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March 5, 2001

Monahans rain cancels Eagles' tourney games

PECOS, March 5, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles' pitching staff will definitely be well-rested for the upcoming busy week, after seeing their final two scheduled games at the Sandhills Baseball Tournament in Monahans canceled because of Friday's rains and wet field conditions on Saturday.

The Eagles, who lost their tournament opener to Alpine on Thursday, 7-6, had their scheduled game on Friday at first pushed back to mid-afternoon and then canceled, while the rains in Monahans were heavy enough to scrub all the games on Saturday, even after skies had cleared.

That will leave most of the Eagles' pitching staff with over a week's rest for what could be as many as five games over the next five days, beginning with Tuesday evening's match-up against Odessa Permian and continuing into the West Texas March Classic at Midland this weekend. Pecos faces Abilene Wylie at 2 p.m. on Thursday and will then take on either the winner of the Seminole-Alpine game or the loser of the Monahans-Colorado City game at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Pecos' junior varsity, meanwhile, did get in their tournament games at the Kermit JV Tournament, defeating Greenwood and Monahans before falling to Midland Christian in the title game on Saturday. The JV is scheduled to play at Odessa Permian on Tuesday afternoon.

Pecos LL holds meeting tonight at Saragosa Hall

PECOS, March 5, 2001 - The Pecos Little League will be holding a meet at 7 p.m. tonight at Saragosa Hall to discuss the upcoming 2001 Little League and Senior League baseball seasons, according to Lee Serrano of the Pecos Little League

All coaches and others interested in helping out during the 2001 season are urged to attend the meeting.

Netters place second in own tournament

PECOS, March 5, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles picked up a pair of division titles and finished second overall on Friday, in a rain-delayed Pecos Invitational Tennis Tournament.

"Our kids did well," said coach Bernadette Ornelas. Midland Trinity won the tournament title, after play was delayed by over four hours due to Friday morning's showers.

"We were about ready to cancel it. The teams were tired of waiting around in the gym, and I was just about ready to call it when the rain stopped around 11:30," Ornelas said Friday.

Trent Graham and Natalia Ornelas won their division titles in singles play. Graham beat Alpine's Omar Pineda, 6-2, 6-3, Monahans' Nolan Pritchard, 6-2, 6-2, and Winks Kevin Benham, 6-2, 6-2, to win that division, while Ornelas defeated Monahans' Crista Wilkinson, 6-3, 6-3, Alpine's Sarah Metler, 6-2, 6-3 and Trinity's Leann Giles, 6-2, 6-4 in the finals.

Metler, a former Pecos player, defeated another Eagle player, Jennifer Rayos, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, after she defeated Fort Davis' Jennifer Adams, 6-2, 6-3, in the opening round. Chantel Orona downed Fort Davis' Tiffany Maline, 6-2, 6-2, before losing to Alpines, Tonya Moore, 6-3, 7-5, while Beartice Villarreal lost in the consolation finals to Trinity's Nicole Kennerly, 9-7, after beating teammate Jennifer Marquez, 6-2, and losing to Monahans' Melissa Howard, 6-4, 6-4.

Marquez lost her opener to Giles, while in the lone boys singles match besides Graham, Jay Dannelley lost in the semifinals of the boys' division to Benham, 6-3, 6-4, after an opening 6-3, 6-2 victory over Monahans Simon Leyva.

In girls doubles, Brenda Fuentes and Kristina Dominguez lost in the finals to Midland Trinity's Teresa Bryan and Addie Smith, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. In the semis, they had beaten Trinity's Megan McKenna and Emily McMillian, 6-2, 6-2, and opened with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Brandi Byler and Alma Valero of Fort Davis. Bryan and Smith began play with a win over the Eagles' other doubles team of Amanda Fleming and Elizabeth Carreon.

In boys' singles, Stephen Lamb and Orlando Mendoza won their first round match from Eric Ruddy and Brandon McGraw of Alpine, and then lost to Erik Hernandez and Justin Lackey of Fort Davis in the semifinals. Allen Almunia and Michael Orona lost their opener to Fort Davis' Brian Benham and T.J. Tredaway, then defeated Alpine's Clayton Labaume and Tell Mitchell before falling to Wink's Clayton Hawkins and Peter York in the consolation semifinals.

