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Friday, July 29, 2005

Rec depart. starts volleyball, football sign-ups

Registration has begun for the Pecos Community Sports and Recreation Department’s youth volleyball and flag football leagues for the fall season.

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. Sign-up for both leagues will run through Saturday, Aug. 27 at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym.

Registration fee is $10 per child and forms are available at the office. 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.

Board to decide on volleyball coach

Staff Writer

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board members apparently will be selecting a varsity volleyball coach from within the ranks of current girls’ coaches, after an interview with a coaching candidate for the position failed to materialize on Wednesday.

Pre-season workouts for the Eagles’ volleyball team get underway Monday morning, but as of Thursday morning, the varsity team did not have a designated head coach to replace Becky Granado, who resigned from the position at the end of the past school year.

P-B-T ISD athletic director Patrick Willis originally planned to name Pecos Eagles’ softball coach Tammy Walls to the position in early July. But complaints from parents and players about having a coach handling two varsity sports led the school board to decide on July 14 to decide that each high school varsity team should have its own head coach.

Following that decision, Willis said he talked to a couple of people outside the district about the job, but only one set up an interview. That was scheduled with Willis and the Pecos High School girls’ coaches for Wednesday afternoon, but Willis said that person did not make it into town.

“We were supposed to interview her at 2:30 p.m., but she didn’t show up, and when I tried to call her, I didn’t get an answer,” he said later that afternoon. “Nobody knows where she is, so I’ll have to wait and see if she calls and find out what the problem was.” P-B-T board members were scheduled to hold a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss the coaching situation, along with other personnel positions and several other items. It’s the last school board meeting scheduled until the regular August meeting on Aug. 11, which is also the day Pecos’ regular season volleyball schedule begins, against Fort Davis.

Willis said the main problem the district has had in finding a coach has been finding one who has a teaching certificate in a position where there is an opening within the P-B-T ISD. Officials had been in talks with a former Pecos Eagles assistant coach about replacing Granado, but could not free up a teaching position for her for the 2005-06 school year.

Willis said the other coaches have been doing preparation work for the start of workouts on Monday, awaiting a final decision by the school board. “The girls coaches are preparing for whoever it is, so we won’t start out behind,” he said.

Workouts also start Monday morning for the Pecos Eagles’ varsity football team, which has two weeks of workouts before their first scrimmage, at Eagle Stadium versus Andrews on August 13th. Willis said he was expecting between 100 and 120 boys to participate in football for the 2005 season, which would be up from a year ago, when grade problems led to the cancellation of Pecos’ freshman schedule midway through last season.

“I’m expecting to carry around 40 or so on the varsity, 30 on the JV and 40 to 50 on the freshman,” he said. “The numbers were good at the end of (spring) workouts, so we should be able to have a JV, which was what I was worried about.”

All football and volleyball players will also need to have their physical forms signed and returned to their coaches before they can begin workouts next week. New physical forms are being used by the school this year, and are available from the high school coaches.

Pre-season workouts will also begin in swimming, golf and tennis, and forms must also be filled out and returned in those sports, though their regular seasons won’t get underway until later in the fall semester.

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