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Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Pecos boys improve results in final basketball scrimmage
Pecos Eagle boys basketball coach Art Wellborn said his team looked a little better overall, despite playing with a few less players on Saturday, in their final pre-season scrimmage against the Coahoma Bulldogs and the Merkel Badgers.
“We won one quarter against Merkel and tied another, and we lost all four quarters against Coahoma, “ said Wellborn, who was minus five players, including three starters, for Saturday’s scrimmage.
Pecos had played a good first quarter in their opening scrimmage last Tuesday against Odessa Permian, then struggled over the next four quarters. On Saturday, Wellborn said, “The kids played hard. They just don’t know what to do yet.
“We’re still in the transition process with the kids from the JV and freshman teams last year, but I think we played all right,” he said.
“Jeremy Rodriguez played extremely well, but as far as it went, it was really our JV against their varsity,” Wellborn said.
Pecos’ season opener will be this Friday night in Kermit, against the Yellowjackets. Pecos’ home opener won’t be until after the Thanksgiving break, when they host Stanton on Nov. 29.
Eagle swimmers grab 3rd, 6th at Pecos meet
By JON FULBRIGHT
Class 5A schools held the top spots in the final point standings on Saturday, at the Pecos Invitational swim meet, while only one point separated the Eagles from their closest rivals out of District 3-4A in the final totals.
Pecos’ boys beat out Andrews by one point for third place in the standings, thanks to second and eighth-place finishes by the Eagles’ 400-yard freestyle relay teams in the final race of the day. Odessa High won that race, and that helped the Bronchos beat out the Eagles for second place in the team standings behind Lubbock High, with 210 points to 205 for Pecos and 204 to Andrews. Lubbock High won the meet with 238 points.
On the girls’ side, it was Abilene Wylie edging out Pecos by one point for fifth place, finishing with 96 points to 95 for the Eagles. Midland Lee scored 285 points to win that division by 113 points over Lubbock High, with Abilene High third and Lubbock Monterey fourth, with 136 and 119 points.
“I was a little worried towards the middle of it a little bit, but out strong points are towards the beginning and end,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. “I was pleased with our relays. They did pretty good, even our ‘B’ relay cut its time, so I can’t be unhappy about that.”
“I thought we swam pretty well. Most of the kids cut their times, but sometimes you just can’t do it,” said Morse.
Matt Oglesby, Matthew Florez, Josh Elliott and Kyle Winkles finished two seconds in back of Odessa High in the 400 freestyle finals, with a 3:32.25 time, while opening the meet by winning the 200 medley relay, by 3 1/2 seconds over Andrews, with a 1:48.34 time. The ‘B’ relay team in the 400 freestyle of Frankie Morin, Brian Carrasco, Luke Serrano and Alonzo Garcia placed one spot ahead of Andrews’ ‘B’ squad, which gave the Eagles the two extra points they needed to finish third.
The medley relay win was one of five first place finishes on the day for Pecos. Winkles and Oglesby won both their individual races, with Oglesby taking the 200 individual medley in 2:08.86 and the 500 freestyle in 5:15.93, while Winkles won the 100 free with a 52.63 time and took the 100 yard backstroke with a 58.26 time. Elliott was second in both that race, with a 60.14 time, and in the 100-yard butterfly, with a 60.45 time, while Florez was fourth in the 100 free, with a 54.34 time.
In the 200 medley, the ‘B’ relay of Serrano, Carrasco, Adam Medina and Hector Roman finished 15th, while in the 200 freestyle relay, Morin, Serrano, Roman and Garcia placed 11th as the ‘A’ relay team, and Jose Gonzales, Austin Vernon, Oscar Machuca and Woody Tremble were 21st as the ‘B’ relay team.
Other finishes for Pecos include 10th and 14th place efforts by Garcia and Morin in the 200 freestyle; a 19th by Carrasco in the 200 medley; a fifth by Florez, a 29th by Roman, a 36th by Tremble, a 52nd by Gonzales, a 55th by Vernon and a 56th by Machuca in the 50 free; Medina was 22nd in the 100 fly; Medina was 17th in the 500 free; Morin was 11th and Serrano 16th in the 100 backstroke and Garcia was ninth and Carrasco 14th in the 100 breaststroke.
In the 1-meter diving competition, Gonzales finished seventh, Roman placed eighth and Machuca was 11th for the Eagles.
Lindsey Shaw had the top finish for Pecos’ girls, placing second in the 200 medley to Marcela Evans of El Paso El Dorado with a 2:30.94 time. She later finished fourth in the 100 yard breaststroke, while Ashley Mendoza had the Eagles’ other medal, placing third in the 500 yard freestyle with a 6:09.23 time after finishing 10th in the 200 freestyle.
In the relays, Mendoza, Shaw, Cassandra Mata and Neyva Rodriguez placed fourth in the 400 freestyle relay and fifth in the 200 medley, while the 200 yard freestyle relay of Niki Lindemann, Stephanie Lucas, Brittanie Rodriguez and Cynthia Marmolejo was 22nd, and the same four placed 16th as the ‘B’ relay in the 400 freestyle.
