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Friday, December 5, 2008

Eagles’ swim team changes meet schedule

The Pecos Eagles swim team will be juggling their December schedule a bit, and may change things up a little in early January as well, coach Terri Morse said on Tuesday.

Pecos traveled to Monahans Thursday evening for a dual meet against the Loboes and the Fort Stockton Prowlers, which is the only scheduled meet of the weekend for the Eagles. But Morse said she changed her schedule starting next weekend, when Pecos had been scheduled to go to the Seminole Invitational.

“Fort Stockton cancelled their dual on the 18th, so instead next Friday we’ll host Monahans for a dual meet, and we won’t go to Seminole,” Morse said. The match-up with the Loboes will now be the Eagles’ final meet before the Christmas break, and will begin about 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School pool.

Pecos’ next scheduled meets after that are the first two weekends of January, at Fort Stockton and at Andrews. But Morse said because of missed class time due to the Eagles’ trip to El Paso back in October, they may either skip the Jan. 3 meet in Fort Stockton or the Jan. 10 trip to Andrews, which is also where the District 4-4A meet will take place, on Jan. 30-31.

Pecos girls open tourney play after Seminole loss

The Seminole Maidens used some good defense and 3-point shooting to pull away from the Pecos Eagles on Tuesday night in Seminole, and keep the Eagles winless on the 2008-09 season with a 53-34 victory.

Maidens’ post Kelsey Hughes had 14 points and guard Leah Greenfield added 13, including one of Seminole’s five 3-point shots on the night, as the Maidens won the rematch of last February’s Class 3A area round playoff game.

Pecos, meanwhile, had only one 3-pointer on the night, by Olivia Castilleja, who finished with 10 points, while Gabby Garcia, who had three 3-pointers and 20 points overall in last season’s playoff loss, was held to 13 this time, though that was still enough to top the Eagles in scoring on Tuesday.

Seminole, 2-3 on the season, jumped out to a 12-6 lead after one period, and then doubled that margin in at halftime, going in with a 25-13 lead. Pecos was able to get a little more offense going in the final two periods, but were still outscored in both quarters by the Maidens.

The loss dropped Pecos to 0-3 on the season going into their 8 p.m. game on Thursday against the Midland Greenwood Rangerettes, in the opening round of the Greenwood Tournament.

Greenwood improved their season record to 5-1 on Tuesday with a 63-34 win at home over Big Spring. Greenwood had 10 players score and three in double figures in the win over the Steers, led by Danna Howard’s 15 points.

Thursday’s game was the last of the opening round match-ups on Thursday. If the Eagles win, they’ll go back to Greenwood on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. match-up against the winner of Thursday’s Fort Stockton-San Angelo Central game, while the loser between Pecos and Greenwood will play at noon on Friday against Colorado City, Odessa High or Midland Christian. OHS faces Midland Christian in a play-in game, with the winner taking on Colorado City in the tournament quarterfinal match-up prior to the Eagles’game against the Rangerettes.

Odessa Permian takes on San Angelo Lake View in the other opening round game on Thursday. The tournament concludes on Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. and continuing through the title game at 6:30 p.m.

Seminole also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game, handing the Eagles their first loss in three games by a 55-21 score. The JV girls also will play in Greenwood this weekend, in the JV division of the Rangerettes’ tournament.

Eagles face 2A’s top team after first loss of year

The Pecos Eagle boys basketball team suffered their first loss of the 2008-09 season in Alpine on Tuesday night, and will return there on Friday to take on the state’s No. 1 ranked basketball team in Class 2A, for the opening game of the Ramada-Brian Tate Wilson Memorial Tournament.

The Eagles ran into scoring problems against the Bucks, dropping a 36-30 decision to fall to 2-1 on the season going into their 10 a.m. tournament opener on Friday against Ponder, ranked first in the latest Texas High School Basketball Poll for Class 2A and the defending 2A state champs. The teams will play at the Pete Gallego Center at Sul Ross State University, with the winner going on to play Van Horn or Fort Stockton at 5:30 p.m. at SRSU, while the loser will face either Marfa or Alpine at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Coach Sammy Soliz said the Eagles did well on defense, but hurt themselves both with missed shots and with turnovers trying to get shots off.

“Defensively 36 points is where we need to be, but offensively we need to be scoring 15 to 25 more points per game,” he said. “Nothing they did gave us very much trouble, we just weren’t hitting our shots in the paint.”

“We had about 20 turnovers, but we had a couple where they were just walks,” he said. “I’ve never seen our guys walk so much, but they were taking a couple of extra steps before they shot the ball from 3-point range and in the paint. I don’t know if they were too tense and not relaxed. We weren’t in any foul trouble, we just couldn’t hit anything.”

Soliz said the Eagles trailed for almost the entire game, even though they were never far behind. The Bucks led 8-5 after one period, and were up 20-17 at the half, before Pecos cut that margin to 24-22 after three quarters.

“I think in the third quarter we had only one made basket, but we still ended up winning the quarter, 5-4, so defensively we played well,” Soliz said.

Paul Zubeldia’s seven points was high for Pecos, which is now 2-1 on the year, while Junior Carrasco and Timo Reyes had six apiece. Alpine, 4-1 on the season, also couldn’t get anyone into double figures, but did have the game’s leading scorer in 6-foot-3, 315pound post Travis Prausa, who led the Bucks with nine.

Ponder comes into Friday’s game with an 8-0 record, after a 69-62 win over Class 5A Richardson Berkner. The Eagles will face another big front line player in 6-5 post Scott Gregg, who led all scorers in Tuesday’s victory with 28 points.

Aside from Ponder, the tournament also features three of the Eagles’ five District 4-3A rivals in Tornillo, Fabens and Fort Stockton, which beat Alpine at home prior to Thanksgiving, 66-44. Fabens will open up against Presidio, whom the Eagles defeated by 16 prior to the Thanksgiving break, while Tornillo will face Monahans in their tournament opening game.

Pecos’ sub-varsity teams split their games with Alpine on Tuesday. The ninth graders got their first win of the season by a 40-12 score, with Geronimo Ornelas leading the Eagles with 13 points, while the JV stayed winless with a 34-22 loss. Justin Ybarra led the JV with eight points.

The JV will be in tournament play this weekend as well, going to the Crane Tournament. They open with a 2 p.m. game on Friday against McCamey and will face either Crane or Marfa in their second round game.

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