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Tuesday, March 3, 1998

Eagles get 1st win, lose home game

PECOS, Mar. 3 -- The Pecos Eagles' girls softball team got
their first-ever victory over the weekend at the Tall City
Invitational Tournament in Midland, but they're going to
have to wait a while longer to play their first-ever home
game, and even longer than that to play in their regular
home ballpark.

Pecos was scheduled to host Fort Stockton at 5 p.m. today,
but coach Tammy Walls said the game has been canceled due to
TAAS testing at Pecos High School. "Our next game is in
Kermit next Tuesday, then we have a week off before district
starts (on March 21 at Fort Stockton)," she said.

The Eagles wound up with a 1-3 mark in the Midland
Tournament, getting their first win Friday evening over
Kermit's varsity squad.

After losing a two-run lead and falling to El Paso
Socorro's junior varsity in their second game of the
double-elimination tournament on Friday, 7-6, the Eagles
rallied from an eight-run deficit in the last inning later
that day against the Yellowjackets, winning by a 10-9 final

"Everybody hit the ball in the inning," said Walls, adding
the big hit was a two-run triple by Valerie Gonzales.

Walls said the Eagles almost had their first win against
Socorro, as they held a 6-5 lead with two outs in the final
inning. "They had two on, and our catcher dropped the third
strike, then threw past first base and they scored two runs
and won."

The Kermit game was in the Division II consolation bracket,
and was followed by a 12-0 loss to Odessa Permian's JV.
"They've got a good program, and they just hit the ball real
well on us," Walls said.

"But our kids got in a lot of playing time and got to see a
lot of teams. I think it helped our pitchers to get to see
other pitchers," she added.

Pecos' home opener will now be their District 4-4A home
opener, on March 20 against Sweetwater. However, instead of
playing at Martinez Field, which has been refurbished by
Reeves County road crews over the past two months, the game
will probably take place at Maxey Park, Walls said.

"They're not going to have the lights up in time at the
(Martinez) field, and I don't know if we can get in both
junior varsity and varsity games," Walls said.

District rules limit the softball games to two hours, and
the Eagles' varsity games are scheduled for 5 p.m. starts,
followed by the JV contests. The only exception is Pecos' 7
p.m. varsity game in April at Sweetwater, which Walls said
does not have a JV team.

Shorthanded Bears hunting regional spot

PECOS, Mar. 3 -- Balmorhea Bears coach Adolfo Garcia said
his team's strategy against the Eden Bulldogs will be
similar to the one the Bears used in the fourth quarter of
Friday's playoff victory over the Valentine Pirates.

But the Bears will have one less player to carry it out when
the teams meet at 7 p.m. tonight in Ozona, for the right to
advance to the Region II-A boys basketball tournament in
Abilene on Friday.

Balmorhea was able to contain Valentine's Charlie Flippen
and Gabe Calderon in the final period of their 60-49 win on
Friday, and Garcia said his team will try and do the same
tonight, against Eden post Kendal Castleberry and forward
Caleb Waggoner, who combined for 36 points in the Bulldogs'
57-38 area round playoff win over Bronte.

"They're a lot like Valentine in that they're a two-man
team. They've got a real good wing and a good post," said
Garcia. "We're going to try to do the same thing we did with

The Bears will have to do it without forward Travis
Woodruff, who was shot in the foot in a hunting accident the
day after scoring 13 points against Valentine. Woodruff is
out for the season, and with the Bears normally using only a
six-man rotation, Garcia said, "We can't afford to get into
foul trouble," in tonight's game.

Pecos girls fifth in Fort Stockton golf

PECOS, Mar. 3 -- The Pecos Eagle girls golf team posted
matching 355 scores over the weekend, and had their third
straight fifth place tournament finish, this time in the
Blue Ribbon Invitational at Fort Stockton.

The Eagles' first day score was good enough to tie them with
district rivals Fort Stockton and Big Spring for second
behind Andrews, but the Prowlers knocked 17 strokes off
their score and the Steers five on Day 2, while the Eagles
were passed by Odessa Permian, which cut 30 strokes off its
368 total from Friday.

Pecos' Sarah Armstrong did finish in the Top 10 in the
medalist race, with matching rounds of 86 for a 172 score
and ninth place overall. Alva Alvarez shot an 83-93-171, Kim
Clark had a 95-86-181, Amanda Hernandez shot a 91-95-186 and
Amanda Stickels shot a 99-90-189 for 36 holes.

