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October 22, 1998

Cowboy defense scores 40 points in rout

Grandfalls-Royalty scored in the first second and the Big
Red Tide rolled to an easy 82-6 conference victory over
Marathon on Friday, Oct. 16, in Grandfalls.

The victory set up this week's encounter with league
co-leader Sanderson in Sanderson. Coach Dewaine Lee notes
his Cowboy defense scored more than 40 points.

Lee also reports star Cowboy back Roy Vasquez will be out
for four weeks because of surgery for appendicitis last

Tennis teams ease past Fort Stockton

By a sports correspondent of The News
FORT STOCKTON - Monahans High's tennis team easily moved
past Fort Stockton 23 matches to seven on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Lobo Tennis Coach Stephen Baber notes both men's and women's
tennis squads won their divisions in the dual with the 4A
level Panthers.

Monahans varsity women won 12-3; the men, 11-4.

Men's Singles

David Yanez defeated Drew Skinner, Monahans, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4,

Johnny Burgess defeated Robert Wilbur, Monahans, 6-1, 7-5

Aashish Chopra, Monahans, defeated Travis Sawyer, 6-2, 6-3.

Daniel Fuentes, Monahans, defeated Jeremy Sanchez, 6-1, 6-1.

Ben Hawkins, Monahans, defeated Hector Natavid, 6-1, 6-2.

Jeremy Reyes, Monahans, defeated Tye Arnett, 6-1, 6-4.

Joe Hawkins, Monahans, defeated Joe Madrid, 7-6 (7-0), 6-4.

J. Oscar Polanco, Monahans, defeated Marlon Espino, 3-6,
6-1, 6-3.

Men's Doubles

Skinner-Wilbur, Monahans, defeated Yanez-Burgess, 6-1, 6-4.

Fuentes-Reyes, Monahans, defeated Sawyer-Sanchez, 6-1, 6-1.

Chopra-B. Hawkins, Monahans, defeated Natavid-Arnett, 6-2,

J. Hawkins-Polanco, Monahans, defeated Madrid-Espino 60, 6-2.

Sanders-Leyva, Monahans, defeated Duarte-Sinclair, 6-2, 6-4.

Women's Singles

Erin Armstrong, Monahans, defeated Alynn Marquez, 6-2, 6-4.

Lecia Baker, Monahans, defeated Kristi Lawson, 6-1, 6-4.

Megan Shawn, Monahans, defeated Christy Delao, 6-1, 6-1.

Sandra Molinar, Monahans, defeated Sarah Blanco, 6-2, 6-1.

Melinda Covensky, Monahans, defeated Brenda Olivas, 6-2, 6-1.

Casey Gatzki, Monahans, defeated Diana Falcon, 6-0, 6-2.

Michelle Mowry defeated Crystal Passmore, Monahans, 6-3, 6-3.

Ashley Neace, Monahans, defeated Karime Ramos, 8-1.

Women's Doubles

Armstrong-Baker, Monahans, defeated Marquez-Lawson 7-5, 6-1.

Molinar-Shawn, Monahans, defeated Falcon-Delao, 6-0, 6-2.

Covensky-Gatzki, Monahans, defeated Blanco-Olivas, 6-2, 6-2.

Passmore-Neace, Monahans, defeated Mowry-Ramos, 6-3, 6-3.

Casas-Ramirez defeated Stout-Smith, Monahans, 6-4-63.

Lobos sweat out Snyder win

SNYDER - The Monahans tennis team defeated a top ranked 4-A
(# 14 in state) opponent when they downed Snyder on
Saturday, Oct. 10.

The Loboes defeated the Snyder Tigers in a tiebreaker after
tying at 9 matches to 9 matches. The tiebreaker went down
to the number of sets, which Monahans won 18 to 17.

The Snyder match results are as follows.

Men's Singles

Adrian Gonzales defeated Drew Skinner 6-3, 6-0 2.

Brett Gibson defeated Ben Hawkins 6-4, 6-1

Allen Smith defeated Aashish Chopra 6-2, 6-3

Daniel Fuentes defeated Justin Guy 6-3, 6-0

Kris Casas defeated Jeremy Reyes 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

Joe Hawkins defeated Jason Hall 6-3, 6-4

Men's Doubles

Gonzales-Gibson defeated Skinner-Robert Wilbur 6-1, 6-2.

Guy-Casas defeated Reyes-Fuentes 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

B. Hawkins-Chopra defeated Smith-Hall 6-4, 6-4

Women's Singles

Erin Armstrong defeated Whitney Graham 6-2, 6-2

Lecia Baker defeated Natalie Alexander 6-2, 6-1

Megan Shawn defeated Jordan Hardin 6-4, 6-2

Claire Cotton defeated Sandra Molinar 6-2, 6-1

Melinda Covensky defeated Angela Sanchez 7-6 (8-6), 6-3

Amy Juarez defeated Casey Gatzki 6-0, 6-0

Women's Doubles

Armstrong-Baker defeated Graham-Alexander 6-1, 6-3

Shawn-Molinar defeated Ornelas-Sanchez 6-4, 6-2

Cotton-Hardin defeated Gatzki-Covensky 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

The Loboes continue their pre-season play today, Thursday,
Oct. 22, against Odessa High at 3:30 p.m. at the Monahans
High School courts adjacent to Lobo Stadium..

