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Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Eagles set Pee Wee grid camp

PECOS, June 21, 2000 -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD students entering grades 3 through 6 in August will have a chance in late July to sign up for the first-ever Pecos Eagles Pee Wee Football camp.

Varsity head coach Gary Grubbs said registration for the camp will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 21 and 22 at the Pecos High School field house, and the camp itself will be held in two two-hour sessions, from 6 to 8 p.m., on July 21-22 at the PHS field house.

"We want to get as many as we can here for the camp," said Grubbs, who added the camp will be free to all participating players. "The high school coaches will be running the camp, along with some of the high school players."

"We'll see how it goes. We'll do it every year if it goes good," he added.

Grubbs said players can also sign up at the field house next month, or right now at the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department office for the department's Pee Wee football league.

Registration fee for the league is $25 per player, and players will need to bring their birth certificates while registering, either at the field house or at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym.

Grubbs said there have been about 50 high school players working out in the weight room this offseason, with the start of preseason workouts six weeks away. He also said he wasn't unhappy with the Eagles' preseason ranking released by Texas Football magazine on Monday.

The magazine has Pecos missing the playoffs in the upcoming 2000 season, with El Paso Mountain View, San Elizario and Fabens picked to grab the three playoff berths out of District 2-4A.

"I'm happy to be where we are right now. It will give us some motivation," said Grubbs, who added. "If they think we're going to finish fourth in district, they're crazy."

Format changes for all-star tournaments

PECOS, June 21, 2000 -- The Pecos Little League All-Stars will get to play home tournament games for the first time in three years, as District 4 officials have voted to change the format of the 2000 area tournament for all four of the league's divisions.

The district will divide the tournament into sub-districts, with Pecos hosting both the 11-12 Little League and 13-14 Junior League tourneys for the western half of the district. The 9-10 year old Little Leaguers will go to Crane for their sub-district tournament, though Little League coach Fred Paz said all the district finals would be held in San Angelo.

The set-up is similar to the one used for the past few years in subsectional tournament play.

Paz said the Little Leaguers' tournament would be on July 7-9 in Pecos, and would include Pecos, Sonora, Crane and Big Lake. The tournament will be double-elimination, with the winner advancing to the district finals at San Angelo Northern on July 14-15. Teams will carry any losses over from sub-district play to the district finals, Paz added.

Pairings for all the divisions were to be announced following a district meeting on Saturday in San Angelo, while Pecos' Little League All-Star team is already working out for next month's tournament.

Vaughn Garnto will be the team's manager this season, with Paz and Pete Garcia as coaches. All three were with the Dodgers this season, as they won the `A' division title with a 12-0 record.

Over half of the all-star team is made up of players from the Dodgers. They include Eddie Vela, Carlos Vela, Thomas Paz, Jonathan Garcia, Chris Garnto, Rocky Losoya and Luis Licon. The other players on the team are John Paul Salcido and Isaiah Rayos of the Yankees, Lee Roy Rodriguez and Cody Hernandez of the Braves, Adrian Solis of the Rangers and Edward Valencia of the Bears.

The 9-10 year olds will face the same four teams as the 11-12 year olds do during their tournament in Crane on July 7-9, with their district finals set for San Angelo Lake View on July 14-15.

Players named to the 9-10 year old squad were Vincent Palomino, Jonathan Aguilar, Gerald Saenz, Drake Bradley, Joe Villalobos, Juan Garza, Manuel Lujan, Jose Chavez, Diana Parada, Tony Reyes, Chris Sotelo and Timothy Reyes. Ray Palomino is the manager, with Tony Reyes and Angel Villalobos as coaches.

Ray Palomino said Vincent Palomino, Aguilar and Saenz were the only three returning players from last year's team. Six players were selected as all-stars in the 11-12 division, Paz said, while five of the seven Dodger players were on the team last year.

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