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Crockett boys

fourth at meet

in Monahans

The Crockett Middle School seventh and eighth grade boys track teams both placed third last Friday, while Pecos' seventh and eighth grade girls teams both came in seventh overall at the Walker Junior Relays in Monahans.

The seventh grade boys scored 86 points to place behind Monahans (150 points) and Fort Stockton (113), while in the eighth grade division Pecos finished with 71 points, while Fort Stockton edged Monahans for first place, 179 to 178½.

The seventh graders collected four gold medals in the meet, three by Larry Johnson, and swept first in all of the sprint races. Johnson took the 100-meter dash with a 12.4 second time and won the 200 meters in 26.2 seconds. Luis Ortega, who was fourth in the 200 meters, earlier won the 400-meter dash, with a 60.3 time.

Before winning his races, Johnson took first place in the seventh grade boys' high jump, with a 4-foot-9 effort.

Also earning medals for the seventh graders were the 400-meter relay team, which placed second, Francisco Ornelas, who was third in the 300-meter low hurdles, and the 1600-meter relay team, which also placed third. The other Pecos points came from Isaiah Reyes, fifth in the 200 meters, Victor Alonzo, fourth in the 100 meters, and Robert Nunez, fifth in the discus.

The eighth grade boys picked up a gold medal from Josh Anchondo, who won the discus with a 112-foot-9 throw, and from the weight man 400-meter relay team, which took first with a 62.2 time. The Eagles' regular 400-meter relay team finished second, while the 1600-meter relay team was third.

Individually, Pete Juarez picked up a couple of second place medals, in the 200-meter dash and in the long jump, where his 17-foot-8½ effort tied Monahans' Chino Arsiaga. Juarez also was fourth in the boys' triple jump, while Julio Orozco was third in the shot put and fifth in the discus and Hector Aguilar earned Pecos' other medal with a third in the 400-meter dash.

The other eighth grader to finish in the Top 6 was Luis Nunez, fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.

On the girls' side, Fort Stockton won first in the seventh grade division with 112 ½ points to 105 for Alpine and 100 for Presidio. Pecos ended up with 27 points, while Monahans, Kermit and Midland Greenwood took fourth through sixth place.

The eighth grade girls ended up with 22 points in a meet won by Monahans with 136 points. Greenwood was second with 126 and were followed by Fort Stockton, Kermit, Presidio and Alpine.

The eighth graders picked up two medals at the meet while the seventh graders managed three, including a gold medal by Jessica Trujillo, who threw 63-foot-6¼ to win the discus. Bianca Baeza was second in the long jump and Adriana Armendariz was third in the shot put. Baeza also placed fifth in the triple jump for the Eagles.

The eighth graders' medals came from Jessica Flores, third in the discus, and Michelle Wein, who was third in the 800 meter run, Pecos' other points came from Savannah Ewing, fourth in the 100 meter low hurdles; the 800 meter relay team, which finished fifth, and the 1600 meter relay team, which finished sixth.

The junior high track teams are off this weekend due to Spring Break, and will compete next on Friday, March 23, at the Van Horn Jr. Relays. Pecos' high school boys also are off this weekend, while the girls are entered in the Hobbs Relays this Saturday.

Eagles face Texans in Alpine opener

The Pecos Eagles baseball team got a very early start on play today in the Alpine Tournament, with a 10 a.m. game against the Wimberly Texans at Kokernot Field.

The Eagles, who won the Alpine Tournament last season, led Wimberly by a 3-2 score after four innings of this morning's game.

A shortage of pitching hurt the Eagles in their first tournament this season, two weeks ago in Alpine, while a lack of hitting did in Pecos a week ago, in a 5-2 loss to El Paso Burges. Both those problems seemed to be lessened in the past five days, with the return of Capi Magana and a couple of good pitching efforts by Rigo Ramirez on Saturday, in relief of David Elkins in Pecos' 12-3 win over Cobre, N.M., and by Richard Rodriguez on Tuesday, as he went the distance in an 8-4 win over Midland Christian.

"We need to keep playing good defense and hitting the ball. If we do that behind our pitchers, we'll be tough to beat," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams, whose team opens District 2-4A play on March 22 at Clint, a team they beat last Saturday by a 7-4 score at the Cotton Valley Tournament in San Elizario.

Magana picked up the win that day, in his first start of the season, and the Eagles will need a lot of pitchers again this weekend, as for the third straight tournament will be in the expanded part of a 12-team bracket, meaning they'll have to win four games in three days to take the tournament title.

A win this morning would put the Eagles into a 12:30 p.m. game on Friday against either McCamey or Presidio, while a loss would put them into a consolation round game at 5 p.m. Friday against the loser of Thursday's Fabens-Sonora game.

The Fabens-Sonora winner will face the winner of the 12:30 p.m. game in the tournament semifinals, set for 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Alpine faces San Elizario, El Paso Parkland takes on Midland Greenwood and San Antonio Military Institute faces Tornillo in the tournament's other opening round games.

Play on Saturday opens with the 11th place game at 8 a.m. and runs through the championship game, scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. start.

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