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Friday, March 7, 2008
Netters finish 10th at Region I-3A tourney
The Pecos Eagles tennis team ended up making a long trip last weekend to play some nearby rivals, at the Region I-3A Team Tournament in Levelland, where they placed 10th overall in the two-day tournament.
The Eagles went 1-2 in their three matches, losing to District 2-3A rivals Fort Stockton and Monahans around a victory over former district rival Seminole. Coach Bernadette Ornelas said the Eagles were edged by the Panthers, 10-9, and then defeated the Indians 11-8 before losing in the tournament’s consolation final to Monahans, 15-4.
A win in the mixed doubles was the difference for Fort Stockton in the opening round, as Pecos won eight of nine girls matches while the Panthers won eight of nine on the boys’ side. The results were reversed in the win over Seminole, where the boys won all but two of their matches, while the girls lost six of nine matches to the Maidens. Against Monahans, both the boys and girls picked up two victories, with the girls getting both theirs in singles play while the boys had one win in singles and one in doubles.
Fort Stockton would end up losing to Sweetwater in their second round match, then were beaten by Greenwood and Fabens to place eighth overall. Monahans lost their opener to Andrews while defeating Brownfield before their win over Pecos, to take ninth in the tournament, which was won by Canyon.
Ornelas said the Eagles’ next matches would be tournament play in Seminole on Friday and Saturday.
Pecos (9) vs. Fort Stockton (10)
Cody Zamarripa lost to Jorge Sanchez, 6-3, 6-4; Derek Barron defeated Alec Milam, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5); Elias Alvarado lost to Joe Daniel Granado, 6-1, 6-2; Tanner
Hardwick lost to Kalan Thomas, 6-0, 6-1; Joe Gabaldon lost to Dylan MaGee, 8-6; Alonzo Contreras lost to Jose Reyes, 6-4, 6-2.
Megan Fuentes lost to Genna Young (no score available); Dakota Long defeated Leslie Blizak, 6-2, 6-0; Doni Marquez defeated Christi Valadez, 6-1, 6-0; Hope Mora defeated Sayra Natividad, 6-2, 6-2; Yesina Munoz defeated Jerrica Gomez, 6-2, 6-1; Jessica Munoz defeated Rachel Gaylor, 6-2, 6-3.
Zamarripa and Alvarado lost to Sanchez and Milam, 9-7; Barron and Hardwick lost to Reyes and Magee, 8-2; Contreras and Eric Galindo lost to Thomas and Mills, 8-2.
Fuentes and Long defeated Valadez and Blizak, 8-2; Marquez and Y. Munoz defeated Natividad and Gomez, 8-4; Mora and J. Munoz defeated (unknown) and Gaylor (no score available)
Gabaldon and Mareem Maneje lost to Young and Granado, 8-0.
Pecos (11) vs. Seminole (8)
Zamarripa defeated Ryan Castillo, 6-0, 6-1; Barron lost to Marshall Chappell, 10-7; Alvarado defeated Ryan Coon, 6-0, 6-1; Hardwick defeated Trace Armstrong, 6-2, 6-3; Gabaldon defeated Omar Guevara, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Contreras lost to Christian Mendoza (no score available).
Fuentes lost to Kara Schwabe, 6-2, 6-2; Long lost to Maria Sierra (no score available); Marquez defeated Jessica Villa, 6-2, 6-1; Mora defeated Yuri Klassen, 6-2, 6-1; Y. Munoz lost to Alma Pinon, 6-3, 7-5; J. Munoz lost to Aidee Avila, 6-1, 7-5.
Zamarripa and Alvarado defeated Castillo and Chappell, 8-2; Barron and Hardwick defeated Armstrong and Guevara, 8-1; Contreras and Galindo defeated Coon and Mendoza, 8-4.
Fuentes and Long lost to Schwabe and Sierra 8-0; Marquez and Y. Munoz defeated Villa and Klassen, 8-2; Mora and J. Munoz defeated Pinon and Avila, 8-6
Gabaldon and Maneje defeated Morris and Johnson, (no score available).
Pecos (4) vs. Monahans (15)
Zamarripa lost to Michael Derrick, 6-3, 6-7 (10-6); Barron lost to John Witucki, 6-2, 6-0; Alvarado lost to Damien Nichols, 6-1, 6-3 (10-6); Hardwick lost to Loren Miller, 6-2, 6-1; Gabaldon lost to Tim Forbush, 6-1, 6-4; Contreras defeated Alan Marquez, 6-4, 6-4.
