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March 17, 1997

Warbirds win three at tourney

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PECOS, Mar. 17 -- The Pecos-Barstow Warbirds scored three wins and --
manager Fred Martin is hoping -- enough of a profit to buy some needed
equipment for the team, following Saturday's card at the Reeves County
Civic Center.

Jaime Montano, Victor Reyes and Jesus Marruffo were the Warbird winners,
while four other Pecos-Barstow boxers lost by decision on the 22-fight

"We had a pretty good crowd, and I'd like to thank everyone for turning
out," Martin said. "Both the Chamber (co-sponsors of the event) and the
Warbirds made a little money.

"Whatever money we get will go to buying a new mat for the ring," Martin
said. "The one we have has been here as long as I have, and it just
can't be repaired anymore."

As for the fights, Martin said he was happiest with the effort of Reyes,
who made his debut with a win over Jack Paredez of Rankin. "Victor was
doing exactly what he was supposed to do. In fact, he did better than a
lot of our other boxers in following instructions."

He added that Montano, who had lost at the Golden Gloves last month,
"listened better in his corner for instructions," in his victory over
Lorenzo Renteria of Lopez Southside. He forced Renteria into a standing
eight count in the second round and came out strong at the start of the

Marruffo gave the Warbirds a split against North Lubbock boxers, as his
win over David Martinez came after Robbie Ontiveros lost to Martinez'
teammate, Hector Villarreal.

In the other fights, Isiah Juarez was defeated by Andres Heredia of the
Twin City Tigers, Paul Juarez lost to Johnny Vasquez of Snyder and
another Snyder fighter, Gonzalo Yescas, outpointed Ricky Rubio.

"Paul looked real good. It was just that his opponent was so much taller
than he was," Martin said of the 95-pound Junior Olympic bout. "Robbie
was just a little intimidated of him (Villrreal)," in their 90-pound

The Twin City Tigers took the team trophy at the tournament. Other teams
attending Saturday were from Fort Stockton, Andrews, San Angelo, and
Hobbs, N.M.

Martin said the Warbirds have two straight trips to Odessa coming up,
this Saturday and on April 5, and a two-day tournament in Midland on
April 18-19.

Eagles place second in El Paso golf

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PECOS, Mar. 17 -- Spring Break was a day shorter for the Pecos Eagle
girls golf team than for everybody else at Pecos High School, but they
made the most of it, taking home second place out of 11 teams in a
tournament on Friday and Saturday at El Paso.

Pecos shot a 400-390-790 over 36 holes of play to claim second, behind
El Paso Hanks, which shot a 370-355-725, Eagles coach Tina Hedrick said.

Hendrick didn't make the trip to El Paso, with junior high coach Mary
Evans going in her place. But she said, "This was the first year for
them to go, and they enjoyed it."

Sara Armstrong had the low round overall for the Eagles, a 93-96-189.
Lindley Workman shot a 99-96-195, Kim Clark had a 106-96-202, Anica
Garcia shot a 102-102-204, and Amanda Stickels shot a 115-106-221.

Along with the Eagles and Knights, the other teams entered in the
tournament were Class 5A schools from El Paso Irvin, El Paso Jefferson,
El Paso Coronado, El Paso Montwood and El Paso Eastwood. Class 4A El
Paso teams entered included Del Valle, Ysleta, Socorro and Burges, Clint
from District 3-3A and Alamogordo and Ruidoso out of New Mexico.

Hendrick said today's scheduled junior varsity tournament in Marfa will
not be played, and the next tournament for the Eagles will be the
District 4-4A opener on Saturday in Andrews, where the Eagles played on
March 7-8.

"I'm going to take all 12 girls to Andrews," Hendrick said. "You can
take as many as 13, but 12 is all we have, so I'll have two teams and
two individuals."

Eagles take five golds, third overall at Stanton

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PECOS, Mar. 17 -- The Pecos Eagle boys track team added a meet to their
schedule, and came away with a third place finish on Saturday at the
Stanton Relays.

Bryan Brownlee and Billy Rodriguez both picked up a pair of gold medals,
while Oscar Medrano got his first varsity gold medal, as the Eagles were
again strongest in the distance races and field events. Overall, they
finished with 109 points to 127 for the host Buffaloes and 111 for

Brownlee threw 55-feet-9 3/4 to win the shot put and 155-6½ to win the
discus, beating out his brother Jeff in both events. He took second with
a 48-9 3/4 toss in the shot and a 142-3½ effort in the discus.

Jake Fowler placed fourth in the discus, throwing 134-8, while Mikel
Parent was fifth in the shot put, with a throw of 42-10.

Rodriguez had his best time of the season in the 800 meter run, winning
with a 2:03.39 time, after scoring a narrow win in the 1600 with a
5:08.78 time.

Assistant track coach Ismael Lujan said the Eagles were without two of
their other main distance runners, Mauricio Villescas and Jose Perez,
for Saturday's meet. As a result Medrano moved up from the junior
varsity and ended up with his first varsity gold in the two-mile race,
with an 11:43.46 time.

He was also third in the 1600, with a 5:09.43 time, while Len Carson was
sixth behind Rodriguez in the 800, with a 2:14.99 time.

Pecos' other individual points came from a trio of third place finishes.
Roy Marta won the bronze in the pole vault with a 10-foot effort, Jomar
Gallego jumped 5-foot-8 to take third in the high jump, and Orlando
Matta was third in the 300 meter hurdles, with a 43.84 time.

In the relays, Marta, Carson, Rodriguez and Lucio Florez were fourth in
the 1600 meters, with a 3:45.04, while Marta, Matta, Florez and Rudy
Nunez were sixth in the 400 meter relay, with a 47.71 time.

Saturday's meet was added to the open date schedule, which had been
filled last year by a trip to Carlsbad. "It was a good meet to keep them
active during spring break," Lujan said.

Other area Class 4A teams took the weekend off, but the Eagles figure to
see most their District 4-4A rivals this Friday and Saturday at the San
Angelo Relays.

Pecos' girls took the weekend off. They'll return to action on Saturday
at the Sul Ross Relays in Alpine.

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