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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

PHS boys first, girls edged for top spot at Seminole

The Pecos Eagle boys’ swim team came away with a first place finish on Saturday, while Pecos’ girls were edged out for the top spot by Clovis at the Seminole Invitational, the first of the Eagles two swim meets in December.

The Eagles, who ended a three-week break with their trip to Seminole, had more than double the points of their nearest rival in the boys’ division, winning with 154 points to 71 for Pampa.

On the girls’ side, Pecos placed nine points behind first place Clovis, finishing with 98 points, to 107 for the Wildcats, who used a pair of relay wins over the Eagles to take top honors. Pecos finished six points ahead of third place Hobbs, which ended up with 92 points.

Seminole is the only metric pool Pecos swims in during the year, meaning each lap is a about five feet more than in a normal pool, making all the times slower than at other meets. But even with the conversion, Eagles’ coach Terri Morse said Pecos’ results were a little slower than what she had hoped for going into Saturday’s meet.

“They were a little slow, but we started wearing extra weight in the water last week, so we were a little torn down,” Morse said. “Some people who hadn’t swum in a meet for a while did swim a little faster.” The boys claimed first in two of the three relays, winning the 200-meter medley with a 2:04.23 time and taking the 400-meter freestyle relay with a 4:04.03 time. Individually, Pecos picked up three first place finishes, with senior Matthew Florez winning the 50-meter freestyle with a 25.85 time and the 100 free, with a time of 56.73, and junior Josh Elliott taking the 100-meter butterfly with a 1:07.87 time.

The boys also had medals from Elliott, second in the 200-meter freestyle, Derek Teague, second in the 100-meter breaststroke, Edward Navarro, third in the 400 meter freestyle, Luke Serrano, third in both the 200 individual medley the 100-meter backstroke, and from the ‘B’ 400 meter freestyle relay team, which placed third.

In other events, Carlos Navarro was fourth and Oscar Machuca seventh in the 100-meter breaststroke; Frankie Morin was fifth and Abraham Lujan 15th in the 100-meter backstroke; Gus Mendoza was sixth and Lujan 10th in the 400 free; Morin was ninth in the 100 free; Brian Carrasco was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly; Teague was eighth in the 50 free; Edward Navarro was fourth and Carrasco sixth in the 200 individual medley; and Mendoza was sixth Carlos Navarro seventh and Machuca 10th in the 200-meter freestyle.

Pecos’ ‘A’ 200-meter freestyle team placed fourth, and the ‘B’ 200-meter teams was eighth. In the 200-meter medley, the ‘B’ team finished in 10th place. In the 1-meter diving on Friday, Pecos had just one entry, Sammy Sandoval, who placed fourth.

The difference in first and second in the team standings for Pecos’ girls was less than a second in the first and final races of the day. Both Pecos’ 200 medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams was edged by Clovis for first by less than a second, which allowed the Wildcats to score their nine-point victory.

The girls had one first place finish on the day, from freshman Alyson Reynolds, who took the 200 individual medley with a 2:43.24 time, while another freshman, Conner Armstrong, took second in the 100-meter backstroke. Reynolds also finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke and Armstrong was third in the 200-meter freestyle.

“I’m still working on my relays,” Morse said. “With some of the girls coming in as late as they did, I’m still making changes.”

Pecos’ other finishes included a third by Adriana Roman in the 400-meter freestyle and a fourth in the 200 free; a fifth by Anatalia Hernandez in the 100-meter butterfly and the 400 free; a fourth by Niki Lindemann in the 100-meter freestyle and a ninth in the 50 free; a seventh by Stephanie Lucas in the 100 fly and an 11th in the 100-meter backstroke; a ninth by Maggie Hernandez in the 100-meter butterfly and an 11th in the 200 individual medley; a fifth by Neyva Rodriguez in 100 free and a 12th the 50 free; a ninth by Tiffany Hunter in the 400 meter freestyle and a 19th by Dakota Hagar in the 50 and 100 freestyle. The Eagles’ 200 meter freestyle relay team placed seventh and the ‘B’ 400 free relay took fifth. The Eagles’ final meet before another three-week break for Christmas will be this Saturday, when they travel to Abilene for a six-team meet against Wylie, Lubbock Coronado, Lubbock High, Lubbock Monterey and Lubbock Estacado.

“It’s going to be the four Lubbock schools and Abilene Wylie, so it’s going to be a pretty quick meet. They’ll run it like an invitational, but it will still be scored like a double-dual,” Morse said.

Eagles place third in Wink after opening with OT loss

The Pecos Eagle boys’ basketball team had a pretty good weekend defensively in Wink, at the Second Annual Oil Patch Classic, except against one player.

Wink’s Robbie Sellers touched the Eagles for 40 points on Thursday, in the opening game of the tournament; helping the host Wildcats rally from a double-digit deficit to defeat Pecos in overtime, 66-61. The Eagles then bounced back for a pair of easy wins over a couple of New Mexico teams on Friday and Saturday, downing Eunice, 57-38, and then taking out Jal, 58-45, to win third place in the round-robin tournament.

“Number 10 (Sellers) just killed us,” said Eagles’ coach Sammy Soliz, whose team improved to 4-5 on the season with their 2-1 weekend. “I didn’t want to change things up, because we were causing a lot of trouble for their guards. I thought about doing a box-and-1, but he goes outside as well as he does inside.”

