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Friday, August 1, 2008

HS physical forms due in Monday

Pre-season practice for Pecos High School fall sports begins on Monday, and trainer Joel Birch reminds athletes entering Grades 9-12 that the must have their physical forms filled out and returned to coaches by that day in order to participate in workouts.

Physical forms for junior high school students playing fall sports have to be returned by the opening day of school on Aug. 25 to participate in workouts. Forms are available from local physicians offices or from the Pecos High School field house.

Road matches added to PHS volleyball schedule

A shortage of teams entered in the varsity division of the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic Tournament has led to its cancellation this year, though the junior varsity and varsity divisions of the tournament will still take place the weekend of Aug. 21-23 at the Pecos High School gym.

The change was one of two made to the Eagles’ original 2008 varsity schedule, with the others being an addition to Pecos’ dual meet schedule, in early September.

The Eagles, who were already scheduled to play in tournaments in El Paso and Lubbock this season, will replace their scheduled Cantaloupe Classic matches with tournament play in San Angelo on Aug. 22-23. That will move Pecos’ 2008 home opener back to Sept. 2, when they’ll host the Midland Christian Mustangs following the last of their three tournaments, and four days before they play their District 3-4A opener at home against the Clint Lions.

Because the new district features four El Paso area teams, all of the Eagles’ 3-4A games will be on Saturdays, with the exception of their Sept. 30 and Oct. 28 matches against Fort Stockton. The move left Pecos with several open dates on Tuesdays, and McWilliams has filled one of those openings with a Sept. 9 dual meet in Presidio, against their former district rivals and the Fort Davis Maidens. The JV and freshmen teams will also make the trip to Presidio for those matches.

The changes will have the Eagles’ varsity spending plenty of time on buses during the first month of the season, and playing mostly Class 4A and 5A teams in the warm-up for district competition. They’ll open their 2008 schedule on Aug. 12 with matches at El Paso Montwood, against the Rams and El Paso Eastwood Troopers, return to El Paso three days later for the Riverside Tournament, then go back on the 19th of August for a dual meet against El Paso Chapin and El Paso Americus. After their trip to San Angelo, Pecos goes to Sweetwater to face the Mustangs on Aug. 26, then to Lubbock on Labor Day weekend for the Frenship Tournament.

During district, their trips to the El Paso area will be on Sept. 13 to face Anthony, Sept. 27 to play Fabens, Oct. 4 against Clint and Oct. 18 to Tornillo.

Workouts start Monday for Eagle teams

Preseason workouts for the Pecos Eagles will get underway on Monday morning for high school football, volleyball and swimming, with morning workouts scheduled for all three sports during the opening week of preseason.

Two-a-days for volleyball and football will run from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. New Eagles’ volleyball coach Ruth McWilliams said varsity, junior varsity and freshmen players will practice from 7 to 10 a.m. and then again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The practice times for the freshman football players will be split off this season from the varsity and JV squads. Workouts for the varsity and JV will begin at 7 a.m. and run through 9:45 a.m., and then resume from 10:45 to 1 p.m. The ninth graders will do their workouts this season in the evenings, starting at 7 p.m.

Trainer Joel Birch said varsity and JV players will have to be at the PHS field house between 6 and 6:15 a.m. to get ready for the 7 a.m. practice, while ninth graders will have to be at the field house between 6 and 6:15 p.m. for the 7 p.m. workouts.

While the volleyball team will work out in the PHS gym, the Eagles’ swim team won’t be able to use the adjacent pool at least until the end of the month, due to the current work repairing damage caused by a sinkhole underneath the southwest side of the pool. As a result, coach Terri Morse said the first three weeks of practice will be held at the Town of Pecos City Athletic Pool in Maxey Park.

The swim workouts will start at 7:30 a.m. and run for about three hours, followed by weight room work at the PHS gym, beginning around 11:15 a.m. Morse said she hopes to get the team back into the high school pool for workouts by Aug. 27, two days after the start of school.

The volleyball girls will have five days of workouts before they’ll scrimmage on Aug. 9 in Monahans before opening their season on Aug. 12, the varsity against El Paso Montwood and El Paso Eastwood and the JV and ninth graders against Wink. The Eagles’ football team will hold their first scrimmage on Aug. 16 against Seminole, and start their season in Alpine on Aug. 29, while the swim team’s regular season opener won’t be until Sept. 23, when they host Fort Stockton.

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