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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

PHS Sports Banquet tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Pecos High School All-Sports Banquet, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 20 at the new Pecos High School gym.

Tickets for this year’s event are $8 apiece and can be purchased at the Pecos High School main office, along with the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD business office and at Airlawn Furniture on South Eddy Street and Gibson True Value on Walthall Street.

Registration scheduled for next week

Registration will be held next Monday and Wednesday at the Pecos High School swimming pool for the summer learn-to-swim lessons, which will take place in two sessons, beginning in late May and in mid-June.

Coach Terri Morse said sign-ups will be held on May 16 and May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., with a cost of $30 per child for one session. The first session will run from May 30 through June 10, while the second session is scheduled for June 13-24.

Times for the sessions will be 8:50 to 9:20 a.m. for 3-year-olds, 9:30 to 10:10 and 10:15 to 10:55 a.m. for 4-year-olds; 9:30 to 10:15, 10:15 to 10:55 and 11 to 11:40 a.m. for swimmers in Levels 1, 2 and 3; 9:30 to 10:10 and 10:15 to 10:55 a.m. for Level 4 swimmers’ and 8:45 to 9:25 a.m. for swimmers in both Level 5 and Level 6.

For further information, contact Morse at the PHS pool, at 447-7242.

Terry seeded fifth entering state 200 finals

Staff Writer

Pecos Eagle senior Rashad Terry will go into the Class 3A Track and Field Championships Friday night with the fifth fastest time among the eight runners in the finals of the 200 meter run, as he looks to improve on last year’s seventh place finish in the race at Austin.

Terry’s 22.46 second time last weekend at the Region I-3A meet in Odessa was the best time among the four second place qualifiers, while trailing all four regional winners. Abilene Wylie’s Gary Edwards caught Terry over the final 50 meters and won the race with a 22.30 time.

The best time at regionals was posted by Cuero’s Brandon James with a 21.99 second time in the Region IV-3A preliminaries. He ran a 22.13 time in the finals. The other winning times were a 22.22 time by Jasper’s Jordan Patton, and a 22.24 time by Sheldon Stoker of Tatum.

Trailing Terry’s times among the second place finisher were Phillip Sterling of Madison with a 22.51 time, Gatesville’s Jacoby Jones with a 22.66 time, and a 23.04 by Josh Ramirez of Devine.

Terry will be trying to reverse the results of last year’s meet, when he ran the second-best prelim time in the 200 meters at regionals, a 22.17, but ended up seventh out of the eight runners in the finals with a 22.68 time. This season, a leg injury has slowed down his times for the past month, and also kept the senior from competing in the 100 meter dash, which he also advanced to state in a year ago.

Terry’s second place finish in the 200 at Odessa was more than a second better than his winning time on April 15 at the District 3-3A track meet in Fort Stockton, when he collapsed at the finish line after winning with a 23.52 time. Coach John Fellows said during workouts last week that Terry was running better, as they tried to work on his endurance for state, after fading at the finish at regionals.

“He’s been looking real good in the workouts, as far as the last 50 meters goes,” Fellows said. He added that lane assignments for the state finals have not been handed out yet, but they’re hoping Terry can avoid getting Lane 1, which he was assigned in both the 100 and 200 meter finals a year ago.

Last year’s running finals were held Saturday afternoon, while this year’s even will run Friday evening, with the 200 meter finals set for 8:55 p.m. That may help Terry with the hot, humid conditions normally at the state meet, but Fellows said they would try to get a little extra work in under those conditions the day prior to the meet.

“We’ll leave Thursday at 8:30 and we’ll stop in Blanco to try and work on his starts and to try and get him acclimated to that humidity,” Fellows said.

“He’s been working hard all week. We worked hard Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with the blocks,” Fellows said. “We’ve been working the blocks with the (starter’s) gun to simulate every possibility.”

Greenwood’s girls stay alive, Seminole’s boys win series

The Greenwood Rangerettes softball team and the Seminole Indians baseball team stayed alive over the weekend in the Class 3A playoffs, while Greenwood’s baseball team saw their season come to an end at the hands of the Snyder Tigers in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Greenwood’s girls rallied from an 8-2 deficit on Thursday to defeat Perryton in the area round of the Class 3A playoffs, while Seminole’s baseball team advanced to the area round on Friday with a 12-4 win over Clyde in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Greenwood’s baseball team dropped a 15-8 game at home to Snyder on Friday and then were eliminated by the Tigers on their home field Saturday by a 9-5 score.