The Eagles have one more match scheduled before Spring Break, a trip to Odessa for a 4 p.m. dual meet against Odessa High on Tuesday.

Pecos struggles on offense in losses at Snyder tourney

PECOS, March 5, 2001 - Run scoring continued to be a problem for the Pecos Eagles' softball team over the weekend, this time at the Snyder Tournament.

The Eagles, blanked three times already this season, were shut out three more times in Snyder, falling to Greenwood, 5-0, and to both Del Rio and Snyder 3-0 before losing a 7-5 game to Eastland to close out the two-day tournament.

"We played well defensively and our pitching looked good, but we didn't hit the ball," said Eagles' coach Tammy Walls. "In the last game we finally started hitting a bit, but we gave up four runs and made four errors in the first inning."

Wall said Ashley Salcido had a double off the fence in center field in the second inning against Eastland and Mya Gomez had a triple in the fourth inning, but sprained her ankle rounding third and had to leave the game.

"The next batter hit to the pitcher and the sub we had running got thrown out at home. When Mya got hurt that seemed to take the steam out of our rally," said Walls, who added the game ended under the tournament time limit after the fourth inning.

Salcido pitched for Pecos against Greenwood, while Alexa Marquez pitched the other games for the Eagles. "We had some go to track, which left us shorthanded in the infield and outfield, but Mya had a good tournament until she got hurt, and Ashley did a good job at shortstop," Walls said. "I hope to have her (Gomez) back by district."

The Eagles fell to 2-8 on the season with their losses, and will close out their pre-district schedule this week with a Tuesday game at Marfa and a Saturday trip to Fort Stockton. District 2-4A play opens for Pecos on March 16 when they host Clint.

Eagle squads place seventh at Comanche

PECOS, March 5, 2001 - The points were about the same, though the finishes were a little different for the Pecos Eagles track teams this past weekend at the Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton.

Pecos' girls picked up three medals on the day, including their first gold medal, though their 26 points overall was three less than at the season-opening Sandhills Relays. Pecos' boys ended up with 28 points for the second week in a row, though this time, they failed to earn a gold medal but had more runners place in the Top 6 on the afternoon.

Michelle Saenz got Pecos its gold medal, winning the 800-meter run in 2:38.97 after fading to fourth at the Sandhills. "She cut about nine seconds off her time this week," said Eagles' coach Lily Talamantez, while Tiana Terry picked up a second place medal in the 200-meter dash and Stephanie Herrera finished third in the shot put.

Terry ran a 29.16 in the 200 while Herrera's third place throw was 31-foot-3.

"I was really impressed with Tiana. She also got fifth in the 100," Talamantez said. "I think a lot of it has to do with maturity and working real hard. I think all the girls realize the importance of warming up more this year, so we haven't had the injuries we has last year."

Shana Tredaway did pull up running the 100 meter dash, Talamantez, said, while the Eagles overall will without a few girls who competed at Monahans. "I only had one regular girl on my relay. Some of them went to softball and the others were at a UIL event, so that only left Tiana (on the 800 meter relay team), and we didn't even do the sprint relay."

The boys also were shorthanded on the relays at Fort Stockton, but got a second place by Dainel Terrazas in the 400-meter dash and a fifth in the 200, and a third from Genaro Mendoza in the 1600 meter run. Isaiah Juarez, Nolan Blount and Jeremiah Mora were fourth through sixth in the 3200 meter run and Juarez was fifth in the 1600, while Jason Gonzales picked up a sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Terrazas was edged by .01 second by Crane's Albert Garcia in the 400, and coach Jerry Parent said his 23.61 in the 200 was only .22 behind first place Ruben Silvas of Monahans.

"Overall, I can't ask for any more out of the kids that we had," Parent said. "We should have a full slate this Friday," when the Eagles go to Odessa for the West Texas Relays.

Pecos finished seventh overall in the division, which was won by Crane with 160 points to 79 for Monahans. Greenwood won the girls division title with 189 points to 90 for Kermit.

The boys will be entered in the two-day meet at Ratliff Stadium, while the girls will go to Wink on Saturday to compete in the Wildcat Relays.

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