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Friday, December 15, 2006

Pecos golfers end fall play at JV tourney

The Pecos Eagle junior high boys golf team placed fifth on Dec. 7, in their only tournament of the fall season, in Andrews, while Pecos’ JV girl golfers.

“We had three first-timers for the tournament, and I thought they scored pretty well,” said boys’ coach Pat Gent, as his team shot a 386 for the 18-hole tournament at the Andrews County Golf Course.

The host Mustangs won with a 340 total, two shots in front of Midland Lee, while Frenship was third at 347 and Snyder was fourth, with a 378 total. Big Spring, at 402, and Lamesa, at 416, trailed the Eagles.

“It was a bit rough due to the weather,” Gent said. “It was dry, but the wind was blowing pretty hard, and there was a pretty low wind chill.”

Richard Dutchover shot an 88 for the low round of the day for Pecos. He was followed by Omar Medina with a 97, Sammy Sandoval with a 1000, Lomas Gonzales with a 101 and Mateo Tarango with a 103.

“Richard shot well for his first tournament, and Mateo’s scored dropped tremendously from the Santa Teresa Tournament,” when Tarango played with the Eagles’ varsity team. Coach Tina Doan only had two girls at the tournament, two short of qualifying for a team score. She said Samantha Sparkman shot a 116 and Katrina Hinojos had a 122 for the 18 holes of play.

“That was her (Hinojos) first ever 18-hole tournament, so that’s good,” Doan said. “They did fairly well. Their scores were high, but they learned a lot, so it was a good experience for them.”

The last tournaments for the varsity golfers during the fall semester were last month, and the Andrews meet was moved back from Nov. 30, when snow hit the area. The Eagle boys’ next tournament won’t be until Feb. 2-3, when they travel to Monahans, while Pecos’ next girls’ meet also will be that weekend, in San Angelo. Pecos boys will their host their own varsity tournament for the first time since the mid-1990s the following weekend, while the girls will be down in Austin, as one of 10 recent state qualifiers invited to play in a tournament at the new site of the state tourney in May, the Morris Williams Golf Course. “They decided to host a tournament to give us all an experience on the golf course,” said Doan, whose team placed third at state back last season. “It ought to be a lot of fun.”

Steers avenge loss, stampede Eagles

The Pecos Eagles got off to a worse start in their second meeting of the season against the Big Spring Steers than they did in their first meeting, but weren’t in any worse shape at halftime than they had been 10 days earlier at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

But this time, the Eagles couldn’t shut down the Steers in the third period, and Big Spring pulled away and avenged their Sandhills’ loss with a 71-38 victory.

“It was like a different team. I think Big Spring had three missed shots the entire time,” said Eagles’ coach Debbie Garcia. “Their outside shooters were on. We’d go out to them, and they’d drop the ball to their 6-4 girl inside.”

Pecos had trailed Big Spring by 12 points at halftime of their first meeting, then shut out the Steers in the third quarter and cut the margin to one before winning by a 45-43 score. This time, Big Spring jumped all over Pecos in the opening period, going out to a 23-5 lead. But the 18 point margin was down to 13 at the half, after the Eagles outscored the Steers 15-10 in the second period.

But the lead would grow to over 20 points in the third period, and the Steers would score 19 points in each of the final two periods, led by Heather Sheppard, who had 25 points on the night. Her 11 field goals were all from inside 3-point range, but Garcia said, “No 34 (Sheppard) would shoot from the top of the key and it just seemed like we couldn’t cover everybody at one time.”

The Eagles had no player in double figures, with Gabby Garcia, Adrianna Armendariz and Chantel Mazone each finishing with eight points. Garcia had a chance to get more, but struggled at the foul line, going 6-for-14.

“Gabby had a good game rebounding the ball. She was able to get position on their big girl a couple of times, and Amalie (Herrera) had a good game on defense, with a couple of steals.” the Eagles’ coach said. “We got the ball into Chantel, and sometimes she would make a good post move, but other times she wouldn’t go up strong enough to score, and that was a problem a lot of our girls were having.”

Tuesday’s game was the last for Pecos’ girls before the Christmas holiday. Pecos’ next game will be at home on Dec. 30 against Sweetwater, which dropped a 65-58 decision to Andrews on Tuesday. “We’ve got some time off before our next game, and we’ll take five days off and then go back into the gym and work on our defense and rebounding,” Garcia said.

Big Spring also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game, by a 42-32 score. Catherine Moore led Pecos in scoring with 12 points.

Pecos boys in Stockton after loss at Stanton

The Pecos Eagles’ kept up their outside attack on offense on Tuesday night in Stanton. But their second straight game with nine 3-point shots wasn’t matched by similar inside scoring this time around, and they ended up dropping a 58-46 decision to the Buffaloes.

The loss left Pecos with a 4-8 record going into their opening game at the Fort Stockton Tournament this weekend, against the Kermit Yellowjackets. The Eagles and Jackets played at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in one of five first round games at the tournament, which features all three of Pecos’ District 2-3A rivals.

Pecos hit nine 3s on Saturday, in a 68-37 win over Seagraves, and got nine more on Tuesday, three each from Lucas Macha and Mark Molina. But Stanton’s Garrett Fulton had nine two pointers on his own and led all scorers with 21, while Jason Pinkerton hit all four of the Buffaloes’ 3s, as part of a 15-point game.

Eagles’ coach Chaun Brooks said Stanton had a size advantage inside, which helped them both on offense and in shutting down Pecos’ chances in close. “They had a balanced attack. They hit over our zone, and some of their guys weren’t that tall, but they had more strength. They got inside on us, and then they went outside.”

They had one kid (Fulton) who had some real good skills,” he said. “They just plated solid defense all the way and had some intelligent basketball play.”

Stanton jumped out to an 18-10 lead after one period, was up 36-22 at the half and widened that lead to 50-30 after three period, before Pecos closed the gap in the fourth quarter.

Brooks said Molina had a good night for Pecos and tied with Macha for high-point honors for Eagles with 13. Stanton (9-4) also had Mike Carmona in double figures with 10.

Thursday’s game against Kermit was the first meeting of the season for the teams. The Jackets come into the game off a 34-32 win over Wink, which plays Fort Stockton in their opener. The winner between the Eagles and Jackets was set to face the Fort Stockton-Wink winner at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, while the losers play at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. In Pecos wins their opener and then loses Thursday evening, they’ll have Friday off, and wont play again until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, while two wins on Thursday would put them into a semifinal game against Alpine or Odessa High’s JV at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Monahans faces Fort Hancock and Presidio takes on Tornillo in the other two opening round games. The tournament ends with the championship game at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The games are the last for the Eagles until after New Year’s Day. Pecos’ JV already completed the 2006 portion of their schedule on Tuesday, with a 48-33 win over Stanton. Timo Reyes had 12 points and Chris Sotelo 11 for the Eagles.

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