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Friday, August 11, 2006

Eagles teams host Saturday stadium event

A “Meet the Eagles” event for the teams starting their 2006 seasons over the next two months, will be held Saturday evening at Eagle Stadium.

Athletic Director and head football coach Chris Henson said along with the varsity, junior varsity and freshman football teams, players from the volleyball, cross country, swimming and tennis teams would also be introduced at the event, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

“The cheerleaders will also be there to do a couple of cheers, and the band is supposed to be here,” Henson said. “They have a contest in Odessa and they’re going to try and get back in time.”

He said the Pecos Eagle booster club also is supplying 300 hot dogs, which will be given away free during the event. “The coaches will cook them, and once the 300 are served, that’s it,” he said.

Regular season play for the Eagles’ volleyball team starts next Tuesday in Wink, while cross-country opens in Balmorhea on Aug. 26, football begins on Sept. 2 in Odessa and swimming begins its 2006 season on Sept. 28 at Fort Stockton.

Pecos girls to scrimmage Monahans, Odessa

Pecos Eagles’ volleyball coach Helen Kimbrough will get her first look at her new team in competition on Saturday, when the Eagles travel to Monahans to scrimmage the Monahans Loboes, Odessa High Bronchos and Odessa Permian Panthers.

The Eagles will face their District 2-3A rivals first, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Larned Special Events Center. The JV and freshman teams will also scrimmage at that time, at the old Monahans High School and Walker Junior High gyms. Following that scrimmage, Pecos will face OHS at 11:40 a.m., and close things out by scrimmaging Permian, starting at 1:20 p.m.

Kimbrough said on Wednesday she was still evaluating her players, before making a decision on who would suit up with the varsity on Saturday.

“I’ll probably have about 10, if that many,” she said. “I want 10 who can play. If I can have seven who can play, that’s who are going to be on the varsity. If it’s 10, then that’s how many.”

“What I’ve done so far is just work on the sets to see who can set. Some of the girls who weren’t setters are setters now,” she said. “They’re quick, and they can move the ball. The setter is the key to the whole offense. you’ve got to be able to read the defense and be able to move the ball, and you’ve got to take criticism and learn from it.”

Kimbrough said she’s also trying to work on the Eagles’ serves, and will be working a little more on the sets on Friday, in preparation for Saturday’s scrimmages.

The Eagles have about 50 players out for volleyball this year, and 31 in the sophomore through senior classes were at workouts on Wednesday. Regular season play for the Eagles starts off next Tuesday in Wink, with matches against the Wildcats, followed by the Sandhills Volleyball Tournament next weekend in Monahans.

Henson says Eagles catching on to new system

The numbers were up for the Pecos Eagles football team, on their second and third days of pre-season workouts, and coach Chris Henson said the level up play also was improving, as the Eagles prepare for their first full-contact workouts on Friday.

“Our numbers right now are sitting at 74 on the varsity and junior varsity,” said Henson, who’ll be trying to turn things around for the Eagles in his first season, after back-to-back 1-9 campaigns.

Pecos had 59 players suited up for the opening day of practice. “We picked up a few from Monday, and we’ve still got a few working who haven’t come out yet,” Henson said.

Pecos is going to a wing-T formation on offense this season, and Henson said so far the defense has been ahead of the offense in workouts.

“Monday’s practice was not as good as it could have been. Tuesday picked up and Wednesday we had one of the best practices I’ve had since I’ve been coaching,” he said. “We’re still evaluating some of the positions. We’ve got some where we know where they’re going to play, but there are some we’re still looking at,” Henson added. “The quarterback position is still uncertain. We’ve got three kids we’re looking at right now, and we should know more after the scrimmage (Aug. 19 at Seminole).”

He said Luis Ortega has looked good at running back, after gaining 1,244 yards last season. “Hector Ramirez has also looked good at tailback, and our offensive line is pretty solid. As far as our started, we’ve got a lot of seniors, so we pretty much know who is going to be there.”

He said Javier Tercero has done well both at wide receiver on offense and at free safety on defense. “At the corners, Timo Reyes has looked good in practice, and Jeremy Martinez and Jeremy Dunlap have looked good,” Henson said.

“Our linebacking corps is picking it up quick. They’re doing a good job and have a lot of responsibility. They’ll call audibles about on every play, to shift the defense over into position.”

On the line, he said ends Robert Nunez and Aaron Navarette have also had a good first three days of practice. “Robert was a starter last year, and he’s doing a great job. He’s probably picking it up a little quicker than the younger players,” Henson said.

The Eagles will have one more scrimmage after they take on Seminole, when they go to Greenwood on Aug. 24. They’ll then start the season with a neutral site game, a Saturday afternoon contest on Sept. 2 in Odessa against the Alpine Bucks.

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