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Friday, February 29, 2008
Crockett boys win division at Pecos Jr. Relays
The Crockett Junior High track teams picked up one division title last Friday at Eagle Stadium, in the season opening West of the Pecos Junior Relays.
The seventh grade boys scored 174 1/2 points to win their division over Midland Christian, while the eighth graders took fourth in the six-team meet with 82 points. On the girls’ side, the Eagles placed third in both divisions, with the seventh grade girls scoring 125 1/2 points and the eighth graders 131 points.
The seventh graders picked up two first place finishes in field events, from Elijah Jones, who won the shot put with a 30-foot-6 effort; and Noel Sotelo, who took the discus with an 83-foot-0 1/2 throw. Justin Thornton was second there, throwing 75-foot-7, while Sotelo was fifth and Ismael Salgado sixth in the shot put.
Devante Jenkins was second in the long jump with a 17-foot-0 1/2 leap, and Ismael Ramirez was fourth in the high jump and Luke Holt sixth in the triple jump for Pecos’ other field event points.
In the running events, Jenkins won both the 100 and 200 meter dashes with 12.43 and 25.59 times; while Anthony Natividad took both the 1600 meter run, with a 6:16.52 time, and the 2400 meters, with a 9:39.40 time. Steven Soto was fourth in the 1600 meters and fifth in the 2400 meters, while Joey Villaneuva was third in the 200, with a 29.95 time, and Josh Enmon tied for sixth place in the 100-meter dash.
Enmon later was third and Michael Carrasco was second in the 400 meters, with 1:07.44 and 1:10.00 times Pecos also got a third place finish from Thorton in the 300 meter hurdles, with a 53.59 time, and fourth place finishes in running events from Damian Perea in the 300 hurdles, George Herndon in the 800 meters and Holt in the 110 meter hurdles. The other points came in the relays, where all three of the Eagles’ seventh grade teams placed second.
The eighth grade boys picked up two first place finishes, from Alex Montano in the shot put and from the 800 meter relay team of Chase Price, Luis Villescas, Israel Espudo and Rudy DeAnda. They also picked up a third in the shot from Fabien Dominguez and thirds from the 400 and 1600-meter relay teams.
Pecos also had second place finishes from Angel Medrano in the discus and C.J. Gomez in the pole vault, while Espudo was third in the long jump, R.J. Lozano was fourth in the 400 meter dash and Pedro Cano was sixth in the 100 meter dash.
The seventh grade girls had four first place finishes, two by Katrina Maldonado, who won the 1600 meter run with a 6:29.14 time and took the 2400 meters in 10:42.71. Vanessa Munoz won the pole vault, clearing five feet, while Viri Vargas went 11-foot-5 1/4 to win the long jump. In the relays, Pecos got third in the 800 and 1600-meter races, while the Eagles were disqualified in the 400-meter relay.
Meagan Apolinar was second in the 2400 meters with an 11:29.24 time and also placed fourth in the 3200; Megan Molina was second in the 100 meter dash with a 14.84 time and was third in the 200 meters, with a 32.07 time; Bianca Lozano was second and Harlee Lozano third in the 800 meter runs, with 3:03.21 and 3:06.50 times; Amanda Rayos was fourth and Molina fifth in the 400 meter dash; Vargas was fifth in the 100 meters; Marissa Elizondo was fourth in the long jump and Kimberlie Herrera was sixth in the discus.
The seventh graders had four first place finishes last Friday. Valerie Madrid won the 300-meter hurdles with a 57.11 time; Alexcia Mendoza won the pole vault with a 6-foot-6 jump; Kebbeh Darpolar won the shot put, with a 30-foot-4 1/2 throw; and Mendoza, Tori Garcia, Haley Kington and Chelsea Roman won the 800-meter relay, with a 2:04.10 time.
