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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

RCCRD begins registration for football, volleyball

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department has begun signing up boys and girls for its fall youth volleyball and youth football programs, with deadlines next month for registration in all three available programs.

Football again is divided into youth flag football for boys and girls ages 5-7, and full-contact pee wee football for players entering grades 3-6 this year. Registration for the flag football program will run though Aug. 26, and will carry a sign-up fee of $15 per player. Registration for the pee wee program is $25 per player, and has a registration deadline of Aug. 11.

The volleyball program is open to boys and girls entering grades 2 through 6 this fall, and has a sign-up fee of $15 per player. Registration will continue through Aug. 26 at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym.

Parents can pick up enrollment forms at the gym between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Both parents must sign the completed form, and a birth certificate must be provided along with each player’s registration.

For further information on all three programs, call the RCCRD office during regular hours at 447-9776.

Eagles’ revamped staff holds first meetings

Preseason workouts start in two weeks for the Pecos Eagles football team, and on Monday, new Eagles’ head coach Chris Henson held his first official meeting with his staff, which will also include new people in about two thirds of the positions at the high school and junior high levels.

Henson said he and his coaches would hold a series of meetings this week, prior to next week’s annual Texas High School Coaches Association event in Austin. “We’ll take about coaching and what each one’s duties are going to be. We’ll talk about who’s going to coach what and we’ll go through the offense, defense and kicking game.”

Along with improving Pecos’ recent results, after back-to-back 1-9 seasons, one of the things Henson plans to do is get the coaches at the junior high level more connected with what’s going on at the high school. Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board members took the first step in doing that earlier this month, when they approved paying for junior high coaches in fall sports to begin preseason work at the same time as coaches at the high school level, which brought Pecos into line with the arrangement most other Class 3A schools in the area have employed.

“What we’re going to do for the junior high is create a drill book for the offense and defense, so that everybody is on the same page, and so the junior high will be doing what we’re doing,” Henson said. Pecos is also upping the number of coaches assigned to the junior high level from four to six for 2006.

Along with Henson, the Eagles will have two other new varsity coaches, in defensive coordinator Tom Hughes and assistant coach Derek Price, to go along with returning coaches Fred Howard and Robbie Ortega and Pat Gent, who moves up to the varsity level this season.

At the sub-varsity level, new head basketball coach Chaun Brooks will be a JV football coach, along with Art Wellborn, who will move into an assistant basketball coach spot this season, while new head baseball coach Eric Garcia will join Cary Hannsz as the freshman football coaches.

For the junior highs, new coach Art Rios will be the athletic coordinator for the seventh and eighth graders. Jerry Parent, Sammy Soliz and Brandon Shanklin will be the returning coaches from last season, while Oscar Luna and Shawn Pope are the two other new coaches to go along with Rios.

Henson said after this week’s meetings, the coaches would travel to Austin on Sunday for the clinics, which are held along with the THSCA All-Star football and basketball games, and would run through Wednesday. “When we come back we’ll do any finishing touches we’ve got to do. Monday, the kids will report in for equipment at 6:30 and we’ll be on the field by eight,” he said.

As in the past several years, Pecos will hold their week of two-a-day workouts during the mornings, with a 35-minute break between sessions for playbook and assignment work in the field house.

“The freshmen will be separate, while the JV will work out with the varsity,” Henson said. “The freshmen will also only go through one workout. We’re going to try not to kill them and keep the freshmen numbers out.”

Henson added that while many of the Eagle players have returned their physical forms, others still need to get their physicals and have forms filled out and signed by their doctor in order to begin workouts on Aug. 7. Players in other fall high school sports also need to return their forms by Aug. 7 in order to begin workouts, while junior high players need to have their forms filled out and returned to their coaches before Aug. 21, when seventh and eighth grade practices get underway.

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