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Friday, June 24, 2005

Pecos golfers earn awards at Alpine Couples Classic

Several local golfers placed among the top finishers this past weekend at the 13th annual Tommie Williams Couples Classic in Alpine.

The three-day event ran from June 17-19 and was divided into six flights for two days of play, with the team of Jim and Kay Pogue taking the Championship Flight title with a 119 score. Jim and Launa Crites were one stroke behind in second, while the team of Shelly Martinez of Pecos and Barry McCallister of Fort Stockton placed third, with a 122 score.

Winners in the President’s Flight were Raymond and Vanessa Gonzales with a 133 score, one stroke ahead of Felipe Fierro and Rosie Rios. Third place was won by Denny Morrison and Jill Wright with a 135 score.

In the First Flight, the winners were Oliver and Merel O’Bryant with a 128 score, eight shots ahead of second place Joe and Anabel Carrillo. Finishing third, one stroke back, were A.G. Hays and Barbara Jones with a 137 score.

In the Second Flight, David Rueda and Brenda Jackson shot a 135 to win first, two strokes ahead of Robin Land and Terry Nunnlley. Winning third in a scorecard playoff were Roy Dodson and Annie Donohoo, as they tied with Paul and Glenda Allan following 36 holes of play, both with 138 totals.

Lee and Denise Harris won the Third Flight with a 141 score, three shots in front of Robert and Cindy Hollander. Third place was won by Jack and Clara Marshall with a 147 total. In the Whirlwind Flight, winners were Roger Ely and Jeanie West with a 152, while three teams tied for second with 157 scores. Earning second on a scorecard playoff were B.J. and Maxine Bishop, while Diana Wafford and Bishop Bailey took third and Billy Bob and Faye Pounds were fourth.

A total of 57 teams participated in the tournament, which was sponsored by the Alpine Ladies Golf Association.

New district, age group for local all-star teams

There will be no more trips to San Angelo for Pecos’ all-star baseball teams, but there will be one more all-star team participating in tournament play beginning next week, when the new District 36 Little League opens play in three Trans-Pecos locations. The new district will take teams from District 3, based in the Midland-Odessa area, as well as Pecos, which has been a long-time member of District 4, which was based in San Angelo. However, over the past 10 years, other teams outside the San Angelo area have dropped out of that district, and in recent years, Pecos’ all-star teams have been forced to make the 210-mile trip to San Angelo to play all their tournament games.

With the new district, two of the five tournaments will take place in Pecos beginning next week, with two others in Fort Stockton and the other in Monahans. That includes the newest division, the 11-year-olds, which was created when the 11-12 year old age group was split into separate divisions by the national Little League organization.

That gives the Little League age group three all-star squads, while the Junior League and Senior League will have their own teams for the 13-14 year old and 15-16 age groups.

The 9-10 year old division will be the first to begin play, as they drew a preliminary round game on June 30 in Monahans against Greenwood, starting at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will face Martin County (Stanton) at 6 p.m. on July 1, while the loser will play an elimination round game at 8 p.m. on Friday either against the host Monahans team or the Big Bend (Alpine) squad. The tournament is scheduled to run through Thursday, July 7.

Pecos’ 9- and 10-year-old squad is made up of Elias Ballard, Alvaro Dominguez, Quinten Garcia, Michael Hardwick, Jay Hinojos, Phillip Ontiveros, Geronimo Ornelas, Raul Palomino, Marky Rodriguez, Jeffrey Trujillo, Jose Varela and Jared Windham. Pete Garcia is the manager of the 9-10 year olds and Joe Varela and Raul Palomino are the coaches.

There are only four teams in the 11-year-old division, and Pecos will face Monahans at 6 p.m. on July 1 to open the tournament at the Chano Preito Little League Field. Kermit faces Fort Stockton at 8 p.m., with the winners and losers facing each other at 6 and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tournament play will conclude on Tuesday, July 5.

The 11-year-old team is made up of Ben Dominguez, Israel Espudo, Alexander Garcia, Brandon Garnto, Cruz Gomez, Joshua Hernandez, Devante Jenkins, Mark Quintana, Antonio Rodriguez, Annalee Rodriguez, Jesus Salgado and Clay Teague. Vaughn Garnto is the manager and Jackie Hernandez and Arturo Quintana are the coaches.

The 12-year-old division will have nine teams and opens for Pecos on July 1 in Fort Stockton. They’ll play Martin County in an 8 p.m. game, and will face Monahans, Fort Stockton or Winkler County (Kermit) if they win, in an 8 p.m. game on Saturday, July 2. A loss would drop them into a 6 p.m. elimination bracket game on July 1 against one of those three teams.

Players named to the 12-year-old All-Star team are Julian Armendariz, Dominique Bejarano, Joel Chavez, Jose Duarte, Kevin Fuentes, Arthur Navarette, Rigo Nunez, Joseph Orona, Isaiah Patino, Ramiro Pinales, Zachary Rayos, Tad Rodriguez and Erick Salgado. Rene Rayos is the manager and Basilio Ortega and Pablo Briones are the coaches.

There will be seven teams entered in the Junior League Tournament, also scheduled in Fort Stockton, with Pecos facing the host team in their first round contest, set for 8 p.m. on July 1. The winner will play Martin County or Monahans at 8 p.m. on Saturday, while the loser will face one of those teams in a 6 p.m. contest on July 2.

The Junior League squad includes Salvador Baez, Isabel Baeza, Jonathan Dominguez, Raul Duarte, Travis Gomez, Garrick Martinez, Timothy Reyes, Pedro Reyes, Antonio Reyes, Jr., Osber Saenz, Isaiah Vela and Justin Ybarra. Tony Reyes Sr., is the manager and Pifi Reyes and Jason Aguilar are the coaches.

Pecos will face Trans-Pecos at Eagle Field in the opening game of the Senior League tournament, at 8 p.m. on July 1. Monahans faces Fort Stockton in the other game, with the winners and losers playing again on July 2. The tournament will run through July 5. The Senior League team has several starters off the Pecos Eagles’ varsity baseball team from this past season, including Jose Chavez, Chris Garnto, Robert Nunez, Isaiah Rayos and Kenny Rayos. The rest of the team is made up of Justin Contreras, Juan Garza, Jesus Lujan, Daniel Reyes, John Paul Salcido, Chris Sotelo and Manuel Sotelo III. The manager is Danny Reyes while Robert Barreno and Jessie Contreras are the coaches. The winners of the five tournaments will advance to sectional play during the second week of July. Last year, Pecos won both the 9-10 and the 11-12 year old titles out of District 4, before losing both their games in sectional tournament play.

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