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Friday, November 12, 2004

Pecos girls fall to Eldoardo in hoops opener

The 2004-05 Pecos Eagles’ basketball team definitely remains a work in progress for new head coach Lisa Lowery. But she will get an additional few days to work on it before the Eagles play their next regular season game.

The Eagles played their first game with Lowery as head coach on Tuesday, and struggled on offense most of the night in a 49-37 loss to the Eldorado Eagles. Pecos had trouble at times getting in position for a shot, and also missed a number of in-close attempts, but the visiting Eagles really didn’t take control of the game until their outside shots began falling in the third period, when a seven-point halftime lead turned into a 20-point Eldorado advantage.

“When you play a team without volleyball (program), that’s not such a bad score,” said Lowery. “I think that’s just a knowledge game. I think when we start falling into it we’ll improve. We just need more time in the gym.”

Former Pecos coach Kitty Gibson’s Eldorado team had far more chances in the early going, but came out of the opening period ahead by just a 4-2 score, as the Eagles did a good job rebounding missed shots at the defensive end, even if they weren’t getting off many at the other end thanks to turnovers. Neither team scored until Kittey Blair hit a lay-up off a steal 4 1/2 minutes into the game, and after Pecos tied the game on a lay-up by Brittany Rodriguez another steal and lay-up, this by Josie Diaz, put Eldorado ahead to stay.

Blair would open the second period with a rebound basket, and after a Jessica Robertson lane jumper Danielle Garcia would connect from 3-point range to make it an 8-5 game. But Eldorado would have the better of the outside shooting on the night, as Korina Sanchez hit two corner 3s later in the period, and Chandra Wanbreak would connect three times in the second half, which opened with a 17-3 run by the visitors.

Eldorado did put Pecos into the bonus situation early, and onto the foul line often in the second half, though the Eagles failed to take advantage several times and finished 13-for-32 from the line on the night. But they did scored 24 points over the final 8 1/2 minutes of the game, and Lowery said, “I think we really did well when we started running more at the end. I was really impressed with that, and I think we need to start going at a faster tempo than what we were doing.”

Lowery did end up getting her first technical foul as a Pecos coach during the second half, when she had to use a time out to get the officials to not send Blair to the line when Pecos picked up their sixth team foul of the half. “I asked him if I was going to get my time out back, and he said I wasn’t. I said the only reason I called it was because we only had six team fouls, and when I turned my back he T-ed me up,” she said.

Garcia finished with nine to lead Pecos in scoring while Candace Regelman added eight. Blair at 19 points to top all scorers.

Lowery said she would have a couple of more days before Pecos’ next game to work with the team, after Alpine canceled their game against the Eagles scheduled for Friday, due to the Bucks’ Class 2A football playoff game that night. Pecos’ next game is now scheduled for this Monday night in Wink against the Wildcats.

Pecos’ junior varsity did win their season opener over Eldorado, by a 27-22 score. Ashley Dunn and Vanessa Valeriano had nine points apiece for the Eagles.

ELDORADO (49) Sellers 2 0-0 4; Holly 0 0-2 0; Blair 7 4-5 19; Sanchez 4 0-0 10; Wanbreck 3 0-0 9; Diaz 1 0-4 2; Robertson 2 1-5 5; Baker 0 0-2 0. Totals 19 5-18 49. PECOS (37) Ce. Ortiz 0 0-0 0; Carrasco 0 2-2 2; Garcia 3 1-4 9; Herrera 0 1-2 1; Rodriguez 1 0-0 2; Valdez 1 2-2 4; Cl. Ortiz 0 0-0 0; Mendoza 1 2-6 4; Regelman 3 2-5 8; Armendariz 1 2-6 4; Mazone 1 1-5 3. Totals 11 13-32 37. Eldorado 4 13 20 12 -- 49 Pecos 2 8 7 20 -- 37 Three-point goals: Eldorado 6 (Wanbreck 3, Sanchez 2, Blair), Pecos 2 (Garcia 2). Technical foul: Pecos, coach Lowery. Fouled out: Eldorado, Sanchez, Diaz, Robertson. Total fouls: Eldorado 26, Pecos 22.

Bears’ Hernandez earns state cross-country trip

Balmorhea Bears’ junior Michael Hernandez earned a berth in the Class A State Cross Country finals this weekend in Round Rock, after placing ninth this past Saturday at the Region I-A cross country meet at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

All five regional meets were held at the park, including the Region I-3A meet. Pecos Eagle runners Jennifer Martinez and Randall Blount were both entered in that division, but neither was able to advance to the Class 3A state meet.

Hernandez ran a 17:12 to place within a group of eight runners finishing within 10 seconds of each other in the three-mile race. “I knew he had a shot at it, because he had run 16:20 once,” said Bears’ coach Doug Maynard, who added that the junior had a long day prior to the meet, having played in Balmorhea’s home football game against Sanderson on 12 hours earlier.

“He had a football game the night before, and got up there about 4 o’clock in the morning,” Maynard said. “For most of the race he was running 10th, 11th or 12th and you’ve got to be in the Top 10 to go to state, and he pulled it out and placed ninth.” Maynard said Hernandez was able to cut his time from the district meet, which he won with a 17:39 effort. “He had a great attitude. No matter whether it’s cold or hot, he said ‘I can do it.’ He’s one of those cross country runners a coach dreams about.”

