Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, November 18, 2005
Enterprise to publish once next week
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Pecos Enterprise will publish only one edition next week.
The Tuesday, Nov. 22 edition will be published on its normal schedule, with the next edition of the paper on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The Pecos Free Press will publish its regular edition the Sunday, following Thanksgiving, on Nov. 27.
Local concerns heard by Madla in visit to Pecos
By JON FULBRIGHT
State Senator Frank Madla heard from local officials and met with Pecos High School students on Tuesday morning, as part of a stopover in town during his three-day swing through West Texas.
Madla had breakfast with Town of Pecos City and Pecos Chamber of Commerce officials, and then visited with Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD officials and PHS students during a meeting at the district’s Technology Center.
Madla, who traveled with legislative aides Stacy Gaston Pearson, Lisa Barton and Christine Wright, talked with both city and school officials about the state’s ongoing problems getting a new school finance system in place. The Texas Legislature failed to come up with a new plan during their regular session and two special sessions this year, while the state is also awaiting a court ruling on the constitutionality of the current system
“It’s a really complicated issue. The superintendents do a good job looking at it, and they know how it’s going to affect them,” he said, adding that information provided to legislators from the Texas Education Agency sometimes is inaccurate.
“We end up lying to the school districts,” Madla said. “At least when you send it to them (school superintendents), you say ‘this is what we’re planning to do,’ and they let you know how it will affect them.”
“We passed a bill on the Senate side, but nothing happened on the House said,” he said of the school reform issue. “The court has not ruled, and I don’t know what’s keeping them. They should have ruled a month ago.
“I think the court’s in the same dilemma,” he told the city and chamber officials. “They can say it’s unconstitutional and you have to do this, this and this, but they don’t have to get the revenue.”
Madla later went explained situation with PHS students and teachers, during a question and answer session at the Technology Center.
“We’re a low-tax state, but our sales tax is quite high and our property taxes are high. But that’s because the State of Texas hasn’t kept up its responsibility for public schools,” he said. “Sixty percent of the funding for schools comes from local property taxes and 40 percen from the state, and it used to be the other way around.”
“Are we a wealthy state? Yes, but we don’t have the votes to tax the entities that have the money,” Madla said.
This was the first trip in several years to Pecos for Madla, D-San Antonio, who has represented the city and Reeves County in the Texas Legislature since 1995. The senator’s District 19 is the largest in terms of area in the state, and Madla said its size caused problems due to state funding for legislative districts.
“I wish they would give me more money to open an office here, but they won’t,” said Madla, who has a legislative aid working in Fort Stockton. “They won’t even give me travel money. I get the same travel money as the guy from Houston who you can throw a rock across his district.
“It’s really not fair. My constituents can travel their districts three, four five, six times, but my staff can’t travel it once on our budget,” he added.
During the breakfast meeting at the Old Mill BBQ across from the Technology Center, city manager Joseph Torres updated Madla on Pecos’ water field project, completed last year, and the upcoming projects involving reconstruction of the city’s water and sewer lines and the plans for renovation of the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena and Reeves County Civic Center.
They also talked with Madla about the city’s problems receiving payments for housing U.S. Marshal’s Service inmates at the Criminal Justice Center that would make the pay rates mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor for jailers at the 96-bed city facility. Torres asked Madla if he could help lobby the Marshal’s service for an increase in the man-day rate, and took the senator and his staff on a brief tour of the facility following the breakfast meeting.
Chamber president Jimmy Dutchover talked with Madla about improving the signage put up by the Texas Department of Transportation on area highways, as well as speeding up the planned highway beautification projects. “There have been things done to beautify the area (highways), but it seems like they never get to Pecos,” he said.
Dutchover also mentioned the problems with highway resurfacing work along Interstate 20 in the Pecos-Monahans area. TxDOT is planning to go in an redo work that was just put down last year between Pecos and Barstow that has deteriorated, and the section between Pyote and the Monahans Sandhills, which was done four years ago and also has deteriorated.
Dutchover, as principal for the P-B-T ISD’s Lamar AEP program, also asked Madla if he could work to reverse a law passed by this year’s legislature that reversed a law passed two years earlier relaxing the certification requirements for alternative education teachers.
