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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Eagle powerlifters get 2nd, 3rd in opening meet

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles powerlifting team opened their 2006 season on Saturday by picking up a number of medals, along with a sweep of the top three spots in one weight class, in their first home meet in six years.

Pecos’ girls placed second overall in the team standings with 36 points, to 39 for first-place McCamey, while the Eagle boys had 30 points and were third, one point behind Seminole, while Monahans won the competition with 51 points.

“I think this was one of the smoothest meets I’ve seen, and I’ve put on a couple of regional meets before,” said Eagles’ coach Fred Howard of the competition, which lasted for about seven hours at the old Pecos High School gym. “I was pleased with everyone who helped out, and the other coaches were very complimentary of our kids, and we shouldn’t have expected anything else, because Pecos kids are that good.”

Pecos’ girls earned first place finishes in three weight classes. Ashley Ornelas won at 114 points with a combined 455 pounds on her squat, bench press and dead lifts, while Martiza Acosta lifted 415 pounds to win in the 198-pound weight class, and Maressa Lyles won in the 220-pound division with a combined 365-pound lift.

Among those finishing in the top 5 in their weight classes, Amanda Contreras was second to Ornelas at 114 pounds with a lift total of 425 pounds; Katherine Ramirez was second and Tiffany Rodriguez fourth in the 181 pound weight class, with lifts o 510 and 420 pounds; and Jessica Trujillo was fifth in the 148-pound division.

Howard said working with the girls leading up to and during the meet had its ups and downs. “You’ve got to take them by the hands every week, and when you’re hosting a meet that can be a problem. But they all did a great job,” he said.

The boys swept the top three positions in the 242-pound weight class. Ruben Salgado, the Eagles’ regional qualifier from a year ago, won with a combined lift total of 1260 pounds, the best for any competitor in the meet. Mason Baeza finished second with a 1060 total, and Michael Lee was third, at 1040 pounds.

“In the 242-pound boys division we dominated. It was overwhelming,” said Howard, who was still disappointed the boys lost out by a point for second place. “We had a couple of kids who surprised me. They stepped up and got medals, and a few other kids, if they had been able to come down on their weight class, they would have placed.”

Pecos also had a second place finish from Chris Navarette in the 275-pound weight class, with a 1020 total, while Eli Hinojos was third in the 148-pound division, with a combined lift of 910 pounds. The other finishes for the Eagles in the top five were by Marcus Luna, who was fourth in the 165-poound division with a 905 pound total, and Aaron Navarette and Justin Hannsz, who were fourth and fifth in the 181-pound division, with lifts of 920 pound each.

The Eagles will have this week off, but will return to action in Monahans on Jan. 21.

Missed chances cost Pecos at Greenwood

Foul line problems and scoring problems overall in the final period cost the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team a shot at a victory on Friday night at Greenwood, as the Rangerettes pulled away in the final eight minutes for a 45-33 victory.

“At times we looked real good, better than I’ve seen us this year,” said Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery. “We had chances to stay in the game, but when those chances came up we’d miss a lay-up or miss a free throw.”

The Eagles took 10 more shots at the foul line than Greenwood did in the game, but scored two less points, going just 11-for-24 while the Rangerettes hit all but one of their 14 free throws. Pecos also committed nine fewer fouls on the night, which Lowery said was actually a problem towards the end of the game.

“We have to get more aggressive. When we got down to the end, even when you want to foul to put them on the line, we only had four (team) fouls.”

The Eagles held a 19-18 lead at the half, after trailing by one at the end of the first period. Greenwood would regain the lead by the end of the third quarter, at 31-28, and Pecos would get within one to start the fourth quarter, but managed just three points the rest of the way. Adriana Armendariz led all scorers with 17 points. Chantell Mazone had eight, though Lowery said Greenwood did a good job defensively keeping the ball away from the Eagles’ post. No other Pecos player scored more than two points.

“(Armendariz) played a good game, and I thought Olga (Mendoza) had a good game handling the ball. Ballhandling didn’t hurt us, but we just went through a dry spell where we couldn’t put it in,” Lowery said.

“We did do some good things. Some of our young girls stepped up as far as being more aggressive, but the teams we’re playing are still more physical than we are,” she added. Greenwood, which improved to 3-2 in district, was led by Megan Lopez with 15 points and Morgan Cox with nine. The loss left Pecos with a 1-3 record in District 3-3A and 4-12 overall going into Tuesday’s home game against Lamesa.

Middle periods fatal again for Eagles in loss

The home team found their shooting range in the second quarter for the second game in a row against the Pecos Eagles, and the result was a second straight road loss, this time in Greenwood on Friday night.

The Eagles, who were outscored 45-14 in the middle two periods at Andrews last Tuesday, were outscored this time by Greenwood in the middle periods, 54-26, turning an 11-10 lead after one period into a 65-36 advantage, on the way to a 74-48 victory.

“What happened was they got hot. Number 5 (Addison Stewart) and No. 10 (Michael Washington) just started hitting from 3-point range,” said Eagles’ coach Art Wellborn, whose team went into the game focusing their defense inside to stop the Rangers’ 6-foot-8 post Ryan Beeler.

“We went into the game wanting to take care of Beeler, and both our scouting reports had said they couldn’t hit from the outside, but they hit nine 3s and the one kid (Washington) hit five in a row,” said Wellborn. “We got a hand in his face, but he still hit.”

Washington finished with 23 points, 15 from 3-point range, while Stewart had 20 and the other four 3s on the night for the Rangers. Pecos, meanwhile, had just three 3s, two by Josh Anchondo, who led the Eagles with 18, while Lupito Bustamantes was the other Pecos player in double figures with 15.

