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Friday, December 1, 2000

Eagles split at tourney; girlshost Presidio

PECOS, Dec. 1, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle boys followed up last week's loss to Andrews  and win over Presidio with a loss to Andrews and a win over Presidio  on Thursday, in the opening rounds of the Gym Bice Memorial  Basketball Tournament in Andrews.

Pecos lost the opening game to the host Mustangs by an 81-50 score, then reversed that result a few hours later, beating Presidio 82-43.

Meanwhile, the Eagle girls will be at home this weekend, although at different times, as the varsity hosts the Presidio Blue Devils this afternoon while the freshmen and junior varsity teams play in their own tournaments on Saturday.

The 0-1 Eagle girls face the Blue Devils at 5 p.m. today, while the freshman face Wink in their first tournament game at 8:30 a.m. and the JV takes on Alpine at 11 a.m.

The boys, 2-4 on the season, will be in action today 30 minutes after the girls, when they take on Midland Trinity's junior varsity in the consolation finals of the tournament. The games were moved up from Saturday to Friday in order to avoid a conflict with Andrews' football playoff game against Southlake Carroll in Coppell, while the Eagles' scheduled opponent today, Lamesa, opted to play in the seventh place game against Presidio so they would be finished in time to go to San Angelo for Lamesa's football game against Abilene Wylie.

Sidney Hooper, who led the Mustangs in their 73-46 win in Pecos last week, topped Andrews in scoring again with 15, while Alex Garcia and Richard Rodriguez were the Eagles' leading scorers with 11 apiece. Garcia, who was playing for the first time this season, scored 17 in their victory over Presidio, while Ezra Varlea put in 18 and Cesar Coria had 12. Coria also was playing in his first games of the season on Friday.

Presidio lost their opener to Clyde, 78-36, while Trinity Christian lost on Thursday to Fort Stockton, 80-58, and Lamesa, 70-58.

Pecos' girls dropped their season opener to Monahans at home on Tuesday by a 56-39 final score, with almost the entire margin coming in the first period, when the Loboes outscored the Eagles 17-4. Kayln Lara and Jessica Rodriguez were the only Eagles to score more than one basket in the first half, while Philly Fobbs got hot in the third period and finished with 15.

Pecos played with only eight players on Tuesday. For this afternoon, coach Veronica Valenzuela said, "I have one more player who made up her practice yesterday. The other still owes me, so I'll have nine today."

Saturday's tournament involves only four teams in both divisions, with Presidio's freshmen and JV teams facing Fort Stockton in the other semifinal contests, at 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The winner of the Pecos-Wink game will play in the title game of the freshman division at 2:45 p.m., while the loser plays for third at 1:30 p.m. The Pecos-Alpine winner plays for the JV title at 5:15 p.m., with the third place game there set for 4 p.m.

Balmorhea sweeps Sanderson

PECOS, Dec. 1, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bear girls basketball team came away with a  win in their third try against the Sanderson Eagles on  Thursday, while Balmorhea's boys were able to beat the Eagles on their first  attempt of the season, in the opening round of the Sanderson  Invitational Tournament.

The girls, 41-37 and 48-43 losers already to Sanderson, finished Thursday's game with only four players on the floor, but held on to beat the Eagles, 38-37. After that, Balmorhea and Sanderson played their first games of the season on the boys' side, with the Bears coming away with an easy 77-31 victory.

Girls coach Gary Gallego said he only took seven players to the game, then saw post Julia Garlick get into early foul trouble as Balmorhea tried to run a full-court press on Sanderson.

The Bears saw a 9-6 halftime lead turn into a 17-14 halftime deficit, but then outscored the Eagles in the third period by a 13-6 margin to grab a 27-23 lead. However, Gallego said Garlick fouled out in the third period, and Sanderson would come back to regain the lead in the final period, before two foul shots by Teri Hernandez.

Balmorhea scored quickly in the extra session, but Gallego said, "Janie Jones fouled out, so we finished the game with only four girls on the court. But I called a time-out and told the girls not to press, because we had a five-point lead," and the Bears were able to hold on for the victory.

Hernandez led Balmorhea with 14 points and Celina Rodriguez added 11. Gallego said reserve Joann Garza did a good job on defense after being pressed into service by the shortage of players.

Balmorhea's boys were in charge throughout their game, as they advanced to the tournament semifinals. The Bears were led by Isaiah Rodriguez' 24 points, while Arturo Rodriguez added 14 and Reggie Lozano 13 for the Bears.

Both Balmorhea teams will face the winner of today's Fort Hancock-Comstock game, the girls at 9 a.m. and the boys at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Bears will then either play in the third place games, at 3 and 4:30 p.m., or the tournament title games, set for 6 and 7:30 p.m. starts.

Swimmers add meet against Monahans

PECOS, Dec. 1, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles swimming team will get in some competition  today after skipping their scheduled trip to El Paso on Thursday, when they  host the Monahans Loboes for a dual meet at 6 p.m.

Eagles' coach Terri Morse said she dropped the trip to the Border Invitational because limits on the number of entries per team would have kept several Pecos swimmers from competing in the meet.

Today's meet will also be missing a couple of Eagle swimmers on the boys' side, along with girls' diver Jenny Alvarez. However, Morse said, "We're not doing diving because we wouldn't have done it if we had gone to the Border meet, plus Monahans doesn't have any divers. They're doing us a favor by coming here."

Pecos' boys and girls won the division titles two weeks ago at the Monahans Invitational, though the Eagles relay teams failed to win at least one title for the first time this season. For tonight, Morse said her lineup would be "Pretty close to that (Monahans meet). There may be a couple of changes where I'll swim a few people in other events to try something out."

The Eagles will swim in their final pre-Christmas meet next weekend, at the Seminole Invitational.

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