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P-B-T outdoor swim class helped out by hot weather
Near-record temperatures arrived in the Pecos area this past weekend just in time to heat things up for the morning classes for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah summer learn-to-swim program, which is being held outdoors for the first time this year.
Repairs to the 25-year-old Pecos High School swimming pool, due to cracking caused by a 13-foot hole beneath the southwest corner of the pool, forced the program to be relocated to the Town of Pecos City’s Athletic Pool at Maxey Park, which is where the first day of the opening two-week session was held Monday morning.
“It’s not that bad. Our numbers are down a little bit, especially in the morning classes, but so far it’s been very nice,” said PHS swimming coach Terri Morse. “It’s worked out very well.
“We still have openings for Levels 1, 2 and 3 at 8:45 and 9:35 a.m., and for Level 4 at all times and a few openings in the 5-year-old group,” Morse said, “Session 2 is also open right now.”
The first swimming lesson session runs through June 12, while the second session will run from June 16 through June 26. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, with a registration cost of $30 per child.
The time schedule for the lesson has 3- and 4-year-olds going daily from 11:15 to 11:50 a.m. Lessons for 5-year-olds are in two time periods, from 9:35 to 10:20 a.m. and from 10:25 to 11:10 a.m. Boys and girls listed as Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 swimmers will have their lessons from 8:45 to 9:30, 9:35 to 10:20 and 10:25 to 11:10 a.m., while those in Levels 5 and 6 will have classes from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.
For further information on the program, contact coach Morse at 940-0033 or coach Joan Capshaw at 940-2274.
Other P-B-T summer athletic programs also got underway on Monday, and registration remains open in each of those sports except for summer golf.
PHS tennis coach Bernadette Ornelas is supervising summer tennis, which is also divided into two sessions, June 2-12 and June 16-26. Summer track will be supervised by coach Brent McWilliams, and will run mornings starting on June 2, with registration from June 2-5 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Pecos High School Field House. Registration is open to students entering kindergarten through 12th grade.
The field house weight room and the Pecos High School gym will both have morning and late afternoon-evening hours this summer, between June 2 and Aug. 1. The weight room will be available for students entering grades 9-12 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Public hours during that time will be 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Summer basketball and volleyball will also begin on June 2 and continue through Aug 1. The two sports will be held on alternate days, also from 9 a.m. until 12 noon and from 5-8 p.m. in the evenings.
Eagles ’08 volleyball schedule to feature lots of El Paso trips
Before the Pecos Eagles’ volleyball team goes out to El Paso for District 4-3A play this coming season, be making two other trips west on Interstate 10 to face some of that city’s bigger schools in pre-tournament play.
The Eagles, who have been in with El Paso area schools Clint, Fabens, Tornillo and Anthony for football the past two years, will be in with those schools in volleyball and most other sports for the next two seasons. Fort Stockton will be the other member of District 4-3A, and the long distances have prompted a major change to Pecos’ district schedule, where eight of their 10 games will be played on Saturdays in September and October.
Before then, Pecos will make two trips to El Paso. The first, on Aug. 14-16, is for matches against El Paso Eastwood and El Paso Montwood, and then to compete in the El Paso Riverside Tournament. They’ll go back there three days later, for afternoon matches against El Paso Chapin and El Paso Americus, before playing their first home games of the season, at the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic on Aug. 22-23.
Pecos’ other tournament will be Labor Day weekend in Lubbock, at the Frenship Classic. A week later, they’ll open their district schedule with a home match against Clint, and will play only one district game a week through the end of October, with the exception of the end of September, when they’ll close out the first half of their 2-3A schedule on a Tuesday against Fort Stockton, then travel to Clint the following Saturday for their second half opener.
Aside from Fort Stockton, Pecos has two non-district dates set for Tuesdays once 4-3A play begins. They’ll travel to Alpine to face the Bucks and Sierra Blanca Vaqueros on Sept. 23, then go to Denver City on Oct. 7 to face the Mustangs. Their district schedule ends on Oct. 28, with a game in Fort Stockton against the Prowlers.
Pecos’ JV and freshman teams will play most of the same opponents as the varsity this season, with the exception of the two out-of-town tournaments. The ninth grade and JV will travel to the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans the first weekend of the season, and will travel to Fort Stockton on Labor Day weekend for tournament play while the varsity goes to Frenship.
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