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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Rec dept begins sign-ups for youth soccer, adult aerobics
Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is enrolling boys and girls for its fall soccer program.
Children who are between four and half and nine years old are eligible for participation.
Parents may pick up registration forms at the recreation office during regular business hours.
Cost will be $10 per player; entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 17; late registration will be $25 through Oct. 24. No registration after Oct. 24.
Individuals will need a copy of the child’s birth certificate and both parents’ signatures.
For more information call 447-9776.
The Recreation Department is also planning on starting an adult beginners aerobics class.
Anyone interested needs to contact the recreation office at 447-9776, to reserve a spot.
Sub-varsity football squads win five of six from Snyder
The results went a lot better on the sub-varsity level in football for the Pecos Eagles on Saturday against the Snyder Tigers than they did on Friday night, as the Eagles’ junior high, junior varsity and freshman teams took five of their six games against Snyder.
Playing at home, the ninth graders jumped out to an early lead and didn’t allow a score until late in the fourth quarter, as they defeated Snyder by a 21-6 final score, while the JV used a tipped fourth down catch to set up the winning touchdown with 14 seconds to play, as they beat the Tigers, 21-14.
Playing in Snyder, Pecos’ seventh graders swept their games against Snyder, as the ‘A’ team shut out the Tigers, 26-0, while the ‘B’ team scored a 10-6 victory. In the eighth grade game, the teams split, with the ‘B’ team scoring a 14-6 victory while the ‘A’ team fell to Snyder by a 38-6 final score.
Ramiro Pinales had all three touchdowns for the JV, including a one-yard drive in the closing seconds, after Alvaro Contreras caught a deflected pass on 4th-and-14 from Dominic Bejarano and went 33 yards to the Snyder 1. Pecos had taken an 8-0 lead at the half on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Bejarano to Pinales, with Justin Ybarra adding the two point conversion, while Bejarano and Pinales hooked up on a 58-yard score after Snyder cut the lead to 8-6 in the third period.
Snyder tied the game in the final period, before Pinales’ score and Robert Orona’s extra point gave the Tigers their first loss of the season.
Pecos improved to 4-1 with their victory, and will take on Wink’s varsity this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The ninth graders improved to 3-3 with their victory Arturo Villa had a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Chase Price scored from a yard out in the second period, while Villa had a two-point run and Geronimo Ornelas added an extra point for a 15-0 halftime lead. Israel Espudo scored from 55 yards out in the third period for Pecos’ final touchdown.
In the seventh grader’s ‘A’ team’s win, Roderick Renteria had a touchdown on a quarterback sneak from one yard out, and returned an interception 100 yards for another TD. Cesar Ortega had Pecos’ other two scores, on a run and off an option pass from Mario Gallardo, who had Pecos’ other score on a two-point conversion run. The ‘A’ team upped their record to 2-1 on the season.
The ‘B’ team saw their record go to 2-0 with their victory. Pecos’ points came off a safety by Esequiel Villescas and a touchdown pass from Jeffrey Trujillo and Juan Ramirez, with Luis Villapando adding the two-point conversion run.
The eighth grade gold team improved to 1-2 on the season, with Aaron Castillo scoring on a 36-yard run and Joey Villaneuva on a 1-yarder. The eighth grade purple team fell to 1-2 on the season, getting their lone score on an option pass of 45 yards from Devante Jenkins to Michael Hardwick, who also had the two-point conversion run.
“All three teams’ defense was outstanding. Even the eighth grade ‘A’ team’s defense played great,” said coach Art Rios. “We gave up two touchdowns on offense, when their kid ran a couple of punts back on us, and they got another score after a turnover.”
Pecos’ junior high teams will be in Greenwood for games against the Rangers this Thursday, while the freshmen are tentatively scheduled to take on Alpine, after their scheduled game against Kermit was cancelled.
Pecos runners place fifth, 10th in Lubbock meet’s 3A races
A week after earning a fifth individually on the girls’ side and a 10th on the boys’ side, the Pecos Eagles’ cross country team picked up a sixth on the girls’ side and another 10th place finish on the boys’ side on Saturday, at the Lubbock Invitational.
Krystal Carrasco, who took fifth the previous Saturday in Wink, finished sixth over the two-mile course at Mae Simmons Park, which will also be the site of the Region I-3A meet on Nov. 8. Carrasco had a 13:34.8 time, while Kayla Natividad, who placed sixth at Wink, was 12th this time, with a 13:50.1 time. Pecos’ other runner on Saturday, Ashley Jasso, was 33rd, with a 14:49.7 time.
