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Friday, October 8, 1999

Eagle boys win opening swim meet

Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 8, 1999 -- The first swim meet of the 1999-2000 season produced no major surprises for the Pecos Eagles, which meant a big win for Pecos’ boys and a close loss to Monahans by the Eagles girls.

Pecos hosted Monahans and Fort Stockton at the Pecos High School pool Thursday night, where the boys’ team scored 167 points to finish 100 points up on the Loboes. On the girls’ side, Monahans used its depth in the relay events to pull away from Pecos and score a 135-101 victory.

“I thought we did good for the first meet,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. “Several of them have been swimming much, because they’ve been out in other sports. Some of the times were off a little bit from what I expected, but I think those will improve.”

Pecos’ girls won two of the three relays – the 200 medley and 400 freestyle. But Monahans placed second and third in both those races, while finishing first and second in the 200 free relay. Pecos had just one `B’ relay team, which placed fifth in the medley, and their `A’ team was fourth in the 200 free relay.

“We didn’t have enough depth to have three good relay teams. We had two good ones and had to hope for the best in the other,” Morse said. “But all of them are new on that (200 free) relay, except for Victoria (Gomez).”

JoAnn Wein, Briar Prewit, Sarah Flores and Lauren Wein won the medley relay by .28 second over Monahans, with a 2:10.40 time. The same four swimmers also won the 400 free relay with a 4:26.63 time, while Gomez, Tina Grice, Misty Cason and Rachelle Eisenberg swam the 200 free relay for the Eagles along with the `B’ medley relay.

Individually, Flores, Prewit and Lauren Wein also won individual races. Flores took the 100 yard freestyle with a 1:03.25 time and was second in the 100 breaststroke; Prewit won the 500 free with a 6:28.81 time and was second in the 500 free; while Wein won the 200 free with a 2:29.94 time and was second to Prewit in the 500 freestyle.

JoAnn Wein placed second in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke, and Pecos also got a third place medal from Eisenberg in the 100 breaststroke.

The boys won first and second in both the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, and also took first in the 200 free relay. Eagle swimmers also won every individual event, with Patrick McChesney and Grant Holland earning two first places apiece.

Holland took the 500 freestyle in 5:48.96 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.16, while McChensey was first in both the 200 free, with a 2:10.36 time, and in the 100 butterfly, with a 1:08.55 time.

Single-event winners included Kevin Bates in the 50 free (22.96), Randall Reynolds in the 200 medley (2:26.50), Cortney Freeman in the 100 free (59.43), Tye Edwards in the 100 breaststroke, and Scott Pounds in the 1 meter diving competition (95.55 points)

Bates and Freeman were also members of all three of the Eagles’ winning relay squads. Edwards and Holland were the other two swimmers on the 200-medley team that won with a 1:48.56 time, while Bates, Edwards, Freeman and Louis Nieto won the 200 free relay in 1:37.69 and Bates, Freeman, Holland and Reynolds took the 400 free with a 3:48.52.

Nieto, McChesney, Reynolds and Pounds were on the second place medley relay squad, while Pounds, Edwards, McChesney and Matthew Montanez were on the 400 squad that placed second. The Eagles’ 200 free relay `B’ team of Pounds, Montanez, Eddie Mata and Clayton Cox finished fourth.

Other top three finishes for Pecos were by Cox, third in the 200 freestyle; Montanez, third in the 200 medley and the 100 breaststroke; Wesley Roberts, second in diving; Nieto, second in the 100 free and third in the 100 backstroke;  and Reynolds, second in the 500 free.

Thursday’s meet was one of two at home this season for the Eagles’ who’ll host the Pecos Invitational on Nov. 12-13. Pecos’ next meet will also be a dual against District 3-4A rivals Andrews and Big Spring in Andrews on Oct. 23.

