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Tuesday, November 21, 2000

Swimmers win Monahans team titles

Staff Writer

PECOS, Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Pecos High School Swim Team finished out on top this weekend at  the Monahans Invitational despite some slower times than expected.

Both the boys' and girls' team finished in first place overall, which is something that has not happened in three years, according to Head Coach Terri Morse.

"I was proud of our teams winning," she said.

The girls placed first with a total score of 211 points, while Pampa came in second, with 178 points. The boys won their division by over 200 points, finishing with 372.5 to 170 for Carlsbad.

Morse said despite the overall wins the team had some trouble in the water and did not lower times overall. "A lot of areas need to improve," she said.

Despite their point total, the boys' team had trouble with the relays, losing all three on Saturday. "The losses of the relays hurt us mentally and gave other teams a mental edge," Morse said, adding she hopes the team understands that the district swim meet is right around the corner and work on improving.

"I want to see us do better," she said.

The relay that hurt the boys' team the most was the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The A team of Tye Edwards, Randall Reynolds, K.W. Winkles and Grant Holland missed first place with a time of 3:41.17 behind their toughest rival Big Spring who finished first at a time of 3:40.10.

The B team of Eddie Mata, Clayton Cox, Daniel Quintana and Patrick McChesney came in fourth.

The A team of Tye Edwards, Jason Lopez, Will Oglesby and Cortney Freeman also placed second in the 200-yard medley while the B team of Gary Garcia, Wesley Roberts, McChesney and Winkles finished fifth.

The A team of Holland, Randall Reynolds, Lopez and Freeman came in second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with the B team of Roberts, Garcia, Quintana and Mata finishing seventh.

Individually, Reynolds placed third in the 200-yard freestyle and moved up to take second place in the 500-yard free, while Tye Edwards won the 100-yard backstroke and placed third in the 100 butterfly.

McChesney, Quintana and Trey Edwards placed eighth, ninth and tenth in the 200 free. In the 500 free, McChesney placed fourth, Trey Edwards placed sixth and Quintana placed ninth.

Winkles placed third in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Holland came in fifth in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.

Garcia placed sixth in the 200 individual medley and seventh in the 100-yard backstroke.

Freeman placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and tied for second in the 100-yard freestyle with Michael Carrasco from Big Spring.

Among other Eagles, Oglesby placed 13th in the 50 free and sixth in the 100-yard butterfly; Cox placed 18th in the 50 free and 13th in the 100 free; Mata placed 25th in the 50 free and seventh in the 1-meter diving; Michael Juarez placed 28th in the 50 free and fifth in the diving; Roberts placed third in the diving with a score of 143.30 and 10th in the 100 breaststroke; Lopez placed fifth in the 100 butterfly and snatched first in the 100 breaststroke; Max Key placed 13th in the 100 butterfly and 15th in the 100 backstroke and Adrian Puertas placed 17th in the 100 free and 16th in the 100 breaststroke.

On the girls' side, JoAnn Wein placed third in the 200 free and second in the 500 free while Jessica Minjarez placed fifth in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free.

Betsy Lujan trailed just behind Minjarez in the 500 free to take fifth place and also placed 14th in the 100 backstroke.

Tina Grice placed eighth in the 500 free and 11th in the 200 free while Lauren Wein finished ninth in that race and 10th in the 100 backstroke.

Sarah Flores placed fourth in the 200 individual medley and third in the 100 breaststroke.

Ashley Carrasco placed 12th in the 200 individual medley and 13th in the 100 breaststroke.

Rachelle Eisenberg placed fifth in the 50 free and took home fourth in the 100 breaststroke just behind Flores.

Kelsey Holt, Rebecca Wein, Chyloe Martin and Lara Weinacht all swam in the 50 free placing 16th, 24th, 33rd and 51st respectively.

Holt, Martin and Weinacht placed eighth, 14th and 32nd in the 100 free while Rebecca Wein placed eighth in the 100 butterfly.

Rebecca Reynolds followed Rebecca Wein and placed 11th in the 100 butterfly and 14th in the 100 breaststroke.

For the relays, the A team of JoAnn Wein, Eisenberg, Rebecca Wein and Flores placed fourth in the 200-yard medley relay while the B team of Minjarez, Carrasco, Rebecca Reynolds and Martin placed ninth.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay the A team of Lujan, Rebecca Wein, Lauren Wein and Holt placed sixth while the B team of Carrasco, Martin, Weinacht and Grice placed 15th.

The A team of JoAnn Wein, Holt, Eisenberg and Flores took home second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay while the B team of Lujan, Minjarez, Rebecca Reynolds and Lauren Wein placed eighth.

Bears down Cowgirls for first win of season

PECOS, Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears girls basketball team came up with their first win  of the season Monday night, as they took their home opener over the  Grandfalls-Royalty Cowgirls by a 41-26 final score.

"We got the lead early and held it all the way," said Bears' coach Gary Gallego. Balmorhea scored at least 10 points in every quarter, and held a 10-5 lead after one quarter and were up 20-11 at halftime.

"We extended it to 31-17 at the end of three quarters, and with about 1 ½ minutes gone in the fourth quarter we had a 15 or 16 point lead, and I let my second unit play the rest of the game," Gallego said.

"The girls played real well. We shot poorly, but that's expected at this time of the season," he said. "We shot just 12-for-55, but we had a lot of good looks, and I told the girls the season is young and it will be a couple of weeks before they get their shooting eyes."

