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December 24, 1996

Marquez gets all-state spot for Christmas

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PECOS, Dec. 24 -- Pecos Eagles junior Lori Marquez got an early
Christmas present on Monday, when she was named to the Class 4A
all-state second team, as selected by state sportswriters.

After the Eagles earning their first playoff berth in four seasons, the
5-8 Marquez led Pecos to a first round playoff victory over El Paso
Burges, before the Eagles lost to Lamesa in the area round of the
playoffs. She led the Eagles in both kills (287) and blocks (78), and
was earlier named to the first team All- District 4-4A squad.

Class 4A state champion Hereford placed two players on the first team
squad, in senior «MDNM» Danielle Cornelius and junior Julie Rampley.
Andrews Mustangs senior Keitha Ramsey, who was named district MVP last
month, was the only other 4-4A player named to the squad, earning
honorable mention. Lake View senior Jennifer Casey, who led the Maidens
to their first-ever 4-4A title, did not make the all-state squad.

Others earning all-state honors were Monahans seniors Leah Johnson and
Randi Brannon, who were first team Class 3A selections after the Loboes
reached the state semifinals; Loboes senior Crystal Looney and Alpine
junior Adrienne Reyes, who were second team picks; Wink sophomore Jess
Anne Fernandes, who was a second team Class A selection, and her
teammate Casie Slaughter, who was an honorable mention pick.

Rested Eagles resume play Thursday

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PECOS, Dec. 24 -- Rested or rusty?

That will be one of the questions the Pecos Eagles will have answered
Thursday, when they open play in the 66th annual Reagan County
Basketball Tournament.

Pecos' boys saw their scheduled games last Monday and Tuesday against
Carlsbad and Kermit canceled due to semester exams. As a result,
Thursday's 3:30 p.m. matchup against the Eldorado Eagles will be their
first game since Dec. 14, when they dropped a 78-55 decision to Lydia
Patterson in the finals of the West of the Pecos Shootout.

The loss left the Eagles with a 5-5 season record going into the
Christmas break. The five wins equals Pecos' total for all of last year,
and they'll get two chances to surpass that total on Thursday, no matter
what the outcome of their game with Eldorado.

Because this year's tournament features only six teams, a round-robin
format is being used in the boys' division. Reagan County hosts Eldorado
at 12:30 p.m. to open tournament play, and after the two Eagle squads
meet, Pecos will face Reagan County at 6:30 p.m.

The other half of the bracket, which includes Crane, Ballinger and
McCamey, will play Friday, and the Eagles will go back to Big Lake
Saturday for either the consolation game at 12:30 p.m., the third place
contest at 3:30 or the championship game at 6:30 p.m.

Like Pecos, both Eldorado and Reagan County come into Thursday's
tournament off losses, though both teams have played within the past
week. Eldorado dropped a 55-53 decision at Water Valley on Friday, the
same night the Owls were beaten at home by Coahoma, 73-61. However,
Reagan County did take first place in the Robert Lee Tournament the
previous weekend, beating Garden City in the title game, 72-65.

Eldorado's 6-3 senior post Zane Bruce led his team with 28 points,
while Zack Steele added 10 in the loss to the Wildcats. Pecos won its
opening two games at Reagan County a year ago, before losing to Robert
Lee in the tournament finals.
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