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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 post-season berth.

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 6 p.m.

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 playoffs.

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 Spring.

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

Staff Writer
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 state berths.

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.

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