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Wednesday, July 10, 2002

PHS team splits UT hoop camp tourney games

A team of Pecos High School basketball players posted a 4-4 record recently, during round-robin competition at the University of Texas in Austin, as part of UT's summer basketball camp.

The 11 players, who were on the Pecos Eagles' varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams this past season, competed in the Class A-3A division at the tournament, which was held as part of the camp on June 28-30. "None of the teams from our area were there. They were mostly from the Dallas area, the Panhandle and Hobbs, N.M.," said new varsity coach Joe Flores.

Lawrence Burleson and Jesse Solis served as coaches for the team, which was made up of Isaiah Armendariz, Ricky Barreno, Adrian Barreno, Simon Castillo, Tito Gonzales, Genaro Mendoza, Joey Ortega, Oscar Parada, Jose Reyes, John Saenz and Jason Sanchez. Armendariz said Lockney, Grandview, Ferris and Dallas Christian were among the eight teams out of 80 teams overall that Pecos faced in Austin.

"The kids had a good time. It was a good experience for them," said Flores, whose varsity team will be hoping to do better this coming season as a member of District 4-3A, after struggling for the last seven seasons playing in District 4-4A and District 2-4A.

Pecos has played in an area summer league the last few seasons. This year, there hasn't been a similar league set-up in the area, Flores said, though Fort Stockton, Alpine and Presidio have been involved in a round-robin series of games. But he added, "I think this camp is going to be more beneficial to the kids in the long run."

Flores said both Security State and West Texas National Bank, along with the Reeves County Teachers credit union and county judge Jimmy Galindo helped out getting the 11 players and two coaches down to Austin for the camp and tournament.

This week, summer open gym for the basketball players resumed at the Pecos High School gym, though Flores said they would have to relocate it next week, while another layer of varnish is being applied to the court in the new gym. "What we'll probably do next week while they're doing the floor is open up Crockett and let them play there," he said.

Open gym will run through the start of pre-season football practice in August four days a week. Flores said the gym is open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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