Fuentes defeated Madison Murray, 7-5, 6-4; Long lost to Liz Truex, 6-3, 6-2; Marquez lost to Hollie Derrick, 6-2, 6-0; Mora lost to Laura Phipps, 6-1, 6-1; Y. Munoz lost to Peggy Huber, 6-3, 6-1; J. Munoz defeated Emily Richardson, 6-3, 6-1.
Zamarripa and Alvarado lost to Derrick and Nichols, 8-2; Barron and Hardwick defeated Forbush and Gonzales, 8-5; Contreras and Galindo lost to Miller and Marquez, 8-0.
Fuentes and Long lost to Murray and Truex, 8-3; Marquez and Y. Munoz lost to Derrick and Phipps, 8-1; Mora and J. Munoz lost to Johnson and Eddings, 8-6.
Gabaldon and Maneje lost to Witucki and Huber, 8-2.
Eagles put six on 2-3A team; Garcia named district’s MVP
Pecos Eagles’ junior Gabby Garcia was selected as Most Valuable Player for District 2-3A in girls’ basketball, and five other Pecos players were named to the All-District Basketball Team in voting by the district’s four coaches.
The team was released following losses last month by Pecos and Monahans in the area round of the Class 3A playoffs. The Eagles were defeated by Seminole after winning their first outright district title in 38 years and first ever since girls 5-on-5 basketball started in Texas high schools 30 years ago. Pecos went 5-1 while finishing overall with a 13-13 record, after sharing the 2-3A title with Monahans in 2007.
Garcia led the Eagles in scoring at 14 points per game during the 2007-08 season. It was her second straight all-district selection and the second year in a row an Eagle player has won the MVP honor. Adriana Armendariz shared the award with Monahans’ Catherine Cutbirth in 2007.
Eagles’ head coach Donna Gent said Garcia was also Pecos’ lone selection on the Academic All-District 2-3A basketball team for the 2007-08 season.
Senior Diana Parada and junior Jasmine Rayos also received special awards in the voting, as Rayos shared Co-Offensive Player honors with Nicky Ortiz of Presidio, and Parada shared Co-Defensive Player honors with Fort Stockton junior Maribel Silvas. Rayos was named Newcomer of the Year in last season’s all-district voting, while Parada didn’t play last year, transferring back to Pecos in the spring after 2 1/2 years at Midland Lee High School.
Juniors Brittany Palomino and Kristen Ikeler and sophomore Veronica Tarin were the other Eagle players selected to the first-team squad. It’s the first selection to the all-district team for all three players.
Monahans’ freshmen Erin Fisher and Amy Rose shared the Newcomer of the Year award this season, and the second place Loboes also ended up with six players on the first team. Their other selections were freshmen Kourtney Marquez and Abby Marquez and sophomore Michelle Azuaje.
Along with Silvas, Fort Stockton was represented by two seniors, Heather Garvin and Kryshna Alfaro, while Presidio’s other selection was senior Doraly Garcia.
Eagles track teams both add, lose members for Crane meet
The Pecos Eagle girls will have most of their track squad for the first time this season on Saturday, when they compete at the Golden Crane Relays, while Pecos’ boys will still be shorthanded due to other spots when they open competition at Crane on Saturday morning.
Field events will start at 9:30 a.m. with the 3200-meter run set for a 10:30 a.m. start. Running preliminaries will get underway at 1:30 p.m., while the finals are scheduled to start 75 minutes after the final heat in the boys’ 200-meter dash is completed.
Pecos’ girls placed fifth and the boys sixth a week ago at the West of the Pecos Relays. Both teams were shorthanded due to baseball and softball tournaments, but the girls will only be playing softball on Friday night this weekend, while the boys have varsity and JV tourneys in Snyder and Big Spring.
Coaches Donna Gent said she would add Brittany Palomino and Diana Parada from the softball team, though she said, “I don’t know if Brittany will be able to perform. She strained her hamstring.”
Palomino would compete in the jumping events, while Parada would run sprints, she said.
Gent has had two softball team members for Pecos’ opening meets of the season, in Ally Salcido and Jasmine Rayos. Salcido won three golds last week in Pecos, including the 1600-meter relay, which was Rayos’ only even due to a knee injury she suffered the previous Saturday at Fort Stockton.
The girls did lose one varsity player to eligibility in Cheyenne Carrasco, while coach Derek Price said the boys also lost one, in thrower Chris Martinez. He’ll also be without Vincent Palomino, Isaiah Patino and Paul Zubeldia due to baseball, but said, “We got Jerome Mazone back eligible, and we got Nathan Hernandez back.”
