Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
EP tournament, refereeing clinic set for weekend
The Sun City Summer Classic Basketball Tournament and a basketball referring camp being held as part of the tournament this coming weekend are still taking sign-ups for teams and individuals through Wednesday.
The tournament will be on Friday through Sunday and is double-elimination, and divided into divisions of Ages 18, 16 and 14 and under, for both boys and girls. Entry fee is $125 per team.
The referee clinic is scheduled to begin on Thursday and run though Sunday, with no experience needed. Registration fee for the clinic is $80 per person.
For further information, call either Rob at 915-203-0660, or Joe at 915-241-3783.
New players, returnees play summer tennis
Pecos Eagles tennis coach Mike Ortiz has both some new players and some returning ones among his roughly three dozen boys and girls participating in the second session of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah summer tennis program.
The second two-week session began on Monday, and Ortiz said, “I’ve had a few new ones. Today I have six new ones, and I’ve still got two more groups to go.
“I’ve had some a couple of years at least. I’ve got one girl I’ve had for three years and you can tell which of them have been playing for a while,” he said. “Some of the others, it’s the first time they’ve ever picked up a racquet.”
The sessions, with the classes based on age, are being held mornings at the Pecos High School tennis courts. Ortiz was working on forehand, backhands and serving with the third through fifth grade group on Monday morning, which included some returning players and some first-timers.
“It’s good because they’re learning the basics,” he said. “Once they get the basics down, the game is easy.”
He said most of the players involved in the summer program are in the younger grades, though the older players will be participating next week in the Black-Gold Tournament at the PHS courts.
“It’s a cousin of the Highway 80 Tournament,” Ortiz said, referring to the long-running West Texas summer tennis tournament schedule. “The Highway 80s don’t come out this way anymore, but the Black-Gold does.”
The tournament is set for Friday, July 1. “We usually get a good turnout of people from Midland-Odessa. They come over here for the rodeo, and it works out good because they can also come over for this.”
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 432-445-5475, FAX 432-445-4321
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