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Washington State Takes the 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl 20-14 over Miami December 26, 2015

Washington State Takes the 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl 20-14 over Miami

EL PASO, Texas – There is one thing fans have come to expect when the University of Miami comes to play in the Sun Bowl, snow. The 82nd edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl saw the Washington State Cougars defeat the Hurricanes 20-14 on Friday in front of 41,180 fans that braved through a cold snowy day.

But it wasn’t the snow or even the Washington State high-powered offense that doomed Miami. On this day it would be turnovers and penalties, many of the untimely variety that sealed the fait for the team from South Florida. The Hurricanes finished with three turnovers and nine total penalties for 105 yards.

The Cougars (9-4) finish the season with their best record since 2003 and won their first bowl game since defeating Texas in the Holiday Bowl, also in 2003. Head coach Mike Leach, in his fourth season at Washington State, picked up his first bowl victory with the university.

“As a team I think we complement each other to play a little better. I thought the offense started pretty quick and defense started slow,” Leach said. “And I thought special teams was reasonably steady. This weather makes it challenging for everybody.

“The challenging part isn’t to make the play but instead it’s to be consistent when you are battling some of that. I thought all sides picked up for everybody. I thought defense at the end played well together and we were a tough group of guys.”

Miami (8-5), meanwhile, loses in a bowl game for the sixth time in a row, including the last three seasons. The last time the Hurricanes won a bowl game was in 2006 when they defeated Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl.

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, who was named the C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player, finished 29-of-53 for 295 passing yards and two touchdowns. Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya also finished with over 200 yards passing after finishing 17-of-30 for 219 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Cougar defensive lineman Hercules Matta’afa was recognized as the Jimmy Rogers, Jr. Most Valuable Lineman, while his teammate and place kicker Eric Powell, was named the game’s John Folmer Most Valuable Special Teams Player.

Washington State marked all of its points in the first half and held a 20-7 halftime lead, which it took into the fourth quarter as no one scored in the third frame.

But after the Hurricanes finally broke through with a touchdown early in the fourth to cut the lead to 20-14, their comeback efforts were thwarted, not once, but twice in the final minutes of the game by those turnovers and penalties.

With 8:22 left in the game, Miami began its seventh drive of the second half at its own 22-yard line. The Hurricanes would start moving the ball down the field to try and take over the lead and after a 36-yard hookup between Kaaya and senior wide receiver Rashawn Scott, Miami found itself at the Cougar 5-yard line.

It seemed the Hurricanes had taken their first lead of the ball game with about five minutes left when Kaaya hit receiver Stacy Coley for a touchdown, but a block in the back penalty negated the score and put the ball back at the 11-yard line.

A couple of plays later Miami running back Mark Walton fumbled the ball inside the 5-yard line and saw Marcellus Pippins scoop it up for Washington State.

But the Hurricanes’ defense, as it had the entire second half, held strong and forced a Cougar punt from their own end zone. Miami would get one more try at a victory as it got the ball back at the Washington State 28-yard line with 3:13 left.

But on the very first play from scrimmage running back Joe Yearby attempted a half-back pass to a wide open receiver running down the field. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, the weather finally came into effect as the slippery ball came out of Yearby’s hand like a wounded duck and fell into the hands of Washington State safety Shalom Luani for the Hurricanes’ final turnover of the day.

The Cougars would run out the clock after picking up a couple of first downs, the final one on a Falk quarterback keeper.

“End of the day we didn’t make enough plays or the plays that we needed to make to win the game in the second half,” Miami interim head coach Larry Scott said. “But I am proud of the way this team fought and came back in the second half. The attitude of the team decided that they weren’t going to let the weather or anything like that be a distraction or change our focus or what we came here to do. I am proud of the way that we came back and fought. We just didn’t finish a couple plays that could have made a difference in the game.”

The game began by living up to its billing as a matchup between two high-powered offenses as each team scored a touchdown on its opening possession.

Washington State received the opening kickoff and proceeded to drive down the field from its own 25-yard line. After a two-yard loss on the first pass play of the game, Falk connected with wide receiver John Thompson for a 29-yard pass play that placed the ball in Miami territory.

Four plays later at the Miami 31-yard line, Falk flipped a short five-yard pass to running back Jamal Morrow who did the rest after scampering 25 yards into the end zone to mark the first points of the game.

The pass play capped off a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive for the Cougars as they led 7-0 just a couple of minutes into the game.

But the Hurricanes’ offense answered with a touchdown on its opening drive as well. Miami had a more methodical method to their matriculation down the field. It took the Hurricanes 15 plays and almost seven minutes to march 69 yards for the game-tying score.

Miami was aided by two fourth-down conversions along the way, the second coming on a fourth-and-goal from the four-yard line that resulted in a touchdown pass from Kaaya to Coley.

