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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Presidio’s hitters shut down by Perryton

District 3-3A champion Presidio couldn’t shut down the Perryton Rangers in the opening game of their playoff series, and couldn’t get their bats going against Perryton in Game 2 of the Region I-3A quarterfinals, as the Blue Devils saw their 2005 season come to an end in Snyder on Saturday.

Perryton jumped out to a 3-0 in first inning of the opening game of the best-of-three series on Friday at Moffet Field, on the way to a 9-4 victory. Then on Saturday, the Blue Devils were shut out by Rangers’ sophomore pitcher Austin Terhune, while Presidio’s Alex Calderon allowed two runs in the fourth inning and one on the fifth in the 3-0 loss.

Presidio’s hitters only had one good inning in the two-game series, when they scored four times in the seventh inning of Game 1 on Friday, up until that point, the Blue Devils had been one-hit by Perryton’s Jared Castor, while the Rangers jumped on Presidio starter Hector Rodriguez in the first inning, scoring three times before he was replaced on the mound by Juan Aguilar.

Rodriguez, who wasn’t a regular starter on the mound for Presidio during district play, walked two batters and hit a third to load the bases in the first inning, before giving up back-to-back doubles to Brendan Baker and Bret Watson. Aguilar replaced Rodriguez after that and got though the next two innings, but allowed two runs, one unearned, in the third and was replaced in the fourth by Jaime Ortega when Perryton took a 7-0 lead.

Calderon, who would have a three-run home run off Castor in the seventh, shut out the Rangers for the first three innings on Saturday. Siji Munoz’s two-run single in the fourth broke a scoreless tie, while the Blue Devils failed to capitalize on baserunners throughout the game, coming closest to scoring in the sixth, when Aguilar just missed a two-out home run with two runners on base.

The loss ended Presidio’s season with a 24-3 record. Perryton advances to face Iowa Park in the Region I-3A semifinals.

PHS athletes receive awards at banquet

Awards and certificates were handed out to Pecos Eagle athletes on Friday night, during the annual Pecos High School All-Sports Banquet, held at the new Pecos High School gym.

A slide show of PHS athletes during the 2004-05 season replaced the traditional guest speaker at this year’s banquet. The slide show concluded the event, after the top individual awards were presented to the boys and girls athletes.

Senior Danielle Garcia picked up two of the four awards presented the female athletes on Friday, winning the Joe Shoemaker Award and the Letha Prewit Award. The Shoemaker Award was for the senior participating in the most sports during her four years at high school, while the Prewit Award went to the top basketball player for the Eagle girls’ team.

The other awards were also given to Eagle seniors, as Lliy Valdez won the Norma Mata Fighting Heart Award, while Jummy Akinyode picked up the Dorothy Nebers Curfman Award for track, after she earned a state alternate berth last month at the Region I-3A track meet.

On the boys’ side, the Doc Lunday Sportsmanship Award went to senior quarterback Saul Pina, while the Craig Woods award for football and track went to senior Chad Evans. Winning the Joe Bob Kelton Award was Joseph Jaquez, while the Bill Dean Award, which goes a junior football player each year, went to Eddie Vela.

At the start of the banquet, PHS head football coach and athletic director Patrick Willis told this year’s football team, “I appreciate all you did,” even though the Eagles finished 2004 with a 1-9 record.

“Things sometimes don’t happen as we plan. Our goal when we set out was a district championship. We fell short of our goal, but I appreciate your effort.”

Along with the main awards, coaches for some of the other sports also handed out all-district certificates, awards to their top performers. That included Willis giving out awards to Ashley Orona and Ruben Salgado as the top powerlifters during the 2005 season.

Swimming coach Terri Morse handed out all-state and all-region honors to her team, along with awards to senior Susan Moore and sophomore Kyle Winkles for being the top point-scorers this year.

“We had a good season this year, and I am extremely proud of our twin championships, Morse said of the boys and girls district titles. She also presented academic all-state awards to seniors Amie Reynolds and Ashley Horsburgh.

The other all-state honor handed out was by golf coach Tina Doan, who presented Shelly Martinez with her honor after the junior placed third at state the previous Friday. “We have the toughest regionals around,” said Doan, who noted that two of the top three teams and three of the top five golfers at state came out of Region I-3A.

Also presenting awards for their top performers were girls track coach Veronica Valenzuela, who gave the top runner honor to Akinyode and the top field event performer to Chantel Mazone, while boys’ golf coach Kim Anderson presented his top golfer award to senior Michael Nichols, with Joseph Tarin also earning an award for Most Improved golfer.

The only all-district honors not presented at Friday’s banquet were for baseball. That team was not released until Saturday, after District 3-3A champion Presidio was eliminated by Perryton in the Region I-3A quarterfinals.

Vela and freshman Jose Chavez were named to the first team all-district squad, while junior outfielder Jonathan Garcia and sophomore shortstop Isaiah Rayos were second team selections. A full list of the 2005 all-district baseball team will be in Friday’s Enterprise.

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