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Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Eagles begin district play after victory

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles’ volleyball team again did what they had to do to come up with a three game sweep of the Kermit Yellowjackets on Friday night. But coach Becky Granado says they’ll have to step up a level starting Tuesday evening, when they host the Fort Stockton Prowlers to begin District 3-3A play.

The Eagles open their abbreviated district schedule against Fort Stockton, starting about 6:30 p.m. at the Pecos High School gym. The Eagles were swept two weeks ago by the Prowlers in Fort Stockton, while splitting a pool round match back in August at the Cantaloupe Classic volleyball tournament in Pecos.

“Fort Stockton has some big girls, and that night we couldn’t pass and we couldn’t hit,” Granado said following the Eagles’ 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 win over Kermit, their third win in as many weeks over the Jackets. “Fort Stockton has a good hitter and a couple of good blockers, and that night our girls were hitting into the blocks.

“They also have some good servers. We had a hard time handling their serves, so we have to do a better job there,” she said. “We’re pretty much even. It’s just a matter of do we feel like playing. It’s going to boil down to who wants it the most and who makes the least mental mistakes.

The Eagles made the playoffs as the district’s third place team each of the past two seasons, while Fort Stockton has finished fourth, behind the Eagles, Monahans and Greenwood. This year, the district is only made up of Pecos, Fort Stockton, Monahans and Presidio, who the Eagles have won a pair of narrow victories against this season while splitting in pool round play in Pecos, as the Blue Devils won the tournament title over the Prowlers.

Monahans again will be the favorite going into district. The Loboes not only went unbeaten the past two seasons in district, they haven’t lost a game in any of their 20 match victories during that span. The Eagles, Prowlers and Blue Devils will try to end that streak, as they battle to avoid being the lone team to miss out on post-season play.

Greenwood is playing in District 4-3A for volleyball only this season, along with Lamesa, one of the two new 3-3A teams in the other sports. The other new team, Seminole, is part of a Lubbock-area district, with the changes made to avoid second round playoff byes for bi-district playoff winners.

Kermit was the other district team from last year that’s moved away, dropping down to Class 2A this season. The Eagles were able to sweep the Jackets each of the past two seasons, and continued their dominance over Kermit on Saturday, though it took some effort at the end of the first and third games to pull away for wins.

Pecos held only a 19-17 lead in the opening game when the Eagles took advantage of a couple of Kermit mistakes and a kill and block by Brittany Rodriguez to jump ahead 23-17. The Eagles would get to 24-18 then saw Kermit get back to within three before another bad hit by the Jackets finished things off.

The Eagles fared best in the second game, though they had to survive one Jacket comeback, as Kermit cut a 12-4 deficit down to one point twice, at 14-13 and 15-14. But a Danielle Garcia spike sent the Eagles off on a 9-0 run, and after Kermit finally broke the string, the Eagles won the game on a spike by Candace Regelman.

Kermit would get blocks by Stephanie Mitchell and Tara Willhelm, along with a couple of spikes by Diana Quiroz early in Game 3, and led at one point by a 10-6 score. The Eagles would rally to go ahead for good at 12-11 on an ace serve by Garcia, and appeared ready to put things away after two more aces, by Rodriguez and Amalie Herrera, widened the lead to 21-16. But Michela Glander led a Jacket rally that got Kermit to within 22-21.

That led to a time-out by Granado, and the Eagles were able to recover, getting s spike by Regelman and a serve by Garcia for their next two points, then finished things off when a save by Kermit on a loose ball was ruled as a carry.

“We just did enough to win the game,” Granado said. “We also ran into a situation where we ran out of subs and got caught with some people who were not used to playing the positions they were in.

“Offensively, we can hit the ball, but we just don’t do it enough. We’re not confident enough right now to get up there and hit it,” Granado said. “We have got moments when we pass, set and hit the ball, but we just do it in spurts. We have to do it against Fort Stockton, Presidio and Monahans.”

