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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Jr. High swim meeting on Friday

A meeting to hand out equipment for the Pecos Junior High swimming and diving team will be held on Friday, Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m., according to coach Evan Bates.

The team is open to seventh and eighth graders and workouts will begin on Monday, Feb. 7, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Anyone with questions can call the Pecos High School pool at 447-7242.

Seminole adds to Pecos’ struggles

It was rough going again for the Pecos Eagle boys’ basketball team on Friday night, this time against the Seminole Indians.

The Eagles, who have opened 2005 with a trio of big losses, fell behind early again, as the Indians scored the first 14 points of the game, and held an 18-point lead after one quarter over Pecos. That’s about where things stayed in the second quarter, but Seminole would widen their lead even more in the second half, ending up with an 83-46 victory. “Right off we got off to a bad start,” said Eagles’ coach Art Welborn, who listed poor shooting and turnovers as his team’s main problems on Friday.

“We had 22 turnovers in the first half,” he said. “We still can’t shoot the basketball, but the kids never quit. They played hard, and we’re pretty banged up now.”

Welborn said he would give the team Saturday off to rest up for their game on Tuesday night at home against Fort Stockton, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The Panthers, coached by former Eagles’ head coach Joe Flores, won their first district game on Friday, defeating Presidio.

Seminole remained unbeaten and in a tie for first with Greenwood, which defeated Lamesa in Friday’s other District 4-3A game. The Indians started Friday’s game with a foul line jumper and a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Kale Hughes, around two free throws and a three-point play by Micah Clay, who tied Louis Sheets for high-point honors with 16.

Clay would also have a rebound basket and Matt Castleberry hit a pair of free throws all in the game’s opening three minutes, before the Eagles final got on the scoreboard, on a jumper by Luis Licon. Pecos’ other basket of the period was a Lupito Bustamantes lay-up off an inbounds pass from Miguel Estrada, but the Eagles did fare better in the second period, when the Indians rotated their starters and reserves into the game.

Saul Pina and Licon both hit 3-pointers in the period, and the Eagles did get back within 14 points a couple of times, the last on a basket by Nathan Guajanda that made it 33-19. But Seminole scored five straight points to end the period and stretched their margin to over 20 points as the second half began. A 10-2 run over the final two minutes of the third period and the first two of the fourth quarter would widen the gap to 30, and that would grow a little more in the final minutes of play.

“Everybody we play are a lot more athletic than we are. But our players still battled them through the first half. In the second half, we started to get too tired,” said Welborn, who also was happy with the play of Guajanda, who saw more playing time on Friday than in recent games.

“I was real proud of Nathan. He hasn’t gotten a lot of playing time, but we had people in foul trouble and people hurt, and when he was in the game, we didn’t lose anything,” he said.

Licon ended up leading the Eagles in scoring with 12 points. The loss put the Eagles at 0-4 in district and 3-17 on the season. After Fort Stockton on Tuesday, Pecos closes out the first half of their district schedule with a trip to Monahans on Friday night.

SEMINOLE (83) Sheets 5 5-7 16; Sotelo 0 0-0 0; Ratliff 1 0-1 2; Davis 1 2-2 4; Shivers 1 4-4 9; Getchell 1 1-2 3; Hughes 3 0-0 8; Stewart 3 0-2 6; Hill 4 0-1 8; Clay 6 4-5 16; Castleberry 5 2-2 13. Totals 30 18-27 83. PECOS (46) Jurado 1 1-2 3; Morales 3 0-0 6; Pina 3 0-0 9; Guajardo 1 2-4 4; Licon 5 0-0 12; Anchondo 3 1-2 7; Estrada 1 0-3 3; Bustamantes 2 1-3 5; Macha 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 5-14 46. Seminole 22 16 22 23 -- 83 Pecos 4 15 14 13 -- 46 Three-point goals: Seminole 5 (Hughes 2, Sheets, Shivers, Castleberry), Pecos 6 (Pina 3, Licon 2, Estrada). Fouled out: Seminole, Getchell. Pecos, Bustamantes. Total fouls: Seminole 19, Pecos 20.

First place Maidens shut down Eagle girls

Three teams are going to make the playoffs out of District 4-3A in girls basketball, but only one team, the Seminole Maidens, has a winning record for all of the 2004-05 season.

The Pecos Eagles found out why on Friday night, as Seminole came into Pecos and used both their size advantage inside and their shooting from outside to pull away from the Eagles after the early going, as they beat Pecos by a 73-32 final score.

