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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Crockett girls take first, third in own tourney

The Crockett Junior High seventh grade purple and gold volleyball teams both picked up medals on Saturday as hosts of their own tournament, while the eighth grade teams opted not to play for the third place medal in their division of the annual junior high tournament, held at the Pecos High School gym.

Pecos’ seventh grade girls team took their division title with a 22-25, 25-10, 25-20 victory over Odessa Ector in the finals of the tournament, while the gold team won third place by defeating Odessa Crockett, 16-25, 25-22, 25-13. The gold team just missed a berth in the title match earlier on Saturday, losing in the semifinals to Ector, 10-25, 25-12, 25-23 after an opening 25-12, 25-18 win over Fort Stockton. Pecos’ seventh graders began play with a 25-9, 25-23 win over Presidio, then swept Crockett by scores of 25-14, 25-9.

In the eighth grade division, both of Pecos’ teams lost in the semifinals to Odessa schools, before coach Becky Wein opted not to have the two teams face each other in the third place match. The eighth grade purple team defeated Presidio, 25-10, 25-3, then lost to Odessa Bowie, 25-23, 24-26, 25-6, while the gold teams opened with a 26-24, 25-9 win over Fort Stockton, then fell to Ector, 25-11, 25-8.

Bowie ended up taking first place in the eighth grade division, downing Ector by 25-15, 25-27, 25-21 scores.

Pecos falls to Presidio in Sul Ross consolation

The Pecos Eagles’ volleyball team suffered their second consolation loss of the season in tournament play to district rival Presidio on Saturday, falling to the Blue Devils at the Sul Ross Tournament in Alpine.

The Eagles won the first game of the match over the Blue Devils, 25-16, and then dropped 25-20 and 25-23 decisions to finish the day with a 2-2 record. Pecos opened up play on Saturday by losing to the Marfa Shorthorns, and then defeated the Sierra Blanca Vaqueros and Marathon Mustangs to reach the consolation finals.

Scores were not available for those games or for the matches on Friday, when Pecos won pool round contests against Comstock and Balmorhea.

It was the second consolation finals loss for the Eagles to the Blue Devils, and fifth straight loss to Presidio dating back to last season, when they lost out for the third and final playoff berth in District 3-3A to the Blue Devils. Pecos lost in the consolation round of the consolation bracket of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament on Aug. 20, then fell to the Blue Devils a week later in the consolation semifinals of their own Cantaloupe Classic Tournament.

Alpine ended up winning the tournament title by defeating Fort Davis in the finals. The weekend matches give Pecos a 10-14 record on the season, going into Tuesday evening’s match in Crane. The Eagles hosts Crane this past Tuesday, and lost in three games by scores of 25-22, 25-16, and 25-23. Tuesday’s match is the only one of the week for Pecos, which plays their next home contest on Oct. 4 against the Lovington Wildcats.

Bears close out pre-district play with 46-0 win

The Balmorhea Bears got ready for the start of their District 6-A six-man football schedule this past Friday with a 46-0 road victory over El Paso Immanuel Baptist. The Bears, who open district this week with a trip t Grandfalls to face the Cowboys, got three touchdowns from Michael Hernandez, while Brian Mendoza and Ryan Woodruff hooked up for two TD passes to close out the game in the third quarter, under the 45-point rule.

“I thought it would be pretty easy and I would get to play all my players,” said Bears’ coach Adolfo Garcia, whose team scored an easy win at home last year over Immanuel Baptist.

Garcia said the Bears took a 10-0 lead midway through the first period when Hernandez returned a free kick by El Paso 45 yards for a touchdown following a safety by the Bears. Alexis Lozano added the two-point conversion kick and then another one with eight seconds left in the opening period, following a 16-yaard TD run by Benjamin Orozco. In the second period, Hernandez had a nine-yard TD run with just under two minutes gone in the period, then scored on a 25-yard run with five minutes left in the quarter to help boost the lead to 34-0. Mendoza and Woodruff would then hook up on a 52-yard touchdown pass with 2:10 left, and the Bears went in at halftime with a 40-0 lead.

Balmorhea then ended the game with 6:29 remaining in the third period, on a 25-yard TD pass from Mendoza to Woodruff.

