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Thursday, February 24, 2000

Eagles seek titles at first-ever 4A finals

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 24, 2000 -- Before they even competed at the Region I-4A swim meet in Lubbock two weeks ago, the Pecos Eagles pretty much knew how things would come out overall, since they had faced all of their regional rivals at regular season meets.

Things will be different on Friday and Saturday, when the Eagles will compete in Austin against schools from all across Texas, in the first-ever UIL Class 4A Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Texas at Austin.

Eight Pecos boys qualified for the state finals, led by senior Kevin Bates, who is seeded first in both the 50 and 100 yard freestyle races going into Friday's 10:30 a.m. preliminaries at the University of Texas Aquatic Center.

"They've really looked pretty good, and t hey say they feel good," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse. "They're healthy and seem rested, so I see now reason why we can't go as fast as we did at regionals, or a little faster in a faster pool."

Bates had the fastest time of the 16 state qualifiers in both events at the regional meet in Lubbock, with a 21.69 time in the 50 freestyle and a 48.27 effort in the 100 free. Pecos' three boys relay teams were also seeded in the Top 8 going into the preliminaries, with the Top 6 advancing to Saturday's finals and the next six earning berths in the consolation finals. A total of 16 swimmers or relay teams are entered in each event.

But while Morse said she expected her swimmers to improve on their times, she also expected the other schools to post better times this weekend.

"I would think that schools that have a number of swimmers there will cut their times. Highland Park, and Texarkana on the boys' side I expect will cut their times," Morse said, while adding that teams in the most competitive districts, around the Dallas, Houston and Austin areas, may have had to work harder at regionals to earn a trip to Austin.

"They may not cut their times as much if they had to taper for regionals. They may just cut them a little bit," she said. "But I feel like if they're going for the team championship and have a shot at it, they will cut their times."

Pecos did have a chance to see most of the teams they'll face at state last year, in a practice Class 4A state meet at Temple. Texarkana's boys and Highland Park's girls won that meet, with the Eagles placing sixth on the boys' side and 13th on the girls' side. Going into the state meet, Morse said Pecos was again sixth on the boys' side, based on regional times.

The girls, meanwhile, will have only one swimmer in Austin, junior JoAnn Wein, who won both the 200 and 500 yard freestyles at regionals. But Wein is only seeded 15th entering Friday's prelims, meaning she'll have to cut her times in order to swim again on Saturday.

"I think JoAnn can cut her times. I don't think she's been challenged," Morse said. "I think with someone else neck and neck with her, she'll cut her time.

"She will really have to cut her times to do it (swim on Saturday), but she might be able to," Morse added.

After Bates, the next best seeding for Pecos is the 200 medley relay team of Bates, Tye Edwards, Jason Lopez and Cortney Freeman are seeded third with a 1:43.02 time, behind Cedar Park (1:40.62) and Highland Park (1:41.64). The 200 yard freestyle relay is seeded seventh and the 400 free relay team is seeded sixth, though Morse thought Pecos had the best chance of moving up there, with Freeman replacing Randall Reynolds. He finished third in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 free at regionals, but just missed earning an at-large regional berth.

Reynolds is entered in the 500 freestyle relay, where Morse said he's seeded 14th while teammate Patrick McChesney is seeded 15th. Edwards is seeded seventh in the 100-yard backstroke and 11th in the 100-yard butterfly, Holland is seeded 13th in the 200 individual medley and 14th in the 100 breaststroke and Lopez is seeded 11th in the 100 breaststroke.

The team was scheduled to leave late this morning for Austin. Morse said the UT Aquatic Center is located west of Interstate 35 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, just south of the Royal Memorial Stadium on the UT campus.

Track season opens at Sandhills on Saturday

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 24, 2000 -- The track season opens this weekend for the Pecos Eagles, and for the first time in decades, it's not opening in Fort Stockton.

The Eagles, who've begun their track seasons for years at the Comanche Relays, will instead be heading up Interstate 20 to Monahans, for the Sandhills Relays, which are being held in February for the first time.

The meet will run all day on Saturday, and officials there are trying to make sure it doesn't last as long as the 1999 marathon, which was run the day before Good Friday and didn't wrap up until after 2 a.m.

Pecos' boys will only have a few competitors at the meet, said coach Ron Arnesen, while the girls will have 15 entered in the day-long meet, according to coach Lily Talamantez.

"We've got some grade problems and attendance problems," Arensen said Wednesday. "Hopefully, they're learning. We'll have quite a few more than that at or next meet (March 4 in Andrews)."

Only six Eagles _ three in the varsity division and three in the junior varsity division _ will be entered in Monahans. Arensen said seniors Len Carson and Jason Payne would run in the 200, 400 and 800-meter runs, while junior Daniel Terrazas will be entered in the 200 and 400 meters. In the field events, Carson will be entered in the pole vault, Payne in the high jump and Terrazas in the discus.

Carson qualified for regionals in the pole vault last season, while Terrazas advanced to regionals in the 400-meter relay.

The girls qualified their 1600-meter relay team for regionals last year, and also have back one other regional qualifier, Maricela Arenivas in the long jump.

Talamantez said on Saturday, the Eagles would run Yvette Barreno, Jessica Rodriguez, Christina Arenivas and Mindy Harrison on the 1600-meter team, while Philonicus Fobbs would run with Barreno, Arenivas and Harrison on the 400-meter relay team.

"In the sprint relay we have three coming back, although we did lose one to grades," Talamantez said.

She said some of the girls just came out this week, and a decision on where they would run was not made until Wednesday's workouts.

Rodriguez, Maricela Arenivas and Desirae Tercero would be entered in the 100 meter dash; Fobbs and Christina Arenivas in the 200; Tercero, Michelle Romo and Abby Romo in the 400; and Harrison, Kelsey Holt and Nicole Payne in the 800. Holt would also be tried in the mile and two-mile races, while Payne and Beatrice Villarreal would be in the mile run.

In the field events, Talamantez said Stephanie Camacho, Crissy Rodriguez and Alexandra Vasquez would be in the shot put, while Camacho, Vasquez and Helena Pendleton will compete in the discus. Both Arenivases and Fobbs would be entered in the long jump, while Fobbs, Stephanie Arreguy and Sarah Marquez would be in the high jump, and Harrison, Barreno and Shanna Tredaway would be in the triple jump, though Talamantez said Tredaway would miss this weekend's relays.

"This week we won't have any hurdlers. They're going to a big conformation, and Shanna is going to the state swim meet," Talamantez said.

Pecos' baseball opener delayed

PECOS, Feb. 24, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles baseball team, which already had its final pre-season scrimmage canceled, will see their regular season opener delayed by one day, Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said Wednesday.

Pecos was scheduled to open the 2000 varsity baseball season at home Friday night with a game against the Monahans Loboes. But the game has been changed to Saturday afternoon in Monahans in order to avoid a conflict with the Loboes' Class 3A playoff match-up against Dimmitt on Friday in Lamesa.

The Eagles already were scheduled to face the Loboes in Monahans at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and that will now be the first game of a doubleheader, with Game 2 set for about a 3:30 p.m. start. The Eagles opened last season with a home doubleheader sweep of Monahans.

Pecos' home opener will now be next Tuesday, against the Kermit Yellowjackets. The Eagles had been scheduled to scrimmage Kermit on Feb. 15, but that was canceled due to the death of the Jackets' first baseman, Omar Gallardo, on Feb. 13 from an aneurysm.

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