After the offenses highlighted the opening moments of the game, it would be defenses that would take center stage beginning with the first play of the second quarter.

After a Cougar punt, the Hurricanes would take the ball at their own 17-yard line and move down the field all the way to the Washington State 15-yard line. But during that first second-quarter play Kaaya threw a ball into the end zone that ricocheted up in the air and was grabbed by Cougar linebacker Peyton Pelluer for an interception.

The Hurricanes quickly got the ball back, however, after Washington State running back Gerard Wicks fumbled the ball three plays later. Miami defensive back Deon Bush recovered the ball at the Cougar 30 yard line.

The Hurricanes, however, could do nothing with the turnovers as they gave the ball back to the Cougars after going for it and failing on fourth-and-10.

Washington State, meanwhile, would score on its final three possessions of the half as a Falk to Gabe Marks 25-yard touchdown pass was sandwiched in between two Powell field goals, the last one coming as time expired in the first half as the Cougars led 20-7 at the break.

While the first half saw only three total punts, the second saw 10 as the game became a defensive battle.

The only scoring drive took two plays and 33 seconds as Miami scored on a Walton 5-yard touchdown run one play after sophomore wide receiver Braxton Berrios scrambled 60 yards to set the Hurricanes in the red zone. It was the longest run of the season for Miami.

Unfortunately, it would be as close as the Hurricanes would get as they fell for the second time in five years on a snowy day in El Paso.

“They are upset and hurt because they fought,” Scott said. “One thing they did not do was give in or give up or quit. They fought to the bitter end.

“When you fight and you keep believing things are going to work out, a loss hurts. I told them they had nothing to be ashamed of. They needed to hold their heads high. I told them from the very beginning that there is a lesson in everything and another decision they are going to have to make from this.”

Final Stats – Miami vs Washington State

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UC Irvine Takes Home 2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Title December 23, 2015

UC Irvine Takes Home 2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Title

EL PASO, Texas – The UC Irvine Anteaters defeated Norfolk State 80-62 on Saturday in the Don Haskins Center to take home their first ever WestStar Bank Sun Bowl Invitational. UTEP won 87-68 in the consolation game over Sam Houston State for third place.

Members of the 2015 All-Tournament Team included Norfolk State guard Charles Oliver, Sam Houston State forward Aurimas Majauskas, UC Irvine center Mamadou Ndiaye and the Barry Kobren Most Valuable Player Award went to UC Irvine’s Luke Nelson, who scored 17 points in the title game. UTEP guard Dominic Artis was awarded the Don Haskins Award.

Championship Game Recap
UC Irvine junior center Mamadou Ndiaye put up 21 points and junior guard Luke Nelson scored 17 leading the Anteaters to an 80-62 championship victory over Norfolk State on Tuesday night.

UC Irvine senior forward Mike Best and junior guard Jaron Martin added 10 each as the Anteaters improved to 10-4, the program’s best start since a similar record to open the 2002-03 season.

Tuesday’s victory was the 100th career win for sixth-year head coach Russell Turner at UCI.

Ndiaye, who also had nine rebounds and five blocked shots in the championship game, was named to the all-tournament team.

Trailing 12-10 early, UCI went on a 22-4 run over a span of less than 10 minutes to take a 32-16 lead on a 3-pointer by Nelson with 5:42 left in the first half.

UCI led 39-23 at halftime and built its largest lead of the night at 77-52 on a basket by Ndiaye with 4:43 remaining.

UCI senior guard Alex Young had six assists and moved within one of tying Raimonds Miglinieks for the program record (475).

The Anteaters, who outrebounded the Spartans, 47-33, shot 53 percent in the first half and 47 percent for the game. Norfolk State shot 28 percent from the field as UCI improved to 8-0 this season when limiting the opposition to less than 40 percent.

Jeff Short led Norfolk State (5-8) with a game-high 24 points, while Charles Oliver added 18.

Consolation Game Recap
UTEP improves to 7-5 on the season and breaks a five-game losing streak after bouncing back and defeating Sam Houston State 87-68 on Tuesday night in the Don Haskins Center.

UTEP forward Lee Moored posted a game-high 17 points as the Miners used an early 23-0 run and never looked back. SHSU actually held a 4-0 lead to start the game but the Miners caught fire and played well on both ends of the court taking a 23-4 lead. The Bearkats, who fall to 5-7 this season, kept fighting and got to within six at 32-26 but UTEP was too powerful and extended its lead to 45-30 heading into the locker room at the half.

UTEP extended its lead to as many as 24 points at 81-57 with 6:38 left in the game, although the Bearkats did pull to within nine with the score was 51-42 early in the half.

The closest Sam Houston State could get in the second half was nine points, as UTEP’s lead reached as many as 24 points.

