. starts. Pecos’ JV lost to Fort Stockton on Friday, 48-42, while the ninth grade Eagles fell to the Panthers, 47-23. J.R. Lujan led the JV with 19 points, while Cesar Lazcano led the ninth graders with nine.

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