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By JON FULBRIGHT
Taking over as varsity tennis coach for the Pecos Eagles means a quick
return to Texas for J.R. Torres, who got a chance to meet with some of
his players for the first time this week.
Torres is replacing Greg Howard, who had served as PHS tennis coach for
the past decade, before taking over the same position at Dripping
Springs earlier this month.
"I talked with coach Howard over the Fourth of July weekend, and
basically he said we had a young team, with the core of the team
basically juniors and sophomores this year," Torres said today. "I met a
few of the kids over the past few days, and they seemed pretty excited
about getting started."
Torres said he would hold a team meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at the Pecos
High School tennis courts, and practice for the fall season would begin
at the same time on Monday at the PHS courts.
A Crane High School graduate, Torres has been back and forth between
Texas and New Mexico over the past few years. He comes to Pecos after
serving as an assistant tennis pro the past four months at the Highpoint
Sports and Wellness Center in Albuquerque. Prior to that held the same
position at the Midlander Tennis Center in Midland.
He attended both Midland College and Midwestern State University before
graduating from New Mexico Highlands University.
Last year's Eagles team had no seniors and finished third in the
District 4-4A fall standings, after earning a regional berth the
"Most of the varsity guys from last year I met last night," Torres
said. "They all seem pretty excited about getting started.
"I really haven't had a chance to meet many of the girls. I knew
Stephanie (Armstrong) when I worked with her in Midland, but I haven't
had a chance to see the others play," the new coach said.
Regular season play is still four weeks off, and the District 4-4A
opener for Pecos is nearly two months away. "Between now and then I'll
be assessing players," Torres said. "I'm not in that much of a hurry to
assign players (seeding) numbers, with the kids just coming back from
Tennis is the first fall sport to begin practice. Pre-season workouts
for the Pecos Eagles' high school football squads begins a week from
today, while pre-season workouts for Pecos' high school volleyball
players get underway on Aug. 12.
Physicals for players in all three sports, plus those on junior high
squads, will be given at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the PHS gym at a cost of
$20 per player.
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Fourteen youths received awards for their efforts at Friday's "Putt for
the Gold" miniature golf tournament at Maxey Park.
In the youngest age division (4-6-years-old), Gerardito Gabaldon took
home a first place ribbon, while Andrew Orona won the second place prize.
The 8-9-year-old age group saw Michael Nichols receive a first place
ribbon, Desarea Ann Orona earn second place and Hector Aguilar, third
Ten-year-old Sal Nichols gained a First Place prize for his putting
efforts, while Anthony Gonzales and Cindy Perkins placed second and
third, respectively, in that division.
In the 11- to 13-year-old age group, Kimberly Ortega captured first
place, Tiffany Jarrett took home second place and Rocky Dominguez won
In the oldest competitive group, the 14-17-year-olds, Jacob Dominguez
earned First Place honors, followed by Jeff Perkins in second place and
Holly Perkins in third place.
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