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Thursday, October 17, 1996

Loboes move up 19 slots;

Favored by 32 over Clint

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The Harris Ratings moved the Loboes from No. 40 last week up to No. 21
this week. The Mean Green also improved in the power ratings from 191 up
to 195. They are only seven power points out to the top ten and with a
better than 32 point win Friday could move up even more next week.

Other 3-3A teams and their rankings and power ratings are: 141 Alpine
170; Clint 172, 163; El Paso Mountain View 177 and 161; Fabens 195 and
153, and Presidio ; No. 208 and last in the state in Class 3A with a
power quotient of 127.

Here's how Harris figures the district games to come out this week:

Alpine by 43 over Presidio in Alpine, Monahans by 32 over Clint in Clint
and Mountain View by 8 over Fabens in El Paso.

Texas Girls Coach's Association

ranks Lady Loboes second in state

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District 3-A is home to 205 teams and only one was considered better
than the Lady Loboes, according to the Texas Girls Coach's Association
poll released Friday.

"It means a lot more (than the ranking comes from a coach's poll)," said
junior Jessica Lopez, "the coaches have their own team but they think
we're better."

"As a team it gives us more confidence to work hard," said head Coach
Martina Carrillo about the ranking, "It's a big honor to be ranked atop
the state."

Martina was quick to point out that the support form the community has
really helped and is appreciated, "Going to state is not just a team
effort, we need the Administration, the community, football team,
baseball team, everyone, because we're not just the volleyball team, we
present the city of Monahans.

"Now that the rankings are out, teams are going to come out and look for
us," said Homecoming Queen Elisa Alverez, "They'll want to find out what
the number two team in the state is all about."

The Ladies, although happy to receive this honor, remain focused on the
task at hand.

"We're still the same team," said senior Leah Johnson. "We're not any
better or any worse."

"We know we're number two, but we don't have big heads about it," said
Stacy Sotelo. "We still have to work hard."

The Lady Loboes seemed to be dealing with the pressures that sometimes
comes with a high state ranking.

"We just have to play our game." said senior Mandie Balderaz. "People
expect more out of us, and we have a reputation to uphold."

"We just have to keep working hard in practice," said senior Crystal
Looney. "We know we have to concentrate on the important stuff."

The team is close and enjoys being around each other.

"I'm proud to be part of this team," said junior Sara Molina. "We're
like a family," said junior Jennifer Melius. "No one looks down on
anyone else."

"They work so hard," said manager Stacey Belz. "They deserve state if
they get it."

For the seniors, this is their last chance to win a state title, and
they seem determined to get it.

"We've wanted this for a long time," said senior Sarah Carrel. "We
seniors decided we were going to state and it doesn't matter if we're 3A
or 4A."

"We want to go out with a bang," stated Randie Brannon. "We have worked
so hard and we are really good."

Playing in a district that has not been much of a challenge might make
it difficult for most teams to remember what got them to where they are,
however the Lady Loboes appear to be on the right track.

"At the beginning of the season we set goals for ourselves," commented
Shayla Terry. "We know we have to really work hard if we want to go to

The Lady Loboes are looking good as they enter the lst part of district.

They are cheerful and enjoy the games more and more each week."

"Winning is more fun," said Tracie Jasso.

Right now the Lady Loboes are having a blast.

Loboes enter second loop

contest against Clint Friday

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The Monahans Loboes are set to play Clint Friday night as they continue
district play.

The Clint Lions run a power "I" offense. The quarterback David Patterson
is fast enough to switch to tail back on occasion and is the return man
along with tailback David Jasso.

Clint runs a 4-3 defense, which has four men on the line of scrimmage
and three linebackers.

This type of defense is a balanced set with five men to the right of the
center, five men to the left of the center and a middle line backer.

The Lions are 1-0 in district, 2-3 overall.

They have dropped games to Las Cruces Onate 13-41, Cathedral 7-13 and
Colorado City 6-52.

Clint's only wins have been against Canutillo 25-0 and Presidio 36-6.
Presidio, however is ranked last in all of district 3-A.

The Loboes are coming off a solid 58-0 victory over Mountain View.

The Monahans offense put up 422-yards last week, 286 on the ground 136
off four pass completions.

The Loboes are 32-point favorites coming into this game on paper.
However, the Green have not taken anyone lightly this season and have
improved every game.

The Loboes will be on the road this week but will be back in town to
face the Fabens Wildcats next week.

For a complete play by play report of the game, please see the Saturday
Area Spotlight.
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