The Miners played well defensively holding SHSU to only 40 percent shooting from the floor and outrebounded the Bearkats 42-36. Dominic Artis, who earned the Don Haskins Award, tallied a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

“It was defensive stops, it was open floor play, it was next easy pass,” head coach Tim Floyd said. “I thought that we kept them out of the lane. They had to settle for jump shots. We were very good in the open floor in terms of our decision making, probably the best we have been this year.”

UC Irvine vs Norfolk State – Box Score – Dec. 22, 2015

UTEP vs Sam Houston State – Box Score – Dec. 22, 2015

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WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational: Day One Game Recaps December 21, 2015

WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational: Day One Game Recaps

EL PASO, Texas – Day one of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is complete with UC-Irvine defeating Sam Houston State 63-53 in game one and Norfolk State defeating UTEP 85-76 in game two at the Don Haskins Center on Monday, Dec. 21.

UC-Irvine faces Norfolk State in the Championship at 7 p.m. (MT) and the consolation game is set for a 5 p.m. (MT) tip-off in the Don Haskins Center.

UC-Irvine Bounces Back in Second Half to Defeat Sam Houston State 63-53
The UC-Irvine Anteaters (9-4) trailed 30-25 heading into the locker room but outscored SHSU (5-6) by 15 points in the second half to win game one of the tournament 63-53. UCI guard Luke Nelson led his team with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting while hitting two treys in the contest. Fellow Anteater forward Mike Best shot 70-percent from the field and added 14 points in 24 minutes of play.

UCI took an early 6-2 lead but lost the lead for the first time when Bearkat forward Torry Butler made a layup with 12:46 left in the first half. SHSU went up by as many as eight with 5:09 on the clock as Butler hit a nice jumper.

The 29-percent shooting by UCI helped the Bearkats take a 30-25 lead at halftime.
UCI’s Nelson started the second half with a three pointer as his team used a 12-6 point run to take a 37-36 lead with 15:14 left in the game. The Anteaters went up by 10 when Alex Young hit a jumper with 5:49 left to play. UCI finished the second half shooting 55.6 percent in the second half and took advantage of turnover scoring 16 points off of turnovers.

UC-Irvine, who was a 2015 NCAA Tournament participant, takes on Norfolk State in the Championship Game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Don Haskins Center.

UTEP Falls to Norfolk State in High Scoring Affair
Norfolk State defeated UTEP 85-76 behind the shooting of guard Charles Oliver who went 4-of-8 from the field and finished the night with 22 points in game two of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, Monday night.

NSU guard Jeff Short finished the night with 18 points while forward Preston Bungei added 15 to lead the Spartans to victory in front of over 7,000 fans.

The Spartans, who are now 5-7 on the year, jumped out to an early 9-1 lead. They ended up going into the locker at halftime with a 40-35 lead but the Miners fought back in the second half and pulled to within six at 69-63 with 5:51 left to play. NSU answered with a 6-0 run while guard Zaynah Robinson made eight free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

UTEP’s Dominic Artis went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc for 18 points and Omega Harris added 16 for the Miners, who have dropped five straight games and are now 6-5 on the year.

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Norfolk State vs UTEP – Box Score – Dec. 21, 2015

Sam Houston State vs UC-Irvine – Box Score – Dec. 21, 2015

UC-Irvine Post Game Notes – Courtesy of UC-Irvine Media Relations

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2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational set for Tip-off December 17, 2015

2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational set for Tip-off

EL PASO, Texas – The 54th edition of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is set for tip-off on Dec. 21-22, with four games scheduled to be played at the Don Haskins Center.

Game 1 is Monday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. (MT) with Sam Houston State taking on UC-Irvine. Game 2 follows at 7 p.m. (MT) as Norfolk State faces UTEP.

The winners of Game 1 and Game 2 meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the championship game, and the consolation game is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Tickets for the 2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational are on sale at the Sun Bowl Association office or the ticket office at the Don Haskins Center.

Scouting Sam Houston State
The Bearkats (4-5) out of the Southland Conference will be making their second appearance at the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, as they went 1-1 in the 2010 tournament. This season, Sam Houston State has garnered wins against St. Thomas, Bethune Cookman, Sul Ross, LeTourneau and lost an overtime decision to Southern Illinois. The Bearkats also faced Texas Tech and SMU, who both were top-20 teams, on the road.

Sam Houston State averages 78.4 points per game and is being led by junior guard Dakari Henderson, who puts up 15.5 points per game.

Scouting UC-Irvine
The Anteaters from the Big West Conference are currently 7-4 and face Chapman on Friday, before heading to El Paso to make their first appearance at the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. UC-Irvine is among the favorites to win the Big West this season, mainly in part of 7-foot-6 junior center Mamadou Ndiaye’s play. Ndiaye is leading the team in points and rebounds, as he’s averaging 12.3 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game.

UC-Irvine defeated ACC opponent Boston College, 80-67, on Nov. 27 and took down Utah State, 73-63, last Saturday.