The other individual results for Pecos included a 10th by Mata in the 200 medley; a 13th by Neyva Rodriguez and a 45th by Brittanie Rodriguez in the 50 free; a 15th by Marmolejo and an 18th by Lindemann in the 100 fly; 43rd by Lucas in the 200 free; a 10th by Neyva Rodriguez in the 100 free; a 17th by Marmolejo in the 500 free; a seventh by Mata in the 100 backstroke; and an 18th by Lindemann in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Wylie had five of the six divers entered in Friday’s 1-meter competition, and earned 60 points, which allowed them to place in front of Pecos among the 3-4A schools. “They have more girls than we do, but I think we’ll do better when we don’t have as many 5As to swim against,” Morse said.
The Eagles’ next meet is this Friday and Saturday in Monahans, for the Sandhills Invitational.
Eagles’ offense still struggling in Alpine loss
It took a while for the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team to get their offense going on Saturday afternoon in Alpine, and when they finally were able to score some points they were only able to maintain pace with the host Bucks the rest of the way.
Pecos dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 46-38 loss at Alpine, despite a 20-point effort from junior post Adriana Armendariz. “Adriana finally got going, but Chantel (Mazone) got into foul trouble in the first quarter,” said Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery.
Mazone picked up two quick fouls, while Alpine was going out to a 10-0 lead at the start of the game. “We spot everybody 10 points, and then we start playing,” Lowery said.
Pecos would come back in the period and trailed only by a 12-7 score going into the second quarter. But after the Bucks added another point to their lead by halftime, they outscored the Eagles 15-7 in the third period to go ahead by a 36-22. The Eagles finally scored in double digits for the first time in eight quarters this season, putting 16 in during the fourth period, but that wasn’t enough to catch up to Alpine.
The Eagles had managed only 23 points in their first game of the season, at Eldorado last Tuesday, and Lowery brought up freshman Gaby Garcia in an effort to boost the scoring, after she had scored 21 points in the junior varsity’s season opener.
Garcia only had two points, as did the other freshman on the varsity squad, Claire Weinacht, but Lowery said, “She did a good job, and so did Claire. Claire worked down there against their 6-footers and Adriana also stepped it up.
“I told her before the game that Danielle (Garcia) is gone, and we need you to step it up and score about 20 points a game, and that’s what she did,” the Eagles’ coach said. “Now we’ve just got to get Chantel to start scoring.”
The freshmen did have problems at the foul line, going a combined 0-for-12 as part of a 7-for-27 day at the line for Pecos. Alpine didn’t do well at the line, either, but was only 1-for-5, as the Bucks committed 21 fouls in the game to only eight for the Eagles, despite Mazone’s foul problems.
“They didn’t press us, but their coach said they had only had about three workouts. It was their first game, and it was like football for them. They were very physical,” Lowery said.
Debbie Valenzuela’s 10 points led Alpine, as the Bucks had seven players score at least two baskets.
Saturday’s game in Alpine originally was scheduled for Friday night in Pecos, but was pushed back a day due to the Bucks’ football playoff game on Friday and moved to Alpine in order to free up the gym locker room area for the 18 swim teams in town on Saturday for the Pecos Invitational. The Eagles’ home opener will now be this Friday when they take on Kermit in varsity and JV games, at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Alpine also won Saturday’s JV game by a 46-43 score, despite 26 points from freshman Jasmine Rayos, while the Bucks took the ninth grade game as well, 20-12. Gia Lujan led the Eagles with seven points.
Monahans teams, Grandfalls, Ft. Davis advance in playoffs
Three of the five teams from Pecos and Balmorhea’s football districts advanced to second round play in the high school playoffs this past weekend, while District 3-3A volleyball champ Monahans completed a sweep of their Region I-3A playoff bracket on Saturday, and advanced to the Class 3A state tournament this coming Friday in San Marcos.
The Loboes, who are looking for their second straight state title, didn’t lose a game in advancing to the Class 3A semifinals. They defeated Graham 25-11, 25-18, 25-14 in the Region I-3A semifinals on Friday in Lubbock, and then swept Dalhart, 25-22, 25-17, 25-16 to clinch the regional title on Saturday.
Monahans, 41-3, will face Luling, 35-7, in the Class 3A semifinals at 1 p.m. on Friday at San Marcos. Texarkana Pleasant Grove, 38-4, and Bellville, 35-7, will be the other teams entered in the state tournament.
The Loboes’ football also stayed alive and stated unbeaten on the season with a 28-21 win on Friday night over Snyder. Monahans advances to face Perryton, 41-22 winners over Muleshoe, on Friday night in Plainview in the area round of the Class 3A-Division II playoffs.
Greenwood, the other team in the Class 3A-Division II bracket out of District 3-3A, fell behind Sweetwater early on Thursday night and lost 44-21, while Seminole, the Division I representative out of 3-3A, lost to Abilene Wylie, 36-6, in a game played following Monahans’ win over Snyder in Midland on Friday.
In the six-man playoffs, both of the teams out of Balmorhea’s District 6-A, Grandfalls and Fort Davis, won their playoff games. The Cowboys outscored Grady, 81-32, and will face a rematch against Garden City at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Big Lake. The Cowboys edged Garden City, 28-25, in the season opener for both teams.
Fort Davis had a lot closer game, edging Wellman-Union, 37-34 to advance to the area round. They’ll face Highland, 42-32 winners over Robert Lee, at 7:330 p.m. on Friday in Iran in their area round playoff game.
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