Senator confident about ’06 re-election bid
By JON FULBRIGHT
State Senator Frank Madla said on Tuesday he’s planning to seek another four-year term in the Texas Senate in 2006, though he won’t be able to officially enter the race on the opening day of filing as he’s done in the past.
“I normally file on the first day of the filing period, but I won’t be able to this year, because I’ll be in Fort Davis for a week,” said Madla, who was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1994 after serving for two decades in the Texas House as a representative from the south side of San Antonio.
“I should have an opponent. Possibly a Democratic challenger who is a state representative out of Bexar County (San Antonio), and I do have a Republican out of Bandera,” Madla said, while sounding confident about both the March Democratic primary and the November general election.
“I don’t see a problem with either candidate. Bexar County should be very, very solid. I have the support of the majority of my colleagues in Bexar County, and have the support of my colleagues in West Texas.”
Madla said prior to his stop in Pecos, he spent Monday in Monahans after visiting Fort Davis and Balmorhea over the weekend. “I just stopped in to visit with some of my constituents in Balmorhea, while in Fort Davis I visited with the county judge and members of the community, and also was with (state representative) Pete Gallego, who had a meeting in Fort Davis.”
“It’s been a very positive trip,” Madla said. He said along with several local issues in the various towns, concerns over schools and water rights came up in talks during the first two days of his trip.
“Water is a big issue, and everybody’s concerned about economic development. The people in Pyote were worried about their museum, which is a jewel.”
Madla toured the Rattlesnake Bomber Base Museum in Pyote on Monday, which is seeking funds to relocate to a new building, due to structural problems with the current facility.
He said the current water situation involving the proposed pumping of underground water from West Texas to Central Texas cities for sale by private companies is a concern, but said Republican Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, were blocking any effort to stop the proposed pumping.
“We have a big problem with Rio Nuevo trying to get into the public school land and get a contract to pump it out. But in a lot of areas if you go in and pump the water out, there’s not going to be anything left,” he said.
“You’re going to see some of the towns in West Texas dry up and blow away, but it’s in the hands of the commissioner, and I can’t do anything about it,” he said. “The Senate passed legislation to put a brake on the land commissioner, but it died in the House. The Speaker’s against it, so it’s going to be hard to pass.”
Following their stop in Pecos, Madla and his staff traveled to Van Horn and Sierra Blanca, before returning to San Antonio on Wednesday.
Commissioners OK increasing food inspections
By ROSIE FLORES
Reeves County Commissioners approved an order giving the county the authority to do health inspections of different food establishments, during their regular meeting held Monday morning in the third floor courtroom.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Roy Alvarado, Precinct 2 Commissioner Norman Hill and Precinct 3 Commissioner Saul Herrera were on hand for the regular meeting. Those not in attendance included County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo and Precinct 4 Commissioner Hivi Rayos.
Hill presided over the regular meeting.
Reeves County Emergency Management Coordinator Ricky Herrera told the group that according to the state the county has to advertise for three consecutive days, hold a public hearing regarding this issue.
“Armando Gil used to do these health inspections and when I looked for an order that the county had adopted, saying that Gil could do this, I couldn’t find one,” said Herrera. “I then talked to the state and they said I needed to go ahead and make one, giving me the authority to do the health inspections.”
Herrera said that there were a few restaurants in Balmorhea that needed to be inspected for the first time in a while, along with one in Toyah.
Those food establishments included in the order are: a retail food store, a temporary food establishment, a mobile food unit and/or a roadside food vendor.
“Under this order, a person may not operate a food establishment without a permit issued by the regulatory authority. Permits are not transferable from one person to another or from one location to another location, except as otherwise permitted by this order,” said Herrera. “A valid permit must be posed in or on every food establishment regulated by this order,” he said.
Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing rental payments for the use of private office space by new Reeves County Attorney Richard C. Slack, who was appointed to replace Luis Carrasco. He resigned in late October and is under investigation by the Texas Rangers over missing county and private client funds.
“We were paying Carrasco for the private use of his office and in order for us to pay Slack, we need a resolution,” said county auditor Lynn Owens.
“He felt his office space was worth more and I agree,” said Owens. “He said that he would supplement his payments from the disclosure funds, but he can’t pay himself, but as long as there is a public service being done, he could do that if you would like for it be read into the record,” he said.
