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Friday, August 23, 2002

Eagles' front-line depth shallow entering Sandhills pool

Getting into the championship bracket of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament today figures to be an accomplishment in itself for the Pecos Eagles, let alone advancing to the finals of the 13-team tournament on Saturday at the Monahans High School Special Events Center.

The Eagles, who are short on the front line in terms of height to begin with this season, became shorter _ and shorthanded _ on Tuesday when they lost middle blocker Jennifer Martinez to a sprained ankle during Pecos' 15-5, 15-11 loss to Odessa High.

That came after the Eagles dropped their season opener by a 15-4, 15-11 score to the Alpine Bucks, the same team Pecos will face today to close out pool round play at the Sandhills Tournament. The Eagles opened up at 11:45 a.m. with a pool round match against Seminole, and were scheduled to face the Frenship Tigers at 3:30 p.m.

"This weekend we've got our work cut out for us," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "I might have to move one of my JV girls up to help us until Jessica gets back."

The Eagles started off last season by losing their openers to OHS and Alpine, then split four pool round matches to open the Sandhills Tournament, before dropping a pair of games on Saturday to finish sixth overall.

However, the Eagles' pool is much tougher this time around, with Alpine and Seminole likely playoff qualifiers this season.

Three of Pecos' District 4-3A rivals will also be in the tournament, including the host Loboes, who won their season openers on Tuesday. Midland Greenwood and Presidio are the other two district schools. They're paired with Lubbock Trinity and Van Horn, while the Loboes are in a pool with Lubbock Cooper, Plainview, El Paso Chapin and the Eagles' former district rival, Fabens.

If the Eagles place first or second in their pool, they'll play at 8 or 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the tournament quarterfinals at the Special Events Center. If they finish third or fourth, they'll end up in the consolation bracket of the tournament, and play in the Monahans High School gym at 11:15 or 12:30 p.m.

Pecos' junior varsity also will be entered in the Sandhills Tournament today. The JV won't begin play until mid-afternoon, when they face Kermit in a pool round match at 2:50 p.m. at the Walker Junior High gym. They come right back after that and take on Trinity at 3:40 p.m. and close out against Alpine at 6:10 p.m. The JV defeated Alpine and OHS in their season openers on Tuesday.

Rec department youth sign-up deadlines near

Today is the deadline for registering boys and girls in Grades 3-6 for the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department youth volleyball program, while Saturday is the deadline for early registration for the pee-wee football program for Grades 3-6.

The recreation department office will be open until 6:30 p.m. this evening for last-day volleyball registrations. Sign-ups for football continue through next Friday, Aug. 30, but with an additional late registration fee.

Enrollment for the volleyball program at the old Pecos High School gym is $10 per child, while sign-ups though Saturday are $20 per player for football. Forms can be picked up at the recreation department office in the old PHS gym.

A birth certificate must be provided and both parents must sign the registration form for the child to participate.

The recreation department office will be open for football sign-ups from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and next Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. For further information, call the recreation department at 447-9776.

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