A couple of runners from Plains, Jose Villegas and Payton Bean, took the top two spots at regionals, with 16:39 and 16.58 times. They were followed by two runners from Sundown, Adam Arellano and Tommy Serna, who had 17:02 and 17:06 times.

Maynard said that because Hernandez’ times were close to all but Villegas’ winning effort, “He’s got a good opportunity if he runs what he can run, to place in the Top 10 at Round Rock.”

Maynard said Hernandez was the only Balmorhea runner to qualify for regionals, and was the only District 6-A runner to advance on the boys’ side. On the girls’ side, district champion Kayla Pratt of Comstock also advanced to state, as she finished second in her division by just eight seconds, with a 12:19 time for the two-mile course.

None of the runners out of District 3-3A advanced to Round Rock following their regional meet, with Martinez, who was third at District, placing 50th out of 168 runners in Lubbock, coach Rudy Jurado said.

Martinez ran a 13:43 over the Mae Simmons Park course, up from her district time of 13:02 two weeks ago in Monahans “That’s a little slower than district, but that course isn’t as easy as Monahans,” Jurado said.

Lamesa’s Romie Stewart, the runner up at district to teammate Sandra Moralez, had the best finish of any 3-3A runner, taking 21st with a 13:02 time, while Moralez finished six placed behind. Canyon’s Morgan Kuykendall won first with an 11:41 time, while teammate Lauren Simpson was second with an 11:48 effort.

Blount just made the regional meet by rallying to grab the 10th and final spot at district. On Saturday, Jurado said “He knocked a few seconds off his time at district,” while finishing 139th out of the 168 runners entered.

As with the girls, none of the District 3-3A qualifiers for regionals were able to advance to state. Jurado said district champion David Palma of Fort Stockton ended up in 23rd place in the standings.

Canyon also claimed the overall title on the boys’ side, edging out Perryton, while individually, Blake Bartosh of West won first place with a 15:57 time, with Brownfield’s Gay Lackey taking second, with a time of 16:11.

Eagles’ coach awaits first look at full hoop squad

The Pecos Eagle boys basketball team will get their first workout with a full squad on Saturday, when they scrimmage the West Texas State School at Pyote in their second of two pre-season scrimmages.

New coach Art Welborn just got a number of players out from football on Tuesday, and said they didn’t make the trip to Odessa, where the Eagles scrimmaged Permian High School. “I took 14, and I didn’t take any of the football guys. I wanted to see what the other guys could do,” he said, adding that ballhandling was a big problem for Pecos against Permian in the scrimmage.

“We must have had about 40 turnovers,” he said, as Pecos had problems brining the ball upcourt against Permian’s defense. But with returning point guard Miguel Estrada out until December due to a knee injury, Welborn said he got a chance to see a couple of players who may have to handle that role in the opening month of play.

“I didn’t deviate from what I was doing. I wanted to see a lot of kids play in a lot of positions,” he said. “I just hope I didn’t break the kids hearts, but I told them these scrimmages were just glorified practices.”

“A couple of them stepped up, and I know they can play,” said Welborn, who added he’ll begin working the Eagle football players into the squad on Thursday. “We’ll go hard with them on Thursday and Friday and then scrimmage Pyote on Saturday. That gives me a week before the first game.”

The Pyote scrimmage will start at 11 a.m. at the Pecos High School gym, while the Eagles’ first regular season game is on Nov. 19, at home against the Kermit Yellowjackets. However, with Kermit possibly playing in the area round of the Class 2A football playoffs that weekend, Welborn said he wouldn’t be sure about the opener until after the Yellowjackets’ bi-district game against Wall this week.

Swimmers host 19 teams for Pecos Invitational

The Pecos Eagles swim team will be facing all their District 3-4A rivals, along with area 5A schools and teams from the Panhandle and New Mexico this weekend, when they host the Pecos Invitational, with swim finals beginning at 11 a.m. at the Pecos High School swimming pool.

“We’ll have 20 teams here so it’s going to be a big meet,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. “Some of the 5As are only bringing a few people, like (Midland) Lee. They’ll have some here who haven’t qualified for TISCA (the non-UIL state swim event).” Even with the bigger schools leaving some swimmers home, the Eagles will be pressed to come up with wins on Saturday against some of their remaining swimmers, along with swimmers from Hobbs and several of their district rivals.

The Eagles do have a few swimmers seeded first entering their events. Matt Oglesby has the best time among swimmers entered in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle; Susan Moore has the top time in the 50 freestyle; Matt Elliott will be seeded first in the 100 yard butterfly and Kyle Winkles has the fastest time going into both the 100 yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

Morse switched events for several of her swimmers last week, in a dual meet with Monahans. They’ll be back in their regular individual events, but she the changes made last week to the relays would pretty much remain in place for Saturday.

“The only changes I’m going to make will be Ashley Horsburgh will be on the 400 free relay, and I moved Lindsay Shaw to the 200 free,” Morse said. “On the boys side everybody will be the same, except I’m replacing Dustin (Windham) with Adam Medina.”

The boys will go into the meet seeded second to Monahans in the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. They’re seeded 17th in the 200 free relay. The girls’ are seeded fourth in the 200 medley relay, fifth in the 400 freestyle relay and 10th in the 200 free relay. Windham swam the 200 free relay last week, but will be ineligible until after Thanksgiving, Morse said. That also means the boys will be without a diver for this week’s event. Diving for both boys and girls will start at 5 p.m. on Friday.

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