The win lifted Pecos to a 17-13 season record. The Eagles also won Friday’s junior varsity and freshmen games over Kermit. The JV won by 25-20, 25-21 scores, while the ninth graders took a 25-7, 25-14 decision.

World’s only desert biathlon hold third event

Staff Writer

Run fast and shoot straight.

That is the motto of the West of the Pecos Run ’n Gun ’n the Sun and that was the order of the day Saturday before last as competitors from across the southwest competed in what is billed as the world’s only desert biathlon.

“This is a unique event and very well done,” Jason Faulk said.

The newly married U.S. Army veteran won the heavy class in the biathlon with an adjusted score of one hour and two minutes and fifty-nine seconds.

Faulk owns a construction company in the Austin area and competes in adventure races nationwide.

According to Larry Longoria, who is a founding member of the event committee, the 2004 race was the third annual running of the race and boasted the most competitors in the vent’s history with 23 including the first husband-wife team.

Longoria said that the race covers five-and-a-half miles across broken country and includes three shooting stations where competitors test their skills at various ranges on different targets.

“This year we had two stations that utilized steel targets and one station where competitors fired on paper targets,” he said.

The final score for a runner is calculated by taking his run time and then modifying it according to his shooting score.

“You can add or subtract a significant amount of time with your shooting but so far we have found that you have to run fast and shoot well to place,” Longoria said.

Longoria said that runners could compete in either a light or heavy class.

The heavy class required runners gear including rifle, ammunition and water to weigh at least 35 pounds. As a further limitation heavy class are required to carry their own water.

In the light class the only requirement is that runners carry their rifle and ammunition. Water is supplied along the course.

“We created the two classes this year at the request of previous competitors. Each of the first two years the competitors kind of naturally fell within one of the two classes even though there were not any divisions. It was just a matter of personal preference. It seemed to work out really well this year and it evened up the playing field,” Longoria said.

Adrian Morley of Lovington, New Mexico took second place in the heavy class with an adjusted score of 1:20:41. Morley ran in the past two events as well, winning the senior division the past two years.

“Adrian is one of the reasons we did away with the senior classification,” Longoria said. “What we have found is that old age and skill often are more than a match for youth.”

At 54 Morley was the third oldest competitor in the race.

Third place winner Jimmy T. LaBaume, a former Marine and currently a professor at Sul Ross University took third place in the heavy division.

Sally LaBaume, Jimmy’s wife, matched his time running the course but was edged out by her husband’s marksmanship skills.

Jimmy LaBaume was the oldest competitor in the race at 61. Sally was next at 55.

The Light class was won by Carry Hannsz of Pecos. Hannsz is also a founding member of the race committee and won the adult division in 2003 as well.

Hannsz posted a modified time of 1:21:14 for the event.

Not far behind was Lubbock fireman Read Fowler with a modified score of 1:24:07. This was Fowler’s first time to run the course.

Third place went to Dallas resident Judah Epstein who was also a first-time competitor. Epstein posted a modified time of 1:30:28.

First place winners in each class won polymer AR-15 type receivers donated by Cavalry Arms of Mesa, Arizona.

Cavalry Arms also sent a three-man team to compete in the event made up of: Shawn Nealon, Russell Phagan and Brad Orletsky. Nealon is the CEO of the company. First through third places also took home trophies.

Also taking home a trophy was Steve Lindholm of Dallas. Lindholm took home the award for best overall shooting.

The best unmodified run-time went to first place finisher Faulk.

Longoria said that Practical-Tactical also of Arizona and Best Made Designs of Monahans also helped sponsor the event with prize donations.

“All three companies were really great and came through with a bunch of cool prizes that were either awarded for performance or at a drawing at the banquet we hold after the race. Just about everybody took home something and we really appreciate the support from these great companies,” he said.

Longoria said that the sanctioning club, the Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club planned to put on the event again next year in the first couple of weeks in September.

“This was a great year for us. It was the first year we advertised outside of the local area and the response was great and we are expecting quite a few more competitors next year,” he said.