“They’re good, but I don’t think the effort was there in the first half,” Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery said. “I think we were a little intimidated by their big girls.”

Seminole’s front line of 6-foot-3 junior Stacy Fitzhugh, 6-foot freshman Cortney Layton and 5-11 senior Kimbre Johnson made things rough on the Eagles’ lone tall front line player, sophomore post Chantel Mazone, though she did grab a loose ball in the early going and put in a lay-up to cut Seminole’s lead to 6-5, after the Maidens had taken a 6-0 lead in the first minute of play.

Lowery said she thought having to work inside against the Maidens’ post players was good for her sophomore, even though Mazone only hit one foul shot the rest of the way. “Chantel only scored three points, but I think it will make her tougher. She started getting more aggressive, and all our younger kids started getting after it.”

Aside from the post players, the Eagles also had problems containing Seminole’s guard Kayla Johnson. She scored seven of the Maidens’ first nine points, rebounding a missed foul shot by Kimbre Johnson for a basket, then scoring off a steal and hitting a 3-pointer that followed Mazone’s lay-up and sent Seminole on a 26-2 run.

Most of the baskets after that came from the inside, as Kimbre Johnson finished with a team-high 15 points while Layton ended up with 12.

What chances the Eagles had in the game either came from the foul line or from behind the 3-point line. But Pecos failed to take advantage of their foul shooting opportunities, going only 12-for-24 in the game, with nine of those points coming from Danielle Garcia. She also had three of the Eagles’ four 3-point shots on the night, but had to leave the game with just under 14 seconds to play when she sprained her ankle while cutting down the lane.

“I think she just rolled it a little,” said Lowery, who hoped Garcia would be read for Tuesday’s home game against Fort Stockton.

Seminole’s lead would be 28 points at halftime, and they would hold a 57-17 lead after three quarters, before the Eagles had a little better luck shooting inside in the final period, with two of the Maidens’ three big front line players sitting down for much of the period. The win was the second in four days for Seminole in Pecos. The Maidens defeated Presidio last Tuesday in the Eagles’ gym, as the teams decided to play their games at a mid-point instead of making a 300-mile trip on a weeknight. Seminole finished the first half of the district schedule unbeaten at 6-0, a game up on Lamesa, who defeated Greenwood on Friday to take over sole possession of second in the 4-3A standings.

“This was not one of those games where you’re disappointed because you didn’t win, but I just think we’re better than what we showed in the first half,” Lowery said.

Pecos’ is in fifth place, with a 2-4 record and a 3-17 overall mark. They’ll open the second half of district play on Tuesday at home against the Prowlers, who they defeated in Fort Stockton last month in the 4-3A opener for both teams.

Seminole also won Friday’s junior varsity game over Pecos, 41-26. Vanessa Valeriano scored nine points to lead the Eagles.

SEMINOLE (73) Alvaidrez 2 0-0 5; Browning 3 0-0 7; Ka. Johnson 5 0-0 11; Jameson 1 0-0 2; Garza 0 0-0 0; Wickson 3 3-6 9; Fitzhugh 2 2-2 6; Sheets 2 2-2 6; Layton 6 0-0 12; Ki. Johnson 7 1-3 15; Ortiz 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 8-13 73. PECOS (32) Carrasco 0 1-2 1; Garcia 3 9-14 18; Herrera 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 1 0-0 2; Valdez 0 0-0 0; Ortiz 0 0-0 0; Mendoza 0 1-2 1; Armendariz 3 0-0 7; Mazone 1 1-6 3. Totals 8 12-24 32. Seminole 21 18 18 16 -- 73 Pecos 6 5 6 15 -- 32 Three-point goals: Seminole 3 (Alvidrez, Browning, Ka. Johnson), Pecos 4 (Garcia 3, Armendariz). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Seminole 18, Pecos 13.

Eagles do lineup shuffle for Stockton swim meet

Pecos Eagles’ coach Terri Morse had to make a few changes in her swimming line-up on Saturday, partially out of necessity and in part due to experimentation, as the Eagles competed in their final meet before District 4-3A competition in Abilene.

Swimming in the Fort Stockton Invitational, Morse was forced to move around several of her swimmers on the boys’ side due to the absence of junior Matt Elliott during the early part of the meet. Several other Eagles also were entered in different races on the day, which ended with Pecos’ girls scoring an easy victory over Abilene Wylie, while the boys were beaten by Fort Stockton for first in the final standings.

