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Friday, May 6, 2005

Bears snare 4th, 6th places at I-3A meet

Balmorhea Bears juniors Michael Hernandez and Alexis Lozano scored points this past weekend in the Region I-1A Track and Field Championships at South Plains College in Levelland, but both fell short of earning trips to the Class 1A State Championships in Austin.

Hernandez qualified in two events for regionals, the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, and had the Bears’ highest finish of the meet last Friday in the two-mile event, running a 10:40.79 for a fourth place finish. He edged Mark Gregory of Wellman-Union by .15 second for the No. 4 spot, while finishing nine seconds behind third place finisher Derek Young of Dawson. On Saturday, Hernandez ran a 4:51.84 to place sixth in the 1600 meter run. Edgar Ortiz of Bovina and Jesus Chavez of Iraan placed first and second in both those races to earn the two berths in the Class A state finals.

Lozano ended up in sixth place in the shot put finals, throwing 47-foot-7 in an event won by Tyler Menges of Sundown with a 53-foot-6 effort.

The two were among four Bears to qualify for the Region I-1A meet this year. Junior A.J. Garcia and senior Lorissa Rodriguez were the other regional qualifiers, but did not place among the Top 6 in their events, the discus and triple jump.

Seagraves won the boys division with 71 points, while Sunray was second with 53. The six points scored by Hernandez and Lozano put Balmorhea in 29th place, tied with White Deer, McCamey and Wellman-Union. Hamlin won the I-A girls division with 94 points to 70 for Crosbyton.

Tourney held To raise funds for golf course

The team of Ben Garcia Jr., Charlie Garcia and Adam Rodriguez won first place in the first flight of a three-man golf tournament held this past Saturday and Sunday at the Reeves County Golf Course.

The tournament drew a total of 34 teams, and funds from the event will go towards raising funds for upgrading the golf course, according to course groundskeeper Peter Mora.

The Reeves County Golf Course currently is in the final stages of adding three new holes to the 11-hole facility, with two of the holes being placed alongside Interstate 20, at the site of the former Airbase Apartments. The work is the first step towards turning the golf course into a full 18-hole facility.

The tournament had three flights. In the second flight, winners were Michael Benavides, Rudy Nunez and Francisco Nunez, while third flight winners were Junior Navaro, Russ Salcido and Jimmy Galindo.

Gaines to speak at Balmorhea banquet

Ector County ISD Athletic Director Gary Gaines will be the guest speaker next Tuesday night for the Balmorhea High School Sports and Academic Banquet, scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Balmorhea High School cafeteria.

It’s the inaugural sports and academic banquet for the Balmorhea ISD, and tickets to the event will by $5 apiece, according to superintendent Mary Lou Carrasco. The event will honor Balmorhea ISD athletes, along with other students for the academic achievements, during the 2004-05 school year.

Gaines returned to Odessa this school year to become executive director of athletics for Ector County ISD, after serving as head football coach for Odessa Permian High School from 1986. His 1988 team that lost to Dallas Carter in the Class 5A state semifinals was profiled by H.G. Bissinger for the book “Friday Night Lights,” which was made into a motion picture last year, with Billy Bob Thornton portraying Gaines in the film.

Prior to taking the Permian job, Gaines served as head coach of Monahans, where he took the Loboes to the District 2-4A title in his first season, in 1983, and to the Region I-4A finals the following season. After leaving Permian in 1990, following the Panthers’ state championship season, Gaines served as an assistant coach to Spike Dykes at Texas Tech, then returned to the high school ranks as head coach from 1994 through 1996 at Abilene High and then from 1996 through 1999 at San Angelo Central.

Gaines then went back to the college level and back to Abilene to serve as head coach at Abilene Christian University from 2000 through this past season. He accepted the job of Ector County ISD athletic director in January.

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