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Thursday, March 2, 2000

Pecos puts three on second-team squad

PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 -- The 1999-2000 season was one to forget for Pecos’ varsity basketball teams, but the Eagles did manage to place two girls on the second team All-District 2-4A hoop squad with one all-defensive team honorable mention, while the boys put one player on their second team squad, along with a defensive honorable mention.

Juniors Maricela Arenivas and Philonicus Fobbs were the second team picks for the girls team, with junior Dee Dee Molinar earning honorable mention, while the boys put senior Hector Rodriguez on the second team squad, with senior Adrian Rayos earning honorable mention.

Pecos’ girls won just once this season, while the boys went winless during the 1999-2000 year, but Arenivas had the single high-point game for any 2-4A player this season, scoring 41 points in a five-overtime loss to Fabens. The point guard ended up as the team’s top scorer overall for the year, while Fobbs was the No. 2 scorer this season for the Eagles.

Rayos averaged over 16 points a game in district play, after a slow start on offense during pre-district play. His high-point total was 28 against Clint.

The boys’ team was released last Friday, after losses by second-place San Elizario to Hereford (53-39) and 2-4A champ Canutillo to Amarillo Palo Duro (75-44) in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs. The girls’ team was announced the previous week, after district-champion Clint was eliminated by Canyon from the playoffs

San Eli’s Mike Perez added a co-MVP award in basketball to the one he earned in football earlier this season. The senior shared it with Canutillo’s Frank Lerma, also a senior while the rest of the first team was made up of Canutillo senior Chris Grant, Clint senior D.J. Check, Fabens junior Manny Solis, Clint junior Luke Carraway and El Paso Mountain View junior Gilbert Garcia.

Second team members along with Rodriguez were Mountain View seniors Damin Lomas and Javier Garcia, Canutillo senior Jaime Reyes and San Elizario sophomore Noel Cuevas.

Placing ahead of Rayos, who was the other post player for Pecos along with Rodriguez, were four seniors, Clint’s Michael Ortega and Carlos Nunez, Canutillo’s Mark Castenon and San Elizario’s David Garcia, along with junior Albert Jacobo of San Elizario.

On the girls’ side, Canutillo’s Ale Pineda repeated as District 2-4A MVP. The senior was joined on the first team by her teammate Gracie Borjas, a junior, and San Elizario junior Fran Martinez, Mountain View senior Monica Acosta, Clint senior Polly Wager and Fabens freshman Paula Portillo.

Along with Fobbs and Arenivas, the second team was made up of Clint senior Denise Duran, San Elizario junior Rachel Diaz, and Mountain View sophomore Susy Alva. The all-defensive team consisted of freshman Valerie Soto and senior Ruby Jimenez of San Elizario, junior Michelle Tullius and sophomore Collanne Bramblett of Clint, sophomores Lorrie Estrada of Canutillo and Diana Gonzales of Mountain View, and senior Susie Ramirez of Fabens.

Boys 3rd in Alpine golf, JV wins own tourney

PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles boys golf team placed third on Monday in a one-day tournament in Alpine, while Pecos’ junior varsity girls took first place in their own tournament at the Reeves County Golf Course on Tuesday.

Alpine placed first and Monahans second out of the nine teams entered in Alpine, with 345 and 350 totals. The Eagles shot 356 for the day, and coach Kim Anderson said two of their golfers, John Granado and Casey Breiten, placed in the Top 10 in the medallist race.

Granado shot an 86 and Breiten an 87, while Austin Alvarez shot an 89, David Bradley a 94 and Chase Laurence had a 99 for the Eagles’ other scores.

Trailing the Eagles in the tournament was Alpine’s `B’ team with a 360 score and Big Bend (Study Butte-Lajitas) with a 383 total.

The JV girls shot a 389 to beat out Midland Christian by five strokes for the title on Tuesday, even though Midland had two of the top three finishers in the medallist race. Eydie Guelker had the day’s low score, an 82, while for Pecos, Brandi North tied for fifth best overall total, with a 94. Kelsey Riley shot a 97, Kattie Davis had a 98 and Dena Dutchover shot a 100 for the Eagles’ other scores, while the other Pecos golfer, Jacqueline Martinez, shot a 105.

Coach Tina Hendrick said she would be taking her varsity team to Midland this weekend to compete in the Tall City Invitational. Pecos comes in off a third place finish last weekend at the Blue Ribbon Invitational in Fort Stockton.

The boys have this weekend off, but Anderson said they’d be busy during the spring break period, going to the San Angelo Invitational on March 10-11, then to El Paso for a one-day tournament on March 13, followed by the Fort Stockton Invitational on March 17-18.

Eagles take on Bucks in Sandhills opener

PECOS, Mar. 2, 2000 -- The bad part of the Pecos Eagles’ good 1999 baseball season began in Monahans against the Alpine Bucks.

Today, they’ll try to avoid a repeat of that problem when they travel to Monahans to face the Bucks in their first round game at the Sandhills Tournament, starting at 3 p.m.

The Eagles won their first district title in 12 years and advanced to the Region I-4A semifinals for the first time since 1990 last season. But that came after a rough two-week stretch in pre-district that began when they blew a big lead against Alpine in the first round of the Sandhills Tournament, and dropped a 6-5 decision to the Bucks.

Pecos would come back later and beat Alpine in a couple of pre-playoff practice games, and will go into today’s contest with six of their nine starters off that team back this season.

Alpine lost a few more players, including pitcher Adam Llanez, but coach Bubba Williams said “They still have Cougar McBride and that catcher (Noe Lujan) back.” McBride’s two run homer last year in Monahans gave the Bucks their victory over the Eagles.

Pecos has already played twice in Monahans, splitting a low-scoring doubleheader with the Loboes last Saturday. There were a lot more runs on Tuesday in the Eagles’ 17-7 home-opening victory over Kermit, though Williams is hoping the middle part of his batting order can break out of the season-opening slump they’ve been in.

Mason Abila and Josh Casillas, both of whom hit over .400 during regular season play last year, have started off the season batting .125 and .143 respectively. Meanwhile, the bottom of the order, led by Alex Garcia and Kevin Bates, collected eight of the Eagles’ 12 hits in Tuesday’s victory.

Play began this morning with Kermit taking on Fort Stockton, and continued with a 12:15 p.m. game against Greenwood and Presidio. The host Loboes face Denver City in the final game of the day, at 5:45 p.m. Pecos will either face the winner of the Kermit-Fort Stockton game at 3 p.m. on Friday, or play the loser between the Panthers and Jackets, at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

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