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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, May 16, 2008
Power Team sets performances Memorial Day weekend
Two performances by Todd Keane and the Power Team have been scheduled for Memorial Day weekend at the Pecos High School gym.
The Power Team is a team of world-class athletes that holds crusades across the globe. They perform the world’s greatest exhibitions of strength, power and speed, with a message of motivation and inspiration. They have performed in over 20 countries and will be at the PHS gym on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, starting at 6 p.m.
A donation of $2 at the door is suggested for those attending the performances. For further information, call 940-1481.
New Darpolar award goes to son at PHS banquet
A new award in the name of a local physician who died last month was awarded to his son Monday night at the annual Pecos High School All-Sports Banquet, after he qualified for state in the school’s newest sport back in March.
Pecos Eagles junior Job Darpolar received the Dr. Joseph K. Darpolar Award, one of 13 given out to PHS athletes during Monday’s banquet. Job Darpolar was one of three state qualifiers in powerlifting, a sport that began at the high school just five years ago.
His father spent 14 years practicing in Pecos as an obstetrician before dying at the age of 50 on April 30. Darpolar’s family was in attendance for Monday night’s ceremony.
The awards were handed out following recognition of all PHS teams for the 2007-08 school year at the banquet, and prior to the showing of a 40-minute highlight video that concluded the banquet.
Three seniors ended up receiving two of the 13 awards given out. On the girls’ side, Ashley Ornelas won both the Joe Shoemaker Award for participation during her four years at Pecos High School, and the Norma Mata Fighting Heart Award for volleyball. Senior Diana Parada won the Letha Prewit Award for basketball and the Sylvia Sadler Award for softball, while on the boys’ side Chris Sotelo was the winner of the Johnny V. Mata Award for football and the Jose Reyes Award for baseball.
The other awards on the boys’ side were I.G. “Doc” Lunday Sportsmanship Award for football, which was given to Daniel Sotelo; the Craig Woods Award for track, which went to Jeremiah Soto; the Joe Bob Kelton Award for football, won by Elias Valenzuela, and the Bill Dean Award, which went to Hector Ramirez.
For the girls, the other award handed out was the Dorothy Nabers Curfman Award for track, which went to Jasmine Rayos. One other award, the Neddie Molinar Award for fan support of the Eagle athletic program, went to Brent Shaw and was given out by Molinar’s daughter, Dee Dee, who was hired last week as the new girls track coach for Pecos High School.
Several other awards were given out earlier in the banquet by coaches to their respective players, and players on all varsity teams were presented with certificates for their participation.
The awards included an All-American Award in diving to sophomore Hector Roman, who won the District 4-4A diving competition before being severely injured in a car accident. Coach Terri Morse said she expected that honor to be formally announced in about six weeks, while she also handed out awards to several other team members, including Sammy Sandoval, who replaced Roman at regionals and ended up finishing 11th in the Class 4A state finals.
High-point awards were given to Allyson Reynolds and Matthew Florez in swimming, while Florez was also honored as the top overall swimmer this season. Adrianna Roman and Edward Navarro were named most improved swimmers, Gus Mendoza won the Sportsmanship Award and Luke Serrano received the Coaches’ Award.
Wayne Sparkman was named the Defensive MVP in football for the second year in a row, while the Offensive MVP award was given to Ramirez by head coach Chris Henson, and Justin Contreras received the Fighting Eagle Award.
Rayos received volleyball offensive MVP honors, with Allyson Salcido earning defensive MVP recognition for Pecos from head coach Helen Kimbrough. In cross-country, coach Rudy Juardo handed out top runner awards to Kayla Natividad and Mendoza.
Top offensive, defense and MVP awards in boys’ basketball were given to Sotelo, Paul Zubeldia and J.R. Lujan. Rayos and Salcido were recognized for high-point field and running totals in girls track, while Robert Herrera and Luis Morales received those awards on the boys’ side.
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