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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, May 12, 2000
Eagles place eight on all-district team
PECOS, May 12, 2000 -- Six members of the Pecos Eagles' varsity softball
team were named to the first team All-District 2-4A squad, while two others
received honorable mention in voting by the district's coaches.
Pecos won its second straight district title this past season, finishing
with a 9-1 record and 14-6 overall, after losing in the area round of the
Class 4A playoffs in extra innings to Hereford, and all but one of the
eight Eagles selected were repeat choices from last year's all-district
Named to the first team for the second straight year were senior shortstop
Katrina Quiroz, junior pitcher Alexa Marquez, junior second baseman Ashley
Salcido and sophomore catcher Rebecca Wein. Sophomore first baseman Jessica
Rodriguez was named to the first team after being a second team in 1999
and sophomore outfielder Evelyn Galindo was named to the squad for the
Kathy Maldonado, a first team all-district pick as a freshman last year,
was named to the second team squad this season, while Mireya Medrano, a
second team pick last year, earned honorable mention this time around.
Wein was voted to the team as co-offensive Most Valuable Player on offense,
with San Elizario's Reba Madrid, after breaking out of a slump in the first
half of district play. However, Marquez, who pitched all 10 games for the
Eagles during their district schedule and was 13-5 overall, did not repeat
as overall MVP for the district this season, as that honor went to El Paso
Mountain View pitcher Heather Bustamante.
Quiroz, Rodriguez and Salcido were the Eagles' leading hitters for average
this year, and Rodriguez also led the team in runs scored.
District runner-up Clint had four players named to the first-team squad,
while San Elizario, which came on late in the season to take third place,
had three players selected. San Eli and Clint also advanced to the area
round of the Class 4A playoffs before being eliminated.
Along with Madrid, who played catcher, San Elizario put pitcher Valerie
Soto and second baseman Talia Reyes on the first team, while Clint had
their catcher, Amanda Bravo named as co-defensive MVP, and put pitcher
Jenny Parada, first baseman Michelle Tullius and shortstop Denise Duran
were chosen for the first team squad.
Aside from Bustamante, Mountain View put three other players, shortstop
Susy Alva, catcher Erica Carrillo and first baseman Jennifer Barraza on
the first team, while Canutillo shortstop Gracie Borjas shared defensive
MVP honors and was joined on the first team by Jackie Edwards as a utility
player. Fabens pitcher/shortstop Ruth Simentel and pitcher Connie Garcia
rounded out the first team.
Joining Maldonado on the second team were Cline second baseman Marissa
Arnold, San Elizario shortstop Vanessa Tapia, Mountain View outfielder
Claudia Salazar, Canutillo outfielder Valerie Gavaldon and Fabens catcher
Other honorable mention selections were outfielders Lorriane Chavez
from Clint, Diana Solis from San Elizario and Marisol Anaya from Fabens,
pitcher/third baseman Briziada Nieto from Mountain View and Canutillo first
baseman Luz Ochoa.
The players were selected last month at a coaches meeting in Van Horn,
and were released after Pecos, Clint and San Elizario were eliminated from
the Class 4A playoffs. The eight Eagles selected received their all-district
certificates last Thursday, at the Pecos High School All-Sports Banquet.
Magazine profiles Rediger's ski success
PECOS, May 12, 2000 -- Pecos pharmacist John Rediger received another honor
recently, when he was profiled inside the back cover of the May/June edition
of Ski Magazine.
The 57-year-old Rediger, who operated Rediger’s Pharmacy in Pecos, was
photographed with skis in hand and a pump jack in the background for the
full-page profile, which focused on his success in the NASTAR recreational
skier competition coming from such an unlikely location as Pecos.
Rediger told Ski Magazine he didn’t get a chance to ski on real snow
until going to Ruidoso, N.M. when he was 25, and won his first NASTAR medal
at Taos, N.M. in 1976. He said he skied about 60 days a year when
he was training hardest, and worked with former Olympic skier Billy Kidd,
who told his to practice during the summer on a hill with rollerblades.
“Well there are no hills in Pecos, so I trained on a seldom-used interstate
exit ramp,” Rediger said, with paint cans serving as the gates.
Rediger won the NASTAR title at age 55, and got back into skiing this
past year, after being sidelined due to a broken leg.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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