Big second quarter carries Bears to 94-50 win

The Balmorhea Bears used their ground game to get ahead of the Sierra Blanca Vaqueros on Friday night, and then used the passing game - Sierra Blanca’s passing game - to break things open in the second quarter, as the Bears remained unbeaten on the season with a 94-50 road victory.

Balmorhea scored eight touchdowns in the middle two periods, two on pass interception returns, as they avenged a loss to the Vaqueros a year ago. The two returns for scores were out of three interceptions overall by the Bears of the Vaqueros, who threw 39 passes on the night.

“I thought it was going to be a lot closer, but we shut down their best running back, so they had to pass the ball,” said Bears’ coach Adolfo Garcia. Sierra Blanca ended up with 344 yards passing, but that was offset by Balmorhea’s 466 rushing yards on just 38 carries.

“That’s all we did was run the ball. We only threw four passes all night,” Garcia said. Sierra Blanca struck first, on a 78 yard pass from Carlos Canaba to Lorenzo Sanchez, but the Bears would take the lead for good on Levon Barragan’s 18-yard touchdown run and Alexis Lozano’s extra point kick, and raced out to a 42-point halftime lead by outscoring the Vaqueros 40-8 in the second quarter.

Lozano would catch a 25-yard pass from Michael Dominguez and Brandon Mendoza would score on 16-yard run in the first quarter, which ended with the Bears holding a 24-14 lead. Balmorhea would then score three straight times in the second period, on runs of 56- and 14-yards by Barragan and Dominguez. Michael Rodriguez would then connect with Michael Hernandez on a 46-yard score, and got their final two scores of the half o0n the pass interception returns.

After Sanchez caught an 8-yard TD pass from Canaba to make it a 48-22 game, Barragan would pick off a pass at midfield and score on a 40-yard return, and Mendoza followed with a 45-yard return for a 64-14 lead.

But just as was the case in their district opener, when the Bears went out to a big halftime lead over Grandfalls but couldn’t end the game under the 45-point rule in the second half, Balmorhea came close to stopping things early against Sierra Blanca, but the Vaqueros were able to hang in through the final 20 minutes of play.

Sanchez passed to Alex Jackson just before halftime to force the game into the third period, and the Vaqueros would score the first two touchdown of the third period as well to make it 64-34. But the teams would trade four more scores in the third period, which closed out with a Bordayo 50-yard kickoff return, following TD runs of 41- and 45-yards by Mendoza.

Barragan, who opened the scoring, would end it in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard run, the only points of the final 10 minutes after 138 were scored during the first 30 minutes of play.

“We were able to run around the end. Every one of them (touchdowns) was outside. We ran very few up the middle,” said Garcia, who was also happy with Lozano’s 11-for-12 effort on exta point kicks.

The win lifted the Bears to 2-0 in District 6-A, six man, and 5-0 on the season, while Sierra Blanca fell to 0-2 in district and 3-2 on the season after opening 6-A play the previous week with a narrow loss at Sanderson.

Sanderson is also 2-0 in district after beating defending district champion Fort Davis on Friday, 66-32. The other unbeaten team is Dell City, 52-6 winners over Marathon on Friday, and the team the Bears will play this Friday, in a 7:30 p.m. start.