No other Eagle scored more than four points, and Wellborn said, “We’re not getting any outside production from our guards. We were getting shots, but we were missing 3s and we were missing lay-ups.”

“We only have five turnovers in the first half, which is a lot better for us, but we have to start knocking down our shots,” he added.

The loss dropped Pecos to 1-1 in district play and 2-12 on the season, while Greenwood, the favorite to win the District 3-3A boys title, improved to 3-0 and 16-6 overall. The Rangers also won Friday’s junior varsity game,while Pecos took the freshman contest.

The Eagles return home on Tuesday night for a 7:30 p.m. game against Lamesa, then travel to Seminole on Friday. “Tuesday night is a big game for us. If we want to make the playoffs we have to win our games at home,” Wellborn said.

Boys place 2nd, girls 4th at Stockton swim meet

The Pecos Eagles swim team came away with a second place finish on the boys’ side and a fourth place finish in the girls’ division on Saturday at the Fort Stockton Invitational, the first meet of 2006 for the Eagles and their next-to-last meet before District 3-4A competition at the end of January.

Pecos’ boys placed 16 points behind meet winner San Angelo Central, earning 336 points to the Bobcats’ 352. The host Panthers were third with 167 points. On the girls’ side, the Eagles finished ahead of all of their district rivals at the meet, edging out Monahans by 12 points for third with 170 points. Central took first with 256 points, while Hobbs and Carlsbad were next with 188 and 183 points respectively.

It was the first meet in four weeks for Pecos, and coach Terri Morse said, “I saw some improvement from some people who hadn’t improved recently, though we had some people who were tired from the Christmas workouts.

“I thought we accomplished what we intended to. There were some areas where I’d like to see some more improvement, and that may come with some more rest,” she added.

“The divers had a really, really good meet on Friday,” Morse said, as freshman Hector Roman earned his first gold medal, while freshman Jose Gonzales took third. Roman scored 289.75 points to beat out Hobbs’ Jeremy Solomon by 40 points, while Gonzales scored 232.10 points to edge Carlsbad’s Curtis Twitchell for third. The Eagles’ other diver, Oscar Machuca, placed ninth.

In the swimming finals on Saturday, Pecos earned wins in one of the three relays. The 200 medley relay, swimming with Matt Oglesby, Kyle Winkles and Josh and Matt Elliott, won with a 1:49.116 time, about 1 1/2 seconds ahead of San Angelo Central. The Bobcats would come back later to beat out Pecos for first by three seconds in the 400 yard freestyle relay, as Oglesby, Winkles, Josh Elliott and Matthew Florez finished with a 3:36.17 time.

The Eagles’ ‘B’ team in that race of Frankie Morin, Luke Serrano, Brian Carrasco and Alonzo Garcia just missed out on a medal, placing fourth, while the 200 free ‘A’ relay of Garcia, Matt Elliott, Morin and Florez finished sixth. The ‘B’ relay for Pecos in the 200 medley relay, of Serrano, Carrasco, Medina and Roman, finished ninth and the ‘B’ relay of Gonzales, Medina, Machuca and Roman placed 13th in the 200 freestyle relay.

Individually, the Eagles picked up four first place finishes on the boys’ side, two apiece by Oglesby and Josh Elliott. Oglesby won the 200 individual medley in 2:08.32 and took the 100-yard butterfly in 59.26, while Elliott won the 500 freestyle with a 5:21.57 time and took the 100-yard backstroke in 59.77.

Winkles was second in his individual races, finishing three-quarters of a second behind Carlsbad’s Lance Carriga in the 50 free, with a 23.66 time, and two-hundredths of a second in back of San Angelo Central’s George Mayer in the 100 free, with a 51.60 time. Matt Elliott was second to Ogelsby in the 100-yard butterfly and placed third in the 200-yard freestyle, while Florez was third in the 100 free and sixth in the 50 free.

Garcia was fourth in the 500 free and fifth in the 200 free; Morin was sixth in the 200 free and eighth in the 100 backstroke; Serrano was seventh in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 200 medley; Carrasco was ninth in the 200 medley and 14th in the 100 yard breaststroke; Medina was seventh in the 500 free and ninth in the 100 fly; Roman was 13th in the 100 free; Austin Vernon was 20th in the 100 breaststroke and 27th in the 100 free Gonzales was 29th in the 50 free; and Machuca was 49th in the 50 free.

The girls had two first place finishes on Saturday, by Lindsey Shaw in the 200 individual medley and Ashley Mendoza in the 500 free. Shaw swam a 2:31.52 in the medley and later placed second in the 100-yard backstroke to Central’s Ryan Van Patten, while Mendoza won with a 6:15.02 time after earlier finishing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. Cassandra Mata also had a second place finish on the day, in the 100-yard butterfly, with a 1:20.15 time and later was eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Shaw, Mendoza, Mata and Neyva Rodriguez picked up the Eagles’ other medal in the 400 free relay, where they swam a 4:29.99 to place second to San Angelo Central. The same four swimmers were fourth in the 200 medley relay, while Rodriguez, Niki Lindemann, Stephanie Lucas and Cynthia Marmolejo placed seventh in the 200 free relay.

The other results for the girls included a sixth by Marmolejo in the 100 fly and 500 free; a seventh by Lindemann in the 100 fly and a 15th in the 100 breaststroke; an eighth by Rodriguez in the 100 free; and a 10th by Lucas in the 500 free and a 12th in the 200 free.

The Eagles had been scheduled to swim at the Lubbock Invitational this coming weekend, but Morse said because of conflicts with this weekend Reeves County Junior Livestock Show, they’ll stay at home instead and host Monahans and Fort Stockton in a meet Saturday afternoon at the Pecos High School pool.

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