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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Pecos junior high grid teams go 2-for-3

The Pecos Eagles’ seventh grade team used an early touchdown on Thursday to get their third win of the season, defeating the Fort Stockton Panthers to remain unbeaten, while Pecos’ eighth football team stayed winless, as Fort Stockton pulled away in the second half for a 48-14 victory over Pecos at Eagle Stadium.

Arturo Munoz’s two-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion five plays after the opening kickoff was the only score of the day in the seventh graders’ 8-0 win over Fort Stockton. Along with that win, Pecos’ combined seventh and eighth grade ‘B’ team also picked up a victory over Fort Stockton, by a 32-6 score in a game at the Crockett Middle School field.

Dillon Garcia had two touchdowns, Donovan Rodriguez and Arthur Navarette had scored, and Dominique Bejarano threw to Eduardo Lopez for a two-point conversion for the ‘B’ squad, which played its second combined game of the season and evened its mark at 1-1.

The eighth graders trailed by only a 22-14 score at halftime, but gave up three scores in the third period. “We played a good first half, but I think their size just got us and wore us down” said coach Jerry Parent.

Cesar Lazcano had a two-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion, while German Rodriguez had Pecos’ other score, on a 35-yard run.

The Eagles’ other football teams had this past weekend off. All Pecos teams will face Lamesa this week, with the freshman and junior varsity squads going to Lamesa on Thursday, while the varsity opens District 3-3A play against the Tornadoes on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Pecos’ junior high teams also will host Lamesa, Saturday morning at Eagle Stadium.

Eagle swimmers open year with win over Stockton

The Pecos Eagles swimming team opened up their 2005-06 season on Thursday by scoring a victory at home over the Fort Stockton Panthers.

Pecos’ boys outscored Fort Stockton by a 118-56 margin, while the girls defeated Fort Stockton by a score of 93-52 in the first dual meet of the year.

Coach Terri Morse said both teams did well as far as improving on their past times, though the girls, with mostly new swimmers, still face challenges from other District 3-4A teams in the future.

“A lot of our younger kids and freshman cut their times,” she said. “All of the times were either their personal bests or close to it, even the swimmers who have been swimming for a while.”

“We have a dual with Monahans in a couple of weeks and that’s going to be a tough on for our girls, because they’ve got a lot of swimmers back and a lot of numbers,” Morse said.

The girls did get wins from their two senior swimmers. Lindsey Shaw won the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:32.54 time and took the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:18.78. Ashley Mendoza won the 200-yard freestyle with a 2:21.85 time and then swam a 6:12.44 to win the 500-yard freestyle.

The other individual wins for Pecos came from sophomore Neyva Rodriguez in the 50-yard freestyle, where she swam a 30.83 time, and in the 100 free, with a 1:11.49 time. Sophomore Cassandra Mata won the 100 yard backstroke, with a time of 1:19.12, while in the relays, Mendoza, Shaw, Mata and Rodriguez won the 200 medley with a 2:19.51 time, and the same four swam a 4:39.36 in the 400 free relay, where they were the only entry.

Other finishes for Pecos included a second place by Stephanie Lucas in the 200 free; a second by Mata in the 200 medley; a fourth by Brittanie Rodriguez in the 50 free; a second and third by Cynthia Marmolejo and Niki Lindemann in the 100 yard butterfly; a fourth by Brittanie Rodriguez in the 100 free; a second by Marmolejo in the 500 free; a second by Lucas in the 100 backstroke; a fourth by Lindemann in the 100 breaststroke and a second by Marmolejo, Lucas, Lindemann and Brittanie Rodriguez in the 200 freestyle relay.

The closest race on the boys’ side was in the 50 freestyle, where Fort Stockton’s Denver Freeman edged Pecos’ Matt Elliott by .01 second in the 50 free, with a 24.47 time. Freeman also won the 100-yard breaststroke while the Eagles took the other races on Thursday. That included a first by Elliott in the 100 fly, with a 59.78 time; firsts by Kyle Winkles in the 200 free, with a 1:57.14 time, and the 100 backstroke, with a 57.95 time; firsts by Matt Oglesby in the 200 medley, with a 2:11.09 time, and the 500 free, with a time of 5:23.23, and a first by Matthew Florez in the 100 free, with a time of 54.92. In the relays, Winkles, Oglesby, Elliott and Florez won the 200 medley with a 1:48.07 time; Florez, Alonzo Garcia, Frankie Morin and Josh Elliott won the 200 freestyle race with a 1:45.75 time, and Winkles, Oglesby and both Elliotts took first in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:39.71.

Morin, Garcia, Luke Serrano and Brian Carrasco were third in that race, while the 200 medley relay team of Serrano, Carrasco, Adam Medina and Hector Roman placed fourth, and the 200 freestyle ‘B’ relay team was disqualified.

For the other individual results, Garcia was second and Medina third in the 200 freestyle; Serrano was third and Carrasco fourth in the 200 medley; Florez was second and Roman fifth in the 50 free; Medina was fourth in the 100 fly; Josh Elliott was second and Morin fourth in the 100 free; Garcia was second in the 500 free; Elliott was second and Morin fourth in the 100 backstroke; and Serrano was third and Carrasco fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

Pecos’ next meet is scheduled for Oct. 8, when they go to Lubbock for the Lubbock Relays. They’ll host Monahans in a dual meet on Oct. 13.

