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Friday, January 19, 2007

Eagles’ district swim meet facing ice, snow problems

The Pecos Eagles boys’ swimming team will be going for their 16th district title in the past 18 years, while the girls are trying to reclaim the district title they lost to Andrews a year ago at this year’s District 4-4A Swimming and Diving Championships. But both teams may have to wait a little longer to find out how things go, as bad weather threatens to postpone this weekend’s meet, set for the Monahans High School pool.

Preliminaries are scheduled for 12 noon on Friday and finals for the same time on Saturday. But a new round of snow and ice was forecast to hit the area Thursday night, with the worst weather forecast for travelers to the north and east of Monahans.

“We’ll just have to see what happens, and if we can’t swim, then we’ll talk it over,” said Eagles’ coach Terri Morse. The teams have until next Saturday to get their meet in prior to the Region I-4A competition in Lubbock on Feb. 1-3, but Morse said if this weekend is snowed out, she’d like to get the make-up date in as quickly as possible.

The Eagles were able to hold off Andrews to win the district boys title last season by 16 points, while the girls lost out by three points to the Mustangs, who denied Pecos their 14th title in the last 16 season. The Eagles had won the previous five girls district titles, while the boys have captured the past nine district boys’ championships.

“The girls district will be very tight, but the boys will be OK,” said Morse.

Andrews again figures to be the boys’ main competition, but the Mustangs took a hit when German swimmer Stephan Rettschnick was scratched from the meet. The junior foreign-exchange student won the 100-yard butterfly two weeks ago at the Lubbock Invitational and placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke at the meet, which featured mostly Class 5A schools.

“Mike (Waldman, Andrews’ coach) made some changes on some of them that threw me for a loop,” Morse said. “Some of the things helped us and some hurt us, but we’ll be OK.”

The changes mean the Eagles will go in seeded first in six events and in two of the three relays, the 200 medley and the 400-yard freestyle.

Individually, senior Kyle Winkles is seeded first in both the 50-yard freestyle, where he set a new district record at Big Spring last year, and in the 100-yard backstroke, while senior Matt Oglesby is seeded first in both the 200 individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly. Also seeded first are junior Matthew Florez, in the 100-yard freestyle, and sophomore Josh Elliott, in the 200-yard freestyle. Elliot is also seeded second behind Winkles in the 100 backstroke.

The girls, who have one of their youngest teams in years, are seeded first in the 400-yard freestyle relay and in one individual event, the 500-yard freestyle, where freshman Anatalia Hernandez is seeded first by two seconds over another Eagle freshman, Adriana Roman. Hernandez is also seeded second in the 100-yard butterfly, while junior Cassandra Mata is seeded second in the 200 individual medley, and Niki Lindemann is No. 2 seed in the 200 freestyle.

Morse said most of her swimmers would be in the same races they swam two weeks ago at Lubbock, but said the girls’ relay slots would be slightly different. “Cassandra will be on some. She didn’t go to Lubbock because she was sick,” the Eagles’ coach said.

The Top 6 finishers in each event will advance to the Region I-4A meet in two weeks at Lubbock. Class 4A state finals will take place two weeks after that, at the University of Texas in Austin.

Pecos can’t make up early deficit to Greenwood

Offense was again a first half problem for the Pecos Eagle girls’ basketball team on Tuesday night, in their final pre-district game, against the Midland Greenwood Rangerettes. The Eagles managed just seven first quarter points and 13 for the half, and left trailing Greenwood by 11 points. Things were better in the second half, but Pecos was only able to match Greenwood’s offense and couldn’t catch up, and ended up dropping a 50-38 decision.

“We got outrebounded tonight,” said Eagles’ coach Debbie Garcia, whose team, weather permitting, is scheduled to open District 2-3A play at home on Friday against the Presidio Blue Devils. “With the post players I have, we only had 12 free throws. Our girls are just not aggressive enough.”

Pecos would get 22 points from senior Adriana Armendariz on the night, to lead all scorers, but only two of those points came in the first half, when Greenwood built their 24-13 lead, and the other Eagles combined for just five points in the final two periods, while Greenwood would go up by as many as 16 points late in the third period, and in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

“Adrianna had a very good game shooting the ball, but we still have 1-2 on the court not being aggressive,” Garcia said. “If my posts do block out under the basket, t hen one of my wings won’t block out and somebody else gets the ball.”

Ashley Unger, Brownyn Hays and Kendall Ivie were the main players for Greenwood getting inside for lay-ups. Unger also hit a couple of short jumpers and led her team with 15 points, while Hays added 10.

Two baskets by Unger got the Rangerettes out to a 4-0 lead. Pecos would tie the game on two Gabby Garcia foul shots and a lay-up by Armendariz, and would tie the game one more time at 6-6, on a jumper by Chantel Mazone. But Dana Howard and Hays would then hit jumpers, and the Greenwood would take a 12-7 lead after one period, then widen that margin to 11 in the second quarter despite not scoring for the first three minutes of the period.

The girls saw their season record fall to 5-12 going into Friday’s scheduled 6 p.m. district opener against Presidio. One of those wins was back in November at home over Presidio, but that came in overtime by a 49-45 score.

The Eagles were able to rally from an early 13-2 deficit that night, and got to overtime when the Blue Devils’ Yubia Zubia missed one of two free throws with 1.2 seconds to play in regulation, in a game that had 76 foul shots attempted. Arely Lavario led Presidio with 15 points, while Armendariz had 14 points and Garcia 10 for the Eagles.

“They’re a very fast team, and we watched them in both the Monahans Tournament and the Wink Tournament, and they’ve just gotten better,” the Eagles’ coach said. “This district is going to be very competitive, and it’s going to come down to who wants to go out there and do the dirty work.”

Greenwood also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game, by a 50-47 score. Veronica Tarin’s 18 points led the Eagles in scoring.

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