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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Rec dept. starts volleyball, softball sign-ups

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department ‘s is singing up boys and girls now through March 11 for its spring soccer league and spring volleyball programs.

The soccer program is open to boys and girls ages 4 1/2 to 9, with a sign-up fee of $10 per child. Volleyball is for children in second through eighth grades, and also carries a $10 sign-up fee.

Registration forms are available at the RCCRD office at the old Pecos High School gym. A copy of the child’s birth certificate and signatures from both parents are required with the returned registration form. For further information, call 447-9776.

Errors cost Eagles against Mustangs

Late inning defensive efforts cost the Pecos Eagles softball team Thursday afternoon against the Andrews Mustangs, as Pecos split their only two games of the weather shortened Andrews Invitational Tournament.

The Eagles, 16-0 winners at home over Crane in their season opener last Tuesday, faced the Golden Cranes again to open play in Andrews, and won this time by an 11-0 score in five innings. But in their second game, the Eagles’ hitters were shut down by the Mustangs, who used errors in the fifth and sixth innings to come away with a 3-0 victory.

“We’ve got to do some work on our middle infield,” said Eagles’ coach Tammy Walls. “We had two errors at second base and one at shortstop that cost us three runs.”

Walls said Amalie Herrera did a good job pitching against Andrews, and the Eagles’ outfield had a good game on defense. “Cassandra (Terrazas) made a couple of really good catches, and Jenny (Palomino) and Bianca (Baeza) made some good catches.”

At bat, she said, “Our hitting was a little slow. We had four hits, and we made some base running mistakes.”

In the win over Crane, Walls said all her players were able to get into the game, as the Eagles recorded their second shutout in three days over the Golden Cranes.

The shortened tournament kept the Eagles from seeing their two main district rivals, Monahans and Greenwood. The Rangerettes beat the Loboes on Thursday, 9-2, and downed Alpine by 4-1 score in their pool games.

Pecos is off on Tuesday due to TAKS testing, and will take their 2-1 record to the Crane Tournament, beginning on Thursday. The Eagles will have a busy first day, with six games to determine seeding for Saturday, and 10 overall in the first two days of play.

The Eagles open with a 9:30 a.m. game against Crane, followed by games against Seminole at 11 a.m., the host Cranes at 2 p.m., Big Lake at 3:30, Marfa at 6:30 and El Paso High at 8 p.m. On Friday, Pecos will face Tornillo at 11 a.m., then play district rivals Fort Stockton and Presidio at 12:30 and 5 p.m., before finishing up with an 8 p.m. contest against Denver City.

Track teams have new faces, large squads

The Pecos Eagles varsity track teams will have a few returning regional qualifiers and a lot of new faces for 2006, including two new head coaches, when they open their seasons this weekend at the Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton.

Robbie Ortega, who has coached the shot put and discus the past few years, takes over for coach John Fellows, while Donna Gent is the girls’ new coach, replacing Veronica Valenzuela. Their opening meet at Fort Stockton will be followed on March 3 by the West of the Pecos Relays, and the Eagles will then host the District 3-3A Track and Field Championships on April 14.

Gent has four regional qualifiers returning, in discus and shot put throwers Chantell Mazone and Jessica Florez and distance runners Heather and Kathryn Lamka. Heather Lamka qualified in both the 1600 and 3200, winning the latter race, while Kathryn Lamka placed third at district in the 3200. The Eagles also have back Jennifer Martinez, who qualified for regionals in the 3200 and 1600 meter runs as a freshman and sophomore, but did not compete at district last year.

“Jennifer is going to run the 800 and the mile for sure, and possibly be on the mile relay,” said Gent. “She was out for cross-country, and she should go somewhere.”

Gent is also hoping the Eagles can also score points in the shorter races, despite the loss of three-time regional qualifier Jummy Akinyode.

“We’ve got Bianca Baeza, who did not run last year, but the only way she will not go to regionals is if she is really injured,” Gent said. Baeza will run the 200 meters and the 800-meter relay, and may also run in the mile.

Florez was second on both the shot put and discus at district last year, while Mazone won the former and placed third in the latter. That again figures to be the Eagles’ best field event, but Gent said she hoped to get points out of a few of her freshmen girls.

“We have two freshmen (Gabi Garcia and Jasmine Rayos) who went 1-2 in the district junior high last year, and Kristen Ikeler won the pole vault last year, so there’s a possibility of advancing,” the Eagles’ coach said.

Both Gent and Ortega said they had about 32 people on their teams. But while Gent gets back several regional qualifiers, Ortega’s squad lost all of their except for Pete Juarez in the 200 meter dash.

