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Friday, January 13, 2006
Eagles earn honorable mention on academic all-state grid team
Three members of the Pecos Eagles football team were named to the Class 3A Academic All-State Team as honorable mentions by the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Seniors Matt Elliott, Miguel Estrada and Bill Moody were named to the team, coach Patrick Willis said on Tuesday. Elliott and Estrada were receivers and defensive backs, while Moody was a lineman on the 2005 Eagles football team.
According to the THSCA website, the teams are selected by a point system that awards points for GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT score. The student/athletes are then placed on teams according to the number of points they have earned. Criteria required to be nominated includes an overall GPA of 92 or above, including grades 9-12 and the first six weeks of grade 12; being a member of the team in good standing at the time of nomination; and being of good moral character.
Eagles skip Lubbock trip, host own meet
The Pecos Eagles swimming team is skipping their scheduled trip to Lubbock this weekend, and instead will host the Monahans Loboes and Fort Stockton Panthers in a three-way meet on Saturday, which will be the final one for Pecos before District 3-4A competition at the end of January.
Eagles’ coach Terri Morse said diving would start at 12 noon and the swimming finals at 1:30 p.m. at the PHS pool. She added that the change in plans was due to both conflicts and the qualifying times that were required to enter the Lubbock meet.
“I really wanted everybody to swim. They worked hard, but a lot of the young ones didn’t qualify for Lubbock,” Morse said. “They’ve got some of the big El Paso schools coming in this year, so instead we’ll have Fort Stockton and Monahans come over.
“We’ll run it like an invitational meet, so we won’t be limited in the number of entries,” she added.
Along with the change in site, Morse said the meet will start later than the usual Saturday competition in order to avoid conflicts with the Reeves County Junior Livestock Show.
“We’ll start the swimming at 1:30, and that way those who are showing animals can be in the swimming as well, and we’ll get through before the sale that night,” she said.
“Last year the stock show was the same weekend as the Stockton meet, so the kids who showed were able to drive down there,” Morse said. She added that she didn’t think any other district team besides Andrews would be at Lubbock this weekend.
The Eagles will be going back to Lubbock next month for the Region I-4A competition, which will follow the district meet on Jan. 27-28 at Big Spring. Last weekend in Fort Stockton, Pecos’ girls placed fourth, 12 points ahead of Monahans, while the Eagle boys wound up second behind San Angelo Central with 336 points, just over double the total for Fort Stockton, while Monahans placed fourth at the meet.
Tornadoes, flood of fouls sweeps away Eagles
Pecos Eagles’ coach Art Wellborn didn’t think his team played very well against the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes Tuesday night. But he thought the referees had an even worse night than the Eagles.
Lamesa went to the foul line an amazing 54 times in 32 minutes to only 10 trips to the line for Pecos, while five Eagles ended up fouling out of what turned into a long, drawn out 80-45 Tornadoes’ victory.
Pecos was whistled for 35 fouls in the game, compared to only 14 for Lamesa, with most of those coming in the final period, which began with the Tors holding a 53-32 lead.
“That is hard to believe,” Wellborn said of the foul and free throw numbers. “The bad thing about that was it never let us get a run together because they were always going to the line.”
Two of the calls that had Wellborn the most upset came in the second half, when Bosh Richardson was called for a blocking foul on Brandon Marcel, when it appeared Marcel had charged into the Eagle defender, and the fifth foul whistled against Josh Anchondo, who on a similar play was called for a charge while trying to drive past Lamesa’s Nick Martinez.
“That’s what I told the official. How can you call a foul on him when the guy sticks his leg out, and call it the exact opposite way at the other end of the court,” Wellborn said.
Anchondo was the second of the five Eagles to foul out. He left with 6:08 remaining in the game after Luptio Bustamantes fouled out at the 6:50 mark. Six seconds after Anchondo left, Miguel Estrada was whistled for his fifth foul, and Richardson and Jeremiah Jurado would leave with their fifth fouls later in the period.
Part of the foul problem for Pecos was their difficulty containing Marcel inside. He finished with 15 points, despite going just 50 percent from the line on 10 attempts, while guard Brady Free burned the Eagles from outside and from the line, shooting 8-for-9 there as part of a 26-point effort.
“Number 12 (Free) could flat-out play, and No. 30 is a great athlete. He made one play where he caught the ball with the tips of his fingers and then laid it in that none of our kids could do,” said Wellborn, while adding the Eagles also hurt themselves aside from their foul troubles.
