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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Eagle girls 2nd, boys 4th at Pecos Invitational

The Pecos Eagle girls won most of the races they were expected to win on Saturday, and picked up medals in a couple of races even when they weren’t seeded among the top six swimmers going into the Pecos Invitational, and took first place overall out of 17 teams at their own annual swim meet.

Pecos’ boys also won most of the races they expected to win, and did well enough in their other events, taking eight medals overall. But with fewer swimmers to work with, the Eagles finished up fourth in the division, which was won by the Odessa High Bronchos. Pecos’ girls scored 235 points to win by 27 points over Hobbs, with Odessa Permian placing third with 181 points. The boys were short one team member more than usual, and the difference allowed Monahans to edge Pecos by five points for third place in the standings, with 163 points to 158 for the Eagles. OHS took first with 203 points, while Lubbock High was next, with 177 points.

“I thought we did a good job,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. “As far as the boys went, not having Dustin (Windham), meant we didn’t have a diver and we were missing a swimmer in the 200 (freestyle), so I thought we did a good job competing.”

“I was excited for the girls, pulling out a win the way they did. They all did a good job, and I’m proud of them,” she added.

Seniors Teddie Salcido and Catherine Minjarez both picked up second place finishes in events despite not being seeded in the final heat of those races, the 100 and 200 yard freestyles. Salcido won the next-to-last heat of the 200 free and her time of 2:14.73 beat all but one swimmer, Hobbs’ Kannon Betzen, who swam in the final heat. Betzen won the 200 by 12 1/2 seconds, while Salcido would later take the 500-yard freestyle, with a 5:56.73 time, beating out Big Spring’s Jessica Hughey by three seconds.

Minjarez, who missed Pecos’ early-season meets, also won the next-to-last heat of the 100 freestyle, and her 60.78 time was good enough for second overall behind Permian’s Tiffany Graham, who won with a 58.47 effort. She later finished sixth in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Eagles had two other first place finishes from swimmers who were seeded first going in. Lindsey Shaw took the 200 individual medley by three seconds over Permian’s Kelly Stevens, winning with a 2:28.98 time, while Susan Moore won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.50, beating Hobbs’ Kelsea Amador by 1.1 seconds. Moore would later place second to Betzen in the 100-yard butterfly, while Shaw placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Big Spring’s Hughey won that race, while the Eagles’ Amie Reynolds finished third.

Reynolds, Shaw, Moore and Salcido also were third in the 200 yard medley relay, behind Hobbs and Permian, while Salcido, Reynolds, Moore and Ashley Horsburgh were third in the 400 freestyle relay, with Permian taking first and Hobbs second, and in the 200 free relay Horsburgh, Shaw, Minjarez and Amanda Contreras finished third, behind district rival Abilene Wylie and Lubbock Monterey. Minjarez, Amanda Contreras, Cassandra Mata and Ashley Mendoza also placed seventh, as the Eagles’ ‘B’ relay team, in the 400 freestyle race, while the 200 medley ‘B’ relay of Mata, Contreras, Mendoza and Cynthia Marmalejo wound up 14th.

Pecos’ other finishes on Saturday included Mendoza, who was 10th in the 200 freestyle; Reynolds was ninth in the 200 individual medley; Horsburgh was 12th in the 50 free; Contreras was eighth and Mata 17th in the 100 fly; Horsburgh was seventh in the 100 free; Mendoza was fifth and Marmalejo 22nd in the 500 free; Marmalejo was 23rd in the 100 backstroke and Mata was 23rd in the 100 breaststroke.

“Catherine was probably a little faster this week. Overall it was about average. Some went a little bit faster and some stayed about the same,” Morse said.

The boys won five of the 11 swimming events, including the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay. Matt Elliott, Matthew Florez, Matthew Oglesby and Kyle Winkles won that with a 3:40.80 time, one second in front of Monahans, reversing the results of the opening event, the 200 medley relay, where Winkles, Oglesby, Elliott and Alonzo Garcia placed second to the Loboes by one second. The other relay for Pecos, the 200 freestyle made up of Florez, Garcia, Adam Medina and Luke Serrano, placed 13th. Individually, Oglesby picked up a pair of first place finishes, while Elliott and Winkles had one first apiece on Saturday.

In the 200 medley, Oglesby swam a 2:12.91 to win by four seconds over Mason Moore of Odessa Permian; and took the 500 freestyle with a 5:26.83 time, just over seven seconds ahead of Moore. Elliott took the 100-yard butterfly with a 58.80 time, edging Midland Christian’s Matt McKinney, after placing second to Monahans’ Brandon Nichols by half a second in the 50 yard freestyle. Winkles swam a 52.20 to win the 100 free by two seconds over Fort Stockton’s Matt Agres, and later placed second to Monahans’ Zac Vaughn in the 100 yard backstroke by just under half a second.

Garcia was seventh in the 100 yard breaststroke and 12th in the 500 free; Florez was 13th in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 100 free; Serrano was 17th in the 100 yard breaststroke and 34th in the 100 free; and Medina was 46th in the 50 and 100 freestyle races for the Eagles’ other finishes.

