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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Ortiz happy with freshmen in tennis opener

The Pecos Eagles tennis team picked up a couple of third place and consolation finishes over the weekend in Fort Stockton, in their opening matches for the 2003-04 season.

Coach Mike Ortiz said the Eagles placed fourth out of the seven teams entered in the tournament, which was divided into seven brackets of singles play on the boys and girls sides Friday, and three of doubles, along with mixed doubles competition on Saturday.

"The main thing is the kids impressed me with their play against tough opposition," Ortiz said. "I'm glad to see that, because that's going to help them later on."

With their normal boys No. 1 seed and defending District 4-3A champion, senior Trent Graham, playing at the John Newcomb Tennis Ranch near New Braunfels, and with most of the other players on the boys' side underclassmen, the Eagles ended up with a pair of freshmen as the top seeds in that division. No. 1 seed Jesse Hanks lost his two matches, to Derek Najar of El Paso Montwood, 6-0, 6-4, and to Monahans' John Wilhelm, 10-8, while No. 2 seed Francisco Ornelas won consolation, losing his opener to Vishal Chopra of Fort Stockton, 6-1, 6-2, then beating Monahans' Simon Leyva, 9-7.

"I was mostly impressed by the freshmen. This was their first tournament, but they didn't give up and played hard," Ortiz said.

On the girls' side, senior Natalia Ornelas played at No. 1 seed and finished third, as did her sister, Imari, playing at No. 2 seed. Natalia downed Montwood's Karyna Ortega, 6-3, 6-3, then lost to Molly Cook of Midland Christian, 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, before beating Kari Clement of El Paso Burges, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Imari got a first round bye, and then lost to Monahans' Treena Escamilla, 6-3, 6-1, before defeating Brittany Phillips of Midland Christian, 6-3, 6-3. The Ornelases also teamed up on Saturday for a consolation win in doubles.

Also placing third was Frankie Hernandez, playing at No. 5 seed on the boys' side. He lost to Montwood's Steven Molinar, 6-3, 6-4, then came back to beat Burges' Abel Gannon, 7-5, 7-5. Playing at No. 4 seed, Michael Orona took consolation, losing to Isaac Sattlemeier of Montwood, 6-1, 6-1, then beating Monahans' Corbin Shawn, 8-4. Hernandez and Jarris Rayos also teamed for a consolation victory in doubles play on Saturday.

The other consolation winner for Pecos in singles was No. 7 girls' seed Crystal Ikeler. She fell in her opener to Vancy Servin of Montwood, 6-0, 6-0, then downed Melinda Fuentes of Fort Stockton, 8-1, and her teammate, Lori Natividad, 8-4. Pecos' Sara Natividad finished fourth playing at No. 6 seed, winning her opener over Candace Marquez of Montwood, 6-1, 6-1, and then falling to Nelly Cordova of Burges, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, and Cheryl Polya of Montwood, 6-3, 6-0.

The results of the other matches for Pecos are listed below:

Boys Singles

No. 3 seed Donald Walker lost to Matt Smith (MC), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; lost to Fabien Cortez (EPB), 8-2.

No. 6 seed Joseph Tarin lost to Jeff Gonzales (EPB), 6-3, 6-1; lost to Patrick Riley (MC), 6-2, 6-3.

No. 7 seed Jerris Rayos lost to Lance Paredez (Mtw), 6-0, 6-0; lost to Teddy Figueroa (Mon), 8-5.

Girls Singles

No. 3 seed Whitney Lamb lost to Megan Fizgibbon (MC), 6-1, 6-0; lost to Kassie Bollier (FtS), 8-2.

No. 4 seed Chantel Orona lost to Danielle Reyna (Mtw), 6-1, 7-5; lost to Couri Lichenstein (MC), 8-5

No. 5 seed Catherine Garcia lost to Stephanie Reyna (EPB), 7-5, 6-2; lost to Kelly Thomson (MC), 8-0.

Boys Doubles

Hanks and Ornelas lost to Majera and Paulino (Mtw), 6-1, 6-2; lost to Wilhelm and Leyva (Mon), 9-7.

