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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, March 5, 2002
Pecos lifters earn state berths
The Pecos Eagles will be sending two representatives to the state powerlifting
finals later this month, following competition this past weekend at the Region
I meets in Plainview and Lubbock.
Eagles coach Steve Cross said Alexandra Vasquez and Adam Salgado earned
spots at the state meets, and Pecos' boys place ninth overall out of 19 Class
4A and 5A schools at the regional competition.
"We beat some pretty good-sized schools, which makes me confident next
year will be even better when we move down to Division II classification,"
said Cross. Division II includes Class 3A and below schools, and the Eagles
will be dropping down to Class 3A starting this fall.
Vasquez was Pecos' lone competitor on the girls' side at regionals, and
eared her trip to state in the 198-pound and up class with a combined lift
of 665 pound last Friday in regional competition at Plainview. "She had to
beat out a girl from Levelland to make it and she was able to do that," said
Vasquez will advance to the state competition in Killeen this coming Friday,
he added, while Salgado will compete in the Division I state finals at TCU
in Fort Worth on March 23, after placing second in the 198-pound weight class.
Salgado had a combined lift of 1,290 to finish 45 pounds behind weight class
winner Beto Rodarte of Lubbock High.
"Adam Salgado scored his personal best total so far this year at the meet,"
said Cross. "He's a competitor and goes to win, so I expect him to do well
at state. He closed the gap with the No. 1 guy a lot on Saturday."
Cross said that Chris Lara earned a state alternate berth with a third
place finish in the 132-pound weight class. Lara lifted a combined 925 pounds
and finished 10 pounds behind runner-up Brandon Chrisman of Plainview. Dumas'
Genaro Hernandez won the division with a 1,130 total lift.
"Overall we didn't do as well as we hoped to," in the other divisions,
Cross said. The next best finish for Pecos was a sixth place by Tony Trujillo
in the super-heavyweight division, with an 1,100 pound combined total. Pablo
Rodriguez placed seventh in that division, lifting 1,080 pounds, while Chris
Orona and Hugo Rodriguez were seventh and eighth in the 198-pound class,
lifting 1,185 and 1,155 pounds respectively, while Max Mirando lifed 1,185
pounds to place eighth in the 275-pound weight class.
"Eric Mata (at 115 pounds) was the only one who didn't finish, but he's
just a freshman, and I expect him to do well next year," said Cross. "Just
being able to go to the regional meet is a honor in itself, and going to
state is icing on the cake.
Plainview won the competition over Abilene High by a 36-34 margin. Salgado's
second place finish and Lara's third gave the Eagles eight points, one point
ahead of 10th place San Angelo Lake View and two behind Abilene
Cooper and Lubbock Monterey.
"I'm very proud of our program and very proud of our athlete in the program.
We've really come a long way towards putting Pecos on the map in powerlifting,"
Eagles' teams face Panthers, Lamesa today
The Pecos Eagles ran short of pitchers to pitch five games in six days
last week. So finding pitchers to use for five games in five days this week
doesn't figure to be easy for coach Bubba Williams beginning today, when
the Eagles face Odessa Permian in a 4 p.m. game on the Panthers' home field.
Pecos' girls, meanwhile, were short a pitcher and several other players
last week, but expect to have all their players out today, when they close
out their pre-district softball schedule with a 5 p.m. home game against
the Lamesa Golden Tornaodes.
The baseball season begins its second full week for Pecos today at Permian
against the Panthers, who come off wins over Uvalde, San Angelo Lake View
at the Uvalde Tournament this past weekend and are 7-2 on the season.
The Eagles, meanwhile, are 4-2 after placing fifth over the weekend at
the Monahans Sandhills Tournament with a 9-8 win on Saturday over Midland
Greenwood. Pecos opened up the tournament with an 11-1 win on Thursday over
Lamesa and were hoping to get in three more games over the next two days,
but were hammered in the tournament quarterfinals by Alpine, 23-5, in what
coach Bubba Williams said was his worst loss in 30 years of coaching Pecos.
So far this season, the Eagles have allowed only two runs in 15 innings
with Barney Rodriguez on the mound in his two complete game victories, but
have given up 48 runs in 26 innings in their four other games.
Rodriguez pitched Thursday's win over Lamesa and could pitch again today,
but Williams said with the Cotton Patch Tournament in Fabens coming up on
Thursday, he'd look at someone else starting today versus Permian.
"I really don't know right now who's going to start. Barney will start
Thursday against (El Paso) Burges," Williams said. Matthew Levario, who like
Rodriguez is 2-0 on the season, went the distance on Saturday, allowing only
two earned runs, and will also be held back for this weekend's tournament,
while Rigo Ramirez and Jose Reyes both pitched a couple of innings in relief
against Alpine on Friday, while David Elkins and Sammy Dominguez saw action
on the mound during scrimmage play, but haven't pitched in any of Pecos'
first six regular season games.
Pecos' girls were without their regular pitcher, Stephanie Herrera, along
with several other players on Friday, in their 13-1 loss at Fort Stockton,
but coach Tammy Walls said all her players would be available today against
Lamesa, whom the Eagles defeated a week ago, 13-11, on the Tors' home field.
Lamesa rallied three times before the Eagles were able to hold off the
Tors in the eighth inning, while Pecos had to stage on early comeback, after
falling behind by a 5-3 score. Today's game is the final pre-district contest
for Pecos, who'll open defense of their District 2-4A title in Clint a week
Walls said that while today's game will be a 5 p.m. start, the Eagles'
five remaining district home games will all start at 4 p.m. at Martinez Field.
Pecos' district road games will begin at 5 p.m. CDT, including next week's
game at Clint.
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