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October 1, 1998

Langley wins bass tourney

Wallace Langley won the Kermit Bass Club Oak Creek Lake
Tournament big bass and most weight competition, according
to a statement from the club.

On Saturday, Langley caught a mess of fish weighing 13
pounds, four ounches; and on Sunday, fish weighing a total
of nine pounds, seven ounces.

Langley had the biggest fish on Saturday, eight pounds even;
and on Sunday, six pounds 14 ounches.

"The September tournament washeld at Oak Creek Lake. Ricky
and Brenton Kidd did a good job," says the Bass Club's
bulleting. "Everything went fine except Gary and Dwebbie
McMillan sprung a gas leak and filled the bottom of their
boat with gas. We had 36 adults and seven youths on Saturday
and 22 adults and seven youths on Sunday. There were 29 fish
weighing 70 pounds brought to weigh in on Saturday and 13
fishing weighing 25 pounds, seven ounces on Sunday."

Michael McMillan caught three pounds, five ounces of fish on
Sturday to lead the youth division. Sunday, Kyle McGlothlin
caught fish weighing one pound, four ounces.

"The Top 15 Tournament and the regular October Tournament
will be held Oct. 24 nd Oct. 25 at Lake Amistad," says the
bulleting. "Sponsored by David and Betty Norwood, weigh in
will be at Black Brush Parking area. You may register at the
club meeting Thursday, Oct. 1, and at the Norwoods trailer
at the Pecos River High Bridge."

Weigh in times for the October tournment will be 4:30 to 5
p.m. on Saturday; 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Minimum length for competition will be 14.25 inches with a
limit of five fish. There is a two ounces penalty per pound
for dead fish.In November the tournament will be held on
Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 at Allen Henry Lake. It will be sponsored
by Dennis Rasberry and Mario Escamilla.

Tennis fems still unbeaten

Women's Lobo Tennis has continued unbeaten into the first
days of Autumn.

In the past week, the 3-A team has stiopped three 5-A
opponents in Odessa Permian, Lubbock High, and Midland High.

Several of the girls are undefeated for the year. Megan
Shawn is 8-0 in singles, as is Melinda Covensky. Casey
Gatzki is 7-0. Erin Armstrong is 7-1.

Coach Steve Baber says: "These girls are playing at a high
level that can compete with anyone in the state from any
classification. "

The lady's pack has defeated Midland Lee, San Angelo
Lakeview, Sweetwater, Big Spring, Pecos, Odessa Permian,
Lubbock High, Andrews, and Midland High.

Sept. 22, the ladies bested the Permian Panthers by a
combined match score of 9 matches to 7.

On Sept. 26 the ladies bested the Lubbock Westeners by a
score of 7 matches to 3.

Sept. 29 the ladies won over the Midland Bulldogs 7 matches
to 2.

As a team the tennis girls and boys are competing, and
oftentimes,winning against far larger schools from larger
classifications with more than a thousand students
difference. During the last week, Odessa Permian won in
total matches by a score of 18 for them to 13 for us.
Lubbock High won by a combined score of 10 to 12. Midland
and Monahans tied by a score of 9 to 9. The tiebreaker in
dual matches is to go to sets won and lost. The two schools
tied in total number of sets won 19 to 19. The next
tiebreaker is to go to games won. Monahans came out on top
by a score of 174 games to 160 games.

Lubbock Summary

Men's Singles

Robert Wilbur of Monahans beat Jay Hegde 1-6, 6-4,
7-6 (7-5)
J.C. Mojica beat Aashish Chopra of Monahans 6-1,
Daniel Fuentes of Monahans beat Lee Horn 7-5,
T.J. Hill beat Ben Hawkins of Monahans 7-6 (7-1),
4-6, 7-6 (7-3)
Regan Wright beat Drew Skinner of Monahans 6-3,
Jordan Boydstun beat Jeremy Reyes of Monahans 7-5,
James Guevara beat Joe Hawkins of Monahans 6-7
(8-10), 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)

Men's Doubles

Horn-Wright beat Fuentes-Reyes 6-4, 6-0
Hegde-Mojica beat Skinner-Wilbur 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Boydstun-Hill beat Hawkins-Hawkins 7-5, 6-2

