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