The Eagles also fielded a `B' team for the first time this
season, and they wound up 11th in the 19-team field, with an
421-413-834 score, ahead of both Sweetwater and San Angelo
Lake View's `A' squads.

Cindy Mauldin shot a 98-91-189 to lead the `B' team, while
Candace Roach had a 96-100-196; Brandi Bradley shot a
106-113-219; Ceneca Sanders a 121-109-230 and Lyndall Elkins
had a 132-118-250.

Andrews ended up winning with a 343-340-683 score, while
Fort Stockton was second at 355-338-693.

The girls will be back in action this weekend at the Midland
Invitational, while the boys will end a three-week break on
Friday and Saturday, when they enter the Andrews

Netters get consolation, 2nd at Angelo

PECOS, Mar. 3 -- Pecos Eagles tennis player Jonathan Fuentes
placed second on Saturday in the boys singles division of
the San Angelo Lake View Tennis Tournament, while Ty Graham
won consolation in the division and Jeff Lam and Mark
Marquez did the same in the doubles bracket.

Pecos finished tied for sixth overall in the tournament with
36 points, while Sweetwater won with a 71 point total.
"Everyone was guaranteed four matches, so that gave all our
players a chance to play a lot of matches," said Eagles'
coach Bernadette Ornelas.

Fuentes opened by sweeping Chase Burbenik, 6-0, 6-0; then
downed Matt Smith in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-2. He won
over Lake View's Noel Fulgencio, 6-2, 6-2, before losing to
Matthew Burk of San Angelo Central's junior varsity, 6-4,
3-6, 6-2 in the finals.

Burk also handed Graham his only tournament loss, 6-4, 7-6
(7-2) in the opening round. Graham then defeated Derek Glenn
of Wall, 6-1, 6-1, and Lake View's Bo McClellan, 6-3, 6-1,
before beating J.J. Alvarez of El Paso Montwood for
consolation, 6-3, 6-4.

Lam and Marquez lost their opener to Bautista and Tapia of
Montwood, 7-5, 6-2, then downed DelaCruz and Munoz of
Sweetwater, 6-0, 6-0; Whitfield and Eckerd of El Paso
Andress, 7-5, 6-2, and Guerrero and Hughes of Lake View,
6-4, 6-2. The Eagles' other doubles team, of David Lam and
Alan Fleming beat DelaCruz and Munoz in the 15th place game,
after losses in their first three matches.

Pecos' girls didn't fare as well, as Vanessa Miranda placed
13th and Tiffany Jarrett 16th, as did the doubles teams of
Rachel Pharoah and Erin Dominguez and Priscilla Levario and
Lorrie Minjarez.

Ornelas said today's match against Fort Stockton has been
canceled, but the Eagles will go to Fort Stockton this
weekend, for tournament competition.

Eagles' JV capture tournament title

PECOS, Mar. 3 -- The Pecos Eagles' junior varsity didn't put
up the runs the Eagles' varsity squad did during the first
week of the season, but they were still getting more than
enough to win their own tournament on Saturday, and at the
same time remain undefeated through the first week of play.

Pecos' freshmen team, meanwhile, put up a lot of runs
Saturday afternoon, and a lot less later that night in
losing to a pair of JV squads, after an opening win on
Thursday over Fort Stockton's freshman team.

The Eagles' JV defeated Monahans, 8-2, in the finals of the
Pecos JV Tournament Saturday night, for their second win in
a week over the Loboes and fourth overall this season.
Earlier in the day, Pecos outscored Andrews by a 10-7
margin, after the Eagles downed San Angelo Lake View in
their tournament opener on Friday, 10-6.

The Mustangs began tournament play with a 10-4 win over Big
Spring, then beat Fort Stockton's JV on Friday, 7-5, to
advance to Saturday's semifinals.

Pecos' freshmen scored 17 runs in their opener on Thursday,
then put up 16 more in Saturday's semifinal game against
Monahans. Unfortunately, the Loboes put up 23, though they
had to hold on at the end, after the Eagles cut a 17-4 lead
to 20-16 in the sixth inning.

The length of that game forced the freshmen and Andrews to
cut short their third place game Saturday evening, in order
to allow the finals to begin just before 10 p.m. The ninth
graders went three innings against Andrews, losing by a 3-2
final score.

Both the JV and freshmen will be off until later this week,
when the JV faces Kermit on Thursday while the ninth graders
go to Monahans on Friday.

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