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Dec. 2, 1996
Four Eagles earn All-District honors
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By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Dec. 2 -- Four members of the Pecos Eagles were named to the
All-District 4-4A football team, while five others received honorable
mention in voting by the district's head coaches.
Senior Joseph Strain was named to the first team on defense for the
second year in a row, but at a different position this time around.
Strain was selected at linebacker after earning honors at defensive end
Named to the second team was senior offensive lineman Didio Martinez,
junior defensive end Jose Contreras and sophomore free safety Mark
Abila, and honorable mention went to seniors Nufie Flores and Eric Abila
and juniors Jason Abila, Moses Martinez and Jake Fowler.
Strain was a unanamous pick last season at end, but shifted to middle
linebacker this year as the Eagles went to a 4-3 defense. He missed one
game due to a knee injury and missed out on a unanamous selection this
time around, but was still one of only four seniors named to the
junior-dominated first team.
Martinez was a honorable mention selection a year ago on offense, was
was named to the team this year at split guard, while Fowler earned his
honoable mention at tight guard.
Along with Strain, Mark Abila was one of the team's leading tacklers
starting at free safety, after being brought up to play the position
midway through his freshman year. Contreras was a late-season addition a
year ago, but started out this year at linebacker before shifting over
to defensive end two weeks into the 4-4A schedule. The Eagles' defensive
numbers improved by over 130 yards per game in their final three
Both Jason Abila and Eric Abila didn't play football last year, and for
Jason Abila, it was his first year at quarterback as well. He ended up
fourth in the district in passing, going 42-for-119 for 576 yards,
with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Flores was his main target, catching 15 passes for 260 yards and a
touchdown. In district play alone, his nine catches for 158 yards was
second behind only Lake View's Morris Smith. He moved to receiver this
year after playing two games at quarterback as a junior, before a
season-ending knee injury.
Eric Abila wound up starting most of the Eagles' games at defensive
back, and finished with one interception on the season. Martinez was in
his second season at free safety had had the key interception to clinch
Pecos' season-ending win over Fort Stockton, along with a pair of fumble
MVP honors in District 4-4A went to the Mustangs' Williamses -- Andrews
Shaud and Sweetwater's Shedrick -- as well as San Angelo's Sterlin
Gilbert, who earned first team honors for the third straight year.
Shaud Williams averaged 220 yards per game rushing in district, despite
leaving the final regular season game after gaining only eight yards due
to a hip pointer. His 448 yards against Fort Stockton was the
second-best total ever by a running back in Class 4A. He was a second
team pick last season.
Gilbert led 4-4A in passing for the third straight year with 1,584
yards and 13 touchdowns, while Shedrick Williams was a repeat first team
pick, though he did it last season in District 5-4A. His five
interceptions was tops among all district players in 1996.
Sweetwater, San Angelo and Andrews were the three teams to advance to
the playoffs, and also had the most players named to the 4-4A squad.
Lake View led with 16 players selected, Sweetwater put 14 players on the
team and Andrews had 12. Fort Stockton and Big Spring and Fort Stockton,
who finished tied with Pecos for fourth in the final standings, had 10
and nine players respectively, named to the first and second team squads.
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Quarterback -- Sterlin Gilbert, San Angelo, 5-11, 175, Sr. (x).
Receivers -- Robert Reed, Sweetwater, 6-6, 180, Sr. (x); Morris Smith,
San Angelo, 6-0, 170, Sr. (x); Bryan Parker, Fort Stockton, 5-11, 180,
Running Backs -- Shaud Williams, Andrews, 5-8, 165, Soph. (x); Jacob
Vasquez, Fort Stockton, 5-9, 165, Jr. (x); Antwoyne Edwards, Big Spring,
5-10, 185, Jr. (x); Adam Binnix, San Angelo, 5-8, 160, Sr. (x); Jason
Blueford, Sweetwater, 5-10, 170, Sr. (x).
Tight Ends -- C.J. Ashley, Big Spring, 6-3, 190, Jr. (x); Dennis
VonWiller, San Angelo, 6-2, 190, Sr. (x).
Center -- Chris Dulin, Andrews, 6-1, 215, Sr. (x).
Linemen -- Kevin Mobley, Andrews, 5-10, 185, Sr. (x); David Sutton, San
Angelo, 6-3, 210, Sr. (x); Daniel Green, Sweetwater, 6-0, 185, Sr. (x);
Kurt Miranda, Big Spring, 5-9, 190, Soph.; Tony Luz, Sweetwater, 6-0,
260, Sr.; Sammy Camacho, Sweetwater, 6-0, 300, Sr.
Punter -- Robert Reed, Sweetwater 6-6, 180, Sr.
Kicker -- Sterlin Gilbert, San Angelo, 5-11, 175, Sr.
Quarterback -- Andrew Boatright, Sweetwater, 5-10, 160, Jr.
Receivers -- John Smith, Big Spring, 5-9, 150, Sr.; Andrew Lucas,
Andrews, 5-10, 155, Sr.; Jorge Villarreal, San Angelo, 6-4, 190, Jr.
