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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Girls improve, boys slip in junior high golf

The Pecos Eagle junior high girls golf team did a little bit better and the boys did a little bit worse this past Saturday, during the second round of the area tournament, held in Fort Stockton.

The boys finished fourth on the day after placing second in the opening round, and dropped to third place overall in the standings through 36 holes of play. The girls, who were sixth in their opening nine holes in Monahans on April 17, moved up to fourth place on the day at Fort Stockton, though they’re still sixth overall through the first two nine-hole rounds.

“We blew it up,” said boys coach Ronnie Daniel, who was missing one of his ‘A’ team golfers, in Heath Armstrong. Drake Bradley again placed first in the medalist race, shooting an 83 on the day. At 167 overall, he’s six strokes up on second place Eric Kelton of Andrews.

The Eagles had two other golfers break 100 on Saturday, but neither were part of the ‘A’ group at Fort Stockton. Desi Alvarez shot a 93 in his first tournament round, while Eric Salcido had an 89 after a 127 and is at 216 overall. Daniel said both finishes among the Top 10 individually.

For the other ‘A’ team members, Dane Daniel shot a 104 and is at 202 overall, Everett Parker had a 110 and is at 218, Nathan Duke also shot a 110 and is at 219 and Joseph Rodriguez shot a 121 in his first tournament round. The Eagles’ other golfer, Ismael Mendoza, shot a 135 in his first round of the tournament.

Pecos overall shot a 407 and is at 769 after two rounds. Monahans, which shot a 386 in Fort Stockton, moved into second place with a 784 score, while Andrews shot a 345, and continues to lead with a 711 total. Andrews ‘B’ was third on the day with a 404 and is fourth overall at 814, and are followed by Monahans ‘B’ with a 434-872, Fort Stockton ‘A’ with a 432-896, Kermit with a 425-897, and Fort Stockton ‘B’ with a 508-1025. Pecos’ girls cut 34 strokes off their opening round total, shooting a 232 on Saturday and are at 498 through 18 holes of play.

Rica Pino lowered her opening round score by 16 strokes, shooting a 51 to stand at 118 for the tournament, while Amanda Herrera is at 117 overall, following a round of 59 at Fort Stockton. Marissa Lyles shot a 60 and is at 129, Carolina Briones shot a 68 and is at 139, and Kayla Natividad also shot a 68 in her first round of the tournament.

Andrews also leads in the girls’ division with a 401 score, after a round of 196 on Saturday. Monahans, which shot a 213 and Fort Stockton, with a 227, were the other teams ahead of Pecos in the second round. The Loboes are at 424 overall, while the Panthers are a 468.

Kermit shot a 234 and is fourth for the tournament with a 484 total, while Andrews ‘B’ shot a 245 and is fifth overall, with a 492. Monahans ‘B’ shot a 235 on Saturday and is in seventh place, with a 502 total.

The third round of the area tournament is scheduled for this Saturday at Andrews.

Eagles set starting pitchers for last two district games

The big game this week for the Pecos Eagles’ baseball team is on Friday. That may also be true for the Greenwood Rangers.

But the Eagles and Rangers will be playing each other Thursday afternoon in Greenwood, which means both coaches Elias Payan and Greenwood coach Joe Williams have decisions to make about their starting pitchers.

With pitcher Josh Anchondo ineligible until mid-May, Payan already has decided that Jose Reyes will pitch Friday’s game against Presidio in Pecos. A win that night against the Blue Devils would give the Eagles the District 4-3A title no matter what happens in Thursday’s 4:30 p.m. game at Greenwood. Both teams are 7-1, but Pecos won the first district meeting of the season at Presidio behind Reyes, by a 10-8 final score.

Greenwood, 5-3 in district, can’t catch Presidio in the district standings - they’ve already lost to the Blue Devils twice - but they can catch the Eagles and force a playoff for second, with two wins and two Pecos losses. However, the other concern for the Rangers right now is 4-4 Monahans, who’ll host Greenwood on Friday. The Rangers could clinch a playoff berth on Thursday, with a win over Pecos and a Monahans loss at Fort Stockton, but if not, they’ll have to go to Monahans and win to assure themselves of a post-season trip.

