Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, September 14, 2000
Bears score home sweep of Pirates
PECOS, Sept. 14, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears volleyball team swept the
Valentine Pirates Tuesday night, in a match at the Balmorhea High School
gym, by a 15-8, 15-10 final score.
Coach Gary Gallego said his team had to rally after slow starts in
both games. "In the first game we were behind 3-0 before we scored our
first point, and they had a 6-2 lead when we scored seven points with
Toby Gomez serving.
"In the second game, we were behind 4-0 before we got wound
up," Gallego said. Gomez, Celina Rodriguez and Araceli Arredondo each had
nine points from the service line, while Julia Garlick led the Bears with
six kills, and also played well at the setter's position.
"Our setters (Garlick and Terri Hernandez) had an excellent
game. Almost all the sets were good, unfortunately, our hitters were
not putting the ball away like they should," Gallego said. "We had
only two bad sets (Tuesday) night, and we had an excellent passing game."
Hernandez had seven assists in the game, while Rodriguez
and Gomez led the Bears in digs with 17 and 12 respectively.
The win lifted the Bears' season record to 9-5, "which is way
better than last year. I think we only won four matches last year," Gallego said.
Balmorhea will face the Pirates in Valentine later this month, and
on Saturday go to fort Stockton to take on the Prowlers.
"Unfortunately, it's only against their JV team, but hopefully by
next year Pecos, Alpine and the other schools won't mind playing us.
We're using nine players right now, and only three of those are seniors,"
Balmorhea seeks to bounce back in Sands
PECOS, Sept. 14, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears will try to bounce back from
their 45-0 loss to top-ranked Whitharral on Friday, when they travel to
Ackerly for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Sands Mustangs.
The Bears missed two early scoring chances at Whitharral
last Friday, losing the ball inside the 10 on a fumble and
interception, while the Panthers played a turnover-free game, jumping out
to a 30-0 halftime lead before ending the game in the third period
under the 45-point rule. The loss dropped Balmorhea's record to 1-1 on
Sands, meanwhile, was a 48-24 loser on the road to the Bears'
District 8-A rival, Sanderson, as the Eagles scored five straight touchdowns
in the middle periods to turn an 8-6 game into a 42-6 rout. The Mustangs
gave up 515 yards in total offense last week, most of that on the ground,
in what was their 2000 six-man football opener.
Hale Looney had three of Sands' four touchdowns, a 68-yard run in
the first period, a two-yard run in the third quarter and a 68-yard kickoff
return following Sanderson's final TD in the fourth quarter.
Friday's game is the first meeting between the two teams since the
bi-district round of the 1998 state playoffs. In that game, the
Bears racked up 457 yards, all of it on the ground, in defeating the
Mustangs by a 74-46 final score. Only a handful of players from both teams
remain from that game, including running back Billy Lozano for Balmorhea,
who had one of the team's first half touchdowns that night.
After Friday's game, the Bears come home for two straight
games, a non-district match-up against Dell City and a game against their
former district rival, Grandfalls.
Junior high, JV gridders face Alpine
PECOS, Sept. 14, 2000 -- Two teams will be looking for their first wins
of the season today, while a third will be seeking to stay unbeaten, when
Pecos' sub-varsity football teams take on the Alpine Bucks.
The junior high teams will host Alpine this afternoon at
Eagle Stadium in games scheduled for 4 and 5:30 p.m., while the junior
varsity team goes to Alpine, for a 6 p.m. game against the Bucks. There will
be only one game today for both the seventh and eighth grade
squads, while the Eagles' freshman team also will be idle.
The freshmen have bee working out this week with the JV,
which pulled out narrow victories in both of their season openers at
home against Kermit and Fort Stockton. The Eagles scored with just over
3½ minutes remaining a week ago to defeat the Panthers by a 15-8
John Saenz caught an 8-yard pass for the winning touchdown
from Freddy Torres, who was moved up to the varsity this week due to
the injury suffered last Friday by quarterback Alex Garcia.
Late game injuries to linebacker Adam Ybarra has cost the
eighth graders in both their games so far this season, as Fort Stockton
and Kermit both scored touchdowns in the closing minutes to win games
in Pecos, the Panthers a week ago by a 6-0 final score.
The seventh graders only scrimmaged Kermit two weeks
ago, but will be trying to recover from a 30-0 loss at the hands of
Fort Stockton in their season opener a week ago.
This will be the home opener for the seventh graders, while
the Eagles' varsity will face Alpine in their home opener on Friday,
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Frenship faces Lamesa in matchup of No. 1s
LAMESA, Sept. 14, 2000 (AP) — It was already going to be a big game between
two good West Texas teams. Then, it turned into a battle of No. 1s and
it got even bigger.
A week of upsets and shuffling in The Associated Press High
School Football Poll created a rarity: a Friday night showdown between Class
4A No. 1 ranked Wolfforth Frenship and Class 3A No. 1 Lamesa.
It's believed to be only the second time AP No. 1 ranked teams have
met in the regular season. It happened previously in September 1997
when Class 5A No. 1 Tyler John Tyler met Class 4A No. 1 ranked La Marque.
"When we scheduled this game, we had no idea we'd both be No.
1," Lamesa coach Tim James said. "We've played them before and
we felt it would be a good game to get our kids ready for district play."
Frenship and Lamesa are each defending the No. 1 rank for the
first week. Frenship ascended to the top in 4A when Texas City lost the No.
1 ranking last week. Lamesa reached the top after preseason No. 1
Newton lost its season opener.
Lamesa must face one of the state's top quarterbacks in Kendal Briles,
who led Stephenville to its second straight Class 4A state title last year
before transferring to Frenship.
"Being No. 1 has really turned up the volume on the excitement of
the game," Frenship coach Bobby Davis said. "I don't think it will change
the type of game that's played. They beat us when our seniors were
freshmen. I'm sure our seniors and their seniors remember that.
"From that standpoint, I guess it's a rivalry." Lamesa isn't bothered
by being the underdog.
"Our seniors played them when they were freshmen and beat
them," James said. "So, our kids feel
they can play with them. We can't shut Briles down, we just have to
contain him as best we can and not let him have those big plays."
In another battle of ranked teams, Newton, which drooped to No. 4
on the 3A list, gets a chance to rebound against No. 2 ranked Crockett.
Garland, the Class 5A leader, will play unranked DeSoto after
getting off to a 2-0 start with victories over ranked teams. The Owls beat No.
9 Arlington Lamar last week.
Class 5A has another game pitting ranked teams. No. 7 The
Woodlands will play at No. 8 Duncanville on Saturday.
Class 5A second ranked Midland Lee (2-0) takes the week off. No.
3 Austin Westlake hosts A&M Consolidated; No. 4 Katy is at
Humble and No. 5 Aldine Eisenhower is at Alief Elsik.
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