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Friday, August 10, 2007

Club events, ticket sales start for 2007 season

A Pecos Eagles Booster Club meeting will be held on Friday and a “Meet the Eagles” event on Saturday at Pecos High School, while tickets for the 2007 Pecos Eagles football season for returning ticket holders are now on sale at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD business office.

P-B-T ISD athletic director and head football coach Chris Henson said the booster club meeting will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, while the “Meet the Eagles” event for fall sports teams will also be at 7 p.m., on Saturday at Eagle Stadium, which will be co-sponsored by the booster club.

“There will be 500 free hot dogs from the booster club,” Henson said. “It will be first-come, first-serve and all the Pecos Eagle merchandise will be discounted. Most everything will be $5 and A-1 Embroidery will be here with the new merchandise.”

Friday will be the first day for full-contact workouts for Pecos’ football team, which will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Henson said after that, PHS players will be out in the community selling PHS discount cards as a fundraiser. He said the cards will be $10 each and will offer discounts at five local restaurants; Alfredo’s Dairy Queen, Old Mill Barbeque, Pizza Hut and Speedy’s.

Saturday’s event will include the introductions for all three high school football teams, along with the Pecos Eagles volleyball, swimming and cross-country teams. The 2007 PHS band and Eagle cheerleaders will also be recognized during the event.

The football season tickets for 2006 ticket holders are on sale now through Aug. 17, while tickets for new season ticket buyers will go on sale at the P-B-T ISD Business Office, 1302 S. Park St., on Aug. 20.

Season tickets will be $25 for the five home games; Aug. 31 against Alpine, Sept. 21 against Denver City (homecoming); Oct. 5 against Monahans, Oct. 26 against Fabens and Nov. 9 against Tornillo. The final three games will be Pecos’ District 1-3A home games this season.

Eagles prepare for Saturday scrimmage

The Pecos Eagles volleyball team will get a quick test of where their 2007 team is at this coming Saturday, when they travel to Monahans to face the Loboes and both Odessa high school teams in their lone preseason scrimmage of the season.

Pecos, which hosts Wink next Tuesday to open the 2007 season, will face their District 2-3A rivals at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Larned Special Events Center, followed by scrimmages against Odessa High and Odessa Permian at 11:40 and 1:20 p.m. Pecos’ junior varsity and freshmen teams will also scrimmage Monahans, OHS and Permian at those times, at the Monahans High School and Walker Junior High gyms.

Pecos is entering its second season under head coach Helen Kimbrough and come off a 27-10 year in 2006, their most successful season since 1991. The Eagles return about half of their team from a year ago, and Kimbrough said, “I think we’re going to be all right, but we’ll find out at this scrimmage if I have the right people in the right places.”

Monahans went undefeated in district play for the fifth straight season in 2006, but the Eagles came on late and advanced to the Region I-3A semifinals, where they lost to Canyon, which then beat Monahans on the way to the Class 3A state championship. Pecos will get a chance to face Canyon next weekend at the Canyon Invitational, but will be up against a strong field of teams both from the Panhandle and from other parts of Texas.

“The girls have worked extra hard this summer. I can tell by the way they look in practice,” Kimbrough said. “But this is Pecos and these kids like volleyball and like to play it, so I’m very blessed to be here.”She said all the players she was expecting to come out this season were at the opening days of practice, and about three dozen girls overall have been at the two-a-day sessions.

“We’ve got several team leaders out there already, so I’m enjoying the experience,” the Eagles’ coach said. “They’re learning. Their skills are better and I’m just pleased all the way around with their effort and their attitude.”

She said the workouts so far have covered serving, serve reception, defense and hitting. “We’ll put it all together on Friday,” she said, while preparing for Saturday’s scrimmage.

“I think I have the girls picked by now, but some of them could step up and surprise me,” she said. “We’re going to have to be quick, because we’re not going to be very tall, so we have to work on our defense.

“We’re just going to have to use what we have to our advantage, and play that way,” Kimbrough said. “If we get our minds set on doing what we’re capable of, I don’t think anyone can touch us.”

Following the scrimmage and their opening match against Wink, Pecos will face Dumas and Perryton in pool round play at Canyon next Friday morning, and then face one of the other teams from their half of the bracket that afternoon at Randall High School. The host Raiders, Plainview, Houston San Jacinto, Lubbock Trinity, Amarillo Palo Duro and Amarillo Bushland are the other teams in the Eagles’ half of the bracket, while the other half is made up of defending 3A champ Canyon, Pampa, Dallas Highland Park, Hereford, Amarillo River Road, Denton Guyer, and three other private school teams, the Amarillo Rockets, Anton Christian and Lubbock Home School.

All three Eagle high school teams will be in action at home on Tuesday against Wink, while only the varsity will go to Canyon, which replaces the Sandhills Tournament on Pecos’ 2007 schedule. The JV will play their first tournament next weekend in Monahans.

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