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Friday, April 20, 2007

Five Eagles earn all-state swim spots

Five members of the Pecos Eagle boys swim team received all-state recognition after qualifying for the Class 4A Swimming and Diving Championships in February, according to Eagles’ swim coach Terri Morse.

Seniors Kyle Winkles and Matt Oglesby, junior Matthew Florez and sophomores Hector Roman and Josh Elliott were named to the team, Morse said. Winkles, Oglesby, Florez and Elliott were chosen to the first team as members of the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams, after the 200 medley team finished in 11th place and the 400 freestyle 13th in Austin two months ago.

Individually, Winkles, who was scheduled to sign a letter of intent to swim at the University of Texas-Permian Basin later this year, was named to the first team in the 100-yard backstroke, after placing eighth in the Class 4A state finals, and was a second team selection in the 50-yard freestyle, with a 14th place at the state meet. Roman was the other first team selection, in 1-meter diving, after he finished in seventh place at state.

Oglesby was a second team selection in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing 11th at state in that race. He also was 16th in the state finals in the 100-yard butterfly, earning honorable mention recognition there.

Elliott earned second team honors for Pecos in the 100-yard backstroke, where he advanced to state as an at-large swimmer behind Winkles and placed 15th in the state finals.

Andrews’ Matt Culberson, second in the 1-meter diving, was the only other first team selection out of the Eagles’ District 4-4A, while Monahans’ Catherine Cutbirth was the only female swimmer from the district on the team, receiving honorable mention in the 50-yard freestyle.

Football season to open at home for Eagles

The Pecos Eagles football team will be spending most of the first month of the 2007 season at home, while Pecos’ sub varsity high school teams will spend late September and most of October traveling to games, with five straight road trips in a six-week period.

The Eagles varsity, which had a pair of road scrimmages before opening last season with a neutral site game against the Alpine Bucks, will start off the upcoming season by hosting Seminole and Greenwood for scrimmages on Aug. 18 and 24, and then will host Alpine on Aug. 31 in their 2007 opener.

Pecos’ first road trip of the year will be the following week, to Andrews to face the Mustangs, and their District 2-3A opener will also be away from home, a Sept. 28 trip to Anthony to take on the Wildcats. Their 2-3A home opener is the following week against Monahans, while homecoming will be on Sept. 21, against the Denver City Mustangs. The varsity’s other district home games this season are Oct. 26 against Fabens and their final regular season game, on Nov. 9 against Tornillo. They’ll go to Clint on Oct. 19 and to Fort Stockton on Nov. 3 for their other 2-3A road contests.

The junior varsity and freshmen teams also will play their two scrimmages at home, but open the season on the road, with games at Alpine and Fort Stockton. Pecos will host Andrews and Kermit the following two weeks, before starting a string of five straight road games, with trips to Denver City, Crane, Monahans, Fort Stockton and Fabens. They end their season back at home, against Fort Stockton and Monahans.

The Eagles’ junior high schedule starts on Sept. 6, and is the reverse of the JV and ninth grade schedules. The junior highs will play two games on the road to open and close their season, and five straight home games, beginning with Saturday afternoon games on Sept. 22 against Denver City and finishing with Oct. 25 games against Midland Christian.

Only the 7th and 8th grade purple teams will make the trip to Kermit on Sept. 13, while the following week, only the gold teams will play Denver City. All other dates will include both purple and gold games.

Crockett boys grab lead in area golf play

The Crockett Middle School boys golf team got off to a good start on Saturday, in the first round of their four-round area tournament, while Crockett’s girls are battling Monahans for second place in the standings, following the first round of their 36-hole tournament.

Playing in Kermit, Crockett’s boys shot a 384 to take an eight-stroke lead over Andrews after the first round of their 72-hole tournament, with the second round scheduled for this Saturday in Monahans. Crockett’s girls, meanwhile had an opening round of 209 playing at home, and are one shot in back of Monahans and 16 behind first place Andrews, going into their second round at Monahans this week.

Josh Aguilar tied for second in the medalist race with the low round of the day for Pecos, an 85, while Coe Duke and Pedro Cano were sixth and seventh overall with 95 and 95 scores. They were followed by Dominique Vejil with a 108 and Patrick Madrid with a 118 for the ‘A’ team.

“The kids did pretty good. We just have to get Dominique’s score down a little this week, and he’s capable of shooting better than that,” said Eagles’ coach Jerry Parent.

Pecos’ boys will be the only team not playing a round on their home course this season. They opened at Kermit and will play in Monahans, Fort Stockton and Andrews to close out their four rounds of play.

“Some of the kids got indoctrinated. The Kermit course is a tough course,” he added, as the Eagles’ ‘B’ team was ninth on Saturday, shooting a 566. Larry Martinez shot a 134, Andrew Carrasco a 140, Francisco Lopez a 143 and Manuel Villanueva a 149.