“Dell City’s also 5-0, so it’s going to be a tough game over there at Dell City,” Garcia said. “They’ve got a whole bunch of kids back from last year.” Balmorhea 24 40 24 6 --94 Sierra Blanca 14 8 20 0 --52 First Quarter Sierra Blanca -- Canaba 78 pass to Sanchez (kick failed). Balmorhea -- Barragan 18 run (Lozano kick). Balmorhea -- Lozano 25 pass from Dominguez (Lozano kick). Sierra Blanca -- Jackson 50 yard Canaba (Sanchez kick). Balmorhea -- Mendoza 16 run (Lozano kick). Second Quarter Balmorhea -- Barragan 56 run (Lozano kick). Balmorhea -- Dominguez 14 run (Lozano kick). Balmorhea -- Hernandez 46 pass from Rodriguez (Lozano kick). Sierra Blanca -- Sanchez 8 pass from Canaba (Sanchez kick). Balmorhea -- Barragan 40 interception return (Lozano kick). Balmorhea -- Mendoza 45 interception return (Lozano kick). Sierra Blanca -- Jackson 13 pass from Sanchez (Sanchez kick). Third Quarter Sierra Blanca -- Menchaca 4 run (kick failed). Sierra Blanca -- Alvarado 6 pass from Sanchez (kick failed). Balmorhea - Mendoza 45 run (Lozano kick). Balmorhea -- Mendoza 41 run (Lozano kick). Sierra Blanca -- Menchaca 1 run (Sanchez kick). Balmorhea -- Bordayo 50 kickoff return (Lozano kick). Fourth Quarter Balmorhea -- Barragan 10 run (kick failed).

CJC tourney shifted due to weather

The first annual Pecos Municipal Criminal Justice Center Officer’s Association co-ed softball tournament, which had been scheduled for this past weekend, has been moved to Oct. 16-17 due to bad weather.

Tournament organizer Lupe Herrera said the decision to change the date of the tournament was made even before the heavy rains hit Pecos early Saturday morning, due to heavy rains over the previous week that left the field unplayable.

The tournament will be held under ASA rules and has an entry fee of $125 per team. T-shirts will be given to the first and second place teams. Funds from the tournament will go towards programs for the new CJC Officer’s Association designed to benefit the Pecos community.

For further information, connect Herrera at 432-448-0961.

Jr. high gridders split 6-0 games in Stockton

The Crockett Middle School purple football teams split their games this past Thursday in Fort Stockton, while Crockett’s gold seventh and eighth grade teams were beaten by the Panthers in the only football games played by Eagle teams this past weekend.

The seventh grade purple teams fell to 2-1 on the season with a 6-0 loss to the Panthers, while the eighth graders won by the same score in a rain-shortened game. The seventh grade gold team saw its record fall to 1-1 with a 28-8 loss to the Panthers, while the eighth grade gold team lost an early lead and fell to 1-2 with a 10-6 defeat.

“Their 6-footer caught a pass over our 4-foot-8 kid,” said coach Jerry Parent of the Panthers’ winning score in the seventh grade purple game. “The defense played well, except for that one little play, and the offense moved the ball a little. We got inside the 25 one time, but gave it up on downs.”

The defense had the lone score for the purple team in their loss, as Ruben Florez returned a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown. Pedro Reyes passed to Matthew Rodriguez for the two -point conversion.

The eighth grade purple team broke a scoreless tie in the fourth period on a Jeremy Martinez pass to Brian Mora, before a severe thunderstorm ended the game. “It rained for most of the game, except for the first quarter, and then because of the lightning they postponed it with about a minute left,” said coach Orlando Matta. Defensively we did well. They didn’t get much yardage and didn’t get past the 40.”

In the gold team’s loss, Matta said a Jonathan Dominguez TD gave Pecos a 6-0 lead, before the Panther came back. “We had a bad snap for a safety, and then Fort Stockton scored a touchdown on a reverse. Then in the fourth quarter, we stopped them at the one with about a minute left and fumbled the snap after that for another safety.”

Pecos’ varsity, junior varsity and freshmen teams had the week off, while the junior highs had been idle the previous weekend while the high school squads faced Sweetwater. This Thursday, the JV and freshmen teams will host Lamesa at 5 and 7 p.m., while the junior highs will go to Lamesa on Saturday morning for their games, the day after the Tornadoes host the Eagles’ varsity in the District 3-3A opener for both teams.

Only two of the Eagles’ varsity football rivals were in action on Friday, as Greenwood won their first game of the season with a 42-7 victory over Ballinger, while Monahans allowed over 350 yards passing in a 42-12 loss against Colorado City.

