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Friday, February 18, 2005

Rec department starts soccer, volleyball sign-ups

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is enrolling children for its spring soccer and volleyball programs between now and March 12.

The spring soccer league is open to boys and girls ages 4 1/2 to 7, with a cost of $10 per player. The spring volleyball league will be for children in grades 2 through 8 and also has a $10 per player enrollment fee.

Enrollment form for both leagues are available at the RCCRD office at the old Pecos High School gym during business hours, 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Returned forms must have the signatures of both parents, and a birth certificate must be provided when the form is returned.

For further information, call the RCCRD office during business hours, at 447-9776.

Eagles face Bronchos in lone preseason scrimmage

The Pecos Eagles 2005 baseball team will get its first test on Friday afternoon, when they travel to Odessa for a 4 p.m. scrimmage against the Bronchos.

It’s the only pre-season scrimmage for Pecos this season. The Eagles will start off their 2005 season next Thursday with a tournament game against District 3-3A rival Monahans at Christensen Stadium in Midland, and the Eagles will return most of their players from last year’s squad that finished second in district after winning just three pre-district games.

“I think we’re a lot further ahead than we were at this time last year,” said Eagles’ coach Elias Payan. “Last year we had to do a lot of teaching, because almost all our kids were new. This year most of the kids have a year under their belt, so we don’t have to do as much coaching of the basics, and our older kids are helping coach the younger ones we’ve got.”

Pecos will still have no returning seniors on their 2005 team, but outside of the catching position most of their players will have had at least several starts at their positions last year. That includes Robert Nunez at first base, Isaiah Rayos at second, Josh Anchondo at short, Edward Valencia at third and Luis Licon, Eddie Vela and Jonathan Garcia in the outfield.

“We’ll look at Isaiah at both short and second, and we’ll look at John Paul (Salcido) at second base,” said assistant coach Junior Williams. Chris Garnto and Miguel Estrada will be the players spending most of the time at catcher, while Payan said Anchondo, Rayos, Vela and Valencia would be among the pitchers to work against the Bronchos.

“They’ll go about two innings apiece on Friday. We’ll try to keep a pitch count so they don’t go over 30 pitches,” he said.

“We’ve got some young kids we’ll take with us to see what they look like,” said Williams. They include Javier Mendoza and Geno Leos, who Payan said would probably see some action on the mound.

“Geno Leos has looked good so far, so we’ll probably use him a little and see if he can contribute for us when we go to tournaments,” Payan said.

Swimmers get seeding spots for state meet

The Pecos Eagle girls will go into the Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships tied with two other teams for 11th seeded time in their gold medal event from last weekend’s Region I-4A competition in Lubbock, while the girls’ 200 freestyle relay team, which placed second at regionals, will be seeded one spot higher, at 10th, entering the preliminaries on Feb. 25 at the University of Texas-Austin.

For the first time in the six years of the Class 4A state meet, Pecos’ girls will be seeded slightly higher than the boys in their races at Austin. The boys had their best-ever finish at state last year, placing fourth, but graduated five seniors from the 2004 team while the girls will be trying for their best-ever finish this year, with five seniors swimming in their final high school races.

The team of Susan Moore, Teddie Salcido, Lindsey Shaw and Catherine Minjarez set a new regional record while winning the 200 medley relay with a 1:59.72 time. That tied them with Boerne and Brenham among the 16 teams entered in the Class 4A state finals. The top eight times on Feb. 25 will advance to the finals the following day, while the others will swim in Saturday’s consolation finals.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Moore, Minjarez, Ashley Horsburgh and Amie Reynolds finished second to El Paso Chapin at Lubbock but their 1:46.53 time put them one spot higher in the seeding, which determine lane positions for Friday’s preliminaries. The 200 medley team will swim in Lane 7 of their heat, while the 200 freestyle team will be in Lane 2 on Friday.

The girls also qualified three individual swimmers for at-large berths, while on the boys side junior Matt Elliott and sophomore Matt Oglesby won their events at the Region I-4A meet, while the 200 medley and freestyle relay squads earned at-large berths. But with no seniors on the squad this year, the boys’ seedings are a little lower than in recent years. Elliott took the 100-yard butterfly and will be seeded 12th going into the preliminaries while Oglesby will be seeded 14th in the 200 yard individual medley. The 200 medley relay team on Elliott, Oglesby, Kyle Winkles and Matthew Florez will be seeded 15th in that event, and the same four swimmers also will be seeded 15th in the 200 freestyle relay.

The medley relay placed third at Lubbock, but their 1:46.80 time is still within one second of eight of the other 15 teams. Regional champ Monahans will go in seeded sixth, the best seed for any Region I-4A state qualifier, while runner-up Fort Stockton is seeded ninth. The 200 freestyle relay will have to move up a little more, based on their 1:35.31 time. Monahans, which beat Pecos by .09 seconds, goes into the race seeded 14th.

