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Pecos had been scheduled to have a pair of triangular meets this week,
to get their season underway, but coach Terri Morse said Saturday's meet
in Andrews has been canceled.
"I called their coach to see what time it would start, and he said he
just had to cancel it because there were too many things going on with
the (area) band competition," the Eagles' coach said.
Pecos' girls won their sixth straight District 4 title a year ago,
beating out Monahans for top honors, while the boys saw their six-year
streak ended by Big Spring.
Morse said she'll start the season with 11 boys and 10 girls on the
team, with the numbers fairly evenly divided between freshman,
sophomore, junior and senior classes. "We still might pick up a few
more, but this is the main part of our team," she said.
She said the Eagles' numbers will probably be lower than what the Steers
or Andrews will field. Big Spring's depth last season contributed to
their ending Pecos' streak of boys district titles.
"We're kind of in a young stage, but we've got a bunch of junior high
kids coming up, so hopefully in the next couple of years we'll see a big
jump in the numbers," Morse said. "The numbers are up this year for the
boys, so that's encouraging, although right now we are a little lower
for the girls, but overall we should be helped point-wise.
"The kids if got are all good swimmers who will help us out," she added.
"They're all working very, very hard and do what I asked them to do.
We've already seen a big drop in times at the time trial we held."
Individually, Pecos lost their two top swimmers from last year, Evan
Bates and Nettie Rodriguez, to graduation, but do return get back the
defending district champs in the 200 medley relay, in senior Seth
Whitworth and sophomore Liz Parent.
Morse said Big Spring, Andrews and Fort Stockton should all be strong on
the boys side this season, while the girls figure to be challenged by
last year's district runner-up, Monahans, "especially if they get
Shannon Rogers back," Morse said.
Rogers left the team late last season, which helped the Eagles claim
their sixth title. Pecos will be trying to tie Monahans' streak of seven
straight girls district crowns between 1984-90 with a victory at the
District 4 meet in Fort Stockton in late January.
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PECOS, Oct. 15 -- If this was any season in recent years, tonight's game
between the Pecos Eagles and Fort Stockton Prowlers would have almost no
meaning at all, as far as the playoffs were concerned.
But thanks to the new rule adding a third team to the Class 4A playoffs,
when the Eagles travel to Fort Stockton tonight, they'll be looking to
grab a half-game lead over the Prowlers in the battle for the final
District 4-4A playoff spot.
The Eagles take on the Prowlers in freshman, junior varsity and varsity
matches starting at 5, 6 and 7:15 p.m., with Fort Stockton holding a
half-game lead over Pecos in the race for third, after their 16-14,
15-13 loss at Big Spring, and the Eagles' 15-7, 15-7 win in Sweetwater
Although it would seem the Prowlers would have the advantage playing on
their own court tonight, based on their results this season, the Eagles
are better off playing anywhere but Pecos on a Tuesday.
They've had most of their worst games at home during the week this
season, including last week's loss to Andrews and their earlier 15-8,
16-14 loss to the Prowlers.
In that game, Pecos held a 14-9 lead in the second game, but fell apart,
and were unable to even break serve on the Prowlers' final five points
of the match.
"I don't know why we've played better on the road," Eagles' coach Nora
Geron said. "I don't know if it's being on the bus that gives us a
little more togetherness."
Geron is hoping to have her whole team together for tonight's match. She
was two players short in Sweetwater on Saturday, with Shirhonda Bell out
with a pulled muscle and Marisol Arenivas gone due to an ear infection.
Geron had been planning to play Bell in place of LaCrisha Molinar, after
she lost her eligibility, but the injury has kept her out for the past
10 days. "I hope Shirhonda's back, because we need a double block in
there. A single blocker against their (Fort Stockton's) girls won't
Angela Granado is the main player the Eagles would figure to have
trouble with on a single block, but last month, it was teammate Elisa
Espino who dominated at the end of Game 2, leading the Prowlers back
from their five point deficit.
This is the final road contest for Pecos in regular season play. The
Eagles close things out with home matches the next two Saturdays against
Big Spring and San Angelo Lake View. The Steers are just a half-game in
back of the Eagles in the race for third, and can improve their chances
with a win over Sweetwater tonight.
Geron said times have been changed for the final two home contests. Due
to area band competition, the Eagles and Steers will play only a 12 noon
varsity match this Saturday, while Pecos and Lake View will have just JV
and varsity matches at 2 and 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 26.
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