Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Eagles take on Stanton, Caprock in tournaments
The second tournaments of the season open today for both the Pecos
Eagle girls and boys basketball teams, as the girls travel to Stanton
for the Hooptown Classic, while the boys go to Monahans for the
The girls open play at 5:30 p.m. today against the host Buffaloes,
as the Eagles try to snap a six-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the
boys, who have alternated losses and wins so far this season in a 3-4
start, will try to avoid their first losing streak this year when they
take on Amarillo Caprock in a 2:30 p.m. game.
The boys were minus two players and had two others suffering from
the flu on Tuesday, when they went to Snyder and were routed by the
Tigers, 59-28, as Snyder avenged a 50-45 loss to Pecos three days
earlier in the third place game of the Gym Bice Tournament in Andrews.
"It's hard to do much when you're short players and don't have anyone
on your bench," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores, whose team will face
either Seminole or San Elizario in the quarterfinals or consolation
quarterfinals on Friday. Both games on Friday are scheduled for 4 p.m.
Caprock saw it's season record fall to 4-5 this past Tuesday when
they lost at home to Canyon, 54-51. Will Mitchell led the Longhorns
with 15 points in the losing effort. Amarillo also has lost this season
to Lubbock Trinity, the team the Eagles defeated a week ago to open up
tournament play in Andrews. Last year in Monahans, Caprock beat Pecos
by a 66-40 score.
Lamesa faces El Paso Austin and the host Loboes take on Dumas in the
other opening round games on Pecos' side of the tournament bracket
following the Eagles' game with Caprock.
"The next three games are going to be tough at the Monahans
Tournament," Flores said on Wednesday. "They've got some top-quality
teams. I'm just going to run a light practice today and the main thing
is hopefully we'll get some rest and have at least a couple of more
The remaining first round games, which started this morning, matched
Presidio against Lubbock High, Shallowater against Lydia Patterson,
Canutillo against Midland Lee's junior varsity and Fort Stockton
against Denver City.
The Eagle girls are 1-6 on the season after their 42-39 loss on
Tuesday at Alpine. It was the closest Pecos has come to a victory since
before the Thanksgiving break, when they dropped a 36-34 game at Wink.
That was also the last game until Tuesday in which the Eagles had
been able to break the 30-point barrier on offense. In fact, they
scored 30 points in the second half of Tuesday's loss, after going in
at halftime trailing by a 13-9 score.
"We kept our composure better running the press," said Eagles' coach
Veronica Valenzuela. "We still had turnovers on the press, but we
looked a lot better."
Today's game against Stanton figures to be tough for Pecos. The
Buffaloes come off a 68-39 win over Wink, though Stanton only led 28-17
at halftime. Kristi Bridges had 20 points and Shelby Harp added 16 for
Stanton. The Eagles and Buffalos did not face each other in last year's
The winner will face either Wink
Eagles travel to Seminole for last swim meet
The Pecos Eagles swimming team will close out the 2003 portion of
the 2003-04 season on Friday and Saturday, competing against Texas and
New Mexico teams at the Seminole Invitational.
Diving is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday and the swimming finals at
11 a.m. on Saturday. Eagles coach Terri Morse said all of Pecos'
District 4-4A rivals except for Abilene Wylie would be at the meet,
along with Midland Christian and Odessa Permian, two Class 4A El Paso
schools, Riverside and Ysleta, Pampa and three New Mexico schools,
Hobbs, Clovis and Artesia.
The Eagles have swept the division titles in each of their last
three invitational meets, and Morse said most of her team would be at
the meet on Saturday.
"One of my divers has been sick. I'm not sure if it's the flu, but
everybody else will be there," she said, with the exception of senior
K.W. Winkles, who will be at UIL ensemble competition.
"I'll make some changes to the boys relays, while the girls will be
pretty much the same," she said. "I'm moving Kyle (Winkles) to the IM
(200 yard medley) and out of the backstroke, and Matt Ogelsby will swim
the breaststroke instead of the (butter)fly. That gives us at least two
in every event except for the 500 (freestyle). The girls will be
basically the same thing."
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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