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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Freshman beat Kermit but lose 22 to grades

The Pecos Eagles' freshman football team scored an easy win on Thursday afternoon in Kermit over the Yellowjackets, while Pecos' junior high teams split their games in Andrews against the Mustangs.

The ninth graders improved to 5-2 on the season with a 34-2 win over Kermit, while in Andrews the seventh and eighth grade purple teams lost to the Mustangs, 28-0 and 20-0, while the gold teams beat Andrews by 16-6 and 14-6 margins.

Freshman coach Eric Garcia said Isaiah Patino had touchdown runs of 22 and 30 yards in the first and fourth quarters, while Dominic Bejarano had three touchdown passes, two going to Ariel Salgado in the first and second periods and one to Arthur Navarette in the third period. He said Patino's first run and Salgado's 34-yard TD catch put Pecos up 14-0 early, while the second pass gave the Eagles a 20-2 halftime lead.

"The only time they got close to the end zone was when we snapped the ball over the head of our punter into the end zone for a safety," Garcia said.

He added that Thursday's game would be the last for 22 Eagle freshmen, who failed and will be ineligible through early November. "That includes most of our stud players. We still have enough for a team, and I think we can do all right, but it's going to be tough," he said.

The junior high teams didn't take their eight players who became ineligible on Friday for Thursday's games, and also played with a couple of others in different locations. That included eighth grade purple team quarterback Pedro Cano, who played on the gold team Thursday,

"Pedro was sick and missed two days of practice, and the rule is if you miss practice, you don't play on the 'A' team," said coach Art Rios. Cano had a touchdown pass to Ronnie Licon and Jared Rodriguez had a 15-yard TD run for the gold team's scores, while Arturo Villa had Pecos' two-point conversion.

"Matt Martinez, Angel Medina, Zack Renshaw, Pete Castillo and Pedro Cano had good defensive games. We forced four fumbles, and Pedro had a big 18-yard run on fourth-and-long to seal the victory.

Rios said fumbles hurt the purple team in their loss, and that runners Chase Price, Geronimo Ornelas, Josh Aguilar, Joseph Fuentes and Luis Villescas did well at other times. "Ben Dominguez, Dario Alvarez, John Terrazas, Greg Beaenias and Eddie Pando made some big hits," he said.

The seventh grade purple team got both their touchdowns from Justin Lopez, while coach Jerry Parent said Andrews' runners and line controlled the ball in the purple team's loss.

"They had a couple of backs around 200 pounds and they pounded on us," Parent said. "I don't think we're going to see any teams bigger than them."

The eighth grade purple team fell to 1-2-2 with their loss, while the seventh grade purple team is 3-2. The eighth grade gold team improved to 2-0 and the seventh graders are 1-1, not including the two combined gold team games earlier in the season.

The Eagles' junior varsity had Thursday off. This Thursday, the junior high teams will be at home against Fort Stockton, while the freshmen and JV teams will travel to Fort Stockton to face the Panthers.

Eagle runners take 9th and 11th at Odessa meet

The Pecos Eagles' cross country team had to do a little running away from rain and hail on Thursday, before they could get in their official running at the Odessa Invitational, the final meet for Pecos before District 2-3A competition begins next Monday.

Severe thunderstorms hit the area around the University of Texas-Permian Basin, just before the start of the junior varsity division of Thursday's meet. "We got hit with rain and it delayed things for about an hour," said coach Rudy Jurado. "When it stopped, they ran both the junior varsity and varsity together."

Assistant coach Teresa Bigham said officials met at 5:30 after the rains stopped to discuss the weather and field conditions. "The decision was made to let the race continue," she said.

Overall, the Eagles' boys finished 11th and the girls took ninth in the meet, with the best individual finishes a 39th by Gus Mendoza out of 143 runners in the three-mile run with an 18:40 time, and a 49th by Jesse Juarez, with an 18:39 time.

"The boys were missing two runners, German Rodriguez, who was at a funeral, and Edward Rodriguez. The girls had all their team," Jurado said. "When we get those two back, I think we'll do all right when we run (at district) in Monahans."

The boys' other finishes were a 72nd by Ray Gonzales, with a time of 19:11; a 106th by Stephen Apolinar, with a 20:37 time; and a 142nd by Elias Alvardo, with a time of 28:19.

Kayla Natividad had the best finish for the Eagle girls, placing 60th with a two-mile time of 14:56. She was followed by Aileen Rayos, 86th with a 15:36 time; Carissa Cerna, 88th with a 15:41 time; Lilly Gutierrez, 107th with a 16:16 time; Heather Lamka, 109th with a 16:25 time; and Ashley Ornelas, 111th with a 16:30 time.

Pecos' junior high runners were not entered in the race, but both the Crockett runners and the PHS runners will compete at district next Monday. "This will be the first time we've had junior high teams at the district meet," Bigham said.

Eagle swimmers leave Loboes in their wake, looking to district

The Pecos Eagle swim team came up with their second dual meet sweep of the season on Thursday, as the Eagle boys and girls both scored wins over the Monahans Loboes.

The boys scored a 117-49 win over Monahans, while the girls' meet was a little closer, with the Eagles beating the Lady Loboes by a 95-56 margin.

"They did good," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse. "Some of the times may have been a little slow, and that may have been because we were coming back after just swimming on Saturday (Oct. 6 in Lubbock), but I saw some things I liked.

