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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Softball umpires being sought

The Texas Association of Softball Officials Permian Basin chapter is seeking umpires for fast pitch high school softball games for the upcoming 2006 season.

The umpires are needed for girls’ softball games across the Permian Basin, and meetings for those wishing to umpire are being held at the Freddie Ezell Softball Complex and Ulmer Park in Midland, on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. through Feb. 15.

For further information, contact Mack Gipson at (432) 694-2837 or e-mail .

Odessa men’s softball tourney set

A Presidents Day men’s softball tournament will be held on Feb. 18 at the UT-Permian Basin softball complex in Odessa.

The tournament will be under ASA stealing rules, with a three-homerun limit, and an ASA entry fee of $150. The deadline for entry is Feb. 15.

For further information or to sign-up, call either Gabriel or Michelle at (432) 552-7426.

Pecos travel s to Stockton after losses

The Pecos Eagles had a rough Friday night in Seminole against both the Indians and Maidens basketball teams, as the boys fell to 1-3 in district play with a 76-38 loss to Seminole, while the girls ended the first half of their district schedule at 1-5 following their 58-20 loss to the Maidens.

Seminole’s girls, who are on their way to a second straight District 3-3A title, took control of the game from the outset, outscoring the Eagles 22-4 in the first period. The middle quarters were fairly close, with the Maidens adding just four points to their 18-point lead, but in the final period the Eagles managed only one point, while the Maidens scored 17 more for the 38-point final margin.

Shannon Wickson and Erin Sheets led Seminole in scoring with 14 apiece, while the Maidens’ front line, with three players 6-feet and taller, dominated the boards. Pecos’ post Chantell Mazone led the Eagles with eight, while Adriana Armendariz had six for the Eagles, who dropped to 4-14 on the season. Seminole improved to 17-6 overall and finished the first half of district play with a perfect 6-0 record.

In the boys’ game, the Eagles fell behind by 10 after one period, 17-7, and trailed 35-17 at the half. The lead widened to 21 points after three quarters, and the Indians padded that lead in the final period by outscoring Pecos, 24-7.

Unlike last Tuesday’s loss to Lamesa, when the Eagles were whistled for 35 fouls and had half their players foul out, the Eagles only were called for 15 fouls this time around, while losing guard Miguel Estrada to fouls. Lupito Bustamantes was the only Pecos player to score in double figures, finishing with 16, while forward Micah Clay and guard Louis Sheets scored 17 and 12 points respectively to lead the Indians.

Seminole is 12-9 and at 4-0 in district play, remained tied with Greenwood for first place in the 3-3A standings. Pecos saw its record drop to 1-3 in district and 2-12 overall going into their Tuesday game at Fort Stockton. Play will start with the JV and freshmen games at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity girls playing at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m. at the Williams Center.

The Panthers are 2-2 in district after their 47-39 win this past Friday at home against Presidio, while Fort Stockton’s girls are in third place in the district standings at the halfway point, with a 4-2 record. That included a 45-39 win over Pecos on the Eagles’ home court last month, in the teams’ 3-3A opener. Both Armendariz and Mazone ended up with 12 points to lead Pecos in scoring in that game, while Ruby Bernal had 16 points and Nikki Fuentes had 13 for Fort Stockton.

Morse happy with Eagles’ last pre-district meet

The Pecos Eagles swim team picked up most of the first place awards on the boys’ side and just over half on the girls’ side, though only the boys came away with top point honors on Saturday in a three-way meet against the Monahans Loboes and Fort Stockton Panthers. Pecos’ boys racked up 174 points to 68 for Fort Stockton and 59 for Monahans in their division, and won 12 of the 13 events at the meet, held at the Pecos High School pool. The girls won seven of their 12 events, but Monahans used its depth to defeat Pecos in the point standings by a 113-101 margin, with Fort Stockton finishing with 33 points.

