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February 13, 2001

Eagles close hoop season against `Cats

PECOS, February 13, 2001 - The season ends tonight for the Pecos Eagles' basketball team, with what figures to be one of their toughest games of the year, on the road in Fabens against the Wildcats.
The Eagles wrap up play for 2000-2001 with a 7 p.m. game against Fabens, which has won nine straight games since their district-opening loss in overtime to San Elizario, but still needs a win tonight over Pecos or a San Elizario loss to clinch the District 2-4A title and a first-round bye in the Class 4A playoffs.
Fabens has come on in recent weeks, winning most of their district games by 20 points or more. This past Friday they routed Canutillo, 87-60, and last month in Pecos, the Wildcats scored 40 points in the final 8½ minutes of play, turning a 50-40 lead over the Eagles into a 90-55 victory.
Ezra Varlea kept the Eagles in the game with a 25-point effort during the first three quarters, but missed Friday night's 63-35 loss to Clint due to a sprained ankle. Fabens, meanwhile got 23 points out of Manny Solis and 15 from Alonzo Favela, but it was the 3-point bombardment by Abel Juarez in the fourth quarter that turned a close game into a rout.
"We're going to get Ezra back tonight, but we'll still be missing Cesar (Coria)," said coach Tino Acosta. Coria sat out Friday's game after missing practice. "But that's the way it goes, you've got to stand by your policy."
"He (Varela) may face a box-and-1 tonight," said Acosta, whose team has been struggling to put up points in the second half of district play. "At this point as long as we get them to play hard and to the best of their abilities, we've accomplished the main goal I set for this season."
While the Eagles try to avoid their second straight winless season in district, Fabens will try to claim the 2-4A title after missing the playoffs a year ago. San Elizario also has clinched a playoff spot and faces Clint tonight, while Canutillo takes on El Paso Mountain View. Clint and Canutillo are tied for the third and final 2-4A playoff berth, each with 5-4 record.

Softball season opens for Pecos

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 13, 2001 - The 2001 softball season opens at home today for the Pecos Eagles, as they host a team playing its first-ever varsity game, the Crane Golden Cranes.
"We know how that is," said Eagles' coach Tammy Walls, who went through a one-win season back in 1998 when Pecos began its varsity softball program. The Eagles still have a couple of starters from that team around this year, which is shaping up as the best so far for Pecos.
The Eagles swept their three scrimmage games this past Saturday in Sweetwater. Walls said Stephenville didn't show up for the scrimmage, but Pecos beat the host Mustangs, Kermit and Lubbock Cooper.
"I saw some good things on defense. Our batting was a little slow, but I was expecting that because we've only had a couple of girls out for more than a short time," Walls said.
Senior Alexa Marquez and freshman Stephanie Herrera did the pitching for the Eagles on Saturday. Walls said Marquez would start today, while Herrera would play at shortstop, and Ashley Salcido would play short when Herrera is on the mound.
"Ashley is probably going to be playing third base. She did an outstanding job there this weekend," Walls said. "She played second, third and short and looked good at all three positions."
Aside from Herrera, Walls said freshman Leslie Rodriguez would be the other new starter for Pecos, taking over Salcido's former spot at second base. Others returning for the Eagles include outfielders Marisela Arenivas, Kathy Maldonado and Evelyn Galindo, first baseman Jessica Rodriguez and catcher Rebecca Wein.
Walls said she would have them all available today, but would be missing some next week, due to other extracurricular events. "We may have to pull out of the Midland Tournament, since I've got a bunch of my kids either going to powerlifting, the state swim meet or a track meet. I just won't have enough left," she said.
The Eagles will have enough to compete in this weekend's Andrews Tournament, where they'll face Frenship in their tournament opener at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Eagles travel to Ft. Stockton