For the girls who earned at-large berths, senior Susan Moore will go into the 50 freestyle seeded 16th and will be the No. 15 seed entering the preliminaries of the 100 free. She’ll swim in Lane 8 in both races, as well junior Lindsey Shaw, who’ll be the 16th seed in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Moore swam a 25.92 time in the 50 free to place second to defending state champion Lara Jackson of El Paso Chapin, who has the second-best time going into next Friday’s prelims. Jackson is the only Region I-4A swimmer seeded first in any event at Austin, in he 100-yard butterfly. Moore’s 56.75 time in the 100 free was just behind Chapin’s Amanda Nevarez, who is seeded 14th, while Shaw swam a 1:14.42 in the 100-yard breaststroke to place second to Big Spring’s Jessica Hughey, who goes into the state meet seeded ninth.

Eagles end season with 71-70 win over Loboes

Leads didn’t stay solid for very long Tuesday night, in the final basketball game of the season for the Pecos Eagles and Monahans Loboes. But after losing nine point leads in each of the first two periods and then watching Monahans rally to grab a six-point lead late in the third quarter, the Eagles were able to come back, and then hold off another comeback try by the Loboes to finish the year with their second District 3-3A victory over Monahans.

Ricardo Morales scored 19 points and Luptio Bustamantes hit a 3-pointer with a minute to play to give Pecos an eight point lead, but it took a foul shot by Saul Pina with 30 seconds left to give the Eagles what turned out to be their winning point, as Monahans cut a 70-62 lead down to one before missing a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, preserving Pecos’ 71-70 victory.

Bustamantes’ 3-pointer was actually not a shot coach Art Welborn wanted the junior to take, as he was signaling for the Eagles to run the clock down, with Pecos ahead by five points.

“Lupito hit that 3-pointer when I’m yelling as loud as I can ‘No’,” Welborn said. “We still haven’t learned how to hold onto the ball with a lead.”

Monahans’ Sergio Franco came back a few seconds later and hit his own 3-pointer to get the margin back to five, and then the Eagles did run 18 seconds off the clock, before Pina was fouled and hit the first of two free throws. Franco was fouled by Josh Anchondo off the missed foul shot. He then missed both of his free throws, but Cosme Ortega was able to score off a steal to cut the lead to four.

Pina was fouled with 16.8 seconds to play, but he then missed both of his free throws, and Kevin Kenyon hit a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining to make it 71-70. The Eagles were able to get the ball inbounds against Monahans’ press, and Luis Licon was fouled with 3.8 seconds to play. He would also miss both his foul shots and Monahans would get the ball, but ended up with Clayton Hires falling short on a 3-point attempt from 35 feet out.

The Eagles ended up the game 8-for-23 from the line, which was still better than the Loboes’ 8-for-24 effort, and that in turn was far better than Monahans’ 2-for-20 night last month, in Pecos’ 54-40 victory. But a 2-for-10 first period from the line by the Loboes did help the Eagles jump out to as much as a 17-8 lead in the quarter.

Morales hit the first two shots of the game for Pecos, and later Bustamantes and Anchondo would score on lay-ups after the Eagles were able to break the Loboes’ press. In the second quarter, Kenyon would lead an early rally that cut the lead down to as little as four, before a Pina lay-up and a three-point play by Morales made it a nine-point margin again. The Loboes would again cut it to four, before a lay-up and 3-point jumper by Jeremiah Jurado gave Pecos a 29-20 lead.

The Eagles continued to hold off Monahans’ rallies for a while ,but after taking a 36-30 lead, baskets by Hires and Kenyon and a three-point play by Scotty Najar finally gave the Loboes their first lead of the night. It would grow to as much as 48-42 on a lay-up by Chris Bates before Pecos began their comeback, tying the score at 50-all when Bustamantes scored two baskets, the second off a jumper of his own missed free throw on a three-point play attempt.

“We didn’t play as good defense as I thought we could in the second half,” said Welborn, who thought Monahans’ continued substitutions with their 12-man roster may have worn down the Eagles at times.

“They may have worn us down the way they were subbing, but when you sub like that every three minutes it can be hard to get into the flow of the game,” he said.

Pecos would take the lead for good midway through the period on a short jumper by Morales, and got a little breathing room on a 3-pointer by Licon with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

“I’m just real glad for the kids, being able to beat Monahans twice in a season. I think it’s been a long time since they’ve been able to do that,” Welborn said. The Eagles’ last sweep of the Loboes in district play was in the 1994-95 season, which was also Pecos’ last winning season in boys’ basketball.

Bustamantes had 15 points and Anchondo 13 for Pecos, while Najar led Monahans with 14. The win allowed the Eagles to avoid a last place finish, as they ended up 2-10 in district and 5-23 on the season. Monahans finished with a 1-11 mark and a 5-25 overall mark.

