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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Newest rivals open Eagles' '04 schedule

The Pecos Eagles will open up the District 3-3A football schedule in 2004 against their two newest district rivals, and will play back-to-back road games against this past year's top two finishers in District 4-3A, after next year's football schedules were set up at a meeting of district coaches and administrators this past Friday.

The Eagles will have five home and five road games in 2004, with three of their five district games out-of-town. Head coach Patrick Willis said Pecos would start district play on Friday, Oct. 8, with a game in Lamesa against the Golden Tornadoes, followed by an Oct. 15 home game against the Seminole Indians.

The Eagles, who went 3-7 in Willis' first season as Eagles' head coach, picked up one of their victories in Lamesa this past September, beating the Tors by a 19-12 final score. Pecos hasn't face Seminole in football since the 1970s.

Following those two games, the Eagles will travel to Greenwood and Monahans on consecutive Fridays to face the Rangers and Loboes, who finished first and second this past season in the 4-3A standings. They'll close out their regular season schedule on Nov. 5, with a home game against Fort Stockton.

"Hopefully we'll be able to get up a little steam coming out of those first two games and build up to face those other teams," Willis said.

The Eagles already had their pre-district scheduled tentatively set before Friday's District 3-3A meeting. Pecos will open the 2004 season on Aug. 27 against the Midland Christian Mustangs, with a game tentatively set for Grande Communication Stadium. They'll then play their home opener on Sept. 3 against Denver City, followed by a Sept. 10 home game against Kermit, which is dropping down to Class 2A next fall.

The Eagles will go to Crane and then host Sweetwater the next two weeks, before taking a week off prior to the start of their 3-3A schedule.

The Denver City game will also be the first one for Pecos on their new artificial turf field, but will be the Eagles third game of turf in 2004. Along with the Midland Christian game, they'll scrimmage on the Mustang Bowl's turf against Andrews on Aug. 14, and then will scrimmage Coahoma on Aug. 21, though Willis said as of now he wasn't sure if that would be played in Pecos or Coahoma.

The Eagles' junior varsity and freshman schedules for 2004 will basically mirror the varsity schedule, though with some of the home and away weeks changed, while the junior high schedules still have a couple of dates to fill before being completed.

Eagles field young team for opener against OHS

The Pecos Eagles have had some young baseball teams before. But when the 2004 team takes the field tonight to open the season against the Odessa High Bronchos, coach Elias Payan's group will have a lineup that will feature freshmen and sophomore players in over half of the starting positions.

That includes pitcher, where sophomore Josh Anchondo will be one of the veterans on an Eagle team that finished 19-12 last season while advancing to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs.

"I'll start Josh on the mound. He's considered my ace right now," Payan said. Anchondo went 5-1 as a freshman, including a playoff victory over Seminole and is one of two pitchers back from last year's team.

Senior Jose Reyes is the other. He finished 2-3 last season and will start tonight at shortstop against Odessa High. The Eagles' other returning players are seniors Oscar Parada and Victor Reyes in center and right field, while their other senior starter will be Jaime Muela at catcher.

Payan said he may make some changes later in the week, after the end of the current six-weeks grading period, but for tonight he'll have sophomore Eddie Vela starting in left field and freshmen Chris Garnto and Isaiah Rayos at first and third base.

"It kind of reminds me of the 1982-83 seasons, when I was a freshman. Coach (Bubba) Williams had three of us up there then, and we had five sophomores playing by next year," Payan said.

Pecos was scheduled too scrimmage Odessa High this past Thursday, but high winds and blowing dust forced cancellation of that match-up in Odessa. Rain and colder temperatures could threaten tonight's game against the Bronchos, which is the first of two home games scheduled this week for Pecos. They'll host Big Spring on Friday, then play a doubleheader in Snyder on Saturday afternoon.

Pecos faces Snyder in Midland doubleheader

Pecos Eagles' coach Tammy Walls will be closer to having a full squad this afternoon in Midland, and will have a lot of innings to look at her players in different positions, when the Eagles take on the Snyder Tigers in a doubleheader at the MUGS Field complex.

The games are scheduled for 5 and 7 p.m. in Midland, replacing a scheduled single game for Pecos in Snyder. The Eagles come into the game with a 3-4 record, after going 2-3 this past weekend at the Andrews Tournament Pecos lost a pool game to Greenwood and then fell to El Paso Burges and the Rangerettes on Friday, before beating Crane and El Paso Del Valle to win consolation on Saturday.

The Eagles played that game without starting pitcher Stephanie Herrera and starting catcher Katie Lee. They'll both be back, though Pecos will still be minus starting third baseman Jessica Flores, who sprained her ankle a week ago against Crane.

The missing players this past weekend gave Walls a chance to see several freshmen in starting roles, and she said as of now, she still hasn't settled on a starting lineup.

"We're in the position where in the past we would be weak in one or two positions in the field and would try to even up by putting some strong players around them," Walls said. "Now that's not our problem. We can try and put certain individuals where they can benefit the most."

Snyder played in the Copperas Cove Tournament this past weekend, scoring a 9-5 win over Class 4A Lampasas.

Runners start season early with Lubbock indoor meet

The 2004 track season doesn't officially get underway for the Pecos Eagles until this Saturday at the Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton. But seven members of the Eagle boys' track squad competed this past weekend at an indoor track meet in Lubbock against runners from the Midland, Odessa and Lubbock areas, along with several other schools and clubs from across the state.

The six ran as members of the Pecos Elite Track Club, competing in four individual races, along with the 1600 meter relay at Texas Tech's indoor track facility. Rashad Terry, Isaiah Juarez, Alex Orosco and John Parent ran a 3:39.28 time which was eighth-best at the meet, that had 37 teams overall entered.

"A 3:39 indoors is probably about a 3:31 or a 3:32 outdoors, which is pretty good for us at this time of year," said Eagles' track coach Jerry Parent, who did not make the trip to Lubbock. John Cook, who took several Pecos runners to off-season meets during the summer, took the six Eagle runners to the Tech meet, which was run as a timed finals, with the best times overall taken from the various heats in each event.

Individually, Terry won his heat, and placed second out of over 60 runners in the 200 meter dash, with a 22.46 time. Peter Juarez ran a 24.41 in that race, which was 33rd overall, and Justin Hannsz ran a 26.46 and was in 60th place. Orosco placed seventh overall in the 400 meter dash, with a 54.50 time, while Isaiah Juarez finished 14th in the 800 meter run, with a time of 2:13.73, and John Parent was 16th in the 55 meter hurdles with a 9.19 second time.

Fort Stockton was the only other District 4-3A team to send any runners to the Texas Tech meet, in preparation for their own meet, which will be a one-day affair this year, beginning Saturday morning, with the finals scheduled to start later that afternoon.

Before the Comanche Relays on Saturday, the Eagles will be hosting eight other teams on Friday, in the West of the Pecos Junior Relays to start off the junior high track season. Teams from Monahans, Fort Stockton, Kermit, Presidio, Dell City, Grandfalls, Fort Davis and Marfa are entered in the meet, which will also be a timed finals and will start at 4 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.

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