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Thursday, November 30, 2000

Eagles put 18 on all-district grid team

Staff Writer

PECOS, Nov. 30, 2000 -- Eighteen Pecos Eagles were named to the All-District 2-4A football  team in voting by the district's coaches, with senior Omar Luna earning  Most Valuable Player honors on defense for the 2000 season. 

Ten of the 18 players were named to the first team squad, and Pecos filled nine spots on the second team while seven other Eagles earned honorable mention in voting by the coaches on Nov. 15, just prior to the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Luna earned MVP honors on defense a year after Daniel Terrazas received the honor, also at linebacker for the Eagles. Mark Abila was defensive MVP in 1998, the first year Pecos was part of District 2-4A

"When we voted on defensive MVP the other coaches nominated players, but when we decided he got all the votes but one," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs.

Terrazas was still a first-team selection on defense, as was Trent Riley at the third linebacking position. But Terrazas also earned first team honors this season on offense at running back, where he gained 1,028 yards during the regular season, second to Fabens' Vicente Macias, who was named Offensive MVP for 2000. Luna was also a first team selection at fullback, where he ran for 565 yards this past season.

"Daniel was just behind Macias in the voting" Grubbs said. "I felt Daniel was the offensive MVP in the district, but the other coaches looked at the year-long totals insteadk of just the district stats. Macias has more carries than Daniel, but that was over the course of the year, not just district."

In district games, Macias ran for 1,093 of his 2,116 yards on the season, while Terrazas gained 863 yards during the Eagles' five district games.

Aside from their linebackers, the Eagles put four other starters on the first-team defensive squad, in end Cesar Coria and tackle Pifi Montoya, both seniors, junior cornerback Richard Rodriguez and sophomore safety Matthew Levario, who also earned first team honors as a kicker.

Levario was the leading scorer among district kickers this past season with 37 points, while Rodriguez ended up leading the district in interceptions with seven. Overall, the Eagles ended up averaging just over 300 yards per game on offense, the first time they've managed that in over 20 years, while the defense gave up just over 230 yards per game during regular season play.

Pecos tries again to beat Andrews

PECOS, Nov. 30, 2000 -- Given the choice of teams to play a rematch against 2 ½ weeks into  the 2000-2001 basketball season, the Pecos Eagles probably wouldn't  have chosen the Andrews Mustangs. But that's the team the Eagles had to  face at 1 p.m. today, in the opening game of the inaugural Gym Bice  Invitational at the Andrews High School gym.

Pecos and Andrews kicked off the eight-team tournament, which was named for Bice, the former Mustangs star who died in a diving accident in Andrews five years ago. Bice led the Mustangs to the Class 4A state tournament his senior year, though Andrews was beaten by Pecos in their final meeting that season.

Eagles' coach Tino Acosta is hoping his team can pull off the same trick today, though that would take a major turnaround from their 73-46 loss in Pecos to the Mustangs on Nov. 21.

It was the team's 32nd straight loss dating back to January 1999, a streak that ended four days later with a 77-65 victory in Presidio over the Blue Devils. Richard Rodriguez scored 32 points in his first game out after football, and Acosta will have a couple of other players off the football team playing their first game of the season this afternoon.

"We're pretty much going to have the same starters (as last week), but the way we're going to play this year there's going to be a lot of rotation in and out of the game so we can sustain pressure," said Acosta.

Handling the pressure will be the main goal of the Eagles today. Last week, the Mustangs' full-court press created a series of turnovers late in the first period and early in the second, which turned an 11-11 tie into a 28-13 Andrews lead. They widened that margin to 21 at the half and led by as many as 31 in the final period.

"The No. 1 goal will be to get the ball across halfcourt against Andrews. If we do that and stay with them in the first quarter we might have a chance, because that's their game _ every game they play they score 20 points in the first quarter," Acosta said.

Andrews got only 17 in the first period on Tuesday, but still held an 11-point lead over Lubbock High on the way to a 64-49 home court victory, their fourth in as many games this season. Guard Sidney Hooper led Andrews with 14 points and topped the Mustangs with 16 in their win over Pecos, while post Jeremy Tharp added 15 points.

Saul Garcia's 13 points led the Eagles in that game.

Depending on the results of today's game, Pecos could follow up their rematch against Andrews with a rematch against Presidio. The Blue Devils face Clyde at 5:30 p.m. today, and the winner will face the winner of the Eagles-Mustangs game at 1 p.m. on Friday, while the losers play again tonight at 8:30 p.m.

Levelland faces Lamesa and Fort Stockton takes on Trinity Christian's junior varsity in today's other first round games. The tournament was moved up to finish on Friday, because Andrews' football team is facing Southlake Carroll in the Region I-4A quarterfinals on Saturday in Coppell.

Pecos' girls, meanwhile, will face Presidio at home on Friday, in a 5 p.m. game. The Eagles lost their season-opener on Tuesday to Monahans, and added this varsity-only game so the Blue Devils JV and freshman teams could play in the Pecos JV Tournament on Saturday.

Youth hoop registration continues

PECOS, Nov. 30, 2000 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department  is enrolling children for the winter Pee Wee Basketball program. The  program is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12, with an  entry deadline of Jan. 5, 2001 for the league and Dec. 29, 2000 for the  pre-season fundamentals session.

A birth certificate and signature from both parents is needed at the time of registration, along with the $10 entry fee per player.

Sign-ups can be done at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym weekdays between 5 and 10 p.m. For further information, call 447-9776.

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