Adam Banda has been the Rangers’ top pitcher this season, but he did not start against Pecos in the teams’ first district meeting earlier this month. Brian Hill got the start, and while he was staked to an early 2-0 lead, the Eagles came back for a 6-2 win behind Anchondo’s two-hit performance.

While Williams has to choose between Banda, Hill and Justin Crockett for Thursday’s game, Payan said Eddie Vela would pitch for the Eagles, the first time any pitcher besides Anchondo or Reyes has been on the mound in district play for Pecos.

“The thing with Eddy is we’re going to have to see him eventually for the playoffs, and regardless of what happens on Thursday our big game is on Friday,” Payan said. “We’re going to have to give Eddy some work, and depending on the situation, we may get a chance to see Edward (Valencia).”

Vela’s last action was back on March 23 against Midland Christian, when he left the game wit a 5-4 lead in an eventual 7-5 Eagle loss. Four days earlier, he lost to Greenwood at the Andrews Tournament, while Valencia also suffered a loss to the Rangers in Andrews, going the distance in that game.

While the District 4-3A playoff picture remains muddled, the bi-district opponents for the second and third place teams are set. The district runner-up will take on Seminole in the first round of the playoffs, while the third place team will play Sweetwater, who lost to Snyder for the District 3-3A title on Tuesday by a 17-2 score. The District 4-3A winner will have an first round bye and will meet Perryton, Brownfield or Littlefield in the area round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Girls softball, youth T-ball begin sign-ups

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is signing up players for its spring and summer girls softball and youth T-ball programs.

The softball program is open to girls between the ages of 7 and 14, with a registration fee of $10 per player. Enrollment forms are available at the recreation department office in the old Pecos High School gym between 4 and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Sign-ups also are underway for the 14 and under girls softball travel team. Sign-ups are limited to the first 14 players.

T-ball is open to boys and girls ages 4-7 years of age, and also has a fee of $10 per player. Deadline for both softball and T-ball sign-ups are Friday, May 14.

A birth certificate and both parents’ signatures must be provided along with the returned enrollment forms. For further information, contact the recreation department at 447-9776.

Pecos 6-7 grade boys claim state swim title

A group of five Pecos Eagle sixth and seventh grade swimmers took home first place in the boys’ division this past weekend at the 2004 Texas Middle School Championship, held at Palo Alto College in San Antonio.

“Overall the kids did an exceptional job. The surprised me when they placed first in their division,” said junior high coach Evan Bates. “Joshua Elliott broke the meet record in the 100 freestyle.”

Elliot swam a 57.55 time to win that race, and also placed third in the 100-yard individual medley and was a member of both Pecos relay teams, which finished first and second in their events.

Elliott, Frankie Morin, Heath Armstrong and Derek Teague won the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:55.71 time, while Elliott, Morin, Armstrong and Brian Carrasco was second too Gregory-Portland in the 200 medley relay.

Armstrong picked up Pecos’ other first place finish, taking the 1-meter diving competition wit a 134.45 score, and also finished second in the 50 yard backstroke for Pecos. Other results included a fifth by Teague in the 50 freestyle and a seventh in the 50 yard breaststroke; a ninth in the 50 yard butterfly and 13th place by Carrasco in the 100 medley; and a ninth by Morin in the 50 backstroke and a 10th in the 50 fly.

The five swimmers were joined by one other Pecos competitor, Dustin Windham, who finished second in the 1meter diving competition for Grades 8-9 at the meet.

Pecos took fourth place in the final standings with 69 points for the combined boys and girls Grades 6-7 Division, all of that coming on the boys’ side. They were 12 points ahead of West Ridge Middle School while Pflugerville Middle School won the overall title with 105 1/2 points. A total of 35 teams scored points in the Grades 6-7 Division. Windham’s second place finish in the 8-9 division was worth seven points and was good enough for 23rd place in the final standings. Last year, Pecos swimmers scored a combined 66 points at state, with taking seventh overall in their division.

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