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Thursday, March 4, 2004

Three Eagles earn spots on all-district hoop squad

Pecos Eagles senior Leslie Rodriguez was named to the All-District 4-3A basketball team, while senior Mari Mendoza was chosen to the district's All-Defensive Team and freshman Adriana Armendariz earned honorable mention in voting by the district's coaches last Friday.

Rodriguez was the Eagles' leading scorer during the 2004 district season, averaging 14.3 points per game, as Pecos ended up fifth in the final 4-3A standings, with a 2-8 record, 5-19 overall. She was also first on the team in steals with 26 and second in rebounds with 45. It was her first selection to the all-district team.

Mendoza was named to the all-defensive team for the second year in a row, and finished second in steals this past season with 24 during 4-3A play. The senior guard also tied for fourth overall on the team in rebounds with 24.

Armendariz was one of two freshman starters at post for Pecos during district play, and led the Eagles in rebounding with 60. She also was first in free throw shooting percentage in 4-3A play, shooting 69 percent.

Kermit, Monahans and Greenwood dominated the first team selections, including senior posts Amber Broadway of the Yellowjackets and Laura Crumrine of the Loboes, who received co-MVP honors. Greenwood's Kim Smith and Kermit's Stephanie Marshall shared Newcomer of the Year honors as well, in voting by the coaches. Last year's top newcomer, Kermit's Reagan Jones, and teammates Danielle Pando and Tara Windham were first team picks for the Jackets, who shared the 4-3A title with Monahans. The Loboes' other selections were Lyndi Cypher, Stacy Garcia and Jenna Fann, while Greenwood put Landry Johansen and Katie Howard on the first team. Fort Stockton's Rachelle Rubio and Erika Munoz were the other first team picks.

Joining Mendoza on the All-Defensive team were Kermit's Angie Garcia, Monahans' Amber Sotelo, Greenwood's Jamie Flowers, Fort Stockton's Miranda Garza and Presidio's Ivet Medrano.

Monahans and Greenwood lost in the bi-district round of the playoffs this season, while Kermit fell in their area game. Release of the All-District 4-3A Team for the boys won't take place until the Greenwood Rangers end their season. The Rangers, 4-3A champs and ranked No. 2 in the state, take on third-ranked Abilene Wylie on Friday night in the Region I-3A semifinals at Texas Tech in Lubbock.

Eagles take on Blue Devils in Sandhills tourney opener

District play is still three weeks off for the Pecos Eagles, but they could face as many as three of their five District 4-3A rivals this weekend at the Sandhills Baseball Tournament.

They'll face one at 3 p.m. today, when they take on Presidio in Monahans in a first round game. If they win, they'll play at 3 p.m. on Friday against Alpine or Denver City in the tournament's quarterfinals, while a loss would put them in a 9 a.m. game against one of those two teams.

Both of Friday's games would be in Kermit, which hosts future district rival Lamesa today in the other first round game in Pecos' half of the bracket.

Monahans hosts Big Spring, while Fort Stockton takes on Greenwood and Colorado City meets El Paso Parkland, both in Kermit, in the other opening round games. Pecos lost in Monahans on Tuesday night, 9-6, as the Loboes used five walks and an error in the sixth inning to score three times, after Pecos had rallied from 5-0 and 6-2 deficits. It dropped the Eagles to 0-5 on the season.

Coach Elias Payan said Jose Reyes would probably start on the mound today against the Blue Devils. Reyes is 0-1 after losing to Snyder last Saturday by an 11-1 score. Presidio opened its 2004 season last week by routing Alpine, 10-0. Hector Rodriguez picked up the win for the Blue Devils, and figures to start today against the Eagles.

Eagles hosting Pecos Relays this Saturday

The Pecos Eagles track teams will have a smaller field to run against, but more runners to work with, on Saturday, when they host the West of the Pecos Relays at Eagle Stadium.

District rivals Monahans and Presidio will be in the field, but Midland Christian is the only other team in the varsity division, while the junior varsity squads will be joined by Grandfalls and Buena Vista. As a result, the running events will be held as timed finals, starting at 1 p.m. with the 400 meter relay, while the 3200 meter run will take place at 10 a.m., during the field event competition, which starts at 9 a.m.

Pecos' boys placed second to Andrews last Saturday at the season-opening Comanche Relays, while the girls were sixth in their division. The girls were minus a few competitors at Fort Stockton due to the Tall City Classic Softball Tournament, coach Roxie Chavez said during the meet, while coach Jerry Parent lost over a dozen of his team members to grades.

Neither of those will be a problem on Saturday - Pecos' girls have their softball games on Friday afternoon, which is also the beginning of Spring Break for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah students.

"I should have all of them out for both meets," Parent said, referring to the Pecos Relays and the West Texas Relays the following weekend.

The Eagles were unable to run a 400-meter relay team at Fort Stockton, but were able to win the 800-meter relay. Parent said on Saturday Pecos would have all three relay teams. "We'll probably run Pedro Juarez, John Parent, Larry Johnson and Rashad (Terry) on the 400," he said.

Terry won three individual gold medals at the Comanche Relays, in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the high jump. John Parent won the other gold medal for the Eagles, taking first in the discus.

Two of Pecos' girls - Jennifer Martinez in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs and Jummy Akinyode in the 200-meter dash, placed second at the Comanche in their events, but first among District 4-3A runners entered in the meet. Pecos should also have senior Stephanie Herrera, who won the district shot put title last April, available for this weekend's track meet.

Saturday's meet will be the only one for Pecos' girls during Spring Break. They'll take next weekend off and resume on March 20 with the Sandhills Relays in Monahans.

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