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Friday, October 12, 2001

Eagle swimmers score home sweep of Loboes

Staff Writer
Depth was still a bit of a problem for the Pecos Eagle boys swimming team in their second meet of the season Thursday, but the Eagles picked up enough top finishes to offset their lack of numbers and defeated the Monahans Loboes in a dual meet at the Pecos High School swimming pool.

Pecos outscored Monahans on the boys' side, 94-54, after losing out to El Paso Montwood in their season opener last Saturday. Meanwhile, Pecos' girls followed up their opening win over the Rams with an easy victory over the Loboes, by a 122-43 final score.

"I was generally impressed with all my swimmers. I was glad we didn't have any DQs and I hope we get all our boys back at the end of three weeks who failed, and that should help us a lot," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse.

"Some of them cut a little off from last Saturday, but some of those had cut a lot off last week because that was their first meet. A few who didn't cut as much (against Montwood) cut more," she added.

The boys took first place in all 11 events, including the couple where the Eagles had the only swimmers in the race, despite the fact the Loboes were able to field two relay teams in two of the three races.

Gary Garcia, K.W. Winkles, Will Oglesby and Max Key took first place by just under eight seconds in the 200 medley relay with a 1:49.40 time, while Winkles, Key, Trey Edwards and Daniel Quintana took first in the 200 freestyle relay, with a 1:41.29 time, four seconds up on the Loboes. In the final race of the night Garcia, Quintana, Oglesby and Patrick McChesney won by seven seconds over Monahans.

Individually, Oglesby won both his races for the second meet in a row, while Winkles and Key also had a pair of first place finishes. Oglesby won the 200 medley with a 2:13.18 time and the 100-yard butterfly with a 57.94 time; Key won the 50 and 1200 freestyles with times of 23.66 and 52.99; and Winkles took the 200 freestyle with a 2:02.23 time and later won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.87.

McChesney and Garcia had Pecos' other first place finishes. McChesney took the 500 freestyle in 5:38.09 after finishing second in the 100 fly, and Garcia had the closest win of the night, taking the 100 backstroke over Monahans' Joseph Naranjo by just over a second, with a 1:03.01 time. He earlier was second in the 200 medley.

Other individual finishes for the boys were Quintana, second in the 200 free and third in the 100 backstroke, and Edwards, second in the 500 free and third in the 50 free.

The girls won all but one of their 11 races Thursday, and were able to field three relay teams in all three events, though some of the spots were changed up from last Saturday's meet with Montwood.

"I've got a little leeway with the girls, so I made a few changes to see what they could do," Morse said. "We have so many freshmen I didn't know where they would excel, so I'm still kind of trying people out for different positions, and I'm still not sure where they'll do the best."

Teddie Salcido, Catherine Minjarez, Rachelle Eisenberg and Betsy Lujan won the 200 medley relay with a 2:08.95 time; Lujan, Eisenberg, Minjarez and Kelsey Holt won the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:52.52 time; and Lujan, Salcido, Holt and Jessica Minjarez won the 400 free relay, in a time of 4:16.61.

In the individual races, Salcido and Catherine Minjarez both had a pair of first place finishes. Minjarez won the 200 medley in 2:34.27 and the 100 butterfly with a 1:11.35 time, and Salcido won the 500-yard freestyle with a 6:04.06 time and then took the 100-yard backstroke with a 1:11.47 time.

Eisenberg won the 100 yard breastroke with a 1:15.96 time and was third in the 200 medley and Lujan had Pecos' other gold medal, winning the 100 freestyle with a 1:02.23, just edging Monahans' Alexis Lewallen, who earlier had picked up the Loboes' only gold medal by winning the 50 freestyle.

The Eagles' 200 medley `B' relay of Lauren Win, Susan Moore, Rebecca Reynolds and Ashley Horsburgh place second, while the `C' team of Cassady Bradley, Ashley Carrasco, Chyloe Martin and Danielle Garcia was sixth. In the 200 free relay, the `B' team of Amie Reynolds, Moore, Martin and Jessica Minjarez was second, while the `C' relay of Horsburgh, Garcia, Carrasco and Wein was fifth. In the 400 free relay, Both Reynolds, Moore and Horsburgh placed second on the `B' team, and Lauren and Sara Wein, Martin and Carrasco were fourth on the `C' team.