Tarin and Walker lost to Harrison and Riley (MC), 6-0, 6-0; lost to Martinez and Shawn (Mon), 8-4.

Hernandez and Rayos lost to Marquez and Hernandez (FtS), 6-0, 6-0; defeated Chariss and Figueroa (Mon), 9-7.

Girls Doubles

Ornelas and Ornelas lost to Clement and Ameanga (EPB), 7-5, 7-6; defeated Bassett and Blocker (Mon), 8-3.

Garcia and Natividad defeated Burness and Galvan (FtS), 6-0, 6-0; lost to Wesevich and Nevarez (EPB), 6-1, 6-1; lost to Fizgibbons and Lichenstein (MC), 6-4, 7-5.

Orona and Ikeler lost to Shackeford and Moore (MC), 6-3, 6-3; lost to Escamilla and Smith (Mon), 6-1, 6-2.

Eagles make home debut at Cantaloupe Classic

The Pecos Eagles' freshmen will open up their home volleyball season on Thursday, while Pecos' varsity and junior varsity teams will get in their first home matches on Friday, in the 18th Annual Pecos Cantaloupe Classic Tournament.

The freshman and varsity teams will play pool games before splitting into championship and consolation brackets on Saturday, while the JV tournament will be played under a standard tournament bracket arrangement, with first round losers falling into the tournament's consolation bracket.

A total of 11 varsity teams and 12 junior varsity squads will begin play on Friday, while eight teams are entered in the freshman division, which starts off pool play on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

"I had to make some changes to the brackets. A couple of teams dropped out and Snyder wanted in, so I had to change the times," Eagles' coach Becky Granado said of the varsity division.

The Eagles are 4-4 on the season and have yet to play a match so far with their regular line-up in place. They were minus three of their four main hitters on Monday, when they lost to Andrews and Midland Christian in a dual meet in Andrews, after placing fifth this past weekend at the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans.

This year's Cantaloupe Classic Tournament will have only two brackets, with the top four teams in each advancing to Saturday's semifinals. Pecos will face Fort Hancock in their first pool match, at 8 a.m.on Friday, and will take on District 4-3A rival Kermit in their second match, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. After that, the Eagles will face El Paso Ysleta at 12:30 p.m., and former district rivals Fabens at 3:30 p.m. and Snyder at 5:45 p.m.

The other half of the bracket will have Presidio, Anthony, Van Horn, Fort Stockton and El Paso Parkland.

In the freshman division, the Eagles will open play on Thursday by facing Fort Davis, and will then take on Odessa High at 5:30 p.m. and Crane at 7:30 p.m. The other half of the ninth grade bracket will have Fort Stockton, Monahans, Alpine and Odessa High's sophomore 'B' team. The tournament's semifinals, finals and consolation matches will take place at the Crockett Junior High gym.

In the JV bracket, Pecos was one of four teams to draw first round byes. They'll face the winner of the Van Horn-Odessa High match in the old PHS gym at 1 p.m. Friday's matches will be split between the new and old PHS gyms and the Crockett gym, while Saturday's matches will be in the old gym and at Crockett.

Midland Lee faces Alpine, Odessa Permian takes on Monahans and Permian's sophomores face Fort Stockton in the Friday games at the new gym. The winners of those matches will face Presidio, Odessa High and Andrews respectively in their second round contests.

If Pecos wins their 1 p.m. match, they'll play Andrews, Permian's sophomores or Fort Stockton in a semifinal match at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, while if they lose, they'll turn right around and face the loser between Andrews and Permian or Fort Stockton in a 2:15 p.m. match on Friday.

Flag football registrations due to Friday

Friday is the sign-up deadline for the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department's youth flag football program, which is open to boys and girls ages 5-7. Entry fee is $10 per player.

Late registration is also continuing for the Pecos Eagles' Pee Wee Football League. That league is open to boys and girls in Grades 3-6, and has a $25 registration fee.

Returned registration forms must be accompanied by a birth certificate and signatures of both parents for both football and volleyball registration. For further information, call the recreation department office at 447-9776.

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