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Friday, July 18, 2008

Volleyball clinic set for late July

A volleyball clinic is scheduled for later this month for junior high and high school girls at the Pecos High School gym.

Shelly Evans, head volleyball coach for San Angelo Lake View High School, will be in charge of the clinic, which will be on July 28-30, with a deadline to register of July 20. The clinic will be divided into three sections, with seventh and eighth grade girls going from 9 to 11 a.m.; ninth graders from 1-3 p.m. and incomming 10th through 12th graders from 3 to 6 p.m.

Registration fees for the clinic will be $30 per player for 7-8 grade girls, and $50 for grades 9-12. For further information, either contact Evans at (325) 659-0803, or go by the Pecos High School new gym during open gym hours and speak to the coach on duty.

Open gym for both girls volleyball and boys and girls basketball is currently being held mornings and evenings at the PHS new gym, and continues through the end of July.

Eagles fill out high school, JH coaching staffs

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Athletic Director Chris Henson said Wednesday that all the coaching vacancies at the high school and junior high levels have now been filled, and that coaches for football will begin their meetings next week for the start of pre-season workouts, which get underway on Aug. 4.

Pecos will have new head coaches on the girls’ side in four sports at the high school level, several of which have been previously announced. The newest hires include Stephanie Herrera as the Eagles’ new head softball coach, with Olivia Carrasco and Lisa Marie Williams as her assistants.

Herrera just graduated this spring from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where she earned a degree in journalism. She will take that teaching position at Pecos High School.

She replaces Tammy Walls, who has served as head softball coach for the Eagles since the girls’ program began in 1998. Herrera played from 2000 to 2004 for the Eagles and the past four seasons for the Aggies, earning second team all-WAC honors as a senior. The Eagles reached the playoffs seven times during the past 11 years, advancing the furthest during Herrera’s senior year, when Pecos lost to Monahans in the Region I-3A semifinals.

Carrasco and Williams will replace assistants Becky Wein and Annette Marquez. “Olivia coached in Presidio for four years and coaches softball for them,” Henson said. He added that Williams, like Herrera, is a first year coach, but played college softball in Alvin, Texas.

Carrasco will also do junior high volleyball and basketball, while Williams will be a high school volleyball and basketball assistant, Henson said.

For the other three head coach openings at the high school level, Ruth McWilliams was announced in May as the new head volleyball coach for Pecos, while her husband Brent will be the next varsity basketball coach for the Eagle girls. Both come from Marfa, while the new girls’ track coach Dee Dee Molinar comes in from Kermit, and was also announced prior to the end of the school year in May.

On the boys’ side all the head coaches from the past year return, but Henson said he would be adding Jackie McNew to the varsity assistant coaching staff, replacing Pat Gent, while junior high coach Oscar Luna will move up to the high school level, replacing Cary Hannsz. Luna will also remain as a varsity assistant baseball coach.

The other two hires were Carlos Parra as junior high football coach, replacing Luna, and Omero Carrasco, who will be a junior high football, basketball and golf coach.

Henson said the staff meetings for football will start next week, after summer conditioning ends this week for Eagle players.

“We averaged about 30 a night, but only about six seniors,” he said. “We were looking for the seniors to step up, but so far this summer that hasn’t happened, so that’s been a real disappointment. Most of the kids who’ve been out are the younger ones, but some of the other kids have been working out on their own.

“If we’re going to compete with the best we’ve got to work like the best,” Henson added. “But averaging 30 a night is tremendous compared with where we started two years ago, when almost no one was showing up.”

Volleyball, cross-country and swimming will also begin their pre-season workouts on Aug. 4. Students in all sports beginning that day have to have their physical forms filled out and signed by a doctor before they will be allowed to practice. Forms are available from local doctors offices or at the Pecos High School field house.

Junior high players will begin practice on the first day of school, Aug. 25, and need to have their physical forms filled out and returned by then, trainer Joel Birch said.

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