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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 Cross.

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," said Cross.

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 from today.

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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