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Friday, November 18, 2005
Martinez signs golf scholarship to UTSA in ‘06
Pecos Eagle senior Shelly Martinez has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Texas-San Antonio next year on a golf scholarship.
Martinez, who placed third at both the Region I-3A golf tournament and the Class 3A state tournament last season, signed last Thursday in a ceremony at the Pecos High School gym to join the UTSA team in the fall of 2006. She joins another area golfer, Monahans’ Allison Jordan, who graduated high school this past May and is in her freshman year as a member of the Roadrunners’ golf team.
Martinez has qualified for state twice in the past three seasons, advancing in 2003 as a member of the Eagles’ full golf squad, which placed second at state. Last season, she won playoffs for third in both the regional and state tournament, after finishing behind Jordan at both the district and regional level.
Martinez’ sister, Lauren, was a member of the 2003 state runner-up golf team and plays golf for Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
Eagle boys, girls hoop teams seek 1st wins
The Pecos Eagles boys and girls basketball teams will be seeking their first wins of the 2005-06 season against the Kermit Yellowjackets on Friday night, with the boys going to Kermit for their season opener while the girls play their home opener against the Jackets, following a pair of road losses to start the season.
Both teams will play only junior varsity and varsity games. The girls are scheduled to play at 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Pecos High School gym, while the boys will start in Kermit at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Coach Art Wellborn will start off the year shorthanded, with five players absent from the varsity squad due to grades and injuries. He’s hoping he can get all his players back by the second three weeks of the current six-week grading period, which began last Friday.
“I think I’ll have them back by the Midland Christian game (on Dec. 5), and hopefully I’ll have Lucas (Macha) back before Thanksgiving, so we’re definitely in flux right now,” Wellborn said.
Macha just underwent knee surgery for an injury suffered back in August, that caused him to miss the entire 2005 football season. He, along with guard Josh Anchondo, were among those Wellborn was looking at to be in the starting lineup for the Eagles.
“Josh was looking so good at point guard. If we had him, I could move Miguel (Estrada) to No. 2 (off guard),” Wellborn said.
“We are further along that we were at this time last year, but we have a long way to go,” he added.
Pecos’ girls dropped their season openers at Eldorado at Alpine, with scoring a big problem in both games for the Eagles. They finally broke the 10-point barrier in a quarter last Saturday against the Bucks, scoring 16 points in a 46-38 defeat. Adriana Armendariz was the leading scorer for Pecos in the game, finishing with 20.
Friday’s game is the only one for the boys until after the Thanksgiving holiday, while the girls have a non-district game next Tuesday in Presidio against the Blue Devils before their holiday break.
Eagles short of golfers at tournament
The Pecos Eagles boys golf team had only three players in El Paso this past weekend, and ended up playing at two new courses at the Trans-Mountain Invitational Tournament.
“I took Zack Morton, Heath Armstrong and Frank Deishler because I had some I lost to grades,” said coach Kim Anderson. “I’ve only got seven kids this year, and some are in basketball, some are in swimming and the others I lost to grades.”
Anderson said the tournament was held at Coronado and Painted Dunes Golf Courses, with Morton shooting the low score for Pecos and the same scores both days, while Armstrong and Deishler lowered their scored on the second day at Painted Dunes. Morton had 92s both days for a 184 score, while Armstrong shot a 112-99-211 and Deishler had a 123-112-235.
Anderson said the tournament in the past had been held at the Fort Bliss golf courses, but with the expansion of the military base scheduled, work is also being done on the two courses there. “I believe they’re going to be closed for a couple of years, but they’re trying to pick it up at those other courses,” Anderson said.
“Coronado Country Club is nice. Part of their advertising is they have some pros going there to practice on their speedy greens before they go to the Masters,” Anderson said. “They say the greens are fast and they were.”
The tournament was the last one for Pecos before their spring season, which will open in February with the Big Spring Invitational.
Rec dept. youth basketball sign-ups starting
The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department has begun enrolling boys and girls in the winter pee-wee basketball program.
The league is open to children between 5 years old and those currently in sixth grade, with a registration deadline of Dec. 16 for participating in the pre-season fundamentals program, and Dec. 30 for those just participating in league play.
Parents can pick up enrollment forms at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym during office hours, from 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Registration fee is $10 per player, and returned forms must have both parents’ signatures and be accompanied by a birth certificate.
For further information, call the RCCRD office at 447-9776.
Swimmers to face regional rival at Monahans meet
The Pecos Eagle girls will get their first look this season at the team that defeated them at regionals a year ago, when they travel to Monahans on Saturday for the Sandhills Invitational Swim Meet.
Diving will take place Friday afternoon, with the times finals scheduled for Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. at the Monahans High School pool.
“There will be two El Paso schools, Chapin and Andress, and San Angelo Central will be there, but they’ll be divided into two teams, so it’s not as hard for everyone else,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse.
Pecos’ boys beat out District 3-4A rival Andrews by one point for third place behind Odessa High and Lubbock High last week at the Pecos Invitational, while the Eagle girls were sixth overall, and second by one point behind Abilene Wylie among 3-4A teams at the meet.
Chapin broke Pecos’ string of four straight regional titles a year ago on the girls’ side, beating out the Eagles for the I-4A title. Like Pecos, Chapin graduated several of their top swimmers, but do return several members of that team, including Ali Walker, who is seeded second to Pecos’ Lindsey Shaw in the 200 yard individual medley going into the Monahans meet.
Shaw is also seeded first in the 100-yard breaststroke, while the other Eagle girls seeded in the Top 6 going into the meet include Cassandra Matta, fourth in the 100-yard backstroke, and Ashley Mendoza, third in the 500-yard freestyle and fifth in the 200 free. Pecos is also seeded fifth in the 400-yard freestyle.
On the boys’ side, Chapin’s Bryan Jones is seeded first, ahead of Pecos’ Matt Oglesby, in the 500-yard freestyle going into the meet. Oglesby won that race last week along with the 200 medley, where he’s seeded first again at Monahans. Kyle Winkles, who also took both his individual races, is seeded first in the 100-yard backstroke, with teammate Josh Elliott second, while he’s seeded second to Midland Christian’s Matt McKinney in the 100-yard freestyle.
The other top seeds for Pecos going into the meet are the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams of Winkles, Oglesby, Elliott and Matthew Florez.
Saturday’s meet is the final one of the month for Pecos. They’ll be off the following week for Thanksgiving, and have only one meet scheduled next month, on Dec. 10 at the Seminole Invitational.
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