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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Bears place eight on all-district football team

Eight members of the Balmorhea Bears were named to the All-District 6-A Six-Man Football team, with senior Robbie Mendoza selected as the district's Most Valuable Player on defense for the 2003 season.

Mendoza was one of three first-team selections on defense for Balmorhea, which placed third in District 6-A six-man behind district champion on state runner-up Fort Davis and last year's state runner-up, Sanderson, which advanced to the six-man quarterfinals this year.

Mendoza played middle linebacker for the Bears again in 2003, and earned the MVP honor after not being part of the 2002 All-District team. However, coach Adolfo Garcia said prior to the start of the season that "our middle linebacker has come a long way as a senior," which led Baeza to change to a 3-1-2 defensive alignment for this season.

Junior cornerback Barry Bordayo and seniors Keith Baeza at safety and Urban Baeza at defensive end were the other first team selections for Balmorhea, which finished 3-3 in district and 6-4 overall this season. Keith Baeza was a second-team selection as a junior in 2002, while none of the others were chosen a year ago, though Urban Baeza was selected on offense in 2002.

He repeated as a first team pick this season, at tailback, and was Balmorhea's lone first team selection on offense.

Four other Balmorhea players were chosen to the second team on offense. Seniors Keith Baeza and Kevin Machuca were chosen at quarterback and blocking back respectively, while junior Ismael Rodriquez was picked as a receiver and freshman Brandon Mendoza was selected at tailback in his first season on the varsity squad.

Keith Baeza was a first team selection a year ago at quarterback, while it's the first time on the All-District team for Rodriguez and Machuca. Machuca also made it onto the second team defensive squad, as a tackle.

Balmorhea's other all-district selection was on special teams, where junior Michael Dominguez was chosen as a punter.

Robbie Mendoza and Urban Baeza were also named as the first and second alternates to the West squad in next July's Texas Six-Man Coaches Association All-Star Team. Keith Baeza and Machuca were chosen as seventh and ninth alternates on the squad, while had only two District 6-A players officially selection, in Fort Davis' John Liddell and Sanderson's Ty Means.

The two seniors earned the other two top awards on the 2003 All-District Team. Liddell was named MVP overall for the district in leading the Indians to the six-man state finals as a spreadback and kick returner. Means was named MVP on offense, playing at quarterback. He also was a second team pick at free safety.

The Indians and Eagles dominated the district selections. On offense, Fort Davis was represented by seniors Tim Salcido at center, Mitch Aufdengarten at blocking end, Trini Granado at receiving end and Cody Stewart at fullback on the first team. Aufdengarten was also the Indians lone first team pick on defense, at linebacker.

Salcido was also the second team kicker on offense, while junior David Lara was named to that time at quarterback. Three other juniors, tackle George Valerio, end Joseph Granado and cornerback Jaime Garcia, were second team picks for Fort Davis.

Sanderson's other first team picks on offense were seniors Geo Estrada at blocking end and Andy Martinez at tailback, and juniors Eric Bilano at receiving end and Micha Patterson as a kicker. Defensively, Estrada and Bilano were chosen at tackle and cornerback, and were joined by seniors Tim Kennedy at end and Levi Patterson at linebacker.

The Eagles' second team picks were junior center Shane Chriesman, junior fullback Haze Roberts, junior utility back James Sanchez and senior kick returner Andy Martinez as a kick returner on offense, while along with Means at safety, Sanchez was chosen at linebacker and Roberts and junior B.J. Estrada were picked at tackles on defense.

The only other first team player chosen on offense was Grandfalls sophomore Matthew Santiago at utility back, while on defense Dell City senior Trent Munda was picked at end and former Pecos player Lionel Abila was chosen as punter.

On the second team, Santiago was picked as linebacker on defense, and another Grandfalls sophomore, Robbie Garcia, was chosen at cornerback. Sierra Blanca senior end Jaime Ybarra and sophomore safety Lorenzo Sanchez round out the second team defense.

Sanchez was also the second team pick at spreadback on offense, while junior James Sanchez from the Vaqueros was the second team utility back and senior Javier Bustamante was selected as a blocking end. Grandfalls sophomore Manny Olivas was named to the team at receiver, while Dell City juniors Zack Hill and Eloy Perez were picked at receiver and tailback, and Cougars freshman David Pinion was named as a kick returner.

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