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Thursday, August 2, 2001

Eagle teams start practice this Monday

Staff Writer

School doesn't start for another 18 days, but the summer break  will be over Monday for Pecos Eagles volleyball and football players,  with pre-season workouts set to begin for the varsity, junior varsity  and freshmen squads.

The volleyball team will begin their practice with freshmen girls at 8 a.m., while the sophomore and junior and senior players will start later in the day. Meanwhile, two-a-days will start for all Pecos High School football players at 9 a.m. on Monday at the PHS practice field.

"We'll start out at 9 a.m. and then come back at 6:30 p.m.," said coach Gary Grubbs, whose team opens its season in August for the first-time ever, with an Aug. 31 home contest against the Kermit Yellowjackets.

Grubbs said players could pick up their workout clothes on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Pecos High School field house.

The Eagles will be looking for their fourth straight trip to the playoffs this fall, after finishing second in the District 2-4A standings a year ago. This season, Fabens is favored in the first pre-season poll, by Texas Football Magazine, and will face the Eagles in Pecos this season, on Oct. 19.

PHS trainer Joel Birch said players should have their physical forms filled out by a doctor and returned to the school before workouts start on Monday, if they have not already done so. "They should try to get it done Friday or Monday, but they need to get it done ASAP," he said.

"As far as I know they'll all be out there. Nobody I know is still on vacation for the freshman through seniors," Grubbs said. The Eagles will have two-a-days for this week, then cut back to a single daily workout next week during teacher in-service, and will have their lone pre-season scrimmage on Aug. 18, in Carlsbad against the Cavemen.

The girls will have their first volleyball scrimmage a week from Friday and then go to Monahans on Saturday for another scrimmage before opening their 2001 season on Aug. 14 in Odessa against the Alpine Bucks and Odessa High Bronchos.

Coach Becky Granado said freshmen girls will have their first workout on Monday from 8 to 10 a.m. "From 9-11 we'll have the sophomores group, and then we'll bring in the juniors and seniors from 10 to 12," she said. "We'll start again in the afternoon, from 1 to 3 with the freshmen, 2 to 4 for the sophomores and from 6 to 8 p.m. for the juniors and seniors."

Granado said she expected to have between 50 and 55 players out this season, and said most of her returning players "have been working out in open gym and getting in shape. It's just some of the younger ones that haven't learned yet."

As with the football players, Granado said the volleyball girls have to return their physical forms before Monday in order to participate in the first day of practice. "Most of them have taken their physicals, but the others have to realize if they don't have their physicals, there's no way they can practice."

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