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Thursday, December 18, 2003

Willis has 76 working out in off-season

Pecos Eagles' football coach Patrick Willis said he has "right at 76 or so players" working out in off-season football right now, as he looks towards 2004 after a full year of workouts.

"All the ones that are working out are underclassmen. There are no seniors," said Willis, just after accepting a $3,600 check from Guy St. Clair of Alpine Printing on Wednesday, as the Pecos Athletic Department's share of the fall team posters sold around town.

Willis took over the Eagles' football program last June, and after a 3-1 start, the Eagles dropped their final six games, while struggling to get a running game going throughout the 2003 season.

"They're working hard right now. They're lifting four days a week, jumping and working out with the ropes," he said.

The bi-annual realignment will be announced on the first Monday in February, and Willis said right now there are no set district or pre-district games on Pecos' 2004 schedule. However, most of the El Paso-area schools that were possible candidates to drop to Class 3A have petitioned to remain 4A schools, so Pecos' District 4-3A probably won't see any major changes, though Kermit could drop to Class 2A for the 2004-05 school year.

No Pecos players were selected to the Associated Press' Class 3A All-State team, which was released on Wednesday, though Kermit, Greenwood and Monahans did put players on the squad.

Greenwood defensive back Brian Zachary was the only first team selection, while offensive lineman Jason Patterson and punter Dawson Wilber were second team selections. Wilber, at quarterback and kicker, running back Jeremy Audas, wide receiver Jimmy Brooks were honorable mentions. Kermit running back Randy Butterfield and defensive back Lupe Munoz also were honorable mention picks, as were Monahans' linebackers Dimas Porras and Ben Swenson.

Pecos, Balmorhea hoop teams entered in tourney

The Pecos Eagle girls basketball team will get their second chance this season to beat the Alpine Bucks this afternoon, when they take on Alpine in the first round of the Fort Davis Invitational Tournament.

The Eagles and Bucks will face each other for the second time in December, after Alpine scored a 42-39 homecourt victory on Dec. 9. The winner of today's game will face either Sierra Blanca or Fort Davis' junior varsity in a 6 p.m. game on Friday, while the losers of today's games will face each other at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Balmorhea's girls also are entered in the Fort Davis Tournament, and faced the Valentine Pirates in a 2 p.m. game today. Buena Vista, Marathon and the host Maidens are the other teams in the tournament, and the Bears will face either the Marathon versus Fort Davis or Buena Vista winner or the loser between the Maidens and Longhorns in their second round game.

The Eagles lost all three games in last weekend's Hooptown Classic in Stanton, which dropped their record overall to 1-9 after a season-opening victory over Presidio. This weekend's tournament will be the final games for Pecos until after New Year's Day.

"We'll see how we do against Alpine. Their leading scorer (Monica) Salmon broke her finger, but that doesn't mean we can take them lightly, because they beat Presidio pretty bad," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela.

Pecos' boys will have only one game this weekend, a Friday night contest in Van Horn, to close out their pre-Christmas schedule. The boys will play in their final tournament on Dec. 29-31 in Lamesa, opening up against the host Golden Tornaodes.

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