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Friday, November 21, 2008
PHS golfers end fall season with home meet
Pecos Eagle golfers got in one last round of play against a couple of Class 3A rivals this past Saturday at the Reeves County Golf Course, their final scheduled rounds for the fall season.
Pecos’ boys placed first on their home course in a three-way meet with Fort Stockton and Lamesa. The Eagle girls were minus a couple of their golfers, but still had enough for a team score, while coach Tina Doan said the Prowlers and Golden Tornadoes only brought three golfers apiece to the 18-hole meet.
“They played better. I was pleased with how they played, but not completely satisfied,” Doan said. “Overall, it was a real successful day, and they did a much better job of course management. But they still have some goals to strive for and to try and go ahead to achive for the spring.”
Doan said four of her five golfers broke 100 on the day, with Samantha Sparkman shooting a 90, Heather Matta a 91, Ari Alligood a 92 and Katrina Hinojos a 94. Rina Pino, with a 104, was the other score for the Eagles, and Doan said she was without two of the seven players she expects to have for the winter-spring season.
Boys coach Gaylon Doan had eight golfers out, about half the number he hopes to have when play resumes at Monahans the first weekend of February. The top five golfers for the Eagles shot a 319, while Fort Stockton had a 355 and Lamesa shot a 361.
“We didn’t play as well as we did in Andrews, and the kids were disappointed because we played on our home course,” said Doan. “But they’re starting to understand how to play smart golf and keep themselves out of trouble.”
Heath Armstrong led Pecos with a 77 score, and was followed by Richard Dutchover with a 79, Josh Aguilar with an 80, Coe Duke with an 83 and Nathan Duke with an 85. The other three golfers for Pecos, Larry Martinez, Robert Carrasco and Bryce Deitiker, shot 89, 94 and 109 on the day.
Doan said he would have both an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ team to take to Monahans in February, and expected to have about 15 players out for the winter-spring season, which will run through District 4-3A play in April.
Rebels’ long-distance bombs take out Eagles
Switching over from volleyball to basketball figured to have some rough spots for the Pecos Eagle girls’ team in the early going of the 2008-09 season, and starting off their year on Tuesday night against the Midland Lee Rebels didn’t make things any easier.
Lee’s Audra Howard hit a pair of 3-pointers in the early going as part of the Rebels’ dozen baskets from beyond the 3-point line, while the Eagles couldn’t get much offense going over the first three periods of their 67-36 loss at the Pecos High School gym.
“It was kind of like what we expected,” said new Eagles head coach Brent McWilliams. “We didn’t close out well on defense, and we didn’t rebound well. But I’m proud of the girls, with just three days practice and a whole new system to have done as well as they did.”
The Rebels had a few baskets off steals, mostly late in the first period and in the second quarter when they outscored Pecos by a 30-8 margin. But most of their scoring advantage was from behind the 3-point line, where Howard finished with 18 points and was one of five Lee players to hit from beyond the 19-foot-9 line.
Pecos’ only lead came just over a minute into the game, when Leia McWilliams found Jasmine Rayos underneath for a lay-up and a 2-0 lead. Rayos was fouled on the play but missed her free throw, and the Rebels came back with a Laquisha Harris foul shot a few moments later, followed by the first two of Howard’s six baskets from behind the 3-point line.
Kortni Edwards added a 3-pointer a short time later to give the Rebels a 12-5 lead, and after a lay-up by Veronica Tarin, Alex Ranes, Harris and Shay O’Neil followed with lay-ups, the last two off steals, to make it an 18-7 game.
The Eagles would get baskets by McWilliams and Rayos off steals by Gabby Garcia to open the second period and cut the margin to seven, but the Eagles then missed a chance to narrow the gap to five, and after breaking Pecos’ press for a lay-up, got another O’Neil basket off a steal followed by two more Howard 3-pointers, which put the Rebels ahead by 17 points.
Pecos would get just two more baskets in the period, including another off a steal, but Lee would also have a couple of baskets off turnovers along with two more 3s, including one from the top of the key by Harris at the buzzer that made it a 42-15 game at halftime.
Meanwhile, Pecos’ scoring problems got worse in the third period. Their only points came on a Garcia lay-up with 3:54 left in the quarter, while Midland hit four more times from beyond the 3-point line and came out of the quarter ahead by a 61-17 score.
Lee kept shooting but finally cooled off from outside in the final period, while the Eagles began having more luck getting inside during the fourth quarter. Garcia, who led Pecos in scoring last season, had 16 of her 23 points in the final period, including the Eagles’ only 3-pointer of the game as Pecos was able to narrow the gap some with a 19-6 fourth quarter.
“It’s kind of a hard game to say a lot good about, but it’s probably a good thing they played man (defense), because we’re going to see a lot of that in district,” McWilliams said.