Women's Singles

Erin Armstrong of Monahans beat Roshi Mansouri 6-2,
4-6, 7-6 (7-4)
Megan Shawn of Monahans beat Lindsey Williamsen 6-1,
Shana Basern beat Sandra Molinar of Monahans 6-3, 6-2
Melinda Covensky of Monahans beat Shannon Stanley 6-4,
Casey Gatzki of Monahans beat Erin Hurd 6-0, 6-0
Heather Garth beat Crystal Passmore of Monahans 7-6
(8-6), 3-1 Retired
Ashley Neace of Monahans beat Anaelica Lopez 6-1, 6-0

Women's Doubles

Molinar-Armstrong beat Mansouri-Williamsen 6-3, 6-4
Stanley-Basom beat Covensky-Shawn 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
Gatzki-Passmore beat Garth-Lopez 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
Midland Summary
Men's Singles
Miguel Bustilloz beat Robert Wilbur 0-6, 6-3, 6-3
Michael Amiet beat Aashish Chopra 6-4, 6-4
Saul Morales beat Daniel Fuentes 6-1, 6-3
Justin Wilson beat Ben Hawkins 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Kelson Gist beat Drew Skinner 7-5, 6-1
Jeremy Reyes beat Jorge Saenz Default - 6-0,

Men's Doubles

Bustilloz-Gist beat Wilbur-Skinner 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Amiet-Morales beat Fuentes-Chopra 6-1, 6-1
Reyes-Hawkins beat Wilson-Saenz 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

Women's Singles

Erin Armstrong beat Emily Leeton 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4
Megan Shawn beat Elizabeth Webb 6-2, 6-0
Lecia Baker beat Margaret Rendall 6-2, 6-4
Julie Young beat Sandra Molinar 6-1, 6-1
Melinda Covensky beat Krista Kerr 6-2, 6-4
Casey Gatzki beat Margaret Davis 6-0, 6-1

Women's Doubles

Leeton-Webb beat Baker-Molinar 6-3, 6-2
Armstrong-Shawn beat Young-Kerr 6-1, 6-1
Covensky-Gatzki beat Rendell-Davis 6-4, 6-1

Cross country runner takes fifth medal

By a sports correspondent of The News
STANTON - Heather Lario won her team-leading fifth medal of
the season.

The Monahans High Cross Country women's varsity runner has
medaled in every race she has run this Autumn.

Lario finished fifth in the women's competition; teammate
Naomi McKinney was twenty-third.

David Morales (12) and David Williams (14) were the top two
men's varsity finishers.

That was the Lobo Cross Country tale on Saturday, Sept. 26,
on a warm but blustery day in Stanton.

Coach Mike Swiegert says:

"I thought the kids ran pretty well on such a tough course.
I think we will improve before district."

Big Green volleyballs sanre Crane

By Nathan Rogers
A sports correspondent of The News
The Lady Loboes of Monahans High aren't lacking for reasons
to be proud.
After several years of dominant play and only a season
removed from the 3A State Volleyball Tournament, the Ladies
intended to return to the pinnacle of their game.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, in Monahans against district favorite
Crane, they accomplished that goal. The Ladies started the
match rather shaky and lost the first game.
Coach Patty Hall says, "I think the first game was simply
nerves. Everyone has heard what a good team Crane has, and
the girls were just kind of shaken."
Unfortunately for the Lady Cranes, their reputation would
only carry them so far. After the first game, which
Monahans lost, the Lady Loboes had a discussion among
themselves in the locker room. Although the exact words
exchanged in the gathering may never be revealed, the
general meaning was clear. The Ladies returned to the floor
and never looked back, playing with a vivid intensity yet to
be seen in this young season.
"Well, after the first game, we just talked about how much
the team wanted to win, and how much the district title
would mean. It just got the girls moving," says Coach Hall.

