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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Herrera, Rodriguez earn all conference slots

Two former Pecos Eagle softball players earned all-conference honors this season, in their junior and senior years at New Mexico State University and Sul Ross State University.

Stephanie Herrera was named second team all-Western Athletic Conference, one of three NMSU players named to the second team WAC squad at third base, while Jessica Rodriguez was selected to the American Southwest Conference’s Academic All-Conference Team.

Herrera, a 2004 Pecos High School graduate, batted .355 in conference play with 22 hits and five RBI, while moving from shortstop to third base this season. That included a 19-game hitting streak from March 3 through March 30 which was the longest in the conference this season. She was also second on the team in stolen bases with 18.

After finishing at the bottom of the WAC conference for several seasons, New Mexico State finished the regular season with a 30-25 record, and was 9-9 in conference play this season.

Sul Ross struggled to a 6-13 record this past season, 3-20 in ASC play, but Rodriguez earned Academic All-Conference honors at first base. The 2003 PHS grad, who is majoring in chemistry, was the only Lobo player named to the team, which requires students to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Pecos hosting 7-on-7 tourney

Football season is still officially three months off, but a number of Pecos Eagle players will be seeing action at home and on the road later this week, as they participate in the summer 7-on-7 football competition.

The 7-on-7 program mainly focuses on skill position players, but Pecos Eagles head coach Chris Henson said there will also be events for linemen this Thursday, when Pecos hosts Fort Stockton and Alpine at Eagle Stadium.

Henson said the linemen challenge would get underway at 6 p.m., and the Eagles would then have their 7-on-7 games against the Panthers and Bucks, the first of three games this month against those two schools.

“We’ll have about 20 on the varsity and 20 on the JV,” Henson said. “The JV will be made up of incoming freshmen and this year’s freshmen, and the weight man (lineman) will have a JV and varsity also.”

Following Thursday’s games, the Eagles will be in El Paso on Saturday, for the area 7-on-7 state qualifiers event. The games will take place at El Paso Hanks High School. This is the first year 7-on-7 play has been divided into two classes, for 5A-4A schools and for 3A and below, though the event at Hanks is scheduled to only have one division, for the large schools.

Area tournaments began two weeks ago and will continue throughout June. The top two finishers will qualify for the state 7-on-7 tournament, which is scheduled for mid-July.

Pecos’ two other dates for their round-robin the 7-on-7 schedule are Thursday, June 21 at Alpine and Thursday, June 28 in Fort Stockton.

Along with Thursday’s 7-on-7 games, Eagle Stadium is also hosting the inaugural Pecos Eagle Football Camp, which began on Monday and runs through at the PHS football field, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

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