Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, January 30, 2001
Eagles 6th at powerlifting meet
PECOS, Jan. 30, 2001 -- The Pecos Eagle powerlifting team picked up a
pair of division titles and finished in sixth place overall out of
25 teams on Saturday in competition at Midland Greenwood.
Coach Steve Cross said Gito Crawford won the 275-pound weight class with
a total lift of 1,420 pounds, while Chris Lara took first place in the 132-pound
weight class, lifting a total of 865 pounds.
Cross said Crawford was ranked as the No. 2 lifter overall for all divisions
at the Greenwood meet, and in his division, "Gito is No. 2 in the region,
and he's got a lot more weight he can lift than he did on Saturday. I expect
him to hit 1,550-1,600 pounds by regionals."
Cross said based on total amount of weights lifted, "We have four boys
who've qualified for regionals. Chris Lara qualified at both 132 and 148
pounds, Chris Orona qualified at 181 pounds and Adam Salgado is either fourth
or fifth at 181 pounds. He's really climbed up, and of course Gito has qualified."
Salgado placed fifth in the 181-pound weight class Saturday, lifting a
total of 1,000 pounds, while Gilbert Rodriguez was fourth in the 198-pound
weight class, with a total of 940 pounds.
Cross said Roderick Villanueva was sixth, Orona was seventh and Hugo Rodriguez
was 10th in the 181-pound division, while Hector Contreras was
seventh in the super heavyweight division.
Fort Stockton won the meet with 38 points, while Lamesa was second with
25. Pecos' 17 points tied them for sixth place with Kermit.
The team will be going to Fort Stockton this Saturday, and Cross said
he would also be taking several girls to their second meet of the season.
"We have girls lifting for the first time this year, and at the Monahans
meet (on Jan. 20) we had four qualify for regionals."
Mindi Harrison, Victoria Gomez, D'Andra Ortega and Alexandra Vasquez were
the regional qualifiers at Monahans, Cross said. "Michelle Romo is only five
pounds away from making the regionals, and Alexa Marquez is our sixth lifter.
She's going to her first meet this Saturday in Fort Stockton and I hope to
get her qualified as well."
Cross said the team would have one more meet on Feb. 24 in Seagraves before
regionals the weekend of March 2-3, and added the Eagles plan to host their
own meet next season, probably sometime in late February.
Playoffs within reach of Pecos girls
PECOS, Jan. 30, 2001 -- The Pecos Eagle girls' basketball team has a chance
to all but clinch their first trip to the playoffs in a decade tonight,
when they travel to Canutillo to face the Golden Eagles in a 7 p.m.
The Pecos-Canutillo girls game will be followed by the second half opener
for the Eagle boys, who will try again to win their first District 2-4A game
of the season, after an 0-5 first half.
Pecos' girls are 4-3 in district while Canutillo is 3-4 after the Eagles
defeated Fabens last Friday by a 49-37 score, while Canutillo dropped a 51-32
decision to El Paso Mountain View. With two games to play after tonight,
the Golden Eagles can still catch Pecos even with a loss, but would have
to beat Fabens and district-leading Clint, while the Eagles lost their last
two games, at Mountain View on Friday and home against San Elizario a week
Pecos got their first-ever win over Canutillo earlier this month. The
Eagles built up a 20-5 first half lead, then saw that disappear by the time
the second half was two minutes old before rallying for a 41-38 victory.
The Eagles were helped when Canutillo's leading scorer, Brenda Gonzalez,
got into early foul trouble. She finished with only two points in the game
before fouling out. Gonzalez had 10 points to lead Canutillo in last Friday's
loss to Mountain View.
Pecos' boys were blitzed in the fourth period by Fabens on Friday night,
as the Wildcats turned a 50-40 game late in the third period into a 90-55
victory. Ezra Varela had a season-high 26 points to keep Pecos close through
the first three periods.
Fabens beat Canutillo by 30 points last Tuesday, though the Golden Eagles
remain tied with the Wildcats and San Elizario for first in the district,
with 4-1 marks. Earlier this month, Canutillo was without post Eddie Hita,
but got 22 points each out of guards Jose Rodriguez and Abraham Moreno to
beat Pecos, 59-42.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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