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February 23, 2001
Pecos girls readjust lineup for Sandhills track opener
PECOS, February 23, 2001 - It's been a bit of a cut-and-paste week for
Pecos Eagle girls track coach Lily Talamantez, while trying to get her
lineup set for Saturday's season-opening Sandhills Relays in Monahans.
Field events kick things off at 9 a.m., followed by the running preliminaries.
Finals are scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m. at Lobo Stadium.
Pecos had a couple of third place finishes last season at the District
2-4A meet in San Elizario, and qualified one team, the 400 meter relay
squad, for regionals. This year the Eagles have most of their team from
the 2000 season back, though all of them won't be out for the start of
the 2001 schedule.
"We had 32, but grades came out and I lost about nine," she said. "As
far as the events we're going to have Saturday, I'm going to have to go
back now and fill in people."
Three of the Eagles' four runners on the 400 meter team from a year
ago, Yvette Barreno, Christina Arenivas and Jessica Rodriguez, return,
while sophomore Tiana Terry replaces senior Philly Fobbs in the final position.
Barreno, Terry and Rodriguez will also run the 800 meters with Mari Mendoza,
while Arenivas, Barreno, Rodriguez and Alessandra Carrasco are entered
in the 1600 meter relay.
The 800 meter team picked up one of the Eagles' third place finishes
a year ago at district, while Arenivas in the 400 meter dash and Shanna
Tredaway in the 100 meter hurdles were the Eagles' other regional alternates.
Arenivas and Tredaway were also fourth in the 200 meter and 300 intermediate
hurdle races respectively, which is where they're scheduled to participate
on Saturday in Monahans.
Tredaway will also run the 110 hurdles, while Arenivas will only be
in one individual event, because she is entered in all three relays. In
the 200, she'll be joined by freshman Stephanie Herrera, while Carrasco
will run the 400 meters for the Eagles, and Terry and Mendoza will be entered
in the 100 meter dash.
In the distance races, Maricela Martinez will run both the 1600 and
3200 meter events, while Jennifer Horton will run the 800 and 1600 meters.
April Rodriguez will also run in the two-mile race for Pecos, and Nicole
Payne will be entered in the mile run at the Sandhills.
Eagles seek successful start against Loboes
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, February 23, 2001 - Questions were answered quickly two years
ago for the Pecos Eagles, which was the last time they entered a season
with this many unknowns about their pitching staff. The Eagles swept the
Monahans Loboes in two season-opening games and made it to the Region I-4A
semifinals for the first time in over a decade.
The Eagles won't know how the 2001 season will turn out for another
couple of months, but they'll be hoping it starts out just like 1999 did,
when they host the Monahans Loboes in the first game of a home-and-home
set starting at 7 p.m. at Eagle Field. The second game will be Saturday
afternoon in Monahans, beginning at 1 p.m.
Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said junior Angel Villalobos and sophomore
Matthew Levario will make their first varsity pitching starts today and
Saturday for Pecos, which split its season openers with Monahans last year
and advanced to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs.
The Eagles do have two pitchers back from last year, in juniors Richard
Rodriguez and Capi Magana. But Rodriguez isn't cleared to pitch yet following
a December appendectomy and will start at second base, while Magana will
start at shortstop. Levario and Villalobos will swap spots on the mound
and at third base in the two games against the Loboes, and Sebero Jaquez
will start at first base.
The Eagles have two returning starters in their same positions as a
year ago, in catcher Mason Abila and centerfielder Alex Rodriguez, while
Rigo Ramirez takes over in left field and David Elkins will be in right.
Monahans also lost their top pitchers from a year ago, but Williams
said, "They beat Midland Lee and beat Andrews in scrimmages. I don't know
what we're going to do, but I'm proud of the way our kids performed in
their three scrimmages."
The Eagles jumped out to leads with their starters on Odessa Permian,
Fort Stockton and Greenwood, and while they gave some runs back to the
two Panther squads, they shut out the Rangers last Saturday over eight
innings by a 10-0 score.
"It's going to be a good game. Monahans always plays us tough in everything,
and I just want the fans to come out to support us."
Play will open today with the junior varsity teams at 5 p.m. Saturday's
varsity game was switched to 1 p.m. to allow some of the Eagles to participate
in the morning preliminaries and late-afternoon finals of the Sandhills
Relays, which will be going on across the street in Monahans.
Pecos hosts 5A playoff game
PECOS, February 23, 2001 - The Pecos High School gym will host a Class
5A boys basketball playoff game tonight at 7 p.m., between the El Paso
Montwood Rams and the Lubbock Coronado Mustangs.
Montwood comes in with the better season record, at 25-7 to Coronado's
14-17, but the Mustangs enter as the higher seed, having won the District
3-5A title following a 7-15 start to their season. Montwood was District
2-5A runner-up and won their bi-district game over El Paso Irvin on Tuesday,
Tony Helton was the leading scorer in El Paso this season with a 24.7
average, while Coronado has a more balanced attack, led by Gabe Hall and
Adam Purtell, who are averaging 11 and 10½ points per game respectively.
The winner of the game will face the winner of tonight's Midland Lee-El
Paso Andress game, which is part of a doubleheader in Alpine. Odessa High
faces El Paso Franklin in tonight's other game at Sul Ross State University.
Junior high netters fall to Loboes
PECOS, February 23, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles' junior high tennis team dropped
their season opening match on Tuesday to the Monahans Loboes, falling by
a 19-12 score at the Pecos High School tennis courts.
The Eagles picked up five singles victories and two wins in doubles
play on the eighth grade level. Frankie Hernandez and T.J. Hardwick teamed
up for the boys' lone win in doubles and both also earned victories in
singles play, as did Jose Pando. On the girls' side, Katherine Garcia won
a marathon 13-11 tiebreaker match, and Adrienne Natividad also picked up
a victory, while Cynthina Garcia and Cynthia Pando were winners in doubles
In seventh grade, the winners for the Eagles were Imari Ornelas, Heather
Hinojos, Olga Mendoza and Ashley Orona in singles play.
"The team did a great job for their first match. They've worked hard
and it showed," said coach Susy Molina. "I was pleased with the performances.
It was good to see the people support the team."
The junior high team is short of boys this spring. Hernandez, Pando
and Hardwick were the only eighth grade competitors, while Chris Muniz,
Guthrie Long, Bill Moody and Roger Quintana were the seventh graders playing
Tuesday for the Eagles.
Depth isn't a problem on the girls' side, where Pecos also had Ashley
Jasso, Gabby Aremendariz, Amanda Navarette, Michelle Wein and Taryn Rodriguez
playing singles for the seventh graders, while the doubles teams were made
up of eighth other players Casandra Calanchi and Michelle Estrada, Jennifer
Jurado and Skye Gabaldon, Jennifer Martinez and Amanda Contreras and Amanda
Natividad and Amanda Dunn.
The other eighth grade girls competing for the Eagles on Tuesday were
Cynthia Pando, Sara Natividad, Krystal Mata, Angelica Preito, Lori Natividad
and Sara Clark.
The junior high team's next scheduled match is Tuesday against Fort
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