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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Boys, Girls earn gold at Saturday meet

The Pecos Eagle girls picked up their first gold medal in meet competition in their past several meets on Saturday, at the Seminole Invitational, while the boys earned five first place finishes overall and picked up a medal in one event for the first time in invitational meet competition this season.

Ashley Mendoza earned a first place finish in the 200-meter medley, winning with a 2:37.92 time, a half-second up on Andrews’ Erica Elliott. It was the first gold medal for the girls in meet competition since early November. Mendoza later took third place in the 500 yard freestyle behind a pair of New Mexico swimmers. Also earning medals was Lindsery Shaw, who finished second in the 200 individual medley and third in the 100 meter breaststroke, and Cassandra Mata, who was third in the 100 meter backstroke.

In the relays, the Eagle girls’ best finish was a third place in the 200 meter medley, behind El Paso Hanks and Carlsbad, and a third behind Hobbs and Carlsbad in the 400 meter freestyle relay. The 200 freestyle medley relay team took ninth.

The other individual finishes for the girls included a ninth by Cynthia Marmolejo and a 19th by Stephanie Lucas in the 200 meter freestyle; an 18th by Niki Lindemann in the 50 free; a sixth by Mata and a ninth by Marmolejo in the 100 fly; an eigth by Neyva Rodriguez in the 100 freestyle; a 15th for Lucas in the 500 free; and a 16th for Lindemann in the 100 meter breaststroke

For the boys, who took first overall in the 12-team meet, senior Matt Elliott swam for the first time since early in the season, after suffering a knee injury in a late-October football game for the Eagles. He placed fifth in the 200 freestyle and the 100 free. The boys got first place efforts out of Matt Oglesby, who won the 200 medley with a 2:23.25 time and the 100 fly with a 1:06.10 time, and Kyle Winkles, who won the 100 meter backstroke with a 1:05.25 time.

In the relays, Pecos got wins from its 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. The medley relay won with a 2:02.16 time, 2 ½ seconds ahead of second place Fort Stockton, while the 400 relay swam a 3:59.37 to win by seven seconds over Andrews. The Eagles also got an eighth place finish out of their 400 freestyle ‘B’ relay and a 10th place from the 200 medley ‘B’ relay. The 200 meter freestyle ‘A’ relay for the Eagles was fifth, while the 200 ‘B’ relay placed 12th.

The boys also picked up their first diving medal in a regular meet this season, as Hector Roman placed second in Friday’s 1-meter diving competition. Teammates Jose Gonzales and Oscar Machuca were ninth and 10th in the event, out of 17 divers entered. The other medals came from Winkles, who was edged by Carlsbad’s Lance Carriaga in the 50 free, Josh Elliott, who was second to Winkles by just over a second in the 100 back and third in the 200 medley

Other finishes for the boys included a seventh by Alonzo Garcia and a ninth by Frankie Morin in the 200 free; a sixth by Luke Serrano and an eighth by Brian Carrasco in the 200 medley ; a fifth by Matthew Florez, a 35th by Austin Vernon and a 38th by Machuca in the 50 free; a ninth by Adam Medina in the 100 fly; a fourth by Florez and a 24th by Roman in the 100 free; a ninth by Medina in the 500 free; a sixth by Morin and a seventh by Serrano in the 100 back; and a fifth by Garcia and a 12th by Carrasco in the 100 meter breaststroke.

Saturday’s meet was the only one for Pecos between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Pecos’ next meet will be on Jan. 7 in Fort Stockton, and they’ll have one more meet in Lubbock before District 3-4A competition on Jan. 27-28 at Big Spring.

Pecos girls post win, prepare for district

The Pecos Eagles closed out their pre-district girls basketball schedule with a win on Saturday at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament, though coach Lisa Lowery is hoping her team can play better on Tuesday night against the Fort Stockton Prowlers than they did in defeating Monahans’ junior varsity team in the tournament’s seventh place game. Pecos defeated Monahans’ JV, 46-39, after a 60-42 opening round loss to Lubbock High and a 53-42 loss later on Friday against Jal, N.M., in the consolation semifinals.

