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Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Eagle powerlifters take first in own meet

The Pecos Eagles' powerlifting team split the first place finishes just about evenly with three other squads at the inaugural Pecos Invitational Powerlifting Championships. But the Eagles were able to get enough points out of the other spots to come away with first place out of the seven teams entered on Saturday.

The Eagles had three first place finishes, along with Midland Greenwood and Fort Stockton, but ended up winning first place with 39 points thanks to eight other finishes between second and fifth place. Fort Stockton finished second with 34 points and Greenwood was third with 33, while Reagan County picked up the other two first place finishes and were fourth, with 24 points.

Eric Mata, Chris Lara and Adan Salgado won firsts in their divisions. Mata had a combined lift of 700 pounds competing in the 114-pound weight class, while Lara lifted 920 pounds to win the 132-pound class and Salgado won the 198-pound weight class with a combined lift of 1,225 pounds.

Hugo Rodriguez was just behind Salgado in that division, placing second with a total lift of 1,190 pounds, and Chris Orona finished fourth, lifting 1,140 pounds. Pecos had three other fourth place finishes at the meet and one third, from Tony Trujillo, who lifted 1,120 pounds in the super-heavyweight class. Pablo Rodriguez was fourth in that division with a 1,035 pound total and Hector Contreras was fifth, with a 1,020 pound combined lift on the bench press, dead lift and squat thrust.

Roderick Villanueva, with a 1,030 pound lift in the 181-pound weight class, and Jesus Armendariz, who lifted 870 pounds in the 220-pound division, were the other fourth place finishers, while Bobby Valenzuela was fifth at 165 pounds, with a combined lift of 925 pounds.

Salgado's combined 1,225-pound total was second best of the meet and earned him second in the race for the meet's best lifter at 181 pounds and up. Reagan County's Felix Sanchez, who won the 242-pound weight class with a combined 1,410 pound lift, was first, while in the 114-165 pound division, Lara was third, behind 148-pound winner Audenn Leyva of Fort Stockton and runner-up Joel DelaRosa of Reagan County.

In the girls' division, coach Steve Cross said Alexandra Vasquez placed second in the super-heavyweight division for Pecos, with a combined lift of 660 pounds. She was one of only two girls entered for the Eagles to place, with the other, Ashley Carrasco, finishing fifth in the 132-pound weight class, with a combined lift of 405 pounds.

Yadira Leyva of Fort Stockton won that weight class, and her 765-pound combined total was the best for all divisions on the girls' side. Reagan County's Jessica Flores won the super-heavyweight division with a combined lift of 745 pounds.

This coming weekend's Kermit Invitational is the last regular season meet for the powerlifting team. Girls regionals are scheduled for March 1 in Plainview and the boys regionals for the following day in Lubbock.

Bears run past Mustangs in opening playoff game

Staff Writer

The Balmorhea Bears were having some problems on offense in the  first half of their bi-district playoff game Tuesday night against the  Marathon Mustangs, even though it was hard to tell from a look at the scoreboard.

The Bears put up 36 points in the first half and led Marathon by 19 in their game at the Gallego Center at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. But that paled compared to the second half run the Bears put on, outscoring the Mustangs 53-8 overall and 29-0 over the final 10 minutes of play to win by an 89-27 final score.

"We weren't running like we can run in the first half. We were a little hesitant," said Bears' coach Adolfo Garcia. "We played here on Friday and had a lot of trouble making baskets, so we were real hesitant."

The Bears still won Friday's playoff practice game over Sanderson by a 66-33 final score. However, Garcia said, "We've been scoring over 90 points a game, but in the last three games we've started very slowly. Then we've outscore out opponents in the third and fourth quarters about 20-5. For whatever reason, we just seem to outrun them."

The very soft rims at the new Gallego Center made for some interesting shots and rebounds _ misses rarely bounced very far and a late 3-point shot by Balmorhea's Keith Baeza seemed to just hit the front of the rim and stop dead, before finally rolling in _ but the Bears managed enough baskets in the first half to jump out to a 16-4 lead after one period and their 36-17 lead at halftime.

Jourmain Matta had 10 of his 16 points in the first half, while Isaiah Rodriguez led the Bears' second half charge, scoring 16 of his 24 points in the final two periods. Most of Balmorhea's baskets came off fast-breaks, with Ivan Rodriguez earning four assists in the third period, when Balmorhea widened their lead to 64-27.

Most of Marathon's offense came from post Jorge Zamudio, who scored 12 points. Joe Gonzales added eight, but his lay-up late in the third period turned out to be Marathon's final points, as the Mustangs were shut out in the final period, despite the Bears going with their reserves for most of the quarter.

Balmorhea is now 21-1 and will await the outcome of tonight's playoff game between Ira and Blackwell at Merkel. Garcia expects the Bears to end up facing Ira, which was ranked sixth while Balmorhea was 10th in the final Class A-Division II boys basketball poll. The game is tentatively scheduled for Friday night at Odessa College.

Lozano 2 0-0 4; J. Tarin 1 0-0 2; A. Tarin 1 0-0 2; Baeza  3 0-0 7; Dominguez 4 0-0 8; Mendoza 7 2-4 16; J.  Rodriguez 1 0-0 2; Matta 8 0-2 16; Iv. Rodriguez 3 2-2 8; Is.  Rodriguez 11 2-3 24. Totals 41 6-11 89.

T. Aguilar 1 1-5 3; Abrego 0 0-2 0; Zimmerman 0 0-0  0; Paredez 0 0-0 0; H. Hernandez 0 0-0 0; D.Aguilar 2 0-4  4; G. Hernandez 0 0-0 0; Gonzales 4 0-0 8; Zamudio 5  2-2 12. Totals 12 3-13 27.

Balmorhea          16    20    28    25    — 89
Marathon              4    13      8      0    — 27
Three-point goals: Balmorhea 1 (Baeza).  Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Balmorhea 10, Marathon 9.

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