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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, October 21, 2005
Youth soccer sign-ups run until Oct. 31
The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is enrolling children now through Oct. 31 for its fall youth soccer program.
The program is open to boys and girls ages 4 1/2 to 9, with a sign-up fee of $10 through Oct. 31, and a $5 late fee for children signed up following that date. Registration forms are available at the RCCRD office at the old Pecos High School gym.
A copy of the child’s birth certificate and signatures from both parents are required with the returned registration form. For further information, call 447-9776.
NTBC leading Ladies Classic bowling league
North Temple Bapsits Church currently leads the Ladies Classic Bowling League, which is held Monday nights at Ward Lanes in Monahans.
Alfredo’s, Alley Oops, IRC Petroleum, Morse Trucking Co. and Who Knows are the other teams competing in the league. Bowlers who have shot in the 200s so far in the young season area Margie Gonzales, Mary Silvas, Deanna White, Nora Geron and Rhonda Wade.
Splits made in the past week’s action included a 4-7-10 by Cecilia Ward, a 5-7 split by Kim Barnwell and a 9-7 spilt by Dana Rivera.
Eagles again fall in 5 games to Blue Devils
The Pecos Eagles’ match Tuesday night against the Presidio Blue Devils was almost the exact same match as the one Pecos had played 10 days earlier at home against Presidio. Unfortunately for the Eagles, that included the finish of the match.
Pecos won the first match, lost the next two, then won the fourth before seeing Presidio pull away at the end of the deciding match on the Eagles’ home court back on Oct. 8. On Tuesday night, the Eagles again took the first match, lost the next two, then won the fourth before seeing the Blue Devils pull away at the finish for a 25-19, 23-25, 11-25, 25-18, 11-15 loss in Presidio.
Coming off one of their worst matches of the season on Saturday at home against Fort Stockton, Eagles’ coach Debbie Garcia said, “The girls played better and looked better in a hard place to win, but we had some problems at the finish.
“We went point-to-point with them in the fifth game until the end, when No. 8 (Vanessa Armendariz) came in and served real well,” Garcia said.
She said Brittany Rodriguez had six kills, and Adriana Armendariz had three for Pecos. “Brittany also had some really good blocks, and Jasmine (Rayos) had some good blocks,” Garcia said. “We controlled their big blockers for a while, but Presidio adjusted well and were able to move their blockers and we just hit it in front of them.”
She said Cassandra Terrazas also played well on defense, while Jessica Flores had a good game at setter. “She moved the ball around real well, but I think we just ran out of juice.”The loss was the fifth this season by the Eagles to the Blue Devils, all but one going the maximum number of matches. It also officially eliminated Pecos from the District 3-3A playoff race, with an 0-5 record and 11-20 overall, while Presidio clinched a playoff berth for both themselves and Fort Stockton, which lost to Monahans on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils, 3-2 in district, can clinch second place outright with a win next Tuesday over the 2-3 Prowlers, while Pecos will close out their season by hosting 5-0 Monahans, which will be trying for their fourth consecutive undefeated district season with a win over Pecos.
Presidio also won Tuesday’s freshman and junior varsity matches in split sets. The JV fell to the Blue Devils, 25-23, 17-25, 21-25, while Presidio won the ninth grade match, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18.
Rangers come running at Eagles
After going up against a team that had been gaining a lot of yards and scoring a lot of points both through the air and on the ground, the Pecos Eagles will face a team that has been a little less varied, but just as successful in piling up yards and putting up points in recent weeks, when they host the Greenwood Rangers Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The Rangers bounced back from squandering a 21-0 first half lead and losing 40-39 at Seminole two weeks ago by winning their first District 3-3A game last Friday, 46-19 over Fort Stockton. In both the win over the Panthers and the loss to the Indians, the Rangers threw for only about 30 yards in the air, but ran for over 400 yards, and now lead the district in rushing, with 1,962 yards.
“Our offensive line has really picked it up the last couple of weeks, and we’ve got a few running backs who’ve been doing a good job,” said Rangers’ coach Steve Taylor, who took over this season for longtime Greenwood head coach Bob Purser.
Taylor said the Rangers haven’t changed the option offense Purser ran, but the improvement is due in part to Greenwood getting past their earlier season schedule that saw them open 0-3 against state-ranked Abilene Wylie, Sweetwater and Snyder.
The biggest change since those losses has been the running, led by tailback Justin Sebree and quarterback Colton Wilbur. But last week against Fort Stockton, Sebree, Wilbur and fullback Lane Flowers all ran for over 100 yards in the victory.
“They were running the veer, and that’s where Flowers got all his yards,” Eagles’ coach Patrick Willis said. “They weren’t taking the dive back at the line and were taking the quarterback, and then when they started taking the dive, nobody was taking the quarterback. That’s where Wilbur was getting his yards.”
Wilbur is the younger brother of Dustin Wilbur, who led the Rangers to the Class 3A state title game in 2002. Colton was forced to start five games at quarterback last season due to an injury to quarterback Branson Valencia, and Taylor said the experience helped the sophomore for the 2005 season.
“I don’t think his brother played any as a freshman. Colton had to play a little bit, so he’s probably a little bit ahead of where his brother was,” the Rangers’ coach said.
Wilbur has run for 581 yards and has scored 11 touchdowns, while Sebree has gained 592 yards while scoring six times. He was injured in the second half of last Friday’s game, but Taylor said the senior would play on Friday night.
Wilbur did throw the ball more early in the season, but has attempted just 12 passes in the past two weeks. However, last season, when Greenwood was just as ground-oriented, they opened their game against Pecos by completing a long touchdown pass to Sebree, on the way to a 41-8 win over the Eagles. The game was also similar to last week’s 35-0 loss at Seminole, in that the Eagles had a chance to stay in the game late in the first half, but a blocked punt late in the second period helped turn a 7-0 deficit into a 21-0 hole by halftime. A turnover in the final minute of last week’s game helped Seminole widen their 14-0 lead to a 21-0 advantage.
Pecos played last week minus several starters for a variety of reasons, but will have almost all their players back for Friday’s game. That includes senior Eddie Vela, who will start at linebacker and split time with Miguel Estrada at quarterback, according to Willis.
“I think we can move the ball on them throwing and running,” he said. “We’re going to use both of them, because I think we can do something with both, plus they’re both going to start on defense.”
Estrada has only played seven periods at quarterback this season, but has throw for 25 more yards than Vela. He hooked up with Luis Licon for six receptions a week ago and 79 of his 90 yards, but was intercepted twice and was held to minus-1 yard rushing, while Vela’s 295 yards rushing is second on the team to Luis Ortega.
Ortega ran for 137 yards in last week’s 35-0 loss at Seminole, as the Indians scored three times on the ground and two times through the air. Through seven games, the junior has run for 880 yards and needs just 120 more to become the first Pecos running back to gain over 1,000 yards since Daniel Terrazas in the 2000 season.
Greenwood has given up yards both through the air and on the ground this season, though Taylor said last week’s effort against Fort Stockton was an improvement. “We didn’t tackle real well in the Seminole game. They spread us out a lot. But we played a lot better against Fort Stockton,” he said.
With an 0-2 start, the Eagles’ chances for a playoff berth rest on a win over Greenwood, which would leave both teams with 1-2 records. Pecos closes out its season with a home game against unbeaten Monahans and a trip to Fort Stockton, while Greenwood finishes off by hosting Lamesa and going to Monahans.
“I think we can play with Greenwood, and play with Stockton. Monahans is going to be tough, but I think our hopes are still alive if we can win two of our last three games,” Willis said.
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