Pecos’ 1600 meter relay team was second in their race, going 4:52.34; Madrid was second in the 100 meter hurdles, with a 20.32 time, and Garcia tied for second in the 400 meters, with a 1:15.41 time. Other medal winners for Pecos included Annie Cerna, second in the pole vault with a 5-foot-6 jump; and Jenica Tercero in the 2400 meters, third with an 11:00.12 time. The other points came from a fourth by the 400-meter relay team; Cerna in the 800 meters; Tercero in the 1600 meters and Krystal Carrasco in the 2400 meter run
Eagles down Jackets, drop Sandhills opener
The Pecos Eagles baseball team dropped their first game of the 2008 season early Thursday morning in the Monahans Sandhills Tournament, losing a preliminary round game to the Big Spring Steers.
The Eagles rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead, only to see the Steers rally in the seventh for a 5-4 victory. The loss dropped Pecos into a 10:30 a.m. consolation bracket game on Friday, against a team to be determined later on Thursday.
Brownfield faced Greenwood in the other opening round game on Pecos’ half of the tournament bracket. The other preliminary round game matched Hereford against Denver City, with the winner there facing El Paso Parkland, while Monahans was matched up against Morton in the other first round game.
The Eagles upped their season record to 4-0 on Tuesday, rallying to win as well for the fourth time this season in a 7-3 victory over the Kermit Yellowjackets.
In Tuesday’s win over Kermit, the Eagles scored single runs in the first and third innings off starter Austin Grubbs, but needed a five-run fifth against Grubbs and reliever Michael Gallardo to pick up the win, after the Jackets got to Pecos reliever Gerald Saenz for three runs in the top of the inning.
“This definitely was not our best game of the year,” Garcia said. “We struggled a bit early on offense with their first pitcher’s curveball. That was the first time we have seen a lefty this year and we had problems, but we came through when we had to.”
Saenz came on after starter Vincent Palomino worked four scoreless innings, while also scoring the game’s first run in the bottom of the first off Grubbs. “I wanted to try and save Vincent so we can use him in the tournament,” Garcia said. “We had one inning where we got into a little trouble, but Gerald pitched all right after that.”
Palomino tripled to left-centerfield on the first pitch of the game by Grubbs, and scored on Geno Leos’ ground out to second base. In the third, Leos would walk and make to it second after being picked off, when first baseman Kevin Urquidi couldn’t handle Grubbs’ throw. He then came home when Saenz doubled to right-center field.
But the Eagles would miss other early chances to score. Saenz was thrown out trying to come in on Timo Reyes’ single to center, and Reyes was then caught trying to go to second on the play. Reyes earlier had been stranded at third after a first inning hit, and the Eagles couldn’t take advantage of a leadoff single in the second by J.R. Lujan.
Kermit would take advantage of a dropped foul pop-up by Lujan with one out in the fifth to start their rally, which was helped along by two other Pecos errors. Nolan Mills doubled down the line in left after the error, and Israel Aranda followed with a single, moving to second on the throw home by Palomino, now in right field. Albert Pando then scored one run with a single to right, moving to second when Palomino overthrew Lujan at home plate, and Jonathan Mendoza then gave Kermit the lead with a two-run double down the line in right.
A running catch of a Grubbs fly ball down the line in left by Leos kept Kermit from adding any more runs, and in the bottom of the inning the Eagles used a lead-off error by Pando on a Lucas Chavez grounder to second to start their rally.
Grubbs walked Isaiah Patino after that, and was replaced by Gallardo, who loaded the bases when he couldn’t field Palomino sacrifice bunt cleanly. He came back to strike out Leos, but the Eagles would tie the game on a passed ball by Aranda, and after a walk to Saenz, took a 5-3 lead on Reyes’ third single of the game.
Designated hitter Justin Contreras followed with a two-run double down the line in left, but would pull a hamstring muscle rounding first and had to crawl into second base, before leaving the game. “I hope he gets better in a week or two, so he might be able to hit for us, even if he can’t run very well,” said Garcia, who added he hoped to get James Garcia back next week, after he injured his ankle rounding first base 10 days earlier in Pecos’ alumni game.
The Eagles’ junior varsity purple team also won their home game Tuesday over Kermit, by a 13-6 score, while the JV gold team dropped a 9-8 decision in Fort Stockton to the Panthers. The purple team also played in their first tournament on Thursday, in Odessa, while the gold JV squad was entered this weekend in the Presidio Tournament.
