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Feb. 26, 1998

Mojo voodoo hoodoos Lobos

Saturday, Feb. 21, Mojo Land where voodoo hoodoos, comes to

Monahans High School, level 3A, plays Odessa Permian High
School, level 5A, in a tennis dual.

Monahans wins 12 matches; Permian wins 10.

Monahans wins, right? No Monahans doesn't. Permian wins
10-8. Yes, that's right. Permian wins 10-8.

Tennis officials threw out the four games Mojo lost below
the first six on the depth chart. Under various
interpretations of University Interscholastic League rules,
Permian can do that. Therefore, Permian claims victory in a
dual they lost 12-10 if all matches had counted.

"We only count the first six. The rest are additions or
exhibitons," says Permian Tennis Coach Pat Wikse, who notes
the same won-loss scenario ruled in a Midland-Permian dual
this season in which Midland won more matches but lost the

"We beat a 5A school with an excellent program 12 matches
to 10," says Green Tennis Coach Justin Quest. "But it is
reported in the Odessa American as a 10-8 Permian victory.
They can claim it as a win. Only the first six counted."

He says it again for emphasis.

And then Quest says: "It was a strong showing for us. Odessa
has some top kids. Obviously, there a lot of those kids at
country clubs. So for our kids to jump out and beat them,
that's an indication of how far we have progressed."

Quest knows his Lobo tennis players won the dual and he also
knows the dual goes down as a victory for Odessa Permian.
As seasons go, it doesn't hurt Monahans in district play
because it is not a district game. And it doesn't help
Permian for the same reason. And the Lobo victory that is a
loss does not detract from the Green performances. Monahans
women still stopped Permian women 7-2. Loboes Joanna Cupp,
and Megan Shawn played outstanding matches. Cupp and Permian
Blue Chip Tisha Corcoran battled more than two hours before
Cupp took the victory. On the Lobo men's side, Joe Hawkins
and Nick Ledingham took down their Odessa opponents in
straight sets.

Pack eyes Sandhills Relays

Lobo men's track coach Doug Doege has been driving his track
squad since January preparing for the Monahans High
School-hosted Sandhills Relays on Saturday, Feb. 28.

The Pack wants to look good, real good. Members of the last
Monahans squad to win a state track and field championship
are scheduled to be on hand. The 1973 Lobo thinclads are
scheduled to honor their coaches, Lowell Bishop and Preston
Smith, at 4 p.m. on the day of the Sandhills, the
traditional start of the Green track and field season.

Doege feels good about the squad this season. He has four
potential all-state competitors - Chris Allen in the 200
meter sprint, Robin Hanna in the pole vault (he also high
jumps and runs the 110 high hurdles and 300 intermediate
hurdles), Mark Thompson in the 300 intermediate, Quint
Melius in the weight events and David Williams in the high
jump and long jump.

The Big Green coach also knows Big Spring and San Angelo
Lake View, schools and squads from higher classifications,
should be considered the favorites in the Saturday
competition here.

"Big Spring has a sprinter, Torey Mitchell," says Doege.
"Mitchell runs the 100 and 200 meters. He ran a 10.2 in the
100 last year. It is rumored he's on a 10.- or better pace
this Spring. Torey Mitchell is amazing."

Lake View's major track threat is a triple jumper named
Kendall Jones who goes 47 feet plus if he's feeling good.
But it is possible Jones may not compete at the Sandhills
because he plays basketball and Lake View is in the
playoffs. But Monahans will challenge.

"We have been working out since Jan. 5," says Doege. "I hope
this puts us ahead of some of the other competition. The
kids are really doing their part."

Wessels puts shot in circle

Dedra Wessels threw the shot into the golden circle to earn
champion honors in the Comanche Relays and took the first
step toward what Lobo Coach Patty Hall believes is a
possible journey by the Monahans High School junior to
all-Texas competition later this Spring.

Hall notes Wessels is not the only potential all-state
performer on the womens track squad but she was the Lobo
who won a championship at the Comanche in Fort Stockton on
Saturday, Feb. 21. Says Hall: "Dedra threw 32-6 at the
Comanche. This weekend (in the Sandhills), we feel she can
go 34 to 35. As the competition progresses, she should be
throwing the shot past 38 feet. We feel her goal this year
is 42 feet. Anything, I think, about 38 and she wins through
the regionals into state competition."

The other potential all state performers from the women's
Lobo track squad include: Mandy Wilson, sophomore, 1600
meters. Christa Young, sophomore, 200 meters.

"Of course," says Hall. "All of our athletes are potential
all state performers. It is a matter of discipline, focus
and commitment." Hall's Pack was produced in the Comanche.
The team scored 55 points, including the first place shot
put toss by Wessels and Mandy Wilson's second in the 1600,
roughly equivalent to the old mile run. The Lobo long
distance runner's time at Fort Stockton was 6:30.66.

Lobos pull out win in Pecos

PECOS - With the help of a five-run seventh inning , the
Monahans Lobo Baseball team pulled out a 8-9 over nth inning
that pulled the Loboes even, setting up the lone run in the
eight to pull out a win in Pecos on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Joel Najar got the win, pitching the last four scoreless
innings, Roy Porras was the starter. On the offensive end,
Najar went 2-4 with a double and a home run; Porras went 2-4
with a double and Benny Rodrigez hit 2-4.

"I am really proud of the team not giving up," said Coach
Arcadio Rivera. "We played a good team and competed with

The win starts the Loboes off in the right direction
heading into the Sandhills Tournament this weekend.

Monahans 9, Pecos 8

Monahans 02010051 - 9
Pecos 40400000 - 8

Ninth Grade Baseball

Feb. 23, 1998
Monahans 11, Crane JV 10
Crane 1212040 - 10 13 3
Monahans 200261x - 11 14 8
Lobo pitcher: Shawn Hill
Doubles: Ben Cordora, Mario Alvarez
Overall Record 1-0
Next Game: Pecos JV in Monahans Friday, March 6

Rain hampers Lobo golfers

BIG SPRING - A cold rainy Saturday set the Lobo golfers back
to 13th after a strong start in the Big Spring Invitational
last weekend, Feb. 20 and 21.

Eric Ray led the Lobo boys golf team to an eighth place spot
on the first day of action. In fact it had been the best
round of golf the in several years.

"Friday's round looked like what I expected for this group
all year," commented Coach David Burnett.

Ray shot a 76, Eddie Rowe brought in a 78, Don Fisher 79,
Josh Willson 83 and Josh Gaddis and 84 for a Friday total of

Saturday Ray lead the team with a 78, Rowe shot 82, Fisher a
87 and Willson and Gaddis both shot 89.

This week the Lobo Men's Golf Team will play in the Tall
City Tournament in Midland.

"I look for this team to really shoot some good rounds this
year," said Burnett. "We have a great deal of talent and
some very high expectation for this year."

Softball win gives strong start

FABENS - Monahans softball has started off strong and looks
to continue with a 13-3 win over Fabens last Saturday, Feb.

Tabetha Chaney and Kacey Huckabee pitched the district
opening, 10-run shellacking in Fabens.

Chaney went five innings throwing 111 pitched to 24 batters
for the win. She gave up only three hits and one earned run.
Shayla Terry caught all 6 innings.

"Fabens has a young team, "said Coach Becky Melius. "Their
pitching is slower than we are seeing with other teams. We
had to take a few at-bats to get our timing corrected."

Karen Vires west 3-3 with one walk and three RBI's to lead
the team.

"It is a relief to win after traveling to Fabens this wary
in the season," said Melius.

The win improve the Ladies to 2-0 (1-0) heading into the
West Texas Classic in Midland this weekend.

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