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Thursday, December 12, 2002

Pecos boys fall at Sandhills, girls play in Stanton

The Pecos Eagles varsity boys dropped their opening game at the Monahans Sandhills Basketball tournament this morning to the Amarillo Caprock Longhorns, while Pecos' girls were scheduled to play a late morning game in Stanton against the Midland Christian Mustangs, in the first round of tournament play there.

A final score was not available, but workers at the tournament said the Eagles were beaten by the Longhorns in the first game of the three-day tournament. Pecos falls to 4-5 on the season with the loss, and will now play the loser of this morning's El Paso Riverside-Andrews game at 1 p.m. on Friday in the consolation quarterfinals of the Sandhills Tournament. The game will be played in the old Monahans High School gym.

Pecos' girls were scheduled to tip-off their game against the Midland Christian Mustangs at 10:30 a.m., with the Eagles seeking their fifth straight victory after a season-opening loss.

Coach Veronica Valenzuela said if the Eagles won at 10:30 a.m., they would move on to a Friday game against District 4-3A rival Kermit or Denver City, while a loss would keep them in Stanton for a 3 p.m. consolation round game against the loser between the Yellowjackets and the Mustangs.

Meanwhile, the Eagles' junior varsity boys' team will be hosting their own tournament, beginning today and running through Saturday at the Pecos High School gym, while the freshman Eagles compete in the Andrews' Freshman Tournament.

Pecos' freshman and junior varsity girls' teams are idle this weekend, after hosting their own tournament last weekend.

The Sandhills Tournament featured 16 teams, and with this morning's loss, Pecos will play on Saturday either in the consolation semifinals at 10 a.m. in the old gym or in the guaranteed game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, also in the old gym. Academa Juarez faces Seminole and Presidio takes on Lubbock Estacado in the other two games on Pecos' half of the bracket, while Fort Stockton faces Lubbock High, Denver City plays El Paso Jefferson, Dumas meets Tahoka and the host Loboes face Lamesa in the other tournament games.

The Pecos JV Tournament was supposed to be a 12-team affair, but lost one school when Greenwood dropped out, due to the Rangers' participation in the Class 3A state football semifinals this weekend in Coppell. Greenwood was scheduled to face Jal, N.M. in one of today's three games in the old PHS gym.

The Eagles' JV will play the final game of the day in the new PHS gym, against Van Horn, starting at 7 p.m. The Balmorhea Bears' JV is also are entered in the tournament, and will take on the Crane Golden Cranes in a 5:30 p.m. start at the new gym. The Balmorhea-Crane winner will face the Andrews-Kermit winner at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, with the winner there taking on the Pecos-Van Horn winner at 6:30 p.m. that night in the new gym.

The Pecos-Van Horn loser also plays at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the old gym, against the winner of the consolation round quarterfinal match-up between Thursday's Crane-Balmorhea and Kermit-Andrews losers.

The two remaining first round games in the old gym match Fort Stockton against Presidio and Monahans versus Midland Christian.

Six seek job as Eagles' head baseball coach

Staff Writer

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board members will decide  tonight between two current coaches within the district and four  outside candidates who have applied for the position of head varsity  baseball coach at Pecos High School.

Board members are scheduled to discuss the head coaching position during an executive session as part of tonight's 6 p.m. meeting at the P-B-T Technology Building on South Eddy Street. The position became open last month, when longtime Pecos Eagle head coach Bubba Williams stepped down from that job to take over as head football coach for the Eagles, following the resignation of Fred Carter.

P-B-T Superintendent Don Love said on Tuesday that, "We interviewed two last night (Monday), and they were the two within the district."

Love, Williams and P-B-T personnel director Gome Olibas were to present their final decision to the board tonight, after which a final decision is expected to be made.

The two local candidates are current Pecos Eagles assistant baseball coach Elias Payan and Ronnie Molina, who was just hired this past summer by the district and is scheduled to serve as an assistant coach for the Eagles' during the upcoming baseball season.

Both were assistant coaches on the Eagles' football team this past year. Payan has served the past four seasons as assistant baseball coach for Pecos and was also an assistant coach for the Eagles in the early 1990s, while serving for two seasons as head coach at LaPryor in south-central Texas. He played on the Eagles' varsity team under Williams from 1983-85, while Molina is a Monahans High School graduate and played on the varsity baseball team there in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The other four candidates are all from outside the Pecos area. They are Harold Wayne Goodrum, Thomas E. Nance, Rock Stanley and Mark Leach.

Olibas said Goodrum was a Sam Houston State University graduate and currently works at a charter school in Bryan and coaches baseball, softball and football there. Nance graduated from the University of Houston and currently is an assistant baseball coach at Class 4A Jeff Davis High School in Houston. Stanley graduated from Austin college and has served as a baseball coach in the past for 11 years, most recently from 1994-98 at Class 2A Grapeland, about 100 miles east of Waco, while Leach is a recent graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

Williams took over as head football coach for Pecos on Nov. 21, after the Eagles went 2-8 this past season. He has served overall for 31 years as a coach in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD system, spending 10 years as an assistant baseball coach under Charles Pattillo and Steve Peters before taking over as head coach in 1982. In 21 seasons, Williams had a 324-211-2 record as coach of the Eagles, making the playoffs 11 times in that span.

Williams was an assistant football coach for the Eagles for 25 seasons at the sub-varsity and varsity levels under Jerry Millsapps, Daylon Whitehurst and Felix Urias. He has been coaching baseball exclusively since 1996, and has also served as P-B-T athletic director since January 1998.

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