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August 1, 1996

Balmorhea ranked 13th in preseason six-man poll

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Thirteen was Balmorhea Bears' lucky number in the Huntress Report's
preseason six-man football poll, the highest ranking of any District 8-A
six man squad going into the 1996 season.
The Bears are one of two district teams in Huntress' Top 20, though the
other - the Sanderson Eagles - have yet to play a six man game.
Sanderson dropped down from 11-man, and are ranked 19th, ahead of
defending 8-A champ Imperial, which is ranked 31st.
Whitherral was ranked No. 1 in the huntress poll with Milford second
and two other area teams, Sands and Wellman, fourth and 10th. Other
district teams ranked are Dell City, 46th; Grandfalls, 55th; Sierra
Blanca, 81st; and Marathon, 87th.
"It kind of surprised me, but Huntress was more accurate last year,"
Bears' coach Michael Barrandey said. "We had a real young team last
year, and (No. 2) Klondike got a good look at us and we almost beat
them," as Balmorhea fell 60-57 in their playoff matchup.
"On paper we look good, but once we get on the field we'll see how we
look," the Bears' coach said. "Some of our kids have grown and some have
hit the weights pretty good.
"It's nice to get ranked. Hopefully we can hold ourselves up to it and
do our best," Barrandey added.

Optimists host Little League team tourney

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The Pecos Evening Optimist Club will sponsor an eight-team Little League
Tournament this weekend at Chano Prieto Field.
Pecos Little League president Steve Reyes said four teams made up of
Pecos and Barstow players would be in the tournament, along with teams
from Odessa, Fort Stockton, Wink and Balmorhea, though exact first round
pairing have not yet been determined.
"We're going to draw for team on Thursday," Reyes said, adding that the
only set starting time will be fore Odessa, which will play in the last
opening round game, at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Of the four Pecos teams, Reyes said "One team will be the Little League
All-Stars, and the others would be made up of kids mixed from all the
league teams."
The tournament gets underway with two games Friday at 6 and 8 p.m.,
following by the final two opening round contests at 8 and 10 a.m.
Saturday. Reyes said the double-elimination tournament would continue
all day Saturday, with the championship game set for 2 p.m. on Sunday. A
deciding game, if needed would be played about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

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