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Tuesday, September 15, 1998

Eagles close out pre-district play

PECOS, Sept. 15 -- Before they begin facing their new
district rivals next week, the Pecos Eagles will play a
couple of those teams' former district foes tonight at the
Pecos High School gym.

The Eagles will also be facing one of their own ex-district
opponents tonight, when they host the Monahans Loboettes at
about 4:30 p.m., followed by a match with Monahans' current
District 4-3A rival, Presidio, at 6:30 p.m.

This will be the first meeting between the Eagles and
Loboettes in two years, since Monahans dropped down from
Class 4A to 3A in 1996. They advance to state that year, but
placed third last season behind Alpine and the Eagles' new
district opponent, Fabens, who'll be in Pecos a week from
tonight for the District 2-4A opener.

The Eagles and Loboettes missed playing each other both at
the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic in late August and at the
Seminole Tournament on Labor Day weekend. But Pecos did face
Presidio in pool round play of their own tournament and
split with the Blue Devils, losing 15-8 then coming back to
win, 15-10. The Eagles ended up winning fifth place in the
tournament, while Monahans placed one spot ahead in fourth.

Pecos has its best day so far this season on Saturday in
Midland, as they beat San Angelo Central, 15-6, 15-13, then
edged Midland Greenwood, 15-12, 1-15, 15-13, to move back to
within a game of .500, at 7-8 on the season.

"I think we're starting to come around," said coach Becky
Granado. "We're doing a better job on defense and passing
the ball."

The Loboettes, won't face their district rival Presidio
tonight, but did play another 4-3A opponent on Saturday,
losing to Alpine while beating Water Valley. Presidio spent
this past weekend at the Andrews Tournament, where they fell
in the championship bracket to Crane and Grandfalls.

The other two former district rivals for the Loboes and Blue
Devils - El Paso Mountain View and Clint - will also be the
Eagles' next two opponents after their district opener
against Fabens. San Elizario and Canutillo are the other two
teams that make up the new District 2-4A.

Netters in Stockton after Angelo losses

PECOS, Sept. 15 -- The Pecos Eagles' tennis team will be in
Fort Stockton this afternoon, looking to bounce back from a
pair of losses over the weekend in San Angelo to the Lake
View and Central tennis teams.

The Eagles lost to the Chiefs by a 15-5 score (11-5 on the
varsity level), and were beaten by a 19-5 margin (14-4
varsity) by the Bobcats, to fall to 1-4 so far this season.

Pecos held its own at the top of the boys' division, taking
two of three in singles play against Central and both of the
top seeded singles matches. Jonathan Fuentes and Tye Graham
won their singles matches, over Chase Hodapp and Blake
Weatherford, while in doubles play, Fuentes and Mark Marquez
won a three-set victory over Hodapp and Matt Smith, and
Graham and Jeff Lam defeated Weatherford and Daniel Kure.

Against Lake View, Marquez and Graham were singles match
winners, beating Dusty Bartram and Bo McClellan, while in
doubles Fuentes and Marquez posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over
Bartram and Max Guerrero.

The girls got two wins against Lake View, by Vanessa
Miranda over Kristi Padilla, after Mirdana and Rachel
Pharoah defeated Padilla and Laura Woods in doubles play.
Against Central, the girls' lone win came from the junior
varsity level, as No. 7 seed Meagan Joplin beat Natalie
DeLeon, 8-4.

After today's 4 p.m. match with Fort Stockton, the Eagles
have 10 days off before facing El Paso Burges, El Paso High
and El Paso Jefferson on Sept. 25-26. District 2-4A play
opens for the Eagles at home versus Clint on Oct. 3.

Pecos (5) at San Angelo Lake View (16)
Boys Singles
Jonathan Fuentes lost to Max Guerrero, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6; Mark
Marquez defeated Dusty Bartram, 7-6, 4-6, 6-1; Tye Graham
defeated Bo McClellen, 6-1, 7-5; Casey Love lost to Brian
Wheeler, 2-6, 2-6; Sonny Celaya lost to Dallas Weaver, 8-0;
Chase Saunders lost to Tim Dixon, 8-0.

