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Thursday, April 22, 2004

Graham advances to I-3A semifinals

Pecos Eagles senior tennis player Trent Graham advanced to the semifinals of the Region I-3A Tennis Tournament at Odessa College on Wednesday, but Pecos’ three regional qualifiers on the girls side all were eliminated in the opening day of the tournament. Graham, who scored an easy win last week in boys singles at the District 4-3A Tennis Tournament in Fort Stockton, had little trouble in his two opening matches on Tuesday. Graham defeated Andrew Padilla of Muleshoe by scores of 6-1, 6-0, then downed Vernon’s Brad Fenter by a 6-2, 6-0 margin.

Graham is seeded No. 2 at the regional tournament, and took on No.3 seed William Matthews of Abilene Wylie in this morning’s semifinal match. Matthews blanked Sanger’s Ben Gilley in his opener, then got past Canyon’s Andrew Attridge, 6-4, 6-3. Luke Hawk of Clyde is the No. 1 seed in boys’ singles at regionals.

Pecos’ Natalia Ornelas also won first place in singles on the girls’ side at last week’s district meet. But after scoring a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over Rebecca Everett of Breckenridge on Wednesday, she was beaten in the quarterfinals by Wylie’s Marissa Briggs, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, by 6-2 6-2 scores.

In doubles, Whitney Lamb and Mimi Ornelas went in as the runner-up team out of district and were paired in the first round of regionals against the tournament’s No. 2 seeds, Becky Peeples and Ashley Shephard of Canyon and lost by scores of 6-0, 6-1. Along with Graham, the only other 4-3A players still alive are Fort Stockton’s Vishal Chopra and Bryan Rainwater. Like Graham, then went into the tournament as the No. 2 seeds in their bracket and defeated Wylie’s Jud Beall and Robert Orchard in their opener 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4); then beat Slaton’s Mario Aguirre and Slavador Portillo, 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

For the other 4-3A qualifiers, in girls’ doubles, Monahans’ Christi Gatzki was ousted by No. 1 seed and defending regional champ Hazel de la Torre of Abilene Wylie in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-1; Clyde’s Hawk downed Fort Stockton’s Alex Marquez in the opening round, 6-1, 6-0; Laura and Wanda Ramirez of Monahans fell to No. 1 seeds Tracy Heningtown and Sadie McClary of Wylie in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-0; and Fort Stockton’s Bjorn Johanson and Robby Barriga fell in the boys’ doubles quarterfinals to Wylie’s Brian Jones and Josh Sugay, the No. 4 seeds, by scores of 6-4, 6-1.

Junior high swimmers qualify for state meet

Pecos Aquatic Club swimmers swam against a group of Odessa schools in the Pecos Junior Swim Meet this past Saturday, with the junior high Eagle boys taking second and the girls tying for third in their division.

Swimmers from Odessa Ector, Bowie, Bonham, Nimitz and Hood junior highs were at the meet, with Ector winning on the boys’ side with 119 points to 105 for Pecos. In the girls’ division Bowie took firs with 116 points t 78 for Ector and 60 points for both Pecos and Bonham.

Six of the junior high boys will also be competing this weekend, at the State Junior High Swimming and Diving Meet in San Antonio, coach Evan Bates said. Brian Carrasco, Frankie Morin, Joshua Elliott, Heath Armstrong, Dustin Windham and Derek Teague qualified for the state final, Bates said.

In the junior high boys’ relays this past weekend, Pecos’ 200 medley team of Morin, Elliott, Carrasco and Matthew Florez took first, with a 2:13.98 time, while the same four finished second in the 200 yard freestyle relay.

Individually, Elliott won the 100-yard butterfly with a 11:08.62 time, and was second in the 200 free relay and the 200 medley; Morin was second in the 100 backstroke, fourth in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 200 free; Carrasco was third in the 100 fly and the 100 breaststroke; Florez was fifth in the 100 yard freestyle and eighth in the 100 breaststroke; Alfredo Tellez-Giron was seventh in the 200 free and eighth in the 100 free; and Hector Roman was sixth in the 100 backstroke and 11th in the 100 free. Windham also placed second in the 1-meter diving competition for the Eagles.

On the girls’ side at the junior high level, Cassandra Mata, Amanda Dunivan, Lindsay Chowning and Neyva Rodriguez finished third in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. Individually, Chowning was third in the 100 yard butterfly, fourth in the 200 medley and sixth in the 200 free; Rodriguez was fourth in the 100 backstroke, fifth in the 100 free and seventh in the 50 free; Mata was fourth in the 100 yard breaststroke, seventh in the 100 free and ninth in the 50 free; and Dunivan was fifth in the 100 breaststroke, ninth in the 100 free and 10th in the 50 free.

Pecos also swam their elementary age boys and girls at the meet, though there were no Odessa schools in that division. The girls scored 240 points and the boys finished with 113 points.

The girls had two relay teams in the meet. Lauren Elliott, Alyson Reynolds, Conner Armstrong and Alexcia Mendoza won the 200 medley relay in 2:33.13, while Adriana Roman, Jessica Dickenson, Sydney Salcido and Rayann Box were second. In the 2200 free relay, the same teams were together, with the ‘A’ swimmers finishing with a 2:21.19 time.

In the individual races, Reynolds swam a 2:20.07 in the 200 freestyle; Elliott won the 50 free in 34.26, with Mendoza second, Dickenson third, Salcido fourth, Martinez fifth and Julie Licon sixth; Armstrong was first in the 50 fly with a 36.53 time, with Elliott second, Box third and Salcido fourth; Reynolds was first in the 100 free in 1:04.84, with Roman second, Dickenson third and Box fourth; Reynolds won the 550 backstroke in 35.49, with Mendoza second, Box third, Salcido fourth, Roman fifth, Martinez fifth and Licon sixth; Armstrong was first in the 100 medley, in 1:19.33, with Roman second; and Armstrong won the 550 yard breaststroke in 41-59, with Elliott second, Mendoza third and Dickenson fourth.

For the boys, Teague, Carlos and Gus Navarro and Gus Mendoza swam in the 200 medley relay and finished with a 2:56.36. In the 200 free relay, the four finished with a 2:43.49 time.

Individually, Mendoza swam the 200 free with a 2:24.20 time; Teague won the 50 yard freestyle with a 32.27 time and Carlos Navarro was second; Mendoza was first in the 50 fly, in 41.43, and Edward Navarro was second; Teague was first in the 100 free with a 1:12..79 time, while Mendoza was less than a second behind; Carlos Navarro swam the 50 backstroke in 53.08; Edward Navarro had a 2:06.53 in the 100 medley; while Teague was first in 43.90 in the 50 yard breaststroke, with Carlos Navarro second and Edward Navarro third.

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