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PECOS, Oct. 18 -- The Pecos Eagles' swimming team opened their 1996-97
season in strong fashion Thursday in Monahans, with a dual meet victory
over the Fort Stockton Panthers and Monahans Loboes.
The girls, who are seeking their seventh straight district title this
season, beat out Monahans by a 125-97 score, with Fort Stockton third
with 34 points. On the boys, side, the Eagles are hoping to win their
seventh title in eight years, and began with a 142-54 victory over
Monahans, with Fort Stockton third with 42 points.
"We did a little bit better than I expected," Eagles' coach Terri Morse
said. "Most everybody cut their times, and most of those were lifetime
personal bests, so they really rose to the occasion."
Depth helped the Eagles defeat the Loboes on the girls side, as it did a
year ago when they placed 1-2 at the district meet. Pecos had six first
place finishes to five for Monahans, but the Eagles were also able to
snare some additional seconds and thirds, along with two of the top
three finishes in the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay.
Dionne Munoz, Megan Freeman, Jamie Corson and Liz Parent all had first
place finishes, with Freeman taking both the 100 yard butterfly, in
1:09.25, and the 100 breaststroke, in 1:19.27. Munoz won the 200 free
with a 2:20.05 time and was fourth in the 100 backstroke; Parent was
first in the 500 freestyle with a 6:01.77 time, and second in the 200
individual medley; and Corson captured the 100 free with a 1:07.30 time
after placing fourth in the 200 medley. Parent, Freeman, Christi
Whitworth and Randi Key also took home a gold medal in the 400 free
relay, with a 4:18.28 time, while Corson, Kelli Bagley, Leslie
Armbruster and Sarah Lam were third.
Other finishes include Key, second in the 100 fly and third in the 100
backstroke; Bagley was second in the 50 freestyle; Armbruster was second
in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 free; Whitworth was third in the
100 free and third in the 100 breaststroke; Lam was sixth in the 50
free; Munoz, Freeman, Key and Parent were second in the 200 medley
relay, and Munoz, Corson, Bagley and Whitworth were second in the 200
The boys swept all three relays and won six individual golds on
Thursday. Freshman Kevin Bates picked up two, winning the 200 individual
medley in 2:14.11 and the 100 backstroke in 60.30, as did junior Kenneth
Friar, who captured the 200 freestyle in 2:03.10 and the 500 free with a
The other individual golds were by Seth Whitworth, in the 100
breaststroke with a 1:07.64 time, and diver Scott Pounds, who took the 1
meter event with 99 points. Whitworth also was second in the 100
butterfly, while in the relays, Bates, Tillman, Whitworth and Dennis
Harris won the 200 medley, in 1:50.58; Friar, Harris, Williams Kiefer
and Matt Ivy took the 200 freestyle, in 1:42.23, and Bates, Kiefer,
Friar and Whitworth won the 400 free relay, with a 4:11.57 time.
Ivy, Al Tillman, Jeff Lam and Michael Lukins were second in the 400 free
relay, while in the other individual events, Kiefer placed second in the
200 freestyle and the 100 free; Tillman was second in the 200 medley and
the 100 breaststroke; Harris was second in the 50 free and the 500 free;
Lukins was fourth in the 100 free and fifth in the 50 free; and Ivy was
third in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 100 fly.
The Eagles had been scheduled to compete in another dual meet on
Saturday in Andrews, but Morse said it was canceled due to area band
competition. The Eagles' next meet is on Nov. 2 in Big Spring, where the
boys will get their first shot at the Steers, who ended Pecos' six-year
run as district champs last February.
"Big Spring and Andrews are both going to be tough. They both have a lot
out on the boys and girls sides," Morse said. "I' just glad we had a
good one to start out, because it always helps to start on a positive
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PECOS, Oct. 18 -- If they can get a win Saturday, the Pecos Eagles may
already have clinched a playoff spot by the time they take the court for
their next District 4-4A volleyball match seven days later.
But to get that done, they face the daunting task -- at least this year
-- of winning at home, when they host the Big Spring Steers in a 12 noon
The Eagles took the lead in the race for the third and final Class 4A
playoff berth on Tuesday, with a 15-5, 6-15, 15-4 win on the road in
Fort Stockton. Pecos is 4-4 in district, 12-15 on the season, but are
tied in the loss column with both the Prowlers and Big Spring, each of
whom are 3-4 in district.
However, both those teams still have matches left against first place
San Angelo Lake View and second place Andrews. Fort Stockton faces the
Maidens and Mustangs this Friday and on Tuesday, while the Steers close
against Lake View and Andrews next week.
So with the help of the Maidens and Mustangs, the Eagles could clinch
their first playoff berth in four years while sitting home idle on
Tuesday, and could still clinch at least a tie for third with Fort
Stockton by winning their last two regular season matches over the
Steers and Maidens.
The Eagles have already beaten Big Spring twice this season on the road
-- once at the Seminole Tournament, and again in district play, a 11-15,
15-5, 15-12 win at Big Spring. Along with Tuesday's win in Fort
Stockton, they improved the Eagles' road record this season to 8-6,
while Pecos has won just four of their 13 home games in 1996.
"If we go out there and play ball, we can beat anybody," Eagles' coach
Nora Geron said. "We just need to concentrate at home the same way we do
on the road."
