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Friday, January 7, 2005

Pecos swimmers face tough field in Lubbock

The Pecos Eagles will be matched up against nearly two-dozen other swim teams this weekend at the Lubbock Invitational, in the first meet of the 2005 portion of their swim season.

Most of the schools entered will be from Class 5A, including teams from the host Lubbock schools, Midland, Odessa, Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso and Alief Elsik out of the Houston area.

“It’s going to be a pretty tough meet and a pretty long meet,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse, whose team will also see district rivals Monahans and Big Spring, along with Pampa and Wichita Falls Hirschi, who the Eagles will see back in Lubbock next month for the Region I-4A meet.

Pecos has competed in just one meet over the past six weeks, winning the Seminole Invitational on Dec. 11. The two-day Lubbock meet is also the next-to-last for Pecos before District 3-4A competition in Abilene at the end of January. They’ll go to the Coker Invitational at Fort Stockton next weekend.

Morse said she was still undecided on what her relay squads would be for the Lubbock meet, which opens with preliminaries at 1 p.m. on Friday. But on the individual events, she said, “They’ll swim pretty much what they usually do. Some people may be swimming something other than what they want to swim, but at the Lubbock meet you have to qualify.”

She also said she would be taking a couple of new swimmers on the boys side to Lubbock, though because they did not compete prior to the Christmas holidays they can’t enter any of the events. “If we can work around the stock show they’ll compete at Fort Stockton,” Morse said. “Really they’re trying to get ready for next year, because they started a little late to do anything for us this year. They’re doing real good, but you have to qualify before Christmas to swim at Lubbock.”

On the boys’ side Matt Elliott will swim in the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly; Alonzo Garcia will be in the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke; Matt Oglesby will swim the 500 free and 200 medley; Kyle Winkles will be in the 100 free and 100 backstroke and Matthew Florez will be in the 100 and 200 freestyle races.

For the girls, Ashley Horsburgh will be in the 100 free and 100 backstroke; Susan Moore in the 50 free and 100 fly; Amie Reynolds in the 500 free and 100 breaststroke; Teddie Salcido in the 200 and 500 freestyles; Lindsey Shaw in the 200 medley and 100 breaststroke; Ashley Mendoza in the 200 and 500 free; Amanda Contreras in the 100 fly and 100 free and Catherine Minjarez in the 200 medley and 100 fly.

Morse said the finals would begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, while there would be two diving events, the 3 meter competition at 1 p.m. on Friday and the 1-meter event, following the swimming preliminaries, around 7 p.m. that night. Freshman Dustin Windham will be the only diver for Pecos in both events.

Powerlifters to start season in Monahans

The Pecos Eagle powerlifting team will have four regular season meets beginning later this month, before going to regional competition in March at Kermit and Lubbock. The meets for the girls and boys will begin on Jan. 22 at Monahans, with the other three meets set or Odessa, Big Lake and in Kermit. The girls’ regional meet will be back in Kermit the following Saturday, March 5, while the boys meet will be at Lubbock Roosevelt High School on March 12.

Coach Patrick Willis said he was looking at having about 20 boys and six girls competing this season, with almost all of those being underclassmen.

“There are a couple of senior boys who’ve said they want to do it, but we’ll have to see if they come out,” said Willis, who had two boys qualify for regional competition a year ago.

Eagles seek third district win on Friday

The Pecos Eagle girls’ basketball team only has three wins for the 2004-05 season. But the Eagles can get their third win in District 4-3A play Friday night in Pecos, when they host the Greenwood Rangerettes in a 6 p.m. game.

The Eagles were idle on Tuesday, and come off a pair of losses last week at the Mary Tatum Invitational in Big Lake. Pecos lost to Garden City by a 46-26 score, and was beaten by Mason, 59-25. Prior to that, the Eagles improved their record to 2-1 in district play on Dec. 20, with a 51-37 victory at Presidio, and are currently tied for third in the 4-3A standings with Lamesa.

“Hopefully we can shoot and score a few points,” said Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery. Guard Danielle Garcia scored 29 points in the two games at Big Lake, but the rest of the Eagles’ squad could only manage 22 points in the tournament losses.

Pecos did play at Big Lake without starting post Chantel Mazone, who was away during the Christmas holiday. For Friday’s game, Lowery said the Eagles would be at full strength, and added that the team didn’t lose any players to grades, after the latest report cards came out on Wednesday.

Greenwood moved into sole possession of second place in the district standings on Tuesday with a 3-1 record, as they defeated Presidio by a 53-50 score. The Rangerettes used a 21-10 advantage in the final period to rally from a six-point deficit after three quarters against the Blue Devils. Kim Smith led Greenwood in the win with 16 points. Greenwood improved their season record to 7-15, while Pecos comes in with a 3-14 mark. The Eagles and Rangerettes are among six district teams with losing records for the season. First-place Seminole, with a 3-0 district mark, is the only 4-3A team with a winning record for the season, at 12-8.

