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Friday, October 17, 2003

Coaches to view future foes during idle for Pecos

Pecos Eagle coaches will get a chance to see their next two opponents in Monahans tonight, as the Eagles have the night off due to the cancellation of the Presidio Blue Devils' football program.

The Eagles are idle for the third week of October for the second year in a row. Presidio forfeited their final nine games of the 2002 season because of a lack of players, but canceled their program outright this past April. The Eagles replaced the open date with a season-opening game against Midland Christian, which they won by a 15-8 final score.

Pecos lost their district opener last Friday at home to Kermit, 14-6, the sixth game out of seven this season for Pecos decided by eight points or less. The Eagles will host Monahans next week, then travel to Fort Stockton to face the Panthers Halloween night.

Those two teams face each other in Monahans at 7:30 p.m. tonight, while Kermit travels to Greenwood to face the Rangers, who are currently riding a two-game losing streak after winning 15 straight regular season games before that.

Kermit (1-0 district, 5-2 season) at Greenwood (0-1, 4-2): The Rangers' defense has given up over 400 yards in three of their last four games, and while those big numbers were expected against Sweetwater and Andrews, they weren't in last week's 35-34 loss to Monahans, which came into the game off a 7-0 shutout loss at Lamesa the previous week.

Quarterback Dawson Wilbur, running back Jeremy Audis and defensive back Brian Zachary all had big games against the Loboes, but injury problems in the line and continued problems with their pass defense helped do in the Rangers, who were outscored 35-7 by Monahans after taking an early 14-0 lead. Greenwood rallied for two late scores, but lost when Wilbur missed the final extra-point attempt.

Kermit had been averaging better than 30 points per game until last week, but won on Michael Akins' long first period touchdown run and quarterback Landon Forga's late TD, following the fourth of Pecos' five turnovers on the night. The Yellowjackets did play without running back Randy Butterfield, who was injured two weeks ago against Odessa Permian's junior varsity. Butterfield is scheduled to play tonight.

Fort Stockton (0-0, 2-4) at Monahans (1-0, 3-3): The better their opponents' record, the better the Loboes have played this season, while the reverse is also true - Monahans has played their worst games against their seemingly weakest opponents. Quarterback Kevin Kenyon bombed Greenwood for over 300 yards and three touchdowns last week, and had a big game earlier in the season when the Loboes rallied to beat Alpine.

Fort Stockton lost on the final play of the game to Alpine two weeks ago, 15-14, after struggling in the second half of their two previous games, losses to San Angelo Lake View and Snyder. Wayne Jefferson has been the Panthers' most effective runner while playing quarterback, but has had problems throwing the ball in his past two games, against Lake View and Alpine, while Jeremy Velasquez threw for over 200 yards in the game Jefferson missed against Snyder.

Eagles swimmers sweep meet against Panthers

The Pecos Eagles swim team swept all of their events on the boys and girls side on Thursday, during a dual meet competition with the Fort Stockton Panthers at the Fort Stockton High School pool.

Pecos' boys finished with a 116-61 margin over the Panthers, while the Eagle girls' win was even wider, by a 117-23 score over Fort Stockton. Two of the events on the girls' side, the 200 individual medley and the 1-meter diving competition, were not held because of a lack o competitors.

"There was not a lot of competition on the girls' side, so a lot of it was just us swimming against each other," said coach Terri Morse. "Some of the times were actually pretty good, even though I had some of them swimming in different events."

Morse looked at swimmers in different races individually, but said, "I didn't really change the relays up from Odessa, because some of them didn't get to swim there and I wanted them to swim together.

"There are a lot of choices, so I think we'll have a lot more competition for the relays. I wanted to give people a chance to see what they can do before I changed up the relays."

The girls' 200 medley relay teams had only a two second difference in their race. Teddie Salcido, Lindsey Shaw, Catherine Minjarez and Betsy Lujan had a 2:08.20 to a 2:10.43 for Ashley Horsburgh, Amie Reynolds, Susan Moore and Jessica Minjarez. In the 200 freestyle relay, Lujan, Reynolds, Moore and Jessica Minjarez won with a 1:55.20 time, 131/2 seconds better than Fort Stockton and 161/2 seconds up on the Eagles' 'B' relay of Amanda Contreras, Ashley Mendoza, Cynthia Marmalejo and Sara Wein, while in the 400 relay Horsburgh, Salcido, Moore and Catherine Minjarez had a 4:13.76 time, which was 24 seconds ahead of Jessica Minjarez, Mendoza, Wein and Shaw, the only other team in that race.

For the boys, Will Oglesby, Max Key, Matt Elliott and Daniel Quintana won the 200 medley relay with a 1:47.82 time, while Kyle and K.W. Winkles, Matthew Oglesby and Michael Juarez were second with a 1:54.96 time. The Eagles' lone relay team in the 200 free relay, which included both Winkles, Juarez and Matthew Oglesby, won their race by two seconds over Fort Stockton, with a 1:42.67 time, and in the 400 free relay, the Eagles' lone team of Will Oglesby, Elliott, Key and Quintana won with a 3:35.23 time, 47 seconds ahead of Fort Stockton's 'A' relay team.

Individually, Pecos also swept every event on Thursday. Salcido swam a 2:17.36 to win the 200 freestyle, with Reynolds and Marmalejo the only two other entries. In the 50 free, Horsburgh won with a 28.84 time while Contreras was second; in the 100 yard butterfly Moore won with a 1:11.28 time, with Shaw second and Wein fourth; Catherine Minjarez won the 100 free with a 60.92 time, followed by Lujan and Horsburgh; Jessica Minjarez won the 500 free in 6:07.35, with Mendoza second and Marmalejo third; Salcido took the 100 backstroke in 1:11.03, with Shaw second and Contreras fourth; and Reynolds edged Catherine Minjarez for first by just over a second in the 100 yard breaststroke, with a 1:18.02 time.

The boys got firsts from Key in the 200 freestyle, with a 1:52.30 time, with Elliott third; Will Oglesby in the 200 medley, with a 2:09.63 time, with Quintana second and Kyle Winkles third; K.W. Winkles in the 50 free, with a 24.89 time; Key in the 100 fly with a 59.33 time, with Matthew Oglesby second; Elliott in the 100 free with a 55.41 time, with Alonzo Garcia second; Quintana in the 500 free with a 5:35.28 time, with Juarez second; Will Oglesby in the 100 backstroke, with a 59.91 time, with Kyle Winkles third; and K.W. Winkles in the 100 yard breaststroke, in a time of 1:05.93, with Matthew Oglesby third and Garcia fourth.

Juarez opened up the meet by winning the 1-meter diving competition with a 212.00 score. Pecos' T.J. Hardwick, was the only other diver entered in the event.

The Eagles will have another dual meet, and their first competition at home, next Thursday when they host Monahans, then compete in their second invitational meet on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, in Big Spring.

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