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Friday, January 10, 2003

Eagles teams going on road to Greenwood

District 4-3A basketball play opens in Midland tonight for the Pecos Eagle boys, while Pecos' girls will make their third attempt to get their first district win of the season tonight, when they also go on the road to face Greenwood.

Pecos' girls will face Greenwood at 6 p.m., followed by the Eagle boys against the Rangers at 7:30 p.m. The boys' junior varsity game will also be at 6 p.m., while the girls JV and boys' freshman games will be played at 4:30 p.m.

The boys are hoping the move to a new district changes their luck in basketball. After splitting their first four games as a member of District 2-4A in 1998, the Eagles proceeded to drop 34 of their final 35 district games over the next 3½ seasons, including a 1-8 mark last year.

This season Pecos already has won 10 games in their first 18 contests, and went 3-1 against their 4-3A rivals, beating Presidio twice and Fort Stockton once, while losing to Monahans. However, Greenwood is expected to battle with Kermit for the top two spots in the district standings, though coach Joe Flores would like to stake a early claim on a playoff spot with a win tonight.

"We just need to hold our own at home and pick off a couple of games on the road," said Flores, whose team comes in off a 58-52 win at home over Big Spring on Tuesday. Eagle posts Joey Ortega and Isaiah Armendariz scored 19 points apiece, as Pecos survived problems breaking Big Spring's press early in the game to defeat their former district rival.

Greenwood also comes into the game off a six-point win at home, having beaten Lamesa 46-40 last Friday. Ky Smith scored 10 points to lead the Rangers, who are 13-6 on the season.

"They have good guards and have a little bit of height," Flores said. "We're going to have to play tough against them, no doubt about it. We're going to have to bring our `A' game on Friday."

Pecos' girls already have faced Greenwood once this season, falling to the Rangerettes 57-27 at the Stanton Tournament. In that game, the Eagles were held to nine points in the first half but trailed by only 12 until Midland outscored Pecos by an 18-8 margin in the third period.

Meagan Chase scored 15 points to lead the Rangerettes while Stephanie Herrera led Pecos with 10.

Greenwood crushed a shorthanded Presidio squad on Tuesday, 73-14, and are 9-10 on the season, but 2-0 in district, tied for first with Monahans and Fort Stockton. Almost half of the Rangerettes' points came in a 35-6 second quarter, but no Greenwood player scored more than 14, by Amy Hopper.

The Eagles lost at home on Tuesday against Fort Stockton, 61-50, to fall to 0-2 in district and 6-8 on the season. The Eagles had problems defending the Prowlers' outside shooting in the first half, and rebounding inside in the second half, after they had cut a 13-point Fort Stockton lead down to three in the third quarter. Tiana Terry led Pecos with 12, while Leslie Rodriguez and Jessica Martinez had 10 apiece.

Powerlifters to compete in first meet of season

Sixteen competitors are scheduled to be in Monahans for the Pecos Eagles on Saturday, for the first of four powerlifting meets this season.

Coach Brian Gibson said 11 boys and five girls would be entered for Pecos at the meet, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. "It will be our first meet, to see where we stand," he said. "We'll try and gain a lot of ground before Kermit, which is the last qualifiers meet."

The Eagles will go to Fort Stockton, Greenwood and Kermit for their other meets, while regional competition will be at Plainview for the girls and Floydada for the boys in March.

Three of the boys who will be lifting at Monahans qualified for regional berths a year ago. Hugo Rodriguez advanced in the 198-pound division, but will compete at 220 pounds this weekend, while Chris Orona will be back in the 198-pound division and Pablo Rodriguez will compete again in the super-heavyweight division.

The other Eagles entered on the boys' side at Monahans are Daniel Acosta at 148 pounds; Fernando Lerma, Adam Ybarra and Bobby Valenzuela at 181 pounds; Dallas Goff and Roderick Villaneuva at 198 pounds; David Muniz at 275 pounds and Gabriel Huertas in the super-heavyweight division.

None of the girls entered in Saturday's meet advanced to regionals a year ago, but one, senior Mindi Harrison, did compete for Pecos two years ago. Gibson said she would be entered in the lightweight division, along with the other four girls, Rachael Lease, Savannah Ewing, Erica Franco and Deannady Herrera.

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