The Lady Cranes were soon intimidated by this seemingly
different Lobo team and lost the fire they had so eagerly
shown in the first game. Senior Dedra Wessels, who began
pounding the floor with a vengeance, led The Ladies.
From Hall: "This was definitely Dedra's best game of the
season. She just pounded the ball, and soon Crane was
scared, but they never stopped fighting. I think this Lobo
team has finally realized their potential. They can win the
district title...if they want to."
The final score was 5-15, 15-10, 15-9 and the Green opened
district play with a victory.
Coach Hall has a positive outlook on the remainder of the
season. She and the team feel confident about their chances
at the playoffs.
This Saturday the team faces district foe Kermit in Kermit
for another step in the journey to the title. With a new
coaching staff and system, Kermit is the unknown factor of
the title race.
What does the team have to say about this?
It doesn't matter what is said. Their play on the court
will settle any dispute.
Monahans (W) v. Crane
5-15, 15-10, 15-9
Monahans Summary
Kills - Mandy Wilson, 3; Kristen Baiza, 2; Stephanie Taylor,
1; Dedra Wessels, 9; Shayla Terry, 10; Tracie Jasso, 4.
Blocks - Vanessa Collins, 5; Stephanie Taylor, 1; Dedra
Wessels, 1.

Setter Assists - Tracie Jasso.
Service Points - Mandy Fuentes, 1; Holly Blum, 3; Mandy
Wilson, 5; Vanessa Collins, 1; Stephanie Taylor, 10; Dedra
Wessels, 6; Shayla Terry, 5.
Aces - Vanessa Collins, 1; Stephanie Taylor, 3; Shayla
Terry, 1.
Digs - Kristen Baiza, 1; Tracie Jasso, 5.

Trinidad survives scoreless first quarter

By a sports correspondent of The News
VOSS - State-ranked number 2 Trinidad and Number 3
Grandfalls-Royalty exploded on Saturday, Sept. 26, at
neutral Panther Creek Stadium in Voss.
Trinidad survived 44-32 in a wild exchange of
lightning-and-thunder offenses and blitzing-and-smashing
defenses in which the first quarter was scoreless, an
almost unheard of phenomena in Texas six-man football when
teams like these state powerhouses meet.
The Trojan victory ended the Cowboy's regular season winning
streak at 23, a string that began in 1996. Most of the
Cowboys had never lost a game before in regular season play.
"We played well at times," says Cowboys Coach Dewaine Lee.
"If we see them again, it will have to be in the state
championships because they're in the state's Eastern
bracket. We're glad we played them. We learned some things
that will help us in district."
District play opens for Grandfalls-Royalty at 7:30 p.m. on
Friday, Oct. 2, at John White Stadium in Grandfalls. The
opponent is Balmorhea, beaten by Grandfalls for the past two
years;, years in which Balmorhea had been favored to win the
district championship, titles they lost to Grandfalls.
While Grandfalls, ranked third in the state by the Huntress
Report, and Trinidad, ranked second, were playing in Voss,
Balmorhea played Borden County, the top ranked team in Texas
six-man football, and lost.
Balmorhea, Sanderson, Dell City all are strong in district
competition this year, notes Lee, who says, "They have
excellent teams. They can beat you. Friday against Balmorhea
is when our season really begins. If we can get rolling,
we'll see what can be done."
Lee notes that he, his coaches and his team saw what can
happen against Trinidad.
After scoring futility and dominating defense in the first
period, second quarter points came in a rush. Trinidad put
30 on the board; Grandfalls, 16.
Says Lee: "We spotted them 30 points and we had to get
going. You make little mistakes. You can't have the fumbles
and the dropped passes. It turned into 30 points for them.
After that, it was a good game."
It was a good game.
"We spotted them 30 points and we had to get going and it
turned out to be a good game," agrees Lee.
The Trojans owned the third quarter 14-0 before the Cowboys
came rushing back to outscore the Trojans 16-0 in the final
quarter as their rally fell two touchdowns short.
Trinidad won on its speed, the big play and took advantage
of Cowboy errors.
Damien Jackson, the Trinidad running back who won the Class
"A" state championships in both the 200 and 400 meter
sprints last Spring, lived up to his press clippings. But
the first two points he scored came on a defensive play in
the second quarter when he tackled a cowboy in the end zone
for a safety.
After that Jackson found high gear on offense, he raced for
270 yards on 23 carries. Trinidad's team total on rushing
yards was 389. His touchdown sprints covered 78, 58 and 14
yards. Running and passing, Trinidad had 443 total yards.
Grandfalls could have won this game and their attack was
more balanced. The Cowboys had 365 total yards - 213 via the
pass. Four touchdowns came with the pass. Brothers Roy and
Ronnie Vasquez threw two touchdown passes each.
Ronnie hit Danny Santiago for a 10 yard scoring catch and
brother Roy for a 53-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Those scores came within 25 seconds of each other.
In the fourth period, Roy had touchdown strikes of eight to
Andy Leyva and 51 to James Stocks.

