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Wednesday, September 11, 1996

Eagles split Lee, OHS matches

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 11 - For 4½ games the Pecos Eagles looked nothing like the
same team that had been swept on their home court a week earlier.

After edging Midland Lee three days earlier in the consolation finals of
the Seminole Tournament, the Eagles routed the Rebels, 15-6, 15-4, in
their first game Tuesday night at the Pecos High School gym. They then
split a pair of games against the Odessa High Bronchos and held a 7-4
lead in Game 3 when...

"We lost our concentration," Eagles' coach Nora Geron said. "We
couldn't handle some of their serves and we lost our composure."

Odessa's Beth Espinoza served out seven straight points, and the
Bronchos finished with an 11-0 run for a 15-7 victory, giving them a
sweep and Pecos a split of their Tuesday night matches.

Even with the loss, Geron was happy with her team's overall play. "We're
looking better. We played a tough first game, and Odessa's got a good

Pecos, which had relied on Lori Marquez for most of their offense during
the first three weeks of the season, got more out of two other juniors,
Gail Taylor and Ivy Thorp, as well as from sophomore Sherrie Mosby in
the win over Lee and in the first two games against OHS.

Marquez actually had as much luck in the opener as a server as she did
on the front line, scoring three aces as Pecos took an 8-6 lead. But
Odessa would come back with a 7-1 run, though unlike their later streak,
this one came over after several rotations, with the Bronchos going up
for good on a block of Marquez by Christy Redman.

Pecos used a late streak of their own to break open an 8-6 score in Game
2. Taylor had a couple of spikes and a block on Linda Garcia in the 7-3
closing run.

"They're all coming around, but they're coming slowly," Geron said of
her hitters. "I think you're going to see them all hitting."

Along with more offense, the Eagles also played together far better than
they had in their other home games this season.

"They're understanding their roles finally," Geron said. "It's hard for
them to come up for their first year on the varsity and understand their
roles, but they're figuring out what to do."

Against Lee, Marquez had blocks on LaSaunda Christian and Allison
Bradshaw in Game 1, and finished things off with a kill. She also scored
off a trio of spikes in the second game, which ended with an ace serve
by Denise Camarena.

"Lee was down. They didn't look the same," Geron said, referring to
Saturday's three-game victory by the Eagles over the Rebels, or
Midland's homecourt victory over the Eagles two weeks ago.

The split ended a four-match win streak for Pecos, and leaves them with
a 7-9 record for the season. The Rebels and Bronchos also faced Imperial
in addition to Pecos, and both posted wins over the Longhorns - Lee by
15-3, 15-1 scores and OHS by 15-11, 15-13 totals.

The results were all the same on the junior varsity level. Odessa beat
Pecos' JV, 15-11, 15-5, and the Eagles then came back to sweep Lee,
15-12, 15-13. Lee downed Imperial, 15-3, 15-3, and Odessa did the same,
winning 15-1, 15-4.

Pecos' freshman only faced Odessa High's sophomores, falling in the
purple game, 15-1, 15-5, and in the gold matchup, 15-2, 15-1.

The Eagles play their final pre-district matches on Saturday. The
varsity and freshman will take on Greenwood and San Angelo Central in
Midland, while the JV competes in the Andrews Tournament, where District
4-4A play begins for the Eagles next Tuesday.

Bears' runner third in Odessa meet

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PECOS, Sept 11 - Balmorhea Bears' freshman Manuel Mendoza picked up
where departed cross country runner Junior Dutchover left off this past
weekend, as he picked up a Division II bronze medal at the Ector County
ISD Cross Country Meet.

Mendoza ran the three-mile course in 18:29, in a field that featured
mostly Class 2A runners and junior varsity runners from Class 3A through
5A schools.

"He did real well for a freshman," Bears' coach Adolfo Garcia said. "He
beat a lot of seniors and juniors."

There were a total of 59 runners in the field, he added.

Walt Hale of Van Horn and San Angelo Lake View JV runner Brian Salazar
were first and second in the Division II field, with 17:21 and 18:29
times. Mendoza's time was eight seconds better than the next Class A
level runner, Felipe Reyna of Plains.

Dutchover won several medals and advanced to state and regionals the
past two years in cross country before graduating in May. Garcia said
Mendoza's 18:29 time was "very, very close to what Junior had been

Up in the Division I field, Pecos' Mauricio Villescas finished 10th
overall, and second among District 4-4A runners, in Saturday's race.
Villescas had a 17:05 time in a division dominated by El Paso runners.

Another Class 4A runner, Milton Ramos of El Paso High, won the meet in
16:20, while teammate Jose Ortega was second, one second behind. San
Angelo Lake View's Justin Haby had the top time among 4-4A runners, a
16:53, and the Chiefs finished second in the team point totals to El
Paso High, 15 points to 66.
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