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February 14, 2001
Eagles clawed in Wildcats' den to end season
PECOS, February 14, 2001 - The District 2-4A title may or may not have
been on the line, but the Fabens Wildcats were ready to celebrate whatever
they earned out of Tuesday's regular season-ending game against the Pecos
It was Parent's Night, Senior Night _ they had everybody out there,"
said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta, after his team was beaten by the Wildcats
105-58 to close out the 2000-2001 season.
Fabens came in having won eight straight games since their district-opening
loss to San Elizario, but Acosta said the Wildcats could end up winning
that one anyway, because San Elizario may have used an illegal player.
That would have given Fabens the district title outright, but just to make
sure, the Wildcats outscored the Eagles 24-6 in the opening period, then
put in 60 points in the second half.
"It turned into a run-and-gun game. It was almost like they wanted
us to score so they could come down and score," said Acosta, whose team
had only scored over 50 points once in district before Friday, in last
month's 90-55 loss to Fabens.
Rigo Estrada scored 30 points, 10 in the Wildcats' 24-point opening
quarter, while Manny Solis led the second half outburst and finished with
33 points, including five 3-pointers in the third period.
"Solis had 26 in the second half and Ezra (Varela) was in his face,
but he still made his shots," Acosta said.
Varela, who kept Pecos close to Fabens for three quarters in the teams'
January game, finished with 21 points, while Saul Garcia had 18 for the
Eagles, who trailed 45-23 at halftime. "This is the same team that pounded
Andrews by 30 points, got consolation in the Monahans Sandhills Tournament
and got second place in the Lamesa Tournament. They're just a good ballclub,"
The win assured Fabens of a first round bye in the Class 4A playoffs,
as for now they are 9-1 in district and 22-8 on the season. Pecos, meanwhile,
finishes winless in district for the second straight year, but their 4-23
overall mark is still a step up from a winless 1999-2000 season.
"I'm proud of my kids. We fought last night for four quarters and gave
a tremendous effort under difficult circumstances," Acosta said. "We accomplished
our main goal this year and that was to win some games and to play hard
in all of them. This is the first time in four years we have improved our
Plummer 0 0-2 0; S. Garcia 7 2-2 18; Cervantes 2 1-3 5; Varela 8 3-4
21; Tarin 2 0-0 4; Ortega 3 0-0 8; Mora 0 0-0 0; Vasquez 1 0-0 2; Gomez
0 0-0 0. Totals 23 6-11 58.
Solis 12 3-4 33; Ontiveros 1 0-3 3; Juarez 2 0-0 5; Estrada 14 1-1 30;
Ihmud 2 1-2 5; Silva 4 1-1 9; DeAnda 0 0-0 0; Loya 2 0-0 4; Favela 5 0-0
10; Tacker 2 0-0 4. Totals 45 6-11 105.
Pecos 6 17 15 18 - 58
Fabens 24 21 30 30 -105
Three-point goals: Pecos 6 (S. Garcia 2, Varela 2, Ortega 2),
Fabens 9 (Solis 6, Ontiveros, Juarez, Estrada)
By JON FULBRIGHT
Eagles open softball season by spoiling new program's debut, 26-1
PECOS, February 14, 2001 - For Pecos Eagles coach Tammy Walls and a
few of her players, Tuesday's season opening softball game against the
Crane Golden Cranes was a case of, "Been there, done that."
Four years ago, when Pecos' current seniors were freshmen and the Eagles'
softball program was brand new, Walls' team found themselves on the wrong
side of lopsided scores throughout the 1998 season.
But on Tuesday, it was Eagles' turn to dish it out to the Cranes, who
were ahead briefly in their first-ever varsity softball game, before giving
up 18 runs in the bottom of the first inning in what turned out to be a
2 ½ inning, 26-1 Pecos victory.
"That was all too familiar," said Walls, who went with senior Alexa
Marquez on the mound for two innings and finished with freshman Stephanie
Herrera in the third inning. Marquez walked the first batter she faced,
Bailey Schul, who then stole second and scored on a throwing error by catcher
Rebecca Wein. After that, Marquez retired the final six batters she faced,
five by strikeouts.
