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Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Morse happy with Eagles’ efforts in Lubbock

Staff Writer

PECOS, Jan. 16, 2001 -- The Pecos High School Swimming Team completed the regular season this weekend at the two-day Lubbock Invitational.
Head Coach Terri Morse said the teams did well and she was pleased with the swimmers' performances, even though t hey didn’t place as high in the standings as at other meets this season.
Pecos’ gjrls placed fifth overall with 156 points behind Carlsbad High School, Amarillo High School, Abilene High School and first place San Angelo Central High School, while The boys’ team was third with 206 points behind San Angelo Central and first place Lubbock High School.
“I thought we had a much better meet in Lubbock,” she said.  “They cut their times and I was some improvement which made me feel pretty good.”
Morse said she was glad the kids did so well up against the numerous 5A schools.
“I was pleased with that considering the size of the meet,” she said.
Morse said having such a good meet before the district competition Jan. 26-27 in Big Spring should give the team a psychological boost.
“I was glad we had a good meet for the last meet of the season going into district,” she said.
The girls’ team started off finals on Saturday with the A team of Joann Wein, Rachelle Eisenberg, Rebecca Wein and Sarah Flores finishing sixth in the 200-yard medley relay.
In the final race, the A team of JoAnn Wein, Kelsey Holt, Eisenberg and Flores was fourth in the 400-yard freestyle relay while the B team of Betsy Lujan, Rebecca Reynolds, Lauren Wein and Jessica Minjarez placed 12th.
JoAnn Wein started off the individual events with an eighth place time in the 200-yard freestyle relay while Minjarez placed 11th in the consolation heat of that race. Wein moved up to third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:04.91 behind Alexandra King from Amarillo, who finished first with a time of 5:26.54 and Maegan Acosta from Lubbock Coronado who finished second with a time of 6:01.08.
Minjarez also moved up one place to finish 10th in the consolation heat of that race while Lujan placed 12th.
She earlier placed 16th in the 200-yard individual medley behind Rebecca Wein, who placed 13th, and Flores who placed seventh.
Flores was 10th in the consolation heat of the 100-yard breaststroke while Eisenberg placed seventh in the final heat.
Rebecca Wein also placed 11th in the 100-yard butterfly and Lauren Wein placed 14th in the 100-yard backstroke.
On the boys’ side, the A team of Tye Edwards, Grant Holland, Will Oglesby and K.W. Winkles placed fourth in the 200-yard medley relay while the B team of Gary Garcia, Wesley Roberts, Max Key and Daniel Quintana placed 13th.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the A team of Holland, Roberts, Patrick McChesney and Randall Reynolds placed sixth.
The A team of Reynolds, McChesney, Holland and Tye Edwards placed third in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:37.60 behind San Angelo Central’s first place time of 3:25.22 and Lubbock High’s 3:30.31.
Reynolds and Quintana placed 10th and 11th in the 200-yard freestyle.  Reynolds also placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle while Quintana placed 13th.
In that same race, McChesney placed 10th and Trey Edwards placed 16th.
The 200-yard IM consolation heat was full of Pecos swimmers with Winkles placing 10th, Holland placing 12th, Oglesby placing 13th and Garcia placing 14th.
Oglesby also placed 10th in the 100-yard butterfly behind Tye Edwards’ fourth place finish.
Tye Edwards also placed third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.48 behind Gregor Greiner of Abilene, who won with a 55.09, and Chris Tredennick of Lubbock High who finished second with a time of 58.39.
Garcia was also in that race and finished 14th.
Winkles and Roberts placed 10th and 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke.
District competition will be held for the first time ever at the Big Spring YMCA, and the boys will go in as favorites, while the girls figure to battle Abilene Wylie for first place. Regional competition will be back in Lubbock on Feb.  9-10, while the Class 4A state meet will be held in Austin the weekend of Feb. 23-24.

Bears split with Marfa, face Ft. Davis

PECOS, Jan. 16, 2001 -- The Balmorhea Bears will return to District 9-A play tonight with a road trip down Highway 17 to face the Fort Davis Indians, after splitting a couple of non-district home games this past Friday against another Highway 17 team, the Marfa Shorthorns.

Balmorhea’s girls evened their season record at 7-7 with a 42-27 victory over Marfa, while the boys lost for only the third time this season, 54-48 to the Shorthorns.

Teri Hernandez scored 23 points and Celina Rodriguez added 12 for Balmorhea, which jumped out to a 7-1 lead after one period and never trailed. The Bears were up 15-4 at the half, and while the offense picked up in the third period, Balmorhea still maintained a 29-18 lead.

“The closest Marfa got to us was the opening minutes of the fourth quarter when they got to within eight,” said Bears’ coach Gary Gallego. However, the Bears were able to shut down the Shorthorns’ rally, as Hernandez went 9-for-10 from the free throw line in the final period.

Gallego said the Bears were also able to shut down Marfa’s leading scorer, Stacy Hibbetts, most of the night. “Joanna Garza did an excellent job against her,” Gallego said, as Hibbetts was held to just seven points while post Linda Carrillo led Marfa with eight.

No individual scorers were available for the boys, who fell to 9-3 on the season, with two of those losses coming at the hands of the Shorthorns. Going into tonight’s games at Fort Davis, both the boys and girls teams are 1-0 in district, after homecourt victories last Tuesday over Sierra Blanca.

Eagle cagers host Lobos tonight

PECOS, Jan. 16, 2001 -- The Pecos Eagle girls showed the proper way to lose a big lead this past Friday and still get a victory. The El Paso Mountain View Lobos demonstrated the wrong way to do it, while Pecos’ boys never had the lead in their game against the Canutillo Eagles.

Tonight, Pecos’ girls will try and win for the third straight time in District 2-4A play, while the boys and both Mountain View teams will try to bounce back from Friday losses, when they meet in varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the Pecos High School gym.

The Eagles blew a 20-5 second quarter lead over Canutillo and found themselves behind by the time the third period was two minutes old. But that gave them enough time to regain their composure and pull out a 41-38 victory, their second in three district games.

Mountain View, meanwhile, came into Friday’s game against Clint with a 14-2 record, and held a 30-22 lead going into the final period, when they fell apart, getting outscored 21-2 by the Lions and losing, 43-32. It dropped the Lobos into a tie for second with Pecos, a game behind 3-0 Clint.

Mountain View’s boys then went into the final period of their game against the Lions with a 40-33 lead, only to get outscored 18-9 and lose, 51-49 in the district opener for both teams. Pecos, meanwhile, had their problems in the third period, when a 10-0 run by Canutillo to start the quarter powered the visiting Golden Eagles to a 59-42 victory.

Canutillo used their guards to create turnovers and overcome the absence of their only tall player, post Eddie Hita. Tonight, coach Tino Acosta’s team figures to have to deal with 6-foot-7 post Dustin Maloney, who put in 17 in Friday’s loss. Arturo Muniz, whom the Eagles will remember from football season, added 14 in the loss.

Pecos’ girls will match up a little better against Mountain View size-wise, and will try to contain guard Suzy Alba and post Diana Gonzalez, who was the only Lobo to score in double figures on Friday, finishing with 11.

Play will open tonight with the junior varsity games at 4:30 p.m. in the old and new gyms. The Eagles’ freshmen boys team will then face Mountain View at 6 p.m. in the old gym, while the girls’ varsities play in the new gym.

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