The Lubbock meet was divided into five divisions, with Llano winning the Class 3A girls title with 41 points, to 48 for Perryton and 67 for the Eagles’ District 4-3A rival Fabens. The Wildcats also had the second and third place finishers in the race, as Gabriela Gonzales ran a 13:25.3 and Jackie Gonzales had a 13:27.4 time. Perryton had the first place individual runner, Victoria Herbert, who took the race with a 12:57.9 time.
On the boys’ side, Edward Rodriguez, who was 11th a week earlier in Wink, took 10th place over the three-miles course, with a 17:38.9 time. Gus Mendoza, who placed 10th at Wink, was 17th this time, with an 18:09.5 time, and was followed by Edward Madrid, 50th with a 20:40.1 time, and Dario Morales, 54th with a time of 21:00.7.
Burkburnett took first at the meet with 32 points to 60 for Lubbock Cooper, while Fabens placed eighth with 184 points. Pecos was one runner short of qualifying for a team score.
Assistant cross-country coach Teresa Bigham said there were a total of 56 girls and 67 boys in the Class 3A division at Lubbock.
The Eagles will have another meet this coming Saturday morning in Alpine. Pecos’ junior high runners will also compete this weekend, with their races going before the varsity boys and girls run.
Tigers keep Eagles winless with 48-6 victory
One-on-five isn’t a good situation either in basketball or on the football field, at least as far as how many offensive options you’ve got.
The Pecos Eagles got 95 yards rushing and another 54 receiving from Timo Reyes on Friday in Snyder, but the rest of the Eagles’ offense ended up with minus-18 yards on the night. Meanwhile, the Tigers got touchdowns from five different players and scored seven times overall, as they kept Pecos winless on the season with a 48-6 victory.
The loss dropped the Eagles to 0-5 in district at both the halfway points of their 2008 season and going into their District 4-3A opener, at home in two weeks against Fort Stockton.
While Snyder had the advantage in speed over Pecos, coach Chris Henson said the Tigers’ size advantage was a bigger factor in their domination over the Eagles’ defense most of the night.
“Their line averages over 270 pounds. They’ve got three 250-pounders and that 305-pounder (Patrick Meighen), and they just kind of crushed our little 210-pounders,” Henson said. “That kind of size is eventually going to wear the kids down.”
Tigers’ quarterback Jesse Conner broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage on a 3rd-and-2 play just after the opening kickoff and went 57 yards, then connected with Shade Roemisch on a 12-yard touchdown pass on a 3rd-and-12 play to give the Tigers the lead.
Dustin Brown added the two-point conversion run, and before the period was over Snyder would add another score, after the Eagles were able to stop the Tigers on downs inside their own 20, following a fumble on the kickoff by Junior Carrasco that was returned to the Pecos 9 by Jonathan Kerr.
Chase Arrendale got the Tigers’ second score, on a four-yard run to cap a short 32-yard drive set up by a 25-yard punt return by Nick Zajicek.
“It seems this whole season we’ve had teams in 3rd-and-long and have let them get open,” Henson said. “We had them twice on that first series and then gave up a big play.”
Pecos would only have the ball for four plays in the opening period, and wouldn’t get their initial first down of the game until the opening play of the second quarter, when quarterback Paul Zubeldia connected with Reyes for an 18-yard gain. But the drive would end at the Snyder 42 when Zubeldia couldn’t connect on a deep sideline pass to Luis Morales, and the Tigers then excited the crowd with a ‘hook-and-ladder’ play, as Roemisch took a short pass from Conner and lateraled it to lineman Daniel Samia, who rumbled 52 yards to the Pecos 1.
Kenneth Turner got around the end on the next play for the touchdown, and Snyder would up their lead to 28-0 just before halftime, on a nine-play, 72-yard drive capped with a seven-yard TD pass from Conner to Anthony Taylor. The big play on the drive was a 23-yard run by Zajicek on a 3rd-and-6 play, followed by two personal foul penalties by the Eagles.
Meanwhile, Pecos’ offense was staying with Reyes. The fullback had 23 of Pecos’ 29 carries in the game, with two of the others sacks of Zubeldia in the second half by the Tigers’ defense.
Down by 28, the Eagles opted against punting on their first two possessions of the second half. Reyes was stopped short at the Eagles’ 36 on a 4th-and-4 run following the opening kickoff, and the Tigers’ Xavier Malone would score three plays later on a 25-yard run to make it 34-0.
