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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Eagles seeking first 3-4A wins against Presidio

The Pecos Eagle boys and girls basketball teams will both be seeking their first District 4-3A victories of the season tonight against teams they've already beaten this season, when they host the Presidio Blue Devils at the Pecos High School gym.

The girls will face Presidio at 6 p.m., with both teams seeking their first 4-3A victories after three straight losses. The boys, who began district play with a loss at Greenwood on Friday, will host Presidio, also 0-1 in district play, following the girls' contest, at about 7:30 p.m.

The boys were beaten 80-61 by the Rangers in their district opener, while the girls dropped a 57-35 decision to Greenwood on Friday. The Eagles other losses were to Monahans and Fort Stockton, but they do own a 58-44 home court victory over Presidio in non-district play back in November.

Pecos held as much as a 21-point lead in that contest, before going into a scoring drought in the final seven minutes of play, allowing the Blue Devils to come back. Leslie Rodriguez led all scorers in the game with 22 points, the highest single game point total for an Eagle player so far this season.

Presidio was led by Karla Garcia with 13 points, but coach Veronica Valenzuela said the Blue Devils' senior is one of two post players who has missed several recent games. She did play Friday and scored four points in Presidio's 66-26 loss at Kermit.

The boys have faced Presidio twice, beating Presidio 53-48 at the Gym Bice Tournament in Andrews and 67-48 at the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans a week later.

The Eagles held an 18-point first half lead in the win at Andrews. The Eagles were able to hold onto their lead the next time against Presidio, but coach Joe Flores said the two earlier wins, "doesn't mean anything. It's district play, so it's a different season.

"Presidio's not the type of team we're just 10 times better than. We're not going to be 10 times better than anybody, so it's going to be a challenge," he said.

Play starts today with the freshmen boys and junior varsity girls games at 4:30 p.m. The JV boys will face Presidio in the old PHS gym at 6 p.m.

Lifters get one 3rd place, finish 9th at Monahans

Pecos powerlifters picked up one third place finish on Saturday, and finished ninth overall on the boys' side, in their first competition of the season, at Monahans.

Coach Brian Gibson said Hugo Rodriguez placed third in the 220-pound weight class with a total lift of 1,145 pounds, while Roderick Villanueva finished fourth in the 198-pound class with a 1,110 pound total lift. The Eagles' other two lifters who placed were Fernando Lerma, fifth at 181 pounds with a 935 combined lift, and David Muniz, fifth in the 275-pound weight class, with a 1,000 pound total lift.

"It was a good meet for us. We got a lot of experience for the younger guys, and for the guys we're going to compete against (at regionals) I think we're going to be all right," Gibson said.

Lifters from Class 4A schools Andrews and Plainview were the ones who finished ahead of Rodriguez, though Pecos did finish behind some smaller schools in the team standings.

"We don't have enough participation to compete with the other teams right now," he said.

Gibson added that three girls also competed in Monahans for the Eagles, but none were able to qualify in the squat thrust, one of the three lifts required for each competitor.

He also said Lerma had a personal best in two of the three lifts, the squat and the dead lift, as did Dallas Goff, while Muniz and Chris Orona had personal bests in the bench press, Gabriel Huertas had his best lift in the in the squat thrust.

Gibson said he expected to have more lifters out this Saturday, when the Eagles travel to Fort Stockton.

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