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Monday, January 29, 2001

Pecos swimmers sweep district titles

Staff Writer

PECOS, Jan. 29, 2001 -- For the first time since 1995, both the Pecos High School boys and  girls swimming teams won the District 3-4A Championship titles this  weekend in Big Spring.

Head Coach Terri Morse said she knew the team would do well but was not prepared for what happened.

"I knew we would have a good meet," she said. "I just didn't know how good."

The Pecos boys won their 10th title in 12 years, finishing with a total 142 points ahead of second place Andrews, which finished with 57 points. The Pecos girls ended up with 123 points to beat out Abilene Wylie with 54 points and win their seventh title in 11 years.

Morse said that she was happy that both teams won and was glad that the seniors were able to pull off the wins before they graduated.

"I was really happy to see the girls win," she said. "The girls have been there all year, I'm really happy for them."

Senior Co-Captain Grant Holland said that both teams have been working toward winning the district titles at the same time for a long time and happy that it happened this year.

"It's been a long time since that's happened," he said. "And the girls deserved it, they've been working harder than I've ever seen anybody work."

"I think the girls really pulled through," Senior Co-Captain JoAnn Wein said. "We did a lot better than we expected to do, especially Becca (Wein) and Lauren (Wein)."

Morse said that the results of the meet exceeded her expectations especially some unexpected first place finishes from junior Rebecca Wein and sophomore Lauren Wein.

Rebecca Wein was able to out touch the competition to take home first place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:14.02, just two tenths of a second ahead of Kelli Wallace of Andrews.

Lauren Wein exceeded Morse's expectations and her own when she gave a very emotional performance pulling just slightly ahead of the pack and finishing first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:12.10, to beat out Paula De Carli of Andrews by .22 second.

In addition to the two district champion titles the Eagles brought home three more awards.

Two of them belong to Morse herself after she was named District 3-4A Coach of the Year for both the boys and girls teams.

Senior JoAnn Wein also received the honor of being named Female Swimmer of the Year.

"It was my goal from last year and I was happy to get it," she said. "There were a bunch of girls that deserved to get it."

The boys A relay of Cortney Freeman, Jason Lopez, Holland and Randall Reynolds broke the district record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.68.

Holland said they were surprised by the race because it was supposed to be a tight race between them and the Monahans team, which finished two seconds behind.

"That was cool cause the last time we swam it we couldn't break 1:40," he said.

The 1999 Pecos team set the previous record when they finished with a 1:34.98.

Senior Tye Edwards set a new school record for the 100-yard butterfly that was set by Pecos' Evan Bates in 1995. Edwards placed second in the race to Wylie's John Ouimette, who broke Bates' 55.75 district record with a 53.79.

After a great day of swimming during preliminaries on Friday the diving teams started off finals on Saturday morning.

Senior Jenny Alvarez helped the girls by diving well during the eight dive prelims making it into finals, where she placed third with a total of 202 points behind second place Lareina Partain of Andrews winner Haylee Hall of Abilene Wylie, who 263.15 points.

On the boys' side senior Wesley Roberts finished in fourth place while Michael Juarez and Leroy Rodriguez followed with fifth and sixth. All five of the Pecos divers will advance to the regional swim meet in Lubbock.

The swimming finals opened with the girls' A team of JoAnn Wein, Rachelle Eisenberg, Rebecca Wein and Sarah Flores wining 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:06.50.

JoAnn Wein continued to gain momentum for the girl's team by winning the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:13.81, 4 ½ seconds better then teammate Jessica Minjarez, wo was second Lauren Wein finished sixth in the race.

Eagles survive struggles to get past Wildcats

Staff Writer

PECOS, Jan. 29, 2001 -- It may not have been pretty -- and at times it may have been pretty  ugly -- but in the end, the Pecos Eagles' game Friday night against the  Fabens Wildcats did what the Eagles hoped it would do: Get them back into  sole possession of third place in the District 2-4A girls basketball standings.

The Eagles jumped out to a 10-point first quarter lead on the poor-shooting Wildcats, and then were able to come up with an answer for each Fabens comeback attempt, eventually winning by a 47-39 final score at the Pecos High School gym.