Pecos’ junior varsity girls, who have been off since Dec. 20, will play Greenwood’s JV starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Coach Becky Granado said the JV had four players regain their eligibility with the start of the new six-week grading period.

Shorthanded Eagles fall to Mustangs

Losing two starters didn’t look like it would affect the Pecos Eagles for a few minutes of their home game Tuesday night against the Andrews Mustangs. But after a strong beginning, the Eagles ran into problems both scoring and with turnovers, and the Mustangs went on to score a 70-31 victory in the final non-district game of the season for the Eagles.

A pair of foul line jumpers by Lupito Bustamantes and a basket by Luis Licon gave Pecos a 6-2 lead over Andrews, and even after a lay-up and 3-pointer by the Mustangs gave them the lead, Bustamantes came back with another jumper to put Pecos in front, 8-7. However, Andrews would then score 15 straight points over the next five minutes and would hold a 20-point lead by halftime.

“We started out so good,” Eagles’ coach Art Welborn said. “We were moving the ball and running our offense, but then for some reason we got away from it.”

Welborn had dismissed three players from the team prior to Tuesday’s game for rules violations. They included two of his three leading scorers, forward Ricardo Morales and guard Saul Pina, which left the Eagles both short on offense and short on the ability to go inside to draw fouls or create openings for lay-ups. Most of Pecos’ baskets came on jumpers, and the Eagles failed to go to the foul line for the first 20 minutes of the game. “That’s the reason why we didn’t get any foul shots. We don’t have anyone right now taking it inside,” he said. “We’re not good enough to dribble the ball away from anybody. When we start putting the ball on the floor, we get in trouble. We just need to start passing the ball better and not trying to dribble it as much.”

A lay-up by Rett Rhodes, the son of former Eagles’ head coach Mike Rhodes, put Andrews ahead to stay at 9-8. Ray Dunn followed with a lay-up and foul shots by Dunn and Jose Ramirez, and a three-point play by Ryan Roberts, made it 18-8 at the end of the period.

A Josh Anchondo lay-up two minutes into the second period finally broke the string, and the margin stayed at 10 for a while. But Pecos then ran into trouble handing Andrews’ full-court press, and the Mustangs closed the half with a 12-2 run to grab a 36-16 lead, then scored the first 11 points of the third period to go up by 31.

A Lucas Macha basket with 3:24 left in the period finally ended that run, and the Eagles finally got to the foul line 12 seconds later, with Anchondo hitting two free throws to make it a 47-20 game. But Dunn then found Rhodes inside for a trio of lay-ups to close out the quarter, and Roberts would add a pair of baskets to start the fourth period. That widened the lead to 37 points, and the Mustangs would lead by as much as 42 before Pecos closed the gap slightly in the final minutes of the game.

Ramirez and Roberts also were in double figures for Andrews with 12 and 11 points, while Bustamantes had 11 to lead Pecos, while Anchondo added six. The loss leaves the Eagles with a 3-14 record going into their second game of District 3-3A play, at home on Friday against Greenwood. Pecos dropped their district opener back on Dec. 20 at Presidio, while the Rangers downed the Blue Devils at Greenwood on Tuesday night, 62-52, to improve to 2-0 on the season. Ryan Beeler scored 29 points to lead the Rangers in their Tuesday victory.

Greenwood is12-8 on the season after winning the district title last year and advancing to the Class 3A state finals, including an opening round win over Andrews at the O.W. Follis Tournament in Lamesa last week. They ended up fourth, losing to Levelland and then to Lamesa in overtime in the third place game, after the Tornadoes pulled away from Pecos in the second half to win their opening round match-up.

ANDREWS (70) Carrasco 0 0-0 0; Hooper 2 1-4 5; Roberts 5 1-1 11; Bailey 0 0-0 0; Dunn 2 2-2 6; Rondon 2 2-2 7; Rodriguez 3 0-0 7; Ramirez 3 6-6 12; Van Zandt 1 2-4 4; Rhodes 9 0-1 18. Totals 27 14-20 70.

PECOS (31) Jurado 1 0-0 3; Guajardo 1 0-1 2; Licon 1 0-0 2; Anchondo 2 2-2 6; Estrada 1 1-2 3; Bustamantes 4 3-4 11; Macha 2 0-0 4. Totals 12 6-9 31. Andrews 18 18 17 17 -- 70 Pecos 8 8 4 11 -- 31 Three-point goals: Andrews 2 (Rodriguez, Rondon), Pecos 1 (Jurado). Fouled out: Pecos Macha. Total fouls: Pecos 22, Andrews 15.

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