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Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Basketball schedules set for Eagles

PECOS, Oct. 25, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle boys basketball team will face three of their  former district rivals at home to open the 2000-2001 season next month,  a season coach Tino Acosta hopes will be better for Pecos than this past  year ended up.

Pecos will play its regular season opener on Nov. 14 against the Monahans Loboes, with the Eagles trying to come back from a winless season a year ago, while in January they'll look to halt a District 2-4A losing streak that currently stands at 16 games.

Meanwhile, new girls coach Veronica Valenzuela is hoping 2000-2001 brings improvement for her basketball team, but they won't be starting their season until after Thanksgiving this season, on the road against the Alpine Bucks.

The girls will play Alpine on Nov. 27, then come back the following night and play Monahans in their home opener. District play for the girls will start at home on Jan. 5 against Clint, with Pecos trying to step up from their one-win season of a year ago.

The Eagles have never had much height, particularly on the boys' side, and this coming year will be no exception. Right now, Acosta is hoping to rely on quickness on defense and outside shooting to try and turn things around, since the varsity may not have any player taller than 6-foot-1 on the team this season.

After opening against Monahans, the Eagles have a tentative game set up for Nov. 17 at home against Fort Stockton, depending on whether or not both schools are still involved in the high school football playoffs. Pecos will definitely play their next game as scheduled, on Nov. 21 at home against the Andrews Mustangs.

The Eagles will go to three tournaments in December, at Andrews on Dec. 1-2, in Monahans at the Sandhills Tournament on Dec. 7-8, and at Fort Stockton on Dec. 29-30. They then kick off the new year with trips to Greenwood and Fort Stockton, before hosting Canutillo in their District 2-4A opener.

Pecos' girls also will go to the Sandhills Tournament and will play in the Midland Christian Tournament over the Christmas break. Their district opener against the Lions will be a 7:30 p.m. game, while their remaining four 2-4A home games will be part of doubleheaders with the boys, with the girls varsity game starting at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.

The junior varsity games for both teams will be played in the old PHS gym again this season, while freshman contests will be in both gyms, starting at 4:30 p.m.

While their varsity season will start two weeks later than normal this season, the Eagles will have a couple of pre-season scrimmages, on Nov. 7 and on Nov. 11 against Odessa Permian in Odessa.

The first scrimmage will depend on how the Eagles do in the Class 4A volleyball playoffs, which begin this weekend. Over half of the Eagles' returning varsity players are members of the volleyball team.

Pecos drew a first round bye in the playoffs and will take on either Canyon Randall or Andrews in the area round of the playoffs, on Oct. 31 at a site and time to be announced. Randall defeated Dumas Tuesday night 15-13, 9-15, 15-4 to take second in District 3-4A, and will face Andrews, which lost their District 4-4A second place playoff match to Snyder, 15-9, 9-15, 15-10, this Saturday.

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