The win improved Balmorhea’s record to 2-1 going into their 7:30 p.m. game on Friday in Grandfalls against the Cowboys, who were off this past Friday after going 3-0 to start the season. The Bears and Cowboys were the district’s top teams in the late 1990s, but Grandfalls ran into numbers problems in recent years, while the Bears have found themselves shut out of the playoffs the past three years by Sanderson, Fort Davis and Dell City.

Sanderson has struggled this season, while Dell City is undefeated and Fort Davis lost this past Friday to Whitharral, the team that handed the Bears their only loss this season. Balmorhea is expected to battle Grandfalls, Dell City and Fort Davis for the playoffs this season, with the Cowboys favored to win their first district title since 1999.

“It’s been one-sided for the past five years, with us being on top,” Garcia said of the Bears-Cowboys match-up. “But this should be a close game.”

Fort Davis lost their game to Whitharral by a 34-14 score this past Friday, while Dell City downed El Paso Bethel Temple, 66-19. Marathon and Buena Vista, two teams that have struggled in recent years to field teams after the first six-weeks grading period, got in their district opener this past Friday, before the end of the first six-week period, with the Mustangs scoring a 33-24 win over the Longhorns.

Sanderson lost to Midland Trinity, 65-20, in the only other District 6-A game this past Friday. Sanderson goes to Sierra Blanca, Fort Davis is at Marathon and Buena Vista is at Dell City in this week’s other district games.

Pecos cross-country squad short of runners at BL meet

The Pecos Eagles cross-country team was short some runners this past Saturday in Big Lake, sending only five runners to the Reagan County Invitational.

“I had two other runners who didn’t get to run,” said coach Rudy Jurado about the meet. Pecos had just three boys and two girls at Big Lake, and were without senior Jennifer Martinez, who placed sixth the previous Saturday at the Water Valley Invitational.

Jurado said sophomores Heather and Kathryn Lamka were the only two girls to run this past weekend, with Heather placing 61st with a 17:07 time and Kathryn 66th with a time of 17:38 for their two-mile run. For the boys, the best finish came from Aaron Mendoza, who placed 34th with a time of 21:35. Jeremiah Jurado was 45th, with a 22:35 time and Austin Vernon was 77th, with a time of 28 minutes over the three-mile course.

“The course was a one-mile loop, with a winding last 400 meters with some slopes,” Jurado said. “So what it was was the same course times three, and all the runners said it was a tough run going up and down those slopes.”

“Overall we didn’t do as good as we did at San Angelo (Water Valley),” said Jurado, whose team goes to Lubbock’s Mae Simmons Park for their next meet this weekend, which is also the site of the Region I-3A track meet next month.

“I’m looking forward to running at Lubbock. We’ll definitely have more kids,” said Jurado.

Cranes land hard on Eagles

There was one rough landing for someone wearing a Pecos Eagles jersey prior to the start of Friday night’s homecoming game, and a lot more once the Eagles’ game against the Crane Golden Cranes got started.

One of the three skydivers from Skydive-Eagles Nest out of Midland had to do a rolling stop after hitting the Eagle Stadium turf with the team flag and game ball just prior to kickoff, and the Cranes had the Eagles down on the turf a lot more over the next 2 1/2 hours, as they rolled up three first quarter touchdowns on the way to a 48-7 win over Pecos.

“I kind of sensed we were not ready to play that kind of physical football,” said Eagles’ coach Patrick Willis. “I warned them about it, and I was hoping they would step up to that physical challenge.”

But the Eagles were pushed back on the line by the Cranes on both offense and defense. Crane stopped Pecos following the opening kickoff and then scored on a 49-yard run by Adrian Galindo, who finished with 101 of the Cranes’ 271 yards rushing on the night. Travis Lee than ran for 15 yards and Chad Aguilar gained 22 on the first two plays of the next series. Then on 3rd-and-11 at the Eagle 14, quarterback Seth Doege handed off to Lee, who found Tyler Esparza open in the end zone for the second touchdown of the period.

The third score came as time expired in the period, after Crane needed to go just 32 yards following a Pecos punt. This one was on a bootleg to the left corner of the end zone by Doege, following a pass interference call that gave the Cranes the ball at the Eagles’ 2-yard-line.

