Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, March 6, 2003
Eagles face district, regional foes
at West Texas Relays on Friday
The Pecos Eagle boys track team will get another look at most of their
District 4-3A rivals and their first look at some of their potential Region
I-3A opponents as well this weekend, when they go to Odessa for the West
The Eagles, who took first at their own West of the Pecos Relays two weeks
ago and were fourth at the Comanche Relays last week, will face 4-3A opponents
Monahans, Kermit and Greenwood again on Friday and Saturday, along with five
other Class 3A teams, Lamesa, Seminole, Abilene Wylie, Denver City and Muleshoe.
Idalou and Segraves out of Class 2A, Ruidoso, N.M., and the junior varsity
squads from Odessa High, Odessa Permian, Midland High and Lubbock Monterey
round out the Division I boys field.
Events begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday with field event finals and running
preliminaries. The remaining field events will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
and the running finals at 1 p.m. at Odessa's Ratliff Stadium. The finals
of the 3200 meter run will be on Friday at Permian High School.
Pecos' girls were scheduled to run in Odessa as well, but instead will
go with the boys' JV squad to the Van Horn Relays on Saturday.
Eagles begin Midland play with Indians
The Pecos Eagles started off the West Texas March Classic with a game
early this afternoon at Christensen Stadium in Midland, which coach Elias
Payan hopes will be the only day game his team has to play in the three-day
Pecos faced Seminole in their tournament opener, which began at 12:30
p.m. at the former home of the Midland Rockhounds, and if they win, they'll
come back to Midland on Friday night, for a 7:15 p.m. tournament semifinal
game. But a loss would force Pecos to play even earlier on Friday, against
the loser of today's Monahans-Brownfield match-up, which would begin at 10:15
"I hope we'll be playing Friday night," said Eagles' coach Elias Payan,
whose team placed third last weekend at the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans.
The Eagles defeated the Loboes' junior varsity, Presidio and Kermit while
losing to Monahans, and saw their record go to 5-3 on the season.
Freshman Josh Anchondo, who one-hit the Loboes' JV and then pitched two
scoreless innings in relief of Jose Reyes in Pecos' 5-3 loss, will start
today's game against Seminole, Payan said.
"We said we would spot him here and there, but our pre-district schedule
has been pretty good. He's already thrown against Snyder and Monahans, so
he'll be a senior by the end of this season," he said.
Pecos faced Seminole at the end of last season, just prior to the Eagles'
loss to Frenship in the Class 4A playoffs. The Indians rallied at home to
defeat the Eagles, 5-4, and Pecos then scored a 10-0 victory in the second
game of the doubleheader.
"I talked to their coach (Mike Brown) this morning, and he said they're
in a slump, but they're still good," Payan said on Wednesday. The Indians
were ranked as high as fourth in the Class 3A state poll a year ago, but
graduated major league pitching prospect Aaron Peel, along with several other
starters off their 23-7 team.
"They do have (Austin) McBee back," said assistant coach Junior Williams.
He was the only starter to play both games of last May's doubleheader and
pitched Game 2, but allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings.
While the loser of today's game knows they'll face either Monahans or
Brownfield Friday morning, the winner won't know their Friday night opponent
until late this evening. The game between the Loboes and Cubs is a preliminary
round match-up, and the winner of today's 2:45 p.m. game will have to come
back at 7:15 p.m. and face the host Greenwood Rangers in a quarterfinal round
The other half of the bracket will have Fort Stockton facing Kermit at
10:15 today, while the Midland High and Odessa Permian JVs play each other
at 8 a.m. The winner of that game will come back at 5 p.m. and take on Midland
Christian in a quarterfinal match-up.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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