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Monday, December 8, 2003
Pecos boys 3rd in Andrews, girls drop games
The Pecos Eagle boys took home third place this past weekend in the Gym
Bice Memorial Tournament in Andrews, falling to the host Mustangs
around wins over Lubbock Trinity on Thursday and Snyder on Saturday,
while Pecos' girls struggled through three straight losses at the
Lamesa Invitational Tournament, losing to Sundown and Lubbock Roosevelt
after their opening loss to the host Tornadoes.
The boys, who lost by 40 points in Pecos to Andrews before
Thanksgiving, suffered a 20-point loss at Andrews on Friday, losing by
a 71-51 final score, but came back the next day to take third with a
50-45 win over Snyder. The girls were held to 19 points for the second
game in a row on Friday, in their 60-19 loss to Sundown, then scored a
few more points on Saturday but still were beaten by Roosevelt, 62-27.
Oscar Parada and Justin Lara were a combined 13-for-14 from the foul
line in the second half against Snyder, as the Eagles overcame a
four-point second period to rally for their win over the Tigers.
"We played good against Snyder. Our offense is still now what we
want it to be - we still had 21 turnovers versus Snyder, but we're
playing real good defense right now," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores.
Snyder's Lee Scott scored 12 points in the first half, as the Tigers
took a 22-18 lead. But Scott was held to just four points in the second
half, while Parada scored all of his 13 points in the final two periods
and Lara finished with 10 of his 12 points in the final two periods.
"I put Victor Reyes on him (Scott) and he did a good job not letting
him get the open shot," Flores said.
In the loss to Andrews, the Eagles trailed by a 15-8 score after one
period, then were outscored by the Mustangs 21-9 in the second quarter.
"We played a bad second quarter again," Flores said. "We had a decent
first quarter, but just like in Pecos we had trouble in the second
"In the second half we played well. We put a lot of pressure on them
in the second half with our full-court pressure, but we were just too
far back to catch up," he added.
Jose Reyes hit four 3-pointers in the second half and led Pecos with
17 points, while The Mustangs would go on Saturday to win the
tournament, edging Fabens by a 67-65 final score. The win on Saturday
got Pecos back to the .500 mark, at 3-3 on the season, going into their
game on Tuesday, when they'll take on the Tigers again, this time on
Snyder's home court.
Like the boys, the Eagle girls had second quarter problems on
Friday. They were shut out by Sundown, which turned a 22-8 lead after
one period into a 41-8 advantage at halftime. Pecos was then outscored
9-2 in the third period before almost doubling their point total in the
Against Lubbock Roosevelt, the Eagles kept things closer, though
they fell behind 16-2 after one period. Roosevelt was up 32-11 at
halftime and would widen that margin to 46-17 after three periods.
Coach Veronica Valenzuela said the Eagles again had problems getting
shots off and in getting defensive rebounds. "It was the same thing as
on Thursday against Lamesa. I counted one time where they took about
six shots before they finally made it."
"We actually shot the ball a little more on Saturday, but we didn't
make anywhere near enough," she said. "The teams we played were tough,
but they were not so tough to get beaten as badly as we did."
Leslie Rodriguez scored seven points to lead the Eagles in their
loss to Sundown, while Danielle Garcia had nine to lead Pecos on
Saturday against Roosevelt. The losses left the Eagles with a 1-5
record for the season.
The Eagles will go to Alpine on Tuesday to face the Bucks, then take
on Stanton Thursday in the first round of the Hooptown Classic in
Stanton. The boys will face Amarillo Caprock on Thursday to kick off
the Sandhills Invitational in Monahans.
Swimmers take division titles in delayed meet
Troubles with the timing system made a long meet on Saturday even
longer, but in the end the Pecos Eagle boys and girls swim teams were
still able to come away with division titles at the Coker Invitational
at Fort Stockton.
Pecos' boys won by nearly 100 points over District 4-4A rival Big
Spring, scoring 351 points to 257 for the Steers. The results were a
little closer on the girls' side, as the Eagles beat out Odessa Permian
by a 287-245 margin in the 11-team field.
