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Tuesday, April 11, 2000

Eagles lose out on relay appeal

PECOS, Apr. 11, 2000 -- Before the start of the District 2-4A track meet in San Elizario this weekend, the district's coaches talked about disqualifying any runner who wore tape on their uniform during the track meet. But Pecos Eagles' coach Ron Arensen found out Monday, if you could start the race with the tape on, you were home free.

"They let it stand," Arnesen said today, referring to the protest lodged against Clint for having a uniform taped up to cut down on wind resistance during the finals of the 1600-meter run. "Because we didn't notice the tape before the race started, they're going to let it stand."

San Elizario Athletic Director Bernie Belhiero told Arnesen and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah AD Bubba Williams that on Monday, after a series of phone calls between San Elizario, Pecos and Andrews. UIL assistant executive director Pete Contreras told Williams the meet referee had the final say in the matter, and while San Elizario coach Fred Carter was ready to disqualify Clint for the use of the tape on Saturday, that decision was delayed, and then reversed, after talks between the district's athletic directors.

"There's not a lot that makes sense to me. It was just a poorly run meet," said Arnesen, who already was unhappy with the removal of the videotape replay equipment at the finish line two events before the end of the meet.

That kept it from being used at the finish of the 1600, when Daniel Terrazas and Clint's Joe Aldrege crossed the line neck-and-neck, with second place being awarded to the Lions. El Paso Mountain View won the race, and a question about the use of spandex by one of the Lobo runners ended up not having an effect on the final outcome.

The decision left Terrazas as the only regional qualifier for the boys, after winning the 400-meter dash. On the girls' side, the Eagles' lone regional berth in the 400-meter relay, where Yvette Barreno, Philly Fobbs, Jessica Rodriguez and Christina Arenivas finished second to Clint. The regional meet will be April 28-29 at San Angelo.

Eagle teams host Lions, `Cats today

PECOS, April 11, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle girls will be playing for the District 2-4A title today, while Pecos' boys will be playing to stay out of third place tonight, when they host the Clint Lions and Fabens Wildcats in softball and baseball at 4 and 7 p.m.

Pecos' girls will host Clint at Martinez Field this afternoon, with the winner earning the district title and a first round bye in the Class 4A softball playoffs. Meanwhile, the boys will open the second half of their district schedule against Fabens, a team they lead by only a half-game in the 2-4A standings, and a team in a lot better shape right now than the Eagles.

That's because Pecos lost its second pitcher in a week last Tuesday at San Elizario, when Pifi Montoya was injured pitching in the Eagles' 4-4 tie.

"He may have a partial tear (of an elbow tendon)," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. "He can't throw anymore and right now he can't hit, so we've just got to score some runs."

Pecos was already without pitcher Josh Casillas, so Capi Magana will start on the mound today against Fabens. He went 4 2/3 innings in relief of Montoya last Tuesday, and is 4-0 on the season.

Casillas beat Fabens last month on the Wildcats' home field, 9-3, but since that game an an ensuing 11-0 loss to Clint, Fabens has scored 52 runs in their last three district games, including a 19-0 win over Canutillo last Tuesday. It put them alone in third with a 3-2 mark, compared with Pecos' 3-1-1 record.

Both Pecos and Clint at 8-1 in district in softball right now, after Pecos beat the Lions on their home field last month, 11-9, and then lost a week later at El Paso Mountain View. In their win at Clint, the Eagles went out to big early lead, then saw Clint rally to tie the score at 8-8 before scoring three times in the sixth inning to win it.

Alexa Marquez went the distance to pick up with win, and comes into the game after no-hitting Fabens last Tuesday in a 17-1 victory. The loser of today's game will face the third place team out of District 1-4A in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs next week.

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