for second scrimmage game

PECOS, February 13, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles were short of players to host a freshman baseball scrimmage Monday and will be too shorthanded to host a junior varsity scrimmage today. But the Eagles will take what players they do have south to Fort Stockton for a 4:30 p.m. scrimmage against their former district rivals.
The Eagles will face the Panthers in the second of three pre-season scrimmages. They'll host Midland Greenwood this coming Saturday, by which time they'll have all their players out from basketball, which winds up its season in Fabens tonight.
"It will basically be the same ones who appeared against Permian," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams, who was happy with the play of his starters on Friday against the Panthers. Pecos took a 6-3 lead with their regular players in the lineup, before Permian rallied against the Eagles' reserves for an 8-6 win.
"The only one who won't play is Richard (Rodriguez). He won't be going because he's still sore," Williams said. Rodriguez played second base at the start of Friday's scrimmage, but is coming back from an emergency appendectomy operation in late December.
On the mound, Williams said he may use pitchers Barney Rodriguez and Angel Villalobos again today, while a couple of other pitchers, including junior Capi Magana, could see action. Magana and Richard Rodriguez are the only two returning pitchers for the Eagles from last season, though Barney Rodriguez did get in a brief appearance during the playoffs for Pecos.

Boys' victories help Pecos

post win over Greenwood

PECOS, February 13, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles' first win of the Spring 2001 tennis season on Saturday was a little different from most of the Eagles' wins over the past two seasons.
The Eagles went to Midland and beat the Greenwood Rangers by a 14-11 overall score, 11-7 in the varsity matches. And coach Bernadette Ornelas said the bulk of the Eagles' wins came from the boys' side of the bracket, something that hasn't happened since Pecos graduated almost all of its boys' squad after the 1998-99 season.
"The boys are strengthening up, as the results show," said Ornelas. "Greenwood was shorthanded three boys, so some of their boys had to play twice and they got a couple of wins against our lower seeds."
Pecos won six of their nine boys' matches, while Greenwood's girls took eight of their 14 singles and doubles matches against the Eagles. Tiffany Jarrett and Phillip Salcido got Pecos their other win, in mixed doubles play.
Trentt Graham, Orlando Mendoza, Michael Orona and Stephen Lamb all won both in singles and doubles play on Saturday, while on the girls' side Jarrett also picked up a pair of wins, as did Natalia Ornelas, who earned the only win for the Eagles in Top 6 singles play.
"The girls had some tough matches, and there were several split sets," Bernadette Ornelas said. Her daughter was involved in two of the Eagles' three split set wins, while Chantel Orona got Pecos' other win for the girls in three sets.
This weekend, the Eagles will play in their first tournament of the spring season, at Fort Stockton.

Pecos (14) at Greenwood (11)

Boys Singles

Trent Graham defeated Chance Snyders, 6-1, 6-1; Orlando Mendoza defeated R.B. Barnett, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3; Michael Orona defeated Shawn Holster, 6-3, 7-5; Stephen Lamb defeated Juan Carlos Garza, 6-1, 6-4; Jay Dannelley lost to Snyders, 7-5, 6-4; Phillip Salcido defeated John Bowen, 6-0, 6-3; Joel Sotelo lost to Garza, 6-1, 6-4.

Girls Singles

Brenda Fuentes lost to Emma Alka, 6-4, 6-4; Natalis Ornelas defeated Lorrie Tumlinson, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6; Kristina Dominguez lost to Amber Sartor, 6-3, 6-3; Precilla Levario lost to Amy Barber, 6-0, 6-3; Elizabeth Carreon lost to Miranda Ramirez, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4; Whitney Lamb lost to Tanna Follice, 6-3, 6-4; Tiffany Jarrett defeated Rachel Proctor, 6-4, 6-4; Chantel Orona defeated Cara Young, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; Amanda Fleming defeated Young, 6-3, 6-3; Jennifer Rayos lost to Sartor, 8-3; Savana West lost to Proctor, 6-0, 6-0.

Boys Doubles

Graham and Mendoza defeated Snyders and Holster, 7-5, 6-1; Orona and Dannelley defeated Bowen and Burnett, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6; Lamb and Salcido lost to Burnett and Holster, 8-3.

Girls Doubles

Fuentes and Ornelas dfeated Barber and Tumlinson, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Dominguez and Levario lost to Sartor and Follis, 6-4, 6-4; Carreon and Lamb defeated Ramirez and Proctor, 7-6, 6-4.

Mixed Doubles

Salcido and Jarrett defeated Garza and Young, 6-2, 6-0.

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