Coach Terri Morse switched around some of her swimmers because of
SAT tests that a few of the Eagles were taking Saturday morning in Fort
Stockton. But she said the problems with the timing system meant the
meet began well after the 12 noon starting time.
"That worked out all right because we were so late in starting. I
had already scheduled them in later events, so the timing worked out
OK," she said, but added the delays may have hurt the overall times at
"Everybody's times were a little slow, not just our team," Morse
said. "It seemed like because the meet dragged on so long everyone got
a little tired of sitting around."
One of the changes made due to the SAT testing was moving 200 yard
freestyle swimmer Daniel Quintana back in the meet. But the Eagles
still managed to get a win in that event when sophomore Matt Elliott
placed first with a 1:59.77 time, edging Big Spring's Chris Stokes by
"Matt picked us up with Daniel in the SATs. I was hoping for a 1-2
finish, but since Kyle (Winkles) didn't do as well as he can, Matt
picked up the slack there," Morse said. "Kyle was a little under the
weather, so I think his times weren't indicative of what he can do
Winkles finished fourth in the 200 free, while Quintana would later
edge Stokes by .11 second to win the 100 freestyle with a 54.52 time.
Winkles and Elliott, along with K.W. Winkles and Will Oglesby, won
the 200 medley relay with a 1:48.61 time, while Quintana, Elliott,
Oglesby and Max Key took the 200 freestyle with a 1:36.37 time. In the
400 free, it was both Winkles, Key and Quintana taking first place,
with a 3:35.69 time.
In the other individual results, K.W. Winkles won the 200 individual
medley in 2:13.92, with Matt Oglesby second; Key won the 50 freestyle,
with Quintana fourth and Guthrie Long 23rd; Will Oglesby won the 100
yard butterfly with a 56.42 time, with Elliott finishing second and
Matt Oglesby sixth; Alonzo Garcia placed 16th in the 100 freestyle;
Michael Juarez placed fifth in the 500 free; Will Oglesby won the 100
backstroke in 59.73, with Kyle Winkles fourth; and Key won the 100 yard
breaststroke in 1:03.70, with K.W. Winkles second and Garcia 11th.
The 200 free 'B' relay of Matt Oglesby, Long, Garcia and Juarez
placed seventh, and the same four swimmers placed eighth in the 400
free relay. On Friday, Juarez picked up Pecos' other gold medal scoring
367 points to take the 1-meter diving by 61/2 points over Andrews' Matt
Pecos' girls used their overall depth to get their title win, as
Permian and Andrews won the three relay events. The Eagles' three gold
medals came from Teddie Salcido, who took the 200 yard freestyle in
2:14.67; and Catherine Minjarez who won both the 200 medley, in
2:29.32, and the 100 fly, with a 1:07.24 time.
Lindsey Shaw was second to Minjarez in the 200 medley and later
placed second in the 100 yard breaststroke, while Ashley Mendoza was
ninth in the 200 medley. Ashley Horsburgh was eighth and Betsy Lujan
ninth in the 50 free; Jessica Minjarez was sixth and Amanda Contreras
10th in the 100 fly; Susan Moore was second, Lujan fifth and Amie
Reynolds sixth in the 100 free; Salcido was second, Jessica Minjarez
fifth and Mendoza seventh in the 500 free; Horsburgh was sixth and
Contreras 18th in the 100 backstroke and Reynolds was sixth in the 100
In the relays, Salcido, Shaw Moore and Catherine Minjarez were edged
out by .25 second in placing second to Permian in the 200 medley;
Horsburgh, Lujan, Reynolds and Moore were second in the 200 free to
Andrews while the 'B' relay of Jessica Minjarez, Contreras, Mendoza and
Cynthia Marmalejo finished 10th, and in the 400 free relay Catherine
Minjarez, Lujan, Horsburgh and Moore were second to Permian and the 'B'
relay of Jessica Minjarez, Salcido, Reynolds and Shaw took fourth.
The Eagles have one more meet before the holiday break, this coming
Saturday at Seminole.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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