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Thursday, April 25, 2002

Eagles head to San Angelo regionals

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagle track teams will be seeking their first state  qualifiers in five years this weekend, when they compete at the Region I-4A Track  and Field Championships in San Angelo.

It's the last trip to the San Angelo regionals for the Eagles, who'll be dropping down to Class 3A next year, and they'll be looking to get at least one qualifier to state for the first time since 1997, when Bryan Brownlee qualified in both the discus and shot put for the boys.

The discus is where coach Roxie Chavez thinks the girls have one of their best chances to go to state, with sophomore Stephanie Herrera, who qualified for regionals in both that event and the shot put.

"Stephanie's been working real hard in the discus," Chavez said. "She's seeded real high, so we want her to work on that. She's within four feet of the second best qualifier, so she's got a chance."

Herrera threw 121 feet to win the District 2-4A title two weeks ago, while earning the second place regional berth in the discus. That event will be one of the first to go off on Friday at Angelo State University, beginning at 2 p.m.

Chavez said because of the schedule, she's had junior Jessica Martinez drop out of the field event she qualifed in to concentrate on her two running events. Martinez placed second in the high jump, 800 meters and 1600 meters at district.

"Because all three events are the same day (Saturday), I'll have Nikki Reyna do the high jump," she said. Reyna placed third at district in the event to earn the regional alternate's berth.

Chavez said in the running events, Martinez in the 1600 meters and the 800 meter relay teams appear to have the best chances at regionals, but added, "The 800 is just going to have to cut their times. If they can do that they have a chance of making the finals."

Jessica Rodriguez in the 200 meter dash and Christina Arenivas in the 300 meter hurdles are the other regional qualifiers for Pecos in the running events.

The boys' best chance in the running events, based on the pre-regional times, is freshman Rashad Terry in the 200 meter dash. At last week's regional qualifier's meet in Lamesa, coach Jerry Parent said, "He ran a 22.49, which is the fastest he's run all year. His other best time was a 22.55 at San Angelo (in March), so he's familiar with that track. So he's got a chance, but he has to get a decent start."

Terry also qualified in the 100 meter dash, winning both that and the 200 meters at district while the Eagles' 400 meter relay team also finished first and Jason Gonzales qualified as a runner-up qualified in the 110 meter high hurdles.

Parent said the 400 meter team will be the same as at district _ Peter Juarez, Will Armstrong, Jason Sanchez and Terry _ though the team will probably have to improve on their 44.03 time at district to advance to Saturday's finals.

Grades cost the Eagles two of their three regional qualifiers in the field events. Armstrong remains in the pole vault, while in the 1600 meter run Pecos will also have to make one change due to grades, with John Parent joining Sanchez, Gonzales and Juarez on the team. Both the 1600 meter relay squad and Armstrong were runners-up at district.

Aside from the girls' discus, the long jump and pole vault also will begin at 2 p.m. Friday. At 4 p.m., the boys competition in those events will be held, while running preliminaries start at 6 p.m., with the 400 meter relay.

The only running finals on Friday are the 3200 meter runs at 8:50 and 9:05 p.m., while the remaining field event finals open at 12 noon on Saturday with the girls triple jump and continue through the boys' shot put, at 4:30 p.m. Running finals start at 6 p.m. with the girls 400 meter relay, and conclude with the boys' 1600 meter relay at 8:35 p.m.

Junior high golfers again second, fifth

The second week of the area junior high golf tournament produced about the same results as the opening week of play, with the Pecos Eagles girls finishing second and the boys placing fifth, this time at the Ward County Golf Course in Monahans last Saturday.

Pecos' Shelly Martinez won medallist honors for the second week in a row, though the margin was closer than at the season opening tournament in Pecos on April 13. Martinez, who shot a 40 and won by nine strokes on her home course. Shot a 43 over nine holes in Monahans and won by three strokes over Andrews' Kelsie Gray.

Overall though, the Mustangs still came out on top in the team standings, shooting a 208 to Pecos' 228. Fort Stockton was next with a 242, followed by the host Loboes with a 247, Andrews `B' with a 250, Fort Stockton `B' with a 263 and Monahans `B' with a 275.

Evelyn Flores finished tied for ninth in the medallist race with Monahans' Kalie Harris, while Eleanor Mason shot a 63, Stephanie Galindo a 64 and Silvia Baeza a 65 for the girls' other `A' team scores. Pecos' other two golfers, Melissa Mendoza and Sarah Wentworth, shot 62 and 65 for the day.

The boys' team shot a 428 to tie Monahans `B' for fifth. Andrews shot a 352 to place first, seven shots up on Monahans `A', and were followed by Kermit at 367 and Fort Stockton at 372.

Alex Morales was the Eagles' low scorer for the second week in a row, shooting a 95. He was followed by Marky Mendoza with a 104, Jonathan Garcia with a 110, Zack Morton with a 119 and Michael Lee with a 135.

Andrews Nathan Braun and Monahans' Joe Joe Birdwell tied for medallist honors with rounds of 82.

Flores takes over as Eagles' basketball coach

Joe Flores said he's "happy and excited" to be taking over as the head coach of the Pecos Eagles' varsity basketball team.

Flores, who has served as an assistant football and baseball coach for the Pecos Eagles for the past three seasons, was appointed the team's new varsity basketball coach by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board earlier this month. He replaces Tino Acosta, who served as varsity head coach for the past three seasons.

"I'm ready to get started," said Flores, who'll be looking to improve on the Eagles recent records, as Pecos drops down from Class 4A to Class 3A next year. "We've got a lot of guys coming back from this year's ballclub, so I hope we can have a good season and compete."

The move from District 2-4A to District 4-3A will put Flores up against his former team, Monahans, where he went to high school before attending Angelo State University. "I played basketball for three years at ASU," he said. "I was going to play my last year but I developed knee problems. Plus, there was the birth of my boy, so I didn't play my senior year," he said.

Pecos' last winning season in basketball was 1996, when they lost out in a playoff to Big Spring for the final playoff spot in District 4-4A. Since then, they've struggled either with a lack of height or a lack of outside shooting, and come off a season in which they went 1-8 in district and 4-24 overall.

Acosta, who had served as the Eagles' junior varsity coach for a number of years before being named to replace Mike Sadler in 1999, said he plans to take a coaching job in Midlothian, southeast of Fort Worth, following the end of the current school year. Pecos last playoff trip and last district title, came in the 1989-90 season.

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