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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Seven Eagles earn spots on 2-3A softball squad

Five Pecos Eagles were named to the first team All-District 2-3A softball squad, while two others received second team honors in voting by the districtís coaches.

Seniors Amalie Herrera and Jenny Palomino and sophomores Brittany Palomino, Claire Weinacht and Kristen Ikeler were the first team selections in voting by the districtís four coaches, while senior outfielder Cassandra Terrazas and sophomore first baseman Jasmine Rayos were second team selections.

Herrera was named Defensive MVP for the district this season. She started seven of Pecosí nine district games at pitcher, going 4-3, while playing shortstop and center field in the other two games. It was her third straight first team all-district selection.

Jenny Palomino was a second team selection in 2005, and was an academic all-district pick last season, while this is the first all-district selection for both Weinacht and Brittany Palomino. Terrazas was a first team pick her junior year, while Rayosí second team selection was her first on an all-district squad.

The team was selected last month and released on Saturday, following Monahansí 5-4 loss to Burkburnett in the deciding game of their Region I-3A playoff semifinal series. Burkburnett will face No. 1-ranked Clyde in the Region I-3A finals, after they defeated Andrews in their regional quarterfinal series.

Andrews had eliminated Pecos from the playoffs two weeks earlier, in the first post-season trip for the Eagles since 2004. Pecos finished second in the District 2-3A standings with a 22-10-2 record.

One other Eagle, senior outfielder Bianca Baeza, received honorable mention on the 2-3A team, while sophomore Gabby Garcia was named to the academic all-district team. Baeza was a first team selection the past two seasons, but missed several games this season. Garcia was an academic all-district pick as well her freshman year, and played six different positions this season including pitcher, where she picked up a playoff win over Tornillo.

Monahans, which went undefeated through district play this year, was led by former Pecos player Dina Ortiz, who was named Most Valuable Player for 2-3A this season. Also receiving a special honor was junior Lana Santiago, who was chosen as Offensive MVP, while senior Heather Shuler was named as first-team pitcher on the squad. Juniors Bailey Marcum at first base and Katlin Mitchell in centerfield were the Loboesí other first team selections.

The other first team picks were Fort Stockton senior leftfielder Solidad Hernandez and Presidio senior shortstop Edlin Dominguez.

The other second team picks for the 2-3A squad were Monahansí sophomores Barbara Cota and Kellie Almanza at second base and shortstop and junior Bertha Felan in right field; Fort Stockton sophomore Cecelia Molinar at pitcher, junior Jodi Alvarado at catcher and senior Jessica Venegas in centerfield; and Presidioís Jhenytzel Fernandez at third base.

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