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May 1, 2001

Eagles face Jackets, prepare for Mustangs

PECOS, May 1, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles will be facing the Kermit Yellowjackets this afternoon with their eyes on the Andrews Mustangs, when the two teams meet in a playoff practice game in Kermit at 5 p.m.

The Eagles have bee idle for the past 10 days, since finishing their District 2-4A schedule undefeated with a 9-7 win over San Elizario on April 20. Kermit, meanwhile, comes into the game as the second place team out of District 4-3A, but thanks to the fewer number of teams in Class 3A playing softball, also has a first round bye in the playoffs. They'll be preparing for their area round game on Friday against Perryton.

That's what the Eagles plan to do this evening, coach Tammy Walls said. "We're going to be working on some strategy for Andrews," she said. "We're going to try and get some positive things out of it.

"We're not going to look at it as much as winning goes, as getting in some strategy we've been working on in practice that we can use against Andrews on Friday," Walls said.

The Eagles will face their former District 4-4A rivals in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs at 6 p.m. on Friday at Muggs Field No. 9 at Ulmer Park, the same site that Pecos has played its area round games at the past two seasons.

"If we can hit the ball, I think we'll be all right," Walls said. Hitting was the Eagles' biggest problem during pre-district play, as they lost a series of low-scoring games, including by 3-0 margins to Monahans, which beat out Kermit for the 4-3A softball title, and Snyder, which beat out Andrews for second place in District 4-4A.

The Eagles' baseball team will also have a playoff practice game this week, at home on Thursday against Seminole, at 7 p.m. Pecos, which won the District 2-4A title last Friday at San Elizario, will face the winner of the Big Spring-Canyon bi-district playoff series the weekend of May 11-12 at a site and time to be announced.

Gallego wins first at season-opening rifle match

PECOS, May 1, 2001 - Alan Gallego took first place at the Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club's first service rifle match of the year shooting a stock World War II vintage M-1 Garand.

Gallego shot a 390 out of a possible 500 Saturday morning shooting into a stiff southeast wind.

"The wind really made things interesting," Gallego said. The Pecos resident is a former Marine and shot on the regimental rifle team while he was assigned to the 7th Regiment.

Overall there were 12 competitors from as far away as Midland.

"This was a really good start to our shooting season," Club Vice President Mike Mason said. "We had a good turnout and everyone had a good time."

Mason said that the rifle matches are open to anyone shooting a military rifle that can be reloaded with either magazines or charging clips during the rapid-fire stages of the match.

"A real service rifle match would only be open to M-1s, M-1As and AR-15 type rifles," he said. "Those are the only rifles considered "in service" today."

"We're not that strict," he said.

Mason said that the club plans to hold a similar match every fourth Saturday of the month throughout the year.

Smokey Briggs took second place in the match and Pecos High School teacher Cary Hannz took third. All were shooting Garands.

Matta places eighth for Bears in discus at Region I-A meet

PECOS, May 1, 2001 - Balmorhea Bears sophomore Jourmain Matta was the lone finals qualifier this past weekend for the Bears, at the Region I-A Track and Field Championships at South Plains College in Levelland.

Coach Gary Gallego said Matta placed eighth in the discus, with a throw of 131-foot-8. "He h ad his three best throws of the season," Gallego said. "The seven boys ahead of him are seniors, so he should have a good chance next season."

Matta was one of two regional qualifiers for the Bears in the discus. Gallego said the other, Billy Lozano, didn't fare as well at Levelland as he had at district or in the sectional track meet, throwing 125-foot-6½ for 10th place in the discus, and going 40-foot-2 in the shot put. He had thrown 44- 4 at the sectional meet in Wink on April 12, and had thrown a season's best 131-11 in the discus the previous week at a qualifier's meet in Crane.

"He just didn't throw very well this week," said Gallego, who added that high jumper Logan Humphries also ran into problems at Levelland, failing to clear the opening height in the high jump. "He was just so nervous this time," the Bears' coach said.

"Overall, our area did real good. Water Valley's girls won first place and Iraan's boys won first on that side," said Gallego. Both teams were the sectional meet winners at Wink on April 12.

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