Girls Singles

Teresa Minjarez lost to Jessica Escue, 6-4, 6-2; Vanessa
Miranda defeated Kristi Padilla, 6-2, 6-2; Rachel Pharoah
lost to Laura Woods, 6-2, 6-2; Lorrie Minjarez lost to
Robbie Offil, 6-2, 6-2; Sara Metler lost to Breanna Wheeler,
6-7, 6-2, 6-2; Priscilla Levario lost to Jennifer Weeks,
6-0, 6-2; Meagan Joplin lost to Regina Davis, 8-2; Abagail
Garza lost to Alexis Barron, 8-0.

Boys Doubles
Fuentes and Marquez defeated Guerrero and Bartram, 6-0, 6-0;
Graham and J. Lam lost to Hodges and Wheeler, 7-5, 6-7, 7-5;
Love and D. Lam lost to Driggs and McClellan, 6-1, 6-0.

Girls Doubles
Minjarez and Minjarez lost to Escue and Wheeler, 6-3, 6-2;
Miranda and Pharoah defeated Padilla and Woods, 6-3, 4-6,
6-1; Metler and Levario lost to Offil and Davis, 6-4, 6-0;
Joplin and Garza lost to Weeks and Barron, 8-0.

Pecos (5) at San Angelo Central (19)
Boys Singles
Fuentes defeated Chase Hodapp, 8-4; Marquez lost to Matt
Smith, 8-6; Graham defeated Blake Weatherford, 7-6, 6-1; J.
Lam lost to James Hitchcock, 6-0, 6-2; Love lost to Trey
Pinon, 6-2, 6-2; D. Lam lost to Daniel Kure, 6-0, 6-2;
Celaya lost to Tomas Cisneros, 8-2; Sanders lost to Raja
Patel, 8-0.

Girls Singles
T. Minjarez lost to Pallas Rogers, 6-3, 6-3; Miranda lost to
Tiffany Salas, 6-1, 6-1; Pharoah lost to Cody Whitehead,
6-2, 6-1; L. Minjarez lost to Amanda Smith, 6-3, 6-0; Metler
lost to Meredith Snyder, 6-0, 6-0; Levario lost to Michelle
Betencort, 6-3, 6-4; Joplin defeated Natalie DeLeon, 8-4;
Garza lost to Ashley Spoonts, 8-4.

Boys Doubles
Fuentes and Marquez defeated Hodapp and Smith, 4-6, 7-5,
6-3; Graham and J. Lam defeated Kure and Weatherford, 6-1,
6-0; Love and D. Lam lost to Patel and Robinson, 6-1, 6-0;
Celaya and Saunders lost to Hitchcock and Pinon, 8-3.

Girls Doubles
Minjarez and Minjarez lost to Rogers and Salas, 6-2, 6-3;
Miranda and Pharoah lost to Whitehead and Snyder, 6-2, 6-3;
Metler and Levario lost to Smith and Betencort, 6-2, 6-2;
Joplin and Garza lost to DeLeon and Spoonts, 8-5.

Pecos 7th in San Angelo cross country

PECOS, Sept. 15 -- The Pecos Eagle boys cross country team
placed fifth on Saturday running in the San Angelo area
against a couple of their former District 4-4A rivals and a
group of Class 5A schools.

Odessa High won the meet with 46 points to 51 for Abilene
Cooper. San Angelo Lake View's 95 points was the best among
Class 4A schools and good for fourth place overall, while
the Eagles had 181 points, second best among the 4A schools

Coach Rudy Jurado said the best finish was by Oscar Medrano,
who placed 20th with an 18:43 time for the three-mile course
in Carlsbad, northwest of San Angelo. Freshman Mickey
Gabaldon was next for the Eagles, in 23rd place with an
18:57 time and was followed by Alex Avila, 40th with a 19:41
time; Roy Marta, 70th, with a 22:02 time; Jesse Salazar,
73rd with a 22:26 time; Nolan Blunt, 82nd with a 23:56 time;
and Adam Malta, 84th with a 24:11 time.

