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Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Eagles to host Tigers on Saturday in playoffs

The Pecos Eagles will host the El Paso High Tigers in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Pecos High School gym, coach Becky Granado said today.

Pecos, the District 2-4A runner-up after winning a playoff with Clint on Monday, and El Paso High, the third place team in District 1-4A after finishing in a three-way tie for first and then losing both a coin flip and a game to El Paso Riverside on Monday, will face each other in the bi-district round for the third time in the past five years, but the first time in Pecos.

The Eagles lost to the Tigers back in 1997 in Van Horn in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs, then defeated El Paso High in bi-district play in 1999, in a match played at El Paso Burges. Both those matches were three-game affairs, with the higher seed going into the match coming away with the victory.

On Monday, the Eagles downed Clint in their playoff game, 9-15, 15-13, 15-10 to improve to 14-19 on the season and finish 7-4 in District 2-4A play, while El Paso High was beaten by Riverside on Monday, 15-6, 16-14, to fall to 13-12 on the season and 8-3 in district.

"They're beatable, just like we are. It depends on who wants it the most," said Granado, who added that the Tigers, "have one girl who can hit the ball pretty well. As far as size-wise, we're about even."

The winner of the Pecos-El Paso High match-up will face No. 1 ranked Hereford, 31-2, in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs next week.

Meanwhile, Clint will face El Paso Riverside in their bi-district playoff game, after the Rangerettes lost to El Paso Burges in the first place playoff on Tuesday, 15-4, 6-15, 15-1. The Clint-Riverside winner will face San Angelo Lake View in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Pecos golfers are bothered by long course

A long course proved to be a problem for the Pecos Eagle boys' golf team this past weekend in El Paso, as they finished 15th at the Fourth Annual Paso Del Norte Boys' Golf Classic at Santa Teresa, N.M.

Pecos shot a 371-370-362-1,103 in the 54-hole tournament, which was won by Odessa Permian with a 909 score. El Paso Coronado I, El Paso Franklin I and Midland Lee were second with 927 scores. Three weeks ago, Lee won the Bel Air Tournament in El Paso, while Pecos finished fourth, 60 shots in back of the Rebels for the 36-hole tournament.

"I thought we might shoot better because of the way we played at the earlier tournament," said coach Kim Anderson, who added that the length of the Santa Teresa Country Club course was something new for his young golf team.

"It was a 7,000-yard course. The only place that was not on the blue tee markers for the medium golfers was on the par-3s," Anderson said. "Some of our kids have never seen a 7,000-yard course. The one out here (Reeves County Golf Course) is 6,400 yards."

Individually for Pecos, freshman Mikey Nichols had the low score for Pecos, shooting a 91-87-91-269 to place 64th overall in the tournament. He was followed by Casey Breiten with a 90-93-94-277, Jack Stickels with a 96-95-89-280, Sal Nichols with a 94-98-88-280 and Jake McKinney with a 97-95-95-287.

Pecos was one of only three non-Class 5A schools in the 18-team field. Midland Trinity shot a 1,049 and Fort Stockton shot a 1,134 to place 13 th and 18th in the tournament.

Anderson said on Monday the Eagles shot a 350 while playing in a junior varsity tournament at Midland. Mikey Nichols was the only varsity golfer to make the trip and shot an 84, while David Bradley shot a 78, Pete Vasquez an 86, Dustin Gulihur a 102 and James Busby a 138.

"David Bradley played pretty good. He had the high score the previous time and didn't make the trip to El Paso, but he'll be back on the varsity after this," Anderson said. He added that Pecos' final fall trip to El Paso, for the Fort Bliss Tournament, has been moved back a week, from Nov. 2-3 to Nov. 9-10.

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