The Sun Bowl Association and WestStar Bank are pleased to announce the field for the 2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. UC Irvine, Sam Houston State and Norfolk State will join UTEP on Dec. 21-22, 2015 at the Don Haskins Center.
“This year’s tournament will feature the deepest field we have had since 1999,” said tournament director Barry Kobren. “Any one of the teams could win it. All four teams won over 20 games last year and went on to postseason play. They all finished second in their respective conferences and finished the season with high RPI rankings. We are looking forward to four really great basketball games.”
Sam Houston State and UC Irvine will open the 54th edition of the invitational with a 5 p.m. tip-off on Monday, Dec. 21, to be followed by UTEP vs. Norfolk State at 7 p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m. prior to the championship game at 7 p.m.
“The Sun Bowl tournament always provides us a field that helps us prepare for the challenges of conference play,” said UTEP Head Coach Tim Floyd. “This year is no exception. The three teams that will be joining us all won at least 20 games last year, and they all went on to postseason play.
“UC Irvine has one of the most impactful returning players in the country in Mamadou Ndiaye. He is 7’6” and has helped elevate their program to a level they have not been to since the early 80s.”
All four teams head into the 2015-16 campaign following 20 or more wins and postseason appearances during the last season. In addition to last year’s success, all four featured schools boast an average of at least 20 wins over the past three years.
UC Irvine is coming off a 21-13 season that included a Big West Conference Tournament Championship leading the Anteaters to the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The conference tournament title and the NCAA Tournament bid were the first in program history.
The Anteaters return three starters from last year’s team, 7’6” junior center Mamadou Ndiaye, 6’1” senior point guard Alex Young, and 6’3” junior guard Luke Nelson.
Entering his sixth season at the helm of the UCI program, head coach Russell Turner has led the Anteaters to 65 wins over the past three seasons to include postseason appearances all three years. With a second-place Big West Conference finish following its 2015 late-season success, UC Irvine is favored to win the Big West Conference title in 2016.
Also entering his sixth year at the reins of his program, Jason Hooten brings the Sam Houston State Bearkats back to the Sun City following a 26-9 season. With 50 wins over the last two season, the Bearkats finished second in the Southland Conference with a 15-3 record. Sam Houston State made back-to-back CollegeInsider.com Tournament appearances
Although Sam Houston State returns just one starter from the 2014-15 season, the Bearkats are loaded with experienced players with five returning seniors and six transfers.
Norfolk State will head to El Paso following a 20-14 season under the direction of third-year head coach Robert Jones. Their 2015 CollegeInsider.com Tournament appearance marked the fourth consecutive postseason appearance for the Spartans and the second under Jones’ tutelage. With Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference runner-up honors in 2014-15, the Spartans achieved their third 20-win in the last four years including six wins over eventual postseason teams. Norfolk State’s 12 conference wins last season marked the third-most wins in 17 seasons in the MEAC.
UTEP, 80-22 all-time in the tournament claiming 31 titles, will host this year’s classic for the 54th year.
UTEP returns Omega Harris, Earvin Morris, Hooper Vint and Matt Willms from last year’s 22-11 squad that tied for second place in Conference USA and played in the postseason NIT. The Miners also welcome back Tevin Caldwell, Jake Flaggert, Victor Mbachu, Trey Touchet and Terry Winn who all redshirted in 2014-15. UTEP’s incoming recruiting class — featuring Oregon transfer Dominic Artis, Wallace State Junior College transfer Lee Moore and freshmen Josh McSwiggan, Christian Romine and Paul Thomas — was recently rated 12th in the nation by analyst Clark Francis of HOOP SCOOP.
UC Irvine will be making their first appearance in the event, while Sam Houston and Norfolk State will both be returning for their second trip to the nation’s oldest holiday tournament.
Fans can reserve their tickets beginning Oct. 1 by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at (915-533-4416 or 800-915-BOWL). Tickets are also included in UTEP season ticket packages.
The three-day Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament concluded on Sunday evening at the Westside Sports Complex.
Over 130 teams ages six to 19 competed in over 200 games throughout the weekend.
“We are very grateful to all teams that participated in this year’s tournament,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “We are especially thankful to the teams that traveled from far to support this exciting event. The intensity and spirit in which teams played with is an example of the passion the El Paso community has for the sport of soccer. We’d like to thank all of our volunteers that came out to lend a hand, but most importantly the Sun Bowl Association would like Academy Sports + Outdoors for their continued support of this tournament."