Jurado said only one girl, junior Liz Parent made the trip
to Carlsbad and placed 43rd in her division, with a 16:20

"Jenny (Alvarez) didn't make the trip and neither did Helena
(Pendleton)," he said. "We're going to Carlsbad, N.M., this
weekend and hopefully, we'll have some more runners by

Jurado said the junior high boys had four runners, one short
of enough to post a team score, and two, Crockett eighth
graders Tony Aguilar and Patrick Fuentes, placed second and
fifth in their division. Gary Garcia and John Parent were
the other junior high runners for the boys, while Mindy
Harrison was the only runner on the girls' side

McGwire, Sosa still tied

AP Baseball Writer
Ho-hum, another division title for the Atlanta Braves. Add
one for the Houston Astros, too, albeit a bit later than
they hoped.

The most thrilling race in the majors, though, remained tied
- Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, still even at 62 home runs.

The Braves made it seven straight division titles, taking
the NL East with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
How expected was it? The clincher attracted only 33,367
fans, the second-smallest crowd at Turner Field since May

``I don't blame 'em,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said.
``Certainly, it's not that easy, even though the people
expect it. There could easily be a letdown, but there never
is around here.''

The Astros also got to break out the champagne after winning
their second straight NL Central title. Houston lost 7-4 in
13 innings to the New York Mets, but clinched the
championship when second-place Chicago lost to San Diego

``It's not the way we wanted to do it,'' Astros manager
Larry Dierker said. ``Even though we didn't win it on the
field, I think everyone knows the potential of this club.''

In the race for home-run history, Sosa struck out four times
for the first time this season in Chicago's loss at San
Diego. The defeat dropped the Cubs into a tie with New York
for the wild-card lead.

``I don't remember the last time I had a game like that,''
Sosa said.

McGwire, who made an early exit from Sunday night's game
because of back spasms, hit two singles in four at-bats as
St. Louis beat Pittsburgh 7-3. As a precaution, Cardinals
manager Tony La Russa plans to sit out McGwire in one game
of today's doubleheader against the Pirates.

``If you've got kind of an ouchy back, playing 18 innings in
one day, I'm not sure it's good on a regular back,'' La
Russa said.

Atlanta added to its record of consecutive division titles
when Tom Glavine became the NL's first 19-game winner. The
left-hander (19-6) moved within one victory of his fourth
20-win season.

Chipper Jones and Michael Tucker homered for the Braves, who
lined up for routine handshakes on the field when the game
ended. In the clubhouse, though, there was champagne and
championship hats and shirts were given out.

The Braves won three straight NL West championships before
switching to the East in 1994, a season that was stopped by
a strike. Atlanta has won four in a row since the move.

A crowd of 24,241 at the Astrodome was ready to party when
Houston took a 4-2 lead into the ninth. As the inning
started, a message on the scoreboard cautioned fans to
celebrate in the stands, not on the field.

``It was like they were saying the game was over,'' Mets
outfielder Brian McRae said. ``We saw that and it made us a
little angry. You don't do that. It really fired me up.''

McRae hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth, then hit a
two-run double in the 13th as the Mets delayed Houston's
celebration until San Diego's victory.

Sosa, who leads the majors with 156 strikeouts, fanned three
times against Sterling Hitchcock and once against Dan
Miceli. The fans stood and cheered each time Sosa batted,
and the public-address system played merengue music.

In St. Louis, McGwire managed a two-run single - he has just
three singles in 18 at-bats in six games since hitting home
run No. 62. He checked his swing a couple of times and also
hit a rare, opposite-field single to right.

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