Pecos’ girls scored 377 points to 255 for Wylie, which will host the 4-3A meet in two weeks. Monahans was third with 249 points. On the boys’ side, the host Panthers took first with 292 points, 30 more than the Eagles, while Monahans was just five points behind in third, with 257 points.

Elliott was involved in Saturday’s Reeves-Loving Livestock Show, which wrapped up about an hour after the start of the finals in Fort Stockton. “That’s why I changed up the boys’ relay a little. We knew he wasn’t going to be there for the start of the meet, and he wasn’t in his (butterfly) either,” Morse said.

Kyle Winkles ended up swimming three relays and only one individual event, while Elliott swam in the 500 freestyle, winning that with a 5:22.04 time, and placing third in the event Winkles normally swims in, the 100-yard backstroke. Winkles did win the 200 individual medley with a 2:12.28 time, while Matt Oglesby took Elliott’s place and won the 100-yard fly with a 60.28 time, while later finishing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the relays, the Eagles did better in the 200-yard freestyle relay and worse in the 200 medley relay than normal, due to the lineup changes. Elliott, Oglesby, Winkles and Matthew Florez ended Fort Stockton by three-tenths of a second to win the 200 free with a 1:39.21 time, while the medley team of Winkles, Florez, Alonzo Garcia and Dustin Windham was third, six seconds behind Monahans and Fort Stockton. The 400 freestyle relay had its normal lineup of Elliott, Oglesby, Winkles and Florez won their race by 30 seconds over Monahans, with a 3:43.70 time.

Windham scored 284.7 points on Friday to collect the Eagles’ other gold medal, in 1-meter diving. The other finishes for the boys included a sixth by Florez, a 14th by Bill Moody and an 18th by Matt Lindemann in the 50 free; a fifth by Windham and an eighth by Luke Serrano in the 100 free; a sixth by Adam Medina in the 500 free; an eighth by Serrano in the 100 backstroke and a seventh by Garcia and a 14th by Moody in the 100 breaststroke.

The boys also had two ‘B’ relay teams for the first time this season. Serrano, Medina, Lindemann and Moody were seventh in the 200 free relay, while Windham, Serrano, Medina and Garcia were sixth in the 400 free relay.

Things were easier for Pecos’ girls, even though they also had a few swimmers in different spots. “We had some good time drops even though we had some swimming in a lot of other events,” Morse said. “I wanted to see if we could do something at district.” “We weren’t going all out on Saturday, we were aiming towards the district meet, but I don’t want to let them know what we’re going to do at district,” Morse said. “We did some things with the girls’ relays, though one didn’t turn out.”

Pecos won all three relay events, though Morse wasn’t happy with the time in the 400 freestyle relay, where Ashley Horsburgh, Teddie Salcido, Lindsey Shaw and Amie Reynolds won with a 4:21.64 time. In the earlier races, Salcido, Shaw, Catherine Minjarez and Susan Moore took the 200 medley relay with a 2:05.76 time, and Horsburgh, Reynolds, Shaw and Moore won the 200 free relay in 1:51.13.

In the individual events, Minjarez won the 100 butterfly in 1:07.23 and took the 100 backstroke with a 1:10.09 time; Salcido took the 200 individual medley with a 2:38.94 time and was second to Minjarez in the 100 back with a 1:11.50 effort; and Moore won the 100 freestyle in 59.66 and was second in the 200 free, with a 2:13.11 time.

In the other results for Pecos, Ashley Mendoza was second and Cassandra Mata third in the 200 medley; Reynolds was fourth and Amanda Contreras sixth in the 50 free; Cynthia Marmalejo was sixth in the 100 fly; Horsburgh was third, Mendoza sixth and Contreras seventh in the 100 free; Shaw was second, Reynolds third and Marmalejo fifth in the 500 free; Horsburgh was third and Shaw fourth in the 100 back and Mata was fifth in the 100 breaststroke.

The girls also had a pair of ‘B’ relay teams on Saturday. Contreras, Mata, Marmalejo and Mendoza finished sixth in the 200 free relay, while the same four moved up a couple of spots and took fourth in the 400 free relay.

Aside from Pecos, Fort Stockton, Monahans and Wylie, there were three other Class 4A swim teams entered at the meet, in Seminole, El Paso Del Valle and El Paso Parkland. The Eagles will see some of those swimmers four weeks from now at the Region I-4A meet in Lubbock, though Morse said the main threat from outside their own district will come from El Paso Chapin’s girls at the regional meet.

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