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Friday, April 14, 2006

Pecos Junior, Senior Leagues reschedule tryouts

Tryouts for the Pecos Junior League and Senior League, originally scheduled for this Saturday, have been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday due to this weekend’s Good Friday and Easter holidays.

League official Lupe Herrera said the tryouts will take place at Martinez Field for the 13- and 14-year-old Junior League players and the 15- and 16-year-old Senior Leaguers. He said the leagues are still taking registrations for the 2006 season, and parents signing up their children can get forms at Gibson True Value, 810 W. Walthall St.

Herrera said the registration fee for the league this year is $35. A birth certificate for the player must be provided by the parents when they return the completed registration form. Regular season play for the league will take place during May and early June.

Herrera also said that due to TAKS testing next week, Pecos Little League games would start a half-hour earlier on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Shaw signs UTPB swim scholarship

Pecos Eagles senior swimmer Lindsey Shaw signed a letter of intent on Monday to attend the University of Texas Permian Basin this fall as a member of the Falcons’ swim team. Shaw was the only Eagle girl to advance to the Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships this past season, after she won the 200 individual medley at the Region I-4A meet in Lubbock. Shaw had already made a verbal commitment to UTPB prior to qualifying for the state finals in February. She also qualified for state as a junior in the 100-yard breaststroke, and was a member of PHS relay teams that advanced to state for the past four seasons.

“Lindsey started swimming when she was 4-years-old, so she’s been in the program all her life,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. “I think as a coach, when any of your athletes strive to go on to and excel at the university or the next highest level, you’re bound to be thrilled for them.”

The Eagles’ coach noted that the UTPB program is a young one. The school has upgraded its athletic programs since becoming a four-year university several years ago.

“Maybe she’ll take with her some of the tradition she had with her at this school,” Morse said. “I wish her very much the best, and know she’s going to be missed with this program.”

Eagles hold off Loboes’ 7th inning comeback, 5-4


The Monahans Loboes finally got the at-bats against Eddie Vela in the seventh inning Tuesday night in Pecos, they didn’t get a year ago in Monahans. And the Loboes got the two runs they would have been looking for one year ago.

But on Tuesday night, Monahans needed three runs to tie Pecos, after Kenny Rayos’ fourth inning home run off pitcher Tito Olivas gave Pecos a 5-2 lead. So when Anthony Cota’s two run single with one out in the seventh got the Loboes to within 5-4, Eagles’ coach Elias Payan still had time to replace Vela with Edward Valencia on the mound, and he was able to strand Cota on third base and preserve the Eagles’ fourth straight District 3-3A win.

Vela held a 4-2 lead last year in Monahans, when a light tower behind home plate blew out and couldn’t be restarted, ending the game with two outs in the top of the seventh and giving the Eagles the victory. That caused some bad blood between Payan and Monahans’ head coach Arcadia Rivera, but the first meeting between the teams last month was all Pecos, as the Eagles won 24-5 behind Josh Anchondo.

Anchondo earned the save in last Friday’s win over Fort Stockton, and was scheduled to start Thursday night in Seminole, so Vela got his first start since a March 31 non-district win over Alpine and held the Loboes to just two runs through six innings, though some shaky defense hurt Pecos in the second inning and again in the seventh.

“The thing is, whether we win the ballgame 24-5 or 5-4, it still counts as a win,” Payan said. “We did a good job, but the mental part of the game is hurting us. We’re still missing signs, missing cutoffs, not bunting when we’re called on to bunt, and those things almost cost us.”

Monahans had its own problems on defense in the first and second innings, when Pecos jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Outfielder Ricky Rivera dropped Rayos’ two-out fly ball to score Anchondo in the first, after he singled, and Valencia then drove Rayos home with a single for a 2-0 lead.

Two out errors by centerfielder Luis Licon and shortstop Isaiah Rayos on balls hit by Sean Merrick and Olivas cut the lead to 2-1 in the second, but in the bottom of the inning the Eagles got two more runs with two outs, after Olivas walked Chris Garnto and John Paul Salcido. Cota threw the ball past first baseman Domingo Estorga trying for an inning-ending double play after forcing Salcido at second, allowing courtesy runner Rocky Losoya to score, and after walks to Anchondo and Jose Chavez loaded the bases Kenny Almanza booted Kenny Rayos’ grounder to second, allowing Vela to come home.