Pecos looks to snap loss streak in Lubbock
The Pecos Eagles softball team looked to stop a three-game losing streak on Thursday afternoon in Lubbock, when they played the first of their six scheduled games in the Prairie Dog Classic.
The Eagles dropped their third straight game on Tuesday, and second game in four days, to the Seminole Maidens, losing in Seminole by a 9-3 score. That left Pecos with a 6-4 record going into Thursday’s 1 p.m. tournament opener against the Plainview Bulldogs, one of two games on the day for the Eagles.
Pecos faced Lubbock Coronado in a 5 p.m. game, and will take on Amarillo Tascosa and Canyon Randall at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and then the two other Class 5A host schools of th
e tournament, Lubbock High and Lubbock Monterey, at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Coach Tammy Walls said her team got off to a bad start in Tuesday’s loss, then saw Seminole break things open in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“In the first inning we were kind of off-balance on defense, and they hit some pitches and scored four runs on us,” she said. “The we settled down and in the fourth inning scored three runs with the bottom of our order.
“But in the sixth we got loose again. Gabby (Garcia) floated some pitches over the plate and we had a few mistakes on the infield,” Walls said.
Offensively, she said Garcia had a double, Jayme Galindo had two hits and Ashley Baeza and Aileen Rayos had single against Seminole, which also defeated Pecos by a 2-1 score last Saturday at the Crane Tournament.
“If we’re going to be better, we’re going to have to play better,” Walls said of this weekend’s games, all against Class 5A and 4A schools. Pecos has only three more pre-district games after this weekend before opening District 2-3A play against defending champ Monahans on March 17.
JV golf teams 4th in Pecos, Lamesa tourneys
The Pecos Eagles’ junior varsity girls' golf team ended up fourth on Tuesday, playing host to nine teams in their annual JV tournament at the Reeves County Golf Course.
Meanwhile, Pecos’ JV boys shot a 437 on Wednesday and also finished fourth in a one-day tournament at Lamesa.
The Eagle girls shot a 396 over 18 holes, eight in back of co-leaders Andrews and Monahans, according to coach Tina Doan. “Andrews and Monahans tied for first, so they had to go with the fifth player to decide the match. But since Monahans only had four players, Andrews got first and Monahans ‘A’ was second and Monahans ‘B’ was third.”
The Loboes’ JV ‘B’ team was two strokes back at 390, and six shots in front of Pecos.
Individually for the Eagles, Rina Pino shot a 91, for the fourth-best score of the day. She was followed by Valerie Ybarra with a 100, Katrina Hinojos at 101, Cynthia Ramirez with a 104 and Heather Matta with a 124. Pecos had two other golfers playing medalist rounds – Miren Hinojos, who shot a 118, and Brandi Lara, who shot a 130.
“We had a good day,” Doan said. “Our little freshmen and sophomores all improved, and I’m proud of them. They now know they can shoot lower than the 120s and 130s they have been shooting.”
The boys trailed Levelland, Monahans and Merkel at Lamesa on Wednesday, boys coach Gaylon Doan said. “The scores weren’t real widespread. I think Levelland shot a 415 and Merkel beat us by four strokes for third. After that, it dropped off a lot.”
Dominic Vejil had the low score for Pecos with a 93, and was followed by John Tarin with a 106, Manuel Villaneuva with a 115 and Robert Carrasco, with a 122 score.
“They got some good experience,” said Doan, who’ll be taking his varsity golfers to Andrews on Friday and Saturday. Pecos girls will be going to Midland on Friday and Saturday for their varsity tournament this weekend, the Tall City Invitational.
Crockett netters win one title at Monahans JH tournament
The Crockett Junior High tennis team picked up one first place finish last Saturday, during play at the Monahans Junior High Tournament.
Coach Teresa Bigham said Geronomo Ornelas finished first in the eighth grade boys’ singles division for the Eagles. Also earning a medal was Lucero Sandoval, who placed third in seventh grade girls’ singles, while in the seventh grade boys division, Noel Sotelo placed fourth and Aaron Castillo won consolation.
The junior high team has a dual meet scheduled for this Tuesday, in Fort Stockton.