Other finishers in the individual events were Rebecca Reynolds second and Sara Wein third in the 200 freestyle; Amie Reynolds fourth in the 200 medley; Holt second, Horsburgh third and Martin fourth in the 50 free; Moore second and Camilla Alvarado sixth in the 100 fly; Holt third and Rebecca Reynolds fifth in the 100 free; Jessica Minjarez second and Amie Reynolds third in the 500 free; Lauren Wein third and Cassady Bradley sixth in the 100 backstroke; and Carrasco third and Sara Wein fourth in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Pecos is now off for the next 15 days, before competing in their first invitational meet of the 2001-2002 season, on Oct. 26-27 at Big Spring.

Pecos golfers finish fourth in El Paso Bel Air tourney

The Pecos Eagles boys golf team came up with a fourth place finish last weekend, in the El Paso Bel Air Tournament at the Cielo Vista Golf Course.

"We nearly got third place. We were just six shots out of getting a trophy," said Eagles' coach Kim Anderson. "I thought we did real well for the first part of the season."

Pecos shot a 321-337-658 to finish three strokes behind third place El Paso Andress on both Friday and Saturday. Andress shot a 318-334-652, while Midland Lee and Midland High took the top two spots, with the Rebels shooting a 296-302-598 and the Bulldogs a 301-304-605.

Individually, Casey Breiten and Michael Nichols both shot 167s for the 36-hole tournament, with Breiten shooting a 79 on Friday and 86 Saturday, while Nichols shot a 76 and 89 for his two rounds. Jake McKinney shot an 88-79-167 and Pete Vasquez also shot a 167, with rounds of 80 and 87. The Eagles' other golfer, David Bradley, shot an 86-85-171.

Anderson said he took five other golfers on Tuesday to a junior varsity tournament at Ratliff Ranch in Odessa, where the Eagles shot a 399 for the 18-hole tournament. Sal Nichols shot an 82, Jack Stickels had an 88, Dustin Gulihur shot a 102 and Andre Varela shot a 117 for the team score, while James Busby was Pecos' other golfer, and shot a 153.

Anderson said the Eagles have a 54-hole tournament coming up next weekend just west of El Paso in Santa Teresa, N.M., and then go back to El Paso on Nov. 2-3 for the Fort Bliss Tournament, while the JV will have one more tournament in the fall season, on Oct. 22 at Midland.

Eagles seeking home victory over Canutillo

With three games left in the 2001 volleyball season, the Pecos Eagles appear to be the team in the best shape to claim one of the two remaining playoff berths, out of the three teams currently tied for second place in the District 2-4A standings.

That's provided the Eagles win the games they're supposed to win, beginning on Saturday, when they host the Canutillo Golden Eagles at the Pecos High School gym.

Pecos faces Canutillo around 4 p.m., and will be trying to remain in at least tie for second in the 2-4A standings. The Eagles, Clint and Fabens all are 4-3 in district, while Canutillo is tied with San Elizario at 1-6. El Paso Mountain View, which clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday and is 7-0, hosts Clint tonight, while Fabens faces San Eli, then closes out with games against Mountain View and Clint.

The Eagles host Mountain View on Tuesday, and end regular season play on Oct. 20 at San Eli and will need wins in at least two of their last three matches to assure themselves of no worse than a playoff for third.

"We've got two home games, which should give us more control over what happens," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "Hopefully, the girls can focus more on the game."

Pecos had a chance to all but clinch a post-season berth on Tuesday in Fabens, but lost to the Wildcats, 15-17, 15-6, 15-8. It was the second time this season the Eagles had won the first game from the Wildcats only to lose the match, though they were able to rally for a two game victory in the teams' first meeting.

Against Canutillo last month, Pecos came away with a 15-6, 16-14 victory. "They played us pretty tough over there, so we better be ready to play them," Granado said.

Play will start Saturday with the freshman and junior varsity matches, at 2 and 3 p.m.

Freshmen tie Crane, Cavemen club JV

There were a lot of turnovers by everyone over six quarters at Eagle Stadium on Thursday, at least until the second half of the Pecos Eagle junior varsity's game against Carlsbad. But when the Cavemen stopped making mistakes it turned into a rough night Pecos.