Scouting Norfolk State
The Spartans of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference look to go into their second WestStar Bank Don Haskins Invitational appearance with momentum as they face Evansville on Thursday night. Norfolk State currently garners a 4-6 record with wins against Washington Adventist, Northern Arizona, Mercy College and Coppin State. The Spartans are led by redshirt senior guard Jeff Short, who is averaging 16.0 points per game this season.

Scouting UTEP
The Miners, of Conference USA, average 78.0 points per game and will face New Mexico State at home on Saturday before making their record 31st WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational appearance. They will also look to snap a three-game losing streak against NMSU. UTEP is currently 6-3 and has garnered solid wins against Southern Illinois (Nov. 27) and Colorado State (Nov. 28).

Junior guard Lee Moore leads UTEP with 16.3 points per game, as senior center Hooper Vint leads the team in rebounds with 6.0 per game.

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Coaches Thrilled to Return to El Paso for Sun Bowl Tradition December 16, 2015

Coaches Thrilled to Return to El Paso for Sun Bowl Tradition

EL PASO, Texas – Washington State head coach Mike Leach and Miami interim head coach Larry Scott have both coached in El Paso before, and both are excited to return to the Sun City to lead their respective squads during the 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 26.

Leach and Scott were in town on Monday for the annual coaches’ press conference, which kicks off the Sun Bowl festivities leading up to next week’s game. Both spoke of the joy of being a part of the Sun Bowl tradition, the second-oldest bowl game in the nation.

“The kids understand what it (the Sun Bowl) is, they understand the tradition of it and how long it has existed and that they’re some of the best in the business at putting on bowls,” Scott said. “People of this city rally around the bowl and that’s a big piece to it and a critical piece to it being successful.”

“When you have an opportunity to play in one of the oldest bowl games, it is tradition meeting tradition. We at the University of Miami have a long-standing tradition of producing really good football players and an awesome football program. So it’s an opportunity for our tradition-rich program to come play in a tradition-rich bowl. And to young people, when you take the time to explain to them what that truly means, it takes on a different meaning.”

Leach also understands the tradition of the game and recalls watching the Sun Bowl since he was a young child.

“I can’t say enough about the opportunity to be here and to be a part of one of the oldest bowls in the country, our entire team is excited and our entire program is excited,” Leach said. “As a kid you’d watch the Sun Bowl. Every coach that I looked up to, all these guys that inspired me to get into coaching, as a kid you’d sit and watch TV and they all coached in the Sun Bowl.”

Both teams will be making their second appearance in a Sun Bowl. The Cougars defeated Purdue 33-27 during the 2001 Sun Bowl, a Washington State team coached by Mike Price, who later became the head coach at UTEP (2004-12) and still resides in El Paso. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, lost to Notre Dame 33-17 in 2010 in front of a sellout Sun Bowl crowd.

Although Scott was not part of the Miami coaching staff in 2010, he has coached in the Sun Bowl before. He was an assistant coach on the South Florida team that lost to Oregon 56-21 during the 2007 Sun Bowl.

“It’s great to be here and come back to El Paso and bring the 2015 Miami Hurricanes football team back,” Scott said. “I had an awesome opportunity to be here a few years ago when I came with the University of South Florida. We’re looking for a different result from when we came that time, but what an awesome experience it was.

“There are certain things when you go to bowls that just stick out and that you remember, especially as a young coach. The hospitality and the service and what you got from the people here, the staff and all the volunteers, made it such a great experience for our coaches, our families and most importantly our players. To have that experience and be able to share that with this year’s team is awesome.”

This will be the first Sun Bowl for Leach, but the Washington State head man is no stranger to West Texas and El Paso. Leach coached for 10 seasons at Texas Tech in Lubbock, a stint that included a couple of games versus UTEP.

The first of those two games came in 2006 inside Sun Bowl Stadium when a then 24th-ranked Red Raiders team defeated the Miners, led by Coach Price, in an overtime shootout, 38-35. Leach has fond memories of El Paso and of coaching versus one of his mentors.

“I continue in my pursuit of following Coach Price around,” Leach said. “I got reeled into Washington State University where Coach Price was a part of such a great tradition there. I’ve known Coach Price for a long time. He’s the type of guy that would talk to the GA’s, hang out with the GA’s and was just kind of always a warm example. He’s just been a great coach, a great example and a great guy to have as a friend and mentor.

“Anyway, it wouldn’t be El Paso without him as far as I’m concerned. I have great memories of El Paso and the other thing is I enjoy the history and it’s got such a unique landscape. It had such a unique setting for the stadium, atop of that box canyon, which was really unique and incidentally really loud.”

Both coaches went through some trials and tribulations en route to El Paso. Leach and the Cougars started the season 2-2, including a season-opening loss to FCS member Portland State. Washington State then won six-of-seven games including wins at Oregon and versus a ranked UCLA team.

