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Friday, May 11, 2007

Sports banquet set for Tuesday

The Pecos High School All-Sports Banquet will be held this coming Tuesday at 7 p.m., in the new Pecos High School gym. The banquet honors athletes from all PHS teams and PHS cheerleaders for their efforts during the 2006-07 school year.

Tickets for the banquet are $8 each, and can be purchased at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD business office, 1302 S. Park St.

Along with recognition of all team members, awards to be given out include the Doc Lunday Sportsmanship Award, the Craig Woods Award, the Joe Bob Kelton Award, the Bill Dean Award, and the Johnny V. Mata Award, to male PHS athletes, while awards to female athletes include the Joe Shoemaker Award, the Norma Matta Award, the Dorothy Nabers Curfman Award and the Sylvia Sadler Award. Also to be announced is the Neddie Molinar Award, which is given to a supporter of Pecos Eagle athletics.

CJH swimmer Reynolds 27th at Austin 2K event

Crockett Junior High eighth grader Allyson Reynolds had the seventh fastest time out of over 200 swimmers from all age groups this past weekend, at the Cap 2K open water swimming competition, held at Town Lake in Austin.

Reynolds swam the two-kilometer (1 1/4 mile) course at Town Lake in 33:27.62, putting her seventh out of non-high school age swimmers and 27th overall. “She finished behind 20 high school swimmers who were competing in the Texas Open Water High School Swimming Championships,” said her father, Randy Reynolds. The high school event was held in conjunction with the Cap 2K race, which was open to all swimmers.

“We started the swim to the bridge,” said Allyson Reynolds, who was second in her 12-14 age group.

She said she was the only area swimmer to make the trip down to Austin, and was in the youngest age group. The race was for male and female swimmers age 12 and up, and included swimmers up through the 70-plus age division.

Mazone more relaxed for second trip to state

Pecos Eagles’ senior Chantell Mazone says she’s feeling less pressure this year, in he second trip to the Class 3A State Track and Field Championships in Austin than she did a year ago.

Mazone qualified in 2006 by winning the district at the Region I-3A track meet in Odessa. This year, she ended up second in the event at regionals, but also qualified by placing second in the regional shot put finals, after just missing out on a trip to state a year ago. “It has been a little bit easier, but with God’s help, I know I’m going to do better than last year,” said Mazone, who placed sixth in the state finals in 2006.

Mazone will throw in the finals of the girls discus on Friday at 3 p.m., while the finals of the shot put will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas-Austin.

“I don’t feel like she threw that well at regionals,” said coach Donna Gent. “With her not winning at regionals, I think she’s been very hungry the past two weeks.”

Mazone is seeded lowest of the eight state finalists in the discus, and fifth out of eight in the shot put, which Gent said may help her this weekend.

“I feel like no one is picking her to win, so she’s going in with the attitude of winning it all.”

“I’ve been so happy (since regionals). There’s no stress, and I’m not going to put all the pressure on myself like I’ve been doing,” Mazone said. “I’m just going to have fun.”

She threw only 121-foot-7 at regionals, nine feet less than her winning throw last year. Her two longest throws in Odessa sailed out of bounds, and Gent said they’ve been working to correct those problems over the past two weeks.

“We videotaped her and went in and corrected her technique and what she was doing wrong,” she said. “We’ve also worked on her quickness in the ring in both events.” In the shot put, Mazone threw 38-foot-11 at regionals to earn a state berth by a half-inch over Monahans’ Bethany Willmon. To earn a medal in Austin, she’ll probably have to throw at least 40 feet in the shot put and between 130 and 135 feet in the discus, based on the other state qualifier’s numbers.

“I really think being down here last year is going to help her,” Gent said. “She’s been here once and knows what it’s all about, and that should take some of the pressure off her.” “I would have liked to get the shot out of the way first, because I’m used to going shot put-discus at the other meets, but I’m just glad to be able to do both this time,” Mazone said. This is the third time in four years Pecos will have a finalist in the Class 3A discus finals. In 2004, Stephanie Herrera placed third in the event for the Eagles, earning Pecos its first state track medal since 1995.

Mazone and Monahans’ Katie Holly, the only other District 2-3A state qualifier on the girls’ side, will both compete on Friday, with Holly going later in the day in the high jump. On the boys’ side, the Loboes’ Jared Till will compete Friday night in the 3A high jump finals, while Monahans’ Arnold Rodriguez and Fort Stockton’s Adrian Navarez will be in the 3A state long jump finals at 12 noon.

On Saturday, Monahans’ Michael Murphree will compete in the 3A shot put finals a hour after the girls finals take place, while teammate Russell Covington will be entered in the triple jump finals at the same time that Mazone competes in the girls shot put finals. Fort Stockton’s and Monahans’ boys teams will also have entries in the Class 3A state running finals, which start at 12 noon on Saturday.

Crockett JH boys capture area golf tournament

Playing on the home course of their closest pursuer turned out not to be a problem for Crockett Junior High’s boys golf team, as they closed out this year’s area tournament by again widening their lead over the final 18 holes of the 72 hole tournament.

Crockett’s boys went into Andrews with a 21 stroke lead on the Mustangs Saturday, and shot a 355 to win the tournament by 28 strokes over the Mustangs, who shot a 362 on their home course.

Pecos’ girls, meanwhile, remained in third place for the tournament and were in third for the day, shooting a 215 in the final round of their 36-hole tournament, while golfer Tatum Windham took individual medalist honors for the tournament.

Pecos’ boys were the only one of the five teams in the area tournament not to get a home round this year, but placed first in each of the rounds at Kermit, Monahans, Fort Stockton and Andrews. “I think we gained seven strokes in each round,” said coach Jerry Parent. “The kids went out there and wanted to play.”