Powerlifters qualify nine for regional tournaments
The Pecos Eagles powerlifting teams will be sending nine competitors and four alternates to Region I-3A competition over the next two weekends, following the final meet of the regular season, this past Saturday in McCamey.
Four girls qualified for this Saturday’s regional meet and will be making the trip to Clyde, along with one alternate, according to coach Jeff Green, while five boys qualified for next weekend’s meet in Lubbock, along with three others who will be alternates for the Region I-3A event.
Green said Ashley Ornelas, Katherine Ramirez, Makayla Hernandez and Deandrea Bailey were the four girls who qualified for regionals, while Mayra Moreno will be a regional alternate. Ornelas qualified for the second year in a row at 114 pounds, as did Ramirez at 198 pounds and Bailey, in the 220 and up division. Hernandez also qualified at 198 pounds and Moreno is an alternate in the 165-pound weight class.
For the boys, Aza Hinojos qualified 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.
Some of the lifters qualified prior to last Saturday’s meet at McCamey, where Green said Pecos played second on the girls’ side.
“The girls tied for first, but we didn’t have as many first place finishes, so we got second,” Green said. “The boys didn’t place in the standings, but we only had five boys there because of all the other events, like track and baseball.”
Of those who did compete, Pecos had one in the girls’ division and one on the boys’ side. Bailey took first in her weight class with a 785-pound total, while Ramirez and Hernandez were second and third at 198 pounds, with 665 and 560-pound totals for their bench press, squat thrust and dead lift attempts.
Kayla Natividad was second in the 105-pound weight class, with a 380-pound total, and Ornelas was second in her division, lifting 555 pounds. The other finishes for the girls were all in the 165-pound division, while Moreno placed fifth, Cheyanna Arenivas sixth and Doni Marquez seventh, with lifts of 600, 520 and 510 pounds respectively.
The first place on the boys’ side came from Hinojos, who won his weight class with a combined lift total of 640 pounds. Darpolar lifted at 220 pounds in Saturday’s meet, and his 1,330-pound total was second behind Del Rio’s Travis Galindo. Villalobos lifted 1,100 pounds and was seventh in his division, Apolinar lifted 820 pounds and placed sixth in his weight class and Granado was fourth in his division, with a total of 970 pounds for his three attempts.
Track squads host eight teams for West of the Pecos Relays
The Pecos Eagles will be hosting eight other teams this Saturday, for the annual West of the Pecos Relays at Eagle Stadium.
All three of the Eagles’ District 2-3A rivals will be in the meet, along with Andrews, Greenwood, Kermit, Midland Christian and Marfa. Field events will start at 9:30 a.m. and the finals of the 3200-meter run at 9:30, while the other running finals will get underway at 2 p.m. with the 400-meter relay.
Both the boys and girls track squads again will be missing a few people due to other events, though coach Derek Price said, “I will get Job Darpolar back for the shot put. He was in powerlifting last week.”
He also hoped to have some baseball players available, depending on when Pecos plays on Saturday at the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans.
Girls’ coach Donna Gent won’t have the option of shutting people between softball and track, with the Eagles playing in Lubbock on Saturday. But she said, “I’ll even have less this week than I did last week.”
“I’ll only have 10 girls participating, so I’m going to try the relays again to gain some points,” Gent said. She added that she hoped that junior Jasmine Rayos could compete in the running events this week, after hurting her knee during the triple jump at last Saturday’s Comanche Relays.
“Jasmine got to work out and run a little bit yesterday (Wednesday), and felt pretty good. She’ll do a bit more running today and hopefully she’ll be able to run,” she said. “She wants to jump, but I probably won’t let her jump this week, because I just don’t want to take a chance of her getting reinjured and being ineligible the rest of the season.”
Gent said with the end of softball tournament play this weekend, she hoped to have all her girls available for the remaining track meets, except for freshman Dakota Long, who will miss this weekend’s meet due to Region I-3A tennis and has other tennis conflicts in March. Price said he’d be without several players again for the next two weekends, due to regional powerlifting and baseball tournaments for the Eagles in Snyder and Greenwood.
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