He was happy with the opening game effort of the Eagles’ junior varsity team, which used a late basket to beat the Rebels, 25-23. “I was proud of the JV and the way they played. We’ve just got a lot of work and a lot of assessing to do,” McWilliams said.
Olivia Castilleja, one of the t here JV players to also suit up for Tuesday’s varsity game, led Pecos in scoring with 10.
The Eagles had been scheduled to face Presidio on Friday, but McWilliams said that game has been cancelled, which allowed the three JV girls to also play in the varsity game. The Eagles’ next game will be this coming Tuesday, in Jal, N.M. against the Panthers. It’s also the last game before the Thanksgiving break for Pecos, which will be off until going to Seminole on Dec. 2, for a rematch of last year’s Region I-3A area round playoff game.
Pecos boys face Jal in basketball opener
The Pecos Eagles boys’ basketball team will have something different this season than in recent years, when they start off their 2008-09 season on Friday night, with a game in Jal against the Panthers.
The Eagles will take on the Panthers in their season opener, which was delayed by three days after Pecos had to cancel their scheduled Tuesday home opener against Monahans. Play is scheduled to start with the junior varsity game at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 6:30 p.m.
Pecos finished last season with a 5-21 record, after starting off the season with a 4-5 mark in their first nine games. But last year’s team also had only one returning starter, and it’s been four years since the Eagles have had more than one player returning to the varsity starting lineup from the previous season.
This time around, the Eagles will have three starters back and several more returning players coming off the bench for coach Sammy Soliz.
“Everybody we expected came out,” Soliz said. “I think right now we’ve got 26 kids for the JV and varsity and have got 10 guys out for the freshman, so we’ve got a lot of kids showing up.”
Many of those players just came off football last week, and Soliz said, “We’re still trying to work out the soreness from football, but we’ll be all right.”
“We’ve got 7-8 guys who got some varsity playing time last year who are back this year,” he said. “As far as starters on the varsity level, I’ve got an idea of who they’ll be, but we’ve only had a couple of practices, so I’m still trying to decide on that.”
Luis Morales, Paul Zubeldia, Timo Reyes, German Rodriguez and Jonathan Dominguez were among the underclassmen on last year’s team, and the Eagles also have one other senior, Junior Carrasco, who started for Marfa last season. Pecos will have to replace their leading scorer from a year ago, J.R. Lujan, and long scoring droughts were a problem for the Eagles when they dropped 16 of their final 17 games.
Jal was one of the teams Pecos defeated in the early going last season, then lost to at home during their slide in the second half of the season. Following Friday’s game, Pecos will play their home opener on Tuesday night against former district rival Presidio, then go out of town for three weeks, including tournaments in Alpine and Monahans.
Eagles place 16 on all-district football team
Seven members of the Pecos Eagles football team were named to the first team All-District 4-3A Football Team, while nine others were chosen for the second team in voting last week by the district’s six coaches.
Senior Hector Ramirez shared Offensive MVP honors for the district, and the Eagles had two other first-team selections on offense and four on defense, after going 4-1 in district play this season.
The team was chosen on Nov. 12, the day before the start of the Class 3A playoffs. Pecos was beaten in their bi-district game by Midland Greenwood, 35-32, after placing second in 4-3A and earning their first trip to the playoffs since 2001.
Ramirez was joined on the first team by tight end Joseph Rodriguez and receiver Jeremy Martinez, while defensive end Isaiah Vela, defensive tackle Michael Tarin, linebacker Joseph Ontiveros and defensive back Junior Carrasco were named to the first team on defense. All are seniors.
Carrasco was also selected as second team kicker, and was joined there by six players on offense and three on defense.
Quarterback Paul Zubeldia, running back Timo Reyes, receiver Luis Morales, center Lomas Gonzales, guard Levi Cobos and tackle Bryan Navarette were the second team picks on offense, while the defensive selections for the Eagles were tackle Alonzo Villalobos, safety Ariel Salgado and linebacker Larry Sparkman, who was chosen as a utility player. All the offensive choices are seniors except for Gonzales, a junior; while Villalobos is a junior and both Salgado and Sparkman sophomores.
Ramirez missed all but the first two series of pre-district play for Pecos with a broken foot, and came back to run for 669 yards and eight touchdowns in the Eagles’ five district games and their playoff loss to Greenwood. That was second on the team behind Reyes, who ran for 822 yards and 12 TDs.
Ramirez shared his award with Anthony senior quarterback Luis Alvarez and Fabens senior receiver Travis Garay. Fort Stockton’s Francisco Jaquez earned the district’s MVP award for the second straight year, as Fort Stockton won its second straight district title, while the Panthers’ Julio Martinez was named Defensive MVP and Clint defensive back Alvaro Chavez was selected as Newcomer of the Year.
Fort Stockton, which was eliminated last week from the playoffs by Seminole, 62-26, in their bi-district game, had 18 players overall selected to the 4-3A team, while third place Clint, which was ousted by Monahans, 70-7, had 11 players named to the squad.
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