Vote again delayed on bed tax funds contract
Conflicting proposals on the division of the Town of Pecos City’s hotel/motel bed tax led to a decision on the plan being delayed once more on Wednesday, during a special meeting of the city’s bed tax committee at City Hall.
The proposals, from the Town of Pecos City and the Pecos Chamber of Commerce, will be taken up again by the bed tax committee after Thanksgiving, when budget estimates will be presented using both formulas discussed at Wednesday’s meeting.
The offer presented by city manager Joseph Torres would divide the funds received from the occupancy tax into four equal shares, which Torres said would be the fairest way to handle the issue. However, Chamber president Jimmy Dutchover said the plan would take away funds from both the Chamber and from the group’s advertising committee if approved.
The dispute centers on the division of the city’s hotel-motel bed tax revenues, after the total surpassed the $160,000 mark annually on which the contract was based. The current agreement calls for the Town of Pecos City will receive $8,700 each quarter to fund the Main Street Program, while the West of the Pecos Museum will get 27 percent of the remaining hotel/motel tax, the Chamber’s advertising committee will get 36 percent of the total and the Chamber’s general fund will get 37 percent.
Dutchover’s proposal would maintain the current divisions on tax revenues under $160,000, while dividing the funds equally for any collections above the $160,000 total. The plan presented by Torres would split all of the money equally, with the Chamber, its advertising committee, the museum and the Main Street program each receiving 25 percent of the funds.
Torres also presented committee members with copies of a review of the Chamber’s finances by CPA Dan Painter. It verified the current division of the bed tax funds is being met, but noted there was a lack of documentation on the usage of some of those funds, relating to time spend on advertising committee work, use of the committee’s funds for non-qualifying activities that did not promote tourism and failure to comply with the requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
“I could go on and on and on about things in the contract that were not being honored before our review,” Torres said. “The reason I’m commenting on this is I want to move forward and not go back to 2002, 2003, 2004. I want to start on Jan. 1, 2006 and go for a year, and then look at the museum program, the Main Street program, the Chamber program and the advertising program.”
Dutchover said the city’s plan would result in major cuts to the funding for the Chamber and the advertising committee.
“I don’t want to hurt anyone at this point. That’s why I came up with this counter-proposal,” Dutchover said, adding that, “We can come back in one year, and if it’s seriously out of whack, we can take another look at it.”
The dispute came up as the hotel/motel tax revenues moved closer to surpassing the $160,000 mark for the first time, though Dutchover said that had the city not taken out the $8,700 quarterly for the Main Street Program prior to distributing the remaining funds, the total already would be over $160,000.
Estimates of the revenues were pegged at $190,000. Under the city plan, dividing that four ways would give each of the four groups $47,500. Using the formula favored by the Chamber, the Main Street Program and the museum would receive slightly a few thousand dollars less than that annually, while the Chamber and its advertising committee would get a little over $50,000 each year. However, Dutchover said the Main Street Program would still receive more money than its current funding under the Chamber’s plan.
Former Chamber president and local restaurant owner Al Gomez spoke up on behalf of the plan presented by Dutchover.
“As a businessman in Pecos, we need all the help we can get,” he said. “As a businessman, I’d rather not see a $20,000 to $40,000 loss. That’s money the advertising committee desperately needs to advertise Pecos.”
“You’re going to have to answer complaints, and we’re going to be vocal about it,” Gomez told Torres, who responded, “The city has a financial commitment to the voters. If it (the city plan) is not sufficient revenue to advertising and tourism, we’ll look at it again.”
Torres noted the city’s financial problems have caused cuts in its various departments, while Dutchover said, “I realize you have operations costs, but there are more sources of funds for the city than for the Chamber. We don’t.”
Torres said based on the recent increases in the bed tax revenues, the Chamber’s funds would not change much from recent years, though bed tax committee member Oglesby noted that bed tax revenues to the city were down in the second quarter of this year. However, Oglesby also said given the surplus funds in the Chamber’s account, “We could probably live with 25 percent.
“I know the advertising committee when I got on and the Chamber when I got on had money in their accounts in excess of what they were spending,” he said. “We could live with 25 percent and the museum could live with 25 percent.
