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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 Texas Relays.

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 tournament.

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 a.m.

"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 contest.

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.

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