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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

Staff Writer

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, 52-46.
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 play.
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 Stockton.

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