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Friday, October 13, 2006

Youth soccer registrations are underway

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is enrolling boys and girls now through Oct. 28 for its fall soccer program.

The program is open to boys and girls between the ages of 4 1/2 and 9 years old. Entry fee is $15 per player, and enrollment forms are available at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym. Returned forms must have both parents’ signatures and be accompanied by a birth certificate.

The RCCRD office is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For further information, call the office at 447-9776.

Pecos advances with split in USTA tourney

Several Pecos High School tennis players competed on Sunday in a USTA Junior Team Tennis Tournament in Fort Stockton, where they placed second to Ozona in the three-team event to advance to are playoffs later this month.

Pecos edged Fort Stockton by a 31-29 margin in total points, while losing to Ozona, 30-25 to advance to the next round. The area USTA tournament, which is separate from the regular high school UIL tennis events, will also be held in Fort Stockton, on Oct. 28-29.

In the singles matches on Sunday, Francisco Ornelas defeated Ozona’s Devon Diehl, 8-0 and lost to Fort Stockton’s Alex Marquez, 9-8; and Crystal Ikeler defeated Fort Stockton’s Reba Subia, 8-3 and lost to Julia Henderson of Ozona, 8-1.

In doubles, Pecos did the best in mixed play, where Ornelas and Ikeler defeated Fort Stockton’s Jacob Rascon and Miranda Duforat, 8-1, and Cody Zamarippa and Ysenia Munoz beat Ozona’s Puja Bhakta and Russel Kormechak, 8-6. In boys’ doubles, Zamarippa and Munoz lost to Marquez and Nati Salamanca of Fort Stockton, 8-1, and to Ozona’s Diehl and Kormechak, 8-3 while in girls doubles Ikeler and Munoz lost to Subia and Duforat of Fort Stockton, 8-1, and to Ozona’s Henderson and Diane Hernandez, 8-5.

Pecos gets top seed wins, but fall to Monahans

The Pecos Eagles’ tennis team won most of the top-seeded matches on Tuesday, but didn’t fare nearly as well in the lower seeds against the Monahans Loboes, as they closed out the fall portion of their 2006-07 schedule with a 15-5 loss to Monahans on the Pecos High School tennis courts.

The Eagles won both No. 1 singles matches and spilt the No. 1 doubles matches, but got only two other wins, at No. 3 and No. 6 boys singles.

“The kids are coming around. Priscilla (Sotelo) won No. 1 singles in a tie-breaker. She’s one of our freshman, so she’s come a long way,” said Eagles’ coach Bernadette Ornelas, who had been hoping for a little better result than the previous Tuesday, when Pecos lost by a 16-4 margin in Monahans.

“We were one better than lat time,” she said. “The guys on the top part are giving a solid effort, but our girls are very young. We’ve got a lot of freshmen at the lower levels.”

Sotelo’s win by a 9-8 score over Tiffany Bean was the lone victory for the girls. On the boys’ side, No. 1 seed Francisco Ornelas won both his matches for the second straight Tuesday, beating Michael Derrick, 6-0, 6-2 after teaming with Jerris Rayos for an 8-3 win over Derrick and Ryan Day. Day also lost to Cody Zamarippa in singles, 8-6, while the other win came from Noah Munoz, who defeated Jerome Ranallo, 6-1, 6-0.

Pecos was scheduled to play another fall match, against Fabens, but Ornelas said she replaced that with earlier matches against Sweetwater and Fort Stockton. She said she hopes to have several other players out for the spring schedule, who are currently involved with other sports.

Boys Singles

Francisco Ornelas defeated Michael Derrick, 6-0, 6-2; Jerris Rayos lost to John Witueki, 6-3, 7-6. Cody Zamarippa defeated Ryan Day, 8-6; Derrick Barron lost to Andrew Orona 6-3, 1-6, 7-5; Michael Buentello lost to Jim Forbush, 7-5, 6-1; Noah Munoz defeated Jerome Ronquillo, 6-1, 6-0; Elias Alvarado lost to Matthew Gonzales, 9-7.

Girls Singles

Priscilla Sotelo defeated Tiffany Bean, 9-8 (11-9); Hope Mora lost to Madison Murray, 6-2, 6-0; Victoria Montoya lost to Jennifer Rodriguez, 8-3; Yesinia Munoz lost to Hannah Cater, 8-0; Meagan Lopez lost to Amanda Chavez, 6-0, 6-0; Jessica Munoz lost to Hollie Derrick, 6-1, 6-0; Julie Licon lost to Laura Phipps, 8-0.

Boys Doubles

Ornelas and Rayos defeated Derrick and Day, 8-3; Zamarippa and Barron lost to Witueki and Orona, 8-1; Munoz and Buentello lost to Gonzales and Forbush, 8-5.