Celina Rodriguez led Balmorhea with 13 points, while going 9-for-17 from the foul line. "She was 4-for-11 in the first half and 5-of-6 in the second half, so she improved there," Gallego said. Rodriguez finished with 10 rebounds on the night, while Julia Garlick led Balmorhea with 11.

Terri Hernandez also was in double figures in scoring for the Bears with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and also led Balmorhea with five assists.

The win came after a 41-37 season-opening loss last week at Sanderson, who the Bears will host a week from tonight. However, before then, they'll head down to Marfa tonight for a 6:30 p.m. game against the Shorthorns.

Meanwhile, Balmorhea and Pecos played a rare junior high game on Monday, with the Eagles' eighth grade boys beating the Bears, 43-31. Armando Medrano had 10 points and Booker Fobbs seven to lead Pecos, while Levon Barragan had 12 and James Tarin nine to top Balmorhea is scoring.

Eagles host Mustangs to close homestand

PECOS, Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles wrap up their three game homestand to start  the 2000-2001 basketball season tonight, when they host  the Andrews Mustangs in freshman, junior varsity and varsity games.

Play begins with the ninth graders at 4:30 p.m., followed by the JV at 6 and the varsity, at about 7:30 p.m.

Pecos had been hoping to face Andrews in the Class 4A football playoffs this coming weekend, but that was foiled by El Paso Parkland's 31-23 win over the Eagles on Friday. However, for coach Tino Acosta, the loss did add several players onto his varsity roster as of Monday, including one returning starter from last year in guard Alex Garcia.

The additions should help the Eagles, who had only nine players on Saturday when they dropped a 53-48 decision at home to Fort Stockton. Saul Garcia led Pecos with 20 points while Eddie Cervantes put in 10, after both players were shut out in the Eagles' season-opening loss to Monahans a week ago.

The Eagles were outscored 21-6 over an eight minute stretch of the second and third periods to fall behind by 15 on Saturday, then outscored Fort Stockton 20-4 over the next six minutes to take a one-point lead, only to see the Panthers rally in the final two minutes for the win.

"The way we played tonight is the way we played at the end of the year," said Acosta. "It's really encouraging to see us play like this in the second game of the year instead of the 12th or 13th."

Andrews will still be minus a few football players tonight, but have won both their games so far this season, at home on Saturday over Monahans, 65-56, and last night at home against Denver City, 74-63. In both games, the Mustangs got off to fast starts, though Denver City was able to get within one point at halftime on Monday.

Jason Gleason and Sidney Hooper have been Andrews' top scorers so far. Hooper had 18 points against Monahans and 10 last night, while Gleason put in 16 against the Loboes and 15 more against Denver City.

The boys' first road game of the season will be this Saturday in Presidio, while Pecos' girls open their 2000-2001 season a week from tonight against Monahans.

Turnovers, injuried hurt Balmorhea

PECOS, Nov. 21, 2000 -- Balmorhea Bears coach Ennis Erickson said injuries finally  caught up with his team Friday night, in the second half of their bi-district  game against the Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys.

The Cowboys ended up winning by a seemingly lopsided score of 64-23 on Friday in Wink, eliminating the Bears from the six-man football playoffs, but at halftime it was the Bears who were out in front, holding a 23-20 lead.

But Grandfalls took the opening kickoff and scored what turned out to be the first of six second half touchdowns, while Balmorhea was shut out over the final 20 minutes of play.

"I felt we played pretty good in the first half but we fell apart in the second half," Erickson said.

He added that a season's worth of sprains and pulled muscles affected the Bears in the second half, and the team was very disappointed about the loss.

"Everybody knew we could have done better and we just didn't," Erickson said. Balmorhea had beaten Grandfalls at home back in September by a 62-38 final score.

Erickson said the "nagging injuries" weren't the only things affecting the game that night.

"We turned over the ball too many times," he said.

Now that the season is over Erickson said the team would look to regroup for next year.

"We're going to have to get together mentally and physically," he said.

The Bears will start the next season minus two seniors, running back/linebacker Billy Lozano and quarterback/linebacker Chris Barragan, but Erickson said the team expects to gain three or four incoming freshman next season.

"We'll go into the year with a little more experience overall that we had at the beginning of this year," he said.

Erickson said he is happy with this season and hopes his team continues to pull together and play as a team to show their character.

"I'm real proud by the effort put out by the kids all year long," he said.

Balmorhea finished the season with a 6-4 record, while Sanderson improved to 9-2 and will face Wellman, 9-2, in the area round of the six-man football playoffs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Seagraves. Meanwhile, Sanderson, the team that beat Balmorhea two weeks ago to win the District 8-A six man title, downed Grandfalls' District 7-A rival Sands in their bi-district game, 44-34. The 10-1 Eagles will now face 11-0 Highland in the area round of the playoffs, set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Mertzon.

Youth basketball sign-ups begin

PECOS, Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department  is enrolling children for the winter Pee Wee Basketball program. The  program is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12, with an  entry deadline of Jan. 5, 2001 for the league and Dec. 29, 2000 for the  pre-season fundamentals session.

A birth certificate and signature from both parents is needed at the time of registration, along with the $10 entry fee per player.

Sign-ups can be done at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym weekdays between 5 and 10 p.m. For further information, call 447-9776.

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