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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Pecos rodeo competition starts; first official show

Slack competition got underway Monday morning for the 2006 West of the Pecos Rodeo, with the opening night of competition set for 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

The arena played host to a No. 13 amateur roping competition on Sunday, with the PRCA events starting at 7:30 a.m. on Monday with the first go-round of roping and steer wrestling. The entire first go-round and the start of the second go-round in roping and wrestling will take place during slack on Monday and Tuesday, with the remainder of the competition, and the third go-round of steer roping, set for the rodeo’s regular performances on Wednesday through Saturday.

The riding competition and the ladies’ barrel race events also will take place during the four nights of regular rodeo performances. This year’s rodeo was able to attract most of the current rodeo money leaders in all but two of the scheduled events, including defending National Finals Rodeo champion in bull riding Matt Austin, who placed second at the Pecos Rodeo a year ago.

Other entries at this year’s rodeo include defending NFR All-Around champ Ryan Jarrett and 2006 current NFR leader Trevor Brazile. Brazile, a three-time all-around champ at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, is also currently ranked first in the tie-down (calf) roping and No. 2 in the steer roping competition, behind J.P. Wickett.

Tickets are on sale for all four nights of the rodeo at the gate before each night’s performance, through the Pecos Chamber of Commerce or by going to the rodeo’s website at .

Final Results

Pecos teams preparing for tournament openers

The Pecos Little League and Junior League All-Star teams know where they’ll be playing later this week, but who and when weren’t supposed to be worked out until Monday evening, at a pre-tournament meeting for District 37 leagues in Fort Stockton. However, the Pecos Senior League already knows it will be playing a couple of weeks from now, since it’s the only squad participating in the District 37 tourney.

The 11-12 year old all-star team will be playing its tournament in Pecos, while the other teams - the 9-10 year olds, the 11-year-olds and the 13-14 year old Junior Leaguers - will all be traveling to Fort Stockton for their tournaments. Fort Stockton hosted most of the tournaments last year as well, while this will be the first time Pecos has hosted a District 37 tourney.

Pecos won the 11-year-old division a year ago, and then took the Section 1 title also in Fort Stockton to advance to the West Texas state tournament, where the All-Stars placed third. Most of those players are on the 11-12 year-old squad this season, and coach Vaughn Garnto said he hoped Pecos would be scheduled for the opening night of play on Thursday. “We’ll have eight teams and two games a night, so there will be two (first round) games on Thursday and two on Friday,” he said. The starting times for the games at Chano Prieto Field are 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., with the losers from the two opening nights of play facing each other in elimination round games on Saturday.

Pecos 11-12 year-old team from a year ago also won its division in District 37, before losing at the Section 1 tournament in Lubbock. The 9-10 year old squad from last year lost in district play at Monahans, while Fort Stockton won the Junior League title last season over Pecos in District 37.

The Senior League All-Stars won’t play their first game in the 15-16 year old division until July 12, when they’ll travel to San Angelo for the sectional tournament. Pecos is already scheduled to play at 8 p.m. in their opener, against the District 2 (Lubbock) champion at the San Angelo Northern 29th Street complex.

Eagles continue hunt for new VB coach

Staff Writer

Pecos Eagles athletic director and head football coach Chris Henson said he’s filled out the coaching vacancies on the boys’ side of his high school and junior high staffs, but is still looking for three coaches for the high school and junior high girls, with the top priority a new varsity volleyball coach.

Debbie Garcia, who took the volleyball job just prior to the start of the 2005 season, moved over to the position of head basketball coach following the resignation of Lisa Lowery at the end of the 2005-06 school year. Henson had hoped to have a coach in place to be approved in time for this month’s school board meeting, but was unable to get a commitment before the meeting two weeks ago. Meanwhile, he said two more resignations have opened up spots at the junior high level.

“We lost Dee Dee Molinar and Veronica Abila,” Henson said on Friday, adding that he’ll be interviewing people this week for those jobs.

“We’ve got some people coming in on Tuesday to interview for all three positions,” said Henson, who hopes to have those spots filled in time for approval by the board during their next meeting, in mid-July.

Meanwhile, the Eagles’ football team completed its third week of 7-on-7 competition on Thursday, going 2-1 in games against Marfa, Fort Stockton and Alpine on the Bucks’ home field.

“We beat Marfa and Fort Stockton and lost to Alpine,” he said. “We beat the Fort Stockton kids 32-25, and moved the ball well in the first half against Alpine, but not as well in the second half.”

The 7-on-7 competition involves mostly skill position players for teams, though high school coaches cannot work with the players during the games themselves. This is the first year Pecos has participated in the summer program, which most other schools in the area have been doing for the last several summers.

Along with the 7-on-7 games, a separate lineman challenge has been held the past three weeks. Henson said Pecos’ linemen placed first in those events at Eagle Stadium on June 8 and in Fort Stockton the following week, while splitting with Alpine and Fort Stockton this past Thursday.

The final 7-on-7 competition for the Eagles will be this Thursday evening in Kermit, while the lineman challenge this week will be held in Andrews. Pre-season workouts for the Eagles begin on Aug. 7, with the regular season opener set for Sept. 2 at Ratilff Stadium in Odessa against Alpine.

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