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Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Pecos girls in fifth at regional golf

PECOS, Apr. 25, 2000 -- The first round of the Region I-4A golf tournament produced few surprises on Monday, which left the Pecos Eagle girls golf team within striking distance of third place during the final day of play at Riverside Golf Course in San Angelo, while the boys will be hoping to catch up to the rest of the field this morning at Bentwood Country Club.

Pecos' `A' and `B' teams shot 360 and 378 on Monday at Bentwood, and are in 15th and 16th place following the first round of play. Meanwhile, the girls' `A' squad is in fifth place after the first 18 holes of the tournament at Riverside, shooting a 354 on Monday. Pecos' `B' team is 15th, after they shot 420 in the opening round.

The top two teams in the tournament will advance to the state finals in Austin, and after the first round Snyder and Andrews appear to have those spots locked up. The Tigers and Mustangs lead the girls' tournament with 306 and 316 scores. Grandbury is 21 strokes behind the Mustangs and 17 up on the Eagles, at 337, and Stephenville is four shots ahead of Pecos, with a 350 total.

Salem Mitchell led the Eagles in the opening round with an 85, while Amanda Stickels and Lauren Martinez both shot 89s, Cassie Foster had a 91 and Candace Hilliard shot a 93.

The `B' team was led by Brandi Bradley's 94 score. Dena Dutchover shot a 104, Kelsey Riley shot a 107, Kattie Davis had a 115 and Brandi North shot a 116.

The boys, meanwhile, had a rough time at Bentwood, with only two golfers, Tye Edwards and Austin Alvarez, shooting under 90. Edwards led the `A' team with an 86 score and Alvarez shot an 89 to lead the `B' team golfers.

After Edwards, John Granado shot a 91, Cortney Freeman had a 92, Michael Baca shot a 97 and Clay McKinney shot a 99 for the `A' team, while Jack Stickels shot a 92, Casey Breiten had a 98, Trey Perkins a 99 and David Bradley shot a 102 for the Eagles' `B' squad. Jake McKinney, the Eagles' medallist golfer, shot a 95 on Monday.

Grandbury, which won the San Angelo Invitational at Bentwood last month, took a 14 shot lead over Andrews in the first round of the regional tournament, shooting a 282 to the Mustangs' 296. Andrews is two shots up on their future District 4-4A rival Frenship, while Granbury's B team and Wichita Falls Rider are next, with 302 scores.

Eagles' doubles team suffers illness, loss

PECOS, Apr. 25, 2000 -- Pecos Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas had to make a last-minute substitution on her girls' doubles team, just prior to the start of Region I-4A competition Monday morning at Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo.

That wasn't a good situation for either Teresa Minjarez, or her new partner, Rachel Pharoah, to be in, going up against No. 1 seeds Nancy and Camille Chandler of Wichita Falls Rider, as the defending regional champs swept the Eagle netters by 6-0, 6-0 scores in the first round of the tournament.

Minjarez was supposed to play with Rebecca Wein, after the two placed second three weeks ago at the District 2-4A Tournament in San Elizario. But Ornelas said Wein got sick before the tournament began, "and I had to replace her with Rachel Pharoah, and then they had to play Wichita Falls Rider in the first round.

"It was a pretty tough first round match. All the people in our district had to play seeded players," Ornelas said, adding that players ranked as high as the Chandlers also compete in U.S. Tennis Association Tournaments. "They play independently and get in a lot more tournaments."

Only one district player was seeded in the regionals, but Clint's Martin Renteria was eliminated by Burleson's Cort Spellman, 6-4, 7-5, after an opening 6-3, 7-6 (6-4) win over Snyder's Allan Smith. Renteria was seeded fourth in the boys' singles, while No. 1 seed Luke Epps of Fort Stockton opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Frenship's Craig Ness and a 6-2, 6-0 win over Clay Clifton of Weatherford.

Wein still has one more game this week, as part of the Eagles' softball team when they face Hereford in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs in Midland on Thursday.

"She just has the flu. She couldn't play in regional tennis, but hopefully she's feeling a little better," said softball coach Tammy Walls. "We'll she how she is in practice and then go from there."

Pecos needs  fast start against San Eli

PECOS, Apr. 25, 2000 -- All teams like to get off to fast starts. But for the Pecos Eagles' baseball team tonight, a fast start is probably crucial if they hope to capture second place in the District 2-4A standings.

That's because before the Eagles play their final regular season game against San Elizario, they'll finish up their suspended game from three weeks ago, starting at 6 p.m.

Late-arriving umpires forced the game to be called due to darkness after nine innings, with the score tied at 4-4. The teams will pick up play in the top of the 10th inning, with the Eagles batting as the designated visitors team. Once that game is over, the regular game will be played, with Pecos as the home team this time.

With a 5-3-1 record, the Eagles are tied for second with Fabens, which hosts Canutillo tonight and still has to make up its suspended game against El Paso Mountain View, unless they win tonight and San Elizario sweeps Pecos. That would give the Wildcats the second playoff spot and also clinch third for the Eagles, despite suffering two losses.

It's also not the way Eagles' coach Bubba Williams would like to get into the playoffs, especially since the third place team will probably have to go to El Paso Ysleta or El Paso Burges for their bi-district games.

Capi Magana, who pitched out of jams in the seventh and ninth innings at San Elizario, will start the 10th inning on the mound Williams said, and may start the regular game as well. "It depends on what the situation is. If we go and score in the first inning and he holds them, we'll probably come back with him. If it goes more innings, we'll go with Josh (Casillas)."

Magana is 4-1 on the season, with his last game a 9-2 loss to Fabens two weeks ago. Casillas is 4-2 after beating Canutillo last Thursday by an 8-4 score.

Williams said the team had a good workout on Monday after the Easter break. "It was still a (school) holiday but they all showed up, so I think they're ready to go," he said.

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