Big Spring stayed in the playoff race Tuesday with their third straight
win, 9-15, 15-9, 15-13 over Sweetwater. Tosha Wilbert remains the
Steers' biggest offensive threat, though the Eagles were able to keep
her in check at the Seminole Tournament.
Saturday's varsity contest will be the only match played, due to area
band competition at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa later Saturday afternoon.
The freshman have completed their season, as only the varsity and junior
varsity teams will play a week from Saturday against Lake View.
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Things went a lot better away from home, though none of three Pecos
teams playing at the Mustang Bowl won. The Eagles' JV suffered their
first loss of the season, by a 14-7 final score, while the seventh grade
purple team fell to Andrews, 6-0, and the gold squad dropped a 22-0
Coach Mike Ferrell said the JV lost with 48 seconds to play, as Andrews
hit a couple of long passes on their winning drive to wipe of a 7-6
Eagle lead. The game was scoreless at the half, and the Eagles took the
lead on a touchdown run and extra point kick by Robert Gonzales.
"We had a tremendous effort on defense, and we moved the ball a couple
of times, but we just had some unfortunate miscues that stalled our
drives," said Ferrell, whose team is now 6-1 on the season.
The freshmen fell to 4-2 with their loss, as Andrews scored on six of
its seven first half possessions and built a 40-0 lead. The Mustangs had
four touchdown runs, two of over 35 yards, in the first half, and a pair
of TD passes late in the second period.
Pecos got on the board after intercepting an Andrews pass in the third
period, as Derek Zubeldia passed nine yards to Jamin Weidner. Andrews
added their final TD on a 3-yard run early in the fourth period, before
Jomar Gallego hit Jason Payne on a 70-yard scoring strike for the final
points of the night.
Crockett's eighth graders moved the ball on Andrews in the first half,
and gained 35 yards on their first play from scrimmage. But they fumbled
the ball away on their second play, lost it once more in the half, while
the Mustangs scored on all of their possessions, off runs of 28, 5, 43,
33 and 1 yard, and a 28 yard TD pass, and built a 39-0 lead.
Pecos held the ball on offense the entire third period, scoring on a
15-yard pass from Orlando Munoz to Chris Bryant as the fourth period
opened, but the Mustangs returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a
touchdown and added a 56-yard TD run midway though the period.
The loss dropped the purple team to 1-3 on the season, while the gold
team is now 1-2-1 after their loss. A Jose Barreno 5-yard run accounted
for the Eagles' only points.
Pecos' seventh grade purple team was blanked in Andrews to fall to 1-2
on the season, but coach Jerry Parent said an 82-yard fumble return by
Richard Rodriguez was called back by a penalty, and the Eagles had two
other chances to score inside the Mustangs' 10-yard-line.
"We punished them along the line. We just couldn't get it in when we
got down there," Parent said of the purple team's defeat, while the gold
team's loss left them with a 1-3 record.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Pecos' varsity will be hoping for better success
at home against Andrews. The Eagles have lost the last two times at home
in the fourth quarter to the Mustangs, 14-12 in 1993 and 13-7 the
following year. Pecos comes in with a 3-3 record, 0-1 in district after
their 50-0 loss at Big Spring, while Andrews is 2-4 and 0-1 after a 14-0
defeat in Sweetwater.
Big Spring goes to San Angelo Lake View, the Eagles' next opponent, in
a matchup of two unbeaten teams in 4-4A, while the other unbeaten,
Sweetwater, plays in Fort Stockton.
Big Spring (1-0, 2-4) at San Angelo (1-0, 5-1): Big Spring has started
off district the past two years with narrow losses to Lake View, and has
missed the playoffs. This year, they would figure to be on a roll after
last week's rout over the Eagles, but their success may depend on
quarterback Gabe Mendoza getting off to the same type of start he did a
week ago. He had nearly two-thirds of his 80-yards passing in the
opening period, and the Steers will have to throw the ball some to open
things up for Antwoyne Edwards.
For Lake View, 80 yards passing is about a quarter's work for Sterlin
Gilbert, though the Chiefs really didn't get their offense going until
the second half of last week's 31-14 win at Fort Stockton. It was the
second straight game Lake View's defense has held things until the
offense could get in gear, after a 28-7 win over Snyder, which had
defeated the Steers in the final seconds of their game the week before
they faced San Angelo.
Sweetwater (1-0, 6-0) at Fort Stockton (0-1, 3-3): After letting the
offense carry the ball both literally and figuratively in their first
three games, the Mustangs' defense has come on strong the past three
weeks, allowing Amarillo Palo Duro only six points, then shutting out
Lubbock Monterey and Andrews. Sweetwater passed for few yards in their
district opener, but quarterback Andrew Boatright ran for nearly 100,
and he and Jason Blueford both scored touchdowns.
Fort Stockton has gone `good week, bad week' so far this season, so if
that holds, tonight's game could be a surprise. The Panthers have scored
42, 41, and 49 points in their first, third and fifth games this season,
and 8, 15 and 14, in their second, fourth and sixth contests. Jacob
Vasquez, meanwhile, has run for over 100 yards in five out of six games,
and will need another big night if the Panthers are to have shot at
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