Pecos missed a chance to score in the third, after a one-out double by Garnto and infield hit by Jonathan Garcia, while Monahans made it 4-2 in the fourth, on an Olivas sacrifice fly after a leadoff double by Sam Graves. But in the bottom of the inning Rayos hit his third home run of the season over the fence in right, to restore Pecos’ three-run lead.

Vela retired the side in order in the fifth and allowed only a walk in the sixth, but Olivas would single to right to open the seventh, and then Steven Valles was able to leg out a double to right-centerfield, when no one covered the bag at second. Vela then got T.J. Brooks to line out to Garcia in right field, but Cota followed with his single to left that Anchondo bobbled for an error, and then threw home, allowing Cota to move into scoring position.

That brought Valencia in to pitch. He survived a five-error, five-run first inning at Fort Stockton to get the win last Friday, and this time was able to get Larry Jasso to ground to Chavez at second base on a 3-2 pitch, with Cota moving to third, and then struck out Blake Whisnand to end the game.

“I asked Edward during the game if his arm felt well, and he said he had enough to give me a couple of innings,” Payan said. “He came in in a pressure situation and did the job.”

Vela improved his record to 4-3 on the season, and the Eagles improved to 18-5 overall. “Eddie is a competitor, and that’s what I like about Eddie,” Payan said. “He’s not going to ask to come out of the game, and gets up there and bears down. Eddie always gives us a chance to win.”

They also took over sole possession of third place in the 3-3A standings, at 5-3, after being tied with Monahans going into Tuesday night’s game. Pecos had a chance to earn at least a tie for second in their 7 p.m. Thursday game against Seminole. The Indians beat Vela and the Eagles in Pecos last month, 1-0, but fell into a tie for first at 6-2 with Presidio on Monday night in Pecos, losing by a 3-1 score.

Trey Curiel, who has shut down Pecos in his three appearances against the Eagles, will start on the mound for the Indians against Anchondo.

Eagles seek regional berths as host of 3-3A track meet

The Pecos Eagles will be hosting their first district track meet in four years on Friday, while looking to earn trips to the Region I-3A meet later this month in Odessa during the day-long 3-3A Track and Field Championships at Eagle Stadium.

Field events are scheduled to run from 9 a.m. until about 1 p.m. on Friday. The finals of the 3200 meter will also take place Friday morning and will be followed by the running preliminaries in the other events at 1 p.m. Finals will start with the girls junior varsity 400 meter dash at 6 p.m., and conclude at 9:20 p.m. with the 1600 meter relay.

Monahans will be the heavy favorite in both divisions, while Pecos’ girls figure to battle Lamesa for second place in the standings. “We’ve defeated every team in the district except for Monahans,” said coach Donna Gent. All of the 3-3A teams ran last month at the West of the Pecos Relays with the exception of Lamesa, whom the Eagles edged out for second two weeks ago at the Permian Basin Relays in Kermit.

On the boys’ side the Eagles have added to their point totals over their past two meets, after struggling in the early part of March, and will be hoping to send qualifiers to Odessa in a couple of the sprint events.

Pete Juarez in the 200 meter dash is the lone returning regional qualifier for the boys. “Pete will have a shot in the 200, and Larry (Johnson) is getting better in the 400. He’s got a real good shot at making it out,” said coach Robbie Ortega.

Ortega is also hoping pole vaulter Andrew Grant and hurdler Justin Hannsz will have chances at regional berths. “If Andrew clears his normal height he should make it out in the pole vault,’ Ortega said.

Hannsz placed second in the season opening Comanche Relays in the 300 meter hurdles, but has been bothered by injuries since then. But Ortega said, “Justin ran the 300 and the mile relay at San Angelo, and he’s got a full slate this week.”

Eli Hinojos and Josh Payan are the other hurdlers for Pecos, while freshmen Phillip Williams and Jeremy Martinez are the other runners in the 200. Michael Florez and Luis Ortega join Johnson in the 400 meters, while Frank Ornelas will be Pecos’ lone runner in the 100; Grant, Miguel Estrada and Hector Ramirez will run in the 800 meters; Gonzalo Reyna and Luis Licon will run in the 3200, and Reyna, Licon and Estrada are entered in the 1600 meter run.