Full squad of freshmen get first grid win, 12-8

Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 8, 1999 -- Points were hard to come by for the Pecos Eagles' sub-varsity football teams Thursday night, though the freshmen were able to come up with enough to get their first win of the season.

Playing as a group for the first time this year, the ninth graders used a pair of scores in the second and third quarters to defeat Wink's junior varsity by a 12-8 final score at Eagle Stadium. Earlier, Pecos' seventh grade `A' team had been shut out by Fort Stockton, 14-0, while the `B' team dropped a 30-8 decision to the Panthers.

Down in Fort Stockton, the host Panthers used a late score to beat Pecos' eighth grade `B' team, while the `A' team scored two late touchdowns to break open a 6-0 game and beat the Eagles, 22-0.

About a quarter of the Eagles' freshmen have been playing on the junior varsity team this year. But when failing grades made the JV roster too small to face Marfa's varsity on Thursday, that game was canceled and the remaining freshmen were moved down to the ninth grade squad.

One of that group, Jason Carrillo scored the winning touchdown on a 50 yard run, after Robert Carrasco caught a 46-yard touchdown pass off a halfback option from Ruvel Carrasco in the first half. Wink's only score came on a touchdown pass in the opening period.

The eighth graders gave up a first half punt return and pass for touchdowns, then were stopped inside Fort Stockton's 10-yard-line in the second half. In the `B' game, the Eagles' lone score was a 50-yard run by Gilbert Gonzales, who also added the two-point conversion.

Raymond Hernandez also had both a TD and two-point conversion in the seventh grade `B' team's loss. "It was 8-6 in the fourth quarter and Stockton just took the ball and drove it downfield," said coach Rudy Jurado.

In the `A' game, the Eagles were down 6-0 when Fort Stockton scored twice in the final 3½ minutes of play. "They had a 4th-and-10 and came with a fake punt and scored with a little bubble pass," Jurado said. Pecos then turned the ball over on a recovered lateral, and Fort Stockton added their final score in the closing minute.

Tonight at 8:30 p.m. CDT, the Eagles' varsity opens the District 2-4A portion of their 1999 schedule in Fabens against the Wildcats. The Eagles' defense allowed Kermit just 41 total yards last week in their 20-0 victory and have outscore Fabens, 91-14 in their last three meetings, but have never had an easy time on the Wildcats' field. The Eagles' struggling offense may also be without offensive lineman Orlando Lara tonight, due to a back injury.

Tonight's game is one of three District 2-4A openers. In the others, Canutillo goes to Clint and San Elizario is at El Paso Mountain View.

Canutillo (0-5) at Clint (3-2): The Lions went into Canutillo last year and came away with a 41-26 victory, before the Eagles went on to win their final four district games and share the 2-4A title with Pecos. Playing at home tonight would seem to give Clint an even bigger advantage, but despite their winless record things actually have gone better for Canutillo the last two weeks.

They had a chance to defeat El Paso High before losing in overtime 35-28, then last week saw El Paso Burges score with four minutes left to take a 25-23 lead and hold on, after running back Gilbert Gonzales fumbled at the Mustangs' 15-yard-line with 2½ minutes left and Adam Zapata missed a 40-yard field goal as time expired.

Clint's D.J. Check came back after a knee injury two weeks ago against El Paso Parkland to throw for 298 yards last week, but the Lions' all-state receiver, Jeremy Arnold, had to spent part of the night running the ball due to the suspension of D.J. Shepard, and they fell to El Paso Bowie by a 20-17 final score. Both teams allowed nearly 300 yards rushing last week, but Canutillo also gained over 200 yards, and will probably try to do so again tonight to keep the ball out of Check's hands.

San Elizario (3-2) at EP Mountain View (3-1): San Eli got last week off after a 24-21 win at Bowie, in which they ran for nearly 300 yards. Quarterback Mike Perez ran for two scores and 93 total yards, while Mike Tapia added 118 more yards. This is the latest the Eagles have been above the .500 mark in football during the season in over a decade.

