Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, February 6, 2002
Eagles postpone basketball games
Fears of icy roads between Pecos and El Paso led to cancellation of Tuesday
night's basketball games between the Pecos Eagles and San Elizario Eagles
at the Pecos High School gym.
While both Pecos teams are out of playoff contention, the Eagles will
have to make up both games because of San Elizario's playoff situation.
San Eli's girls are a half-game behind El Paso Mountain View after the
Lobos closed out their regular season schedule by defeating Fabens on Tuesday,
and need a win over Pecos to force a playoff for the final District 2-4A
As a result the girls will make up their game with San Eli on Thursday
night, with the junior varsity playing at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity at
San Eli's boys are in third place, a half game behind Clint and a half
game in front of Canutillo after Clint's win over Canutillo on Tuesday.
There are still two games left in those teams' schedules, so Eagles' coach
Tino Acosta said a make-up game is tentatively set for next Thursday, Feb.
14, in Pecos if it's needed to decide a playoff berth or seedings in the
Pecos' track teams to host District 2-4A meet
For the first time in 19 years, the Pecos Eagles will get to hold a district
track meet this Spring, as the District 2-4A meet will be held at Eagle
Stadium on April 12-13 to wrap up Pecos' regular season schedule.
The Eagles' varsity and junior varsity track teams will open their regular
season schedules in two weeks, with a trip to the Sandhills Relays in Monahans
on Feb. 23. It's the first of six regular season meets for Pecos' boys
and seven for the Eagle girls prior to the district meet in April.
Pecos last hosted the District 2-4A meet back in 1983, when the district
was made up of teams from the Permian Basin instead of the El Paso area.
El Paso Mountain View, San Elizario and Canutillo have hosted the district
meet the past three seasons.
The deterioration of the Eagle Stadium track after 1983 kept Pecos from
hosting any meets, and the West of the Pecos Relays were cancelled after
the 1990 track season. While the track was finally rebuilt two years ago,
the district meet will be the only one for the Eagles varsity at home this
Following the Sandhills Relays, both the boys and girls squads will
travel to the Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton on March 1-2, before splitting
up the next three weeks. Coach Roxie Chavez' girls team will go to Carlsbad,
Sonora and Seminole, while coach Jerry Parent's boys team goes to Odessa
and San Angelo, around a bye week during Spring Break.
Pecos' last two meets before district are the Golden Crane Relays in
Crane and the Permian Basin Relays in Kermit. Region I-4A competition will
again be at Angelo State University this year, on April 26-27.
The Crockett Middle School track schedule will open at Eagle Stadium
on Friday, Feb. 22, with the West of the Pecos Junior Relays, and will
be the first of five meets this year for the seventh and eighth graders.
The other junior high meets are scheduled for Kermit, Monahans, Van Horn
and Fort Stockton during the month of March.
Eagles looking to defend regional swimming titles
By JON FULBRIGHT
The Pecos Eagles swimming team will be trying to follow up their repeat
District 3-4A titles of two weeks ago by repeating as Region I-4A champions
this weekend, when the regional swimming and diving championships are held
at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center in Lubbock.
The boys have won both regional titles since Class 4A and below schools
were given their own division in 2000, while the girls won the Region I-4A
title a year ago, after Monahans captured the inaugural 4A meet. Two weeks
ago, the girls scored an easy win for the second straight year at district,
while the boys won by a wider margin than expected, after battling with
Big Spring at meets during the season.
The top six finishers in each event at the district meet advanced to
this weekend's regional competition, which opens with 1-meter diving at
1 p.m. on Thursday. Class 4A preliminaries will start on Friday at 10 a.m.,
with the finals set for 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Only the first place finisher in each event is assured of a trip to
the Class 4A state meet in Austin on Feb. 22-23, though coach Terri Morse
said some others could earn at-large berths. "It's really hard to tell.
There should be some picked up, but it's hard to tell from the district
meets," she said. "You can tell more at regionals because a lot of the
schools don't rest for district."
Region I is made up of schools from the Permian Basin and El Paso areas,
along with the Pampa Harvesters from the Panhandle. Most of the winners
at district for Pecos are again seeded first at regionals, but a couple
will face challenges from swimmers outside the district to earn the automatic
Among that group is El Paso High's Roberto Gandar, who'll be seeded
just in front of K.W. Winkles in the 200 individual medley, and Pampa's
William Griffin and Joseph Johnson, both of whom are seeded ahead of Patrick
McChesney in the 500-yard freestyle by less than a second.
"It will be a good race in the 500. I don't know if they will cut a
lot more time or if Patrick will," said Morse. "To get picked up they'll
have to go under (5:)20 or so. Hopefully, he'll get his time down so he'll
at least have a chance to be picked up."
Will Oglesby is the other Pecos swimmer who'll face a challenge from
a non-district rival, El Paso Ysleta's Omar Alba in the 100-yard butterfly.
Oglesby was second to Abilene Wylie's John Ouimette in the race at district
and is seeded third at regionals.
On the girls' side, Catherine Minjarez was second in the 200 medley
at district, but was bumped down to fourth due to a couple of El Paso swimmers.
Big Spring's Jessica Hughey remains the top seed, but Jessica Rivas of
El Paso Ysleta is now seeded second.
"I thought the girls look a lot stronger this year from El Paso than
last year. Their boys don't look that much stronger, but the girls definitely
look stronger," Morse said.
All three of the girls' relay teams are still seeded No. 1 going into
Friday's preliminaries, as are Jessica Minjarez in the 200 freestyle and
100 fly, Teddie Salcido in the 500 freestyle and Rachelle Eisenberg in
the 100 breaststroke. On the boys' side, Winkles is seeded first in the
100 breaststroke, along with the boys' 200 medley relay team and Michael
Juarez, in Thursday's 1-meter diving competition.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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