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Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Junior League holds meeting for players, coaches tonight

With the 2002 Little League baseball seasons nearing their midpoints, the Pecos Little League will be holding a meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight for players and coaches interested in participating in the 2002 Junior League season.

The meeting will be held at the Junior League's field in Maxey Park, league president Ismael Mendoza said, and forms will be available for players who have not yet signed up to play this year. The league is open to boys and girls ages 13 and 14.

While Pecos has fielded teams in the District 4 Junior League and Senior League Tournaments in recent years, the leagues have had trouble getting enough players or parents involved to have a full regular season schedule for the past three seasons. Mendoza said that might again be the case for the 15-16 year old Senior League, but he hopes they can get the Junior League season going later this month.

"We can have a Junior League. There are enough players out there, but we don't have anybody to run it out there," Mendoza said. "I'm hoping for a good turnout … I know there's a lot of interest out there, it's just someone to regulate it. Coaches are no problem. I know we have enough coaches for three teams."

The Junior League is made up most of junior high-aged players, while the Senior League is mostly freshmen and sophomore high schoolers that have already had a chance to play on the Eagles' junior varsity and freshman baseball teams. With the recent problems getting a regular season organized in Junior League, some players have gotten little game experience between the end of Little League in sixth grade and their arrival in high school.

"I'm hoping we do get more out, because they are hurting and they do need to play," said Mendoza, who added that as of Tuesday, only five players had signed up at the Senior League level.

Tuesday was the mid-point for the Pecos Little League's `C' Division teams, and Friday will be the halfway point for the `B' Division. The `A' Division closes out its first half of play next week, and Mendoza said if the second half winners are different from the first half champions, a playoff game will be held to decide the winners in each division.

Pecos girls get 3rd,6th in Andrews Jr. high tourney

The Andrews Mustangs girls took the top two spots on their home course this past Saturday, in the fourth round of the area junior high school golf tournament, even though one of the Pecos Eagles' golfers moved up a few spots in the medallist standings.

Meanwhile, Pecos' boys finished sixth for the second week in a row in their division, where Andrews' boys edged Kermit by three strokes for first place in Saturday's standings.

Andrews' girls shot a 202 over nine holes, while the Mustangs `B' team had a 223 to beat out the Eagles for second place by one stroke. Overall, though, Pecos remains in second in the team standings, with a 904 through 36 holes, while Andrews `A' is at 819 and Andrews `B' is at 960.

Pecos' Shelly Martinez took individual medallist honors for the fourth week in a row with a 42, six strokes ahead of the Mustangs' Kelsie Gray. For the four rounds of play, Martinez has shot a 165 and leads Gray by 29 strokes.

Meanwhile, Pecos golfer Evelyn Flores moved up to a tie for fifth in the medallist standings on Saturday with a 52, her best round of the tournament. Overall, Flores is in seventh place through 36 holes with a 226 score.

Elanor Mason and Silva Baeza shot 65s on Saturday and Stephanie Galindo had a 68 for the other `A' team scores. The Eagles also had two other individual golfers in Andrews, Sarah Wentworth, who shot a 66, and Melissa Mendoza, who shot a 79.

Trailing Pecos on Saturday were Monahans `A' with a 239-980; Fort Stockton `A' with a 241-963; and Monahans `B' with a 270-1091 total. Fort Stockton `B' shot a 263 and Kermit `A' shot a 265 on Saturday, but neither has fielded teams in all four rounds of the tournament.

Pecos' boys shot a 420 on Saturday over 18 holes, and are at 1,691 through 72 holes of play, while Andrews won with a 340-1,380 score and Kermit shot a 343 and is at 1,432 overall.

Joseph Tarin's 99 was the low score of the day for the boys, and was followed by Marky Mendoza at 103, Jonathan Garcia with a 106, Bill Moody with a 116 and Zach Morton at 127. Pecos had two other players entered individually, with Matt Elliott shooting a 109 and John Paul Salcido a 130.

Kermit's Matt Creager shot an 80 for the low round of the day, while the remaining team scores were Monahans `A' with a 358-1,457; Fort Stockton `A' with a 359-1,459; Andrews `B' with a 368-1,605; Fort Stockton `B' with a 411-1,779; Monahans `B' with a 440-1,711; and Kermit `B' with a 426-1,848.

Kermit will host the final round of the tournament this Saturday at the Winkler County Golf Course.

Eagles' grid schedule easier, opponents tougher

The regular season schedule will be harder for the Pecos Eagles varsity football team, but scheduling the regular season games is easy for the Pecos sub-varsity squads in 2002, as the Eagles move into a new district with several old rivals while dropping down into Class 3A.

After four years as the only Permian Basin area member of the El Paso-based District 2-4A, the Eagles will see El Paso teams only during scrimmage play in 2002, with the remainder of their games against schools from the Basin, Big Bend area and the South Plains. Pecos will scrimmage against El Paso Riverside at home on August 17, then travel to Van Horn to face one of their former 2-4A rivals, Fabens, along with Van Horn in their final scrimmage on Aug. 23.

The Eagles will then take a week off, before opening regular season play on Sept. 6 with a game in Alpine against the Bucks, one of five teams off last year's pre-district schedule they'll be playing again in 2002. However, the other four will all be District 4-3A rivals this fall, beginning with Pecos' district opener on Oct. 11 in Kermit against the Yellowjackets.

Their home district opener is the following week against Presidio, and that will be followed by a road game against Monahans and the Eagles' final home game, against Fort Stockton on Nov. 1. The only district rival Pecos didn't play last season, Midland Greenwood, is the Eagles' final regular season opponent, at Greenwood on Nov. 8. All games this season are 7:30 p.m. starts

Monahans and Fort Stockton are both back on the district schedule _ the Panthers after a two-year absence and the Loboes after six years. Pecos and Kermit will be district opponents for the first time in 23 years, while it's the first time the Eagles have ever been in the same district with Presidio, and the first time ever they'll face Greenwood in a regular season varsity game.

Pecos' regular season home opener is on Sept. 13 against Lamesa, which is back on the schedule after a two-year absence, as is Crane, where the Eagles will play on Sept. 27. Pecos' other two pre-district games are at home, on Sept. 20 against Brownfield and on Oct. 4 versus Lubbock High, which is also homecoming for the Eagles. Pecos last faced Lubbock High in 1995, while their last game against Brownfield was 41 years ago, in 1961.

While the Eagles are moving down to Class 3A, their district schedule figures to be tougher overall, after earning playoff berths each of the past four seasons. At the same time, the move out of the El Paso district has made scheduling easier for Pecos' sub-varsity teams, as the freshman and junior varsity teams will be playing the same schedule as the varsity, with the exception of on Oct. 3, when they'll face Fort Stockton instead of Lubbock High.

The Eagles' junior high teams will also open their season against Alpine, on Sept. 5, and will face Fort Stockton twice and Monahans three times as part of their nine-game schedule for the purple team and eight-game schedule for the seventh and eighth grade gold teams. The seventh graders have one home game scheduled for Eagle Stadium this season and the eighth graders have three games scheduled at the high school field.

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