Seminole won the district title outright, while Lamesa and Greenwood ended up tied for second, thanks to Fort Stockton’s upset win in Midland on Tuesday. The Tornadoes and Rangers will play off for second on Friday night at Big Spring, while Seminole draws a bye into the area round of the Class 3A playoffs.

MONAHANS (70) Bates 2 0-1 4; Kenyon 5 0-0 12; Carter 1 1-2 3; Najar 6 2-4 14; Ortega 3 1-2 7; Heirs 0 1-3 1; Cornelius 1 0-0 3; Rivera 0 0-0 0; Franco 5 1-3 12; Merrick 2 2-6 6; Birdwell 3 0-2 6; Jasso 1 0-1 2. Totals 29 8-24 70. PECOS (71) Macha 0 0-0 0; Jurado 2 0-1 5; Morales 7 5-9 19; Pina 4 1-6 9; Guajardo 0 0-0 0; Licon 3 0-2 9; Anchondo 6 1-2 13; Estrada 0 1-2 1; Bustamantes 7 0-1 15. Totals 29 8-23 71. Monahans 10 14 26 20 -- 70 Pecos 17 12 17 25 -- 71 Three-point goals: Monahans 4 (Kenyon 2, Cornelius, Franco), Pecos 5 (Licon 3, Jurado, Bustamantes). Fouled out: Monahans, Najar. Total fouls: Monahans 21, Pecos 15.

Pecos in Andrews tourney after opening victory

The 2005 season opened with an easy win on Monday for the Pecos Eagles’ softball team, though coach Tammy Walls said things will be tougher this weekend at the Andrews Invitational Tournament.

Pecos traveled to Marfa on Monday and after a slow start on offense, defeated the Shorthorns in five innings by a 14-0 final score. They followed that up on Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. game against the Midland Christian Mustangs to open tournament play in Andrews, and will play four other games on Friday and Saturday.

Pitchers Amalie Herrera and Hillery Hinojos struck out 11 batters, while Hinojos went 2-for-3 and Danielle Garcia was 3-for-3 in the game, which was moved up a day from the original Tuesday season opener.

“Amalie pitched the first two innings and had six strikeouts,” Walls said. Herrera allowed one base runner on a second inning walk. Hinojos fanned five in three innings of work, while also allowing one base on ball.

Walls said the Eagles were shut out in the first inning, and she was hoping to see a little better overall hitting. “Our bats were a little slow in getting started. We settled down after that and hit fairly well, but the middle of our lineup was a little weaker than it should be,” she said.

Garcia played her first game at catcher on Monday, and Walls said, “Danielle did very well, and we also got a chance to look at Bianca Baeza and Jenny Palomino back there, so there are others we know we can go to.”

For the Andrews Tournament, Walls said, “We’re in the tougher bracket. All the games are going to be against some good teams.”

After Thursday’s game versus Midland Christian, Pecos will face two El Paso teams on Friday, the Eastwood Troopers and the Parkland Matadors, in back-to-back games at 12 noon and 2 p.m. On Saturday, Pecos will again play a noon game, this time against Lubbock Monterey, and then close out bracket play with a 4 p.m. game versus the host Mustangs.

The top finisher in the Eagles’ bracket will then play for the championship at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Gold Bracket, while includes the Mustangs’ gold team, Greenwood, Fabens, Alpine, Crane and the Midland Lee junior varsity. Pecos will have more tournament games next weekend, when they compete in Midland.

Powerlifters get 3rd, 4th place during Big Lake competition

Pecos Eagle powerlifters Ruben Salgado and Albert Lopez placed third and fourth in their division this past weekend at Big Lake, while Michelle Wein was third and Ashley Ornelas fourth in their respective divisions on the girls side at the next-to-last meet before regional competition.

Salgado and Lopez both were entered in the 242-pound weight class, with Salgado lifting a combined 1,175 pounds for his squat thrust, bench press and dead lift, while Lopez had a combined 1,075 pounds for his three attempts.

“Robert got his 525 (bench press) lift up good, but he had trouble getting it back into the rack,” said Eagles’ coach Patrick Willis. “That cost him 50 pounds right there. But he still has the best chance to get to regionals.”

Willis said Chris Navarette also competed at 242 pounds but did not place among the Top 5 in that division at Big Lake, while Eli Hinojos and Marcus Luna were the other lifters for the boys last Saturday.

Wein competed at 148 pounds, and lifted a combined 585 pounds, while Ornelas lifted a total of 485 pounds in the 114-pound weight class.

“Ashley didn’t have as good a meet as she’s had, but I think doubling up on track may have hurt her,” Willis said. “The two-week break we’ve got might be good for the girls.” The Eagles’ next meet is Feb. 26 in Kermit. It’s the last meet before regional qualifiers compete in March, the girls on March 5 back in Kermit and the boys the following week in Lubbock.

“Michael Lee will be back this week, so we should have a few more lifters go to Kermit in two weeks,” Willis said. “Almost all my kids are sophomores, so I think we’re kind of building a tradition with those kids and in the future we’ll have some success.”

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