Pecos wouldn’t get a first down until late in the second period, and got over half their 110 yards total offense on the night in the waning moments of the game, when Luis Ortega capped a 76-yard touchdown drive with a 23-yard score, his first TD of the season.

But even the Eagles’ initial first down, on a spearing call following a run by Eddie Vela, ended up working out for the Cranes, as on the next play Vela tried to pass to Robert Nunez on the right sideline but was picked off by Nunez, who ran 52 yards the other way for the fourth score of the night.

“That’s why I’m gun-shy about throwing the ball,” said Willis. Nunez was open behind Lee, but the pass was thrown on a line right at the Cranes’ safety. However, the Eagles’ coach said the pass play was designed to go to Ortega on the other side.

“We had Cowboy out there in a no-back set, and were hoping to catch them off-guard. On the other side we had a three- receiver set and had slants going,” Willis said.

Up 27-0 at halftime, Crane drove 89 yards in just under four minutes for their fifth touchdown to start the second half. It was capped by a 13-yard run by Adrian Galindo, but the big play was a 30-yard pass from Doege to Esparza, after the Cranes had picked up first downs on three consecutive running plays, including a fumble by Doege that Esparza recovered and advanced seven yards.

The most bruising play of the night for Pecos came later in the period, when the Eagles were knocked about by the Cranes on a Vela punt, allowing Aguilar to race through them for a 54 yard score. Doege then took a couple of bumps at quarterback on the next series while trying to pass the ball, before coach Randy Doege replaced his son with Lee, who guided the Cranes to their final score, on an 11-yard run by Aguilar with 6:54 to play. Crane ended up with 389 yards total offense and improved to 3-1 on the season, while Pecos fell to 1-3 and close out their pre-district schedule with a trip this Friday to face Sweetwater, the No. 4 ranked team in Class 3A in Texas. The Mustangs improved to 4-0 with a 38-0 win over Andrews this past Friday. Following that, Pecos gets a week off before starting District 3-3A play at home against Lamesa, which fell to 0-4 with a 28-6 loss to Levelland on Friday.

“We just have to keep hammering away. That’s all we can do, and just try to find something positive to make out of it,” Willis said.

In other district games, Monahans stayed unbeaten, jumping out to a 20-0 win before defeating Midland Christian 38-29, while Fort Stockton moved to 2-2 with a 28-19 win over Kermit; Greenwood played well but fell to No. 3-ranked Snyder, 20-13 to go to 0-3 on the season, and Seminole fell to 1-3 with a 26-9 loss to Muleshoe.

Crane 21 6 14 7 -- 48 Pecos 0 0 0 7 -- 7 First Quarter Cra. - A. Galindo 49 run (Laurean kick), 2:23 Cra. - Esparza 14 pass from Lee (Laurean kick), 8:27. Cra. - Doege 2 run (Laurean kick), 12:00. Second Quarter Cra. - Lee 52 interception return (run failed), 9:08. Third Quarter Cra. - A. Galindo 13 run (Laurean kick), 3:58. Cra. - Aguilar 54 punt return (Laurean kick), 7:38. Fourth Quarter Cra. - Aguilar 11 run (Laurean kick), 5:06. Pec. - Ortega 23 run (run failed), 9:29. Cra. Pec First Downs 19 7 Rushing-Yds. 36-271 32-102 Passing Yds 110 8 Passes 10-17-0 1-5-1 Punts-Avg. 1-30 7-28.9 Fumbles-Lost 3-0 2-0 Penalties-Yds. 11-100 6-44 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - Crane, A. Galindo 9-101, Lee 11-74, Aguilar 4-43, Cruz 1-25, Doege 10-11, Esparza 1-7. Pecos, Ortega 18-87, Vela 14-15. PASSING -. Crane, Doege 8-13-0-93, Lee 2-4-0-17. Pecos, Vela 1-5-1-8. RECEIVING - Crane, Esparza 3-53, Lee 3-30, A. Galindo 1-9, Eyler 1-8, S. Galindo 1-7, Cruz 1-3. Pecos, D. Myles 1-8. MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.

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