While the Rangers’ victory means no team will go into district play undefeated, the loss by the Loboes means none of the six 3-3A teams will have a winning record entering Friday’s district openers. Monahans and Fort Stockton, both 2-3, face each other in Fort Stockton to start district play, while Greenwood goes to Seminole in the other district opener. The Eagles, Tornaodes and Indians all join the Rangers in sporting 1-4 records during the first half of the 2004 football season.

Swimmers get 3rd, 4th in meet at Odessa pool

The Pecos Eagles’ swimming teams were able to edge out a couple of District 3-4A rivals on Saturday in Odessa, while placing third overall in the girls division and fourth on the boys’ side in their Odessa Invitational, their opening meet of the 2004-05 season. The boys, who lost to Fort Stockton in a relay-only event two weeks ago, edged out the Panthers and Big Spring Steers in the final point standings on Saturday. The Eagles finished with 239 points to 233 for Big Spring and 224 for Fort Stockton. El Paso Coronado ran away with the overall title, scoring 530 points to 298 for the host Permian Panthers and 294 for Odessa High.

The girls finished 10 points ahead of Abilene Wylie in the final standings, with 261 points. Coronado also took that division’s title with 579 points to 33 for Permian. OHS was fifth with 221 points and Big Spring finished sixth, with 210.

“I’m pleased with what we did,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. “I thought we did a good job against the 5A and 4A schools. None of the 3A schools beat us.

“The freshmen did a good job helping the relays on the boys’ side, and I was pleased with our times. They weren’t too bad for this early in the season.”

The three returning varsity swimmers for the boys each picked up an individual gold medal on Saturday at the meet, which was moved to Permian from UTPB’s outdoor pool due to rain. Junior Matt Elliott won the 100-yard butterfly with a 58.20 time, after going 56-flat during the preliminaries. Elliott also took third in the 200-yard freestyle.

Sophomore Matt Oglesby won the 200 yard individual medley with a 2:13.78 time and later placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke, while sophomore Kyle Winkles captured the 100-yard backstroke with a 59.34 time and was edged out by El Paso Coronado’s Vince Gallegos for another gold medal, ended up second in the 100-yard freestyle.

The three Eagles also picked up a pair of second place medals in the relays. They were second to Coronado in the 200 medley relay, finishing with a1:51.11 time, and second to the Thunderbirds’ relay team as well in thr400 freestyle, swimming with freshman Matthew Florez in both races.

The other swimming results for the boys included a 13th by Florez in the 100 free; a ninth by Alonzo Garcia in the 200 medley and an 18th by Dustin Windham in the 50 free. On Friday, Windham placed fourth in the 1-meter diving competition.

The girls didn’t finish with any first place awards, but picked up medals in several events. Teddie Salcido, Lindsey Shaw, Susan Moore and Amie Reynolds were third in the 200 medley relay, while Salcido, Moore, Reynolds and Ashley Mendoza were third in the 400 free relay.

Moore had the girls’ best overall individual finishes, taking second behind Becca Tomlin of Coronado in the 50 free with a 26.53 time, and a third in the 100 butterfly. Salcido was second in the 500 free with a 6:05.55 time and fifth in the 200 free. Mendoza was sixth in the 500 free and ninth in the 200 free; Shaw was fifth in the 100 yard breaststroke and sixth in the 200 medley; Reynolds was fifth in the 100 free and sixth in the breaststroke; Amanda Contreras was eighth in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 100 fly, and Cynthia Marmalejo was 11th in the 500 free. Shaw, Contreras, Marmalejo and Mendoza also placed sixth in the 200 freestyle relay.

The Eagles will get to see Fort Stockton again this Thursday, when they open their home schedule with a 6 p.m. dual meet at the Pecos High School pool. Morse said the diving would take place at 4:30 p.m.

“There will be a few changes. I’ll change some of the girls around and with the boys some will swim the same events, some will swim some different ones,” Morse said. “With the boys I’ll also try to keep the relays the same to see if we can do better against Fort Stockton 1-on-1, because we didn’t do as well in the relay events (two weeks ago in Fort Stockton) as we could.”

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