“I was extremely disappointed in the way we played. We had a horrible practice yesterday, and we played like we had a horrible practice yesterday,” he said.
Part of the problem was a lack of offense once Bustamantes, and then Anchondo, got into early foul trouble. Anchondo had the Eagles’ first seven points of the game, and Bustamantes followed with a side jumper and a three-point play that was part of an 9-0 Pecos run that turned an 8-4 deficit into a 13-8 Eagle lead.
But only one of those points came after Bustamantes left the game with his second foul, and the free throw by Estrada with 2:16 left in the period turned out to be the last point for Pecos for the next 7:52, when Bustamantes would hit a turn-around jumper with 2:24 remaining in the half.
In-between, the Tors rolled up 16 straight points to grab a 24-13 lead, and the margin remained 11 at halftime, at 31-20. The second half started the same way as the first, with Bustamantes picking up his third and fourth fouls in a span of 17 seconds early in the third period, while Lamesa scored t he first eight points of the period. That’s about where the lead would remain until the final period, by which time Licon and Anchondo also had their fourth foul, and the Tornadoes were already well into the bonus situation at the foul line.
“Josh had a good game. He’s been playing well,” Wellborn said of Anchondo, though he only managed three points after his hot start. Luis Licon got open late in the game for some outside jumpers and ended up leading the Eagles in scoring with 14 points.
The win lifted Lamesa’s District 3-3A record to 3-1, while Pecos dropped to 1-2 with their loss, and 2-13 on the season, going into Friday night’s game at Seminole against the Indians. The Tors also took Tuesday’s junior varsity game, winning on a late 3-pointer, 53-52.
Pecos again short of offense in loss to Tors
Nineteen minutes into Tuesday night ‘s game against the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes, the Pecos Eagles’ offensive numbers looked like this:
Chantell Mazone: 12 points. Rest of Eagles: 1.
That lack of scoring by that time had put Pecos in a 17-point hole midway through the third period against Lamesa, and while the rest of the Eagles would pump in 23 points in the final 1 1/2 quarters of play, they were never able to make a serious dent in the Tors’ lead and wound up dropping their game at the Pecos High School gym by a 57-41 final score.
“If we could ever put four quarters together, there’s no telling what we could do,” said Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery.
Mazone had eight of her 14 points in the game in the opening period, which ended with the Eagles trailing by only a 9-8 score. But she wouldn’t score in the second period until there was just over two minutes to play, and the only other point Pecos could manage was a foul shot by Adriana Armendariz at the 5:46 mark of the period.
Aside from bad shooting by the other Eagles, Pecos’ main problem was the pressure put on by Lamesa’s guards. Bailee Harris, Katy Pierce, Whitney Henderson and Sheli Therwanger came up with a number of steals and kept Pecos’ guards pinned outside the 3-point line for much of the night, making it hard for the Eagles to set up any high percentage shots.
“They went to a zone,” Lowery said. “They’re aggressive, and they’re a good team.”
Despite the points off turnovers, the Eagles coach blamed unforced bad passes more than giving up the ball off the dribble. “We’re getting better against the press. We didn’t do a bad job with the ball, but then we’d just throw it away,” she said.
One of those occurred when Henderson stole Pecos’ inbounds pass to open the second quarter, and scored. Harris then followed with a steal and lay-up to make it a 13-9 game.
The Eagles also hurt themselves from the foul line, going 1-for-8 in the second quarter as part of a 5-for-17 effort in the game. Mazone had four of those misses in the period, and had to spend time on the bench to rest up in the second half. As that happened, the Tors began getting more chances inside with post players, Ericka Stafford and Trista Southhall, who scored most of their points in the final two periods.
“She was getting beat on rebounds, because she couldn’t jump as fast. Before then, she was hauling them down,” Lowery said.
Amalie Herrera would become the first Eagle besides Mazone to hit a field goal, when she put in a rebound lay-up with 4:37 left in the third period. Meanwhile, Armendariz would end up scoring 13 of Pecos’ final 23 points, and ended up tying Mazone for high-point honors in the game with 14.
Pierce with 11 and Stafford with 10 led Lamesa, which improved its District 3-3A record to 3-2 with their win. Pecos saw their record drop to 1-4 in district and 4-13 on the season, going into Friday night’s game at district-leading Seminole that wraps up the first half of the 3-3A schedule.
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