Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, June 2, 2006
Summer swim still has session spots open
Pecos Eagles swimming coach Terri Morse said over 250 boys and girls are participating in the school learn-to-swim program, and that spaces are still open for the final two week-long sessions starting on June 5 and June 12.
“We still have spaces open for the second and third sessions,” said Morse. “Everything’s open for the third session and for the second, everything but the 3- and 4-year-olds are open.”
Morse said parents wanting to late register their children can stop by the pool between 8 and 11 a.m. to sign them up, at a cost of $20 per swimmer.
“I’m also doing adult lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays. But if they want to do it the last day to sign up is Thursday, from 6 to 6:45 in the evening,” she said. The cost is also $20 per person.
“We’ve got 265 signed up for all three sessions. We have 128 in Session 1 and we still have plenty of openings for Session 3,” Morse said. Current and former Pecos Eagle swimmers, along with Morse and assistant coach Evan Bates, are serving as course instructors.”
Remaining summer sports in P-B-T program
Registration for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD summer recreation programs that have not yet started will take place next week, while sign-ups are still available for the late sessions of the P-B-T swim program.
Summer swim and golf began earlier this week, while summer track, tennis, basketball and volleyball get underway next week. Fees for the summer program are $5 per student in each family, with the fee for one sport covering all other sports, with the exception of the summer learn-to-swim program.
Students participating in more than one sport can show their payment receipt after their first registration.
Summer track will have a new coach in Thomas Hughes, and will have two sessions, from June 5-30 and July 5-21 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Registration will be on the first week of each session, and is open to students entering kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are asked to wear running shoes, a T-shirt and shorts and bring a water jug to each day’s class.
Summer tennis will be divided into two sessions, June 6-16 and June 19-29. Starting times daily will be 8 to 8:45 a.m. for first through third graders, 9 to 9:45 a.m. for fourth through sixth graders, and 10 to 10:45 a.m. for junior high and high school players.
Players must provide a tennis racquet, water bottle, hand towel, sunscreen and a cap or visor. For further information, call Mike Ortiz at 445-2185.
Summer basketball and volleyball will begin on June 5 with the first session running through June 30. The second session will be from July 5-28. The two sports will be held on alternate days, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon and from 5-8 p.m. in the evenings.
The field house weight room will be where the strength and conditioning camp will be held for students entering grades 6-12. The session will be June 5-30 and July 3-28 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 5 to 8 p.m.
The summer swim program has openings for Sessions 2 and 3 over the next two weeks, with a fee of $20 per swimmer. Registration can be done between 8 and 11 a.m. this week for Session 2, or next week for Session 3.
Pecos golfers place in Alpine Espy tourney
The team of Oliver and Wesley O’Bryant took first place in the Championship Flight of the 12th annual Jim Trey Espy Memorial Adult/Youth Golf Tournament, held on May 20-21 at the Alpine Country Club.
The O’Bryants beat out the team of Pecos’ Shelly Martinez and Barry McCallister of Fort Stockton, and Martinez and Wesley O’Bryant were among five graduation seniors from area schools to received $500 scholarships from the proceeds of the tournament. Cesar and Melinda Valenzuela were third and John and Gage Morrow placed fourth in the Championship Flight, one of eight flights featuring 66 teams in this year’s tournament.
Martinez placed second with McCallister, the brother of PGA golfer Blaine McCallister, and a week after placing third in the Class 3A state golf tournament for the second year in a row. She was among several Pecos golfers to participate in the Alpine tournament.
In the other flights, Bryant LeBeff and Ryde Skillern took first, while Primo Gonzales and Luke Abbott were second, George Dominguez and Pedro Cano third and Jimbo Martinez and Trace Morrow fourth in the President’s Flight. In the First Flight, Kevin and Brooks Farmer won first, Mario Juarez and Mario Juarez, Jr., were second, while the teams of Armando Trevino and Armando Trevino Jr. and Mario and Nathan Sanchez tied for third.
In the Second Flight, Raymond and Adrian Gonzales took first place, Luis and Rita Munoz were tied for second with Tim and Jared Windham and were followed by J.R. Harrell and Carlos Granado. In the Third Flight, winners were Ernest Chavez and T.J. Brughette, with Craig and Colton Foster second, Daniel Holguin and Chaz Johnson third and Randy Watts and Victor Vega fourth.
