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Friday, August 12, 2005

Pee Wee grid deadline nearing

Parents have until next Friday to register players for the Pecos Eagle Pee Wee Football program at the regular $25 sign-up fee, while registration will continue for another two weeks for the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department’s youth volleyball and flag football leagues for the fall season.

The Pee Wee league’s registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 19, while the fee will be $35 for anyone signing up after that day. The program is for boys and girls entering grades 3-6 this year.

The fee for the volleyball and flag football leagues is $10 per child and forms are available for all three leagues at the office. Volleyball is open to children entering grades 2-6, while the flag football program is open to boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 7.

The flag football and volleyball registration deadlines are Saturday, Aug. 27 at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym. Returned forms must be signed by both parents, and a birth certificate for the child must be provided along with the signed form.

For further information, contact the RCCRD officer during regular hours Monday through Saturday at 447-9776.

Eagles face Alpine, Ft. Davis after opening losses

The Pecos Eagles volleyball team opened up their 2005 season on Tuesday with a pair of losses in Wink, to the Wildcats and Alpine Bucks. But the Eagles will get another shot at Alpine on Friday, and will get two chances to earn their first win of the year, when they host the Bucks and Fort Davis Maidens at the Pecos High School gym.

The Eagles dropped a 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 decision to the host Wildcats on Tuesday, while losing in three games to the Bucks, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23.

“Wink’s team looked very strong. They had some very strong hitters,” said Debbie Garcia, who will again be looking for her first win as a varsity head coach on Friday, after taking over the team on July 28.

“I told the girls a lot of times they did the hard stuff, but they didn’t do the easy stuff,” she said. “They’d pick up a hard hit, but then they’d let a little dink hit the floor. There were times they weren’t moving on the court the way they need to be.”

In the other match, Garcia said, “We had a little trouble serving against Alpine, after we didn’t miss a serve against Wink.” Serves were a problem for Pecos as well last week in their scrimmage against the Bucks, and Garcia said, “We’re working on keeping our intensity up the whole game.”

On offense, Garcia said her middle hitters did well in both matches. “Brittany hit the ball well, and Adriana hit the ball well,” she said. “Brittany got blocked a couple of times by Alpine, but she also put the ball on the floor real hard a few times.”

The outside hitters’ position still remains open. “We took Bianca Espudo this time. She played outside hitter and did a pretty good job, so she’ll be one of the 12 we have suited up on Friday,” Garcia said.

The Eagles will face Fort Davis at 4:30 p.m. in their first match, then will take a break while the Maidens and Bucks face each other. Pecos will then take on Alpine, starting sometime around 7:30 p.m.

Pecos’ junior varsity opened their 2005 season by splitting their matches in split sets, while the ninth graders dropped their matches to the Wildcats and Bucks. The JV beat Wink, 26-24, 18-25, 15-10, while losing to Alpine, 25-18, 14-25, 15-7; while the freshmen fell to the Wildcats, 25-4, 25-16, and lost to the Bucks, 25-21, 25-22.

Garcia said the JV and ninth grade teams will play at the same times as the varsity on Friday, with the JV also in the new gym, while the freshmen play Fort Davis and Alpine in the old gym.

Pecos hosts Andrews in first grid scrimmage

Staff Writer

After two weeks of workouts under a little more stable conditions than a year ago, the Pecos Eagles football team will play their first scrimmage of the 2005 season on Saturday against a former, and possibly future, district rival, when Pecos hosts the Andrews Mustangs for morning scrimmage games at Eagle Stadium.

Coach Patrick Willis said the freshman and JV will probably get underway later than the originally announced starting time of 9 a.m., due to delays in getting officials to the stadium Saturday morning. He said the varsity scrimmage should begin about 11 a.m. The Eagles have been able to conduct all their workouts this season at Eagle Stadium, which wasn’t the case a year ago, due to delays in the installation of artificial turf on the field. Preseason workouts a year ago were at Crockett Middle School, and Pecos didn’t get to play on their home field until mid-September.

That included a scrimmage game at the Mustang Bowl, where Andrews scored the only touchdown of the day just prior to the end of the scrimmage. The Mustangs would go on to make their seventh playoff appearance in the past eight seasons, while the Eagles struggled through a 1-9 season, as penalties and turnovers plagued Pecos’ offense all season long.

The Eagles have been working on cutting down on those mistakes during their opening two weeks of workouts, though they have had to shift a few players around on the line. Both the planned starting guards going into the season, Albert Lopez and Chris Navarette, had too be replaced, Lopez permanently after his family moved out of town, and Navarette for at least a while, after he came down with a severe eye infection.

Michael Lee was moved over from tackle to guard to replace Navarette, while Edward Valencia will start at tight tackle and Julio Orosco at the other guard position. But Willis said he didn’t think the changes would be that much of a problem, due in part to a new zone blocking system Pecos is using this season.

“They’re smart kids. With this offense, they can learn to play two positions, because the rules stay the same,” he said. “That’s why I like the zone offense; the rules stay the same if the player is inside or outside.”

The Eagles’ offense this season does return starting running back Luis Ortega, who ran for over 900 yards in eight games last season, while Eddie Vela takes over at quarterback. Luis Salgado at center, Bill Moody at tackle and Robert Nunez at tight end are the other players scheduled to start on the first series for the Eagles on Saturday, while Andrew Grant, Luis Licon and Jeremy Dunlap are the receivers. Dunlap is the lone sophomore on this year’s varsity squad, and is starting in place of Javier Tercero, who’s been bothered by an injury.

“I think we’re looking better overall offensively right now. The defense is still finding out who’s who,” Willis said. Going into Saturday’s scrimmage, he’ll have four players starting both ways, with Valencia and Salgado on the line and Nunez and Grant at safety and cornerback.

Last year’s scrimmage was the first meeting between the Eagles and Mustangs since Pecos was moved into an El Paso area Class 4A district at the start of the 1998 season. The Eagles have been in a Class 3A district closer to home for the past three seasons, while the Mustangs are close to moving down to 3A, and could be back in the same district with Pecos for the 2006 season.

Andrews was 6-5 a year ago, but went 4-1 in District 4-4A before falling in the first round of the playoffs. Most of the Mustangs’ key losses to graduation were on offense, but coach Blaine Springston will have several starters back on the defense that held Pecos scoreless in last year’s scrimmage.

Willis said he and Springston hadn’t decided on how many plays both teams would run on Saturday, but expected to go 20 plays with the first-team units and 15 plays with the second team squads. After Saturday, the Eagles come back the following Friday for their final scrimmage, in Coahoma against the Bulldogs.

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