Colored Rock Map of Texas at I-20 in Pecos, Click for Travel Guide

Pecos Enterprise

Site Map
Pecos Gab

Pecos Country History
Archive 62
Archive 74
Archive 87
1987 Tornado Photos
Rodeo Photos 88
Archive 95
Archive 96
Archive 97
News Photos 1997
Rodeo Photos 97
Archive 98
News Photos 1998
Rodeo Photos 98
Parade Photos 98
Archive 99
Photos 99
Archive 2000
Photos 2000
Photos 2001
Photos 2002

Archive 2002

Area Newspapers
Economic Development


Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas


Tuessday, February 12, 2002

Eagles looking to stop Fabens from clinching

The Pecos Eagles' basketball team will be ending their 2001-2002 season this week. But before then, they may have a say on how long the seasons of four other District 2-4A teams last, beginning with tonight's game against the Fabens Wildcats.

The Eagles host first place Fabens tonight beginning at 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School gym. The junior varsity and freshmen teams will play their games at 4:30 p.m. in the new and old PHS gyms, and Parent's Night will be held before the start of the varsity game, coach Tino Acosta said.

After seeing few surprises in the first half of district play, there have been a lot of surprises over the past two weeks that have shaken up the district standings, beginning with Pecos' 58-53 win over Canutillo that ended the Eagles' 31-game district losing streak.

The Eagles have dropped their last two games after that win, but Canutillo came back to down second place Clint, then upset Fabens this past Friday, 70-58, to stay in the playoff race and keep the Wildcats from clinching the district title. Clint, meanwhile, moved to within a game of Fabens with their 69-44 win at home over Pecos, which left the Eagles with a 1-7 district record.

Fabens is 7-2 and can clinch the 2-4A title with a win tonight, but a loss could drop the Wildcats into a tie for second with Clint, depending on the outcome of their game with San Elizario. Pecos and San Eli postponed their game last week due to bad weather, and are tentatively scheduled to make up the game on Thursday at the PHS gym, and the make-up came could end up deciding everything from a first place tie between Fabens and San Eli to a third place tie between San Eli and Canutillo

Last month in Fabens, the Wildcats jumped out to a 22-7 lead after one period and went on to an 87-43 win over the Eagles. Abel Juarez led the Wildcats with 20 points, while Tony Lechuga had 17 and Rigo Estrada 16. On Friday, Estrada has 12 points, Juarez 11 and Samir Ihmud put in 16 in the loss to Canutillo.

The Eagles' loss to the Lions on Friday was similar to most of their other defeats this season, as Pecos was only able to get one player going on offense. Joey Ortega led the Eagles with 16 points, while in last month's loss at Fabens Richard Rodriguez was the only Pecos player in double-figures, with 11 points.

Eagles at home for scrimmage against Presidio

After two scrimmages on the road over the weekend, the Pecos Eagles will be at home this afternoon, for the third of their four pre-season baseball scrimmages this season, as they host the Presidio Blue Devils beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Eagles' coach Bubba Williams took a look at his varsity pitchers on Friday at Fort Stockton, and looked at some of his junior varsity and freshmen one Saturday in a scrimmage against Odessa High's junior varsity, and said that overall Pecos did better on Friday, though there are still some problems to be worked out.

"The pitchers walked a lot of batters yesterday (Friday)," he said following the scrimmage against the Bronchos. "We also walked a lot today and we can't have that. I'd rather have them put the ball in play than to walk a lot of people."

On offense, Williams said, "We put the ball in play, but there weren't a lot of line shots. We've got a lot of work to do in a couple of areas, because we're not where we want to be."

Shortstop Capi Magana hit the ball well against Fort Stockton, and most of the Eagles' varsity players put the ball in play against Odessa High, though Sammy Dominguez had the only extra-base hit, a two-run double late in the scrimmage, after OHS had gotten to Dominguez and three other Eagle pitchers for runs off both walks and hits earlier in the game.

"The ones who are going to be up there (on varsity) have got to perform," said Williams. "We've got to have the ones who were up there last year come through, including the ones not out here yet."

Infielders Matthew Levario and Richard Rodriguez and outfielders Joey Ortega and Oscar Parada won't be available until the Eagles' final pre-season scrimmage this coming Saturday, when Pecos goes back to Odessa High to face the Bronchos' varsity. Pecos' regular season opener will be on Friday, Feb. 22 at Monahans, followed by the Eagles' home opener, against the Loboes on Feb. 23.

Tennis carnival to follow dedication of new courts

A dedication ceremony will be held this afternoon at 5 p.m. for the new Pecos High School tennis courts, which will be followed by a USTA tennis carnival from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Trans-Texas Tennis completed the rebuilding of the six high school courts last week, at a cost of about $150,000. The two-month project involved placing a sand base on top of the old court's surface, after which a nine inch concrete surface was put on top of the old courts, which have been subject to cracking over the years. A crack in the courts' foundation appeared less than six months after the last patching job on the courts, in 1994, and other cracks had formed across the courts in the years since then.

"I've invited all the local dignitaries and school officials and the superintendent (Don Love). I'm hoping to get the councilmen and commissioners out here," said Eagles' varsity tennis coach Mike Ortiz last week, when workers had just begun painting the courts.

The poor condition of the old courts forced the Eagles to relocate the District 2-4A Fall team tennis tournament from Pecos to San Elizario. The Eagles will host the Spring District 2-4A tournament, and will play their first official matches on the new courts this Friday, when they host their own tournament at the PHS courts.

Ortiz said today's tennis carnival was open to kids "from junior high on down," and that prizes would be given out during the carnival.

Search Entire Site:

Pecos Enterprise
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

Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium.

Copyright 2002 by Pecos Enterprise