Pecos’ 384 score was 62 shots in front of third place Fort Stockton, which had a 446. Kermit was one stroke behind the Panthers, and were followed by Monahans ‘A’ at 469, Andrews ‘B’ at 482, Monahans ‘B’ at 498, Kermit ‘B’ at 545, and the Eagles’ ‘B’ team. On the girls’ side, Crockett had an opening round of 209, while Monahans came in at 208 and Andrews had a 193 at the Reeves County Golf Course. Eagle golfer Tatum Windham took a four shot lead in the medalist race after the opening nine holes, shooting a 43, while Heather Mata shot a 53, Marissa Tarango a 56, Rina Pino a 57 and Miren Hinojos a 65.

The Eagles also had ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams entered in the tournament, with the ‘B’ team placing sixth with a 257 score and the ‘C’ team eighth with a 266 total after the first round. Valerie Ybarra led the ‘B’ team with a 61, and was followed by Cynthia Ramirez with a 63, Andrea Benavidez with a 64, Andrea Rodriguez was a 69 and Kelly Lease with a 70. The ‘C’ team had a 62 by Valerie Madrid, a 63 by Ashley Jaso, a 70 by Mysela Alvarez, a 71 by Maggie Hernandez and a 74 by Leanne Bustillos.

Andrews ‘B’ team was in fourth place in the tournament, wit a 230 total, while Kermit shot a 240 and is fifth, Monahans ‘B’ is seventh with a 265 score, and Kermit ‘B’ is ninth, with a 288 total.

Parent said for this week at Monahans, “I’m going to take all 15 girls, because Fort Stockton doesn’t have a girls’ team,” while he would switch up some of his boys for the second round.

“I’ll have a different second five this week. The first five will be the same, but I’ll have a different second five, plus I may carry one more,” he said.

Pecos girls look to clinch second in Presidio;
Eagle, Blue Devil boys try to avoid elimination

The Pecos Eagle softball team knows it’s going to be playing in the area round of the Class 3A playoffs next week. They just won’t be sure of who they’re facing until after Friday’s final regular season game against the Presidio Blue Devils.

Pecos’ baseball team, on the other hand, could find their playoff hopes ended on Friday, without a victory in Presidio, in their final road game of the regular season.

Pecos’ girls will play in Presidio starting at 5 p.m., looking to wrap up second place in the District 2-3A standings. The Eagle boys will battle Presidio for either third place or a tie for second in the district race, with the loser possibly facing elimination from the 2-3A playoff race.

Pecos’ girls took over second place in the district standings a week ago with a 3-0 home victory over Fort Stockton. Both teams are 4-4 in district play but the Eagles own the tiebreaker over the Prowlers, in the three-round 2-3A schedule, by winning two of their three meetings this season. A win over Presidio would clinch second for Pecos, while Fort Stockton could still take second with a victory in their final regular season game against Monahans and a loss by the Eagles to the Blue Devils.

The Eagles already have beaten Presidio twice this season under the 10-run rule, getting a five-inning, 31-0 road win back in March, and a 13-1 victory at home two weeks ago.

Eagles’ coach Tammy Walls said if Pecos wins on Friday, they’ll face Tornillo in the bi-district round of the playoffs next week, while Fort Stockton would take on Fabens in their bi-district game.

In baseball, the Eagles’ 6-5 loss last Friday at Fort Stockton dropped them a game behind the Panthers and Monahans, which defeated Presidio last Saturday. Pecos and Presidio are 3-4 in district play while Monahans and Fort Stockton are 4-3.

The Panthers’ win gives them the tiebreaker over Pecos, so a loss by the Eagles on Friday and a win by Monahans over Fort Stockton would eliminate Pecos from the playoff race. Presidio would face elimination with a loss and a win by Fort Stockton over Monahans on Friday. The Eagles would still be alive in the 2-3A race with a loss, only if they beat Monahans at home next Tuesday and the Loboes lose their game on Friday to the Panthers. Coach Eric Garcia said Vincent Palomino, who no-hit Presidio on the Blue Devils’ home field last month, 5-0, would start on the mound Friday. “He’s been my only consistent pitcher,” Garcia said.

Palomino owns all three district wins, and six of Pecos’ nine overall wins this season. Jaime Ortega took the loss against the Eagles back on March 27, while he picked up a save in relief of starter Alonzo Amencia on April 5, when the Blue Devils won in Pecos by a 3-1 score.

“I expect them to start their senior (Ortega), but they could go with their other pitcher, since he beat us the last time,” Garcia said following last week’s loss at Fort Stockton. Isaiah Rayos took the loss in the April 5 game, as Presidio scored all three of their runs in the third inning, before being relieved by Geno Leos in the fourth. Leos took the loss last Friday at Fort Stockton, allowing two first inning runs and four in the fourth inning, thanks in part to four errors in the inning by the Eagles.

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