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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, August 20, 2001
Pecos goes 2-4 at Sandhills Tournament
Things got a little better for the Pecos Eagles volleyball team over the
weekend at the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans, even if they did end up
winless on Saturday in the championship round of the tournament.
Pecos lost both their matches on Saturday, falling to Big Spring, 15-12,
15-9, in the tournament quarterfinals and then lost in the fifth place
semifinal match to El Paso Jefferson by 14-16, 16-14, 15-9 scores.
"We played better. I think both times we had the lead, but then we just
lost our concentration and lost our focus," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado.
Pecos held 9-4 and 8-4 leads on Big Spring before falling apart at the
finish, and had El Paso Jefferson at match point, 14-11, before the Silver
Foxes rallied for five straight points to win Game 2, and then outscored
Pecos at the end of Game 3 by a 7-2 margin to win.
Hitting remains a problem for Pecos _ the Eagles managed just 12 kills
in Saturday's two matches, and no player had more than two in either match
_ but Granado said, "Hitting is probably our big problem because of our
passing. … We're not out of position, but we just couldn't pass free balls
to the target. We're just reaching for it or are standing up to pass, and
it goes off our hands and to the side.
"That's what hurt us against Big Spring. They got three points in a
row at the start off serves when we couldn't pass the ball to the target,"
Against Jefferson, Granado said, "We should have won. They really didn't
do anything much, it was all our mental mistakes. We had eight missed serves
in that match and there's no way we're going to win the match with that
many missed serves."
On Friday, the Eagles split their four matches. They opened with a 15-6,
15-3 win over Kermit, then were blanked by Monahans, 15-0, 15-0, later
in the morning. In the afternoon, Pecos beat Van Horn, 15-12, 7-15, 15-10,
and then were beaten by Midland Trinity Christian, 15-7, 15-7.
"We look good in moments, but then we just lose our concentration, and
when we do that, we just start making mistake after mistake," said Granado,
who added sophomores Stephanie Herrera and Leslie Rodriguez to her lineup
"I'm trying to put Stephanie in there to set, and she's doing a good
job, but I just need to work with her. We just don't have the hitting this
year, so the defense is going to have to pick it up."
Monahans ended up winning the tournament over Alpine, 7-15, 15-8, 15-8.
Pecos' junior varsity, meanwhile, lost a tiebreaker with Monahans and Trinity
Christian in pool play on Friday at the Sandhills, after all three finished
with 4-2 marks, and then won the consolation title on Saturday. The freshmen
went undefeated through their pool on Thursday and then finished second
in the tournament, losing to Andrews in the finals.
The Eagles, who are now 2-6 on the season, will go to Midland on Tuesday
to face the Lee Rebels and Snyder Tigers, before they play their home openers
this coming Friday in the Cantaloupe Classic volleyball tournament.
Bears win opening scrimmage
The Balmorhea Bears came up with a shutout over the weekend in the first
of their two pre-season scrimmages, as they blanked the Dell City Cougars
five touchdowns to zero.
"We did real good. We still made mistakes, but that's normal, though,"
Bears' coach Ennis Erickson said. "The varsity scored five touchdowns and
they didn't score any, so it went pretty well."
The Bears will face Dell City again in Balmorhea in October when District
8-A six man football play begins. This Saturday, Erickson said Balmorhea
will travel to Lake Arthur, N.M. for their final preseason scrimmage match-up.
Pee Wee football deadline today
Today is the final day to sign up at the Reeves County Community Sports
and Recreation Department for the Pecos Eagle Pee Wee Football league.
Parents of children who are in Grades 3-6 who want to participate in
the football program can do so this afternoon at the recreation office
in the old Pecos High School gym. The cost is $25 per child. Parents need
to bring a birth certificate to the RCCRD office, and both parents' signatures
will be needed on the registration form.
For more information call 447-9776.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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