Girls Doubles

Ikeler and Sotelo lost to Murray and Bean, 8-3; Mora and J. Munoz lost to Rodriguez and Cater, 8-3; Genesis Salgado and Licon lost to Chavez and Derrick, 8-0.

Win moves Eagles close to playoff spot

The Pecos Eagles’ volleyball team surpassed their combined district win total for the past two seasons on Tuesday, and they survived some late game problems in their match with the Presidio Blue Devils to break a tie for second place with the Blue Devils in the District 1-3A standings.

Pecos jumped out to a 6-1 lead in their opener against Presidio at the Pecos High School gym and would lead by as many as 11 points before winning by a 25-18 score. The Eagles trailed early in Game 2 before taking the lead, then held off a couple of Blue Devil rallies for a 25-19 win. But in Game 3 it was Pecos that fell behind at the start by a 6-0 score, and even though the Eagles did come back to tie the game a couple of times, they would lead only once and ended up losing by a 25-23 score.

That gave Presidio a chance to tie the match in Game 4, but while the Blue Devils had the better of the hitting in the early going, they hurt themselves more than the Eagles did thanks to a series of mistakes, which allowed Pecos to pull away late for a 25-18 win, which moved them a game away from their first playoff trip in three years.

“We were ready to play in the first and second games, but after a while we let our guard down, and when you let your guard down, you let them back in,” said Eagles’ coach Helen Kimbrough, who added her team needs to get more focused if they are going to continue to improve.

“They’re going to have to adjust to what I tell them to do. I’m here to be successful,” she said. “They can sit up and pout because we’re not doing what t they normally do, but they’re going to have to make the adjustments if they want to be successful. Volleyball is a team game, and one person can’t beat six.”

Kimbrough said Adrianna Armendariz and Jasmine Rayos had good games as front line blockers on defense. Armendariz also had several kills in the opening game, including one to close out the match, and both players had kills in a 9-2 run in Game 2 that turned a 7-5 deficit into a 14-9 lead.

The Eagles coach also made some lineup adjustments following Saturday’s three-game loss in Monahans, and said that may have caused some problems.

“Amalie (Herrera) played libero, and that means two other people have to come out when she’s playing back line,” Kimbrough said. Along with changing out the libero position, Kimbrough also moved sophomore Claire Weinacht up from the junior varsity to play front line hitter and blocker, while sophomore Gabby Garcia was only used on the front line on Tuesday.

“She probably thought it was a demotion at the start, not playing backline, but she started playing better later in the game. But we’ve got to get her to where she’s making that outside hit instead of hitting it out, and Brittany (Rodriguez) has got to start hitting the ball better and adjusting to the sets.”

However, in Game 3, the Eagles never could get their offense going. They did rally behind a couple of kills by Rodriguez from their early 6-0 deficit, and at one point would lead by a 14-11 score, only to see the Blue Devils use spikes by Arecely Levario and Yubia Zubia to go on an 11-3 run to take a 22-17 lead. The Eagles would then score five straight points to tie the score, but two unforced errors and a kill by Zubia gave Presidio the win, and Kimbrough would have to call a time-out in Game 4, after the Blue Devils went out to a 5-1 lead.

Pecos would eventually tie things at 9-all, but both teams suffered through a stretch of unforced errors and bad serves. The Eagles would take the lead at 13-12 on a bad hit by Licet Villanueva and a spike by Garcia, and would go up by a 22-15 score, but most of that lead came off of mistakes by the Blue Devils, who had a series of bad sets and miscommunications.

The win was the fourth of the season for Pecos over Presidio - they defeated the Blue Devils in the finals of the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament in Pecos in late August, then beat them last month in Presidio and in the Sul Ross Tournament in Alpine. It also put the Eagles at 2-1 in district going into Saturday’s match at home against Fort Stockton, after Pecos had gone 1-6 and 0-6 in district the past two years. Pecos opened District 2-3A play last week with a win at Fort Stockton, and are 2-1 overall, 22-7 on the season. Presidio falls to 1-2 and 17-15 on the year.

With only four teams in the district, a victory Saturday over the Prowlers, 0-3 in district play after their loss on Tuesday to Monahans, would assure the Eagles of their first trip to the playoffs since 2003. Saturday’s matches have been rescheduled to begin with the ninth grade contest at 3 p.m., to be followed by the JV and varsity matches around 4 and 5:15 p.m.

Saturday is also Parents Day, which Kimbrough said would be held prior to the varsity contest. “That’s a distraction, so I’m going to work them hard this week to make sure the team is focused after we do all that.”

Pecos also won Tuesday’s junior varsity match over Presidio, 25-8, 25-23. There was no freshman match, because the Blue Devils were short of players due to failing grades.

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