“The working relationship with the city is important,” Oglesby said, noting the city’s use of money out of its general fund to assist with Chamber-related activities and building maintenance. “I feel one of the things is the ability to leverage money through cooperation with the city.”
Torres and Oglesby noted the Chamber had over $50,000 currently in its account, Dutchover said half of that was due to a miscalculation three years ago by the city in allocating bed tax funds, and that about half of the remaining total would be eaten up by labor costs.
Former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and current Main Street Program manager Tom Rivera questioned the use of the advertising funds in recent years on billboards, saying a past survey showed the signs were not that effective in attracting tourism to town.
“What you should be doing is attracting conventions to Pecos and putting heads in beds,” he said.
In the end, the committee agreed to a proposal by Oglesby that the Chamber calculate its budget using both formulas, which will then be presented at the next bed tax committee meeting on Nov. 30.
“You need to come up with a budget,” he said. “Do one budget under the 25 percent formula, and see what the labor costs come out to, and do the other budget under your plan.
“Make two budgets and then you can come back and say ‘Maybe we can live with that,’ or “Maybe we need a little more’,” Oglesby said.
Board hears football, security complaints
Concerns about the Pecos High School football program and about security around Crockett Junior High School were voiced by parents last Thursday, during the monthly Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board meeting at the district’s Technology Center.
Some of the parents talked to board members, during the audience portion of the meeting, about the athletic department and the many problems that they have encountered.
Parent Imelda Williams told the group that her son had been having problems with the freshman football coach and varsity coach and athletic director Patrick Willis throughout the season.
“My son has been made to feel that he has no self esteem,” said Williams.
She listed several incidents that had led her son to want to quit the team.
“Each time he was told that he was letting his team down,” said Williams.
Williams said that at one point the coach told his son he was just “uncoachable.”
“He was also told this by the Athletic Director,” said Williams. “If the AD is here next year, he does not want to play and that may lead us to move someplace else.”
Cecil Lee told the group that in the three years that the AD has been here Pecos has not won one district game.
Pecos has finished 1-9 each of the past two seasons. Willis was hired three years ago, after the high school team went 1-8 during the 2002 football season and went 3-7 in his first season as head coach. The team’s last district victory was four years ago, under then-head coach Gary Grubbs, now at Kermit, which was the lone team Pecos defeated during the 2005 season.
“He shows a lack of respect for the players, doesn’t want to talk to anybody, in the three years that he has been here, he’s spoken to me once,” said Lee.
Lee told the group that if the players miss a practice, even if it’s excused, they don’t get to play.
“Several parents have said that they won’t let their kids play, if he’s here next year,” said Lee. “There are several kids that we would like to see him play, that he can put in there,” he said.
Lee said that if they are losing anyway, he doesn’t see why all the players can’t participate. “He should just play everyone, they’re losing anyway, maybe one of those kids will surprise us and do really well on the field,” said Lee.
“All I’m saying is give them a chance, don’t just have your favorite players,” said Lee. “I don’t think the athletic department has a plan,” he said.
David Reyes said that he feels the same way as Lee does.
“We have the best facility at our disposal and we have not won a district game in three years,” said Reyes.
“Something is wrong, either the teacher or the kids,” said Reyes. “It’s very sad to come home every Friday evening after losing each time,’ he said.
Parent Jeff Lindemann said he reiterated what Lee had to say.
“There’s got to be changes made,” said Lindemann. “I have three other kids going through this school system and I don’t want to see them go through my other one did this year,” he said.
Parents Alfredo and Manuela Reyes talked to the board about a different matter involving Crockett Junior High School.
“We wanted to talk about the lack of supervision after school at Crockett Middle School,” said Alfredo Reyes.
Reyes told board members that a group of students had broken his collarbone during an incident that happened right after school ended for the day.
“These children are not being supervised properly and this happened during school hours,” said Reyes.
In other action, board members received an update on the ongoing construction at the different campuses during the regular agenda items at the meeting.
At the Eagle Stadium, the punch list is complete and they are negotiating final payment.
Fire alarms at the Pecos High School are complete and in process of closing out the project (paperwork, final payment).
Roofing at the Pecos Kindergarten is approximately 50 percent complete. “Quality of work is acceptable and there have been no disruptions of district activities reported,” said superintendent Ray Matthews.