All of Pecos’ District 3-4A rivals were at the meet, with Wylie’s 100 points being the second-best total on the girls’ side. The Bulldogs, who’ll host this year’s district meet, were in sixth overall. For the boys’ Big Spring was just behind Pecos in fifth place with 144 points, while Andrews also topped the 100-point mark, placing sixth with 108 points. Morse said she would be missing a few more swimmers this coming weekend, when Pecos competes at the Monahans Invitational, their final meet before the Thanksgiving holiday. “Some of mine have an FFA trip (this) week, so for the boys, we’ll be going for our individual bests,” she said.

Eagle boys await opener, girls face Wink

Seasons ended for two teams on Pecos’ varsity basketball schedules this week, which means the Eagles will avoid losing more games due to other events, after seeing their scheduled girls’ games this past Friday against Alpine cancelled.

The boys also had a game cancelled over the weekend, but that was a scheduled scrimmage at home against students from the West Texas State School in Pyote. Coach Art Welborn said problems with the boys at the Pyote school led them to cancel the trip to Pecos, leaving the Eagles to hold an intersquad scrimmage on Saturday morning.

“I saw a lot of improvement. The football guys are coming around, and everybody is playing as hard as they can,” he said following Saturday’s scrimmage, which Welborn watched while assistant coaches Michael Valencia and David Combs coached the two squads. “We’ve just got to get a little better at execution.”

The Eagles will start the season without their projected starting point guard, Miguel Estrada, who injured his knee last month in football. “Miguel should be back in December, but we’ll have to get along without him until then,” Welborn said.

The Eagles come into the 2004-05 season looking to replace their leading scorers from district play last season, in Oscar Parada and Victor Reyes. Welborn, who took over the team this summer after former coach Joe Flores took the same job in Fort Stockton, said “I’ve got a pretty good idea right now who my best seven are, but I still have to find out about some of the others.”

“I like to press a lot and use as many (players) as I can, so I just need to see who else can help us there,” he said.

Welborn added that he was looking to get another game for early this week for the Eagles, since regular season games were allowed for boys teams across Texas starting on Monday. Pecos’ regular season opener currently is scheduled for this Friday at home against Kermit, a game that was up in the air until this past Friday, when the Yellowjackets’ football team was eliminate from the playoffs by Wall.

Pecos’ girls lost their scheduled game against Alpine last Friday due to the Bucks’ football playoff game against Mason that night. The Eagles were set to go to Wink on Monday to face the Wildcats, who got a few more players out this weekend when Wink fell to Windthorst on Saturday in the Region I-A volleyball finals.

The girls opened their season last Tuesday at home with a 49-37 loss to Eldorado. Pecos had problems getting their offense going on the night, scoring over half their points in the final 8 1/2 minutes of play, after Eldorado stretched a seven-point halftime lead to 21 in the third period. Danielle Garcia led the Eagles with nine points.

Pecos’ girls also will be at home on Friday to take on Kermit, in the first of seven scheduled doubleheaders at home for the Eagles’ varsity squads this season.

Bears’ Hernandez 8th in state cross-country finals

Balmorhea Bears’ runner Michael Hernandez was able to cut his time on Saturday from regional competition and move up in the final standings from his regional result, as he finished eighth in the University Interscholastic League Class A state cross country finals at Round Rock.

Hernandez, who had to drive overnight to the Region I-A meet in Lubbock last week, after playing in the Bears’ final regular season football game, had a better travel schedule this time around and knocked half a minute off his time at regionals. Hernandez ran the three-mile course in 16:42 to finish eighth, after placing ninth at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

“He didn’t run as fast as he did at Wink, but that course may have been a little bit shorter than normal, so that was probably his personal best,” said Bears’ coach Doug Maynard.

Hernandez, who won the District 8-A title last month, beat out seven of the eight runners who finished ahead of him at regionals. Only Plains’ Jose Villegas placed ahead of him in Round Rock, running a 16:30 time to take third overall. Villegas won the Region I-A title the previous Saturday with a 16:39 time. Moulton’s Nick Rodriguez won the state title with a time of 16:06

“All those kids he ran against just run cross-country. They don’t play football, which is what we do down here,” Maynard said, adding that this past weekend’s bad weather across the state didn’t hurt the junior’s performance.

“It was cold and rainy, but Mike not bothered by it,” Maynard said. “He was a little nervous when he took off. He was actually leading for the first 30-40 yards, then he got a little nervous about being there and let some other kids get ahead.

“At one point he got tripped up and fell, but he got back up and kept going,” Maynard said. Hernandez was in 12th place after one of the early turns, but was able to move up four spots in the second half of the race.

“When they got into the uphill sections we had been training in Fort Davis, so that was a breeze for him. He was able to pull up and get into eighth place,” the Bears’ coach said.

The Class A state meet featured 104 runners, with Hernandez the lone boys’ qualifier out of District 8-A while Cory Higgins of Clyde-Eula was 10 seconds behind Moulton’s Rodriguez and took second place overall. Javier Rodriguez of Winters was third with a 16:17 time, while Hernandez was in a group of eight runners who finished within 15 seconds of each other after the three leaders.

“He’s already excited about running next year, and thinks he has a good shot at winning state,” said Maynard. “He’s already asking me ‘Mr. Maynard, when can we start training for (spring) track?’ He’s got a great attitude and just wants to get after it,”

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