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Friday, April 12, 2002

Balmorhea players, coach named to All-Star squads

Three members of the Balmorhea Bears boys basketball team have been selected to play in the Texas Six-Man Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Game this July in Lubbock, while Bears' coach Adolfo Garcia has been chosen to coach the Texas team in the inaugural All Americas Basketball Game, also scheduled for July.

Seniors Isaiah Rodriguez, Jerry Mendoza and Arturo Rodriguez will be playing in the TSMCA All-Star game, after the Bears advanced to the Class A-Division II quarterfinals in basketball this year with a 24-2 season record. They were among six Bears named to the All-District 9A basketball team, and Isaiah Rodriguez and Mendoza also were named to the TSMCA All-Region first team.

Rodriguez was chosen for the TSMCA all-state first team, and was named to the first team all-region for Class A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Mendoza was also a TSMCA first team pick on the all-region squad, while two juniors, Jourmain Matta and Ivan Rodriguez, were first and second team regional selections on that squad.

Both were also first team all-district picks. Reggie Lozano and Sammy Dominguez were named to the second team District 9A squad and two other Bears, Aaron Tarin and Keith Baeza, were honorable mention selections.

The All Americas basketball team has not been selected yet, but the game itself will be played in conjunction with the All Americas football game, which matches all-stars from Texas against players from six man teams in other states. The basketball game will pair Texas players against a team made up of players from New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska and Saskatchewan, Can.

Sanderson coach Dale Means will be Garcia's assistant, and a total of 10 players will be selected for the Texas all-star squad.

Eagles seek regional berths as 2-4A track host

Staff Writer

For the first time in 19 years, the Pecos Eagles will be hosting  the District 2-4A Track & Field Championships, which open  today and conclude on Saturday at Eagle Stadium.

Field events begin this afternoon at 4 p.m., followed by the finals of the 3200 meter run and the other running preliminaries at 6 p.m. The remaining field events will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the running finals set to begin with the 400-meter relay at 12:30 p.m.

Pecos is the only team left in District 2-4A from the last 2-4A meet in 1983 _ Andrews, Fort Stockton, Monahans, Snyder, Lamesa, Sweetwater and San Angelo Lake View were the other district teams back then _ and the poor condition of the Eagle Stadium track until two years ago made holding district track meets impossible until now.

Today's meet will match Pecos against their five El Paso area rivals; Canutillo, Clint, Fabens, Mountain View and San Elizario, and boys coach Jerry Parent said in that division, the Lobos will be favored to take the team title.

"Mountain View has the best times and Clint is next," said Parent. "Mountain View's got a lot of depth and Clint has some depth, too."

The Eagles have gotten first place finishes the past two weeks out of hurdler Jason Gonzales and distance runner Isaiah Juarez. But Parent said Gonzales has been bothered by the flu this week, and will also be challenged by Clint's Kenyon Mulli and Mountain View's Gilbert Lopez, while in the 3200 meters, Mountain View's Alex Ramos and San Elizario's Irving Alvidrez will be favored to claim the two regional berths.

Based on the times turned in, Parent said the Eagles' best shots at winning gold medals will come in the sprint races _ something Pecos teams definitely have never been known to dominate.

"It's (Rashad) Terry and Terry in the 100 and 200. In the 400 (Mountain View's Joey) Amaya has a 52, but I think if Peter (Juarez) has a good race he can push Amaya," Parent said.

"In the 400 relay we have the best time when we did the seedings, but they may have run better last week," he said. Juarez, Terry, Jason Sanchez and Will Armstrong would run the 400-meter relay, while Juarez, Sanchez, Jason Gonzales and Ricky Plummer will be on the 1600-meter team.

In the field events, Mountain View's Rudy Meija will be favored in three events _ the long jump, triple jump and high jump _ while Clint's Rolando Castro has the best efforts so far in the discus and shot put.

None of the boys on this year's team qualified for regionals a year ago, while Pecos' girls have several people back who advanced to the Region I-4A meet in San Angelo in 2001. That includes one defending district champion, Stephanie Herrera in the discus, and three runners off the 400 and 800-meter relay teams, Christina Arenivas, Tiana Terry and Jessica Rodriguez.

"We're real close in times. It's going to be a close meet, but if we run the way we can, we're going to be all right," said coach Roxie Chavez. "The field events are also going to be close. I don't think there's one girl from any school that's really standing out."

Herrera's best effort this year was a 118-foot-6 in the discus, while Canutillo's Maria Hurtardo is next, with a 110-foot-7 throw. Hurtardo, with a 38-foot-7 toss this year, will be favored in the shot put.

Herrera was third in the shot put a year ago. She'll be joined in that event by Leslie Rodriguez, fifth at district a year ago, and Alexandra Vasquez, while Becca Wein and Stephanie Arreguy will be the others in the discus.

Chavez said Terry, Rodriguez and Arenivas would be joined by Mindy Harrison on the 800-meter relay team this year, while Terry, Herrera, Maricela Mares and Alessandra Carrasco would be on the 400-meter relay squad, and Harrison, Carrasco, Rodriguez and Arenivas would be on the 1600-meter relay team.

Harrison, Arenivas and Terry also will be competing in the long jump and triple jump competitions, while Eagles' Jessica Martinez and Nikki Reyna also have shots at regional berths in the high jump, after placing third and fourth at district a year ago.

Field event finals scheduled for today are the varsity and junior varsity girls triple jump, high jump and discus, the varsity and JV boys long jump and shot put, and both the varsity girls and boys pole vault events. Field events Saturday morning are the varsity and JV long jump and shot put for the girls, and the triple jump, high jump and discus for the boys. The final event of the day, the 1600-meter relay, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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