"It was much than Tuesday, except for some of the fouls," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela, who was hoping her team would add to their lead after the opening period, and then not try to add to it in the closing minutes, when Fabens cut a 20-point deficit in the third quarter down to 10 points. "When I wanted them to pass the ball around and take some time off the clock, that's when they wanted to shoot."

Pecos would have foul problems in the second half, and stretches of turnover problems at times during the game, but in each case they were able to come up with a key basket top stop Fabens' run.

In the second quarter, after Fabens cut a 14-4 lead down to 14-10, it was a Dee Dee Molinar basket off a pass from Christina Arenivas that stopped the run and began a 10-1 streak by the Eagles that upped their lead to 24-11. Jessica Rodriguez followed up Molinar's basket with a three-point play, and Philly Fobbs, who had six of Pecos 12 points in the first period, then scored on a steal and lay-up as part of the streak.

In the third period, after a 3-point shot by Naomi Magallanes cut Pecos' lead back to 26-19, Marisela Arenivas hit a 3-point shot of her own and Christina Arenivas then hit a pair of baskets, as the Eagles were able to break the Wildcats' full-court press. Marisela Arenivas would then hit two free throws and Christina Arenivas put in two more lay-ups, and the Eagles' lead was suddenly 39-19.

That's when the foul problems began to take their toll. The Eagles put the Wildcats in the bonus before Fabens had committed their second foul of the half. Lizzy Avitia closed the quarter back hitting four of six free throws, and the Wildcats ended up taking 15 of their 21 free throws on the night over a seven minute stretch of the third and fourth quarters, when they halved Pecos' lead.

But the clock was on Pecos' side by then, going under the two minutes mark by the time Olga Portillo rebounded a missed shot and scored to make it 47-37. Fabens was forced to foul to put Pecos on the line, and Maricela Arenivas hit two final free throws, while the Wildcats failed to connect from 3-point range.

Every Eagle scored in the game, with Christina Arenivas' 12 points leading Pecos, while Fobbs had 11. Magallanes and Rebecca Alarcon scored eight points to top Fabens, which also saw all of its players score, but fell to 0-7 in district play.

Although the game was better than Pecos' 60-43 loss at Clint last Tuesday, Valenzuela said the Eagles still seem sluggish when they play at home. "I don't know what it is — if they're nervous or what playing at home. It's not like the stands are filled for them to be nervous, but they're more aggressive on the road."

The Eagles will try to play well on the road this week, when they go to face the teams just behind them and just in front of them in the district standings, Canutillo and Mountain View. The 4-3 Eagles moved a game up on the 3-4 Golden Eagles and stayed a game behind the 5-2 Lobos, after Mountain View's 51-32 win at home over Canutillo on Friday. First place Clint clinched a trip to the playoffs with a 37-30 win at San Elizario in Friday's other 2-4A game.


Alarcon 3 2-6 8; Martinez 1 0-1 2; Provencia 2 0-0 4; Montelago 1 0-0 2; Portillo 1 2-4 4; Magallanes 3 0-0 8; Garcia 1 0-0 2; Avitia 1 5-10 7. Totals 13 9-21 37.

PECOS (49)

C. Arenivas 5 2-3 12; Rodriguez 2 1-3 5; Maldonado 0 2-2 2; Molinar 2 0-0 4; M. Arenivas 2 3-4 9; Terry 3 0-1 6; Fobbs 4 3-5 11. Totals 18 11-18 49.

Fabens 4 12 7 14 — 37

Pecos 12 14 13 10 — 49

Three-point goals: Fabens 2 (Magallanes 2), Pecos 2 (M. Arenivas 2). Technical foul: Fabens coach Castaneda. Fouled out: Fabens, Provencia. Pecos, Rodriguez. Total fouls: Fabens 19, Pecos 22.

Fabens' late explosion drops Pecos

PECOS, Jan. 29, 2001 -- With just over a minute left in the third quarter Pecos Ezra Varela went into the lane and hit a 10-foot jumper, cutting the Fabens Wildcats' lead over the Pecos Eagles to 50-40.

