Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, December 19, 2002
Warbird boxers suffer losses
Two members of the Pecos-Barstow Warbirds boxing team were
beaten this past Saturday competing in tournaments in McKinney and Lubbock.
Warbirds manager Roy Juarez was in Lubbock on Saturday with
boxer Gilbert Rodriguez, who lost his Open Division-novice bout by
decision, while over in McKinney boxer Aaron Mendoza also was beaten by
decision in the State Silver Gloves competition. Juarez said he did not know
the name of the fighter Mendoza faced, while Rodriguez lost to David
Bocanegra of Lubbock.
"He was a lot heavier than Gilbert and a lot taller," said Juarez, who
said Rodriguez fought a good bout despite coming out on the wrong end of
"Gilbert fought real good and played it smart, considering the guy
was bigger and heavier," he said. "He went all three rounds and did what
he was supposed to do, except he dropped his hands a little too much."
Mendoza's loss came after he won his area bout in the Silver Gloves
in October in Odessa. The Silver Gloves is the state tournament for
Junior Olympic Division boxers who are not yet old enough to compete in
the Golden Gloves.
Juarez said the bouts were the final ones for the Warbirds for 2002.
"I'm going to Odessa on Saturday to talk to the president of the association
to see if anything's set for next year," he said, in terms of tournaments
in January or February.
Bears put seven on 6-A team, two on regional squad
Seven members of the Balmorhea Bears were chosen to the
All-District 6-A six-man football team, while two of those also were
first-team selections on the Region II six man squad.
The selections were released following Sanderson's loss
to Calvert this past Saturday in the six-man football state
championship game. Balmorhea placed third in District 6-A this season, losing
out on the playoffs by six points to Fort Davis in the final game of the season.
Four of the six Balmorhea players were chosen to the first team
on offense. Senior Jourmain Matta was selected at receiving end and
senior Ivan Rodriguez was selected at spread back, while juniors
Urban Baeza and Keith Baeza were also first-team selections, Urban
at tailback and Keith as a utility back.
Matta and Rodriguez were also named to the All-Region team, at
the same positions on offense. That team is made up of players from the
four districts in the Permian Basin and South Plains areas.
Two other Balmorhea players were second team choices on the
6-A six-man squad. Sammy Dominguez was chosen at
center while A.J. Garcia was a second team pick at blocking end. Dominguez is
a senior while Garcia was one of four freshman named to the
all-district team on offense.
Matta and Rodriguez were also named to the first team 6-A
squad on defense, Matta at end and Rodriguez at cornerback. On
the second team, Keith Baeza was selected at safety and one
other Balmorhea player, sophomore Lavon Barragan, was chosen as
The Bears finished the 2002 season with a 7-3 record, losing
only to Sanderson, Fort Davis and Sands, which was beaten by Sanderson
in the state semifinals two weeks ago. The Eagles then lost a
32-point halftime lead in their title game loss to Calvert, as Sanderson tried
to become the first district team in a decade to win the state six-man title.
The Eagles did put all of their starters on the all-district
squad's first team on defense and four of six on offense, with the other
two earning second team honors. Tackle Paul Green and ends Eric
Sanchez and Steven Anaya, all seniors, senior cornerback Stevie Fuentes,
junior safety Ty Means and sophomore linebacker Eric Bilano were the
first team picks on defense, while offensively, Means was the first
team quarterback, senior Dayton Scott joined Matta at first team
receiving end, senior Carlos Cruz was first team at center and sophomore Geo
Estrada was the first team blocking end.
Two other sophomores, Bilano and Haze Roberts, were second
team picks at utility back and fullback, while on special teams Bilano was
a first team pick at kicker and junior Andy Martinez was first team at
Fort Davis ended up with five all-district picks on offense, in their
first year of six-man football after dropping down from 11-man play. Named to
the first team were senior spread back Reed Davis and junior fullback
Cody Stewart, while on the second team the Indians were represented by
seniors Michael Olivas at quarterback and Casey Faulkner at receiving end
and junior Mitch Aufdengarten at blocking end. Davis was also the
first team punter and junior John Liddell was a second team pick at
Defensively, Aufdengarten was a first team pick at linebacker,
while Faulkner was a second team pick at cornerback and junior Tim
Salcido was a second team selection at tackle.
The only first team selection on offense not from
Balmorhea, Sanderson or Fort Davis was Grandfalls freshman
Matthew Santiago, at kick returner. He was also the second team punter, while the
rest of the second team on offense included Marathon junior
Max Martinez and Sierra Blanca freshman Jessie Marta at receiving ends,
Sierra Blanca freshman Lorenzo Sanchez at kick returner and three players
from Buena Vista, senior tailback Gary Lopez, junior utility back
Luis Martinez and sophomore kicker Junior Tanayo.
Buena Vista junior Trevor McLaren was the other first
team selection on defense, at tackle, while the second team's other
players including the Longhorns' Martinez at cornerback and Lopez at
defensive end; junior tackle Trent Mundie and senior linebacker Josh Barker of
Dell City; and junior cornerback Joseph Abrego of Marathon.
Along with the Bears' Matta and Rodriguez on the All-Region
team, other district players chosen to the first team were Sanderson's Scott
at split end, and on defense the Eagles' Green and Sanchez on the
line, Fuentes at cornerback, Martinez on special teams and Fort Davis' Davis
as punter. Second team picks were Sanderson's Anaya on the line and
Fort Davis' Aufdengarten at linebacker on defense and Sanderson's Means
at quarterback, Cruz at center, Estrada at tight end, Bilano as kicker and
Fort Davis' Stewart at utility back.
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