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April 26, 2001

Bears lose out at Region I-4A tennis

PECOS, April 26, 2001 - The Balmorhea Bears' six regional tennis qualifiers were unable to earn state berths this week in Levelland at the Region I-A Tennis Tournament, with four of the six players losing first round matches while the other two fell in quarterfinal round play at South Plains College.

District doubles champions Chris Barragan and Ivan Rodriguez won their first round match over Raymond Turpan and Joshua Barnes of Lefors, 6-2, 6-1, but then lost to the eventual tournament runners-up, John Bailey and Jesse Levario of Irion County, in the quarterfinals by a 6-1, 6-0 score.

The Bears won district titles in both doubles division, and also qualified two players to regionals as district runners-up in singles. Michelle Barrandey and Arisela Arredondo were the girls champs in doubles, but were beaten in three sets in their opening round regional match by Amanda Mick and Casey Zybach of Fort Elliot, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Mick and Zybach then lost to tournament winners Whitney Hoeting and Nicole Hussman of Nazereth in the quarterfinals.

In girls singles play, Celina Rodriguez was beaten in her opening round match by Laura Melena of Roby, 6-4, 6-3, while in boys singles play, Jeff Barnett of Hart defeated the Bears' Arturo Rodriguez by 6-2, 6-2 scores.

Celina Rodriguez was beaten out for the championship at district by Dell City's Crystal Mendoza, while Arturo Rodriguez lost to Valentine's John Porras, both of whom also lost their first round matches at regionals.

Three other Balmorhea Bears will be

going to Levelland on Friday, for Region I-4A track and field competition. Billy Lozano will be competing in both the discus and shot put at regionals, after placing third in the shot put and second in the discus at the Class A sectional in Wink two weeks ago. Jourmain Matta also qualified for regionals in the discus with a fourth place finish, while Logan Humphries earned a regional berth in the high jump, with a third place finish at Wink.

Eagles' track squads face tough regional challenges

PECOS, April 26, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles were able to get more people to the Region I-4A Track and Field Championships this season than they did last year. Getting them to Saturday's finals will be the hard part.

The Eagles will travel to Angelo State University this evening for Friday's running preliminaries, which start at 6 p.m. with the girls' 400 meter relay. There will also be two finals for the girls on Friday and one on Saturday, while the Eagles' only competitor on the boys' side, Daniel Terrazas, will run in the prelims of the 400 meter dash on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Terrazas has won three straight District 2-4A titles in the 400 meters, but missed last season's regional meet. He also missed last week's regional qualifiers meet in Lamesa due to a tight hamstring, but coach Jerry Parent said the senior was doing better this week.

"He's felt good all week. Doc (trainer Joel Birch) got him loose and he's been running his workouts all week," Parent said.

Terrazas ran a 50.3 to win district, but Parent said he'll probably have to improve on that number to advance to Saturday's 7:25 p.m. finals. "He's going to have to run a good race to make the finals and he realizes that from his sophomore year. He ran a 50 (at regionals) and never got to the finals."

Canyon Randall's Michael Lozano figures to be the favorite going into the race, having already run below 48 seconds this season, and Parent said the two qualifiers from District 4-4A from Lubbock Estacado ran sub-50 second times two weeks ago.

On the girls' side, the Eagles had one gold medal at district, from freshman Stephanie Herrera in the shot put. She'll be the first to compete in finals, at 2 p.m. on Friday, while Mari Martinez will also be in the finals on Friday, running the 3200 meters at 8:50 p.m.

Michelle Saenz is the only Eagle assured of being around on Saturday _ she'll run in the finals of the 800 meters at 7:15 p.m. that night, after competing with the 800 meter relay team on Friday at 7:10 p.m.

The Eagles' 400 meter relay team will run at 6 p.m., but coach Lily Talamantez said both teams have had trouble getting in enough workouts leading up to the regional meet.

"We've had a hard time working on our handoffs when we can't get everybody out at the same time," she said. "We've had some in tutoring or at work, a couple have been in softball and we've had some sick."

Relay team members Jessica Rodriguez, Mari Mendoza and Tiana Terry have also been in softball, as has Herrera. Yvette Barreno and Christina Arenivas are the other relay team members for the Eagles.

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