“Early in the year there were some teams that were just literally better than us at that point in the year because we had so many freshman,” Leach said. “We’re a team predominately of freshmen and sophomores and we had a lot of guys that had never played a college football game. I think focus and hard work, as we are a team that really does have a good work ethic, got us through that patch as we kind of developed and got synchronized as a team.”

Scott, meanwhile, started the season as Miami’s tight ends coach but was pegged to take over the head coaching reigns, after Al Golden was fired midway through the season following the program’s worst loss in its history, a 58-0 loss to Clemson, that dropped the ‘Canes to 4-3. Scott led the Hurricanes to a 4-1 record down the stretch.

“The kids really did a good job of rallying around our staff,” Scott said. “I can’t thank our staff enough, our coordinators, our position coaches, all of our GA’s, quality control people, volunteers, our administration and all other people that played a pivotal part in us being able to really take on the adversity that we faced in the middle of the season and really hone in on what we needed to do to make the young men realize that there was still an opportunity to turn the corner.”

With the early adversity behind them, Leach and Scott will now focus on preparing for one another and participating in one of the oldest traditions in college football, the Sun Bowl.

“It’s great to be here, any bowl in the state of Texas is always going to have a lot of enthusiasm because there is such great football tradition in Texas,” Leach said “The University of Miami is going to have a lot of respect just based on their tradition. They’re a great football team. As soon as you say the word Miami it gets people’s attention. We just want to worry about playing the best game that we can play and we’re excited at the chance.”

“We know we have one more (game) left, so we’re super excited about having the opportunity to come out here and put our product and who we are out on the field and a chance to compete against a very good Washington State team,” Scott added. “You turn on the film and there’s no doubt, you know why they are here as well and why they have the success they had as well. They play hard, they play with passion, and they play with a lot of energy. It’s going to be a very good game, it’s going to be a challenge for our guys and I think we’ll be up for the challenge and we’re really looking forward to it.”

The 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon. Tickets are now available by calling (915)-533-4416 or on the web on www.sunbowl.org. Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl in its social media platforms: Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (HyundaiSunBowl), Instagram (Hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

Story by Eddie Soriano for the Sun Bowl Association

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2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Set for Christmas Day December 15, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Set for Christmas Day

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association invites fans and media to the 19th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta on Dec. 25, 2015, 4 p.m. (MT) at the Judson F. William Convention Center.

Admission is free to the event with charges only placed on food and beverage items. A $5 wristband can also be purchased for access to 18 inflatable/interactive games for adults and children.

The Fan Fiesta is an annual Sun Bowl event that serves as an entertainment platform for local and out-of-town fans who plan on attending the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

“The Fan Fiesta is an essential part of the Hyundai Sun Bowl experience,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “It’s great to see local supporters and fans from both of the participating schools come together and have a good time. This is an exciting event that leads-up to the Hyundai Sun Bowl.”

This year’s Fan Fiesta will include fan-favorite events like the legendary battle of the University Bands, University pep rallies and a spectacular fireworks show to conclude the event. The University of Miami and Washington State University bands will be this year’s battle of the bands participants.

El Paso’s own Fungi Mungle band will also provide entertainment with a two-set performance. Included in the festivities will be the 2015 Sun Court, Mariachis and a Hyundai Sun Bowl Selfie Booth.

The following day on Dec. 26, at noon, the Hyundai Sun Bowl will take place at Sun Bowl Stadium. For ticket information call (915) 533-4416 or visit www.sunbowl.org on the web.

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2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta – Schedule of Events

MAIN HALL PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – National Anthem
4:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Performance by Fungi Mungle
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Introduction of the Sun Court
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Performance by Fungi Mungle
5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – House Music
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. - Battle of the Two University Bands
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Performance by Fungi Mungle

LOBBY PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Performance by Raices De Ballet Folklorico
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Performance by Raices De Ballet Folklorico
5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Performance by Danza Azteca
7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Performance by Danza Azteca

PATIO PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Performance by Danza Azteca

FIREWORKS
8:15 pm – 8:25 pm – Christmas Fireworks Spectacular

OTHER SUN BOWL FAN FIESTA ENTERTAINMENT
*FREE admission from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
*FREE – Face painting for the kids and adults
*FREE – Entertainment including Bands, Dance Groups, Mariachi Players and much more
*FREE – Ability to take picture with a Wild Western Group and Hyundai Sun Bowl Selfie Booth

  • $5 wristband (unlimited entries) -18 inflatable/interactive games for adults and children

RESTAURANTS
There will be various restaurants represented with El Paso signature foods in the food court area1025 to include Forti’s Mexican Elder and Delicious Burrito (four booths).