Board members also accepted resignations from Octavio Frausto - special education teacher at Austin Elementary School, effective Oct. 24 and Michael Valencia - physical education teacher/coach at Pecos Kindergarten, effective: May 26, 2006.
Ex-Golden Girl volunteers for hot job
Two weeks into being accepted as the city’s first female firefighter, Sara West has already seen her first action.
West, who was born and raised in Pecos, was accepted as a Pecos Volunteer Firefighter in early November.
“I’ve made two fires already and it was really exciting,” said West, who is a former West of the Pecos Golden Girl, attended Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio following graduation and has attended UTPB in Odessa.
“When they had started that fire that took place behind La Tienda (a house fire during the late summer), I decided I wanted to serve the community in some way,” said West.
She said she submitted her application to become a firefighter and that she was voted in on Nov. 3.
“The two fires that I have already attended, one was on Winding Way and then a rollover,” said West.
“It was really exciting when I got to suit up, even though the boots were way too big,” said West.
She said that while she realizes there’s some risk, she feels she is doing something very constructive.
“It’s like an adrenaline rush, once the pager goes off, you just hope for the best, but helping those in time of need is a great feeling,” West said.
West also got the idea of becoming a firefighter from watching her father “suit up” for the past 11 years.
“My dad has been a fireman for the past 11 years and I have always seen him go out and come in and I thought maybe that’s something I would like to do,” she said. “He has always been very supportive and I thought this is something I can do.”
“My brother Ernie, who is currently serving in the Navy stationed in Kingsland, Georgia, is also a volunteer fireman,” she said.
West said that she would love to participate in the area fire races that the firemen participate in.
West plans to return to UTPB in the spring semester and continue her schooling in Child and Family Studies.
She is currently working at Alfredo’s Restaurant in the evenings and enjoy spending her spare time with her husband, Cody and her son, Ryan.
“I also help Cody with anything he has going, since he’s involved in so many activities,” said West. “Anything he needs help with, I’m there.”
West said that she would like to thank Cody and her family and friends for their support. “I would also like to thank the fireman who gave me the opportunity to be a firefighter, because they took a big step by letting me in,” said West.
‘Kids’ program nearing deadline for applications
By ROSIE FLORES
Applications to become recipients of the Christmas for Kids Program are due by Friday evening at the Reeves County Sheriff’s Office.
“The deadline is 5 p.m., tomorrow and this year there will not be exceptions,” elf Sofia Baeza said on Thursday.
She said that they currently have 102 completed applications as of Wednesday and that 15 more had been turned in Thursday.
“We’re expecting another 25-30 applications, but they have to be completely ready by tomorrow in order to qualify,” said Baeza.
The applicants will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the date they turned in their application.
“A lot of people wait until the last minute to apply,” said Baeza.
Christmas for Kids held a barbecue plate sale recently that was a success and are planning a door-to-door drive this Saturday.
“If anyone wants to volunteer to help us, they can come to the sheriff’s office at 10 a.m., Saturday,” said Baeza.
Applications can be picked up at the Reeves County Sheriff’s Office from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The group is comprised of volunteers who raise funds to provide the essentials for children in the community, who would otherwise lose out on having a Merry Christmas.
“Our main goal is to provide a happy Christmas for as many children in the community as we can,” said Baeza. “We don’t just provide toys, but the essentials, such as coats and shoes.”
The Christmas for Kids program is aimed at helping to bring a cheerier holiday for children of less fortunate families in the community.
Baeza said that she wanted to thank everyone in the community, the businesses, organizations and especially the volunteers.
Donations are always being accepted for the program.
Anyone wanting more information on Christmas for the Kids could call the Reeves County Sheriff’s Department, at 445-4901.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff’s Office, or other officers of those agencies.The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instances we will indicate payment and release.
A 16-year-old female juvenile was arrested by police on Oct. 24 and charged with failure to stop and render aid following an accident at Seventh and Willow streets. She was arrested at 101 W. Daggett St., and transported to the Reeves County Juvenile Detention Center.
Alesia Kratzmeyer, 40, 511 S. Bois D’Arc St., in Pecos, was arrested at 9:15 p.m. on Oct. 25 at her home on a warrants out of Wood County charging her with theft of over $20 and under $500 and motion to revoke on that charge. She was transported by police to Reeves County Jail.
