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Friday, March 26, 2004

Eagles hosting three teams in rescheduled tournament

The Pecos Eagles were taking on two of their district rivals this morning, along with the Wink Wildcats at the Pecos High School tennis courts, in the Eagles rescheduled varsity tournament.

The Eagles originally were scheduled to host their own tournament back on Feb. 13, but snow and ice across the area forced postponement. The tournament was then scheduled for the final weekend of March, though coach Mike Ortiz said not all the teams would be able to travel to Pecos for the make-up date.

“All of the No. 1 and No. 2’s from each school are here,” Ortiz said. “Fort Stockton and Monahans have their top people here and we have our top people, so this is kind of a pre-district tournament.”

The Eagles, Loboes and Panthers will have the top seeds at the District 4-3A Tournament, on April 13-14 in Fort Stockton. The Eagles will have a tournament there as well next weekend.

Eagles’ seniors Natalia Ornelas and Trent Graham will be trying to follow up wins last weekend at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament. Ornelas opened up this morning against Monahans’ Tiffany bean, and Ortiz said, “If she wins, she’ll have t face Fort Stockton’s No. 1, and then probably Monahans’ No. 1.”

“Pretty much what you see everybody playing today is what they’re going to play at district. There may be a few changes, but not many.”

With only four teams competing in the tournament, Ortiz said the finals should take place sometime this afternoon.

Track squads go to El Paso, San Angelo

The Pecos Eagle boys track team will be looking ahead to some of their possible regional rivals this weekend, when they compete at the San Angelo Invitational, while Pecos’ girls will be taking a look back at some of their past District 2-4A rivals today and Saturday, when they compete at the San Elizario Invitational.

Both teams will be minus several people for this weekend’s track meet - the boys due to grades and the girls due to today’s softball game for the Eagles against Midland Greenwood. Pecos’ boys placed third last weekend at the Sandhills Relays, and coach Jerry Parent said he would be taking about 14 boys again this week to the San Angelo meet, while the girls will be shorthanded mainly in the field events today and Saturday in El Paso.

Along with San Elizario, former district rivals Canutillo and El Paso Mountain View will be at this weekend’s meet. Six other El Paso schools will round out the field.

The boys will face two current district rivals, Greenwood and Kermit, one former district foe, Sweetwater, and Abilene Wylie, which as won the Division III title in San Angelo the past three years.

With runners still missing due to grades, Parent said the Eagles probably wouldn’t run a 400-meter relay team in today’s preliminaries, which begin at 2:30 p.m. Field event finals also would start this afternoon at 2:30 for Division III pole-vaulters and shot putters. The triple jump finals also are this afternoon, while the remaining field events and the running finals start at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

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