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Friday, July 20, 2007

PHS helmet fittings set to begin, physical forms needed

Helmet fittings for Pecos Eagle varsity, junior varsity and freshmen football players will begin on Monday at the Pecos High School Field House.

Trainer Joel Birch said players will be fitted for helmets mornings from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and afternoons from 1 to 5:30 p.m. next week. Pre-season practice for all three Eagle football teams will start on Monday, Aug. 6.

All PHS students planning to participate in late summer-fall athletics need to have their physical forms filled out and returned before the start of pre-season workouts in early August if they have not already done so.

Along with football, preseason workouts for volleyball, tennis, cross-country track and swimming, will get underway three weeks from now. No player will be allowed to participate in workouts without a completed physical form signed by a doctor and returned to their coaches. Forms are available either at the Pecos High School field house, or from local doctors.

SLers to face San Antonio in opening round of tournament

The Pecos Senior League All-Stars will battle teams from Laredo, Abilene and San Antonio for the right to advance to the Southwestern Regional this weekend in Waco, when they compete in the West Texas State Tournament.

The 15-16 year olds will open tournament play with a 12 noon game on Friday against San Antonio Northwest, following the opening game of the four-team tournament, matching Laredo Del Mar against Abilene North, scheduled for 9 a.m. at Reicher Field at the State Little League Baseball Complex on University Parks Drive.

If Pecos wins, they’ll face the winner of the opening game on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., while a loss would drop them into an elimination round game, set for 12 noon on Saturday. The winner of the tournament will advance to the Southwestern Regionals, on Aug. 3-9 in Blytheville, Ark. The winner there will advance to the national finals starting on Aug. 12 in Bangor, Maine.

Pecos has gone through District 37 and Section 1 Tournament play undefeated, with two close games and four blow-outs among their six wins. Last weekend in Odessa, they rallied in the late innings from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Andrews, 7-5, then beat Perryton twice, by 8-0 and 15-1 scores, to advance to state.

Timo Reyes and Tony Reyes combined for the win over Andrews, while Isaiah Vela and J.R. Lujan picked up the victories against Perryton. Manager Tony Reyes Sr., said Pecos would start at state with the same lineup in the field as they had to open sectionals, but may make some changes in the batting order.

“We’re planning to go with Timo in the first round, while batting right now we’re not sure how we’re going to go. We may move a few people around.”

Weather could play a factor in this weekend’s tournament. Forecasts call for a 40 percent chance of rain on Friday and 50 percent on Saturday. Even if the rain holds off, high humidity and temperatures in the low 90s will make playing conditions a lot different for Pecos than they had during district or sectional play.

“We’re going to make sure they drink Gatorade or water only, no Cokes,” said coach Danny Reyes.

Northwest advanced by winning the Section 3 title from one of the team out of Pecos’ former District 4, North Concho. They opened the tournament with an 11-4 win over North Concho, but then lost to them in a rematch, 7-4, before taking the deciding game of the double-elimination tournament by a 5-3 margin. Their other sectional win was over Uvalde, 9-3.

Abilene North defeated Crawford, 15-0 to win its Section 2 title, after opening with wins of 6-1 over Crawford and 20-8 against South Garland. Full scores at sectionals were unavailable for Laredo Del Mar, but they also went unbeaten through Section 4 play and rolled up 25 runs in their semifinal win over Corpus Christi.

Pecos left early Thursday morning for Waco, and were planning to arrive at the state tournament site by mid-afternoon. On Wednesday, players and coaches were out collecting funds for the team’s trip and up to five-day stay in Waco, and a fundraiser was also held to pay for the event, which is scheduled to end with the championship game on Monday evening.

“We picked up $810 just from the street (collections), “ Tony Reyes Sr. said. “Overall we did all right, and have got $2,600 in the bank.”

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