Various Vendors – Sun Bowl apparel, El Paso souvenirs, Macy’s, Sport World Sporting Goods, 18 interactive displays and many other venders

The Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta will COMP all military children under 12 a $5 wristband. This will allow unlimited entries to the 18 inflatable/interactive games. You must present your Military ID at the inflatable games ticket tent to receive the wristband.

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Vista Hills Country Club to Host Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge December 15, 2015

Vista Hills Country Club to Host Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and the Vista Hills Country Club are hosting the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 11:00 a.m. (MT)

Fans from the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl teams (Miami and Washington State) will be pitted against each other in an 18-hole two-person scramble match play tournament. The event is also open to anyone who wants to play a fun round of golf.

“The Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge at Vista Hills Country Club is another opportunity to showcase El Paso to our visitors/guests and provides another sports venue for all Sun Bowl Fans,” tournament coordinator Bill Greenwald said.

Opening Ceremony is 11:45 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 12 p.m. (MT).

Seventy-six players are currently signed-up to participate in this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge. Of the 76 participants, 20 are Miami fans and another 20 are Washington State fans.

Also, for the first time in the event’s history, professionals from several golf clubs are playing against each other in a Pro Division/Flight. The golf clubs represented will be Underwood Golf Complex, Horizon Golf Club, Lone Star Golf Club and Vista Hills Country Golf Club.

This will be the third-consecutive year that Vista Hills Country Club will host the Hyundai Sun Bowl Golf Challenge.

Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s fan golf challenge, should contact Bill Greenwald at (915)-443-5589.

The 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon. Tickets are now available by calling (915)-533-4416 or on the web on www.sunbowl.org. Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl in its social media platforms: Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (HyundaiSunBowl), Instagram (Hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge

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Miami to Take on Washington State in 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl December 6, 2015

Miami to Take on Washington State in 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and its football selection committee announced on Sunday, Dec. 6 that the Miami Hurricanes will take on the Washington State Cougars in the 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon.

Miami finished the season 8-4 overall and 5-3 in ACC play while Washington State ended the regular season with a, 8-4 overall record and a 6-3 record in the Pac-12. The Hurricanes finished the season winning four of their last six games while WSU also finished the second half of the season going 4-2 in the final six games.

The administration, coaches and fans from WSU are very excited to head down to the borderland for the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl as the Cougar Director of Athletics Bill Moos mentions.

“Washington State is excited to be participating in the 2015 Sun Bowl,” said Moos. “I can say from experience that both our team and our fans will enjoy the first class hospitality that will be extended by the El Paso community and the bowl itself. This will be a fabulous and deserving reward for our players and a wonderful way to cap off an outstanding season.”

The Miami Director of Athletics also mentioned the excitement of returning to El Paso for the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

“The Sun Bowl is one of college football’s longest standing traditions and I am thrilled that the University of Miami will once again be able to be a part of this wonderful tradition," said UM Athletics Director Blake James. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our student-athletes to face off against a great opponent in Washington State and we look forward to the challenge."

Both teams have been in the Sun Bowl once before. Washington State took on Purdue on Dec. 31, 2001 and defeated the Boilermakers 33-27. Miami played in front of a sell-out crowd on a rare cold and snowy day on Dec. 31, 2010 but lost to Notre Dame 33-17.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Tickets for this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl are now on sale and can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl on social media on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (hyundaisunbowl), Instagram (hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

QUOTES FROM HEAD COACHES
Miami Interim Head Coach Larry Scott
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to compete against a talented team in Washington State,” said Interim Head Coach Larry Scott. “To compete in the Sun Bowl is a special opportunity for our student-athletes to gain valuable postseason experience as we continue to move our program forward.”

Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach
“We are excited to play another football game and spend our holiday week at the Sun Bowl,” said Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach. “Our players and coaches have worked extremely hard to get to a bowl game and we are proud to be playing in one of the nation’s longest-standing bowls.”

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Legend of the Sun Bowl Announced – Former Texas Western Player Joins Historic Group December 2, 2015

Legend of the Sun Bowl Announced – Former Texas Western Player Joins Historic Group

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai have announced Don Maynard as the 2015 Legend of the Sun Bowl for the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl, Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Maynard, a 1987 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and 1957 Sun Bowl game participant, will be inducted during pregame festivities of the 82nd Hyundai Sun Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon.

“It’s great to see someone who is in the Football Hall of Fame and someone that played for our local university being honored as a Legend,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “Some can argue that Maynard’s amazing football career really started to take off here in El Paso. What an honor to have him join the rest of the Sun Bowl Legends.”

Maynard played one season at Rice and three at Texas Western (UTEP) before being selected in the 1958 NFL draft by the New York Giants. After one season with the Giants and a one-year stint in the Canadian Football League, Maynard became the first player to sign with the New York Titans (New York Jets) in 1960, where he garnered most of his career success. Maynard finished his NFL career with 633 receptions, 11,834 receiving yards and 88 touchdowns, while being named a four-time AFL All-Star selection (1965, 1967, 1968, 1969).