Running Backs -- Danny Diaz, Fort Stockton, 5-9, 160, Sr.; Danny
Wheeler, Andrews, 5-8, 165, Sr.; Andy Hall, Sweetwater, 5-10, 165, Jr.;
Chris Burges, San Angelo, 6-2, 185, Jr.
Tight Ends -- Jeff Francis, Andrews, 5-11, 180, Sr.; Armiro Cabello,
Fort Stockton, 6-2, 240, Jr.
Center -- Brock Hale, San Angelo, 6-2, 220, Jr.
Linemen -- Daniel Price, Sweetwater, 6-0, 240, Soph.; Beau Moore,
Andrews, 5-10, 185, Jr., Bill Farmer, San Angelo, 6-1, 255, Sr.; Didio
Martinez, Pecos, 6-0, 200, Sr.; Jeff Rodroguez, Fort Stockton, 6-1, 210,
Sr.; Dan Brewster, Big Spring, 5-10, 205, Sr.; Albert Millan, Fort
Stockton, 5-7, 205, Sr.
Punter -- Bryan Parker, Fort Stockton, 5-11, 180, Sr.
Kicker -- Bryan Parker, Fort Stockton, 5-11, 180, Sr.
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Linemen -- Steven Weyman, Sweetwater, 6-1, 240, Jr. (x); Michael
Castillo, Sweetwater, 6-0, 220, Jr. (x); Jay Scudder, Andrews, 5-10,
205, Jr. (x); Jeff Denton, Big Spring, 6-1, 200, Jr.; Jason Walker, San
Angelo, 6-3, 210, Jr.; John Goolsby, San Angelo, 6-2, 200; Jr.; Jason
Gomez, Sweetwater, 5-8, 150, Jr.
Linebackers -- Jonathan Palafox, Sweetwater, 6-0, 160, Jr. (x); Todd
Gray, San Angelo, 5-10, 195, Sr. (x); Joseph Strain, Pecos, 5-10, 195,
Sr.; Scott Fish, Fort Stockton, 5-10, 185, Jr.; Temo Guevara, Andrews,
5-11, 160, Jr.; Gary Pittman, San Angelo, 6-1, 195, Sr.
Defensive Backs -- Kendall Jones, San Angelo, 6-1, 185, Jr. (x); Frankie
Green, Big Spring, 5-6, 170, Sr.; Dominique Solis, Sweetwater, 5-6, 140,
Jr.; Shedrick Williams, Sweetwater, 6-0, 170, Jr.
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Linemen -- Jose Contreras, Pecos, 6-0, 200, Jr.; Julio Leyva, Fort
Stockton, 5-10, 235, Sr.; Gabe Rubio, Big Spring, 5-10, 210, Sr.;
Gustavo Levario, Fort Stockton, 5-6, 210, Sr.; Anthony Hutton, San
Angelo, 5-9, 220, Jr.; Bill Farmer, San Angelo, 6-1, 255; Sr.; Jorge
Ramos, Andrews, 5-11, 215, Jr.
Linebackers -- Gary Floyd, San Angelo, 6-1, 205, Sr.; Layton Woody, Fort
Stockton, 5-10, 175, Jr.; Brock Gee, Big Spring, 5-9, 195, Jr.; Kyle
Lebby, Andrews, 5-10, 175, Soph.
Defensive Backs -- Orlando Bueno, Andrews, 6-2, 180, Sr.; Mark Abila,
Pecos, 5-9, 165, Soph.; Eric Dominguez, Fort Stockton, 5-9, 165, Sr.;
Brandon Henry, San Angelo, 6-0, 175, Sr.
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PECOS, Dec. 2 -- The Pecos Eagles had some problems with the power game
of a couple of Class 5A teams at the Odessa Thanksgiving Hoopfest over
the weekend, while their press caused some late problems for another
5A's junior varsity squad.
The Eagles lost to eventual tournament champion Odessa Permian in the
first round of the two-day tournament on Friday, 93-71, then came back
later in the day to defeat Odessa High's JV squad, 82-61, before losing
in Saturday's consolation finals to Arlington Lamar, 86-65.
"We held our own with Permian. It was only an eight-point lead at
halftime (41-33), so it was anybody's ballgame," Eagles' coach Mike
Sadler said. "Permian just out-powered us. We had nine players and they
had 13-15. We had a couple hurt and a couple ineligible, and that made
it hard at the end, but it was a good game."
The Panthers outscored the Eagles by a 26-19 margin in each of the final
two periods for the final 22 point margin.
Omar Hinojos earned all-tournament honors with a 21-point effort against
Permian, 26 points against Odessa's JV and 15 in the consolation finals
versus Lamar. Hector Garcia and Eric Abila each had 16 points to lead
the Eagles in their loss to the Vikings, while Abila had 15 and Fernando
Navarrete put in 14 against Permian.