Loboes stomp panthers in homecoming tilt

By a sports correspondent of The News
Take a moment. Think back a year.

The day was Sept. 26, 1997 - homecoming in Monahans. The
Monahans High School Loboes had high hopes entering their
game with Fort Stockton but fell, 24-7. Fort Stockton
schedules Monahans for its homecoming in 1998. After all,
if the Panthers could beat the Loboes on Monahans'
homecoming, they should be able to do it at their own. Right?


After four games of, for the most part, subpar overall 1998
performances, the Loboes bounced back in a huge way by
defeating the Fort Stockton Panthers, 14-0, Friday night,
Sept. 25.

This was Fort Stockton's homecoming. However, it seemed
almost as if the Monahans fans outnumbered their
counterparts from Fort Stockton. There was no seating
availble on the Monahans side once the game was underway.

The story of Friday night's game is the resurgence of the
Green Wrecking Crew-the Lobo defense. The Loboes held the
Panthers to only 22 yards of total offense, all of which
came on a 26 yard pass play. That's right-if you do the
math, the Loboes held Stockton to less than 5 yards rushing.

The only scoring of the first half came on a 12 play Lobo
drive, which started near the 50 after a turnover caused by
Lobo Joel Najar. The drive took nearly six minutes, and was
capped by a four yard run by Raul Hinojos. Joel Najar's
extra point attempt was tipped by Panther backer Chase
Wiest, and skimmed off the right goal post. The Loboes led
6-0 with 4:17 remaining in the first quarter.

The remainder of the first half was a defensive battle.
That battle was easily won by the Loboes, who gave up a mere
two first downs during the entire game-one by penalty, and
one on a third quarter pass.

The third quarter mirrored the first quarter. Panther and
Lobo battled back and forth. Monahans pieced together a
small drive, which was killed near the Panther 30 yard line
by a fumble. Fort Stockton finally began to move the ball
down the field on the Loboes, completing their one pass for
a first down. Stockton also was helped by a "too many men
on the field" penalty assessed to the Loboes, which brought
the other Panther first down. However, the Loboes got the
ball back on their own 33 with just over 20 seconds
remaining in the third quarter. The Loboes ran one play for
three yards, and let the quarter run out.

More appropriately they let the Fourth Quarter begin.

Monahans Coach Larry Hanna's idea of a fourth quarter team
was apparent as the Loboes began their drive to their first
victory of the season. The Loboes, almost literally, ripped
the hearts out of the Fort Stockton players, coaches, and
homecoming crowd. Monahans marched the ball 15 plays to
the end zone, relying mostly on an open middle running gap
opened up by linemen Ruben Garcia, Robert Sanchez, Jeff
Akins, Crosby Swanson, Lanny Hayes, and Josh Swarb.

That Big Green offensive line was devastating.

The six minute Lobo drive was capped by Hinojos plunging
one yard into the end zone. Quarterback Jarod Thomas found
Roy Porras wide open in the endzone and completed a pass for
the two point conversion. The Loboes had a safe 14-0 lead
with 6:52 remaining.

The Loboes had two more chances to score in the final 6
minutes, but failed to capitalize on them. The first ended
when a Thomas pass to Micah Tuxhorn was intercepted on the
3 yard line. The Pack 'D" held Stockton to a punt, which
Tuxhorn returned to the Panther 13. The Green moved to
the Panther two before electing to kick a field goal on
fourth down.

The Jason Swarb snap was bobbled by Hinojos, who quickly
scooped up the ball and ran for the end zone. He was
stopped just short of the two by a Panther defender, but was
face-masked, and the Loboes had another shot. This time,
the Loboes went for the TD, a play stopped by a fumble which
Fort Stockton recovered.

The game ended there deep in Panther territory.

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