“I think this time we’ll be strongest in the 200 meters and on up,” said Ortega. “I think the 200, 400 and 800 meters will be our strong guys.”

“The strength of our team is our depth. We’re looking at putting three people into each event, where in the past we’ve only had one or two,” he said.

“Pete is our only returning regional qualifier, but I’m looking for Larry (Johnson) performing for us this year in the high jump and in the 200 and 400 and both relays, the 4-by-200 (800 meter) and the 4-by-400,” Ortega said. “I don’t think we’ve got the sprinter speed this year.”

“Our team is very heavy on seniors, and we’ve got some who may surprise who can step up on relays,” he said. “Andrew Grant before had just been a pole vaulter, but he may be able to step into a relay this year, and we also have three freshmen, Phillip Williams, Hector Ramirez and maybe Pedro Rodriguez, who we’ll carry on the varsity.”

Aside from Juarez, the Eagles also have hurdler Justin Hannsz back, after he was hampered by an injury last season, while in the distance races, the Eagles have Gonzalo Reyna back from a year ago in the 1600 and 3200 meters.

“We also have a couple coming out of basketball, who we’ll have running the distance races in Luis Lujan and Miguel Estrada,” Ortega said, while adding he wouldn’t have Estrada eligible until sometime after spring break.

Aside from Grant in the pole vault, Ortega said he’s hoping Ruben Salgado and Aaron Navarette would step up in the discus and shot put. “They have the most experience. We have some new ones, but they don’t have much experience,” he said.

Ortega is also looking at Johnson in the high jump and Juarez in the triple jump, but overall, those events will also have new faces this season.

In-between next weekend’s West of the Pecos Relays and the District 3-3A meet at Eagle Stadium, the Eagles will go to the West Texas Relays in Odessa on March 10-11, followed by the Sandhills Relays in Monahans on March 18, and the Mustangs Relays in Andrews on March 25. On March 31 and April 1, the boys will be at the San Angelo Relays while the girls go to the Permian Basin Relays in Kermit that weekend, and the final meet before district is on April 8, at Crane.

Pecos’ junior high track teams also open their seasons this week, when they host the West of the Pecos Junior Relays on Friday. The junior high teams go to Fort Stockton, Kermit and Greenwood in March, while the junior high district track meet is on April 8 at Monahans.

Pecos heats up as cold shuts tourney down

The Pecos Eagles golf team did better in the cold on Saturday than in warmer temperatures on Friday at the Fort Stockton Invitational Tournament. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the second day of play lasted only half as long as the first one did.

“They stopped it after nine holes Saturday because it was too cold,” said coach Kim Anderson. “When they started it was at 34 degrees.”

Friday’s temperatures weren’t very warm, either, when Pecos struggled to a 375 score. Saturday’s team score at the halfway point was only slightly better, at 184, but Anderson said No. 2 golfer Zack Morton didn’t play on the final days, while the other four golfers were all ahead of their pace from the opening day.

Joseph Tarin shot a 39 on Saturday after an 83 for the first round, and his 122 score was second best in Division I, behind Monahans’ Victor Calzada, who shot a 118. Heath Armstrong had a 42 after an opening round of 92 for a 134 total, Nathan Duke had a 46 over nine holes on Saturday following a 111 for his opening round of the season, and was at 157 overall, while Frank Deishler had a 57 after opening with a 120 score, for a 177 total. “Nathan just had a bad first day. He actually hit the ball better when it was colder,” said Anderson. Duke was absent for the opening tournament of the season for the Eagles in Big Spring, and then went without Morton on Saturday.

“I didn’t have Zack on the second day because he had to go to the stock show in San Angelo,” Anderson said. Morton had an opening round 89, while his replacement, Guthrie Long, shot a 58.

“Hopefully I’ll have my top four in Midland for both days,” Anderson said of this weekend’s Tall City Invitational. “We’ll see what we do at Ranchland Hills and Nueva Vista. We should have one shooting in the 70s and three in the 80s by the time we get to district, and then we’ll be competitive.”

Pecos’ 27-hole score of 559 left them well behind district rivals Monahans and Fort Stockton. The Loboes shot a 508 and the Panthers a 509 for the tournament, while Seminole was at 538 and Greenwood shot a 549 for the other scores among the 3-3A schools. Midland Lee was third overall in Division I with a 510, while Midland Christian shot a 537 and Odessa High had a 546.

Pecos’ girls had this past weekend off, and will play their first varsity tournament in three weeks, this coming Friday and Saturday at Fort Stockton. The Eagles finished fourth at the San Angelo Invitational to open the season, with senior Shelly Martinez winning medalist honors for the Blue Division.

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