“Some of the times were pretty good,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse about the meet, the last for Pecos before the District 3-4A meet in two weeks. “Some of the kids surprised me with how well they did. Some of them cut their times, and some others were swimming in events that they haven’t swum all year.”

Senior Lindsey Shaw won both of her races, taking the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:18.12 time, and the 100-yard freestyle, and event she hadn’t competed in until Saturday, with a 1:04.16 time. The girls also got wins from Niki Lindemann, who won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:37.94, Cassandra Mata, who took the 200 individual medley with a 2:41.68, Cynthia Marmolejo, who won the 100-yard butterfly with a 59.54 time, and Ashley Mendoza, who won the 500-yard freestyle, with a 6:15.64 time. Mata, Mendoza, Shaw and Neyva Rodriguez also won the 400-yard freestyle relay, edging Monahans by one second with a 4:29.95 time.

The same four placed second by three seconds to Monahans in the 200-yard medley relay, while Marmolejo, Lindemann, Rodriguez and Stephanie Lucas were second in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Mendoza was third in the 200 individual medley; Rodriguez was fourth in the 50 freestyle; Lindemann was second in the 100 fly; Lucas was seventh in the 100 freestyle; Marmolejo was second in the 500 free; and Mata was second and Lucas was fourth in the 100 yard backstroke.

The boys got a win for the first time this season from their 200-yard freestyle relay team, as Matthew Florez, Matt Elliott, Luke Serrano and Alonzo Garcia swam a 1:41.85 to beat out Fort Stockton by .22 second. Pecos also won the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay, with Matt and Josh Elliott, Matthew Oglesby and Kyle Winkles winning the medley relay wit a 1:48.84 time, while Winkles, Flores, Josh Elliott and Oglesby won the 400 free with a 3:38.87 time.

In the individual races, Oglesby won the 200 freestyle with a 1:55.15 and took the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:13.34; Winkles won the 50-yard freestyle with a 23.03 time and won the 100 yard breaststroke with a 1:08.28 time; Florez won the 100 freestyle with a 53.38 time and was second in the 50 free; Josh Elliott won the 200 medley with a 2:15.59 time and was second to his brother in the 100-yard butterfly, while Matt Elliott took that race with a 59.54 time and was second in the 500 freestyle.

Pecos also had the only three divers entered in the 1-meter competition Saturday morning. Hector Roman finished first with 321 points, while Oscar Machuca was second and Jose Gonzales placed third.

The other finishes for Pecos included a fourth by Brian Carrasco in the 200-yard freestyle; a third by Alonzo Garcia and a fifth by Luke Serrano in the 200 medley; a 10th by Oscar Machuca and a 12th by Austin Vernon in the 50 free; a fifth by Adam Medina in the 100 fly; a second by Frankie Morin, a fifth by Roman and a seventh by Gonzales in the 100 free; a fifth by Medina in the 500 free; a second by Morin and a third by Carrasco in the 100 backstroke and a fourth by Garcia, a fifth by Serrano and a ninth by Vernon in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the ‘B’ relays for Pecos, the 200 medley relay team of Morin, Carrasco, Medina and Roman finished fourth; Gonzales, Medina, Machuca and Roman placed fifth in the 200 free relay, and Morin, Serrano, Carrasco and Garcia were third in the 400 free relay.

Saturday’s meet replaced a scheduled trip to the Lubbock Invitational for the Eagles, due to a conflict with this weekend’s Reeves County Junior Livestock Show and the number of Pecos swimmers who did not have times fast enough to qualify for the Lubbock meet.

“I thought it was a good meet for us, because everybody got to swim, and we didn’t have to leave behind some who hadn’t qualified, and they gave me some things to think about for district,” Morse said. “I may make some changes after what I saw today.”

The District 3-4A swim meet will be on Jan. 26-27 at Big Spring, and Morse said the entries for that meet were due in on Tuesday. “I’ll work on that this weekend, and talk to some of the kids and see what they want to do and what they can do best in.”

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