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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Six Eagles earn all-district softball berths

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., May 20, 2003 -- Two Pecos Eagle juniors and one senior were named to the All-District 4-3A softball team, while two sophomores and a freshman were named to the second team in voting by the district's coaches.

The coaches held their meeting at the end of April and the team was released following Monahans' 3-0 loss to Kennedale on Friday in the Region I-3A semifinals at San Angelo. One other Pecos Eagle also received honorable mention in the voting, while two others were selected for the academic all-district team, coach Tammy Walls said.

Junior pitcher Stephanie Herrera, junior catcher Brittany Lobstein and senior outfielder Neftali Salgado were named to the first team 4-3A team, while sophomore second baseman Kelsey Flores, first baseman Danielle Garcia and freshman third baseman Jessica Flores were the second team selections.

Herrera has been a first team all-district pick each of the past three seasons, while Salgado was a first team selection last season, and a second team pick two years ago when the Eagles were members of District 2-4A. Lobstein is a first-time all-district pick.

The Eagles moved into the tougher District 4-3A this season and finished with a 5-5 record, losing their last two games by 3-2 scores to Greenwood and Fort Stockton to miss the playoffs for the first time in four years. They ended up overall with an 11-12 mark for the 2003 season.

Herrera was 10-10 as a pitcher, and 5-5 in district. She, Lobstein and Salgado were the leading hitters for Pecos this past season. Lobstein was moved to leadoff hitter for Pecos, and moved from shortstop to catcher early in the season to replace last year's 2-4A Most Valuable Player, Rebecca Wein.

Garcia and both Floreses also were new to their positions this season - Jessica Flores as a freshman starter, while Garcia moved to first base after playing second last season, while Kelsey Flores took over at second, after spending last season as designated hitter and the start of this season trying out at catcher.

Junior Kristi Contreras, who took over at shortstop after Lobstein moved to catcher, was the honorable mention pick for Pecos, while outfielders Bre'Ann Windham, a junior, and sophomore Katie Lee were chosen for the academic all-district squad.

Fort Stockton senior pitcher Lily Acala was named the district's Most Valuable Player, while 4-3A champ Monahans put the most players on the team, led by junior pitcher Nicole Dickson and sophomore Raquel Hawkins.

Monahans' other first team picks were first baseman Monique Sanchez, second baseman Nikki Sanchez, and shortstop Karla Armendariz, all seniors, and third baseman Emily Speed and outfielder Kadye Hill, both juniors.

Second place Greenwood was represented by senior pitcher/outfielder Meagan Chase, senior first baseman Stephanie Adams, sophomore outfielder Kim Smith and freshman shortstop Savanna Neely, while Fort Stockton's Acala was joined on the team by another senior, outfielder Pat Pena, freshman shortstop Ruby Bernal and two sophomores, third baseman Lauranda Garrison and catcher April Singh.

Kermit had the other two first team selections, in senior third baseman Angela Morales and junior shortstop Chelsea Wilhelm.

The other second team picks to the all-district team were Monahans outfielder Taylor Lewis, Greenwood outfielder Megan Springer and third baseman Veronica Carruth, Fort Stockton outfielder Ruby Ramirez and first baseman Annette Hernandez, and Kermit outfielder Monique Dominguez and pitcher Sarah Heidecker.

Monahans' coach Amy Wilson was named the District 4-3A Coach of the Year, after the Loboettes finished the district schedule with a perfect 10-0 record.

Long dry spell for Pecos area ended by front

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., May 20, 2003 -- Pecos residents woke up this morning to temperatures over 50 degrees below Monday's high and to the first precipitation reported in the area in nearly two months, thanks to a cold front, which blew into town about 10 p.m. last night.

The city's high temperature hit 109 degrees for the second day in a row on Monday, but the cold front sent the thermometer plunging to 55 degrees around sunrise today. It also brought a cover of clouds and drizzling rain into the area.

The Texas A&M Experiment Station shows records of the last rain being on March 26 with Pecos receiving a little over half an inch during a three-day period.

Since Pecos does not have a National Weather Service electronic reporting station, Monday's high of 109 was actually three degrees above the state's official high temperature of 106 degrees in Laredo. Texas' overnight low was 46 degrees, at Dalhart.

The winds that hit town on Monday did result in firemen and power company crews being called out, after a tree reportedly was blown into a power line in the 400 block of South Elm Street late Monday night.

According to the National Weather Service in Midland, the Pecos area has a good chance of showers and thunderstorms that will last through the weekend and on through Monday.

The NWS said that Pecos has a 40 percent of rain through today with temperatures in the mid 60s. For tonight there will be a 30 percent chance of rain with temperatures in the low 50s.

