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Friday, February 28, 2003

Pecos makes some changes for Comanche

The Pecos Eagle track teams will be making changes _ some out of necessity _ on Saturday, when they travel to Fort Stockton for the Comanche Relays.

For the first time in years, the Fort Stockton track meet will be a one-day affair, and will open at 9 a.m. with the field events and finals of the 3200-meter run. The other running preliminaries will start at 11 a.m., and the finals are scheduled to begin with the 400-meter relay at 3:30 p.m.

Pecos' boys opened the 2003 season by edging Monahans for first place last week at the West of the Pecos Relays, while the girls placed fourth in their division. This week, coach Roxie Chavez said, "We'll have everybody out," including two of the Eagles' regional qualifiers from a year ago.

"We'll have Mindi (Harrison) back in the 800 meter relay, the quarter and the mile relay," she said. "Stephanie (Herrera) will be here for the shot put and discus, but I'm still looking at the running events. Nothing's set in stone yet."

"We'll be doing field events this weekend, so we should score a little bit better," Chavez said. Pecos picked up 47 points last week at home, but only four in the field events, from a fourth place finish by Stephanie Arreguy in the discus.

Along with Herrera, Chavez said, "I'll have Leslie (Rodriguez) doing the high jump, and we're working on the long jump with Mindi and Jummy (Akinyode)." She added that Harrison will also do the triple jump on Saturday.

Pecos will also have a few more runners this week, aside from Harrison. Jennifer Martinez will run the 800 meters, along with Jessica Martinez and Alessandra Carrasco.

The boys will be two short this weekend, coach Jerry Parent said.

"Jason Sanchez won't be there. He has to go to a funeral, so we'll be short our triple jumper, long jumper and one leg on all three relays," Parent said. "Jay Dannelly will also be gone," due to the Region I-3A tennis tournament in Levelland.

"I'm going to move Joe Marruffo up and let him run the 4-by-200 with Alex Orosco, Peter Juarez and Will (Armstrong)," Parent said, while Juarez will join Armstrong, Jack Bradley and Rashad Terry in the 400 meter relay.

In the 1600-meter relay, the Eagles do get Allen Chappel back, after he missed last week's Pecos Relays. "I'll have John Parent, Chappel, Orosco and a toss up after that," the Eagles' coach said.

Armstrong may also pole vault on Saturday, while Bradley and John Parent will run in both hurdles and Terry will again run in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, which he won last week in Pecos. The Eagles will also have one more discus thrower, Chad Evans, at the Comanche Relays.

Eagles rout Loboes' JV in tourney opener

It was like a return to the days of some of the Pecos Eagles' worst District 2-4A match-ups on Thursday, when the Eagles opened play in the Sandhills Tournament against Monahans' junior varsity squad. But coach Elias Payan is expecting a much tougher time today, probably against two of the Eagles' new District 4-3A rivals.

Pecos, which won a lot of lopsided games over the past four seasons in 2-4A play, took care of Monahans' JV on Thursday by a 29-0 score in five innings, in an opening round game at Kermit. The win lifted the Eagles' record to 3-2 on the season, though Payan said, "A game like that really wasn't good for us. We didn't get much out of it."

Pecos ended up playing the Loboes' JV after Big Lake was forced to drop out of the tournament due to a conflict with the Class 2A regional basketball tournament. The Eagles already had beaten Monahans' varsity two days earlier by an 8-1 score, and had no problems with the JV team, whose pitchers Payan said struggled to throw strikes during the game.

"We hit the ball OK, but there were just a lot of pitches out of the strike zone and it's hard to hit the ball as much as I would have liked," he said.

"One good thing was Josh Anchondo got in some work," Payan said. The freshman went all five innings and tossed a one-hitter, after going four innings and allowing five runs last Saturday against Snyder. "I was really impressed. He worked on his pitches and developed a really good curveball."

Anchondo also went 4-for-5 at bat, while Oscar Parada had a grand slam for the Eagles.

Payan said the Eagles didn't stay for all of the Presidio-Alpine game, but that the Blue Devils were leading the Bucks by a 5-0 score when they left Kermit.

"I think we'll play Presidio. They've got a good ballclub and some good-looking kids," he said.

As of this morning, Payan said, "I'm undecided about who's going to throw. Matthew (Levario) needs to throw, and I may also look at Jose (Reyes)."

Rigo Ramirez, who defeated Snyder in Game 1 of last Saturday's doubleheader, will throw the next game, either against Monahans or in the consolation semifinals.

The Loboes, who scored early against Pecos then struggled on defense in their season-opener Tuesday, reversed that against Denver City, allowing a run with one out in the first inning, then coming back to win, 3-1. Keith Balderaz, who took the loss on Tuesday, got the win Thursday night.

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