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Thursday, February 21, 2002

Eagles hope to continue improvement in track

Staff Writer

After several years of coming away with only a few medals  or regional berths at district track competition, the Pecos Eagle  girls improved on those results a year ago, earning four spots at regionals  and finishing with 123 points at the District 2-4A track meet in Canutillo.

This season, first-year coach Roxie Chavez will be trying to improve on those results, with the district meet scheduled for Eagle Stadium in April. But as is the case with boys coach Jerry Parent, Chavez said she would be shorthanded for this Saturday's season-opening Sandhills Relays at Monahans, and for the next couple of meets as well.

"We may not even have a sprint relay this weekend. I'm trying to get the girls into more individual events," said Chavez, who will be minus several team members due to college visits and other extracurricular activities.

"The next two weekends I'll have girls out too, for church activities," she said, meaning the Eagles' first meet with a full squad won't be until mid-March at the earliest.

Pecos qualified for regionals in the 400 and 800 meter relays last season, though for now the regulars on those two relays are uncertain due to the absense of some competitors. The ones that are there, Chavez said, "have been working real hard, and they're a little bit tired. They're trying to get into shape and trying to get used to the new routine."

"We should be in good shape in the field events, with Stephanie Herrera in the shot and discus and Jessica Martinez in the high jump," Chavez said. Herrera won the district title in the shot put as a freshman last season, while Martinez finished third in the high jump.

"She just did it at district last year and not at the other meets, so hopefully we'll see some improvement this year," Chavez said.

Aside from the shot put, high jump and discus, Chavez said Terry would compete for the Eagles in the triple jump and Arenivas and Carrasco would be entered in the long jump to round out the field events for Pecos.

She added that Martinez and another shot putter, Leslie Rodriguez, who was fourth at district last year, "would be my two-milers, but we're hurting in sprints right now."

"In the relay (at Monahans), I'll have Tiana Terry, but we'll be without JJ (Jessica Rodriguez) this weekend, because she's going to Texas Tech," said Chavez. "I will have Maricela Mares and Alessandra Carrasco, but I'm looking for another leg."

Terry will run in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, while Chavez said senior Christina Arenivas would probably run both in the 800 meters and in the 300 meter hurdles. "She's new to the 300 this year, but I wish she had been doing it for the last three years, because she just started right now and she's looking good."

The Sandhills Relay will start about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with field events and running preliminaries. Running event finals will begin Saturday afternoon at the Monahans High School stadium.

Pecos swimmers hoping to cut times at state meet

Staff Writer

Pecos Eagles' swim coach Terri Morse expects her team to swim  faster in the preliminaries of the UIL Class 4A Swimming and  Diving Championships, at the Jamail Center on the campus of the University  of Texas in Austin. But she expects that to be true for the rest of the field  in Austin as well on Friday.

"I'm looking for everyone to go faster," said Morse. "I feel like we're going to have to swim faster and feel that everyone is going to cut their times, so they've got a lot of stiff competition ahead of them."

The boys will have to lower their times more than some of the other regional qualifiers in order to match the results of the past two seasons, when Pecos placed fifth and seventh at state, while the girls will have to cut their times just to have a chance to get into Saturday's finals heat. The top eight finishers in Friday's prelims will go to finals, though Morse said the next eight will also swim in the consolation finals on Saturday.

Pecos' 200 medley relay, along with sohpmores Will Oglesby in the butterfly and K.W. Winkles in the breaststroke are ranked fifth in their events, and the 400 yard freestyle relay team is ranked seventh going into the state meet. The girls' best ranking is an 11th in the 200 medley relay.

"We're going to have to get out there and be better than the rest of the field on a given day, and it seems like they're mentally ready to go," Morse said.

Some of the Eagles' state qualifers weren't pushed at the Region I-4A meet in Lubbock as much as they will be in Austin, and Morse said she hoped that would help them speed up their times.

"We want them to go in with the attitude that we're going to better our times and try to move up some rather than just settling for `we made it.' That's what I've been talking to the girls about, moving up."

The Eagles also have one diver entered in the state meet, sophomore Michael Juarez. He's seeded 13th going in, but Morse said the point totals are more arbitrary than the regional times for the swimmers.

"I'll know a little bit better how Michael will fare after seeing the other divers dive," in Friday's preliminaries, she said. "The divers from our region have done pretty well in the past. We haven't had any down here before, but Michael has a good attitude and a lot of it depends on how you do that day. Hopefully Michael will be feeling well and will have a good day."

The preliminaries for the Class 4A meet will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Jamail Center, while finals on Saturday are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the UT pool, which is located on the southeast side of Memorial Stadium.

Bears expecting fast-paced game against Bulldogs

Balmorhea Bears coach Adolfo Garcia expects a fast-paced game Friday night, when the 10th-ranked Bears take on the sixth-ranked Ira Bulldogs in the area round of the Class A-Division II boys basketball playoffs.

"We're going to have a very tough game Friday night. Ira is ranked sixth in the state and they're very similar to us. They love to run," Garcia said following Monday's playoff victory over the Marathon Mustangs.

The 21-1 Bears breezed through their bi-district playoff game on Monday against Marathon, winning by an 89-27 final score, while Ira got a tougher test from 15-10 Blackwell, which jumped ahead by as many as 13 points in the first half, before Ira rallied for a 60-51 victory.

Ira outscored Blackwell by a 42-26 margin over the final two periods, and were led by Jose Olivera, who finished with 20 points.

Friday's game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Odessa Permian High School gym, and the Bears are hoping to get off to a better start on offense in the Permian gym than they have in their last few games, including two at the Gallego Center in Alpine during the past week.

The Bears beat both Sanderson and Marathon at Alpine, but struggled with their shooting in the first half, something Garcia said had bothered the Bears in recent weeks.

The winner of the game will face either Panther Creek or Utopia in the regional semifinals next week.

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