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Friday, June 13, 2008

All-Star teams to be named Sunday

All-Star teams for the Pecos Little League and Junior League will be announced this Sunday, starting at 7 p.m. at Chano Prieto Field.

The 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 year old teams will be selected, and will begin play at the end of this month in the District 37 Tournament.

P-B-T gyms closed for resurfacing

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD gyms are closed this week, and will probably be closed on Monday, due to resurfacing work, coach Chris Henson said.

“They’re redoing all the gyms this week, and they said it takes about seven days,” he said. The work involves the old and new Pecos High School gyms, and the Crockett Junior High gym.

The work has closed the old PHS gym to members of the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department this week, while open volleyball and basketball workouts at the new gym also have been suspended until next week.

Field house weight room busy with student workout sessions

The weight room at the Pecos High School field house has been busy during the first two weeks of summer break, with between three and five dozen students participating in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD summer weight training program.

“In the morning period we’ve had both boys and girls, and probably more girls,” said head football coach and athletic director Chris Henson. “We’re probably running about 40 in the morning from 8 to noon, and that’s just open weight training.

“In the evenings we’re working out from 7:30 to 9 on some strength conditioning, and we’re averaging 55 to 60,” he said. “Most of those are football players, but it’s open to all other sports.”

“The cross country comes in in the mornings. Coach J (Rudy Jurado) and coach (Teresa) Bigham have been working them out on strength and conditioning, and then they go run,” Henson said. “The UIL says it’s legal for the coaches to work them out for two hours a day on strength and conditioning, as long as they don’t do any workouts that are directly related to their sport. So we can work our kids out for two hours, but we can’t get them out there with a football.”

Official pre-season workouts for the fall sports season don’t start until Aug. 4, and Henson said the Eagles are still looking to fill a couple of coaching vacancies at the high school level.

“We’ve got all our junior high coaches. We still need an assistant varsity football, assistant baseball, assistant basketball and assistant girls’ softball,” he said.

“We’ve interviewed a few, we just haven’t offered a job yet on those positions. The school board has a meeting on June 19, which I think is mostly budget, but we’ll be taking some more coaches to that meeting and hopefully by then we’ll have a full staff to go.”

Older kids largest group in summer tennis classes

Pecos High School tennis coach Bernadette Ornelas said she’s got more older students than younger ones out this year, for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD summer tennis program at the PHS tennis courts.

The summer program began on June 2 and runs through the end of the month, and Ornelas said, “We’ve got around 30 or 40 kids in the summer program, and we’ve broken them up into three sessions. The younger kids we mainly working on hand-eye coordination and motor skills. With the older group, we’re working on some things for the summer tournaments.”

She said the summer Black-Gold Tournament schedule across West Texas already has begun and will run through August, and while Pecos isn’t hosting an event this year, some of her older players are entered in the junior high and high school-age divisions.

“We’ve got quite a few boys among the incoming freshmen, and they’ll be filling in some of the spots left by the ones who have graduated,” she said. “Right now the junior high and the high school group is my largest group.”

Ornelas said that while they won’t be hosting a summer tournament at the end of this month, she planned to have a summer block party for the P-B-T tennis players towards the end of June. “I’ll probably be doing it on the last week, probably on Tuesday (June 24). I just don’t have a time set for it yet,” she said.

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