Academy Sports + Outdoors, with two locations in the city, is in the seventh year of sponsoring the international affair that is open to all U6 to U19 boys and girls teams in the region. The competition ranges from recreational to competitive in every age group.
The Sun Bowl Association and Academy Sports + Outdoors were joined by the City of El Paso, the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department, the El Paso Youth Soccer Association and Fort Bliss to bring the highest level of competition to the children of El Paso.
2nd – Real Madrid
3rd – Rio Rapids Cobras 06
1st- FC Dallas EP 06 West
2nd – NC Barcelona
3rd – EP Rangers
1st – Knight Warriors
2nd – Atletico Rojo
3rd – Pumas
1st – FC Dallas EP 05 West
2nd – Blue Sharks
3rd – United
1st – SC United
2nd – Dragones
3rd – Rush Barca Premier
1st – Proyecto 04 Rio RC
2nd – Las Cruces FC
3rd – Rojinegro de Atlas
1st – Titans SC
2nd – USA Premier
3rd – Barcelona TX Moran
1st – SC United
2nd – Manchester United – Black
3rd – Crush
1st – Chargers 2003
2nd – FC Dallas – El Paso 03 West
3rd – El Paso Inter
1st – Rush-Sharks
2nd – L.A. Galaxy
3rd – Juventus FC
1st – FC Dallas – El Paso Select 03
2nd – FC All Boys
3rd – FC Dallas – El Paso 02 West
1st – Dragones
2nd – Dynamo United
3rd – Liverpool Rubio
1st – Sindicato
2nd – Elite United FC
3rd – Indians FC
1st – Rio Rapids Cobars S.C. 00 White
2nd – Elite Memo ‘99
3rd – Alamo Hot Shots FC
1st – Pumas
2nd – Warriors
3rd – FC Troop
1st – Atletico Español
2nd – EP Rush West
3rd – Miners Dragons
1st – Elite U-19
2nd – FC Bros
3rd – Dragones
1st – SW Rush 05T
2nd – El Paso Mustangs
3rd – Lady Miners
1st – Lady Titans
2nd – ASA – Lady FC Dallas
3rd – Thunder Rush
1st – Rush Predators 02
2nd – Holomua’ol SC Premier
3rd – EP Rattlers
1st – Aztecs
2nd – Lady Titans
3rd – Team Mexico
1st – Cosmos FC 02G
2nd – Lady Bears
3rd – Lady Barcelona
Youth soccer teams from across the region will descend upon El Paso this weekend for the 16th Annual Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament. Over 130 teams will convene at the Westside Sports Complex beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5, for the three-day tournament.
“Soccer is an important part of our El Paso culture,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “We are pleased to be able to continue growing this event for the development of the sport in this region. The Sun Bowl Association is fortunate to have the support of our sponsor. Academy Sports + Outdoors shares our passion for this community and values the importance of athletics in our youth.”
Games will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. Sunday in the 23-field Westside Sports Complex.
Academy Sports + Outdoors, with two locations in the city, is in the seventh year of sponsoring the international affair that is open to all U6 to U19 boys and girls teams in the region. The competition ranges from recreational to very competitive in every age group.
The Sun Bowl Association and Academy Sports + Outdoors are joined by the City of El Paso, the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department, the El Paso Youth Soccer Association and Fort Bliss to bring the highest level of competition to the children of El Paso.
The Sun Bowl Association has announced that the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Saturday, Dec. 26, at 12 p.m. MT (2 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.
The 2015 game will mark the 82nd edition of the Sun Bowl game and the 48th consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game features selections from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 conferences.
“We are looking forward to a memorable game between teams from the Pac-12 Conference and the ACC,” said Bernie Olivas, Sun Bowl Association Executive Director. “The Hyundai Sun Bowl is the only bowl that matches these two conferences and over the last five years, they have provided us with some quality teams and thrilling games.”
This year’s game will mark the fourth time the game is played on December 26. The last time the game was played on that date was 1981, prior games included the 1975 and 1964 matchups. The 1975 game provided the bowl game’s first ever sellout and a first in NCAA history as three players rushed for over 100 yards each in the same game. Another historic record happened in 1964 as it was the first time the Sun Bowl game was televised nationally. NBC showcased Georgia’s (SEC) 7-0 win over Texas Tech (Southwest Conference.)