Final score nine minutes later — Fabens 90, Pecos 55.

"We ran into a buzzsaw," said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta, who saw the Wildcats' Abel Juarez go wild from 3-point range, hitting four of his five 3s in a 38-point fourth quarter after Pecos had used the shooting of Varela to cut a 19-point lead in the second period down to 14 by the half, and then knock 14 points off a 50-26 lead in the third period.

Varela scored 17 points in the first half and had 25 of the Eagles' 40 points by the time they cut the gap to 10. But staying in the game came at a cost for the Eagles, who had run out of time outs by the time the fourth period began, leaving Acosta with no way to slow things down in the final period, when the Wildcats got hot and the Eagles lost their composure against the full-court press.

"I kind of felt bad about that. I wanted to call a time out but I had used all of them just to keep within striking distance," Acosta said. "I didn't see any point in saving the time outs if we were going to be behind by 30 in the third quarter."

Juarez' explosion spoiled what had been a good defensive effort by the Eagles against the Wildcats, who had racked up 86 points against Canutillo in their last game, to move into a tie with the Golden Eagles and San Elizario for first place in the District 2-4A standings.

"We tried pressing them early and they went right through it, so we got out of that because I wasn't going to let them have a lay-up drill," said Acosta. "I thought after that we played some of our best halfcourt defense of the season.

"Ezra got hot and that got us going, but what got Ezra going was he busted his hump on defense against (Manny) Solis and the rest of them started buying into that," Acosta said. "Cesar (Coria) also did a good job inside. He caused (Alonzo) Favela all kinds of problems."

The 5-10 Coria was able to do a good job keeping the 6-5 Favela away from the basket, though he struggled at the other end from the foul line, while Solis, the district's leading scorer, ended up with 23 points, but nearly half of that came during the fourth quarter outburst.

But focusing on stopping Favela and Solis left Juarez open outside. He was quiet in the first half, hitting just once from 3-point range, but hit back-to-back 3s in the fourth period, the second off a steal, as part of a 22-0 run by Fabens that turned their 50-40 lead into a 72-40 game just 3 1/2 minutes into the final quarter. His last 3-pointer gave the Wildcats their largest lead, at 88-48, before Saul Garcia and Adrian Tarin hit a couple of outside shots in the closing minutes of play.

Varela ended up with 26 points and Garcia finished with 11, while Juarez had 17 points and Favela 15 for the Wildcats. Fabens' win put them at 4-1 in district and kept them tied for first with San Elizario, 49-35 winners at Clint, and Canutillo, which beat El Paso Mountain View at home by a 40-31 final score.

Canutillo and Mountain View will be where the Eagles go this week, as they begin the second half of District 2-4A play looking for their first win, after an 0-5 first half.

Pecos did win Friday's junior varsity game, by a 52-49 score, while Fabens won the freshman game, 51-44. Jaime Gomez led the JV with 15 points, and John Parent topped the ninth graders with 18.


Solis 9 3-4 23; Ontiveros 1 2-2 4; Juarez 6 0-0 17; Estrada 6 0-0 13; Ihmud 1 0-0 2; Silva 0 5-6 5; DeAnda 2 2-2 7; Loya 1 0-2 2; Favela 7 1-1 15; Tacker 1 0-0 2. Totals 34 13-17 90.

PECOS (55)

A.Garcia 0 0-0 0; S. Garcia 3 3-5 10; Cervantes 0 0-0 0; Varela 9 7-10 26; Torres 2 2-3 4; Tarin 2 0-0 5; Ortega 1 3-4 5; Mora 0 0-0 0; Vasquez 0 0-1 0; Coria 1 0-6 2. Totals 17 15-29 55.

Fabens 17 23 12 38 — 90

Pecos 8 18 14 15 — 55

Three-point goals: Fabens 9 (Juarez 5, Solis 2, Estrada, DeAnda), Pecos 4 (S. Garica 2, Varela, Tarin). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Fabens 24, Pecos 19.

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