In the other field events, Pecos will have Johnson in the high jump; Payan, Bill Moody and Aaron Navarette in the discus, Hinojos and Ornelas in the long jump; Williams and Juarez in the triple jump; and Moody, Julio Orosco and Ruben Salgado in the shot put.

The girls have four regional qualifiers back from a year ago, in shot put and discus throwers Chantell Mazone and Jessica Florez, and distance runners Heather and Kathryn Lamka. They also have one qualifier returning from two seasons ago in senior Jennifer Martinez, who missed last season, but will go in as the favorite in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs based on her head-to-head match-ups against the other 3-3A schools.

“We didn’t lose anybody to grades this year,” Gent said. “We’re still fighting some soreness, but we should be fine by Friday.”

Mazone should battle Monahans’ Amy Miller for the top spots in both the discus and shot put. Her 38-foot-7 throw in the shot at Kermit was the best so far for any 3-3A competitor this season.

Gent said Angel Millan would be the Eagles’ third thrower in the shot put, while Adriana Armendariz would be the other discus thrower.

Pecos will be less experienced in the other field events. Freshmen Brittany Palomino and Jasmine Rayos and junior Bianca Baeza will compete in the long jump and triple jump. Freshman Gaby Garcia will be the lone entry in the high jump, and she, junior Jenny Palomino and senior Olga Mendoza will also be entered in the girls’ pole vault.

In the other running events, Mendoza and both Palominos will be in the 100 yard dash, Baeza, Armendariz and Michelle Contreras will run in the 400 meters, Rayos will be in the 200 meter dash and Garcia in the 100 meter hurdles. “I’m still not sure about the 300. It may be Gaby Garcia, but she hasn’t run them until now.

In the relays, the Eagles have Cheyenne Carrasco in all three races, while Contreras will run in the 400 and 1600 meter relays, Jenny Palomino in the 400 and 800, and Baeza and Rayos in the 800 and 1600. Brittany Palomino is the other runner for Pecos in the 400 meter relay.

Pecos boys finish seventh in district tourney

The Pecos Eagles boys’ golf team cut some strokes off their second round score, but remained in seventh place overall on Tuesday after the third and final round of the District 3-3A Tournament.

Pecos, which jumped from a 340 opening round at home to a 368 last week at Midland, cut that total to 358 on Tuesday at Desert Pines in Fort Stockton and finished the 54-hole tournament with a 1066 total. Lamesa, which went into the round in danger of losing the second regional tournament berth to the host Panthers, blistered Fort Stockton’s course with a 295 and ended up passing Monahans and winning the 3-3A title with a 915 score. The Loboes score a 319 and finished three strokes in back of the Golden Tornadoes, while Fort Stockton shot a 320 on their own course and placed third, with a 945 score.

Individually for Pecos, Joseph Tarin bounced back from a second round 84 to shoot his second 79 of the tournament, and finished with a 242 overall. Heath Armstrong was next, with a round of 85 and a 257 score. He was followed by Zack Morton, with a 91-268; Matt Oglesby with a 103-300 and Guthrie Long with a 105-308.

Pecos also had one medalist golfer, Frank Deishler, who shot a 114. Deishler did not play in the second round of the tournament, and as a result had no three-round score.

“Guthrie’s really my only senior. Everybody’s coming back next year, and I’ll get a good influx of 5-6 eighth graders, so we’ll build up for next year,” said Eagles coach Kim Anderson.

The other teams to finish in front of Pecos were Seminole, with a 344-1018; Monahans ‘B’ with a 349-1044; and Fort Stockton ‘B’ with a 357-1053. Trailing the Eagles were Greenwood, at 385-1079; Lamesa ‘B’, with a 373-1143; Greenwood ‘B’ with a 383-1155; and Seminole ‘B’, with a 395-1157 total. Individually, Monahans’ Victor Calzada won medalist honors, shooting a 75 for a 211 total, eight strokes in front of teammate Jo Jo Birdwell, who also fired a 75 on Tuesday. Fort Stockton’s Luke Abbott did earn a regional medalist berth by finishing in the Top 6, with a 233 score after a final round 79.

