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Friday, January 20, 2006

Jr. high swim sign-ups Friday

A meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday at the Crockett Junior High cafeteria for seventh and eighth graders who want to participate in the Pecos Eagles junior high swimming and diving team.

Coach Kevin Bates said sign-ups can take place before the 3:10 p.m. meeting, but swimmers and divers will have to be present at that time to receive their forms.

All students are welcome. For further information, call the Pecos High School pool at 447-7242.

Tennis team’s spring season opens Saturday

The spring season opens for the Pecos Eagles’ tennis team on Saturday morning in Monahans, where they’ll take on the Reagan County Owls and Monahans in a pair of matches.

The Eagles and Owls are tentatively scheduled to face each other at 9 a.m., with Pecos taking on Monahans starting about 2 p.m., though coach Mike Ortiz said the order could change.

The Eagles will have most of their players available for this weekend’s matches, Ortiz said. “I have one in basketball who’ll be out, but the other two, they’re going to play,” he said. “I also have one who’ll be in powerlifting who won’t participate.”

“I’ve got all my top ones. The only one who’ll be missing is probably at No. 4 seed on the girls side,” he said. “I’ll have all my guys there.”

“I only have one senior, but I have a bunch of juniors and a bunch of freshmen, so we should be all right for the next few years,” Ortiz said. “I’m also happy with the junior high turnout. We have 72 out for spring, so things are looking up as far as the numbers go.”

The spring season in Class 3A includes the Region I-3A team tournament in early March at Levelland, and the District 3-3A Tournament, scheduled for the first week of April in Monahans. Ortiz said for team play, Fort Stockton and Monahans should be favored among 3-3A teams going into regional play.

“After that it should be a battle between us and Lamesa for third and fourth,” he said.

“Individually, I think we should get two or three out (to regionals) on both sides.”

The Eagles have only three home dates on their spring schedule, all back-to-back, beginning after this weekend’s openers. Fort Stockton will come to Pecos for a dual meet on Jan. 26, followed a week later by Monahans, and the Eagles will then host a one-day tournament on Feb. 10 at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

The rest of the spring schedule includes two tournaments in Fort Stockton, one in Monahans and one in El Paso. Their other three-way meet will be in late March, again in Monahans, against Seminole and Midland Trinity.

Calderon hot, Pecos shooters not in 73-48 loss

The Pecos Eagles were able to rally once after a slow start in their game Tuesday night against the Fort Stockton Panthers. But they saw that comeback wiped out in the third quarter by Fort Stockton, as the Panthers used a big night by guard Omar Calderon to rout the Eagles at the Williams Center.

Calderon scored 34 points and the Panthers used a 21-6 advantage in the third quarter to beat Pecos by a 73-48 final score, the fourth straight District 3-3A loss for the Eagles after a win in their district opener.

Calderon hit three 3-point shots and was 9-for-12 from the line for the Panthers, while Eagles’ coach Art Wellborn said turnovers and poor outside shooting again hurt the Eagles. “We’re not a very good basketball team right now,” said Wellborn, who added that two of his regular starters began the game on the bench after missing practice.

“We got down 12-2, and we came back and were only down by seven at the half, but we had a bad third quarter,” he said. Pecos was down by as little as five in the second period and had a couple of late baskets wiped out that could have cut the lead down to four points, but then couldn’t get any offense going in the third period.

“We did not execute, which has been a problem all year long,” he said. “Some people want to do their own thing, and the others are just standing around, so nobody’s moving.” Lupito Bustamantes led the Eagles with 14 points, despite getting into foul trouble in the second period. Josh Anchondo and Jeremiah Jurado were next for Pecos with nine apiece, though Wellborn said Jurado may be out for a while with a knee injury.”

“He fouled out in the fourth quarter, and when he was going over to get some water his knee stiffened up,” he said. “Their trainer looked at him and said he may have a torn tendon in his knee.”

Fort Stockton saw its record improve to 3-2 in district and 11-11 overall, while Pecos fell to 1-4 in district and 2-13 on the season, going into Friday night’s home game against Monahans, 55-44 winners at home over Presidio on Tuesday.

Fort Stockton also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game over Pecos, by a 44-37 final score.

Prowlers’ second quarter run does in Eagles

The Pecos Eagles managed Tuesday night to hold down the Fort Stockton Prowlers’ leading scorer from the teams’ first District 3-3A meeting in December. But the Prowlers did the same to the Eagles top scorer from that game, and the result was almost the exact same when the game ended -- a close victory for the Prowlers.

Fort Stockton, 45-39 winners in Pecos a month ago, saw guard Ruby Bernal held to just nine points, seven less than she scored in that victory over the Eagles. But the Prowlers held post Chantell Mazone to just five points, seven less than she scored the first time around, and Fort Stockton ended up winning Tuesday’s game at the Williams Center by a 45-37 final score.

“They just got into a zone and covered Chantell, and we had any shot from the outside we wanted. But we couldn’t put it in,” said Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery, whose team fell to 1-6 in district play with the loss. “We stayed right in the game, and we could have won if the shots had fallen our way.”

Mazone’s scoring was taken up a bit by freshman Gabi Garcia, who hit three 3-pointers as part of an 11-point night. Forward Adrianna Armendariz led the Eagles with 14, but Lowery said none of the Pecos players shot well overall in the game.

“It either went in or it went way off to the point where we couldn’t get the rebound,” she said.

Bernal’s scoring wasn’t taken up by any one Fort Stockton player - the Prowlers’ high scorer was Nikki Fuentes with 10 points -- but all of Fort Stockton’s players except one got into the scoring column, and the Prowlers used a 17-7 advantage in the second quarter to wipe out a 15-11 Eagle lead after one period.

Fort Stockton increased their lead to 38-30 after three quarters, and would lead by as many as 10 points in the final period. “We had our chances, but we missed some shots, and we missed a lot of lay-ups,” Lowery said.

The win improved Fort Stockton’s record to 4-2 in district play, and kept them in third place in the 3-3A standings, two games ahead of Greenwood and Monahans, who are tied for fourth place with 3-4 records.

The Eagles host the Loboes on Friday night, beginning about 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School gym. Last month in Monahans, the Loboes used a 12-0 run in the third period to turn a 20-18 deficit into a 30-20 lead, on the way to a 47-37 victory. Mazone had 17 points to lead all scorers in that game, while Monahans was led by guard Kim Madrid, with 16. Fort Stockton also won Tuesday night’s junior varsity game, 52-48 over Pecos. Jasmine Rayos led the Eagles with 15 points.

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