Three of Pecos’ five ‘A’ team golfers placed in the Top 10 on Saturday. Josh Aguilar shot an 82 to tie Monahans’ Wade Roark for third on the day, and his 335 total as second overall to Alpine’s Ryder Skillern. Pedro Cano was fifth on Saturday with an 84 and finished at 370 for the tournament, while Nathan Duke as seventh on the day with a round of 88, and finished at 372 overall.

Dominique Vejil shot a 101 in Andrews, but didn’t play in all four rounds to qualify for a team score, while Patrick Madrid had a 111, and finished with a 448 total.

The Eagles finished with a 1506 score for 72 holes, while Andrews ended up at 1534. Kermit pulled ahead of Monahans for third place, shooting a 391 for a 1704 final score, while the Loboes finished at 1722 after a final round of 415. Fort Stockton almost caught Monahans, finishing fifth at 1724 after a final round of 392, and were followed by Andrews ‘B’ at 431-1850, and Monahans ‘B’ with a 489-1980 score.

Pecos’ ‘B’ team ended up with a 2111 total, though they did finish in front of Monahans ‘B’ in the final round, with a 470 score. The ‘B’ team was led by Larry Martinez’s 110 score, and was followed by Andrew Carrasco at 116, Bruce Salcido at 120, Alonzo Hernandez at 124 and Matthew Martinez at 125.

Pecos’ girls shot a 215 in Andrews and finished with an 863 score. The Mustangs won the tournament with a 771 score after a final round of 190 on their home course, while Monahans was 10 shots back at 200 and finished with an 830 score overall.

Windham tied Andrews’ Kenzie Long for first in the final round with a 44, and finished two strokes in front of her overall, with a 184 total. She was followed by Marissa Tarango, who shot a 54 and finished with a 218 score; Rina Pino, with a 58-231; Heather Matta, with a 59-234; and Valerie Ybarra, with a 60-243 score.

Pecos’ ‘B’ team closed in on the rest of the field on Saturday, but placed seventh for the round with a 249 score and seventh overall with a 1048 total. The ‘B’ team had one girl who played all four rounds, Cynthia Ramirez, who shot a 61 and finished at 256. Ashley Jaso had the low round of the day for the ‘B’ team with a 58, while Mysela Alvarez shot a 62, Miren Hinojos shot a 69 and Valerie Madrid had a 69.

Andrews ‘B’ shot a 238 and placed fourth in the tournament with a 941 score, and were followed by Kermit, with a 248-967; Monahans ‘B’, with a 244-1010, and Pecos’ ‘B’ team.

Eagles planning change-up of pitchers against Cooper

The Pecos Eagles are planning to throw the Lubbock Cooper Pirates a curve in both meanings of the word Friday night, when the teams open their Region I-3A area round playoff series in Andrews.

Eagles’ head coach Eric Garcia said he plans to shake up his pitching rotation and go with sophomore Timo Reyes on the mound, for the opening game of the best-of-three series. The 12-10-2 Eagles and the 23-9 Pirates will play at 7 p.m. on Friday, with Game 2 set for 4 p.m. on Saturday. A third game, if needed, will follow, starting about 6:30 p.m.

“I’m going to go with Timo. I think his off-speed stuff will give them some problems,” said Garcia, who’ll pitch Vincent Palomino in Game 2 of the series on Saturday. “We’re going to try and surprise them a bit, because they’re going to expect us to go with Vincent, and they probably don’t have any scouting reports on Timo.”

Reyes is 0-0 on the season, and saw little action on the mound during regular season play. But he went four scoreless innings in a practice game against Grape Creek on April 30, and then pitched two scoreless innings of relief to close out Pecos’ 12-4 and 12-2 wins last weekend over Anthony, in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Palomino has eight of Pecos’ 12 victories this season, including the opening game of last weekend’s playoff series in Van Horn. His only loss this year was a 3-1 decision in Presidio on April 20. Geno Leos (2-4) picked up the victory in Game 2 against Anthony, after taking the loss in the practice game five days earlier against Grape Creek.

Garcia said he expects Cooper to go with Charlie Finch (9-1) in the opening game on Friday. “He’ll throw anywhere from the high 80s to the low 90s at the start, and he’s got a pretty decent curveball and splitter,” Garcia said. “They throw a lot of fastballs, which plays into our kids’ strength, because we have a lot more problems with good curveball pitchers.”

Taylor Snodgrass has been the Pirates No. 2 pitcher this season, and is 6-4 overall. That includes going 1-1 in Cooper’s two playoff practice games, a 15-1 win over Crane and a 13-3 loss to Lubbock Christian, in which he relieved Finch in the third inning, when Lubbock Christian scored six times.

At bat, Garcia said, “They all hit the ball really good. They’re probably the best-hitting team we’ve faced all season, except maybe for Abilene Wylie, since we didn’t see them at full strength.”

Austin Taylor had five hits, including two doubles and a home run in the Pirates District 4-3A title-clinching win over Seminole, and had a homer in their playoff practice game win over Crane and a double in Cooper’s practice game loss to Lubbock Christian. Finch, Tyler Sutton and Jared Naylor are among the other leading hitters for the Pirates.

This is the Eagles’ first trip to the area round of the playoffs since 2003, when they were beaten in the area round by Lubbock Cooper. Pecos last advanced past area in 1999 when they were in Class 4A, eventually falling in the Region I-4A semifinals to Weatherford. The winner of the Pecos-Cooper series will advance to the Region I-3A quarterfinals, against either Snyder or Fort Stockton next week.

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