Greenwood’s Savannah Neely drove in seven of the Rangerettes 10 runs in their comeback against Perryton with a three-run home run in the fifth inning and a grand slam as part of a six-run sixth inning that provided the margin of victory. Greenwood, which won the District 3-3A title this season, moves on to the Region I-3A quarterfinals, where they’ll take on Canyon, which shut out Abilene Wylie in their area playoff game, 1-0.

Seminole’s baseball team scored five times in the fourth inning and three more times in the seventh of their game on Friday, after Clyde had rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead. Ross Whitfield picked up the win for the Indians, who’ll face Lubbock Cooper in the area round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Snyder got to Greenwood’s Logan Bawcom for all 15 runs in the opening game in Midland, as the Tigers scored nine times in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings after the Rangers had rallied from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game in the third inning. On Saturday, Snyder jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and a 9-0 advantage after four before the Rangers made the game closer in the fifth and sixth innings. The wins send the Tigers into the area round of the Class 3A playoffs this week against Perryton.

Seminole placed second and Greenwood third in the District 3-3A playoffs this season. District champion Presidio drew a first round bye and will open their playoffs series this weekend against Levelland, which defeated Brownfield in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Greens going under cover before course’s expansion

Staff Writer

For years, the Reeves County Golf Course has been unique in being one of the only 11-hole golf courses in the country.

A few months from now, the course will be unique for being one of the only 14-hole golf courses in the country. And a few years from now, greenskeeper Peter Mora is hoping the county-operated course will finally be able to boast a full 18-hole layout like most of the other courses in the county.

Two of the three greens for the course’s three new holes were put in place last week, while the third will be seeded sometime in June, Mora said.

“Once we’ve added all three holes we’ll change 5 through 9, and they will be the back side,” Mora said about the course layout.

The two new greens are currently covered in a white Mulch Erosion Control Blanket, which is part of the BlueYellow Engineered Turf System Mora is using on the new holes. “We’re trying this versus conventional seeding,” he said. “We’re trying to keep the seeds from blowing away.”

The blanket contains both seed and fertilizer for the new greens, and Mora and the other course workers are taking extra precautions to keep the blanket from being blown around in the spring West Texas winds.

“The first couple of days we’re watering, we’re holding it down with rebar. Once we get it waters the blanket basically adheres to the soil,” Mora said. “It’s biodegradable, so you don’t have to pull out the blanket.”

“We’ve done two of the three greens. The third green we’ll start construction on as soon as the Men’s Association tournament is over,” Mora said. The Pecos Men’s Golf Association’s annual Beau Jack Tournament will take place Memorial Day weekend, and work on the third green should start at the beginning of June.

“The company that engineered this turf system said the fastest you could probably be playing on it is 90 days, depending on the weather conditions,” Mora said. “If it’s ready in three months or if it’s ready in four months, I’m not going to rush it.”

The golf course was built during World War II, as part of the Pecos Army Airfield, and two of the three new holes were built on the site of the former Airbase housing. Those houses were turned into low-income apartments after the war, before being torn down in 1984. The land had been unused for the past 20 years, and four years ago the county negotiated an agreement with the Pecos Housing Authority to acquire rights to the land, which runs alongside Interstate 20.

Once that agreement was signed, the county first had to remove the electricity, water and sewer lines that served the old apartments before the new tee boxes, fairways and greens could be put in place. With the holes in place now, Mora said they’ll be awaiting construction of a new fence to keep golfers, golf carts and golf balls off the south I-20 access road.

“The fence doesn’t have to be that high all along it, just in certain areas,” Mora said. The hole could be opened sometime around the start of August, depending on what they decide to do with the new hole on the existing course.

“We have two options. Either we can do a temporary green on the third and 12th hole, or we could possible open one of the holes by the service road and play that as a Par 5,” he said. “I’ll have to meet with some of the members of the Association and see what their solution is.”

“One of the big issues is if we don’t have the fence or a barrier to keep t he golf carts keep the golf carts from going to the service road we’ll have to have a temporary green and play it as a Par 3 or a Par 4.”

While the three new holes are on the south side of the course, to expand it to a full 18-hole facility, new holes will have to be built on the south side of the course, between the Pecos Rifle and Pistol Range, which is in the process of being closed down, and the old Town of Pecos City landfill.

That will also require some major changes in the overall course layout in order to get the 10th hole close to the west side of the course’s clubhouse, while maintaining the final hole of the course as it is now, except for a new number.

“Old 9 will turn into 18, and what we’ll have is 5 through 9 will actually end up being 14 through 18, and the ones that will be left to do are 10, 11, 12 and 13,” Mora said.

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