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Monday, June 23, 2003

LLers open up with 11-1 wins before 9-1 loss

The games weren't close at the finish for Pecos' 9-10 year old Little League All-Star team over the weekend at the District 4 Tournament in San Angelo, which was good for Pecos on Friday and Saturday, but not-so-good for the 9-10 year olds on Sunday.

Pecos jumped out to a big early lead in their opener against San Angelo Southern, and went on to an 11-1 victory on Friday, then pulled away late from North Concho on Saturday and again won by an 11-1 score. But on Sunday it was Wall's Little Leaguers who pulled away at the finish, scoring seven late runs to defeat Pecos by a 9-1 final score.

Arthur Navarette started the first two games for Pecos, but left after the first inning of Game 1 after Pecos had jumped out to a 7-0 lead. That allowed him to pitch all five innings of Game 2 against North Concho, but left him ineligible to pitch Sunday's game against Wall.

"They had a very good pitcher on the mound. He was their ace and we used ours the day before to advance," said manager Jose Chavez.

Jesus Salgado went two innings in relief of Navarette on Friday and Brandon Garnto pitched the final three innings against Southern. In Sunday's loss, Salgado pitched four innings in relief of Joel Chavez, who started and went two innings.

"In the last game they went ahead 2-0 in the first inning, and it stayed like that a good way, until the end," said coach Vaughn Garnto. "They exploded in the fifth inning."

"Wall is a good hitting team, and they played real fundamentally sound," he added.

The loss drops Pecos into a 6:30 p.m. game on Friday at San Angelo Lake View against the winner of Thursday's game between North Concho and Southern. The winner will face Wall on Saturday and a deciding game, if needed, would be on Sunday.

Pecos' 11-12 year old Little League All-Stars also will be in action on Friday, when they open District 4 Tournament play in San Angelo.

Texas Football picks Eagles to place fourth

The Pecos Eagles football team has a new head coach and has also gotten its first preseason prediction, from Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine, something new coach Patrick Willis will be trying to improve on during the 2003 season.

The latest edition of Texas Football has been released, and picks the top three teams from 2002 in District 4-3A - Greenwood, Monahans and Kermit - to finish 1-2-3 again this season, while Pecos is picked fourth, after placing fifth a year ago. Fort Stockton, which ended up in fourth place last season, is picked fifth, while Presidio is not included in this year's predictions, after the district dropped football earlier this year.

The Eagles won their season opening game last year under new coach Fred Carter, but then lost their last eight games after making the playoffs the previous four seasons as a member of District 2-4A, earning them a mention as one of the major disappointments in Class 3A by Texas Football in a recap of the 2002 season.

Carter was replaced by Bubba Williams as head coach last November, but then Williams resigned last month, citing both health reasons and a desire to spend more time with his family. On Friday, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD school board members selected Willis, an Abilene High assistant coach, as the new head football coach and athletic director for the Eagles, and he'll be trying to get Pecos back into post-season play after a one year absence.

While Texas Football doesn't offer up any surprises as far as their preseason picks for the playoff spots go, Greenwood fans might actually be a little disappointed with the magazine's selections, even though the Rangers are favored again to claim the district title. That's because after losing the Class 3A-Division II state title last season on a field goal in overtime and despite returning most of their starters, the Rangers are ranked only seventh in the magazine's preseason Top 25 poll, while Burnet, which lost in the Class 3A-Division I title game in 2002, is ranked No. 1 on the Class 3A preseason list, one spot above last year's Division I champ, Everman.

Sweetwater, Snyder and Ballinger also are ranked in the Top 25, in 14th, 17th and 21st places respectively. Greenwood opens the season by hosting Ballinger, then goes to Snyder and Sweetwater in pre-district play.

The magazine also includes a preseason coaches poll for Class 3A, which put Greenwood one spot higher, as the No. 6 team. Everman is the N o. 1 team in that poll, and is the highest ranked Region I team in Class 3A, which Greenwood is the second-highest rated team.

Texas Football also sees no big changes to the Balmorhea Bears' District 6-A race this season in six-man football. The Bears were edged out for the second place playoff spot by Fort Davis last season, while Sanderson won the district title and advanced to the state finals before falling to Calvert.

This season, the Eagles are again picked to win the district title and are again picked to finish second to Calvert in the Top 10 preseason poll, while Fort Davis is expected to again beat out Balmorhea for second place and is ranked No. 6 on the Top 10 list.

The Bears, who were 7-3 last season, are picked third, while following Balmorhea in the rankings are Dell City, Imperial, Marathon, Grandfalls and Sierra Blanca

For other area teams, Midland Lee is picked to win District 4-5A and is the only team in that district ranked in the Top 25, at No. 15. Converse Judson, which beat Midland High for the 5A-Division I state title last season, is ranked No. 1.

In Class 4A, the only area team ranked is Frenship, at No. 25, and the Tigers are picked to win the District 4-4A title, ahead of Andrews and Big Spring. El Paso Riverside, who the Eagles will scrimmage on Aug. 16, are picked to take the District 2-4A title, while overall, Ennis is ranked No. 1 in the state.

In Class 2A Corrigan-Camden is ranked No. 1, while Pecos' pre-district rival Crane is ranked 10th overall, and is favored in District 3-2A. Alpine, the only team the Eagles defeated in 2002, is picked to take the District 1-2A title.

In Class A, McCamey is ranked No.

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