Pecos’ next series would end when Morales couldn’t hold onto a first down pass from Zubeldia at the Snyder 44, after he had returned Conner’s kickoff to midfield. Arrendale would get his second touchdown of the night on the next series, going in from 21 yards out as part of a 105-yard rushing night.
“We’ve got to work on that,” Henson said of the passing game, which has only produced 89 yards in offense since Pecos scored on an 86-yard option pass from Reyes to Morales to open their game two weeks earlier in Denver City. “We’re not catching the ball very well, and Paul’s not setting up in the pocket well. He’s not setting his feet, and he’s not checking down the way he needs to, instead of throwing the ball long.”
The Eagles then would get their only touchdown of the night, an eight-play drive, all involving Reyes, and covering 79 yards. It opened with a 22-yard run by Reyes and a 15-yard personal foul penalty by Snyder, and ended with Reyes taking a center screen pass from Zubeldia on a 4th-and-4 play and weaving through the Tigers’ defense 36 yards for the score.
Snyder would answer that back just over a minute later, when Conner tossed a pass over to Malone near the left sideline, and he outraced Pecos’ defense 58 yards for the score.
The win improved the Tigers to 3-1 on the season, going into their game this week against Lubbock Cooper, which was postponed from Sept. 5 due to the death of a Cooper student. Pecos meanwhile, takes this week off, though Henson said a few varsity players who missed Friday’s game would suit up for the Eagles’ junior varsity this coming Friday, when they play Wink’s varsity on the Wildcats’ home field.
He said sophomore running backs Arturo Munoz and Isaiah Patino would play on Friday. The two were among seven varsity players who did not suit up against Snyder. “Martin and Marco Jasso who also have been out with injuries will also go down and play,” Henson said.
For the second week in a row, all of Pecos’ District 3-4A opponents also lost their games, except for Fort Stockton, the Eagles’ next opponent in their Oct. 10 district opener. The Panthers did not play on Friday, and will host Monahans this week to close out their pre-district schedule.
All the other District 4-3A teams join Pecos in taking the night off this coming Friday, after Fabens lost at home to Andrews, 35-21, Tornillo was beaten by Lordsburg, N.M., 46-7, Anthony fell to Bernalillo, N.M., 50-22, and Clint was routed at home on Saturday by Seminole, 68-0.
Eagles sweep Bulldogs in swim opener
The Pecos Eagles swim team opened up its 2008-09 season on Saturday with wins in both the boys and girls divisions over the Abilene Wylie Bulldogs.
Pecos’ girls, despite having fewer swimmers and divers than Wylie, came away with a 111-62 victory. On the boys’ side the Eagles were the team with more competitors and outscored the Bulldogs by a 132-28 margin.
“Some people looked pretty good, the new ones especially,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. “A few of them were a little slower than I was hoping for.”
She added that some of the events for the swimmers would probably change later on in the season, and the relay teams used on Saturday also will probably be altered.
“I’m going to look at some different things at this point in the season,” Morse said. “I saw some people on the ‘B’ relays who did better than the ones on the ‘A’, so we’ll just have to see.”
The boys won all 12 events, with Josh Elliott, Edward Navarro and Carlos Navarro each pick up two individual wins and two victories in the relays. Elliott won the 100-yard freestyle with a 52.62 time and later took the 100-yard backstroke with a 58.30 time. Edward Navarro won the 200-yard freestyle with a 2:05.84 time and then took the 500 free in 5:39.32, while Carlos Navarro won the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:21.62 time and then took the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:11.32 time.
The other individual firsts for Pecos in the swimming events came from Derek Teague, who took the 50-yard freestyle in 25.14; and Gus Mendoza, who won the 100-yard butterfly with a 1:04.54 time. In 1-meter diving, Hector Roman won his first event since returning from his February auto accident, scoring 213.45 points to top the six-person field.
Mendoza was second to Edward Navarro in the 200 freestyle, and Teague was second to Elliott in the 100-yard backstroke. The other individual finishes for Pecos included Abraham Lujan, second in the 200 medley and third in the 100 fly; Tanner Hardwick, second in the 100 fly and third in 1-meter diving; Frankie Morin, second in the 500 free and the 100 backstroke; Clay Teague, second in the 100-yard breaststroke and sixth in the 50 free; Tye Hegar, fourth in the 50 free and the 100 free; and Gregory Roman, sixth in 1-meter diving.
