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Friday, June 20, 2008

Clinic planned for 7-12 grade volleyball girls

A volleyball clinic has been scheduled for next 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 incoming 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. Coach Teresa Bigham said on Wednesday that about 40 girls and 25 boys have been using the gym during the 5-8 p.m. period, while around five boys and 15 girls have been working out during the 9 a.m. to noon morning session. Open gym continues through the end of July.

Eagles tread new ground with conditioning efforts

Evening conditioning drills for Pecos Eagle athletes are looking a little different this year.

The summer strength and conditioning workouts, normally in the Pecos High School field house, have been moved outside to the field at Eagle Stadium, where for the past two weeks incoming freshman through seniors have been doing both sprints and 50- to 100-yard tire pulls to stay in shape during the summer.

“We work them for an hour. We start at 7:30 and go to 8:30,” said Eagles’ head football coach Chris Henson.

Preseason football practice doesn’t start until the first Monday in August, but the drills are within UIL rules because they are non-sport specific. “It’s just regular off-season work at conditioning, and it’s open to everybody. We’ve had some basketball players working out, and it’s open to the girls, too, though so far we haven’t had any,” Henson said.

The pulls harness the players up to used ties, which are connected to the harness by chain and are then dragged across the artificial turf of the stadium.

“The first week we did it, we averaged about 60,” Henson said. “That’s dropped off a bit this week, and we’ve had 30-35 show up each day. That’s a pretty good group, but we need to have more seniors show up. We’ve got 27 returning seniors on the varsity, and we need for them to show some leadership. That’s the difference between 2-8 and 8-2.”

For the next several days, the conditioning drills will be the only things going on at Eagle Stadium, as construction crews began tearing up the track as part of a summer resurfacing project.

“The track will be closed to the public for the next several days, until they get finished,” Henson said. “The summer track program is going to start running on the practice field, towards the softball field, while they get the work done.”

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