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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, November 28, 2000
Eagle girls open hoop play against Loboes
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Nov. 28, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles will find out tonight what
two extra weeks of preseason practice means, when they open their 2000-2001
girls basketball season at home tonight, against the Monahans Loboes.
New coach Veronica Valenzuela takes over a team that won just one game
a year ago, but has over half its players returning. However, she said
for tonight’s game, “I’ll only have nine players, because two of them haven’t
made up their practices.”
Pecos dropped a couple of early games from their schedule, then lost
what was supposed to be their season opener on Monday in Alpine due to
a conflict. That gave the team two extra weeks to get ready for the season,
and Valenzuela said, “I think it helped, up until we got out for Thanksgiving.
I only had half the team show up Saturday for practice. The other half
Valenzuela will have three returning starters tonight in posts Philly
Fobbs and Kalyn Lara and point guard Maricela Arenivas. All are seniors
while two juniors, Jessica Rodriguez and Kathy Maldonado, will start at
the other guard positions.
Fobbs was out for a couple of weeks after the end of volleyball season
due to a knee injury, but was able to work out starting last week. Valenzuela
said she’s hoping that will make a difference tonight against the Loboes,
who the Eagles did scrimmage back on Nov. 11 at Odessa Permian.
“They had one big girl that hurt us in the scrimmage as far as size
went. They just lobbed the ball into her, but having Philly in there will
help,” she said.
Monahans lost their first two regular season games, but played longtime
Class 2A state power Ozona close on the road a week ago before falling
by a 49-36 final score. “They’re pretty quick. In the scrimmage, they were
a lot tougher than Permian,” Valenzuela said.
As far as Pecos goes, Valenzuela said she’d probably have the team pressing
less tonight than in recent years, with only nine players available. “I’m
afraid we may get a little run down if I try to do that, but I may try
it for about a quarter.
“We worked on it in practice when we were working on our press break.
If I feel like it’s going to hurt us more than help us I’m not going to
do it,” she said.
Tonight’s game is the only one of the week for the Eagles, who’ll face
Odessa Permian in their road opener next Tuesday. Pecos’ boys are off tonight
after ending their long losing streak this past Saturday in Presidio, and
will return to action on Thursday, at the Gym Bice Tournament in Andrews.
Rodriguez places 35th in NJCAA championships
PECOS, Nov. 28, 2000 -- Former Pecos Eagle distance runner Billy Rodriguez
placed 35th and was part of a South Plains Junior College cross country
squad that placed third overall on Nov. 21, at the National Junior College
Athletic Association’s Cross Country Championships, held on the Texans’
home course at Levelland City Park.
Rodriguez had the fifth best time on the South Plains squad, covering
the 8,000-meter (five-mile) course in 28:08.1. That was 2:15 behind winner
Jeff Davidson of Ricks College in Idaho, which won the NJCAA Division I
title for the second year in a row with 42 points. Central Arizona JC beat
out South Plains for second in the race, which was run in the snow at Levelland.
Finishing ahead of Rodriguez on the South Plains squad were Juan de
Bastos, who was sixth overall with a 26:15.9 time, and Josephat Keino,
who was seventh in 26:19.6. Miguel Lira was 15th for the Texans with a
26:45.5 time, Allen Kipchoge was 21st in 27:09.0, Josh Selfridge was 47th
with a time of 28:47.7, and Jason Sepeda, who ran against Rodriguez as
a member of the Sweetwater Mustangs in high school, was 65th with a 29:36.9
South Plains also placed third in the women’s division of the NJCAA
championships, where Ricks College also took first, with Utah Valley State
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