In the relays, Elliott, Derek Teague and both Navarros won the 200 medley with a 2:09.77 time and took the 400 free in 3:43.47. Morin, Lujan, Mendoza and Hector Roman won the 200 free with a 1:46.55 time, while the ‘B’ medley relay team of Hardwick, Lujan, Clay Teague and Gregory Roman was second; the ‘B’ 400 relay team of Morin, Hardwick, Mendoza and Gregory Roman was second; and the 200 free relay ‘B’ squad of Hegar, Clay Teague, Gregory Roman and Austin Demor was third.
The only event the girls failed to win was 1-meter diving, where all three entries were from Abilene Wylie. The Bulldogs had enough swimmers for three full relay teams, while the Eagles were only able to put one relay together for the three events, but still managed first in each of the races.
Conner Armstrong, Alexcia Mendoza, Alyson Reynolds and Anatalia Hernandez won the 200 medley relay with a 2:09.77 time; Mendoza, Adriana Roman, Dakota Hegar and Lauren Elliott won the 200 free relay with a 1:57 time; and Hernandez, Hegar, Victoria Machuca and Maggie Hernandez won the 400 free, with a 4:42.89 time.
In the individual events, Reynolds took the 200 freestyle in 2:14.30, with Hegar second; Mendoza won the 200 free with a 2:23.11 time, with Anatalia Hernandez second; Roman won the 50 free with a 28.58 time; Hernandez won the 100 fly in 1:14.44, with Maggie Hernandez second and Machuca third; Roman won the 100 free in the closest race of the team with a 1:01.19 time, .28 seconds ahead of Armstrong while Hegar was third; Elliott took the 500 free with a 6:12.79 time, with Maggie Hernandez second; Armstrong won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:10.29, with Elliott second; and Reynolds took the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:16.80 time, beating Wylie’s Nicole Tucek by .30 second. Mendoza was third and Machuca fourth in that race.
The Eagles will have their first invitational meet this coming Friday and Saturday in El Paso, which will also be Pecos’ first look at their main rivals from Region I-3A competition last year. Pecos’ boys won the regional title by one point over El Paso Andress, while the girls placed second to El Paso Chapin, which won its fourth straight regional title.
“Looking at last year’s regionals, we’ll see where they’re kind of strong this year, and see how we’re going to fare against them,” Morse said.
Pecos girls outlast Fabens to complete match sweep
What started off looking like a pretty easy win turned into a third game marathon for the Pecos Eagles volleyball team on Saturday, but the Eagles were finally able to come out on top and come away with a sweep of the Fabens Wildcats.
Pecos took over sole possession of first in the District 4-3A standings with a 25-13, 25-17, 33-31 win in Fabens, as both teams survived a series of game points before the Eagles were able to close things out and post their 11th straight win.
“I think it was a combination of things,” Eagles’ coach Ruth McWilliams said of the narrow Game 3 victory. “They got a little momentum built up and we got a little complacent in the third game.
“They got a little fired up, and they’re not a bad ballclub. They’re a good little team that plays a lot of defense, so you can’t give them to many chances or make too many unforced errors or they’re going to make you pay,” she said.
Pecos would rally to take the lead late in Game 3, and had match point at 24-22, but were unable to close things out. The Wildcats then would take the lead and had five chances to win before the Eagles were able to re-tie the score and then add two final points for the win.
“What I was proudest of with our girls is when they came back, instead of folding like a tent, we came out and played hard,” McWilliams said. “The girls stepped up and continued to play. We wanted it as badly as they did.
She said Gabby Garcia and Leia McWilliams had kills down the stretch in Game 3 to keep Pecos alive, and the Eagles also did well in their serves. “Claire Weinacht also had a few big kills for us, and Ally Salcido had a couple of digs and some kills, so it was a team effort,” she said.
The win lifted the Eagles to 4-0 in district and 22-12 on the season, while Fabens dropped to 15-11, and at 3-1 in district, are tied for second place with Clint, which defeated Anthony on Saturday and will host Pecos this coming Saturday.
After playing their first four district games against El Paso-area opponents on Saturday, the Eagles will close out the first half of their 4-3A
schedule with their only weeknight match of the first half, when they host Fort Stockton on Tuesday. McWilliams said the freshmen would play at 5 p.m., but she didn’t know if the JV match would be held at the same time or if it would follow the ninth graders’ games. Depending on the schedule, the varsity will play either at 6:15 or 7:15 p.m.
Pecos’ freshmen and JV also won their matches on Saturday in Fabens, the JV by a pair of 25-20 scores and the ninth graders in three games, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23.
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