Anderson said next season, the Eagles will only be in a three-team district for golf, with Monahans and Fort Stockton. “We’ll play all three courses once - Stockton, Monahans and Pecos, since Presidio doesn’t have a team,” he said. “We’ll have three teams and two will make it to regionals.”

Pecos’ girls were in Lamesa on Thursday, trying to wrap up their first district girls title in three years and sixth in the last eight seasons. Pecos held a 24 stroke lead on Monahans going into the final round of their District 3-3A tournament, at the Dawson County Golf Course.

JH golf teams finish 2nd, 3rd in Monahans

The Pecos Eagle junior high girls were second for the second straight tournament, while Pecos’ boys moved up a spot, from fourth to third in the second round of the area golf tournament, held last Friday in Monahans.

Pecos’ girls shot 235 for nine holes after an opening round of 222 on April 1 on their home course. Their 457 total puts them 51 shots in back of first place Monahans, which shot a 205 and is at 406 through 18 holes of play. Andrews was third with a 247 score and are 473 so far, 16 shots in back of the Eagles.

Individually, Tatum Windham shot a 55 for the Eagles’ best round of the day. She’s at 108 after 18 holes while Arianna Alligood is at 107, after a round of 57 last Friday. They’re in third and fourth place in the medalist race, behind Monahans’ Shelbye Hill, who shot a 43 and is at 90 overall and Courtney Rutledge, who shot a 46 and is at 94 through 18 holes.

For the other Pecos scores, Katrina Hinojos shot a 61 for the 10th best round of the day, while Rina Pino was one shot back at 62 and Brandi Lara was next with a 64 score.

The Eagles’ ‘B’ team had a 271 in Monahans and has a two-round total of 571 for sixth overall, with Andrews ‘B’ fourth with a 250-513 score and Monahans ‘B’, with a 266-541. Heather Mata shot a 66 for the best score on the day for Pecos’ ‘B’ golfers, and was followed by Cynthia Ramirez and Desiarae Deakins at 68, Destiny Simons at 69 and Miren Hinojos at 72.

The boys shot a 385 at Monahans after an opening round of 381, and are at 766 through 36 holes of the tournament. Pecos had placed behind Monahans ‘B’ on their own course in the opening round of play, but Monahans ballooned from a 376 to a 418 and dropped to fifth overall at 794.

Monahans ‘A’ team saw their lead over Andrews drop to just three strokes while playing on their own course, as the Loboes shot a 368 and are at 717 while the Mustangs fired a 359 and are at 720 through 36 holes. Andrews ‘B’, which shot a 392, is in fourth place, at 788 overall.

Individually, Edgar Madrid and Richard Dutchover tied for ninth best rounds of the day with scores of 92. Dutchover is at 185 and Madrid at 187 though 36 holes. They were followed by Dominique Vejil at 95-191, Lomas Gonzales at 106-196 and Mateo Tarango at 107-210.

Pecos ‘B’ team shot a 452, the sixth best score of the day, and are at 885 through 36 holes. Omar Medina’s 106 led the ‘B’ team and he is at 209 though two rounds of play. He was followed by Sammy Sandoval with a 108-217; Coe Duke with a 116-227; Ruben Carrasco with a 122-239 and Patrick Madrid with a 130-252.

Fort Stockton, with a 409 round, is at 829 through 36 holes and in sixth place. Monahans also had ‘C’ and ‘D’ teams playing on their home course, and they had rounds of 454 and 499.

Pecos rooting for Monahans after 4-2 loss

The Pecos Eagles fell a game behind in the race for the final District 3-3A softball playoff berth on Tuesday, thanks to a 4-2 loss to the Monahans Loboes. But the Eagles were hoping the Loboes could produce another victory Thursday afternoon, in order to set up Pecos’ next game as the deciding one for third place in the 3-3A standings.

The Eagles fell behind early against the Loboes on Tuesday, got out of a couple of jams late and then scored twice in the sixth inning, but lost to Monahans by a 4-2 final score. It dropped Pecos to 5-5 on the season, a game in back of Greenwood, which rallied late to win at home over second place Fort Stockton on Tuesday, 9-6.