“We just did what we had to do to win. It was really disappointing,” Lowery said of Saturday’s game. “We didn’t play the way I expect us to play.”

“In the first half we shot 33 times and made six shots. They just stayed back in a 2-3 and made us put it up.“

Chantell Mazone had 11 points, but was in foul trouble during the game, while Adriana Armendariz had eight and Olga Mendoza seven in the win.

Against Jal on Friday, Mazone had 13 and Armendariz added 12, but Lowery said “Turnovers just killed us. Jal pressed us the whole game. That’s how they got their chances and put it in.”

Lowery said the Eagles weren’t helped by having to wait around for about six hours between their loss to Jal and the morning defeat against Lubbock High. In that game, Mazone had 14 points and Armendariz 11, while the Westerners were led by Jocelyn Tillman with 22 points.

“One girl did all of it for them. They weren’t any bigger than we were, and we were tied at 9-9 in the first quarter, but then they got all over us,” Lowery said. “We weren’t overmatched, but right now we just don’t know how to get it done.”

The Eagles play the toughest part of their pre-district schedule after the Christmas holidays. Following Tuesday’s game with Fort Stockton, the Eagles face Monahans’ varsity this Friday, then close out their pre-Christmas schedule by hosting Presidio.

“If we can get it together now, it would be perfect timing. It’s just a matter of if we can make it work,” she said.

Eagles get first win of season, district starts next week

The Pecos Eagle boys finally got their first win of the 2005-06 basketball season on Saturday, as they avenged a loss earlier in the week to Midland Christian by defeating the Mustangs, 68-65, in the consolation bracket of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

The Eagles had opened tournament play with losses to El Paso Parkland, by a 67-47 score, and Amarillo Caprock,, 64-49, before defeating Midland Christian, who the Eagles had lost to last Monday, 69-54, on the Mustangs’ home court. Luis Licon had 25 points and six steals, Eagles coach Art Wellborn said. “He only had two 3s. The rest were all lay-ups off steals and snowbirds (fast breaks),” the Eagles coach added.

Carson Smith’s 15 points led Midland Christian in scoring in a game where the Eagles held a 21-point lead in the third period before Midland Christian staged a late comeback. The win came after Amarillo Caprock took control early against Pecos in Friday’s consolation round quarterfinals. “Caprock just out muscled us,“ said Wellborn. “I ended up pulling my seniors and then on Saturday I just took my seniors and told them it was put up or shut up time.

“We held a 21-point lead in the third quarter (against Midland Christian), and then didn’t play smart down at the end. They had a couple of 3s and then had a chance to tie it with 10 seconds left, but they missed a 3.

“But I was tickled with the way they played in the first and third quarters. That’s the best we’ve played all season,” he added.

Against El Paso Parkland, Wellborn said the Eagles stayed close in the opening period. “We were down 11-7 at the end of the first quarter, but then we were down 33-13 at halftime. That was because we had nine turnovers in the second quarter, and we ended up losing by 20.”

“We’re close. If we’ll just step up and get out of our rut. Those turnovers with no pressure on us killed us. We’ve got to be able to finish plays.”

The win put Pecos at 1-9 on the season going into their final pre-district game, this coming Friday at Wink. District 3-3A play for the Eagles opens up next week against Presidio.

Bears put eight on All-District squad

Two members of the Balmorhea Bears 2005 football team earned first team honors on the All-District 6-A six-man football team while the Bears also had six, second-team selections on the all-district squad.

The 2005 all-district team is the most evenly divided in years, and was released following Grandfalls loss to Turkey Valley in the Class A six-man state quarterfinals. The Cowboys won the district title over Fort Davis, while Dell City, Sierra Blanca and Balmorhea all finished with records above .500 in district.

The Bears, who went 4-3 in district and 6-4 on the season, were represented by seven players overall, and on the first team by senior kicker Alexis Lozano on offense and by junior lineman Ryan Woodruff on defense. He was also chosen to the second team on offense at wide receiver and was joined there by senior tight end A.J. Garcia, senior running back Michael Hernandez, senior fullback Eddie Lozano and sophomore utility back Americo Rios.