Maynard also participated in one of the most memorable moments in football history. In 1969, he was a key figure of the New York Jets’ team that defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Maynard played a long side NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Nathan, as they both helped the AFL Jets defeat the NFL Colts, 16-7, in one of sport’s biggest upsets.

In the 1957 Sun Bowl, Maynard and the Miners were unfortunately shutout by the George Washington Colonials at Kidd Field in El Paso.

As a member of the Texas Western (UTEP) football team, Maynard was a dual-threat offensive player who amassed 2,283 all-purpose yards, 843 rushing yards and 525 kick return yards for the Miners.

Maynard is the 31st member of the elite fraternity of the Legends of the Sun Bowl that includes Cornelius Bennett, Tom Brookshier, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Tony Dorsett, John H. Folmer, Tony Franklin, Hayden Fry, Ken Heineman, Priest Holmes, Don James, Major Harris, Charley Johnson, Harrison Kohl, Verne Lundquist, Johnny Majors, Jimmy Rogers, Jr., Gerald J. Rubin, Craig Silver, Bill Stevens, Pat Summerall, Barry Switzer, Grant Teaff, Derrick Thomas, Thurman Thomas, Pat Tillman, Alex Van Pelt, Jesse Whittenton, Blake Brockermeyer and most recently Mike Price.

Tickets for this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl are now on sale and can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl on social media on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (hyundaisunbowl), Instagram (hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

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Winners Announced for the 2015 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade December 2, 2015

Winners Announced for the 2015 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced the winners of the 79th edition of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade in Sunday’s edition of the El Paso Times.

There were nine award winners including the overall winner (Sweepstakes Award), “Evolution of Flight,” which was built and presented by the El Paso Sports Commission and El Paso Electric. There was also an ROTC award winner and a marching band award winner selected.

The rainy conditions on Thanksgiving morning did not stop the community from enjoying a longtime tradition as over 240,000 people lined Montana Ave. from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to view over 80 entries. Rain poured down on the parade route the night before the parade was to take place and it also came down for about the first 20 minutes of the parade.

“Going down the parade route we saw lots of kids and adults standing in water, sitting in chairs with water flowing under them, which brought me back to why we do this event,” said Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director and parade organizer Joe Daubach. “This is more than an event. It is a tradition! Why else would someone stand in the rain and water puddles? Not only is it a tradition for those watching but it is for those putting it together as well.”

2015 Award Winners
Sweepstakes Award (Overall Winner) – “Evolution of Flight” presented by El Paso Sports Commission and El Paso Electric Company

Queen’s Award (Most Outstanding Large Float) – “Capturing Moments” sponsored and built by Menchies

Grand Marshal’s Award (First Runner-up Large Float) – “Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519 Inventor-Visionary” presented by Western Refining and built by El Paso Downtown Lions Club

General’s Award (Most Outstanding Small Float) – “Space Shuttle” presented by El Paso County Challenge Academy

President’s Award (First Runner-up small float) – “Time Travel” by the El Paso Cowboys Football Team

Judge’s Award (Best Special Effects) – “Extraordinary Inventions” sponsored and built by FirstLight Federal Credit Union

Governor’s Award (Best Presentation of the Parade Theme) – “iPad” presented by Catholic Diocesan Schools

Duchess Award (Best Showmanship) – “Stay on the Nice List, Don’t Drink and Drive” sponsored and built by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the District Attorney’s Office

Princess Award (Most Appealing) – “Santa’s Workshop” sponsored and built by Evolve Federal Credit Union

ROTC Award Winner – Jefferson High School

Marching Band Award Winner – Franklin High School

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FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Lineup Announced; Watch Highlights from Last Year’s Parade on YouTube November 13, 2015

FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Lineup Announced; Watch Highlights from Last Year’s Parade on YouTube

EL PASO, Texas – The 2015 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is set for Thursday, Nov. 26 and starts at 10 a.m. on Montana Avenue starting from Ochoa Street and finishing at Copia Street. The lineup is set and has been announced by parade organizers from FirstLight Federal Credit Union and the Sun Bowl Association.

There are 17 floats in the parade, including a float built by employees of FLFCU and a float built by volunteers of the Sun Bowl Association. There are also nine marching bands, three ROTC groups, four equestrian groups and a variety of other groups including military, police departments and fire departments.

The 79th edition of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade will feature several members of the 1966 UTEP men’s basketball team (then known as Texas Western) as the Grand Marshal on Thanksgiving Day. UTEP men’s basketball took El Paso and the rest of the country by storm in 1966 as the team coached by hall of famer Don Haskins, went undefeated in the NCAA tournament and claimed the only National Championship in program history.

