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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

RCCRD fall youth soccer sign-ups 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.

District play to start late for Pecos’ basketball teams

Pre-district play will take up most of the schedules this season for the Pecos Eagle boys and girls varsity basketball teams, with the change to the four-team District 2-3A this year.

Pecos has been in a four-team volleyball district since 2004 with Monahans, Fort Stockton and Presidio, but this year the UIL has expanded that to include all sports except for football and swimming. As a result, district play won’t get underway for the boys until the final week of January, while the girls will open their 2-3A schedule a week earlier, and have their first pre-season scrimmage already set for a week from this Saturday.

Both Eagle varsity teams will have new coaches this season. Debbie Garcia takes over from Lisa Lowery, who moved over to the same position in Monahans this year, while Chaun Brooks is the head coach this year for the boys, replacing Art Wellborn, who remains on as assistant coach for the 2006-07 season.

Both the boys and girls teams will be on the road for the majority of their pre-New Year’s schedule. The girls have just three home games before the end of the year and four straight at home in mid-January, including their 2-3A opener against Presidio. The boys will also play only three home games before the end of December, and then have five home games in January and three more during district play in February.

The girls scrimmage at home against Kermit on Oct. 28, and open their 2006-07 season on Oct. 10, with a game in Alpine against the Bucks. They follow that up with a trip to Kermit a week later, then play Presidio in a non-district game on Nov. 20, to start the home portion of their schedule.

The Eagles have only two tournaments on their schedule this season, on Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Monahans and the following weekend in Wink. Over the Christmas-New Year’s holiday, they have a home game against Sweetwater on the schedule, and start off 2007 with trips to Ozona and Greenwood before beginning their four-game homestand versus Jal on Jan. 9. District play opens at home versus the Blue Devils, but the Eagles then play three straight on the road before closing out by hosting Monahans and Fort Stockton the first week of February.

The boys won’t scrimmage until Nov. 7, at Odessa Permian, and start off their season a week later by hosting Odessa High. Their first road game is on Nov. 17 at Sweetwater. Pecos will have three tournaments this year on consecutive weekends - at Coahoma on Nov. 30-Dec. 2, and then in Wink and Fort Stockton, which closes out the 2006 portion of their schedule.

Pecos will host Andrews, Jal, Rankin, Fabens and Lamesa before going to Fort Stockton on Jan. 26 for their district opener. They’ll play in Presidio, then host three straight at home before closing out their regular season on Feb. 13 at Monahans.

The boys and girls teams will have six home doubleheaders this season - Dec. 9 against Alpine, Jan. 12 against Jal, Jan. 16 against Greenwood’s girls and Fabens’ boys, Jan. 19 against Presidio’s girls and Lamesa’s boys, and their district home games on Feb. 2 versus Monahans and Feb. 6 against Fort Stockton.

Eagles sweep Prowlers, earn playoff spot

The Pecos Eagles’ volleyball team ended their two-year absence from the playoffs about as quickly as possible Saturday evening, as they swept the Fort Stockton Prowlers to assure a return to post-season play for the first time since 2003. And coach Helen Kimbrough said, the Eagles finally have a chance to take a look at what they’ve done, both on the good and bad sides.

“We have it on film now,” said Kimbrough, who has been without video equipment this season, but was able to use the Eagles’ football video camera and tape machine for Saturday’s match. “Coach (Chris) Henson videotaped it, so we can see how they played.” The Eagles had two strong games, beating the Prowlers by 25-14 and 25-18 scores, before struggling in Game 3, allowing Fort Stockton to take the lead at one point and then losing a 24-21 lead before coming back for a 26-24 victory.

The win put Pecos at 3-1 in District 2-3A play and 23-7 on the season, going into their game against first place Monahans at home on Tuesday. The Loboes clinched a playoff spot on Saturday with a sweep of Presidio, and can claim the fifth straight district title win the win over the Eagles.

Kimbrough had Pecos’ game 10 days ago in Monahans taped, but hadn’t been able to watch it until now. “I hope to show it to them on Monday, so they can see how they move without the ball.”

The Eagles picked up a lot of Fort Stockton spike attempts in Saturday’s match, while the Prowlers had problems at times with Pecos’ hitters changing speeds on their spikes. “I think moving Amalie (Herrera) to libero helps our defense,” Kimbrough said. “She knows her position and so they can all move to the ball, plus she talks and is running the defense.” Brittany Rodriguez had some early kills for Pecos in the opening game, while she, Jasmine Rayos and Claire Weinacht had kills at the end, in a closing 10-2 run after the Prowlers had cut an 11-6 lead to 15-12. Weinacht and Rodriguez also had spikes early in Game 2 for Pecos, while Rayos had a couple of late kills and a block on the Prowlers’ 6-foot hitter Angelica Newton to close out that victory.

Fort Stockton also hurt themselves with a series of unforced errors and bad serves during the match, but finally got their offense going in Game 3 with a pair of kills by Tara Smith that wiped out an 11-8 Pecos lead. Amber Pando’s spike gave the Eagles the lead back, and they would go up 15-12 before a series of bad hits combined with hits by Kryshna Alfaro and Erinn Blanco gave the Prowlers an 18-16 lead.

“The first defense is your blockers. If you can’t block it’s going to be hard to win the game,” Kimbrough said. “In the third game, we didn’t do it.”

A couple of kills by Rayos and an ace by Adriana Armendariz eventually would allow the Eagles to tie the game at 20-all, and three unforced errors by the Prowlers got the Eagles to match point. But then it was Pecos’ turn to give points back, as after a spike by Smith to spikes over the back line by Rodriguez tied the game. But she would then put Pecos back in front with another spike, and the Eagles won when Gigi Vengas’ kill attempt rolled along the net and fell just outside the line in front of Pecos’ bench.

“We kind of went into playing the way our opponent played, and didn’t execute the way we should,” Kimbrough said. “Gabby (Garcia) missed two in a row and she’s one of my better hitters. I hope we can get that corrected in practice on Monday, because you can’t have an off-day hitting, you can’t have an off-day setting, you can’t do anything wrong when you play Monahans.”

The Eagles improved to 23-7 on the season, while Fort Stockton fell to 14-23 and 0-4 in district. The Prowlers’ hopes of a third straight trip to the playoffs depends on a win at home on Tuesday over Presidio, while the Blue Devils can tie Pecos for second if they beat the Prowlers and Eagles next week, while Pecos loses their match to Monahans.

Pecos’ sub-varsity teams also scored sweeps of their matches on Saturday. The ninth graders downed Fort Stockton, 25-10, 25-15, while the JV defeated the Prowlers, 25-19, 25-21.

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