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Monday, January 6, 2003

Swim teams claim 3rd, 4th at Lubbock meet

The finishes may not have been as high, but Pecos Eagles' coach Terri Morse was happy with the results this weekend at the Lubbock Invitational, the final meet of the season for the Eagle swimmers before District 3-4A competition.

Pecos' boys took third and the girls finished fourth in the crowded field at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center, as the girls scored 189½ points to place behind a trio of Class 5A schools, in Lubbock Coronado, El Paso Eastwood and Lubbock High, while the boys scored 227 points and finished behind only Lubbock High and Eastwood.

"We had quite a few in the finals, and had most of our kids swimming the second day," said Morse. "Some of them swam in consolation, where you can still score points.

"We had a really good meet for this time of year. Most of our times came down and considering we were swimming against mostly 5A schools, I was very pleased with the way they did."

The Eagles picked up one gold medal on the day, from junior Max Key in the 100-yard breaststroke. He won the event with a 1:02.29 time after taking third place earlier in the 100-yard freestlye.

The boys also picked up four second place awards, two from junior Will Oglesby, in the 100-yard butterfly and the 500 freestyle, and from the Eagles' 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams. The 200 freestyle relay squad failed to place in the Top 16 teams in Saturday's finals.

Among the other individual swimmers for Pecos' boys, Daniel Quintana was eighth in the 200-yard freestyle; Gary Garcia was seventh and Matt Elliott 10th in the 200 medley; Elliott was 10th in the 1000 fly; Quintana was 11th in the 100 free; Paul Parker was 11 th in the 500 free; Garcia was seventh in the 100 backstroke and K.W. Winkles was fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Morse said she swam Winkles in three relays and only one individual event, and did the same on the girls' side with Kelsey Holt, while switching Ashley Horsburg to the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay.

The girls ended up finishing 13th in that event, but fared better in the two freestyle relays, taking fourth place in both the 200 and 400 yard races. Overall, the Eagles didn't earn a medal on the day, but had at least one swimmer in the Top 16 of each race.

Teddie Salcido was 11th, Jessica Minjarez 15th and Betsy Lujan 16th in the 200 freestyle; Catherine Minjarez and Lindsey Shaw placed 11th and 12th in the 200 individual medley; Susan Moore was sixth in the 50 free; Catherine Minjarez was sixth in the 100 fly; Moore was fifth in the 100 free; Salcido was sixth, Jessica Minjarez eighth and Ashley Mendoza 15th in the 500 free; Lauren Wein was 11th in the 100 backstroke and Shaw was seventh and Amie Reynolds 15th in the 100 breaststroke.

The Eagles didn't have any girls entered in diving at Lubbock, while on the boys' side Michael Juarez was sixth, Andrew Grant ninth and Miguel Estrada 13th in the 3-meter competition, the first time they had competed in that event this season, while in the 1-meter competition Juarez was sixth, Grant 10th and Estrada 13th.

"In the 3-meter all the boys scored, so they all did pretty well. Michael kind of had an off day in the 1-meter. He didn't dive the way he can, but I'd rather have it here than at district or at the regionals," Morse said.

District 3-4A competition will be on Jan. 24-25 at the Pecos High School pool, while regionals will be back at the Pete Ragus Center in Lubbock the following weekend.

First half problems cost Pecos in loss to Monahans

The Pecos Eagle girls didn't get off to a great start in their District 4-3A opener Friday night in Monahans, as they struggled on offense in the first half, fell into a 15-point hole and ended up losing to the Loboettes by a 54-37 final score.

Monahans jumped out to a 12-6 lead after one period, and then outscored Pecos 15-6 in the second period for a 27-12 halftime lead. Coach Veronica Valenzuela said the Loboettes got most of their points "off rebound and off steals. We had 30 turnovers if that tells you anything."

"We just threw the ball away in the first half, and as far as shooting goes we shot 57 times and made 13 (22.8 percent), and almost all of them were within 15 feet," Valenzuela said, while adding that early foul problems also hurt the Eagles.

