EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association announced the coronation of the 2015 Sun Queen and Sun Court on Friday, Aug. 7 at the El Paso Country Club.
The 2015 Sun Queen is Cassidy Daw, who is the daughter of Greg and Susan Daw and is a senior biology major with a minor in chemistry at Baylor University. Daw is an El Paso native and graduate of Loretto Academy. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Baylor Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology, and a part of the St. Jude’s Up-til-Dawn fundraiser.
Daw is also a part of Young Life and has volunteered at such events as The Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, Keep El Paso Beautiful, Earth Day Fair, The Braden Abound Memorial Foundation and The El Paso Marathon. She has also assisted with the Child Crisis Center, the Christmas Fair, The Greater El Paso First Tee and The Greater El Paso Senior All-Star Classic.
“These young ladies have demonstrated, through their achievements in school, community involvement and commitment to the Sun Bowl activities how deserving they are of this honor,” said Sun Bowl President Marilyn Munden. “It is an honor, but it is also a huge time commitment on their part. We are very fortunate to have each one of them as Ambassadors for the Sun Bowl and El Paso.”
The 2015 Sun Bowl Lady-in-Waiting is Cindy Van, a native of El Paso who is a junior at UTEP. Van is majoring in biology and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. She is a recipient of the Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship. Van is currently a Panhellenic Delegate for the Alpha Xi Delta, a Miner Ambassador, a medical scribe at Sierra Medical Center (ER), and a member of the Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society.
Van has also volunteered with many organizations around the community including the University Medical Center, La Posada Home and the Rescue Mission. She has also used her spare time to assist with Adventures for Your Future, The Cystic Fibrous Walk, The Suns Health Fair, Autism Speaks and Project Move.
“This year’s Sun Queen, Lady-in-Waiting and the entire Sun Court represent the Sun Bowl and the entire El Paso community very well and in the best light possible,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We are proud to have each of these young ladies representing the Sun Bowl and our city.”
The 2015 Sun Princesses are Hala Abdel-Jaber (sophomore at UTEP), Brianna Michelle Carmen (junior at UTEP), Katherine Elizabeth Carroll (senior at Texas Tech), Leasette Conway (senior at UTEP), Hayley Daw (sophomore at Baylor), Brenda Diaz (senior at UTEP), Sara Elia Flores (senior at St. Mary’s), Clarissa Gardea (junior at UTEP), Kendra Melendrez (sophomore at Texas) and Victoria Antionette Murillo (sophomore at Texas).
Judging is based on poise, appearance, personality, communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of El Paso. Contestants must be enrolled as full-time students.
The coronation has been a tradition in El Paso since the first collegiate Sun Bowl game in 1936.
Sun Court members serve as ambassadors for the Sun Bowl Association, as well as for the City of El Paso. The Sun Queen and Sun Princesses will attend various community events, such as the Hyundai Sun Bowl, First Light Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, West Star Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl youth camps and clinics and other various events throughout the community.
The 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 26 with kickoff set for 12 p.m. (MT).
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.