Ruben Tarango Ortega, 30, 2212 S. Park St., was arrested by police on Oct. 24 at Wal-Mart, 1903 S. Cedar St., after a report by store employees of a theft. Police said the suspected was located later in the 2100 block of South Eddy Street and items reported missing by store employees were found in his possession. Ortega was transported first to Wal-Mart for identification, and then taken to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Robert Benavides Rodriguez, 17, 2401 Teague St., was arrested by police on Oct. 23 and charged with possession of marijuana under two ounces. The arrest took place following a traffic stop in the 700 block of South Oleander Street, when the marijuana was found inside a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer Rodriguez was riding in at the time of the traffic stop. He was then taken by police to the Criminal Justice Center.
Danny Luna Hernandez, 20, 411 S. Orange St., was arrested by police on Oct. 23 and charged with possession of marijuana under two ounces. The arrest took place following a traffic stop in the 700 block of South Oleander Street, when the marijuana was found inside a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer Hernandez was inside at the time. He was then taken by police to the Criminal Justice Center.
Rodolfo Franco, 18, 853 Martinez St., was arrested by police on Oct. 17 and charged with public intoxication. Police said the arrest took place at 9:25 p.m. in the 500 block of Peach Street.
Humberto Delgado, 46, 913 W. Ninth St., was arrested by police on a warrant from the Ward County Sheriff’s Department charging him with failure to appear on a DWI charge. Police said the arrest was made on Nov. 2 in the 600 block of West Seventh Street.
Sebastian Serna, 21, 119 N. Alamo St., was arrested by police on Nov. 3 on warrants charging him with minor in possession of alcohol. Police said the arrest took place following a traffic stop in the 900 block of Monroe Street.
Jose Aguilar Martinez Jr., 21, 1102 S. Oleander St., was arrested at his home on Oct. 15 and charged with public intoxication, a Class B enhancement. Police said the arrest came after Martinez had made a false report saying he had attempted to rob the Allsup’s store at 708 S. Eddy St., Police found no robbery had taken place, and arrested Martinez at his home, after he said the matter would escalate into family violence if he remained at the residence.
Manuel Carrasco, 35, 1403 S. Oak St., arrested by police on Oct. 17 on warrants out of Pecos County for bond forfeiture on a theft over $5,000 and under $20,000 and failure to appear on a charge of theft by check, and an Andrews County warrant for engaging in an organized criminal activity through theft by check. Carrasco was arrested in an upstairs room at his home, and then taken to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Pando deployed to Iraq on Veteran’s Day
U.S. Army PFC Ramiro Gamboa Pando, Jr. was deployed to Iraq on Friday, Nov. 11, a year and a half after joining the Army.
PFC Pando is a Pecos High School graduate.
He is the son of Corina Gamboa Pando and Ramiro Pando, Sr. of Pecos.
Pando has two sisters, Beatriz and Olympia, also of Pecos.
Rodriguez to play in tourney with Midland team
The Midland College Lady Chaparral Volleyball team has earned a berth in the 2005 NJCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament beginning Nov. 21 and ending on Nov. 23. The tournament will be played at the West Plains Civic Center in West Plains, MO. MC qualified for the national tournament by winning the NJCAA Region V West Championship over Frank Phillips College (Borger, TX) in three games 30-26, 30-17, 30-21.
Midland College will open play versus the host team Missouri State University - West Plains at 4 p.m.., Monday, Nov. 21 4:00 p.m. Midland College is 35-8 overall and MSU-WP 37-8 overall.
The Lady Chaparrals feature former Pecos High School product, Leslie Rodriguez who graduated from PHS in 2004. Rodriguez play as an Outside Hitter as been an integral component in the team’s success this season. In her two seasons at Midland College, Rodriguez and her teammates have a combined 64-17 record including finishing as Region V West runner-up in 2004 and as the Region V West Champs this season.
Additional information on the tournament can be found at the following site: http://www.njcaa.org/sports.cfm?sid=32&divid=1&gender=w&slid=17&menu=4&calmenu=11
Additional information on the Lady Chaps can be found at the following site:
The Midland College program is in its fourth year and is coached by Erica Elder and Jamie Thomas.
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