As the week continues so will the rain but will only a 30 percent chance on Wednesday.

West Texas overall will be cool this week. Highs today will range from the upper 50s in the Panhandle, to the 60s in the South Plains, and mid 60s to mid 70s elsewhere. By Saturday temperatures will have warmed to the 70s in Panhandle, 70s to mid 80s elsewhere. The far west will be the exception, with highs in the 80s, warming to the mid 90s by Thursday.

Scouts go hunting recruits at special meeting

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., May 20, 2003 -- Fun, adventure and character will all be a part of what the Boy Scouts will offer to young boys interested in joining their group during a special meeting tonight.

All boys in Kindergarten through fourth grade can come out and sign up to join the Cub Scouts, at 7 p.m. at the Pecos Community Center, 510 S. Oak St. All boys must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Boys in fifth through eighth grades can sign up to be Boy Scouts at the same time.

"The boys that are in Kindergarten through fourth grade are called Cub Scouts, because they are not old enough yet to be Boy Scouts," said Roy Loris, Field Director for the Buffalo Trail Council, the Sandhills District.

Some local community people will be on hand to answer questions and provide further information. "We'll have plenty of information there for parents to look at," said Loris.

He said that this is an effort to increase membership in Boy Scouts and keep the Scouts alive in the Pecos area.

"This group will be noticed with its support of a lot community activities," said Loris.

Loris said that the Boy Scouts build leadership, teaches life skills and duty to God and country. "It's also a great way to make friends and enjoy different adventures," he said.

Everyone in the community is invited to come out tonight and see what the group has to offer.

For more information contact Oscar Saenz at 445-1053; Paul Hinojos at 445-9444 or Alfredo Tellez-Giron at 447-2828.

Museum marking 40th birthday with event

PECOS, Tues., May 20, 2003 -- West of the Pecos Museum will be holding its 40th birthday party with a noontime reception on Thursday, and officials said other events are planned to mark the 40th birthday throughout the year.

The reception to mark the birthday will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Thursday in the museum courtyard. Everyone is invited to attend. The Reeves County Teacher's Credit Union and the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce will host the reception.

"Everyone is asked to come dressed in their 1960's apparel," said museum director Debbie Thomas.

A 1963 exhibit will be on display in the special exhibit room.

"We'll also have different activities throughout the year, sponsored by different people and organizations," said Thomas.

Thomas said that everyone was invited to visit the museum Thursday or anytime during the year. "We welcome everyone to come out and tour the museum," said Thomas.

Border Patrol agents report big Texas, N.M. arrests

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents in southern New Mexico seized more than 4,300 pounds of marijuana in two weekend busts, according to the agency.

The weekend seizures in New Mexico came as agents in West Texas hauled in more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana in their own seizure operations, according to the Border Patrol.

The biggest seizure came Sunday on Interstate 25 near Las Cruces when agents noticed the nervous driver of a tractor-trailer gave inconsistent information about the cargo he was carrying.

Agents discovered among his cargo 33 boxes of marijuana in crates of green chile.

The driver, Martin Mendizile, 55, of El Paso, was arrested and charged with criminal contraband smuggling.

A day earlier, Lordsburg agents found 900 pounds of marijuana in the back of a pickup truck tracked by an agency helicopter from the border to a national forest area. Agents stopped the truck after it pulled onto an Interstate 10.

The 18-year-old driver, Gabriel Galaz-Rivera, of Sonora, Mexico, was arrested.

The Texas seizures included two busts by agents in Fabens, which resulted in the discovery of nearly 650 pounds of marijuana Friday and Saturday. Fort Hancock agents on Sunday found 505 pounds of marijuana in burlap bundles in a sport utility vehicle pulled over on Interstate 10.

The West Texas seizures resulted in two arrests, according to the Border Patrol.

PHS scholarships to be handed out at evening event

PECOS, Tues., May 20, 2003 -- Pecos High School will hold its annual Senior Scholarship and Awards presentation this evening beginning at 6 p.m. in the Pecos High School auditorium.

Scholarships for graduating seniors from various local clubs, groups and organizations, along with other scholarships will be handed out during this evening's ceremony.

Account set-up to help Coleman with medical bills

PECOS, Tues., May 20, 2003 -- An account has been set for Tracy M. Coleman, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is in need of financial help from the community.

The account is at West Texas National Bank, account number 5144418.


PECOS, Tues., May 20, 2003 -- High Monday 109. Low this morning 55. Forecast for tonight: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs near 80. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms early in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Friday: Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Highs in the mid 80s.


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