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Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996

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Three Eagles earn all-district honors

PECOS, Nov. 14 -- The Pecos Eagles had one first-team player, one second
team selection, and an honorable mention pick on the All-District 4-4A
volleyball team, which was selected on Wednesday by the district's six

Junior hitter Lorrie Marquez was named to the first team squad by the
coaches, while senior defensive player Denise Camarena was Pecos' second
team pick and senior setter Elena Hinojos earned honorable mention.

Andrews' senior hitter Keitha Ramsey was chosen as the district's Most
Valuable Player, but Eagles' coach Nora Geron said no player was a
unanimous selection to the first team squad this season.

"It kind of turned out the way I expected," said Geron, whose team ended
a three-year playoff drought by qualifying for the new third place
bi-district berth last month. "All the hitters who played all the way
around (on rotations) were on there, and Lorrie was the only one we had
who did that.

"It's getting to where you have to be an all around player or you don't
get the recognition," she added.

Marquez led the team in kills and blocks this season, as Pecos advanced
to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs despite a 14-17 season
mark. She was the only junior among the five considered for district
MVP, and the lone junior on the first team squad.

Camarena was one of two defensive specialists chosen to the squad, as
both she and Hinojos, who led the team in assists, saw their playing
time increase as the season went on.

District champion Lake View and runner-up Andrews both put three players
on the first-team squad. Along with Ramsey, the Mustangs had senior
hitter Prescilla Rampone and sophomore hitter Ali Bane, while Lake View
had senior hitters Jennifer Casey and Chasity Harp, and sophomore hitter
Hillary Lee, who was named 4-4A Newcomer of the Year.

Fort Stockton, which lost out to Pecos for the third place playoff
berth, had two first-teamers, in senior hitter Angela Granado and
sophomore hitter Elisa Espino, while Big Spring, which finished fifth,
had senior hitter Tosha Wilbert on the squad.

Along with Camarena, the second team was made up of Lake View defensive
player Amy Bragg and setter Cori Ensmiger, both seniors; Andrews junior
hitter Holly Fields and senior setter Adrienne Moose; Fort Stockton
senior setter Yvonne Valeriano; Big Spring junior hitter Kristi
McWherter; and Sweetwater sophomore hitter Vanessa Lehrmann.

The other honorable mention picks along with Hinojos were Lake View
junior hitter Stacy Bartz and Big Spring senior defensive player Fulani

Along with Pecos, Andrews and Lake View were both second round playoff
casualties last Tuesday, falling to District 1-4A rivals Hereford and

District 4-4A football coaches also selected their all-district team on
Wednesday, but that won't be released until the three playoff qualifiers
are eliminated. Lake View hosts El Paso Bowie in their Division I
bi-district game on Friday, while Andrews hosts El Paso Riverside and
Sweetwater does the same for El Paso Burges on Friday in the Division II

Bears look to contain Grady's ground game

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Nov. 14 -- The Balmorhea Bears will be both the younger team, and
the one with more playoff experience Friday night in Imperial, when they
take on the Lenorah Grady Wildcats in the bi-district round of the
six-man football playoffs.

Both the Bears and the Wildcats come into Friday's game with 9-1
records. But while Balmorhea is making its third straight trip to the
playoffs, and second straight as District 8-A six-man runner-up, Grady
is making its first post-season appearance since 1990, and came from a
4-6 mark last season to claim the District 7-A six-man title this year,
its first-ever district crown.

"They run out of a lot of formations," said Bears' coach Michael
Barrandey. "They run a ton of plays. It's incredible how many formations
they run.

"Their bread and butter play is the sweep. They run their passes off
that as well and sent out different receivers every time."

Senior running back Brad Cox led Grady's revival this season, along with
last season's top back, Cody Peugh. Cox ran and threw for six touchdowns
for the second time this season last week, in the Wildcats' 44-32
title-clinching victory over Ackerly-Sands. His TD runs for 6- and
66-yards broke a 32-all tie in the final period, and he had 1- and
4-yard scores in the first half, as well as 20- and 31-yard TD passes to
Peugh and Trey Harrell in the third period.

"One thing that should help us is we've played against more tight
formation teams than in the past," the Bears' coach said.

Defensively, Barrandey said the Wildcats have "played well against some
teams. They've got about 13 players, so depth might be a problem later

"I don't know how they'll react against a spread offense," he added.
Sands ran a tight offense against Grady, gaining 216 of their 228 yards
on the ground.

"From all the reports I've gotten from other coaches, they're gamey.
They keep plugging along until you make a mistake, and then they take
advantage. Sands' coach said they were in the game and had a chance to
win, but made some mistakes and Grady capitalized," Barrandey said.

Unlike last year, when the Bears faced Sands' district rival
Lamesa-Klondike, Balmorhea will be a slight favorite going into Friday's
game. Balmorhea was a big underdog last season against No. 2 ranked
Klondike, but it took an interception on the final play of the game for
the Cougars to defeat the Bears' 60-57.

Balmorhea was hampered by injuries at the end of last season. This time
around, Barrandey said his team is healthy, though they lost two players
to grades. "We're in pretty good shape. We have a couple of kids
suffering from colds that are going around, but otherwise we're doing
all right," he said.

The winner of Friday's game will take on the winner of the
Southland-Borden County game, set for Friday night in Slaton. Meanwhile,
District 8-A champion Grandfalls takes on 7-A runner up Wellman in their
bi-district matchup, on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in Seagraves. The
winner there will face either Ropes or Highland, who play Friday night
at Klondike.

PHS freshman girls hosting hoop tourney

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PECOS, Nov. 14 -- The Pecos Eagles' freshman girls basketball
tournament will get underway tonight at the Pecos High School gym,
although Pecos' girls won't see any action until Friday.

Only six-teams are entered in the three-day tournament, so only one
game will by played today and Friday. Monahans will face Alpine in
tonight's first round contest, at 6:30 p.m., while the ninth grade
Eagles host Crane at 7 p.m. Friday in the other opening matchup.

The Monahans-Alpine winner takes on Kermit on Saturday in a 9 s.m.
semifinal, while the Pecos-Crane winner faces Fort Stockton at 12 noon.
The Thursday and Friday losers will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the
consolation title, while the third place and championship contests are
set for 3 and 4:30 p.m.

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