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Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Pecos puts two players on All-District hoop squad

Pecos Eagles' senior Isaiah Armendariz was selected to the first team All-District 4-3A basketball team, while junior John Parent was named to the All-Defensive Team for 4-3A in voting by the district's six coaches.

The team was selected two weeks ago and released following Greenwood's loss to Everman in the Region I-3A semifinals in Lubbock last Friday. The Rangers and second place Kermit Yellowjackets both had four players apiece named to the district's first team.

Armendariz was a bright spot in a disappointing district season for the Eagles, who went 1-9 following a 10-8 record in pre-district play. The senior post averaged over 15 points a game in district, and also was used as a ballhandler at times by coach Joe Flores as well as playing inside.

Parent was one of four players named to the all-defensive team, and started both at the post and forward positions for the Eagles during the 2002-03 season.

Greenwood, which went 10-0 in district, put one player on the all-defensive team to go along with their four other selections. That includes Kris Hatley, who was named the Most Valuable Player for 4-3A, and was one of four juniors off the Rangers selected.

Shane McNeely and Jimmy Brooks were the other first team juniors, and Brian Zachary was named to the all-defensive squad. Senior Ky Smith was Greenwood's other first team selection.

Kermit was led by junior Hunter Hise, who was named Newcomer of the Year. The Yellowjackets' other first teamers, Eric Simonds, Mitchell Sims and Bear Haring, were all seniors. Junior Caleb Briones was Kermit's all-defensive selection.

Third place Monahans and fourth place Presidio had two players apiece named to the team. The Loboes were represented by seniors Noah Miles and Ronnie Robledo, while Presidio put senior Jesse Flores and sophomore Jacob Ramirez on the squad. Another Blue Devil, senior Jake Bull, was an all-defensive selection.

Fort Stockton, which finished fifth in district, had one player named to the first team, senior Isai Rojas.

Eagles rout Blue Devils in 3-4A softball opener

The Pecos Eagles' first softball game in their new district was a lot like most of their games in the past four seasons in their own district _ the Eagles scored a lot of runs, while their opponent made a lot of errors and had a lot of strikeouts.

Pecos' first two batters reached on errors Tuesday afternoon in Presidio, and the Eagles scored five runs in the first inning on the way to a 16-0 win over the Blue Devils in the District 4-3A opener for both teams.

Head coach Tammy Walls was in a workshop this morning, but assistant coach Gaylon Doan said, "We hit all right, but we have to realize we're going to have to hit better as the year progresses. We've got to put the ball in play when we have baserunners, and our top hitters have got to come through.

Stephanie Herrera faced only one batter over the minimum in the game, which was called after four innings under the 15-run rule. She no-hit the Blue Devils and got 11 of her 12 outs by strikeout, while improve her record 7-6 on the season.

"They're not very good right now, but they've only been playing for two years, so they're going to get better," Doan said of the Blue Devils.

Leadoff hitters Brittany Lobstein and Christy Contreras both reached on errors to open the game, while Neftali Salgado, Herrera and Bre'Ann Windham followed with run scoring singles. Groundouts by Jessica Flores and Danielle Garcia scored two more runs for Pecos, and the Eagles pushed across two more runs in the second and scored seven times in the third inning before Walls pulled most of her starters.

With 11 strikeouts for Herrera, the Eagles' defense didn't have much to do on Tuesday, though Doan said Lobstein did a good job at catcher, after moving then from shortstop due to problems the Eagles were having with bunts and passed balls.

"We've pretty much solved the catching problem," said Doan. "The defense is getting better … Coach Walls and Coach (Becky) Wein have been working with the girls so they'll know where to go with the ball."

The win allowed Pecos to even their record at 7-7 on the season, and put them at 1-0 in district play going into both their 3-4A and 2002 home opener on Friday afternoon against Monahans. The Loboes opened their district schedule on Tuesday against Kermit, but no score was available for the game. Greenwood edged Fort Stockton, 2-1, in their other 3-4A opener on Tuesday.

"It was a good win and a great way to start district, but it's nowhere near the competition we're going to face from now on," Doan said.

Summer youth hoop tourney, camps offered

Applications are being sought for a spring basketball camp in Commerce and a spring basketball tournament in Sweetwater.

The 3rd Annual Sweetwater Spring Classic Youth Basketball Tournament will be May 16-18. The tournament is open to all ages, boys and girls, with a three-game guarantee. For more information please contact Mike Hatley or the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce at 800-658-6757.

The camp is being staged by the Ten-Star All Star Basketball Camp program, which operates a number of camps around the United States. The nearest one to Pecos is located in Commerce, 60 miles northeast of Dallas.

The camps are by invitation only and are made based on evaluation of applicants ages 10-19. Brochures are available by calling 1-704-373-0873.

Youth baseball clinic planned in Big Spring

The Mickey Owen Baseball School has scheduled a Youth League Baseball Clinic for Saturday, March 22 at the Big Spring National Little League, off U.S. 87 on the south side of Big Spring.

The clinic is open to players ages 7-14 and will be divided into two sessions, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and from 12:45 until 3:15 p.m. Coaches from the Mickey Owen Baseball School will provide instruction on hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, along with specialized drills and arm care. There will be one coach for each 10 players at the clinic.

Pre-registration is required, and fees for those signing up before March 13 are $30 for one session and $50 for both the morning and afternoon sessions. For further information and registration forms, call 800-999-8369 or (417) 882-2799.

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