Tennis Notes:

The United States Tennis Association is starting a Lone
Star Adult League on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the
Monahans High School Tennis Courts.

All interested people are encouraged to attend regardless of
ability levels.

There will be a professional coach there to give free
lessons. Monhans High School Tennis Coach Coach Steve Baber
says, "Come enjoy the fun, fellowship and fitness."

Swim team debuts on Halloween

On Saturday, Halloween, the Lobo swim team will (as Coach
Doug Ward so eloquently puts it) "get its first taste of
chlorine competition for the 98/99 season".

This will take place at the Big Spring Invitational, where
last year the girls finished 6th and the boys finished
eleventh in the thirteen team competition.

"Last year we had a very young team," says Ward. "We had
only one senior, Carlee Heuman, and gobs of sophomores.
This year we hope to move up into one of the top three
places in both the boy's and girl's divisions."

This goal is by no means an impossible one. Since last
year, the team has increased by 6 new members, whose
presence will undoubtedly help in the point totals. There
are now enough swimmers in the boy's division to have a team
in all three relays, something that was not an option the
year before. In fact, they had no swimmers at all in the
400 free relay.

Ward is confident that the team will place much higher this
year in the boy's 200 medley relay and 200 free relays, due
largely in part to the acquisition of Loboes Shawn Hill,
Ryan Sutter, Chris Friar, Westley Everett, and Joseph
Naranjo. Veterans Brandon Sutter, Chris Cain and Clayton
Cunningham should shine in the 100 backstroke and 100

In the girl's division, competitors from other schools will
hopefully choke in the wake of Candice Teague, Lindsay
Fredericks, Marina Martin, Fonda Moore, and Karen Robertson.

Teague took top honors last year in the 100 backstroke with
a school record 1:04:79, and has no qualms about repeating
history this year.

She's not alone in her fearlessness; Fredericks, Martin,
Moore, and Robertson are all much stronger than they were a
year ago, and all have a chance to receive medals.

Newcomers Alexis Lewallen, Autumn Ware, Rebecca Pinson, and
Beth Cox are hot on the trail of veteran swimmers Amy
Bow-man, Rebekah Robinson, and Jenny Waggoner.

This year's Mean Green Water Machine is in much better shape
than last year's squad.

More important than that, they have all expressed a desire
and a determination to be on the winner's stand.

Who knows?

Maybe they will be.

Lady Loboes more confident

By Nathan Rogers
A sports correspondent of The News
Monahans High School Lady Lobo volleyballers are growing
substantially more confident about their abilities as their
season progresses.

After a much needed rest over Homecoming weekend, the bottom
line is this.

If Coach Patty Hall's Wolf Pack beats Kermit Saturday, Oct.
24 in Kermit, the Lady Loboes play Greenwood in Midland on
Tuesday, Oct. 27, to determine the district title script.
If Monahans wins, it forces a one-game play off with
Greenwood. If Greenwood wins, Greenwood is the champion.
The match is the last scheduled league encounter of the
season. For this to happen Greenwood and Monahans must keep
winning - which they are favored to do. The Loboes are
favored over Kermit, a team they already have beaten once in
2-3A play.

The Ladies have definitely made the play offs, but are
unsure as to which spot they possess which determines play
off scheduling.

With their current district record of 3-1, the Ladies are in
second place. With a win over the Lady Rangers, the Loboes
would be tied for first, forcing a one game playoff for the
district championship.

Of course, beating Greenwood is easier said than done. The
Lady Rangers are the only District 2-3A team to have
defeated the Lady Loboes.

Says Coach Patty Hall of Greenwood, "In order to beat them,
we have to be on top of our game. Most importantly, we need
to serve. That is the main reason they beat us the first
time around. We also need to perform well in our blocking
and passing game."

The mind set of the team agrees with that philosophy. They
generally feel they could have beaten Greenwood, had it not
been for their poor serving. Greenwood does have a talented
team. They return most of their starters from last year's
state semifinal squad. Before Greenwood, the Ladies play
in Kermit against the Lady Jackets. Although Kermit has had
a rough season, they will not be taken lightly by the Lady

"Kermit has struggled a little this season. They are having
trouble adjusting to the new system with their new coach.
Playing them will help us to prepare and tune up for the
playoffs, but we can't blow them off," says Coach Hall.

Hall notes Lobo destiny is in Lobo hands.

Bonfire burns Presidio

The scene was set for something big. Monahans was speeding
through a unique homecoming week, which focused on Lobo
traditions over the last 100 years.

