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Friday, October 1, 1999

Eagles face Lions in 2-4A tennis opener

PECOS, Oct. 1, 1999 -- District 2-4A play gets underway for the Pecos Eagles' tennis team at San Elizario on Saturday, when they take on the Clint Lions in the first three Saturday 2-4A matches.

Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas said the matches would be played at 1 p.m. CDT, instead of 10 a.m. "They (Clint) said `see you at 9 a.m. (MDT), but I told them we'd be there at 1. That's when we played them last year, and it gives both teams travel time."

The Eagles, of course, will be traveling about 175 miles further than the Lions to get to San Elizario, which will also host the district tournament on Oct. 23-24. Last year in Pecos, the teams tied 9-9, with the Eagles winning the tiebreaker.

Pecos then defeated Clint at district, 10-8 to take the 2-4A title, but the Eagles won on the strength of their boys' team, all of whom they've lost to graduation.

Pecos closed out the pre-district portion of their schedule on Tuesday at Fort Stockton, where they fell to the Panthers by a 16-2 final score.

Vanessa Miranda helped account for both of the Eagles' victories, beating Sarah Blanco in No. 2 singles play, 6-4, 6-0, after she and Rachel Phoroah downed Stephanie Ramirez and Annie Casas, 6-1, 7-6, in No. 2 doubles.

Aside from that match, the closest matches for Pecos were a 6-4, 7-6 loss by Tiffany Jarrett to Ramirez and a 6-2, 6-3 defeat on the boys' side by Steven Lamb to J.J. Villarreal.

Pecos (2) at Monahans (16)

Boys Singles

Jay Dannelley lost to Hector Natividad, 6-1, 6-3; Bobby Sotelo lost to Jozef Zdechvon, 6-1, 6-2; Jerry Orona lost to Travis Sawyer, 6-0, 6-0; Michael Tremble lost to Angel Marquez, 6-1, 6-0; Stephen Lamb lost to J.J. Villarreal, 6-2, 6-3.

JV _ Ben Hernandez lost to Jon Duarte, 8-0; Chase Saunders lost to Bret St. Clair, 8-0; Hernandez lost to Travis Woods, 6-1, 6-1.

Girls Singles

Teresa Minjarez lost to Alvin Marquez, 6-3, 6-0; Vanessa Miranda defeated Sarah Blanco, 6-4, 6-0; Rachel Pharoah lost to Anna Geesmann, 6-2, 6-0; Tiffany Jarrett lost to Stephanie Ramirez, 6-4, 7-6; Sarah Metler lost to Annie Casas, 6-2, 6-1; Cardina Esquivel lost to Irene Boone, 6-0, 6-0.

JV _ Jennifer Marquez lost to Michelle Parras, 8-0; Senovia Rubio lost to Katie Dunn, 8-0; Beatrice Villarreal lost to Mallarie Lujan, 8-0; Jennifer Mireles lost to Jenny Blaylock, 8-0; Deida Sandovla lost to Criselda Sanchez, 8-0.

Boys Doubles

Dannelley and Orona lost to Arnett and Zdechvon, 6-0, 6-0; Sotelo and Tremble lost to Natividad and Sawyer, 6-1, 6-3; Hernandez and Mendoza lost to Sanchez and Villarreal, 6-0, 6-0.

JV _ Saunders and Lamb lost to Duarte and St. Clair, 8-0.

Girls Doubles

Minjarez and Jarrett lost to Marquez and Gessmann, 6-1, 6-2; Miranda and Pharoah defeated Ramirez and Casas, 6-1, 7-6; Metler and Esquivel lost to Boone and Blanco, 6-0, 6-1.

JV _ Marquez and Villarreal lost to Dunn and Lujan, 8-2; Rubio and Mireles lost to Blaylock and Sanchez, 8-5.

Eagles hoping Canutillo trip ends with win

PECOS, Oct. 1, 1999 -- Pecos Eagles coach Becky Granado will be making sure the officials are in place Saturday, before her team takes a 220-mile trip to Canutillo for their second District 2-4A road game of the season.

It was supposed to be their third road game, but last Saturday the Eagles traveled 190 miles to El Paso Mountain View, only to find no referees had showed up for the match. The Eagles will now probably have to make another trip to Mountain View in late October, thanks to their 10-15, 15-12, 15-13 loss at home to Clint this past Tuesday.

It left the Eagles with a 12-9 season record and 1-1 in district, trailing both the 3-0 Lions and -- surprisingly -- Mountain View, which is 2-0 after their victory on Tuesday over Canutillo and a district-opening win against San Elizario.

Granado said the Eagles would have to play for at least the next three weeks without one of their regular players, in junior blocker Crystal Garcia. "We lost Crystal to grades, and that's going to kill us when we play (Clint) over there," Granado said. The Eagles were out-hit by the Lions, and hurt themselves with several back line errors on defense.

Canutillo is 0-3 so far, having lost to Clint, San Elizario and Mountain View, and San Elizario, and are 2-16 on the season. The blue-and-orage Eagles won just twice in district a year ago, beating Mountain View both times.

