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Friday, May 12, 2000

Eagles place eight on all-district team

PECOS, May 12, 2000 -- Six members of the Pecos Eagles' varsity softball team were named to the first team All-District 2-4A squad, while two others received honorable mention in voting by the district's coaches.

Pecos won its second straight district title this past season, finishing with a 9-1 record and 14-6 overall, after losing in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs in extra innings to Hereford, and all but one of the eight Eagles selected were repeat choices from last year's all-district squad.

Named to the first team for the second straight year were senior shortstop Katrina Quiroz, junior pitcher Alexa Marquez, junior second baseman Ashley Salcido and sophomore catcher Rebecca Wein. Sophomore first baseman Jessica Rodriguez was named to the first team after being a second team in 1999 and sophomore outfielder Evelyn Galindo was named to the squad for the first time.

Kathy Maldonado, a first team all-district pick as a freshman last year, was named to the second team squad this season, while Mireya Medrano, a second team pick last year, earned honorable mention this time around.

Wein was voted to the team as co-offensive Most Valuable Player on offense, with San Elizario's Reba Madrid, after breaking out of a slump in the first half of district play. However, Marquez, who pitched all 10 games for the Eagles during their district schedule and was 13-5 overall, did not repeat as overall MVP for the district this season, as that honor went to El Paso Mountain View pitcher Heather Bustamante.

Quiroz, Rodriguez and Salcido were the Eagles' leading hitters for average this year, and Rodriguez also led the team in runs scored.

District runner-up Clint had four players named to the first-team squad, while San Elizario, which came on late in the season to take third place, had three players selected. San Eli and Clint also advanced to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs before being eliminated.

Along with Madrid, who played catcher, San Elizario put pitcher Valerie Soto and second baseman Talia Reyes on the first team, while Clint had their catcher, Amanda Bravo named as co-defensive MVP, and put pitcher Jenny Parada, first baseman Michelle Tullius and shortstop Denise Duran were chosen for the first team squad.

Aside from Bustamante, Mountain View put three other players, shortstop Susy Alva, catcher Erica Carrillo and first baseman Jennifer Barraza on the first team, while Canutillo shortstop Gracie Borjas shared defensive MVP honors and was joined on the first team by Jackie Edwards as a utility player. Fabens pitcher/shortstop Ruth Simentel and pitcher Connie Garcia rounded out the first team.

Joining Maldonado on the second team were Cline second baseman Marissa Arnold, San Elizario shortstop Vanessa Tapia, Mountain View outfielder Claudia Salazar, Canutillo outfielder Valerie Gavaldon and Fabens catcher Cathy Casillas.

Other honorable mention selections were outfielders Lorriane Chavez from Clint, Diana Solis from San Elizario and Marisol Anaya from Fabens, pitcher/third baseman Briziada Nieto from Mountain View and Canutillo first baseman Luz Ochoa.

The players were selected last month at a coaches meeting in Van Horn, and were released after Pecos, Clint and San Elizario were eliminated from the Class 4A playoffs. The eight Eagles selected received their all-district certificates last Thursday, at the Pecos High School All-Sports Banquet.

Magazine profiles Rediger's ski success

PECOS, May 12, 2000 -- Pecos pharmacist John Rediger received another honor recently, when he was profiled inside the back cover of the May/June edition of Ski Magazine.

The 57-year-old Rediger, who operated Rediger’s Pharmacy in Pecos, was photographed with skis in hand and a pump jack in the background for the full-page profile, which focused on his success in the NASTAR recreational skier competition coming from such an unlikely location as Pecos.

Rediger told Ski Magazine he didn’t get a chance to ski on real snow until going to Ruidoso, N.M. when he was 25, and won his first NASTAR medal at Taos, N.M. in 1976.  He said he skied about 60 days a year when he was training hardest, and worked with former Olympic skier Billy Kidd, who told his to practice during the summer on a hill with rollerblades.

“Well there are no hills in Pecos, so I trained on a seldom-used interstate exit ramp,” Rediger said, with paint cans serving as the gates.

Rediger won the NASTAR title at age 55, and got back into skiing this past year, after being sidelined due to a broken leg.

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