Mountain View already owns a win over one of the teams to defeat San Elizario, Parkland, and last week spoiled El Paso Ysleta's homecoming with a 35-28 win. Albert Jaurrieta scored four of the Lobos' five touchdowns; one on a punt return and three others off passes from Arturo Muniz, including the game-winner from 19 yards out with less than two minutes left. Like Check, Muniz is averaging better than 200 yards passing per game.

Netters seek district win against Wildcats

PECOS, Oct. 8, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles football and volleyball teams aren’t the only ones playing the Fabens Wildcats this weekend. Pecos’ tennis team also faces Fabens, though unlike the other two squads, they’ll have to wait until Saturday for their matches.

The Eagles host the Wildcats in a 1 p.m. match, with Pecos looking for its first district victory after a 14-5 loss last Saturday to Clint at San Elizario.

Pecos got to see Fabens earlier this year at the Fort Stockton Invitational, but haven’t faced the Wildcats yet this season. The Eagles swept their matches last year from Fabens, but have struggled so far in 1999 having lost all of their boys’ team to graduation.

The boys did pick up a couple of wins this past Tuesday in a non-district match against Monahans, which the Loboes won by an 11-7 final score. Pecos won five of 11 matches on the girls’ side, but were 5-for-7 in victories on the varsity level.

Saturday’s match is the final one at home in district for Pecos. They go to El Paso Mountain View next week, and then head back to San Elizario for the District 2-4A tournament on Oct. 22-23.

Rangers shut down again by Yanks, 3-1

AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 1999 — The Texas Rangers needed just one key hit to put themselves in position to tie their AL playoff series.

But they were not going to get it on this night, either. Not against the New York Yankees. Not against Andy Pettitte.

Pettitte, pitching every bit up to manager Joe Torre's expectations, stopped Texas at every tight spot Thursday night in a 3-1 victory that gave the Yankees a 2-0 edge.

"I've seen Andy do it before. When you need to count on him, he doesn't disappoint," Torre said. "He makes big plays, he makes big pitches."

The Yankees won their ninth straight postseason game and sent Texas to its eighth playoff loss in a row. New York can complete a three-game sweep Saturday night at Texas when Roger Clemens starts against Esteban Loaiza.

It was Torre who helped convince owner George Steinbrenner not to send the shaky Pettitte to Philadelphia at the July 31 trading deadline. Pettitte was sharp down the stretch and rewarded his manager's confidence with another top effort in October.

"It seems like every year I struggle and they talk about trading me, and then somebody stands up for me, like Joe," Pettitte said. "I had a tough year, a lot of people doubting me."

Against Texas, he looked every bit as focused as the pitcher who won the clinching Game 4 of last year's World Series and the crucial Game 5 of the 1996 Series against Atlanta.

After the game, Steinbrenner personally complimented Pettitte for a "courageous performance."

Juan Gonzalez homered in the fourth, ending the Rangers' postseason scoreless streak at 25 innings. But that was all they managed in 7 1-3 innings against Pettitte.

Ricky Ledee's tiebreaking double in the seventh off loser Rick Helling and a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Jim Leyritz in the eighth put the Yankees one win away from their second consecutive 3-0 sweep of Texas in the opening round of the playoffs.

Indians 11, Red Sox 1

Jim Thome hit a grand slam, Harold Baines added a three-run shot and Charles Nagy pitched seven solid innings Thursday as Cleveland moved within a win of sweeping the AL division series from Boston with an 11-1 rout of the Red Sox.

Cleveland capitalized on Bret Saberhagen's uncharacteristic wildness and scored 11 runs in a two-inning span to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series.

The Red Sox, who lost Pedro Martinez to a back injury in Game 1, will turn to another Martinez, Pedro's brother, Ramon, to save their season in Game 3 Saturday at Fenway Park. Dave Burba, a postseason hero for the Indians pitching out of the bullpen last year, starts for Cleveland.

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