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Thurs., Dec. 5, 1996

Two Warbirds to box at state Silver Gloves

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PECOS, Dec. 5 -- Two members of the Pecos Warbirds Boxing Team will be
competing in the state Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament in Fort Worth
next weekend, after last Saturday's area tournament in Midland.

Robbie Ontiveros won his bout over Matis Garcia of Odessa in the
11-year-old division at 85 pounds, while Paul Juarez won the 12-year-old
division at 90 pounds in a walkover, though he did get in an exhibition
bout Saturday.

The two were among five Pecos boxers in the Midland tournament, said
manager Roy Juarez. Gilbert Plasencia, Michael Vasquez and Peter Juarez
were the other Warbirds entered, an all were beaten by decision.

"Paul got to fight a 15-year-old, David Barraza, and he lost the
decision" Roy Juarez said of the exhibition bout, while Plasencia lost
to Gonzalo Villescas, Vasquez to Tony Cruz and Peter Juarez to Hector

"I thought Mikey and Gilbert won their fights," Roy Juarez said, while
manager Fred Martin said, "One of the judges gave Michael the decision.
He's really improving and trying hard. The only thing is she so short.
With the other kids he fights he's usually three to six inches shorter
than they are."

Martin said Ontiveros' opponent, "was about 15 pounds heavier, but he
didn't have as much experience, so Robbie won quite handily."

The Silver Gloves State Tournament is for Junior Olympic Division
fighters, and will run from Dec. 13-15 in Fort Worth. Juarez said the
winners will advance to the regionals in Little Rock, Ark., while the
national finals are set for Kansas.

Meanwhile, the West of the Pecos Golden Gloves are scheduled for Feb.
7-8 at the Reeves County Civic Center, and Martin said he'd like to have
a boxing smoker in Pecos next month as well.

"I've talked to the chamber about it, and we'll either work with them on
having one in the middle of January, or I'll try to do it on my own," he

Martin also responded to some criticism of the cost of last year's
Golden Gloves Tournament, which was brought up during November's meeting
of the Pecos Chamber of Commerce, which co-sponsored the event.

"I guess some people don't realize how much the tournament brings into
town, plus getting the kids off the streets and giving them something to
do," Martin said. "It does bring in quite a bit of money to town.

"People have got to realize with 15 or 16 clubs, even if some bring only
two or three kids in, they've got to buy gas, eat and some spend the

He added that February's tournament "needs sponsors and people to get
involved with it. It's a community project, and a whole lot more people
need to get involved than we have had."

He said the January event would be designed to raise funds for the
boxing team, and if it's co-sponsored by the Chamber the two groups
would split the proceeds.

"The Warbirds are doing good right now," Martin said. "By the time the
Golden Gloves come, we should have about nine fighters entered."

Eagles seek first win against Prowlers

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PECOS, Dec. 5 -- The Pecos Eagles play their first really meaningful
game of the 1996-97 girls basketball season this afternoon, in the
opening round of the West Texas Shootout in Crane.

It's more meaningful than their three games so far against District 4-5A
schools because it's against a District 4-4A rival, Fort Stockton, a
team the Eagles will need to beat in January if they want to earn their
first trip to the playoffs since 1991.

The Eagles and Prowlers play at 3 p.m. today, with the winner taking on
the winner of today's Crane-Fort Davis game at 6 p.m. on Friday. The
losers of those games will meet in the consolation semifinals at 3 p.m.

While Pecos comes in winless after their losses to the three 5A teams,
Fort Stockton sports a 3-2 record entering play today. But based on the
teams' two games at Odessa Permian this season, it should be a pretty
even matchup.

Pecos played without most of their starters in their Nov. 12 season
opener at Odessa, and were shut out in the first period by Permian,
which held a 22-0 lead on the way to a 79-35 victory. Fort Stockton,
meanwhile, went to Odessa Tuesday night, and fell behind 37-11 after one
period, in an eventual 86-29 victory by the Panthers.

Pecos comes off Saturday's 68-47 loss to Midland High, in which the
Eagles' offense could managed just 18 second half points, after holding
a 16-9 lead through one period.

"I think its just a matter of clicking. It's only our third game, and we
haven't had a chance to get down our fundamentals as well as those other
teams have," Eagles' coach Patty Hall said. "Hopefully after this game
and after the Crane Tournament, we'll improve."

Penny Armstrong did have her best shooting game so far, finishing with
13 points. "She's taking more shots and not handling the ball as much,
and that's what I want her to do," Hall said Monday.

Fort Stockton was led by Ashley Creech's 10 points in their loss to
Permian, while senior post Angela Granado is expected to play a major
role in Fort Stockton's inside offense this season.

Greenwood takes on Seminole and Kermit faces Monahans in the other two
opening round games today, at 12 noon and 1:30 p.m.

Pecos' varsity boys, who fell at home to Monahans on Tuesday, are off
until next week, when they host their own tournament. The Eagles' junior
varsity and freshman boys will be in tournament play starting today at
Fort Stockton, while Pecos' junior varsity girls will host Van Horn in a
6 p.m. game on Saturday.
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