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Friday, June 3, 2005

Swim classes still open, family nights to begin

Spots are still available for both the current session and the second session of the learn-to-swim program at the Pecos High School swimming pool, coach Terri Morse said on Wednesday, while family nights will also be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during June at the PHS pool.

Registration can be done for the first session, which began on Tuesday and runs through June 10, or for the second session, which begins on June 13. The sign-up fee is $25 per student.

“We’ve had 162 sign up. We had about 200 last year, so we’re down about 40,” Morse said. The 162 total is only for the opening session, she added. As of now there have been fewer sign-ups for the second two-week swim lesson session.

Morse said the smaller numbers come mostly from the sign-ups for the Level 2 and Level 3 groups. “We actually have two more in the 3-year-olds. The 4-year-old class is full, and the Level 5-6 is about the same as last year, the Level 4 is about the same, and in the Level 1 we have a bunch.”

For the family night swimming, Morse said the pool would be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 23, though the diving area is closed for the summer while repairs are made to the concrete supports for the boards.

Morse said the main work was being done on the 3-meter high board. “All the concrete was cracked in the ladder area,” she said. “They’re going to take out the handrails and ladder, clean out the concrete down to the rebar and put it back in. Hopefully they’ll be able to get to the low board, too.”

Summer track, starts; times set for conditioning

The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD summer track program is signing up boys and girls mornings at the Eagle Stadium track, while times have been set for the strength and conditioning summer sessions at the Pecos High School field house.

Donna Gent will be in charge of the summer track program, which began Wednesday and will run mornings at the Eagle Stadium track. P-B-T athletic director Patrick Willis said Gent would be the new girls track coach for the Eagles for the 2006 year, coming from fort Hancock. Her huband, Pat, already served as a junior varsity baseball coach this past season for the Eagles.

Willis said the strength and conditioning sessions would be split into morning and evening segments, running from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the PHS field house. The summer weightlifting program will run from June 13 through July 21 on Mondays through Thursdays. The weight room at the field house will be open for two hours during the morning and two hours in the evening, with times to be announced later. The program is open to all athletes entering Grades 9 through 12, with coaching instruction on strength and conditioning.

The field house weight room will be available for non-instructed weight lifting during the summer from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., and the weight room is also open to students entering grades 7 and 8 this August.

Meanwhile, summer tennis program sign-ups for the first of two sessions will be held on Monday at the PHS tennis courts, coach Mike Ortiz said.

The first session runs through June 16, while the second session will run from June 20 to June 30. Starting times daily will be 8 to 8:45 a.m. for kindergarten, first and second graders, 9 to 9:45 a.m. for third through fifth graders, 10 to 10:45 a.m. for sixth and seventh grades, and 11 a.m. to noon for players entering Grades 8-12.

Players must provide a tennis racquet, water bottle, hand towel, sunscreen and a cap or visor. For further information, call Mike Ortiz at 445-2185.

Fees for all the summer program are $5 for one player, $8 for two and $10 for three in each family, with the fee for one sport covering all other sports, with the exception of the learn-to-swim program. Students participating in more than one sport can show their payment receipt after their first registration.

Students can participate without signing up in summer basketball and volleyball. Open gym for basketball starts this week and is on Mondays and Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. during the summer, with Art Welborn as supervisor. The summer basketball camp will be from June 20-23 at the new Pecos High School gym, with a fee of $5 per student. The class sessions will be divided into 8 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. for elementary school students and from 1 to 4:45 p.m. for students entering grades 7-9 this August.

Summer volleyball will alternate with the basketball program and begins on June Open gym will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Lisa Lowery serving as supervisor. The open gym classes will continue through the end of July, with a break for the West of the Pecos Rodeo week and Fourth of July holiday.

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