The Fourth Flight winners were Jamie and Tatum Windham, with Sid Erwin and Shelby Lara second, David and Bailey Walker third and Roger Kinzie and Jon Salcido fourth. Two teams tied for first in the fifth flight, Jackie Dyer and James Perez and Johnny and Jarrett Lujan. They were followed by Adam and Ivan Morales and Tommy and Kolby Lara, while in the Sixth Flight, the winners were Shelly and Agee Evans, with Mario Lujan and Jesse Vega second, Chipper and Janet Prude third and Don and Kyle Kerley fourth.
There were also two divisions for 2-5 year old players. Joe and Brandon Burns Espy won first in the Championship Flight, and were followed by Jason and Cole Holden, Junie Reyes and Christopher Scown and two teams, Ryan and Triston Thomas and Quarto and Maddie Hollen tied for fourth. In the First Flight, winners were Noe and Izaak Lujan, with Danny and Sawyer Johnson second, Erik and Carson McFarland third and Troy and Annika Canaba fourth.
Boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 19 participated in the tournament, which has awarded over $60,000 in scholarship money since it began in 1995.
Traveling violations don’t stop Basketball City clinic
Getting to the clinic was a lot tougher than getting through the clinic for the instructors with Basketball City this week, as part of their three-day instructional program in Pecos on Tuesday through Thursday.
The group of coaches and former players from the New York and Boston area had to endure a Memorial Day of delayed flights and missed connections to make the 1,900-mile trip to Pecos for the 16 hours of clinics for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18 at the Pecos High School gym.
The 10 instructors worked with the players for three hours in the morning and afternoon on Tuesday and Wednesday and for two hours on Thursday, the final day of the clinic. Alfano said the first day was rough, not because of anything the kids did, but because of the problems most of the members of the group had flying from New York to Midland.
“Our flight was scheduled to leave New York at 4 o’clock for Houston, but it was delayed three hours,” said Craig Alfano, director of youth programs for Basketball City in New York. “We got to Houston at 8:55 p.m. and had a scheduled 9 o’clock flight (to Midland). All seven of us had to sprint through the airport, and then when we got there, it was the wrong gate and we had to sprint to another gate.
“But then the flight was delayed one hour, and then two hours, and the flight didn’t take off until about 12:30 or so, and we got into Midland-Odessa about 2 o’clock in the morning. Then, when we got to the baggage area, there was no luggage,” Alfano said.
The group had called ahead and was able to get a rental vehicle, finally getting into Pecos about 4 a.m., and getting to bed around 5 a.m. on Tuesday. “We got about 1 1/2 hours sleep, and then we had to get up and have breakfast and then come over here,” Alfano said, adding that during breaks in the schedule, “We went to Wal-Mart about 10 times to buy shirts and sock, before our luggage finally came in last (Tuesday) night.”
The Reeves County Juvenile Probation Department helped bring the three-day Basketball City clinic to Pecos to help local boys and girls improve on their basketball skills. “We were told the (high school) teams here haven’t been doing very well the last couple of years,” said Alfano, who added that aside from working on skills, the program also stresses having players work together as a team instead of as individuals.
“We want them to know that no one person wins as an individual,” he Alfano.
The instruction program included a variety of drill stations, including shooting, ballhandling, passing and rebounding. “With each drill we did, we really had something to say about several different topics,” Alfano said. “We mentioned about how to develop your skills you have to eat a good breakfast every day, and how you have to exercise instead of watching TV every day. Everything we do on-court we try to apply to off-court as well.”
Cliff Morgan was one of the former players who made the trip down for the clinic. Morgan played at the University of Texas-Chattanooga and then played professional ball for 16 years at various levels, including overseas.
“I was an assistant coach for the New York Knicks in 2003-04 and worked with Hall of Fame coach Lenny Wilkens,” Morgan said. “He taught me a lot of things and a lot of that makes for a great camp.”
As the tallest of the Basketball City instructors at the camp, Morgan was helping with the rebounding at the drill stations. Height has never been something Pecos teams have been overly blessed with, but he said, “Height doesn’t make for a great rebounder. It depends on heart. You have to want to go in and get position and make it happen.”
Alfano added that the boys and girls at the clinic were very open to the instructors’ coaching.
“Coming from New York we see some attitudes, and we thought there might be some that were difficult. But out of all of them, not one had an attitude, and that make it so pleasant to work with them,” Alfano said.
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