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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Schedule mix-up scrubs boys’ game

A scheduling mix-up cost the Pecos Eagle boys’ basketball team a home game on Friday afternoon against the Jal Panthers. But the Eagles still have four more games on the schedule before their District 2-3A opener in late January, and will play their final pre-district road game Tuesday night in Crane, against the Golden Cranes.

The Eagles and Panthers were supposed to play at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Pecos High School gym, but assistant coach Art Wellborn said, “Jal thought the game was at 5 o’clock. The officials were here at noon, but they couldn’t stay that long, and we couldn’t get any other referees.”

Pecos and Jal had played twice already this season, with the Eagles winning in Jal back in November and at the Oil Patch Tournament last month in Wink.

Pecos comes into Tuesday’s game off a 53-41 homecourt loss on Jan. 2 against Andrews, in which the Eagles struggled with their shooting until the fourth quarter. The loss left Pecos with a 6-10 record going into their game on Tuesday at Crane, which dropped a 56-46 decision on the road on Friday to the Eagles’ district rival, Monahans.

Post Josh Furgeson led Crane in that game with 10-points, but the Cranes trailed the Loboes almost all the way on Friday and struggled against Monahans’ full-court press in the second period, after the Loboes were able to break Crane’s press for a series of fast-break lay-ups in the first quarter.

Following Tuesday’s game, the Eagles play their next three games at home to close out their pre-district schedule, starting with a 7:30 p.m. game on Friday against Rankin.

Eagle boys grab 4th at Lubbock meet

Pecos Eagles’ swimming coach Terri Morse said both her boys and girls teams showed improvements in their times this past weekend, even if the results didn’t show up in the girls’ final point standings at the Lubbock Invitational.

The Eagle boys finished fourth, one point in back of San Angelo Central with 211 points, while Pecos’ girls ended up 24th, with seven points in the two-day meet, which featured 28 teams.

“Not too many made the finals. We just had one individual and one relay made it due to the sheer number of teams, most of which were 5As,” Morse said. “If you look at the results, not too many 4A and under did that well, and the times the girls swam overall were good.” The Eagle girls ended up with seven points at the meet. Pampa, with 42 points, was the highest scoring of the sub-5A schools on the girls’ side, while two of the three Wichita Falls schools, Seminole, Andrews and Lubbock Estacado all finished with between seven and 29 points.

On the boys’ side, El Paso Eastwood won with 499 points to 308 for Lubbock High. Andrews was the only other sub-5A school in the Top 10, with 152 points, two behind fifth place Lubbock Monterey.

“We had some excellent swims. Kyle Winkles had a great day in the finals. He swam his best time ever in the backstroke, and our medley and 400 free relay teams swam their best times,” Morse said. “Even the 200 free did good. I took Matthew Florez off that, so he could swim two races, and they still swam well.”

Winkles won the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.75 after placing fifth in the 50 free earlier in the day. Florez was eighth in the 50 free and the 100-yard freestyle. Winkles, Florez, Matt Oglesby and Josh Elliott had the Eagles’ other win on Saturday, taking the 200 medley relay with a 1:44.20 time, while the same four were second to El Paso Eastwood in the 400 free relay, with a time of 3:27.05.

The ‘B’ relay team qualified for the consolation finals, and finished 16th, with the ‘B’ relay in the 200 medley finishing 21st on Friday. The 200-yard freestyle relay team ended up in 14th place, and the ‘B’ relay was 25th in Friday’s preliminaries.

The Eagles also picked up a third place finish from Oglesby in the 100-yard butterfly, with Elliott placing sixth. Oglesby was also sixth in the 500 free while Elliott placed 11th in the 200 freestyle.

The boys also got points on Friday from Hector Roman in two events, as he placed sixth in the 1-meter diving and was seventh in the 3-meter diving, the only time this season that event has been part of a meet for the Eagles.

For the swimmers who didn’t finish in the Top 16 to qualify for the finals on Saturday, Frankie Morin was 26th and Gus Mendoza 28th in the 200 free; Luke Serrano was 22nd in and Brian Carrasco 26th the 200 medley; Derek Teague was 26th and Austin Vernon 47th in the 50 free; Adam Medina was 27th in the 100 fly; Serrano was 26th Mendoza was 27th and Edward Navarro 28th in the 500 free; Morin was 18th in the 100 backstroke; and Teague was 21st, Carrasco 37th and Oscar Machuca 38th in the 100 yard breaststroke.

The girls’ only finals qualifier individually was freshman Anatalia Hernandez, who placed 16th in the 500 yard freestyle. Adriana Roman just missed the finals, finishing 17th. The girls 400-yard freestyle relay team had Pecos’ other points, with a 14th place finish. The 200 medley relay team for the Eagle girls ended up 22nd in Friday’s prelims, while the 200 freestyle team was 19th.

The other finishes for the girls included a 28th place for Roman in the 200 medley; Neyva Rodriguez was 46th in the 50 free; Hernandez was 24th, Stephanie Lucas 30th and Cynthia Marmolejo 34th in the 100-yard butterfly; Niki Lindemann was 34th and Rodriguez 37th in the 100 free; Marmolejo was 30th in the 500 free; and Jessica Dickenson was 32nd in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Saturday’s meet was the last for Pecos before the District 4-4A meet on Jan. 19-20 in Monahans. Morse said she had to have her entries in for that meet on Tuesday and said she might change a couple of swimmers from where they have been competing, but added, “I looked at what some of the other teams were doing, but there is no way to know what they’re going to do for district, so it’s a guessing game.”

Pecos’ offense arrives too late in Greenwood

Points were few and far between in the first half for the Pecos Eagle girls on Friday night at Greenwood. In fact, they were non-existent in the second quarter of their game against the Rangerettes.

The Eagles were blanked 16-0 in the second period of their game against Greenwood, falling into a 23-5 halftime hole. Pecos would then score 26 points in the final two periods, but they weren’t able to make a dent in Greenwood’s lead until the fourth quarter and ended up losing their fifth straight game, this time by a 41-31 final score.

“We were just unable to score in the first half,” said Eagles’ coach Debbie Garcia. “In the second half, we finally started shooting the ball.”

However, Garcia said the Eagles were still struggling to score points on the inside running their set offense.

“We didn’t get any help on the inside. Most of what we scored in the fourth quarter came off the fast break, and in the fourth quarter, Gabby (Garcia) had a couple of 3s and in the third quarter Jenny Palomino hit a 3.”

Garcia ended up leading all scorers with 14 points, but no other Pecos player had more than seven. “You can see the problem where our two girls inside Adriana (Armendariz) and Chantel (Mazone) between them had only one point,” Garcia said. That was by Armendariz, who had scored 19 in Pecos’ loss on Tuesday at Ozona, while Mazone was shut out by Greenwood, which had struggled on Tuesday to contain Monahans’ scoring inside in a seven-point loss to the Eagles’ District 2-3A rivals.

“We not capitalizing on shots under the basket. It’s just a matter of not finishing the shot,” Garcia said.

Greenwood was led by Ashley Unger’s 11 points, while Dana Howard had 10 for the Rangerettes. “Number 22 (Howard) really hurt us inside,” said Garcia, whose team fell to 4-10 on the season.

Two of those wins have come over Jal, the team the Eagles will face on Tuesday in the first of two home games this week for Pecos. The teams will play at 4:30 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, after which Pecos will host Rankin on Friday, in their next-to-last game before their District 2-3A opener on Jan. 19 against Presidio.

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