After Pecos' freshmen and the Crane Golden Cranes played a turnover-filled 6-6 tie Thursday afternoon, the Eagles' JV and Carlsbad traded seven turnovers in the first half of their game, which ended with the Cavemen leading 14-6. But Carlsbad cut out their mistakes in the second half and scored five times, and went on to defeat Pecos by a 45-12 final score.

Meanwhile, down in Fort Stockton, Pecos' junior high school gold teams split their two games, with the seventh graders dropping a 2-0 decision to the Panthers, while the eighth graders beat Fort Stockton, 16-0.

Pecos' junior high purple teams were idle, but the eighth graders will face Van Horn in a Saturday afternoon game, starting at 1 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.

Pecos picked off three Carlsbad passes and recovered a fumble in the first half of their game, converting one into a touchdown, on a 13-yard pass from Jose Reyes to Chad Evans. Meanwhile, the Eagles turned the ball over three times in the first half, one of which led to the first Caveman score on a three-yard run.

Carlsbad scored on a 13-yard pass to take a 12-6 lead late in the first half, then added three more scores in the third period for a 31-6 advantage and scored twice in the fourth quarter. Joe Maruffo's touchdown run accounted for the final points for the JV, which is 0-6-1 on the season.

The freshmen, who tied Carslbad in their season opener, ended up in a tie with Crane last night after the Golden Cranes scored with under two minutes to play. Pecos' touchdown came on a Dario Marquez 45-yard interception return, one of his two interceptions on the night, while Gilbert Solis also had two interceptions for the ninth graders, who are 3-2-2 on the year.

"They were tough on us in the middle. They had a couple of big, strong linemen and we had a couple of passes picked off ourselves and had some breakdowns," said coach Steve Cross. "We only had 16 kids out there, but every one of them played their hearts out."

Pecos' eighth grade gold team avenged their 14-6 loss at home to Fort Stockton last week with Thursday's shutout win to even their season record at 2-2-1. Javier Mendoza and Jesse Hanks had touchdowns for the Eagles, and Hanks and John Elliott added the two-point conversions.

The seventh grade gold team lost to Fort Stockton the same way Pecos' seventh grade purple team beat the Panthers a week ago, when a running back was tackled in the end zone. The loss dropped the gold team to 0-4, with three of those losses to Fort Stockton, the other two by 16-0 and 8-0 scores.

Tonight at 8 p.m., Pecos' varsity opens District 2-4A play at Clint against the Lions. The Eagles come into district with a winning record for the first time since 1997, at 3-2 after their Sept. 28 win over Monahans, while the Lions are 3-1 after dropping their first game of the season last week at El Paso Burges.

In tonight's other district openers, Fabens hosts Canutillo and El Paso Mountain View goes to San Elizario.

Canutillo (2-2) at Fabens (4-0): The Wildcats played without running back Vicente Macias two weeks ago and still routed Santa Teresa, 63-0, as both halfback Tury Cleto and quarterback Rigo Estrada had big nights running the ball. It was also the best night so far statistically for the Wildcats' defense, which had been giving up a lot of yards without allowing many points in the first three games.

Canutillo opened the season by holding Santa Teresa to minus-9 yards offense, and Hector Saldivar ran for 246 yards in a lopsided win over the Desert Warriors. But last week the Golden Eagles shot themselves in the foot with four turnovers and lost to El Paso Bowie, 27-13. Canutillo outgained Bowie 369 yards to 236, with Saldivar running for 188 yards, but no touchdowns.

El Paso Mountain View (3-1) at San Elizario (4-0): Until last week, you'd hardly have known Mountain View graduated 15 starters last year, as the Lobos rolled over the first three opponents. But against El Paso Ysleta, quarterback Eddie Gonzales was intercepted four times and Ysleta ran for 248 yards in a 35-7 victory. Sophomore Joey Amaya was held to 46 yards rushing, but is still second in District 2-4A to Salidvar with 577 yards in four games.

San Eli had another awful night last week, losing to El Paso Cathedral, 40-0. Quarterback Bo Solis has provided most of the offense for the Eagles so far this season, but they've only managed to score 20 points in four games. Defensively, the opening game loss of senior linebacker Santiago Elizade for the season hurt an already shaky defense, which is allowing just under 440 yards and 36 points a game.

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