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Friday, May 18, 2007

PHS athletes honored at banquet

Pecos Eagles senior Kenny Rayos was the first recipient of the Jose Reyes Award, one of a dozen major awards given out Tuesday night at the annual Pecos High School All-Sports Banquet.

Reyes, a 2004 Pecos High School graduate, was killed last June in a rollover while returning from his oilfield job near Mentone. His sister, Melinda Reyes, presented the award to Rayos for his efforts during the just-completed 2007 Pecos Eagles baseball season.

It was the last of the 12 awards presented at the conclusion of Tuesday’s banquet at the Pecos High School new gym. Five other awards to male athletes and five to female athletes were given out, along with the Neddie Molinar Award for fan support of the Eagle athletic program, which went to Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board member Vanessa Simmons. The I.G. “Doc” Lunday Sportsmanship Award for football was given to Chris Navarette; the Craig Woods Award for track went to Larry Johnson; the Joe Bob Kelton Award for football was given to Michael Lee; the Bill Dean Award went to Wayne Sparkman and Lucas Macha was the winner of the Johnny V. Mata Award.

For the girls, the winner of the Joe Shoemaker Award for four-year participation in PHS sports was Jenny Palomino; the Norma Matta Fighting Heart Award for volleyball went to Amber Pando; the Letha Prewit Award for basketball went to Adriana Armendariz; the Dorothy Nabers Curfman Award for track went to Chantell Mazone; and the Sylvia Sadler Award for Softball was presented to Amalie Herrera.

Several other award were given out earlier in the banquet by coaches to their respective players, and players on all varsity teams were presented with certificates for their participation.

The awards included an All-American Award in diving to sophomore Hector Roman, who placed seventh in the Class 4A state finals this year. He and Niki Lindemann were also honored as most improved, while other awards were given to Matt Oglesby, Kyle Winkles, Cassandra Mata and Cynthia Marmolejo.

Offensive and Defensive MVP honors in football went to Luis Ortega and Sparkman, while Robert Nunez received the Fighting Eagle Award; Armendariz and Brittany Rodriguez received volleyball offensive MVP honors, with Herrera earning defensive MVP recognition for Pecos, which advanced to the Region I-3A semifinals last fall.

Other awards went to Daniel Reyes, Vance Mongradon and Justo Dominguez in boys basketball; to Deandra Bailey, Ashley Ornelas, Ruben Salgado and Navarette in powerlifting. Mazone and Johnson were recognized for high-point totals in track, along with Jasmine Rayos and Robert Herrera.

Following the awards, a 45-minute slight show of highlights from the 2006-07 school year was presented by Robbie Matthews. M.C. for the event, Robin Land, noted that all of the Eagle teams either advanced to post-season play or improved on their results from the previous year.

Eagles place 10 players on 2-3A baseball team

Eight members of the Pecos Eagles varsity baseball team were named to the first team All-District 2-3A baseball squad, while two others earned honorable mention in voting by the district’s four coaches.

Pecos Eagles’ junior Vincent Palomino was chosen as most Valuable Player for the district, after going 4-1 in district play while the Eagles ended up 4-5 overall, and in third place in the final 2-3A standings. Palomino had a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Presidio and finished the season with an 8-2 record, including a playoff win over Anthony.

The team was released on Saturday, following the elimination of the Eagles, first place Fort Stockton and runner-up Presidio from the area round of the Class 3A playoffs.

The other first team selections for Pecos were seniors Chris Garnto, Kenny Rayos, John Paul Salcido and Isaiah Rayos at catcher, first base, second base and shortstop, and senior Daniel Reyes as utility infielder, while sophomore outfielder Timo Reyes shared Newcomer of the Year honors with Presidio freshman catcher Jesus Barron and junior Geno Leos joined Palomino on the first team pitching staff.

The eight first team selections were the most for Pecos since 2002, the last year the Eagles won a district title, when they also had eight players chosen to the first team squad. Garnto and Isaiah Rayos were first team all-district selections a year ago, along with Jose Chavez, who was a second team selection this season at third base, after playing second base the past two years.

Centerfielder Rocky Lozoya was Pecos’ other all-district selection, as a second team outfielder, while coach Eric Garcia said Salcido was also named to the 2-3A Academic All-District team.

While Pecos ended up behind Fort Stockton and Presidio in the district standings, the Eagles’ eight first team picks as many as those two teams combined. Fort Stockton, which won its final three games in 2-3A to take the district title with a 6-3 record, had senior Billy Bradshaw named Offensive MVP, and were also represented on the first team by senior outfielder Omar Calderon and senior designated hitter Julian Flores. Along with Barron, Presidio had freshman second baseman Jesus Carrasco named Defensive MVP, while seniors Alonzo Amancio, Ervey Rodriguez and Jaime Ortega were chosen at pitcher, outfield and third base.

Monahans, which also finished 4-5 but lost tiebreakers to Presidio and Pecos for the final two playoff spots, had four players chosen to the first team, in junior pitcher Steven Valles and senior outfielders Sean Merrick, Anthony Cota and Rocky Rivera.

Along with Chavez and Lozoya, the other second team picks included Fort Stockton senior pitcher M.J. Salmon, and juniors Zack Rodriguez at catcher, Justin Fuentes at shortstop, Allan Mendez in the outfield and Sergio Corral as utility player. Panther sophomore Jeremy Martinez was second team as Newcomer of the Year and senior Bryant Gonzales was second team as Defensive MVP.

Presidio second team picks were freshman Edgar Ramirez at first base, sophomore Oscar Lujan at shortstop and junior Edgar Venegas in the outfield. Monahans had one player, catcher Tico Olivas, who was second team as Offensive MVP.

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