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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Late registration for youth soccer

Monday evening is the deadline for regular registration for the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department ‘s fall soccer league. But late registrations will still be accepted this week for the youth leagues.

The program is open to boys and girls ages 4 1/2 to 9, with a sign-up fee of $10 through Monday, 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.

Eagles split 7th grade contests, Loboes get 8th, 9th grade wins

The Pecos Eagles freshman football team suffered their third straight three-point loss of the season on Thursday, while Pecos’ junior high teams went 1-2 in their home games against the Monahans Loboes.

The ninth graders saw their record drop to 3-4 with a 22-19 loss in Monahans, while the seventh grade purple Eagles picked up a 22-12 win over the Loboes at Eagle Stadium. The other two games ended with the exact same scores, as Monahans downed the Eagles’ seventh grade gold and eighth grade purple teams by 30-0 margins.

A safety and a couple of missed two-point conversions cost Pecos in their ninth grade loss. Coach Rudy Jurado said Timo Reyes had all three of Pecos’ touchdowns, off 40- and 50-yard passes from Paul Zubledia. The ninth graders, who dropped 15-12 and 20-17 games the previous two weeks to Seminole and Greenwood, close out their season by hosting Fort Stockton on Thursday.

The seventh graders improved to 5-2 with their win. Arturo Munoz returned a kickoff for a touchdown after Monahans’ first score, then scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put Pecos ahead. Isaiah Patino’s three-yard run with 40.6 seconds remaining in the game clinched the victory.

The eighth graders fell to 0-7 with their loss, as Monahans scored on a kickoff return to open the game. Pecos had a couple of long drives in the first half but were unable to score. In the seventh grade ‘B’ game, the Eagles’ gold team saw their four game winning streak ended by Monahans, as they were shut out for the first time this season.

Pecos’ junior high teams will play their final games of the 2006 season this Thursday evening at Fort Stockton.

Pecos boys 5th, girls 9th at Abilene swim meet

The Pecos Eagles swim team finished fifth on the boys’ side and ninth in the girls division this past weekend, at the Abilene Wylie Invitational meet.

Class 5A schools dominated the meet, which was won by Lubbock High’s girls and San Angelo Central’s boys. Lubbock High, Lubbock Monterey, Amarillo High and Odessa High were the other schools to finish ahead of Pecos’ boys, who scored 118 points, while Dallas Lake Highlands, Midland High and Midland Lee also were in front of the Eagle girls, who tied Abilene High for ninth with 44 points.

“The times were pretty good. The meet was so long some of them got stale between events, but overall they either got faster or stayed about the same,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. “There were probably a couple who could have done better time-wise, but you get that in every meet.”

The boys picked up several medals on the day, including firsts by Kyle Winkles in the 100-yard freestyle, with a 51 flat time, and the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 57.67. He also took third place in the 200 medley relay with Matt Oglesby, Josh Elliott and Matthew Florez. The same group also had a fourth in the 400 freestyle relay, while in the individual events, Oglesby also earned a medal with a second in the 200 individual medley

In other results for the Eagles, Elliott was ninth and Frankie Morin 19th in the 200 freestyle; Luke Serrano was 17th and Brian Carrasco 18th in the 200 medley; Flores was 14th, Hector Roman 48th, Jose Gonzales 71st and Oscar Machuca 76th in the 50 free; Oglesby was fourth and Elliott seventh in the 100 yard butterfly; Florez was 10th in the 100 free; Alonzo Garcia was 12th and Adam Medina 16th in the 500 yard freestyle; Morin and Serrano were 12th and 13th in the 100 backstroke; and Garcia was 16th and Carrasco 24th in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Pecos’ ‘A’ relay in the 200 freestyle, of Morin, Roman, Serrano and Garcia placed 16th, while the ‘B’ relay of Serrano, Carrasco, Medina and Roman was 18th in the 200 medley and the 400 ‘B’ relay of Morin, Carrasco, Medina and Garcia was 17th.

The girls’ best result were fourth place finishes by Ashley Mendoza in the 500 freestyle and Lindsey Shaw in the 200 yard medley and the 100 yard breaststroke. Mendoza also was 10th in the 200 freestyle, while in the relays they were in, Shaw, Mendoza, Cassandra Mata and Neyva Rodriguez were 11th in the 200 medley relay, and the same group also was 11th in the 400 freestyle relay.

Other finishes for Pecos included a 38th by Stephanie Lucas in the 200 freestyle; a 29th by Rodriguez, a 39th by Cynthia Marmolejo, and a 79th by Brittanie Rodriguez in the 50 freestyle; a 23rd by Mata and a 27th by Niki Lindemann in the 100 fly; a 26th by Neyva Rodriguez, and a 37th by Marmolejo in the 100 free; a 16th by Lucas in the 500 free; a 13th by Mata and a 30th by Brittanie Rodriguez in the 100 back; and a 27th by Lindemann in the 100 yard breaststroke.

In the other relays, the 200 freestyle ‘A’ relay of Lindemann, Lucas, Marmolejo and Brittanie Rodriguez was 32nd, while the 400 freestyle ‘B’ relay with the same four swimmers placed 26th.

Lubbock’s girls had 301 points to win that division, while Central’s boys scored 302 points to place first there. Andrews, Big Spring and the host Bulldogs were the other District 3-4A swimmers at this weekend’s meet, with the Mustang boys placing the best of that group, finishing eighth with 87 points, while Big Spring’s girls were the top finisher among the other 3-4A school, in 13th place with 19 points.