Because of early dates for this year’s District 2-3A track meet, the Eagles only have three more meets before district competition in early April. Along with Saturday’s trip to Crane, they’ll go to Lamesa on March 15 for the Golden Tornado Relays, and then compete in the Permian Basin Relays in Kermit on March 29.
Eagles face pitching shortage in tournament
Pecos Eagles’ baseball coach Eric Garcia was pretty sure about who would be his opening day pitchers on Thursday at the Snyder Tournament, but a little less sure about what would come after that, after grades forced him to juggle his rotation going into the second of the Eagles’ three pre-district tournaments.
The 6-1 Eagles opened play on Thursday with an 11:30 a.m. game at Moffett Field against Pampa, which was immediately followed by a 2 p.m. game against Abilene Wylie. The Eagles’ other two scheduled games are at 11:30 a.m. on Friday against Dumas at the Snyder High School field, and a 9 a.m. game versus Lubbock Christian at Moffett. The top two finishers will then play one more game for the tournament title at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Along with Snyder, the other half of the tournament bracket includes Borger, Seminole, Spring and Perryton.
Garcia said Vincent Palomino and Timo Reyes would pitch Thursday’s games, but that the Eagles would be without pitcher Geno Leos, who is ineligible for the next three weeks.
“I’ll have to figure out what to do on Friday since Geno’s not going,” Garcia said. “I’ll pitch Isaiah (Vela) or Gerald (Saenz) against Dumas, then we may have to platoon it on Saturday. If we’ve got a chance to get into the championship game, I might bring Vincent back.”
Garcia said he was leaning towards pitching Reyes in the opener against Pampa, and then going with Palomino against Wylie, the defending Region I-3A champ.
He also hoped to get some limited action out of either James Garcia or Justin Contreras. Garcia hasn’t played all season due to an injured ankle, while Contreras pulled a hamstring in last week’s victory over Kermit.
“They’ve both been cleared to start limited action, so I may see if I can DH them,” he said. “I want to be careful with James’ ankle because it’s still tender, and I don’t want him to re-injure it. I want to make sure everybody’s healthy for district.”
Pecos had been scheduled to play on Tuesday night in Sweetwater, but that game was cancelled due to the 420-mile round trip the day before TAKS testing at Pecos High School. Garcia said as of now no make-up date has been set for the game.
Bailey advances to girls’ state powerlifting finals
Pecos Eagle powerlifter Deandrea Bailey earned a berth in the state powerlifting tournament this past Saturday, with a second place finish at the Region I competition in Clyde.
Coach Jeff Green said Bailey qualified in the 220 and up weight class with a combined 855-pound total on her dead lift, bench press and squat thrust. “She actually tied for first, but lost the tiebreaker and finished second,” Green said.
The finish still earned Bailey the runner-up spot at the state meet, set for next Saturday in Killeen.
Green said four other girls placed for Pecos at the regional meet. Ashley Ornelas was seventh in the 114-pound weight class; Katherine Ramirez was seventh and Makayla Hernandez was 14th at 198 pounds; and Mayra Moreno was 12th in the 165-pound weight class.
Saturday’s Region I- meet was for all Class 4A and under teams. Plainview ended up first with 18 points, while Hawley was second with 17 and Clyde third with 16 points.
Green said he would have nine boys going to Levelland this coming Saturday for the Region I boys championships. The Eagles’ qualifiers are Aza Hinojos at 114 pounds, Stephen Apolinar at 132 pounds, Job Darpolar at 198 pounds, Bryan Navarette at 220 pounds and Alonzo Villalobos at 242 pounds. Alternates are Nick Granado at 165 pounds, Michael Tarin at 181 pounds and Jake Varela at 198 pounds.
Pecos girls host Greenwood in last pre-district home game
The Pecos Eagles’ softball team will play their final home game before the start of District 2-3A play on Friday night, when they host the Greenwood Rangers.
Coach Tammy Walls said due to delays in getting umpires to Pecos on Friday, the game will start at 7 p.m. instead of the normal 5 p.m. starting time. There will be no JV game following the varsity contest.
The Eagles come into the game with an 8-8 record after going 2-4 last weekend at the Prairie Dog Classic in Lubbock. Greenwood is 10-4 on the season after winning four of five games this past weekend in the Snyder Tournament. The Eagles and Rangerettes haven’t faced each other yet this season.
Pecos will go to Snyder and Marfa next week for their final pre-district games. They open 2-3A play on March 17 at home against Monahans.
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