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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Pecos wins consolation at Riverside-Ysleta tourney

The Pecos Eagles’ volleyball team ended up with the consolation title of the championship bracket of the Ysleta ISD volleyball tournament on Saturday, going 3-1 in games play at El Paso Riverside High School.

Pecos opened up tournament play with a win over Riverside’s junior varsity squad, then lost to the host Rangerettes’ varsity, before scoring a win later on Friday over El Paso Austin in the consolation semifinals. The Eagles then defeated Loretto in three games in their final tournament game.

No scores were available for the tournament matches, but Eagles’ head coach Ruth McWilliams said, “I’d say we had an up and down tournament. The first game was against a JV team , but the second against a $A was very close. We lost the third game (to Riverside) 26-24.”

McWilliams said her team was still having some problems adjusting to the new system. “It’s still early in the year, and we’re still getting use to the rotation. It makes it a little more demanding on them, but I thought they did well,” she said.

She added that the Eagles are pretty much set with the lineup they’re going to go with for the near future, including Tuesday’s third trip of the season to El Paso, for matches against El Paso Chapin and El Paso Americus high schools.

“I may make a few changes tomorrow (Tuesday), but at this point if we do change it would just be changing the positions. The lineup itself won’t change,” McWilliams said.

Leah McWilliams was named to the all-tournament team, while El Paso High won the tournament itself over El Paso Hanks. Riverside ended up fourth, losing to Hanks after their win over Pecos and then falling to El Paso Eastwood, who defeated the Eagles last Tuesday in the teams’ season opener.

The 4-2 Eagles are scheduled to play their game at Chapin High School, starting at 3 p.m. CDT. Chapin lost to Canyon and defeated Pampa over the weekend in the Canyon Tournament, while Americus comes in off a loss to Flower Mound Marcus on Saturday at the Duncanville Tournament. Following Tuesday’s matches, the Eagles will head 200 miles in the other direction, to San Angelo, for tournament play this Friday and Saturday.

Pecos’ junior varsity and freshmen teams will also go to El Paso on Tuesday. Pecos’ JV lost in the consolation finals of the Best of the West Tournament to Plains on Saturday. Both the JV and freshmen teams will be home this weekend for the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Eagles’ defense struggles in opening scrimmage loss

The opening scrimmage of the 2008 football season seemed like déjà vu all over again for the Pecos Eagles to their scrimmage opener last year against the Seminole Indians.

Seminole went 70 yards on their opening scrimmage play, scored three times on their first 20-play series for the second year in a row while holding Pecos to just one touchdown with their first team offense, and the Indians’ second team scored from 70 yards out on their first play and then tacked on two more scores in a 6-1 scrimmage win over Pecos.

“We’ve got some young kids who were making their reads wrong, and that was most of the problem,” said Eagles’ coach Chris Henson. “Defensively we’re teaching kids to key a certain position, and they’re looking him in the eye in the backfield instead of keying and making the read and when that happens they got outside.”

Running back Nicky Nave went 70-yards to start off the scrimmage and quarterback Cal Moring had a five-yard TD run to cap off the Indians next series, and a 45-yard completion to set up Seminole’s third score on their opening 20-play drive.

Pecos’ initial three plays were stopped by Seminole, but Isaiah Patino then ran for 25-yards and followed that up with another first down run before injuring his ankle while trying to block for Hector Ramirez on the following play. The drive ended when Luis Morales couldn’t hold onto a Paul Zubeldia pass at the goal line, but Seminole was flagged for interference on the play, and Zubeldia and Morales would connect a short time later on a 43-yard touchdown pass for the Eagles’ lone score of the scrimmage.

Pecos’ defense had two stops of Seminole on their opening 20 play series, but the second team defense was unable to stop the Indians on any of their drives during their 15-play series. The Indians’ other two scores were on a six-yard TD run and a 46-yard scoring pass. Meanwhile, the Eagles’ second team struggled through the early part of their series. They did have back-to-back 25 yards runs by Arturo Munoz and Lucas Chavez, but a fourth down pass was out of the back of the end zone to stop the drive.

Henson said Seminole coach Chris Burch opted to skip the final 15-play series that had been scheduled for Saturday. “They had a lineman who broke his arm and another kids who hurt his knee,” Henson said. He added that he didn’t think Patino’s knee injury was series, while the Eagles held out starting receivers Jeremy Martinez and Ariel Salgado and free safety Ernesto Jaramillo out of the scrimmage due to injuries suffered during workouts.

The Eagles will try to get things straightened out this coming Thursday, when they travel to Greenwood to face the Rangers in a 7 p.m. scrimmage start. The varsity scrimmage will follow the junior varsity and freshman contests, at 5 and 6 p.m.

In the sub-varsity scrimmages on Saturday, Pecos and Seminole tied their JV scrimmage 1-1, while the ninth grade lost to the Indians by a 4-1 margin.

Pecos’ JV touchdown came during the first team series, on a one-yard run by Ramiro Pinales, while Seminole scored with the second team offenses and defenses on the field, on a 10-yard run. In the ninth grade scrimmage, both first teams scored once, with the Eagles’ TD coming on a Ben Dominguez nine-yard run, while the Indians’ second team outscored Pecos by a 3-0 margin.

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