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Friday, November 19, 2004

Eagles place four on all-district grid team

Pecos Eagle seniors Booker Fobbs and Chad Evans were named to the first team All-District 3-3A football team on offense, while Evans was the lone first team selection on defense for the Eagles, in a disappointing 1-9 season.

No Pecos players were named to the second team defense, while senior receiver Rashad Terry and sophomore running back Luis Ortega were second team selections in voting by the district’s coaches.

The team was released last weekend, following the elimination of Seminole, Fort Stockton and Midland Greenwood in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs. Fort Stockton was the only team to finish the 2004 season with an above-.500 record, and no team dominated the all-district selections this season.

Evans was an all-district selection a year ago at defensive end and repeated at that position, while earning first team honors at tight end, despite catching only one pass during the past season. He was one of five players named to the first team 3-3A squad on both offense and defense.

Fobbs ran for 742 yards this season, with over 400 of that coming in the Eagles’ first three district games. He was also an honorable mention selection at defensive end this season, where he played during the second half of the year.

Terry was second in the district in pass receptions behind Monahans’ Tyson Carter with 24 catches for 363 yards, with 10 of those catches coming in district play. Oretga missed Pecos’ first two district games, but ran for 274 yards in the final three games and finished with 918 yards overall in his first season on the Eagles’ varsity.

Aside from Fobbs, coach Patrick Willis said the other Eagles receiving honorable mention were seniors Simon Castillo at wide receiver, Carlos Ornelas on the offensive line and Jonathan Carrasco at linebacker, along with another linebacker, junior Eddie Vela.

Seminole running back Jeremy Hill and Fort Stockton quarterback Wayne Jefferson shared offensive MVP honors, as their teams and Greenwood tied for first place in the District 3-3A standings. Hill finished second among district runners in total yards with 1,271, with 1,022 of that coming in Seminole’s five district games. Jefferson ran for 1,113 yards and threw for 868 in nine games, as the Panthers shared their first district title in 26 years.

The leading rusher in the district, the Rangers’ Jarrell Brooks, didn’t share offensive MVP honors but earned the defensive MVP award by himself, playing at safety. Both the offensive and defensive first team squads were dominated by seniors.

Monahans had the most first-team players on offensve, with five, while Seminole had four selected, including Hill. Of the 19 players chosen, all but five were seniors, while on the second team, Ortega was one of just four non-seniors, out of 16 players selected. The first team defense also was a senior-filled group. All but two of the 16 players were seniors, while only the second team was dominated by returning players, with just four seniors out of the group of 14 players named.

Young Pecos golfers struggle In tournament

The Pecos Eagles’ golf team had several new faces in their lineup this past weekend, for what was their only fall boys golf tournament, and as a result struggled with their scores at the El Paso Irvin-Amigo Classic.

Pecos shot a 409-402-811 for the two-day tournament at the Underwood Golf Complex. El Paso Franklin shot a 631 to win the tournament, while the other District 3-3A team entered, Fort Stockton, finished the 36-hole tournament with a 699 score.

“I had so many missing. Two of my varsity players were missing, one due to grades and I had another who was at an FFA event, and I had three more out-of-town,” said Eagles’ coach Kim Anderson.

Pecos did have back 2004 district medalist Michael Nichols, who shot a 77-83-160 for the tournament. “Mikey played pretty well for both days,” said Anderson, though the senior did not finish among the Top 10 this weekend.

Zack Morton and Jake Weinacht both shot 186s for the tournament, with Morton shooting a 91 on Friday and a 95 on Saturday, while Weinacht cut 14 strokes off his opening day 100 total. Anderson said his other golfer, Frank Deishler, just started playing this season and shot a 141-138-281 for his first tournament.

While Pecos only took four players to El Paso, Anderson said he’ll have 11 or 12 out for the spring season. Aside from the five missing this past weekend, he said, “I’ve got two in basketball right now and one other who may come out from football.”

El Paso Andress’ Chris Figueroa was the medalist for the tournament, with a two-day total of 147. The only area golfer to place in the Top 10 was Matthew Terry from Pecos’ former district rival, Kermit, who shot a 158 and finished 10th overall.

The spring season for the Eagles opens with the Monahans Invitational, on Feb. 4-5.

Pecos hosting Kermit in boys’ hoop opener

The Pecos Eagle girls basketball team didn’t get in their game against the Wink Wildcats on Monday night, but they will still get to travel to Winkler County this week, after switching the home site of their game on Friday against the Kermit Yellowjackets. Meanwhile, Pecos’ boys will be at home on Friday, playing their regular season opener against Kermit, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The girls had their second game in a row canceled due to other events. They lost last Friday’s contest against Alpine because of the Bucks’ football playoff game in San Angelo, while Monday’s game with Wink was canceled by the Wildcats, who just got their full team out that day after losing in the Region I-A volleyball finals last Saturday. The Eagles dropped their season opener on Nov. 9 to Eldorado by a 49-37 score, but figure to have a little better time matching up against Kermit this season than they did in the previous two years, when the teams were rivals in District 4-3A. Kermit graduated post Amber Broadway back in the spring, after she averaged 25 points per game over the previous two seasons against Pecos.

The Jackets have started this season off with an 0-2 record, losing at home this past Tuesday against Fort Stockton by a 36-27 score. Kermit did fight back from a 14-2 deficit after the first period to get to within three points of the Prowlers after three quarters, but then could score just three points in the final period.

Diana Quiroz was the only Kermit player in double figures, with 10 points, in Tuesday’s loss. Pecos didn’t have any players in double figures in their opening loss, with Danielle Garcia’s nine leading the Eagles in scoring.

Kermit wasn’t expecting to have several of their players available for Friday’s game in Pecos, but last week’s football playoff loss to Wall will mean the Jackets will have a full squad against the Eagles. Kermit defeated Pecos twice last season, but graduated three all-district players. They do return forward Hunter Hice and guard Caleb Briones, who were Newcomer of the Year and all-defensive team picks as juniors, along with guard Landon Forga, one of the football team players back earlier than expected.

The Eagles have had a couple of weeks to get their football players ready from basketball, and coach Art Welborn said. “We’ll find out on Friday night where we stand,” he said.

Pecos has two starters back from last year, in senior guard Saul Pina and junior forward Ricardo Morales, and Welborn said he’s waiting for another varsity player from last season, guard Miguel Estrada, to recover from his knee injury suffered three weeks ago. “That’s the only thing that’s giving me problems right now,” said Welborn, who’ll carry 13 players on the varsity roster for Friday’s opener.

Play is scheduled to start in Pecos with the season opener for the freshmen at 4:30 p.m., followed by the junior varsity’s first game, at 6 p.m. The girls will play only two games in Kermit on Friday, at 4:30 and 6 p.m.

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