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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
February 22, 2001
Eagles expect track improvements
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, February 22, 2001 - The 2000 track season for the Pecos Eagles
is one they'd like to forget about.
For the first time in a decade, the Eagles failed to have any competitors
in the Region I-4A boys meet at San Angelo last April, ending their season
with a disputed third place finish in the 1600 meter relay at the District
2-4A meet in San Elizario.
This year, the Eagles have higher hopes for regionals, but _ just as
was the case a year ago _ grade problems have Pecos a little shorthanded,
going into Saturday's season-opening Sandhills Relays at Monahans.
"Ineligibility killed our quarter-milers. When we get them back, everything
will change, said new varsity track coach Jerry Parent, who had most of
his team several years ago when they were at Zavala Middle School.
"We've got 25 out and a couple who are sick right now. We're not having
a JV because of that," Parent said.
Pecos had one district champion last year, in quarter-miler Daniel
Terrazas, but he was unable to run at regionals. Terrazas will be back
in the 400 meter dash this season, and will also run in the 400 and 1600
Parent said Peter Juarez and Jason Gonzales would also run in both
relays, while Eddie Mata will be in the 400 meter relay and John Parent
will be on the 1600 meter relay team.
"Daniel will run the quarter, and Jason will run the 300 intermediate
(hurdles) this week, but not the (110 meter) highs," Parent said. Mata
and Will Armstrong will run in the 200 meters and Joseph Darpolar and Joe
Marruffo will compete in the 100 meter dash.
Juarez, who spent last weekend competing in the Permian Basin Golden
Gloves Tournament, is supposed to compete in the long jump, triple jump
and pole vault. "He's our workhorse, but he's got back spasms right now.
He'll do it if his back holds out," Parent said.
Bobby Valenzuela and Matthew Levario will also compete in the long
jump on Saturday. "We're sharing Matthew with the baseball team," Parent
said, as Levario will also be in action across 10th Street in
Monahans on Saturday, where the Eagles' baseball team will be playing an
afternoon game against the Loboes.
Parent said Oscar Parada and Lionel Abila would be the Eagles' other
triple jumpers, while Mata would be Pecos' lone competitor in the high
jump and Isaiah Juarez and Armstrong are the team's pole vaulters, "But
they may not be ready to go this week."
In the other field events, John Parent, Tony Trujillo and Trey Edwards
would be in the shot put, while Parent, Joe Navarette and Clayton Cox will
be entered in the discus. "We're young. We've got two who have thrown (the
discus) over 100 (feet), but some of them have never thrown it before,"
Jerry Parent said.
In the distance races, Alex Orosco and Genaro Mendoza will be in the
800 and 1600 meter runs, while Nolan Blount, Jeremiah Mora and Isaiah Juarez
will be entered in the 3200 meter run.
Distance races had been the Eagles' strong point in the past, but have
suffered against El Paso area runners since moving out to District 2-4A.
This weekend though, the Sandhills lineup looks like a reunion of Pecos'
old Class 4A district. Along with the Eagles and host Loboes, Andrews,
Big Spring, Snyder and Fort Stockton are scheduled to compete, along with
Seminole, though the Indians may still have players competing in the Class
3A basketball playoffs.
"We've got a good lineup, but we're just young. For a lot of them this
is going to be their first time doing a varsity meet," Parent said. "They're
going to get a big dose of varsity competition, but I guarantee some of
them will hold their own."
Bears facing tall obstacle in sectional playoff game
PECOS, February 22, 2001 - The Balmorhea Bears' post players will have
their work cut out for them Friday night, when the Bears face the Westbrook
Wildcats in the Class A-Division II sectional semifinals at McMurry University
in Abilene, starting at 6 p.m.
The Bears advanced to the sectionals on Tuesday with a 58-43 win over
Marathon, while Westbrook won their bi-district playoff game over Trent,
57-44. Balmorhea worked their way inside against Marathon for a series
of lay-ups in their victory, as Billy Lozano and Jourmain Matta scored
16 points apiece. But coach Adolfo Garcia said things will be tougher on
"They've got one kids 6-foot-8 (Eric Roberson), and from what I hear
he keeps them going. They shoot and he rebounds and puts the ball back
in." Roberson also figures to make second-chance opportunities tougher
on the Bears.
"They've got two good outside shooters, (Chris) Matlock and (Adam)
Romeisch, but those three are pretty much all they've got," said Garcia,
who is hoping he'll have his leading scorer, Isaiah Rodriguez, available
Rodriguez struggled through a bad-shooting night on Tuesday before
injuring his knee three minutes into the final period. Garcia said Rodriguez
skipped a trip to the doctor in Odessa and was able to walk around in school
"He said he's going to be ready, but I'm not going to let him practice
today," Garcia said. "I'm going to let him see how it feels (Friday) and
then it's up to him."
The winner of Friday's game will face the winner of the D'Hannis-Panther
Creek game on Saturday night in Abilene.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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