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January 24, 1997

Eight Warbirds listed on Civic Center card

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 24 -- Pecos-Barstow Warbird boxers will be featured in about
half of the fights Saturday night at the Reeves County Civic Center,
when they host nine other teams in a smoker starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday's card is a warm-up for the West of the Pecos Golden Gloves,
set for Feb. 7-8 at the Civic Center.

"Everybody should be in top condition by Golden Gloves time," said
Warbirds' manager Fred Martin, who was busy setting up their pairings
for the event Thursday night.

"We should wind up with about 15 to 17 fights," said Martin, who
explained that the flu will keep a couple of Lubbock-area teams, along
with some fighters off other teams, away from Saturday's event.

"If everyone shows up, there should be a few more bigger (kids) fights.
Rankin's got a heavyweight, San Angelo's got a couple of big fighters,"
Martin said. "Except for North Lubbock, nobody's got a whole lot of big
fighters, but everybody's got a couple, so we should be able to put on
some good fights."

Three teams from Odessa, and teams from Andrews, Midland, Hobbs and
Colorado City are the others scheduled to be in Pecos for the smoker.

Among the Warbirds, Martin said eight fighters are scheduled to compete
on Saturday. Isiah Juarez, Peter Juarez, Paul Juarez, Gilbert
Plascencia, Jesus Maruffo, Jaime Montano, Michael Vasquez and Ricky
Rubio are the eight scheduled to compete, with Montano the lone
first-time boxer in the group.

"He'll be making his debut on Saturday, so we'll find out what he's made
of," Martin said.

Tickets for the matches are $4 for adults and $2 for students, and
Martin is hoping for a good turnout from local fight fans.

"Getting a chance to fight in front of the hometown crowd should be good
for them," Martin said of his boxers, some of whom could face the same
fighters in two weeks at the Golden Gloves.

Saturday's work will begin early for Martin, Roy Juarez and others, as
they'll face a rush job to set up the boxing ring in the rear section of
the Civic Center.

"We can't set up until Saturday because the Chamber is having their
banquet (tonight), then they'll have the dance in that area after it.
Normally, we would have the ring set up on Thursday night," Martin

Eagles seek hoop victories in Andrews tonight

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PECOS, Jan. 24 -- The Pecos Eagle girls are in the spolier's role in the
District 4-4A playoff race, with three games left in their 1996-97
season. Pecos' boys would like to avoid that role, as would the Andrews

But one of those teams will be facing long odds in the district playoff
race if they can't pull out a win tonight, when the Mustangs host the
Eagles in girls and boys games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles missed a chance to knock Sweetwater out of a tie for second
with Andrews in the 4-4A girls standings on Tuesday, losing at home by a
61-47 final score. Andrews, meanwhile, was holding off the Lake View
Maidens in San Angelo by a 38-33 margin to improve to 5-2 in district,
19-7 overall.

Pecos fell to 1-6 and 6-14 with their loss, which eliminated them from
the playoff race. The Eagles still have a chance to finish as high as
fourth, but will need to avoid the turnovers and defensive lapses that
allowed Sweetwater to pull away on Tuesday.

Lori Marquez had a season-high 29 points and Annette Marquez added 10,
but the Eagles got just four other baskets, three from forward Penny
Armstrong, while Ivy Thorp was shut out. "When she doesn't score
consistently, that hurts," said Eagles' coach Patty Hall of Armstrong.
"Ivy usually gets three or four baskets, but she was in foul trouble

Lori Marquez had 21 points in Pecos' 56-49 loss to Andrews on Jan. 9,
while Kacee Connally led all scorers with 25.

Pecos' boys played their worst game in district back on Jan. 9, when
they went scoreless for the final 7:45 of play, allowing Andrews to turn
a 35-all tie into a 52-35 victory, it's lone win so far in 4-4A play.
Pecos got its only win so far in district the following night against
San Angelo Lake View, but both teams are still just two games out of a
playoff spot at the halfway point of the district schedule.

Virtually all the close calls went against Pecos in their loss to
Mustangs, as three starters fouled out and a fourth, forward Jason
Abila, injured his leg in the third period. Eric Abila's 11 points led
Pecos, while John Kimberlin topped Andrews with 18.

The Eagles were in foul trouble again on Tuesday against Sweetwater's
big front line, as the first place Mustangs came away with a 78-51
victory, which dropped Pecos to 1-4 in district, 8-11 overall. Andrews,
meanwhile, is 1-4 and 5-21 after their 60-52 loss at San Angelo. Both
teams stand two games behind Fort Stockton and Big Spring, who are tied
for the final bi-district two playoff berths, and a game in back of Lake

Shaud Williams, whom the Eagles had trouble containing early in their
first meeting, led the Mustangs with 15 points.

Taekwon-Do students promoted at testing

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MONAHANS, Jan. 24 -- A promotional testing was held at the Cross
Taekwon-Do Studio in Monahans on Jan. 10, during which 22 of Cross'
students advanced.

Presiding over the testing board w~as Mr. Fabian Nunez, a 6th degree
black belt and Regional Director for the United States Taekwon-Do

It was a very good testing, said Cross, who was pleased with the
performance of his students, who were from Pecos, Barstow, and Kermit as
well as Monahans.

"I am very pleased with the progress Mr. Cross' students are making,"
Nunez said. ~"He and Mr. (Anthony) Baeza are obviously providing quality
instruction both in Pecos and here in Monahans."

"High test score for the event was awarded to Gerardo Miramontes.
Because of the excellent performances of the students, it was an
extremely difficult decision to make...there were about four others that
were ~very close," he added.

Cross Taekwon-Do has many activities slated for the near future.
"Several of us are looking forward to competition at the University of
Texas Invitational Tournament in Austin coming up in February. There
should be 100-150 competitors representing two or three states," Cross

The next promotional testing has not yet been scheduled and there is
room for new students in the beginning classes, including the newly
added adult classes.

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