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Friday, January 4, 2008

Youth basketball league registration ending

Friday is the deadline to sign-up boys and girls for the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department youth basketball league.

The youth league will start later this month and is divided into age groups from age 5 through sixth grades. The cost to sign up is $10 per player before the deadline, and $25 for persons registration their children early next week, after the registration deadline.

Registration forms are available at the RCCRD office during regular hours weekday afternoons and evenings and on Saturday mornings. Returned registration forms must be signed by both parents and a birth certificate for the child must be provided.

For further information, call the RCCRD office at 447-9776.

Swimmers starting off 2008 with Stockton meet

The Pecos Eagles swim team will start off 2008 on Friday and Saturday at the Fort Stockton, which will also be their next-to-last meet before District 4-4A competition at the end of the month.

Coach Terri Morse said she didn’t know how many teams would be entered at this weekend’s meet, but said most of the Eagles’ 4-4A rivals would be there.

“The only thing I know pretty sure is four schools will be there, Fort Stockton, Pecos, Monahans and Abilene Wylie,” she said. “I’m not sure about Big Spring and Andrews I know is not going.”

Pecos has been off for the past three weeks, since competing in a dual meet against Abilene Wylie and some swimmers from the Lubbock ISD schools. The boys scored an easy win that day, while the girls were edged by the Bulldogs for first place in their division.

The Eagles will be in Lubbock next weekend for the Lubbock Invitational, and Morse said for Fort Stockton, “I’m looking at some other things,” as far as where she’ll put her swimmers for the district meet on Jan. 25-26 in Pecos.

“I’m still undecided about district in a few spots, so I may make some changes,” she said. “I really didn’t want them to swim the same races in Fort Stockton, Lubbock and then at district, so some will be swimming a few different things, depending on what they can do best to help us.”

She said the team was minus one swimmer on Wednesday due to illness, but that all the team has been working out during the week back from the Christmas break.

Diving is set for 4 p.m. on Friday, while the swim finals will start on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Fort Stockton High School pool.

Eagles look to begin year by ending loss streaks

The Pecos Eagle boys and girls basketball teams will start 2008 play on Friday trying to end losing streaks from 2007, when the boys play an early-morning game against the Nazareth Swifts at the Brian Wilson Memorial Tournament in Alpine, while the girls host the Greenwood Rangerettes in a 6:30 p.m. start at the Pecos High School gym.

Both Pecos teams ended 2007 on down notes, with the boys dropping four straight games, the latest a 42-37 home loss on Dec. 21 to Jal, while the girls have lost three straight, the latest a 74-33 thumping last Saturday in Sweetwater. It left the Eagles with a 7-9 record for the season.

The girls have played most of the last two games without leading scorer Gabby Garcia, who hurt her knee in the second period of Pecos’ Dec. 21 loss at Midland Lee. Garcia practiced with the rest of the team this week, but coach Donna Gent said she didn’t know if the junior would play on Friday.

“Doc (trainer Joel Birch) is waiting for a brace for Gabby to come in,” she said on Wednesday. “If it doesn’t come in he really doesn’t want her out there, because she wouldn’t have any support for the knee.”

The Eagles didn’t face the Rangerettes when they played last month at the Greenwood Tournament, where Pecos went 1-2 while Greenwood was 2-1, including an opening round win over an El Paso Bowie team the Eagles lost to the following day.

Greenwood comes into the game off a 58-45 loss to district rival Lamesa on Saturday at Lubbock Coronado, in the consolation championship of the Ambucs Caprock Holiday Tournament. Dana Howard led the 13-10 Mustangs with 15 points.

The boys’ opponent, Nazareth, is looking for its third straight Class A-Division II basketball title this year, but come into the game also trying to snap a losing streak. The Swifts fell to Dalhart, 56-35; and to Olton, 46-43, in the Littlefield Tournament. Nicky Rowland led Nazareth with 15 points and Cameron Cluck added 13 in the consolation loss to Olton.

“They should have some kids with size who can play,” Eagles’ coach Sammy Soliz said. “I’m expecting them to be bigger overall than us, but they’ll probably be able to shoot the ball from outside better than any team we’ve played this season.”

Soliz said he hoped the Eagles would be able to come back from what he said was their worst game of the season, in losing to Jal.

“We didn’t play tough on defense, we didn’t shoot well, and you could tell we weren’t aggressive by how few foul shots we took,” he said of the loss, which left the Eagles at 4-9 on the season.

Pecos will follow up their morning game on Friday with a 1:30 p.m. game either against Alpine or Fort Davis. Their opening game will be at the Pete Gallego Center at Sul Ross State University, but they’ll play in the afternoon either at Alpine High School in the tournament’s championship bracket, or at the Alpine Middle School gym, in the consolation bracket.

Pecos’ three other District 3-3A rivals also are in the tournament. Monahans gets El Paso Immanuel Christian in their opener while Fort Stockton faces Van Horn and Presidio opens up against Tornillo. The other first round games match Seminole against Fabens and Kermit against Sabine, while Lydia Patterson will face the winner of the Fort Stockton-Van Horn game after an opening round bye.

The tournament will continue through Saturday, with games at the high school and junior high, except for the championship and consolation games, which will take place at the Gallego Center.

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