Herrera struck out her first batter, and then walked Becky Morales
before fanning Schul, with the game ending when Morales stepped off first
base and was tagged out by Jessica Rodriguez, after beating a pickoff throw
from Wein back to the bag.
"We had the one bad throw to second base, but I'm not going to worry
too much about it," said Walls. "We didn't hit the ball as well as I would
have liked, but their pitchers weren't throwing anything we could hit."
Pecos got 14 walks, seven apiece from starter Adon Villa and reliever
Ashley Clark. They did come up with a few hits _ Herrera had a pair of
doubles, Wein a double and triple, while Marquez had two singles and Marisela
Arenivas had three hits in the game.
Some of those hits were of the bloop variety, though Walls said, "Alexa
had a couple of good hits and Stephanie had that one good hit down the
line," a ground-rule double in the second inning that would have likely
been an inside-the-park grand slam, if the temporary softball fence at
Martinez Field extended into foul territory.
Villa allowed only two hits, but lasted only a third of an inning due
to the seven walks allowed. Clark, meanwhile, was like a baseball pitcher
let go in the expansion draft facing her old team _ the former Pecos student
was called for a balk on her first pitch to force home a run, then threw
five wild pitches to go along with her eight hits and seven walks allowed.
The game was ended after 2½ innings in order to allow the Eagles
and Cranes to get in a little playing time for their junior varsity teams.
That game didn't even last an inning before darkness set in, as Crane scored
six times in the top of the first inning before Pecos scored 16 times in
the bottom of the first, when the game was called with two outs.
Pecos' next game figures to be a lot tougher, a 9 a.m. game on Friday
against the Frenship Tigers in the first round of the Andrews Invitational
Tournament. Walls said Saturday's junior varsity games against Fort Stockton
and Marfa have been canceled, so that she can take more than the 10 varsity
players suited up on Tuesday to this weekend's tournament.
Bears survive fouls, get playoff win
PECOS, February 14, 2001 - The Balmorhea Bears won the game on the scoreboard
in the fourth quarter. But coach Gary Gallego said what the Bears did in
the closing minutes of the third period was just as important in their
48-39 victory over the Sanderson Eagles in the bi-district round of the
Class A, Division II girls basketball playoffs.
The Bears lost their narrow lead to the Eagles by the end of the third
period, but Gallego said under the circumstances that wasn't a bad thing.
"I had three of my starters out of the lineup for the last three minutes
of the third quarter. Celina Rodriguez had four fouls, Julia Garlick had
four fouls and my freshman Vanessa Baeza had four fouls," Gallego said.
"I had to put in some of my subs, like Joanna Garza and Fabiana Lujan who
are mainly for defense.
"They were in there for the last three minutes, and Sanderson had a
chance to break the game open, but our bench came through, and in the fourth
quarter I was able to put my starters back in," Gallego said. Garlick would
foul out with about three minutes left in the game, but Rodriguez made
it all the way through and finished with a game-high 20 points.
"The key was that last three minutes when Celina and Julia were on
the bench, because they're my best rebounders," the Bears' coach said.
"My tallest player was 5-5, but it was a big difference from last week,"
when the Bears lost their final regular season game by two points to Dell
When the Bears' starters returned for the final period, Gallego said
Sanderson "went to a man-to-man defense and we ran mostly our spread offense
and did real well. We got nothing but layups or foul shots in the fourth
quarter," Gallego said.
Terry Hernandez finished with 14 points and opened the game with a
3-point jumper. The teams were tied at 11-1 after one period, and the Bears
held a slim 24-22 lead at halftime.
Rodriguez also had 20 rebounds, while Garlick had four points and eight
rebounds for the Bears, who won their first bi-district game since 1990
in the first year for the new two-division Class A playoff format.
Gallego said the Bears will now go to Abilene this weekend to face
either Ira or Trent in the area round of the Division II playoffs. Meanwhile,
Balmorhea's boys will be awaiting the start of their playoffs next week.
The Bears, District 9-A champions, will face District 10-A runner-up Marathon
in their bi-district round game.
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