The Eagles’ next full meet will be their own, set for Nov. 11-12 at the Pecos High School pool. Before then, they’ll travel to Monahans this Thursday for a dual meet against the Loboes.

“I’ll let some of them switch some of their events if they want to, but most will probably be swimming the events they can do best,” Morse said.

The meet will start at 6 p.m., with diving set for about 4:30 p.m. at the Monahans High School pool.

Rough start costs Eagles again in 38-7 loss

For the second week in a row, the first six minutes of Friday’s home game for the Pecos Eagles was far more enjoyable for the visiting team. And for the second week in a row, the Eagles were able to get things back together somewhat after that start, but still came up far short in their game against the Monahans Loboes.

The Eagles, who spotted Greenwood a 14-point lead six minutes into their game on Oct. 21 thanks to a turnover and two quick scores, saw Monahans go up 15-0 in the first six minutes of Friday’s game, this time due to a turnover and three quick scores. The Loboes would then get another touchdown to open the second period before Pecos got on the board late in the quarter, but Monahans needed just two minutes to get that score back, and would add a touchdown and field goal in the second half for a 38-7 victory.

“The kids played hard. Anyone who says the last two weeks the kids didn’t play hard and we weren’t prepared, then there’s something wrong,” said Eagles’ coach Patrick Willis. “That’s all I can ask of them, that the kids play hard.”

Since the Loboes were 8-0 on the season and had scored 149 points in their first three District 3-3A games, their scores against Pecos weren’t that surprising, and the numbers put up by the Loboes were their lowest totals in the past month. But after allowing Monahans to use a reserve on a punt return to start their first series in Eagle territory, it took Monahans just one play to score, on a 37-yard run by Sam Graves, and two plays to score on their next possession, following a Pecos fumble one play after a 23-yard run by quarterback Eddie Vela was wiped out by a holding call.

Vela lost the snap to linebacker Larry Jasso at the 26-yard-line, and quarterback Chase Cornelius found receiver Todd Cosby for a diving catch in the back of the end zone, moments after the Eagles stopped Graves for a one-yard loss. The Eagles’ next series didn’t go any better and ended up with punter Edward Valencia having to run out of the end zone with the ball after it was snapped over his head. If was the first of two snaps over Valencia’s head on the night, to go along with one deflected punt in the third period, but he was able to recover the second bad snap, in the fourth quarter, and get off an 18-yard kick from about 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage. An illegal block call would help Pecos stop Monahans’ drive after the safety and free kick, but after the Eagles did nothing with their fourth series, Graves ran for 13 yards on first down, and two plays later, took a swing pass from Cornelius and raced 30 yards to the end zone. T.J. Brooks’ extra point made it a 22-0 game.

Graves would run for 148 yards on just 13 carries, while the Eagles’ Luis Ortega would end up with 97 on 22 attempts as both runners surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Ortega actually did the best on first down carries, rushing for seven, nine and 10 yards on his first three attempts on first down. But only the last of those runs resulted in anything, as it began a 16-play, 72-yard drive that got Pecos on the scoreboard.

Vela would pass for eight yards to Robert Nunez for one first down and then run for eight yards for a couple of first downs along the way. Miguel Estrada then came in, and after surviving a fumbled snap to gain seven yards, found Andrew Grant on a 20-yard pass to the Loboes’ 4-yard line. But the series looked as if it would stall there, when Monahans stopped Pecos for no gain on three rushing attempts before on fourth down, Estrada pitched the ball to Ortega, who ran to his right, and then threw the ball back to the left to the Eagles’ quarterback, who made a diving catch in the end zone for his first touchdown of the season.

Valencia’s extra point cut the lead to 22-7 with 3:13 to play, but Monahans needed less than two minutes of that to get the touchdown back, going 76-yards on only seven plays. The big play was a 39-yard pass from Cornelius to Chris Roberson, which set up a two-yard TD run by Graves two plays later.

Pecos stopped the Loboes’ first series of the second half, but then couldn’t sustain their drive after a 19-yard run by Ortega. Monahans then got a 37-yard run by Graves on their next series, and appeared to get a touchdown on a 25-yard screen pass to Roberson. But a holding call wiped that play out, and Monahans ended up settling for a 23-yard field goal by Brooks.

A holding call against Pecos would stall the Eagles’ next possession, after a 22-yard run by Ortega, and Monahans would come back for their final score of the night, a six-yard run by Roberson after a 29-yard pass to tight end Blake Whiseant from Cornelius, who ended up with 137 yards passing on only five completions.

“I’m a little bit disappointed that we gave up the long pass plays,” Willis said. “We worked so hard to stop the run, then we let them get behind us.”

Graves’ big rushing night allowed him to take over the district rushing lead from Ortega, with 1,065 yards, to 1,052 for the Eagles’ junior. Monahans closes out their regular season by hosting Greenwood on Friday, with the Loboes looking to finish the regular season undefeated, win the district title outright, and win No. 1 seed in the Class 3A Division II bi-district round out of 3-3A with a victory.

Pecos, meanwhile, fell to 0-4 in district and 1-8 on the season, and will get one final chance at their first district win on Friday, when they go to Fort Stockton to face the Panthers. Fort Stockton saw their rally fall short at Seminole on Friday, losing by a 35-28 score. That clinched the District 3-3A-Division I playoff berth for the Indians, while Greenwood clinched the other Division II spot with a 51-0 win over Lamesa.

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