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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Recreation Dept. signing up players for basketball

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department has is enrolling boys and girls for the winter pee-wee basketball program now through the end of December. 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.

Buffalo twin-bill up for Pecos after loss to Lions

The Pecos Eagle boys’ basketball team will try for their first win of the season in their first home game of the season Tuesday night, when they take on the Stanton Buffaloes in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams.

Pecos, which fell to 0-2 on the season last Tuesday with a 75-63 loss to Ozona, will host Stanton at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, following the girls game between the Eagles and Buffaloes. Pecos will then take on Stanton in the first round of the Coahoma Invitational Tournament on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Eagles’ coach Art Wellborn said his team couldn’t make up for an awful first quarter of play last Tuesday, in their neutral-site game at Fort Stockton. The Lions scored the first nine points of the game, and the Eagles wouldn’t match Ozona’s first point score until early in the third period.

“They were up by 20 in the first half,” Wellborn said. “They scored 26 points in the first quarter, and it was 46-23 at the half. But we shut them down in the third quarter.”

“We cut it to five points in the fourth quarter, but we just couldn’t get over the hump,” he said. “We just haven’t been able to put it all together yet.”

Luis Licon and Jeremiah Jurado both scored 16 points to lead the Eagles, who are now 0-2 on the season going into Tuesday’s game against Stanton. Jurado was one of a number of players who missed Pecos’ opening week of the season, most of whom Wellborn is hoping to get back by this weekend.

“I’m not sure yet, but I check grades, and everyone looks OK, and Lucas (Macha) goes to the doctor tomorrow, and he ought to be cleared,” the Eagles’ coach said.

Meanwhile, Wellborn said Stanton was a little shorthanded going into this week, though it may not help Pecos come District 3-3A play in January.

“They lost two starters who moved to Greenwood,” he said. “They’re both about 6-foot, 6-2, so maybe we can do something in these next two games.”

Eagles edge Blue Devils for first victory of season

The Pecos Eagles girls basketball team got their first win of the season last Monday in Presidio against the Blue Devils, and will be trying for their first home win of the 2005-06 season on Tuesday night, when they host the Stanton Buffaloes starting at 6:30 p.m. “It was a hard fight, but everybody got to play and we got out of their with a win,” said Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery, whose team had dropped their first three games of the season before edging Presidio by a 32-31 score.

Pecos had almost as many technical fouls (two) as they did personal fouls (three) in the game, and had to rally from a 12-7 deficit after the opening period. Presidio had 15 fouls in the game and had one of their starters foul out, but Lowery said there were still some non-calls that led to the technical calls on her and on post Chantell Mazone.

Christa Carrasco led all scorers with 19 points for Presidio, though Lowery said some of those baskets came as the result of what she said were moving screens. “They had a moving shield, and then she’d get it and go to the hole,” she said. “Once we sagged off and didn’t play as close, we were OK.”

Adriana Armendariz led Pecos with 11 points, but unlike their previous game against Kermit, in which Armendariz and Mazone scored all by four of Pecos’ 35 points, the Eagles scoring was a little more balanced this time. Gaby Garcia had five points while Vanessa Valeriano, Claire Weinacht and Mazone had four points apiece.

“Vanessa got some points, so that helped, but Chantell only had four points, and we’ve got to get some more points out of her,” Lowery said.

After trailing by five after one period, the Eagles cut the deficit to 16-15 at halftime, then scored 12 points in the third period to go up by one. Both teams managed just five points in the final period, though Lowery said, “It was a good thing at this stage for our younger ones to do a slowdown game and pass the ball around and wait for the foul. It’s better to do that now than wait for a district game.”

Presidio did win last Monday’s JV game, 40-26. Kristen Ikeler led Pecos with eight points.

Play will open Tuesday with the girls’ junior varsity game at 5 p.m. against Stanton. The varsity will follow up their game against Stanton by facing the host Coahoma Bulldogs at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the opening round of the Coahoma Invitational Tournament.

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