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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Lean-to-swim sign-ups end Wednesday
Wednesday is the final day to sign up boys and girls at the Pecos High School swimming pool for the summer learn-to-swim lessons.
Sign-ups on Wednesday will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the pool for the classes, which will take place in two sessions, beginning in late May and in mid-June. The course has 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.
PHS sports banquet tickets still on sale
Tickets are on sale now through Friday for the annual Pecos High School All-Sports Banquet, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. this Friday, 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.
Terry placed 7th at state
Pecos Eagles senior Rashad Terry ran a better time at the Class 3A Track and Field Championships than he did at the Region I-3A finals. But the improvement in time wasn’t enough to improve his final position from a year ago in the 200-meter dash.
Terry, who ran a slower time last year at state in the 200 meter dash while finishing seventh, cut .05 of a second off his regional time on Friday night in the Class 3A state finals. But his 22.41 effort again left him in seventh place in the state finals, which were won by Cuero’s Brandon James with a 21.25 second time.
“He competed. He went out there and ran,” said Eagles’ coach John Fellows. “I think he really went out there and did his best.”
Terry was plagued by an upper leg injury during the latter part of the 2005 season, and was unable to match his 22.17 time at regionals a year ago. The injury also kept him from trying to qualify for state again in the 100-meter dash, where he finished eighth as a junior. Running in Lane 1 a year ago, Terry ended up running a 22.68 time at the state meet in the 200 meters, while running out of Lane 4 on Friday, his state time improved on his 22.46 regional result and was well ahead of his 23.52 winning time at the District 3-3A meet in mid April.
James cut nearly a full second off his winning regional time of 22.23, which was the best of the eight state qualifiers in the 200. Terry had the fifth best time going into state, after placing second to Abilene Wylie’s Gary Edwards at the Region I-3A meet. Edwards cut two-tenths of a second off his time and finished fifth with a 22.10 effort.
Jordan Patton of Jasper, who had the second best regional time going in, ended up second, with a 21.70 time, while the biggest improvement behind James was by Jacoby Jones of Gatesville. The Region II-3A runner-up took third with a 21.95 time after placing second two weeks earlier at his regional meet with a 22.66 effort.
“Those two out in front were pretty quick, but he ran with everybody,” Fellows said. Terry missed scoring at the meet by .02 second, as Dallas Madison’s Phillip Sterling took sixth with a 22.39 time.
“It was still a good experience for him, and it gives him a little more exposure,” Fellows said. “Any time you go to the state meet, it’s a good experience.”
In terms of medals, this year’s meet wasn’t a good one for District 3-3A competitors, with the best finish a fourth place by Seminole’s Jeremy Hill in the long jump. Fort Stockton pole vaulter Matt Garvin took fifth and teammate J.J. Hickman was sixth in the 300 meter hurdles, while Monahans relay and individual competitors joined Terry in placing seventh in their events. However, overall, Region I-3A did well at the meet, with Canyon’s girls taking the team title, while Sweetwater’s boys finished second by two points to Cuero.
The Eagles failed to qualify anyone for state on the girls’ side this year, and no girls from 3-3A placed among the Top 3 in any of their events. In the 400 meter dash, where Eagles’ senior Jummy Akinyode placed third at regionals, the two runners who beat her out for state, Savanah Richroath of Sanger and Tabby Morin of Brownfield, finished sixth and eighth respectively in the 3A state finals.
Martinez’ 2nd playoff win gets 3rd at state tourney
Pecos Eagles junior Shelly Martinez is the playoff champion of Class 3A golf this year, if not the overall champion of the 3A tournament field.
Two weeks after winning a four-hole playoff to finish third in the Region I-3A golf tournament, Martinez won another third place playoff on Friday, this one against Kathryn Oliver of China Springs, after both moved up from seventh to the No. 3 spot on the final day of the 36-hole state tournament.
“Shelly played her heart out,” said Eagles’ coach Tina Doan. “She played well after she got off to a rough start the second day. She fought back and played the last 13 holes one-under.”
Martinez and Oliver tied for the second-best round of the day on Friday with 76 scores after opening round 79s, as both finished with 155 totals. Martinez then made par on the first hole of the playoff, while Oliver missed her shot to give the Eagle golfer the bronze medal.
“Her attitude and mentality through both rounds Friday and Saturday were amazing,” Doan said. “On the playoff hole they both had wonderful drives, about 125 yards out, and then Shelly put the ball on the green and the other girl put it a little to the left.
“She knew what she had to do coming here after a playoff in the regionals, and she wasn’t going to fool around. She two-putted for par, and the other girl couldn’t get it in and bogeyed,” the Eagles’ coach said.
