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Friday, November 7, 2003

Swimmers face MHS, Lee after Thursday wins

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles swim team tuned up for their three-way match on Saturday against Class 5A swimming powers Midland High and Midland Lee by coming up with their second dual meet victory of the season on Thursday against the Fort Stockton Panthers.

Pecos' boys defeated Fort Stockton by a 114-56 score, while the girls won by a 119-22 margin at the Pecos High School swimming pool. Coach Terri Morse said the wins came with most of Pecos' swimmers competing in different events from what they'll swim on Saturday afternoon at the City of Midland Pool.

"Some people cut their times in the off-events," she said. "I wasn't real impressed with our relays. I thought we were slow with the relays. They just better get in the mood to swim faster on Saturday if they want to beat Midland."

Morse was missing swimmer Susan Moore due to illness and diver Michael Juarez due to injury and said several others were a little under the weather.

"A lot of them were fighting the flu, and with the weather change that didn't help," said Morse, who also was having problems with broken heaters in the pool, which left one end of the PHS Natatorium cold and drafty.

The closest race of the night was in the 50-yard freestyle, where Daniel Quintana just edged Fort Stockton's Vishal Chopra with a 24.64 second time, to Chopra's 24.69. It was one of two victories for Quintana, who also took the 100 yard freestyle with a 53.76 time.

Will Oglesby and Max Key also took first in two events. Oglesby won the 200 free with a 1:57.13 time and then took the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.02, beating his brother Matthew out by .81 second. Key took the 200 medley with a 2:08.02 time and won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.65.

Kyle Winkles and K.W. Winkles had Pecos' other first place swim finishes. Kyle won the 100 yard butterfly in 1:01.10 and K.W. took the 500 freestyle with a 5:33.51 time. With Juarez out, T.J. Harwick won the 1-meter diving event, with a 127.50 points total.

Quintana, Will Oglesby, K.W. Winkles and Matt Elliot took the 200 medley relay in 1:49.80; Oglesby, Kyle Winkles, Elliott and Key took the 200 free relay in 1:36.55, and Quintana, Key, K.W. Winkles and Matt Oglesby won the 400 free relay in 3:40.51.

The girls also swept their three relays. Teddie Salcido, Lindsey Shaw, Catherine Minjarez and Amie Reynolds won the 200 medley with a 2:08.20 time; Ashley Horsburgh, Jessica Minjarez, Reynolds and Betsy Lujan took the 200 free with a 1:56.60 time, and Horsburgh, Shaw, Lujan and Catherine Minjarez won the 400 relay with a 4:11.36 time.

In the individual events, Jessica Minjarez won the 200 freestyle in 2:15.34 and the 100 butterfly in 1:16.56; Catherine Minjarez won the 50 free in 27.25 and took the 100 free with a 60.39 time; Salcido won the 200 medley with a 2:43.78 time; Horsburgh won the 100 backstroke with a 1:11.89 time; Shaw took the 100 breaststroke with a 1:17.01 time, and Ashley Mendoza won the 500 free with a 6:21.83 time.

Saturday's meet with the Midland schools opens at 11 a.m. with diving competition, while the swimming events will start at 1 p.m. "All of them will be swimming their better events," Morse said. "With better competition, hopefully they'll be a little more up for it."

Win lets 7th graders end year unbeaten

Staff Writer

Shutouts were the rule in the final sub-varsity games for the 2003 football season, as the Pecos Eagle seventh grade purple team closed out an unbeaten season with a shutout win over the Greenwood Rangers, while the seventh grade gold, eighth grade and JV teams suffered shutout losses at the hands of Greenwood Thursday evening.

The seventh graders closed out their season with an 8-0 mark after beating Greenwood, 24-0 at Eagle Stadium. Over at the Crockett Middle School Field, the seventh grade gold team ended their season by falling to Greenwood by the same, 24-0 score, while the eighth graders also closed out with a home shutout loss, 38-0.

Playing at Greenwood, the Eagles' JV had a chance to tie the Rangers until the closing minutes of play, as Greenwood scored a late touchdown in a 14-0 shutout victory.

The seventh graders scored on their opening series, on a Heath Armstrong run, and then added a second touchdown just before halftime when Jeremy Martinez returned an interception 50 yards for a score. The final touchdown for the Eagles came on a Paul Zubledia pass to Phillip Williams in the final period.

Hector Ramos had conversion runs for the seventh graders, and Timo Reyes recovered a fumble in the end zone for two points on Pecos' final conversion attempt.

The seventh grade gold team ended their season with a 4-3 mark, as Greenwood scored once in the first half and then added a pair of scores in the final two periods.

The eighth graders ended their season with a 1-6-1 record, as Greenwood scored four times in the first half, and then added their final score late in the fourth quarter.

The JV ended up 2-8 on the season, though coach Junior Williams said Pecos played better on Friday than in their previous three games. "The defense played real well, an the offensive line did well. We were able to go up and down the field, but we just couldn't score, and the weather dictated what we could do."

Williams said Greenwood scored early on a safety, and then got their second touchdown in the third quarter to take an 8-0 lead. "Their last score was on about an 80-yard run with 1:50 to play," he added.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Eagles and Rangers close out regular season varsity play at Eagle Stadium. It's the final game for Pecos' 15 seniors as well as being Parents Night, starting at about 7 p.m. Greenwood already is assured of a playoff spot, but won't know their seeding or opponent until the end of Fort Stockton's game at Kermit tonight.

Fort Stockton (1-2 district, 3-6 season) at Kermit (1-2, 5-4): The winner here will get the final District 4-3A playoff berth. Last season, Kermit had to win by 10 points at Fort Stockton to claim the final playoff spot, and did so thanks to a touchdown drive in the closing minutes of play.

The Panthers come off their 24-7 win over Pecos last week, in which Wayne Jefferson had his best passing night of the season, going 14-for-19 for 198 yards, while running for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Monahans' Kevin Kenyon burned Kermit's pass defense for 335 yards a week ago, in clinching the district title with a 16-8 victory. Yellowjackets QB Landon Forga threw for 163 yards in the game, but had three interceptions and the Loboes were able to contain running back Randy Butterfield.

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