Lamar's leading scorers, Sylvester Taylor and Jeff Pool, had just 17 and
15 points, and no other player was in double figures. But the Vikings
had 12 others get into the scoring column, while only six Eagles overall
got into the scoring column.
The Vikings were up by nine after one period, 25-16, and widened their
lead to 47-30 at the half. "Any time you have two powerful 5A teams
you're going to face a lot of people and they're going to put a lot of
pressure on you," Sadler said. "But I'm proud out our kids for the way
they played with a minimal amount of practice. It was a great experience
Pecos' game against Odessa High started less than four hours after their
loss to Permian, and Sadler said, "We were almost emptied after Permian,
and they stayed with us until we eventually started overpowering them.
Our press started causing them a lot of problems in the fourth quarter."
The Eagles actually were behind after three periods, 47-43, before
exploding for 37 points in the final eight minutes of play. Fabien Adame
put in 15 points and Oscar Luna was also in double figures with 10 for
the Eagles, who come out of the tournament with a 4-3 season record.
Permian won first with a 75-71 overtime victory over Odessa High, and El
Paso Andress won third with a 78-71 victory over Hereford. The Eagles
will be back at home on Tuesday night, looking to avenge their other
loss so far this season, when they host Monahans.
Montgomery 0 0-0 0; E. Abila 4 5-8 16, Luna 0 0-0 0; Martinez 2 2-2 6;
Hinojos 5 4-9 15; Garcia 6 2-4 16; Adame 2 4-8 8; Marquez 0 0-0 0;
Navarrete 2 1-4 5. Totals 21 17-35 65.
ARLINGTON LAMAR (86)
Hordnett 1 1-2 3; Pool 7 1-1 15; Winter 3 0-2 6; Smith 3 0-0 6; Louis 2
0-0 4; Skillman 1 0-0 2; Humphries 2 0-0 4; Ortiz 1 0-0 2; Taylor 7 2-4
17; Hurst 1 0-0 2; Tariello 1 0-0 2; Reneau 4 0-1 8; Clegg 2 1-5 5;
Reilly 1 0-0 2; Short 1 2-4 4. Totals 39 7-17 86.
Pecos 16 14 14 21 --65
Arlington Lamar 25 22 24 15 --86
Three-point goals: Pecos 6 (Abila 3, Garcia 2, Hinojos), Arlington 1
(Taylor). Fouled out: Arlington, Taylor. Total fouls: Pecos 15,
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PECOS, Dec. 2 -- The Pecos Eagles' girls continue to seek their first
win of the season along with a more consistent offense, after they fell
to 0-3 on the year Saturday with a 67-48 loss to Midland High's junior
varsity basketball team.
The Eagles jumped out to a 16-9 lead after one period, only to see
Midland outscore Pecos 26-13 in the second period and 17-4 in the third
"The third quarter killed us," said Eagles coach Patty Hall. "We took a
lot of shots -- we took 19 -- but we made only two, and in the fourth
quarter we took 11 shots and made only four.
"We have to become more accurate in our shooting," she said. "We have
to work on our technique and stop rushing our shots."
The Eagles were also hurt by fouls, though no one fouled out in the
game. "We put them on the line too much. They shot 26 free throws and we
shot only six," Hall said, as 14 of the Bulldogs' 19-point final margin
came on the line.
Penny Armstrong led Pecos with 13 points, while Lori Marquez had 10 for
the Eagles, all in the first half. Michelle Acosta's 12 points was tops
for Midland High.
The loss dropped Pecos to 0-3 on the season, and Acosta said the lack
of games during the first two weeks of play has hurt the Eagles. "I
think its just a matter of clicking. It's only our third game, and we
haven't had a chance to get down our fundamentals as well as those other
teams have," Hall said. "Hopefully after this game and after the Crane
Tournament, we'll improve."
Pecos will open play at Crane on Thursday afternoon, when they take on
District 4-4A rival Fort Stockton.
Midland High's sophomores also won on Saturday, defeating Pecos' JV by
a 72-29 final score. Midland High's varsity was down in the Rio Grande
Valley over the weekend, where they took first place in the Harlingen
MIDLAND HIGH (67)
Nobles 2 5-6 9; Acosta 4 4-7 12; Browning 3 3-4 9; Calhoun 2 4-6 8;
Johnson 3 0-0 6; Sample 0 0-1 0; Castillo 4 1-1 9; Johnson 3 0-1 6;
Grace 2 0-0 4; Rogers 2 0-0 4. Totals 24 17-26 68.
Arenivas 3 2-2 8; Carrasco 1 0-0 2; Camarena 0 0-0 0; A, Marquez 1 0-0
2; Armstrong 6 0-0 13; Orona 0 0-0 0; L. Marquez 5 0-2 10; Bell 4 0-0 8;
Matta 0 0-0 0; Barrera 2 1-2 5. Totals 22 3-6 48.
Midland High 9 26 17 15 --67
Pecos 16 13 4 14 --48
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (Armstrong). Fouled out: None. Total fouls:
Midland 11, Pecos 17.
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