Sweetwater’s Kelly Rainbolt, who finished second at the Region I-3A tournament, shot the low round of the day on Friday, a 74, to win the gold medal in the individual medalist competition with a 151 total. Yoakum’s Emily Kvinta, who led after the first round with a 72 score, ballooned to an 82 on Friday, but managed to hold on to second place by one shot over Martinez and Oliver.
Meanwhile, Monahans’ Allison Jordan, who beat out Martinez at district and then beat both her and Sweetwater’s Rainbolt for the Region I-3A medalist title, also slumped in the final round. The Loboes’ senior shot an 80 after an opening round 78 and finished in fifth place, with a 158 total.
“The second day, Allison and Shelly were together, along with the little girl (Oliver) she had the playoff with,” Doan said. “They thought they were all playing for second and third, but when the Yoakum girl came in with a high score things changed around and it was wide open.”
Sweetwater’s Brittany Mercer, who Martinez beat in the four-hole playoff at regionals, also struggled on Saturday, shooting an 85 after an opening round of 76 to finish sixth with a 161 score.
Snyder, which came back to beat Pecos two years ago for the Class 3A state title after losing to the Eagles at regionals, took their third 3A championship in the past four years, winning with a 336-327-663 score. Yoakum, which beat out Snyder last year, placed second, with a 336-331-667 total, while Sweetwater took third, though outside of Rainbolt, the Mustangs’ golfers struggled on Friday and saw their opening round 338 score swell to a 355 for a 693 overall total.
Jordan, Rainbolt and Mercer are all seniors, while Snyder returns almost all of their golfers for next season. Monahans also loses two other golfers along with Jordan, while the Eagles will get Martinez back for her senior year, but will be trying to replace their No. 2 golfer, Jennie Canon.
“This is just the start for Shelly. Hopefully next year we can get back there as a team,” Doan said.
Eagles place five on all-district softball team
Three Pecos Eagles were named to the first team All-District 3-3A softball team, while two were second team selections and two others received honorable mention in voting by the district’s coaches.
Junior Vanessa Valeriano and sophomores Bianca Baeza and Amalie Herrera were named to the first team squad, while senior Danielle Garcia and sophomore Jenny Palomino were second team selections and juniors Savannah Ewing and Jessica Florez were the honorable mention selections, in voting by the district’s seven coaches. The team was selected two weeks ago and released following Greenwood’s 5-1 loss to Canyon on Friday in the Region I-3A quarterfinals.
Herrera was the only one of the three first team selections for Pecos to start and finish the season in the same position, at pitcher. She started all 12 games for the Eagles in district play, finishing with a 6-6 record, as Pecos ended up fourth in the 3-3A standings.
Valeriano moved into her position at shortstop just prior to the start of district play, though both had played those positions in games last season. She also played in centerfield when Baeza, who ended up there, spend some time at catcher.
Garcia also played part of the season at catcher, before being moved back to second base, where she had played during parts of the previous three seasons. Palomino and Ewing were two of last year’s three first-team picks for Pecos, though they failed to repeat this season. Palomino played left field, while Ewing played most of the season at third place, after joining Baeza and Garcia in a brief tryout at catcher. Florez would end up catching for the Eagles during district play, after she started the season at shortstop.
Greenwood won the district title this season, but senior pitcher Raquel Hawkins of Monahans was named the district’s Most Valuable Player, and the Loboes and Rangetettes had the most first team selections overall, with four each.
The other first team picks for Monahans were sophomores Dina Ortiz at catcher and infielder Heather Schuler and junior outfielder Lupe Navarrette. Greenwood was represented by senior outfielder Kim Smith and junior infielder Savannah Neely and senior infielder Shannon Richards, while Amanda Dublin was named Newcomer of the Year.
Monahans placed second and Fort Stockton third in the district standings this season. Both were eliminated in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
Fort Stockton ended up with only two first-team selections, in senior pitcher April Singh and junior outfielder Lupita Leyva. Seminole, which tied for fifth place with Lamesa, also had two first team selections in junior outfielder Kelsey Blaylock and senior infielder Kimbre Johnson. Senior catcher Chasity Marmolejo of Lamesa was the other first team selection.
Coach Tammy Walls said there were no second team pitchers chosen by the district coaches. The other second team players along with Garcia on the infield were senior Stacie Fuentes, junior Brianna Chavez of Monahans and freshman Bailey Marcum of Monahans, junior Paige Crowell of Greenwood, senior Patti Ortiz of Seminole and junior Ruby Bernal of Fort Stockton.
The other second team outfielders along with Palomino were Monahans freshman Katlin Mitchell, Lamesa sophomores Ali Borrego, Sodi Hernandez and Jaci Bara and Seminole junior Sarah Thompson.
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