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Friday, October 19. 2007

Recreation Dept. continues soccer sign-ups

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is signing up boys and girls for its fall soccer program.

Registration is open for boys and girls between the ages of 4 1/2 and 9 year old, with a deadline for signing up at the regular fee of $10 on Friday, Oct. 26. Sign-up fee following the Oct. 26 deadline is $25 per player.

Registration forms can be picked up at the RCCRD office at the old Pecos High School gym during regular office hours Monday through Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Completed forms must have both parents’ signatures, and a copy of the child’s birth certificate must be provided with the form.

For further information, call the RCCRD office at 447-9776.

Monahans downs Pecos, clinches title

Getting the ball around their own side of the court faster again allowed the Monahans Loboes to get the ball down on the Pecos Eagles’ side of the court a lot more often Tuesday night, and earned the Loboes their sixth straight district title.

Monahans swept Pecos by almost-identical 25-14, 25-15, 25-14 scores to clinch the District 2-3A crown. The Eagles could have tied the Loboes for first in the district standings with a win, but were unable to get in position fast enough to stop Monahans’ front line hitters, while the Loboes were able to keep Pecos’ hitters in check most of the way.

“We were going to try and overload to that one side, and make them think one person was getting it when Jasmine (Rayos) was getting it, but they didn’t fall for it. They’re a very experienced team,” said Eagles’ coach Helen Kimbrough. “With their key players all being seniors, they don’t get rattled when somebody hits the ball hard. They just dig it out.” “They knew what Monahans was going to do, but instead of being ready to block, they would watch them hit. Once I get them to understand they can’t watch the game and have to react quickly, we’ll be a whole lot better,” she said.

Senior Bailey Marcum set the tone in Game 1, scoring five straight points on spikes and a block of Pecos’ Cheyenne Carrasco to turn a 2-1 lead into a 6-2 advantage. She later scored off a quick set by Katlin Mitchell and had an ace off a jump serve to widen the Loboes’ lead to 10-4.

Pecos would cut the lead to 11-9, off a couple of hits by Gabby Garcia and a couple of bad spikes by the Loboes’ Jordan Latham, but a bad hit by Garcia and a kill by Latham would end that run. Later, Pecos was within four, at 17-13 when another spike by Marcum started an 8-1 run by Monahans to close out the match.

In Game 2, it was a tip over Pecos’ blockers by Marcum and a spike that started the Loboes on a 13-3 run midway through, turning a 7-5 lead into a 20-8 advantage. Heather Shultz had a couple of kills during that run, and in Game 3, it was another mid-game streak in which the Loboes outscored the Eagles 9-0 that broke things open.

Pecos had a 6-5 lead off a Rayos spike when Marcum scored on a spike and then an ace serve. Latham would add two kills and Shultz had a block before Kimbrough was forced to call a time-out trailing 14-6. The Eagles were only able to cut that lead by one point the rest of the way.

“We’re still a young team. Their girls have been together six years playing the type of ball I’m trying to get my girls to play. So we have nothing to hang our heads over. We just need to keep getting better,” said Kimbrough. She added senior Diana Parada did a good job at times getting to Monahans’ spikes, despite the success the Loboes hitters had overall.

“She was picking up stuff that normally would have hit the floor. But overall, we didn’t do a good job passing the ball to our setter, and because of that, our setter didn’t do a good job getting the ball to our hitters,” she said.

Pecos is now 25-6 on the season and 3-2 in district, a game in front of Fort Stockton, which clinched the third and final District 2-3A playoff spot on Tuesday with a three-game win at Presidio. Monahans improved to 5-0 in district and 26-10 overall with their victory.

All four teams have this weekend off due to UIL area marching competition. Pecos will close out regular season play at home this coming Tuesday against Presidio, and can clinch second place with a win over the Blue Devils or a loss by Fort Stockton at home against Monahans. The Eagles and Prowlers will face teams from District 1-3A at the end of October, in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Monahans also won Tuesday’s junior varsity match by scores of 25-16, 25-16, and took the ninth grade match over Pecos, 25-15, 26-24.

Eagles return from break with trip to Clint

The Pecos Eagles, who’ve had trouble scoring points this season, will resume play after a two week break against a team that has given up a ton of points over the past two weeks, when they travel to Clint on Friday night to face the Lions in a 7:30 p.m. game.

The Eagles are 0-5 on the season and 0-2 in district, following their 47-17 loss two weeks ago against Monahans. The Eagles’ 17 points was their highest total in a game this season, and they led in the second period by a 17-6 score, before Monahans scored late in the first half and then outscored the Eagles 35-0 in the second half.

Monahans followed that up last Friday by routing Clint at home by a 55-0 final score. For the Lions, the loss dropped them to 1-2 in district play, and came following a 62-41 loss at home to Anthony. It also put the Lions at 4-3 on the season.

Pecos’ coaches took advantage of last Friday’s open date to scout Clint in person. “We also talked to the Anthony coaches and they said Clint didn’t have much team speed. That’s how Anthony beat them,” said head coach Chris Henson.

“But Clint’s huge. They’ve got some big kids. They just don’t have much team speed. Monahans used their quickness and just kind of overwhelmed them defensively,” he added.

Clint does return last year’s District 1-3A MVP on defense in Anthony Aguilar, who Henson said has moved from defensive tackle to linebacker. “They have him there with Edward Martinez, and both of them are about 6-foot-2, 220 or 230,” Henson said. “They also have a good defensive end in Eddie Soto on the strong side.

In the secondary they have two sophomores starting at cornerback, so we’ll be looking to take advantage of their youth,” he said. “We were watching tapes with Tornillo and Anthony and they were in a 40 defense, but when they got to Monahans they were in a 50, so we’re preparing for both.”

On offense, the Lions about 75 percent of their yardage this season on the ground. “They’re going to line up in the wishbone, with double tight (ends) most of their time, and they’re going to try and pound it at you,” Henson said. “If it’s 4th-and-2 it doesn’t matter where they are on the field, they’re going to go for it, so we’ll be working to try and stay low and get under them and not let them have any sustained drives.”

Quarterback Danny Soto has thrown for 492 yards and three touchdowns, while Martinez and Victor Villalobos have been the main rushers, gaining 435 and 383 yards with seven and six TDs respectively. The Lions’ top receiver has been Aguilar, with 14 catches for 292 yards and two scores.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have their own concerns going into the game. Pecos will be without seniors Drake Bradley and Vincent Palomino in the secondary, two of the six players who lost their eligibility.

“We’ve moved Gerald Saenz to the secondary from outside linebacker, and we’ve been working Bryan Mora at free safety,” Henson said. “We’ve also got Chris Sotelo and Timo Reyes ready as reserves in the secondary.”

Henson also said Eli Valenzuela was sick earlier this week, and that the Eagles will have to wait at least another two weeks before getting back Jeremy Martinez, last year’s leading receiver in District 1-3A, from a broken foot suffered in Pecos’ opening loss to Alpine.

Monahans goes to Fabens while Fort Stockton takes on Anthony in tonight’s other district games. The Loboes and Panthers are tied for first in district play with 1-0 records, while both Fabens and Anthony are 2-1, after Fabens won at Anthony last Friday, 28-27.

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