But while the Eagles were idle on Thursday, the Rangerettes went to Monahans to take on the 10-0 Loboes. A Monahans win would set up next Friday’s 5 p.m. game at Greenwood as the likely deciding game for the final district playoff spot. It’s the final regular season game for the Rangerettes, while the Eagles close out their season against 0-9 Presidio on April 25.

“I kind of feel like a cat with nine lives, but I feel like we’re running out of lives,” said Eagles’ coach Tammy Walls. “We’ve got to pick up wins to get into the playoffs.”

Both Pecos and Monahans did more hitting than in last month’s 4-0 win by the Loboes on their home field. They collected 11 hits off Amalie Herrera, while taking advantage of a couple of defensive mistakes in the first and third innings to score their runs. The Eagles were held to just five hits by Heather Schuler, but that was four more than they managed off the Loboes’ pitcher in their first meeting, and more than they managed in any of their last four home games since that March 24 loss.

“We had a couple of outfield errors and had a couple of walks that scored, but I thought our defense played well when they got bases loaded and none out (in the fifth inning). We did a good job of keeping them from scoring,” said Walls.

Herrera only needed two pitches to get the game’s first two outs, but then walked Dina Ortiz and Erin Garcia on five pitches, and Schuler followed with an RBI single to center. Bianca Baeza’s throw home was up the first base line, allowing the runners to advance, and the second run came home on Lana Santiago’s bloop single to right field.

In the third, another bad throw by Baeza on a one-out single by Schuler, following a lead-off single by Ortiz, put runners in scoring position for Santiago, who scored Ortiz with a ground out to Vanessa Valeriano shortstop, and for Brittany Slade, who scored courtesy runner Kristi Wilson with a single to left field.

Baeza had gotten Pecos’ first hit with two outs in the second, singling to left and going all the way to third when both Slade and center fielder Katlin Mitchell missed the ball. But Schuler came back to get Gaby Garcia on a grounder to first to end the inning, then struck out Jenny Palomino and Valeriano in the fourth, after a one-out single by Hillery Hinojos. Monahans would then turn double plays in both the fourth and fifth innings, after a one out walk to Jessica Florez in the fourth and a one out infield hit by Garcia in the fifth.

Herrera gave up a leadoff single in the fourth by Kelle Almanza, who reached third with one out. But the Eagle pitcher caught the Loboes’ baserunner too far off third on an attempted squeeze bunt by Brianna Cheney, and threw her out trying to get back to the base. Then in the fifth, Herrera survived a bad decision by Garcia with two on and none out, when she went in front of second to field a Santiago grounder with a chance for a double play, but instead threw past Savannah Ewing at third. That loaded the bases, but Herrera got a force out at home on a comebacker to the mound by Slade, and Wilson then got caught off third base and tagged out on an infield pop up by pinch hitter Jana Jarrett, to end the inning.

In the top of the sixth, a bunt single by Almanza, a single by Cheney off Ewing’s glove and a walk to Ortiz loaded the based with none out, but Herrera came back to strike out Erin Garcia and got Schuler to fly out to center. Then in the bottom of the sixth, Schuler hit Palomino with a pitch, around strikeouts of Hinojos and Valeriano.

Palomino then stole second and Herrera followed with a bloop single to left field. Palomino scored and Herrera took second on the throw home, then caught Ortiz napping and went to third when the Loboes’ catcher turned her back on the Eagles’ runner. The extra base wasn’t needed moments later, when Florez doubled into the gap in right-center to make it a 4-2 game, but Schuler then got Cassandra Terrazas to pop up to shortstop, ending the inning.

Pecos would get the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, after a one out walk to Garcia, but Schuler came back to get Ewing to line out to Cheney at second base, and she then threw out Hinojos on a grounder to second, ending the game.

“Amalie pitched well, except for a couple of walks, and our baserunning looked good. We stole Jenny and got a base hit to score her, and then Amalie took third base and Jessica got her home,” said Walls, whose team fell to 18-9 on the season, while Monahans improved to 21-5 overall.

If Greenwood wins Thursday’s game in Monahans, Pecos can still qualify for the playoffs, but they would need to win their last two games, then defeat the Rangerettes once more, in a one-game playoff for third place. The Eagles are trying to return to post-season for the sixth time in the past eight years, while Greenwood is currently riding a streak of eight straight postseason appearances.

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