Bears rally from 24 down, then fall to Vaqueros, 38-32

A week after their shutout loss to the Grandfalls Cowboys, things didn’t start out much better for the Balmorhea Bears on Friday night, in their District 6-A six-man football opener against the Sierra Blanca Vaqueros.

The Bears, who lost their district opener at Grandfalls, 48-0, fell into a 32-8 hole midway through the second period on Friday night, until a 70-yard kickoff return by Americo Rios following Sierra Blanca’s fourth touchdown sparked a late first half rally by the Bears that continued into the second half.

Balmorhea scored twice before halftime, then added another touchdown and extra point on their opening drive of the third quarter to tie the game. But that turned out to be the final points of the night for the Bears, while Sierra Blanca took advantage of an interception late in the third period to score what turned out to be the game-winning TD, as the Vaqueros defeated the Bears by a 38-32 final score.

Lorenzo Sanchez’s fourth touchdown of the night, a 19-yard scramble off an attempted pass play, put Sierra Blanca back in front with 6:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Vaqueros then stopped the Bears on downs on their next series, after Balmorhea had driven inside the 10-yard-line with four minutes to play.

“We started out the game thinking it was going to be like last week,” said Bears’ coach Adolfo Garcia. “I thought we weren’t going to stop playing like we did last week, but we fought back, and I’m proud of my kids for that.”

Sanchez got open in the first half for touchdown runs of 60, 45 and 52 yards, all in the first five minutes of the second period. Sierra Blanca opened the scoring in the first period on an eight-yard pass from James French to Jesse Mata, and Sanchez then scored his first TD early in the second period, before the Bears countered with a four-yard run by Brandon Mendoza.

Rios’ kickoff return was followed by another quick score, after Justin Machuca recovered a Sierra Blanca fumble at the 23-yard line. Machuca hit Ryan Woodruff with an 11-yard touchdown pass, and Alexis Lozano’s two-point kick got the Bears within a touchdown with 2 1/2 minutes left in the half.

Balmorhea came close to tying the game before halftime, after they stopped Sierra Blanca and drove inside the 15-yard line before time ran out, and then forced the Vaqueros to give up the ball on downs in the third period before tying the game on a pass from Lozano to Brian Mendoza of 14 yards and Lozano’s extra point kick.

Sierra Blanca then came back, driving inside Balmorhea’s 20 before being stopped on downs. But on the next play Mendoza tried to go deep to Eddie Lozano and was picked off by Moses Flores at the Bears’ 35-yard-line. Sanchez then converted a 4th-and-2 play with a three-yard run, and then on 3rd-and-15 was able to work his way through the Bears defense after failing to find a receiver, and into the end zone.

The extra point try failed, leaving Balmorhea just six points behind, and after taking over near midfield, Brian Mendoza scrambled for 29 yards after failing to find a receiver on a 4th-and-7 play, giving the Bears a first and goal at the 9. But on the next play Rios fumbled a pitch attempt and had to recover the ball at the 19. An incomplete pass by Machuca followed and then Mendoza was sacked for eight- and six-yard losses on consecutive plays, and the Vaqueros took over at the 34 with just under three minutes to play.

That gave the Bears time to get the ball back, but Sierra Blanca was able to run out the clock, as Sanchez gained two yards on a 4th-and-1 play, then went for another first down with just under a minute to play, sealing the victory.

The win improved Sierra Blanca to 2-0 in district and 4-1 on the season, while Balmorhea saw their season record drop to 2-3 and their district mark to 0-2 with four games to play. “We have to win every single game from now on, and hope somebody else gets to two losses,” Garcia said.

Eagles starting 3-3A play after Saturday loss

District 3-3A volleyball play opens up for the Pecos Eagles on Tuesday evening, when they travel to Fort Stockton to face the Prowlers, starting around 7 p.m.

The Eagles will go into the match coming off a five-game loss this past Saturday in Lovington to the Wildcats, in the second of a home-and-home match last week with Lovington. Pecos won the first two games by 25-18, 25-20 scores, but then saw Lovington come back to win by 25-22, 25-23, 15-13 margins.

Coach Debbie Garcia was unavailable for comment, but junior varsity coach Tammy Walls said the Eagles played the match without two of their starters, in Brittany Rodriguez and Amalie Herrera. Walls said Herrera was away for the weekend, while Rodriguez was recovering from back spasms that bothered her last Tuesday, in Pecos’ four-game victory over Lovington.

“I thought Adriana (Armendariz) played well,” said Walls, who added the Eagles struggled in the final three games on defense.

“I thought our defense played well in the first couple of games but then they got a lot of off-shots and a lot of dinks,” she said.

“Our passing was also sluggish. We didn’t handle the ball very well, and we had a lot of missed serves at key times in the last two games. That was fatal,” said Walls.

The loss dropped Pecos’ season record to 11-16 going into Tuesday’s match against Fort Stockton, which placed second last season in the district standings and defeated the Eagles in their only meeting so far this season, 25-17, 25-19, in the quarterfinals of the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament in Pecos back in late August.

The Eagles’ junior varsity did win their match against Lovington on Saturday, by 26-24, 25-6 scores. The freshman Eagles did not make the trip to Lovington, but will open play on Tuesday in Fort Stockton, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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