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Friday, November 22, 2002

Warbirds qualify two boxers for state tourney

Pecos-Barstow Warbirds manager Roy Juarez hopes to take two of his fighters to the Dallas area next month, to compete in the state Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament.

Juarez said he had two boxers qualify for the tournament, scheduled for Dec. 13-15 in McKinney, following the area Silver Gloves Tournament two weeks ago. "Only one of them fought, Aaron Mendoza," said Juarez. "He won, and I had one of my girls, Delicia Ramirez there, but they couldn't find a fight for her."

That allowed Ramirez to automatically qualify for the state tournament, which is open to Junior Olympic Division boxers. "If all goes well, we'll be going to McKinney," Juarez said.

As of now, "I've got about five or six fighters in the gym. Most of them are the younger ones. I've got one older one, Gilbert Ramirez. He's 19-years-old and is going to turn 20 next week, and the rest of 14, 12 and younger."

While the McKinney tournament is definitely on the schedule, Juarez said he's still awaiting word on tournaments closer to the Pecos area his other boxers can go to in the upcoming weeks.

"We're still waiting for more fights. It's kind of slow right now, but there should be some fights coming up. We just don't know where they're going to be yet," he said.

Swimmers win Stockton meet, computer delays results

The Pecos Eagles' swim team defeated the Fort Stockton Prowlers in a dual meet on Thursday at the Fort Stockton High School pool. But how much they defeated them by Eagles' coach Terri Morse isn't quite sure.

"Their computer wasn't working last night, so I never got the results," Morse said. "Their coach ended up having to hand type them out, and they were supposed to bring them to me last night when we were eating, but they never did."

The meet was the final one prior to the Thanksgiving holidays for Pecos. "We won most of the races. We didn't win them all, but I don't have the exact results. All I have is the splits for our kids," Morse said.

She added she hoped to have the final results sent to her by e-mail or fax sometime today.

The Panthers will get another chance to get their computer working in two weeks, when they host the Corker Invitational, which will also be the Eagles' next meet after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Pecos boys, girls face Van Horn squads tonight

After seeing three of their combined first five regular season games cancelled for various reasons, the Pecos Eagles basketball teams are both getting games in tonight against the Van Horn Eagles.

Pecos' boys had the starting times changed for tonight, but are still scheduled to face the visiting Eagles at the Pecos High School gym. Game times are 5 p.m. for the junior varsity and 6:30 p.m. for the varsity contest.

Those are also the starting times in Van Horn for Pecos' girls, as they face the Eagles in JV and varsity games, while Pecos' ninth grade girls and boys travel to Imperial, for a game tonight against the Longhorns' varsity, set for 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Both of the Eagles' varsity squads are 0-1 on the season. The boys played their only game so far back on Nov. 12 at home, losing to Andrews by a 49-38 final score. Pecos was supposed to have faced San Elizario at home this past Tuesday, but coach Joe Flores said their former District 2-4A rivals canceled, in order to play a game closer to home against El Paso High.

Flores said he planned to continue to try and get all his players into the lineup, with the only change moving Isaiah Armendariz more towards the outside at times, in order to take advantage of the senior's 3-point shooting. Armdendariz led Pecos with 15 points against Andrews, mostly from the inside, though he did hit one 3-pointer in the second half.

"We're going to go with basically the same rotation as against Andrews. Right now, I'm still in the evaluation process," Flores said earlier this week. "Right now, we're still out of shape, so those are the two things I'm trying to work on; chemistry and getting in shape."

Girls' coach Veronica Valenzuela cited the same problem in her team's 67-42 loss on Tuesday at Iraan in their season opener. The Braves _ who featured five players just out of cross-country compared with only one for the Eagles _ ran past Pecos several times in the first half for easy baskets, while also finding openings in the perimeter defense to hit four 3-points on the way to a 40-19 halftime lead.

"We started off the game in a zone, but we weren't moving quick enough, so I switched over to a man (defense) in the second half and we did all right," Valenzuela said.

Pecos was also hurt by missing 23 free throws in the game out of 37 attempts, compared to just 11 misses in 23 tries by Iraan. Leslie Rodriguez led the Eagles with 15 points.

After tonight, the girls will play their first home game of the 2002-03 season on Tuesday, a non-district match-up against District 4-3A rival Presidio. Pecos' boys will go out of town for the first time on Monday, when they face the Alpine Bucks, who are in Balmorhea tonight to take on the Bears.

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