Even with Sellers’ big night, which included six 3-pointers, Soliz said the Eagles should have advanced to the title game, but couldn’t maintain a fourth quarter lead in the opener. Pecos jumped ahead by a 14-9 margin after one period, and was up by five at the start of the final period as well before widening their lead to double-digits.

“We had a chance to close it out. We were up by 11with six minutes to go, but we just have to learn how to close things out,” Soliz said

J.R. Lujan scored 19 points, Edgardo Madrid had 13 and Paul Zubeldia added 12 in Thursday’s loss.

Against Eunice, the Eagles bombed the Cardinals for six 3-pointers in the first half, but broke things open with a 17-3 run in the third period, turning a 29-20 lead into a 46-23 advantage.

“Everybody played well. Jeremiah (Soto) came in and played well for us, even if it doesn’t show in the boxscore. But he helped us out on defense and rebounding,” Soliz said. “We also hit a lot more free throws. We were 12-for-15, so hopefully our free throws are getting better.”

Madrid had four 3-points and three of the Eagles’ six in the first half to lead Pecos with 17 points, while Lujan had 14, including two 3s and Timo Reyes added 12.

On Saturday, the Eagles didn’t hit as many from long distance, but Lujan nailed a 35-footer at the end of the third period, giving the Eagles a 52-28 lead. Pecos also had led by 24 points earlier in the period, a 47-23, after 3s by Lujan and Dario Portillo, while Jal’s Eric Whelplay, who led all scorers with 24 points, helped the Panthers cut that lead down to 13 points in the final period, but too late to put the outcome of the game in doubt.

Lujan led Pecos with 15 points and Zubeldia had 11, as all eight Eagles had at least two points in the win. “We shot the ball well again from outside today, so our outside shooting is really improving a lot,” Soliz said. “I think we’re really coming together as a team. We can’t hold the ball, we have to move it around to score, and Timo did a good job moving the ball around and getting everyone open looks.”

He added the Portillo had a good game for Pecos on defense, as the Eagles controlled play inside for most of the first three periods.

Kermit ended up winning first place in the tournament, defeating Wink in the finals by a 48-43 score. Saturday’s game against Jal ended a string of eight straight away from home for Pecos. The Eagles will be home twice this week, to face the Stanton Buffaloes and the Coahoma Bulldogs on Tuesday and Friday. Both teams placed ahead of Pecos the previous weekend at the Coahoma Tournament, and Soliz said, “Both games are going to be really tough ones for us.”

Pecos’ JV also played in Wink this weekend, losing in the third place game to Kermit, by a 66-32 final score. The Eagles dropped their opener to Jal, 51-40, then defeated the host Wildcats, by a 34-29 score. Saturday.

Pecos girls struggle with shooting in tournament

The Pecos Eagle girls’ basketball team wasn’t able to take their hot shooting on the road with them this weekend, but did find their shooting touch just in time to salvage one game at the Oil Patch Classic in Wink.

Pecos, which had a strong shooting performance in a win over Alpine last Tuesday, struggled with their shots in all three games at Wink, losing first to Seagraves, 44-39, and then to the host Wildcats, 53-47, before rallying in the final period against Eunice on Saturday morning for a 42-33 win in the consolation finals.

“Our shooting was horrible all weekend,” said Eagles’ coach Donna Gent. “Our defense was OK, and we had opportunities. They were there, but we had trouble even with uncontested lay-ups.”

Gent said Pecos’ problems started in the first half of Thursday’s opening against Seagraves. “We were down at halftime 34-18, so we only allowed them 10 points in the second half. But we missed six free throws and two short jump shots that could have gotten us back in the game.”

“Against Wink it was the same thing,” she said, while adding Pecos had more problems inside against the Wildcats on Friday then they had against the other group of Eagles. “Rebound-wise we did not do well against Wink. We gave them 2-3 shots each time.”

Gabby Garcia and Jasmine Rayos accounted for 31 of Pecos’ 39 points against Seagraves, with Garcia finishing with 19 points and Rayos with 12. Against Wink, Diana Parada led Pecos with 11, while Garcia and Rayos had nine apiece.

Garcia had 13 points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s win, Parada had 10 points, along with six steals and three assists and Claire Weinacht had seven points. But Gent said the Eagles went into the final period trailing the Cardinals by six points before staging their comeback.

“We outscored Eunice 19-4 in the last quarter. Before then, we just couldn’t get anything going,” Gent said. “We’d be coming down court on a break, and we’d just pass the ball right to them.”

Wink ended up beating Seagraves, 56-54, to win the tournament’s championship.

The win over Eunice allowed Pecos to get back to the .500 mark for the season, at 6-6, going into Tuesday’s 6 p.m. home games against Big Spring.

Pecos’ junior varsity girls did win two of their three games over the weekend in Wink to win consolation in their bracket. The Eagles dropped their opener to Jal, 52-33, then downed Eunice, 41-16 and beat Alpine, 39-33. Destiny Simmons had 10 points against Jal to lead Pecos, while Adrielle Martinez had eight in Friday’s win over Eunice and Carrisa Cerna led the Eagles on Saturday, with 14 points.

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