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Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Boys remain in third in area junior high golf play

The Pecos Eagle boys’ junior high golf team stayed close to second place Monahans this past Saturday, in the third round of the five-round area tournament, while Pecos’ girls had slightly lower scores, but there weren’t enough girls to produce a team score in the third round of their area tournament, in Andrews.

The host Mustangs widened their lead on their home course by shooting a 356, and are at 1,067 overall through 54 holes of play. Monahans was second, shooting a 394, while Pecos was three shots behind, with a 397. For the tournament, the Loboes are at 1,178 while the Eagles are at 1,193.

“We cut three strokes off our (Fort Stockton) score, and we’ve got three tournaments to make up 15 strokes,” said junior high coach Ronnie Daniel.

David Bradley didn’t finish first in the tournament for the first time in three rounds, but maintained his overall lead in the medalist race. Bradley shot an 88 on Saturday and is at 256 overall. Andrews Eric Kelton placed first on his home course with an 86, and is at 259 through 54 holes.

Dane Daniel was next for Pecos, shooting a 97 for a 295 score. Nathan Duke shot a 110 and is at 329, while Everett Parker also shot a 110 and is at 328. Parker played on the ‘B’ team for Pecos on Saturday, while Heath Armstrong, with a 102, and Paul Zubeldia, with a 123 were the other ‘A’ team scores.

The other ‘B’ team golfers were Joseph Ontiveros and Josh Elliott, who shot 120s, and Ismael Mendoza, who shot a 128. Overall, the ‘B’ team had a 478 on Saturday.

Andrews ‘B’ shot a 4411 and is at 1,225 for the tournament, while Monahans ‘B’ had a 431-1,303, Fort Stockton ‘A’ had a 440-1,.336; Kermit ‘A’ a 504-1,401; and Fort Stockton ‘B’ a 543-1,568 for the other team scores. Ronnie Daniel said Snyder also competed at Andrews, but the Tigers are not included in the overall standings.

Pecos’ girls only had three golfers playing in Andrews, one short of the minimum for a team score. For the three who did play, Amanda Herrera had her best round, a 53, and is at 170 through 27 holes, while Carolina Briones also shot her best round, a 57, and is at 189 for the tournament. Rica Pino, the Eagles’ other golfer, shot a 63 and is at 181 overall.

In the team standings, Andrews shot a 202 and leads with a 603 total. They were followed by Monahans, at 221-645; Kermit, with a 232-716; Andrews ‘B’ with a 239-731; Monahans ‘B’ with a 240-742; and Fort Stockton, with a 246-714.

The fourth round of the area tournament will be in Kermit this weekend, while the final round of play will be on May 15 at the Reeves County Golf Course.

Eagles, Indians back together in post-season

The Pecos Eagles and Seminole Indians have been seeing a lot of each other over the past two years of post-season baseball play. And they’ll see more of each other on Thursday, when the teams face each other in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs for the second year in a row.

Pecos was still in Class 4A back in 2002 when the Eagles and Indians faced each other in a pair of pre-playoff practice games, after both won their respective district titles. The games meant more last season, when Pecos finished third in District 4-3A and Seminole second in District 3-3A, and the Eagles ended up sweeping the Indians in two games in the bi-district round, taking the opener in Seminole, 1-0 and they winning Game 2 in Pecos by an 11-1 score.

This year, the Eagles are the second place team and the Indians the third place finisher going into the playoffs, which will be played on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. in Andrews, and then on Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. in Monahans. A third game, if needed, would be in Monahans, starting around 8 p.m.

Seminole comes into the series with a 12-9 record on the season, after going 6-4 in District 3-3A play, while the Eagles are 11-15 overall, after finishing 8-2 in District 4-3A. The teams didn’t face each other during pre-district play this year, but Eagles’ coach Elias Payan said he talked to a couple of coaches who did see the Indians, both early and late in the season.

“I talked to Charles Bollinger from Snyder and Arcadia (Rivera) from Monahans, and they said pitching is probably not their strong point. But they’re going to hit the ball and put it in play. They’re a scrappy ballclub.”

Payan said Pete Guerra, who started and took the loss in Game 2 of last year’s playoffs is the only returning pitcher for the Indians. Josh Anchondo got the win that day for Pecos, but he’s out for at least two more weeks, so Payan said Jose Reyes would start Thursday’s game.

“Jose will go in the first game and hopefully he can go the whole game and get us a win,” Payan said. “We’ll come back with Eddie (Vela) on Friday, and then go by committee if we have to have a Game 3.”

Steven Curiel and Tyson Farmer have been the other pitchers used recently by Seminole during district play, while at bat, Guerra and catcher Matt Castleberry are among the Indians’ top hitters.

The winner of the bi-district round series will take on the Canyon Eagles in the area around of the Class 3A playoffs. Canyon won the District 1-3A title this season with a 10-0 record.

Meanewhile, Greenwood, which finished third in District 4-3A this season, will face 3-3A runner-up Sweetwater in the bi-district round of the playoffs on Friday and Saturday at San Angelo Center. Presidio, which beat Pecos on Friday, 7-2, to win the 4-3A title, gets a first round bye and will play Perryton or Brownfield in the area round of the playoffs.

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