On defense, the Bears were represented on the second team by Rios as a utility player, senior Brian Mendoza at cornerback, and senior Justin Machuca at safety.

Sierra Blanca senior running back Lorenzo Sanchez was named the Most Valuable Player on offense for the district, while Grandfalls senior Matthew Santiago was chosen as MVP on defense. Cowboys’ head coach Clint Lowery received Coach of the Year honors for taking his team to their first district title in six years, while Fort Davis freshman Adrian Hernandez was named Newcomer of the Year.

All-District 6-A Six-Man Football Team First Team Offense Tight end - Steven Cavazos, Jr., Grandfalls; Wesley Boswell, Jr., Fort Davis. Wide receiver - Robbie Garcia, Sr., Grandfalls; Reese Zimmerman, Sr., Fort Davis. Center - Carlos Canaba, Sr., Sierra Blanca. Quarterback - B.J. Santiago, Soph., Grandfalls. Running Back - Matt Santiago, Sr., Grandfalls; Lorenzo Sanchez, Sr., Sierra Blanca. Fullback - Ron Morales, Jr., Grandfalls. Spread back - Adrian Hernandez, Fr., Ft. Davis. Utility back - Leroy Valerio, Sr., Fort Davis. Kicker - Alexis Lozano, Sr., Balmorhea Special Teams - David Pinon, Jr., Dell City. MVP Offense - Lorenzo Sanchez, Sr., Sierra Blanca.

Defense Line - Ryan Woodruff, Jr., Balmorhea; Leroy Valerio, Sr., Fort Davis; Jesse Marta, Sr., Sierra Blanca. Linebacker - Matt Santiago, Sr., Grandfalls; Josh Estrada, Jr., Sanderson. Cornerback - Robbie Garcia, Sr., Grandfalls; Jimmy Ramirez, Jr., Sanderson. Safety - Brandon Martinez, Fr., Grandfalls; Neyri Acuna, Sr., Dell City. Utility - Kyle Johnson, Jr., Fort Davis. Punter - Tate Nicholas, Jr., Dell City. MVP Defense - Matt Santiago, Sr., Grandfalls

Second Team Offense Tight end - A.J. Garcia, Sr., Balmorhea; Enrique Lara, Jr., Dell City. Wide receiver - Ryan Woodruff, Jr., Balmorhea; Moses Flores, Fr., Sierra Blanca; Daniel Rapp, Jr., Sanderson. Center - Enrique Rivera, Sr., Sanderson. Quarterback - Curtis Evans, Sr., Fort Davis. Running Back - David Pinon, Jr., Dell City; Michael Hernandez, Sr., Balmorhea; Josh Estrada, Jr., Sanderson; Kyle Johnson, Jr., Fort Davis. Fullback - Bobby Tate, Sr., Dell City; Eddie Lozano, Sr., Balmorhea. Spread back - Irving Ramirez, Jr., Marathon; Neyri Acuna, Sr., Dell City; Jimmy Ramirez, Jr., Sanderson. Utility back - Tate Nicholas, Jr., Dell City; Americo Rios, Soph., Balmorhea. Kicker - Aldo Trujillo, Jr., Dell City. Special Teams - Kyle Johnson, Jr., Fort Davis.

Defense Line - Ron Morales, Jr., Grandfalls; Orlando Pesina, Sr., Grandfalls; Wesley Boswell, Jr., Fort Davis; David Pinon, Jr., Dell City. Linebacker - Tate Nicholas, Jr., Dell City; Lorenzo Sanchez, Sr., Sierra Blanca. Cornerback - B.J. Santiago, Soph., Grandfalls; Brian Mendoza, Sr., Balmorhea; Adrian Hernandez, Fr., Fort Davis. Safety - Justin Machuca, Sr., Balmorhea; Curtis Evans, Sr., Fort Davis; Moses Flores, Fr., Sierra Blanca. Utility - Americo Rios, Soph., Balmorhea; Robert Rivera, Sr., Sanderson. Punter - Reese Zimmerman, Sr., Fort Davis. Newcomer of the Year - Adrian Hernandez, Fr., Fort Davis Coach of the Year - Clint Lowery, Grandfalls.

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