“Having a Saturday game will also be a fantastic way to finish the Christmas weekend, and will give our national CBS audience a great time slot to view our game and El Paso,” Olivas added. “Duke and Arizona State combined for 792 yards of offense during the 2014 game providing an entertaining matchup for football fans across the nation. That’s the kind of exciting football we are looking forward to this year.”
Tickets for the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl are $22, $32, $47, $57 and $62 and will go on sale at a later date.
The Sun Bowl Association has elected Marilyn Munden as President for the 2015-16 year.
Munden, along with the 2015 Board of Directors and Advisors, were officially introduced May 14 at the Abraham Chavez Theater in Downtown El Paso.
A native of Portland, Ore., Marilyn Munden arrived in El Paso in 1985. Since her arrival in the Sun City, Munden has worked arduously with organizations to benefit our community. In 2003, Munden joined the Sun Bowl Association Board of Directors volunteering with all facets of the organization’s events. A vital member of the board, Munden was voted in as president of the Sun Bowl Association for 2015.
Munden began her work as member of the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House in 1991, where she served for 15 years in numerous capacities including president. She has headed various organizations acting as president for the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the St. Francis Montessori Christian School, and the Visiting Nurses Association. Munden has also held executive positions with the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, the Insights Museum, and the American Heart Association. She co-chaired the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Gala from 2005 to 2008.
In 1996 she began her work with the University of Texas at El Paso working with the UTEP Athletics Special Events Board, the Touchdown Club and the UTEP Alumni Board fundraising for academic and athletic scholarships.
Munden has received numerous awards for her community work. A member of Alpha Phi Sorority, she was named the First Lady of El Paso in 2003 by the City Council of Beta Sigma Phi. She received the ‘Molly Pitcher’ Award from the U.S. Army 2-29 Battalion at Fort Bliss and in 2011 was selected by the Texas Commission for Women as an outstanding leader in the community.
She is also a member of the P.E.O. Chapter DR in 2013, a philanthropic women’s organization in El Paso.
At the Sun Bowl Association, Munden has been an integral member of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Football Selection Committee, the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, and the Academy Sports + Outdoors International Soccer Tournament. She has also served in supportive roles for the Sun Court, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, the Price’s Give ‘Em Five NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, and the Fan Fiesta, amongst other events.
Currently a business development official with the El Paso Venture Group, Munden has held various positions with the company since 2002.
Munden and her husband Ron have been married for 54 years and have four children and 12 grandchildren.
Joining the 82nd president of the association on the board of directors are Steve Beltran (President Elect), Bill Coon (Executive Vice President), Barry Kobren (Immediate Past President), Jimmy Rogers, Jr. (Chair Emeritus), Natalia Flores (Secretary), Ric Siefkas (Treasurer), Bryan Crowe (VP Community Relations), Stuart Sliva (VP Marketing), Scott Mann (VP Legal Affairs), Wayne Thornton (VP Public Relations), John Aranda (VP Volunteers), Linda Smith (Coronation), John Folmer (Football Chairman), Jim Lawrence (Parade Chairman), Art Muñoz (Special Events Chairman), Asher Feinberg (CBS Host Chairman), Mark Pelletier (Golf Chairman), Allen Rystad (Provisions), Larry Duncan, Robert Dunlop, Michael Guerra, Mary Kipp, Andre Miranda, Victor Rueda, James O. Stewart III, Ernest Eisenberg, Tamara Gladkowski, Travis Hughes and Alice Chavez.
The 2015 Sun Bowl Association Board of Advisors is made up of Amen Ayoub, Frank Bates, Ruben Batista, Bill Blaziek, Walker Crowson, Edward Davis, Richard Dayoub, Celia Dubrule, Linda East, Veronica Escobar, David Forti, Michelle Kaip, Brian Kennedy, Monica Lombraña, Tommy Lewis, David Lindhuber, Charles Lopez, Jr., David Morales, Major General (USA Ret.) John Oblinger, Jean Offutt, Cindy Ramos Davidson, Terri Rangel, Jimmy Rogers III, Mike Rogers, Mike Rosales, Victor Salazar, Jeff Stevens, Bob Stull, Eric Swanson, Brad Taylor, Brooke Underwood, Pat Valdez-Rios, Joe Valenzuela, Charles Vass and Mario Vega.