"I'm still not set on the relays," she said. "The boys looked all right, but the girls we're still a little short of the numbers I was hoping to have. Our girls were definitely better than theirs, but I think Big Spring and Andrews are going to be our main competition. I feel like at Big Spring next Saturday, both Big Spring and Andrews will be there, so we'll get a better idea of what we have to look forward to."

On the boys' side, Morse said Josh Elliott looked good in both the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do with Josh with the 200 (freestyle) and the fly. I'll just have to see.

Elliott swam a 59.23 to win the 100-yard backstroke and took the 100-yard fly with a 60.50 time. Brian Carrasco was third and Abraham Lujan fourth in that race, while Luke Serrano was second and Lujan fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.

Serrano earlier had won the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:24.08 time, while Carlos Navarro was second and Carrasco placed third. Pecos' other first place swim finishes came from Matthew Florez, who won the 50 free in 23.63 and the 100 free with a 51.80 time; and Edward Navarro, who edged Monahans' John Ray by one-one hundredth of a second to take the 200-yard freestyle with a 2:06.35 time.

"Edward (Navarro) looked good in the 200 coming from behind," Morse said. "I saw a lot of things I liked, but there's still a lot more to work on."

In 1-meter diving, the Eagles' Hector Roman took first place with a 204.35 point total, while Sammy Sandoval was second. Pecos also won all three relays, taking the 200-yard medley with a 1:51.76 time, the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:47.20 time, and the 400 free relay with a time of 3:42.38. The Eagles' 200 medley B' relay was third, the 200 free B' relay was second and the 400 free relay finished third.

The other finishes for Pecos' boys included a fourth and fifth by Frankie Morin and Gus Mendoza in the 200 freestyle; a second by Derek Teague and a fourth by Oscar Machuca in the 50 free; a second by Roman and a third by Edward Navarro in the 100 free; a second by Morin and a third by Mendoza in the 500 free; and a second by Teague, third by Carlos Navarro and fourth by Machuca on the 100-yard breaststroke.

The girls got 10 first place finishes, two each by Anatalia Hernandez, Adriana Roman, Allyson Reynolds and Conner Armstrong. Hernandez took the 200 freestyle I 2:24.83 and won the 500 free with a 6:31.55 time; Roman won the 200 medley with a 2:41.69 time and the 100 free with a 1:05.18 time; Armstrong won the 50 free with a 28.51 time and the 100 backstroke in 1:11.01; and Reynolds won the 100 fly in 1:10.84 and the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:17.47 time.

In the relays, the four Eagle girls took the 200 medley with a 2:11.96 time, and then won the 400 free with a 4:17.65 time. Pecos' 200-yard freestyle team was second in their race, and the other individual finishes for Pecos included a fourth by Maggie Hernandez in the 200 free; a second by Stephanie Lucas in the 200 medley; a third by Dakota Hegar in the 50 free; a second by Lucas and third by Hernandez in the 100 fly; a third by Hegar in the 100 free; a third by Tiffany Hunter both in the 500 free and the 100 backstroke; and a third by the Eagles' 400-yard freestyle B' relay team.

Lady Eagles playoff bound, to battle Loboes for title

The Pecos Eagles will be trying to stay in the race for the District 2-3A volleyball title on Tuesday night, after assuring themselves of their second straight trip to the playoffs on Saturday with a three game sweep in Fort Stockton of the Prowlers.

Pecos defeated Fort Stockton by 25-16, 25-21, 26-24 scores to improve to 3-1 in district. They remain a game in back of first-place Monahans, which clinched post-season berths for themselves and for the Eagles on Saturday with their victory over Presidio.

Eagles' coach Helen Kimbrough said her team still has some things to work on, going into their match Tuesday night in Monahans, where a win by the Loboes will give them their sixth straight district title.

"We did pretty well. I made some substitutions to see how well we would play, and we had some good plays, but before we finished it, we started making mistakes," Kimbrough said. "We're still not consistent, but we did all right."

"I played everybody on the team to give them some type of experience before we go to play Monahans, but we've got to be consistent. We still are having problems working with each other, and it's not that they don't like each other, it's just that they still don't trust each other yet to do the jobs that each one of them is supposed to do. We're not communicating with each other and using our skills on the floor, and that's what we have to work on, if we're going to beat Monahans."

Kimbrough said she started making lineup changes in Game 2 against the Prowlers, who were looking for a win to tie the Eagles in the district standings. "I knew we could come back and beat Fort Stockton in games three and four, but I just wanted to get everybody some time," she said.

"Diana (Parada) played for Jasmine (Rayos) on the back line and a little of the front line, and I also played Jayme (Galindo), and they did well, but we started making mental mistakes like serving the ball into the net," Kimbrough said. "We've got Monahans tomorrow and we've got to play at a higher level of intensity and cut down on our mistakes, especially hitting and covering the blocks at the net. Our defense has to be together."

The Eagles junior varsity also won their match on Saturday against the Prowlers, while the freshmen were beaten by Fort Stockton. The varsity's win improved Pecos' season record to 24-5. Tuesday's match is the only one this week for the Eagles, due to UIL area marching competition this coming Saturday. The Eagles will close out their regular season play on Oct. 23 at home against Presidio.

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