"We started off OK on our man(-to-man) defense, but we picked up some quick fouls and had to go into a zone defense and we just fell apart," she said. Monahans' post Laura Crumrine ended up leading all scorers with 15 points, most of that coming on shots from inside.

"Five minutes into the third quarter we went back into a man defense and started to play better, but our shots still weren't falling and we couldn't catch up," said Valenzuela. Jessica Martinez was the only Pecos player in double figures, finishing with 13 points.

The loss dropped Pecos to 6-7 on the season, while Monahans, which started their year late after advancing to the Class 3A state semifinals in volleyball, is 4-4 overall. The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday night for their 4-3A home opener against Fort Stockton, which downed Presidio in their district opener on Friday night. Valenzuela said the girls' would play their junior varsity game at 4:30 p.m. and their varsity contest at 6 p.m., prior to the boys' final pre-district game against Big Spring.

Eagles rally in second half to down Panthers

After losing to one of their District 4-3A rivals in non-district play on Thursday, the Pecos Eagles bounced back on Friday to edge the host Fort Stockton Panthers and salvage the last of their three games at the Fort Stockton Tournament.

Pecos rallied from a 23-19 halftime deficit to defeat Fort Stockton, 50-46, at the Williams Center to close out the round-robin tournament. The Eagles dropped a pair of games on Thursday to Midland Christian and district rival Monahans to fall back to the .500 mark on the season, and coach Joe Flores said Pecos struggled at the start of Friday's game.

"We just played much better in the second half. In the first half it looked like we had a holdover from Monahans," Flores said, referring to the Eagles' 65-60 loss on Thursday. "In the second half we played more relaxed and made some baskets."

Last season, the teams weren't district rivals, but ended up facing each other five times, with the Panthers winning all five contests. Friday's game was the first meeting of the season between the two, who'll face each other again in Pecos at the end of January and in February back on the Panthers' home court to close out the season.

A 16-11 advantage in the second period on Friday gave the Panthers a 23-19 lead, before the Eagles came back to tie the score at 34-all after three periods, and were able to out score Fort Stockton 16-12 in the final period.

Isaiah Armendariz led all scorers with 17 points, while Joey Ortega had 15, most of that in the second half. Ortega did struggle with 2-for-9 foul shooting, but Flores said, "He made the ones he needed to make at the end of the second half."

Isai Rojas led the Panthers with 13 points, but had his own problems at the line, going only 5-for-10 as part of a 7-for-17 night for Fort Stockton. Other than Ortega, the rest of the Eagles were 8-for-9 from the line, after an 11-for-25 game in the loss to Monahans.

The win lifted Pecos back above the .500 mark for the season, with a 9-8 record, going into their final pre-district game, at home Tuesday night against Big Spring. District 4-3A play opens for the Eagles on Friday at Midland Greenwood.

PECOS (50)

Sanchez 3 0-0 6; Parada 2 1-1 6; Armendariz 5 5-6 17; Mendoza 0 2-2 2; Reyes 0 0-0 0; Barreno 0 0-0 0; Hinojoz 1 0-0 2; Lara 0 0-0 0; Parent 1 0-0 2; Ortega 6 2-9 15. Totals 18 10-18 50.


Mowry 0 0-0 0; Armendariz 0 0-0 0; Tavarez 1 0-1 2; Rivera 0 0-0 0; Marquez 2 0-0 4; S. Garcia 4 0-0 8; Rojas 4 5-10 14; Howard 1 0-0 2; Velasquez 1 0-0 2; Florez 1 0-2 2; J. Garcia 5 2-4 12. Totals 19 7-17 46.

Pecos 8 11 15 16 _ 50

Ft. Stockton 7 16 11 12 _ 46

Three-point goals: Pecos 4 (Armendariz 2, Parada, Ortega). Fouled out: Fort Stockton, Florez, J. Garcia. Total fouls: Pecos 17, Fort Stockton 16.

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