Pecos gridders notch wins over Jackets

Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 1, 1999 -- Missing Thursday's homecoming parade activities worked out fine for five of the Eagles' six sub-varsity football teams, as they scored victories over the Kermit Yellowjackets.

Playing in Kermit, the JV earned their second victory of the season, beating Kermit by a 6-0 score, while the freshmen remained winless, falling to the Jackets, 25-0.

In Pecos, the Eagles' junior high teams swept Kermit, with the eighth grade `A' and `B' teams winning by 14-0 and 20-0 scores, while the seventh grade `A' team defeated the Jackets, 34-0 and the `B' team notched a 16-8 win.

Jason Carrillo scored on a 20-yard run for the JV, which evened its season record with its second shutout win. The JV will get next two weeks off, having canceled their game with Marfa due to a loss of players to grades.

The freshmen already had a bye date scheduled next week, after suffering their fifth road loss this season. Kermit scored three times in the first half and added a fourth quarter score.

"I feel real fortunate to coach this group of kids, as hard as they play," said coach Tino Acosta, who has eight freshmen playing on the junior varsity team. "They don't quit."

The eighth grade `A' team got their first win with a pair of scores at the end of the second and fourth periods. Joe Marruffo ran 27 yards just before halftime, while Danny Lujan scored on an 18-yard run late in the final period, with John Parent adding the two-point conversion run.

The `B' team bounced back after losing to Crane's `A' squad a week ago to get their first win. Eloy Flores had a pair of touchdowns and Isaiah Juarez added a score.

The seventh graders got their second straight easy win, as Jacob Marquez scored two touchdowns, Mark Navarette and Javier Esquivel added scores and Booker Fobbs ran a punt back for a touchdown.

"The defense has been playing good lately on the `A' team. We're not giving up any big plays," coach Robbie Ortega said.

The `B' team got a scare when Greg Barrera suffered a neck injury in the first half of their game and was taken by ambulance to Reeves County Hospital. Ortega said X-rays were negative and he was released from the hospital Thursday night.

Barrera threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Gilbert Gonzales before being injured, and Jarrett Grubbs' 25-yard TD run broke an 8-8 tie. Gonzales added both two-point conversions for the `B' team, which is 2-3 on the season.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles' varsity will host Kermit, as both teams look to go into their district openers next week on a winning note. The 1-3 Eagles will try to bounce back from their 61-8 loss to Crane, while the winless Jackets go for their first win of 1999, after a 19-0 loss to McCamey.

Last week was pretty bad for all of District 2-4A, with the exception of San Elizario, which gets the week off after their win over El Paso Bowie. Fabens, which hosts Pecos next Friday, closes out pre-district at home against Santa Teresa, N.M., Clint hosts Bowie, El Paso Mountain View goes to El Paso Ysleta and Canutillo hosts El Paso Burges in the other 2-4A games.

Santa Teresa (0-4) at Fabens (2-2): A win may be a win, but having to come back to get a victory against Presidio _ 41-0 losers to Fort Davis the week before _ is not something the Wildcats can feel really comfortable about. But they are facing a Santa Teresa team that already has been shut out this season by San Elizario and Mountain View, so the Wildcats should have a good chance of going into their match-up with the Eagles off two straight wins.

Victor Macias has run for 362 yards of his district-leading 515 yards in Fabens' two victories, and the Wildcats did hold Presidio to just 111 yards total offense, all but one of those yards on the ground.

El Paso Bowie (1-3) at Clint (3-1): Check out D.J. Check's numbers tonight --if there are any. Check injured his knee last Friday in the Lions' 51-21 loss to El Paso Parkland, and came back in later to throw a touchdown pass to Sergio Medrano, but the senior's status is questionable tonight.

If he can't go, Clint figures to rely more on running back D.J. Shephard and could use receiver Jeremy Arnold in the backfield against Bowie, which surrendered nearly 300 yards rushing to San Elizario last week. The Bears held a 14-6 halftime lead before San Elizario scored three straight times. Bowie did gain 357 total yards in the loss, 188 by running back Roberto Tuta.

El Paso Burges (3-1) at Canutillo (0-4): The Eagles rallied from a 21-7 deficit against El Paso High last week to take a 28-21 lead, only to see the Tigers tie the score with under four minutes to play, then win in overtime. It was the third time in four games Canutillo has allowed over 30 points, though their offense did have its best game of the year.

Burges rolled up 42 points on Mountain View last week, and held the Lobos to minus-1 yard rushing. The Mustangs led only 21-14 late in the third period when they scored three unanswered touchdowns, keyed by an option pass TD from running back Eddie Mata to quarterback Juan Avina.

El Paso Mountain View (2-1) at El Paso Ysleta (1-3): Quarterback Arturo Muniz threw for 165 yards and two TDs in last week's losing effort, and is second in the district in passing, despite having played only three games. The Lobos will be trying to go 2-1 against District 1-4A teams _ they opened the season with a win over El Paso Parkland, one of the four teams (along with Ysleta, Burges and Riverside) expected to compete for the playoffs.

Ysleta finally found it's lost offense last week in a 28-14 win over El Paso Austin. The Indians gained 437 yards, with Victor Bustillos running for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

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