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Friday, January 6, 2006

Swimmers end break with Ft. Stockton meet

The Pecos Eagles swim team ends a four-week break this weekend, when they travel to Fort Stockton for their next-to-last meet before District 3-4A competition at the end of January. The Eagles will compete in the Fort Stockton Invitational, which coach Terri Morse said would feature most of Pecos’ district rivals.

“Pretty much everyone from district except for Andrews will be there,” she said. San Angelo Central, Seminole and Hobbs are among the other schools entered.

The meet will open with diving competition at 6 p.m. on Friday, while the swimming finals will be at noon on Saturday.

The Eagles’ last meet was back on Dec. 10 at Seminole, where the boys took first place, while the girls earned their first gold medal since the early in the season in invitational competition. For this weekend, Morse said, “Most everybody will swim what they usually do. We are doing a few different things with some people, so we can check on their times before district.”

The Seminole meet also was the first for senior Matt Elliott since he injured his knee late in October in Pecos’ football game against Greenwood.

Morse said on Saturday he would swim in the 200 yard medley relay, along with his brother Josh, Kyle Winkles and Matt Oglesby, while Matthew Florez, who had been swimming in the 200 medley, will move over to the 200 freestyle, where Elliott swam at Seminole. Florez, Winkles, Oglesby and Josh Elliott would continue to swim the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Eagles’ final pre-district meet will be next weekend in Lubbock, while District 3-4A competition will be on Jan. 27-28 at Big Spring.

Balmorhea set for stock show over weekend

Over 60 animals will be a part of this year’s Balmorhea Livestock Show and Sale scheduled for this weekend in Balmorhea.

Weigh-in is scheduled for Friday between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., at the Balmorhea FFA Barn.

The show will began at 10 a.m., Saturday, with the hogs being shown first.

“We’ll take a break for lunch and then resume after that,” said agriculture teacher Bob Bagley.

A barbecue lunch will be available for $6 a plate.

The show will resume after lunch with the lamb show, then the goat show and finally the steers.

Around 20 hogs will be at the show; 11 lambs; 25 goats and one steer.

“We welcome everyone to come out to Balmorhea and see what these kids have been working on all year,” said Bagley.

The Balmorhea Livestock Show is held annually the week prior to the Reeves-Loving Livestock Show. This year’s show will be held on Jan. 13-14 at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Powerlifters host meet in first competition of season

The Pecos Eagles powerlifting team will open their 2006 season on Saturday with the first home meet for Pecos in six years, as they host nine other area schools in the first of four regular season competitions.

Coach Fred Howard takes over the team this year, replacing Patrick Willis, who had served as coach for the past two seasons when the program was in danger of being dropped by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD. “Coach Willis did a great job with the program, and he let me have it this year,” said Howard. “I’m happy to be doing it, and want to keep building on it.”

He said the Eagles would start their season on Saturday with between 25 and 35 lifters combined in the boys and girls divisions. The group includes Ruben Salgado, Pecos’ regional qualifier from a year ago who he placed third in his weight class at the Region I Powerlifting Meet in Lubbock, just missing out on a trip to state.

Howard said Saturday’s meet would start at 9 a.m., following weigh-ins at 7 a.m. at the Pecos High School gym. Along with the Eagles, the other teams entered include district rivals Monahans, Fort Stockton and Seminole, along with Kermit, Crane, Alpine, Rankin, McCamey and Eunice, N.M.

“I think it’s going to be fun. I think the kids are going to enjoy it, and we’ve got a lot of interest from the community,” Howard said. “I appreciate all the support, and look forward to it being a very good meet.”

The results at the regular season meets for the lifters determine whether or not they qualify for regional competition in March. Powerlifters are groups according to weight, and the results are matched against lifters from across the region.

Following Saturday’s meet, the next event for Pecos will be in Monahans on Jan. 21. The Eagles have two meets in February, on the 11th at Fort Stockton and Feb. 25 in Kermit, with the regionals this year set for March 4 in Plainview for the girls and March 11 at Brownfield for the boys.

State competition is scheduled for March 18 in Killeen for the girls and in Houston on March 25 for the boys.

Eagle shooters off-target in loss to Mustangs

Pecos Eagles coach Art Wellborn wasn’t all that unhappy with his team’s execution Tuesday night in their first basketball game of 2006 - until it came to the shooting part. The Eagles couldn’t hit from the outside, while after a slow start, the Andrews Mustangs found their range from behind the 3-point line. The Mustangs outscored the Eagles 24-3 from behind the line, and outscored Pecos 45-14 in the middle two periods, on the way to a 74-34 non-district win.

“We ended up shooting 33 percent for the game,” said Wellborn, whose team trailed by a 17-10 score after one period, but were then outscored 25-7 in the second quarter.

“In the first quarter they weren’t shooting very well, either, but in the second quarter they hit five 3s,” he said. “Like Mike (Valencia) and I told them at halftime, we weren’t playing that bad. We were running the offense and getting good looks, we just didn’t shoot the ball.”

Wellborn did say his team didn’t play as well in the second half, and when Andrews did miss the ball, they had more second-chance opportunities. “They just killed us on the boards,” he said.

Andrews spread out their 3-point scoring, with five players hitting from outside, while Jose Ramirez did his scoring inside and led the Mustangs with 15 points. That was the same as Josh Anchondo, the only Pecos player in double figures and the only Eagle to hit from 3-point range on Tuesday night.

“Our guards have just got to start shooting better from the outside,” said Wellborn, whose team resumes District 3-3A play along with Pecos’ girls on Friday night, with games in Greenwood against the Rangers and Rangerettes.

Greenwood is favored to win the district boys title and is 15-6 on the season, 2-0 in district after playing in Pecos on Tuesday night and defeating Presidio, 61-30. “One game they played a half-court press and a 2-3 zone, but against Presidio they played straight man,” said Wellborn. “Since they’ve seen us play, I expect we’ll get a press.”

He added that the Eagles will have to do a good job against Greenwood’s 6-foot-8 point Ryan Beeler, who tied Lane Flowers for high-point honors on Tuesday with 12. The Eagles loss on Tuesday dropped them to 2-11 on the season, but they’re 1-0 in district after their 52-51 win at home over Presidio on Dec. 19.

Pecos’ girls go into Friday night’s game with a 4-11 record and a 1-2 mark in district play after their 46-35 win over Presidio the Monday before Christmas. Greenwood is 2-2 in district and 9-12 overall following their 41-33 win against Presidio on Tuesday at the Pecos High School gym. Whitney Etheredge and Lorin Pressley led the Rangerettes with 12 points apiece in the victory.

Play will open on Friday with the freshmen boys and junior varsity girls games at 4:30 p.m. The varsity girls will play at 6 p.m., along with the JV boys, while the boys varsity will follow the girls, starting about 7:30 p.m.

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