A Tuesday night bonfire, traditional activities on
Homecoming Day, and the recognition of the golden
anniversary of the 1948 Loboes' state championship all
culminated in what would prove to be a huge bang.

Presidio felt the bang.

Monahans entered Friday's homecoming showdown with something
to prove. Presidio had the unlucky task of being Monahans'
first opponent after The Green lost their first district
game in three years. Combine that with the Lobo homecoming
loss, 24-7, in 1997 to Fort Stockton, and you spell it
motivation, maybe frustration.

Loboes brought frustration and motivation to the game. And
again, unlucky for the Blue Devils, the Pack left them there.

Monahans put up 28 first quarter points before "calling off
the dogs" in route to a 49-8 victory over Presidio. The win
put Monahans (2-5, 1-1) into a tie for third place in
District 4-3A, while Presidio (1-6, 0-2) remained in the

This week, the Loboes can take a step farther toward
clinching a playoff berth by defeating their next opponent,
the Alpine Bucks (1-5, 0-2). An Alpine loss will virtually
eliminate the Bucks from playoff contention for the first
time in the 90s.

"We played a great game tonight," said Lobo QB Jared Thomas,
"but this one is over. We need to win out to make sure
we're in the playoffs, and Alpine is the next hurdle."

The game started off with Presidio winning the coin toss and
electing to receive. Presidio felt the wrath of a hungry
Lobo defense and was forced to punt on its first possession.

Once the Loboes gained possession, it was just a matter of
time. Five plays later, Brandon Lee slammed into the end
zone from 3 yards out to give the Loboes their first TD of
the game. Joel Najar added the extra-point, and the Loboes
led 7-0 with 8:22 remaining.

On Presidio's ensuing drive, the Lobo "D" again made a big
stand, and gave the ball back to their potent offensive
attack on the Blue Devil 42. On the first play, Thomas
found Junior Cordova open on a play-action pass in the flat.
Cordova fought through three potential tacklers to add
another TD. Najar's PAT was good, and Monahans led 14-0,
just 54 seconds after scoring their first TD.

Presidio gained a moral victory on their next possession -
they actually ran some time off the clock. However, the
Wolfpack defense again did their job by holding the Blue
Devils, and the Monahans offense was back at it again. The
Loboes easily moved the ball on the Blue Devil defense, and
ended another successful drive with Najar plunging into the
end zone from 1 yard out. Najar added his own PAT to cap
off the scoring drive.

Just four minutes later, Thomas went to the air again, this
time finding TE Chris Adams wide open. Adams made the easy
catch and scampered into the end zone. Najar again cleaned
up the table, and Monahans led 28-0 as the first quarter

By the end of the first stanza, the Lobo superiority was
obvious. Monahans elected to run base offense for the rest
of the game, as not to run up the score. Also, the game
clock only stopped for penalties after the first quarter - a
decision that both head coaches deemed appropriate.

The Monahans defense continued to hold Presidio in the
second quarter. With just over a minute left, Presidio
attempted to punt the ball from deep in their own territory.

The punt was blocked by Roy Porras, and Chris Adams appeared
to take the ball into the end zone for another Lobo TD.
Adams was ruled down on the one foot line, and the Lobo
offense came out for one play. Raul Hinojos took the
handoff and easily made his way past the goal line for the
touchdown. Najar again kicked true, and the Loboes entered
the half with a 35-0 lead.

The Loboes began the third quarter on offense, as Sophomore
Ben Cordova was tripped up just before breaking the Presidio
kickoff for a touchdown. The Loboes drove down to the
Presidio 15, where Roy Porras took a Jared Thomas handoff
and bulldozed through the Presidio D for his first touchdown
of the game. Najar again added the PAT, and the Loboes led
42-0 with 9:02 left in the third quarter.

On their next possession, Presidio finally broke through.
Reading through a blitzing Lobo front, Adam Lozano broke
free and scampered 86 yards to the end zone for a Blue Devil
TD. Adolfo Lozano completed a pass on the two-point
conversion, and Presidio cut the Lobo lead to 42-8.

The Loboes had one more scoring drive, which came late in
the third quarter. The long drive was capped with a one
yard run by Willie Hanks. Najar's PAT proved to be the
final point of the game, and the Loboes claimed a 49-8
homecoming victory.

The next challenge (Friday, Oct. 23) for the Loboes is
Alpine, like Monahans a hold over from the old District
3-3A. The game is in Alpine.

Realignment brought both to the new district this year.
Before this season, Alpine had only lost two district
contests in the 90s, both to Monahans.

Alpine has suffered 4-3A defeats to Crane (28-6) and Kermit
(27-12), and is a game from elimination.

Alpine's win came against 2A Van Horn early in the season.
Alpine's offense features a wishbone option attack headed by
Senior QB Adam Llanez.

Alpine's "50" defense is headed by 1997 All-District pick,
DT Adam Portillo. Portillo will line up most of the night
across from the two leaders in the Lobo "Boss Hawg"
competition, offensive linemen Crosby Swanson and Lanny

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