Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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,
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
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
"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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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