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Friday, May 27, 2005

Garcia earns scholarship at McMurry

Pecos Eagles senior Danielle Garcia will be following her brother to Abilene in August, after she signed a letter of intent to attend McMurry University on a volleyball scholarship.

Garcia signed on Monday to attend the Abilene school on a $2,000 general sports scholarship. Garcia played both as a front line hitter and as a setter the past two seasons for Pecos, though she said she would “probably be a setter” at the college level.

She said she had been in contact with officials at McMurry since the end of April about attending the school on a volleyball scholarship. Garcia’s brother Gary has been attending McMurry the past two years, after signing a swimming scholarship in 2003.

Danielle Garcia was an all-district player for the Eagles in volleyball the past two seasons, and also earned all-district honors this year in basketball and in softball. Last Friday, she received the Joe Shoemaker Award for participation in sports over four years by a Pecos High School student, and the Letha Prewit Award, given to the top basketball player for the Pecos Eagles each season.

Eagles earn four spots on 3-3A baseball team

Two members of the Pecos Eagles’ varsity baseball team were selected to the first team All-District 3-3A squad, while two others were named to the second team squad in voting by the district’s seven coaches.

Junior pitcher Eddie Vela and freshman second baseman Jose Chavez were named to the first team by the district coaches, while junior outfielder Jonathan Garcia and sophomore shortstop Isaiah Rayos were chosen to the second team, coach Elias Payan said. The team was selected earlier this month and released following Presidio’s loss to Perryton this past Saturday in the Region I-3A quarterfinals.

Vela pitched in seven of the Eagles’ 12 district games and had a 4-2 record, while going 6-3 overall on the season for Pecos. In district, he had a 3.74 earned run average while striking out 38 and walking 16 in 33 2/3 innings of work. He also played center field for the Eagles and batted .289 in district with six runs batted in.

Chavez was one of two freshman named to the first-team all-district squad, and despite batting leadoff during most of 3-3A play ended up leading the Eagles in RBIs in district, with seven. He batted .325 during district play and made only one error in 37 chances in his first season of 3-3A play.

Garcia batted .265 in district and tied for the lead in extra-base hits in 3-3A play for the Eagles with three, including one of the Eagles two home runs during district, and six RBI. He led the team in runs scoring in district with nine. On defense, Garcia played most of the season in right field after starting at second base a year ago.

Rayos batted .341 in district this season and led the Eagles in hits with 14. He also tied for the lead in doubles during the 3-3A portion of the schedule with three and had six RBI. He spent most of the season at shortstop, while starting one game on the mound for Pecos during district play.

Presidio seniors Armando Dominguez and Alex Calderon shared Most Valuable player honors for District 3-3A, as the Blue Devils won their second straight district title, while junior catcher Isidro Rocha won the Defensive MVP award and senior Matt Castleberry of second-place Seminole was given Offensive MVP honors.

Outside of Calderon, who was 8-1 on the season for Presidio, juniors made up all the first team pitching selections. Vela was joined by Presidio’s Juan Aguilar and Hector Rodriguez, Seminole’s Trey Curiel, and Fort Stockton’s Bryant Arcides. Greenwood senior Toby Bunch was the other first team catcher selected, while the rest of the first team infield included three other Rangers, senior A.J. McCullough at first base, sophomore Logan Bawcom at second base and Bryce Williams, the other freshman named to the team, at third base.

The outfield was made up of Greenwood junior David Hill, Presidio senior Hector Colomo and Seminole junior Drew Phillips. Monahans seniors Scotty Najar and Larry Jasso were named to the team as designated hitter and utility player, while Rangers’ sophomore Chad Caver also was chosen as a utility player. Seminole senior Michael Farris shared Newcomer of the Year honors with Monahans’ sophomore Tico Olivas.

Seniors and sophomores dominated the second team selections. At pitcher, seniors Ross Whitfield of Seminole, Bryan Brown of Lamesa and Dallas Golden of Greenwood were selected, while Seminole sophomore Michael Martinez was chosen at first base, Fort Stockton freshman Sergio Corral at second base, and sophomores Jaime Ortega of Presidio and Todd Warren of Seminole shared second team honors at third base.

Catcher was Fort Stockton junior Octavio Contreras, while joining Garcia in the outfield were seniors Robby Barriga of Fort Stockton and Jorge Vasquez of Presidio. Greenwood sophomore Evan McFarland was the second team DH and Lamesa senior Britt Rebber was the second team pick as utility player.

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