Review stand tickets for the parade can be purchased for $5 now at FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches, Circle K locations and the Sun Bowl Association office. For more information call (915) 533-4416.

A highlight video of the 2014 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade can be seen on YouTube by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/Dwnxr1__jH0.

2015 Parade Lineup


El Paso PP&K Qualifiers Set to Compete in Dallas Team Championships November 13, 2015

El Paso PP&K Qualifiers Set to Compete in Dallas Team Championships

EL PASO, Texas – Two participants from the El Paso area have qualified to move on to the Team Competitions of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick and will compete at the Dallas Cowboys game on Saturday, Dec. 19 in Arlington, Texas.

Ava Labrado and Beth Baumler will travel to AT&T Stadium in Dallas to compete against other qualifiers at halftime of the Cowboys vs. New York Jets game.

Labrado earned top-qualifying honors in the girls division, ages 8-9 on Oct. 20 at the Sun Bowl stadium when she carded a score of 181’.9” (42’.3” punt, 97’.6” pass and 42’.0” kick).

Baulmer, who finished as the top-qualifier of the girls 14-15 age group, carded a 284’.7” total (79’.8” punt, 78’.11” pass and 126’.0 kick) at the Sun Bowl stadium.

The two El Paso qualifiers will compete against six other qualifiers of the Dallas Cowboys PP&K region.

The top-four high scorers in each of the 10 age divisions from all the 32 team championship events will advance to the PP&K National Championships, which will take place at a January NFL playoff game.

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Vanderbilt’s Zack Jaworski Takes Home 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Title November 9, 2015

Vanderbilt’s Zack Jaworski Takes Home 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Title

EL PASO, Texas – Vanderbilt senior Zack Jaworski started the day in fifth place on the leaderboard but fired a 4-under-par 67 in the final round at the 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic to become the 41st champion of the prestigious event and take home the Lee Trevino Trophy.

Jaworski becomes the second player from Vanderbilt to win the event as former Vanderbilt golfer Luke List won it in 2005 posting a three round score of 200 (67-65-68). Jaworski finished the tournament carding 16 birdies, including six in the final round of play. After posting bogies on holes seven and eight, he maintain his composure and tallied four birdies and six pars in the final 10 holes of play.

“Off the tee I wasn’t as solid as I would have liked, but around the greens I got the putter going, I got hot and I started making birdies,” Jaworski said.

Jaworski’s teammate, junior Matthias Schwab made a push for the 2015 title tying for second place with LSU’s Zach Wright and South Florida’s Claudio Correa with a 4-under 209. Schwab entered the final round of play in a tie for sixth and moved up four spots has he tallied a 3-under-par 68 in the final round using six birdies to help move up the leaderboard.

“I wouldn’t expect less than that from Matthias,” Jawoski said. “He is a great player and plays very consistent.”

“We are really excited for Jaws and Matthias and how they represented themselves and our program,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “This is a great event with great history and for them to finish first and second is really a big deal.

Correa, who entered round three with the lead, struggled on Sunday posting three bogeys and only one birdie ending the day with a 2-over-par 73. East Tennessee State’s Adrian Meronk started the final day of play in second place but also had a tough day on the course as he also carded a 2-over. His play seemed inconsistent in round three as he marked four birdies, four bogeys, a double-bogey and nine pars.

Alumni of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $1.6 billion and winning 617 events on the PGA Tour. Over 145 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, raising more than $753,000 in scholarship money for the participating institutions. Each university represented by the Western Refining College All-Americans will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Player Leaderboard
El Paso Country Club (Par 71; 6,889 Yards)
FINAL
1 Zack Jaworski – Vanderbilt: 71-69-67—207 (-6)
T2 Matthias Schwab – Vanderbilt: 70-71-68—209 (-4)
T2 Zach Wright – LSU: 69-70-70—209 (-4)
T2 Claudio Correa – South Florida: 68-68-73—209 (-4)
T5 Beau Hossler – Texas: 74-69-68—211 (-2)
T5 Adrian Meronk – East Tennessee State: 70-68-73—211 (-2)
T7 Rico Hoey – Southern California: 65-76-72—213 (E)
T7 Max Rottluff – Arizona State: 74-65-74—213 (E)
9 Will Zalatoris – Wake Forest: 72-72-70—214 (1)
10 John Oda – UNLV: 64-78-73—215 (
2)
T11 Gavin Hall – Texas: 69-75-72—216 (3)
T11 Zach Seabolt – Winthrop: 74-70-72—216 (
3)
13 Brandon Matthews – Temple: 68-74-76—218 (5)
T14 Robin Sciot-Siegrist – Louisville: 70-72-78—220 (
7)
T14 Blair Hamilton – Houston: 70-75-75—220 (7)
16 Doug Ghim – Texas: 75-73-73—221 (
8)
17 Brandon Pierce – LSU: 71-75-78—224 (11)
18 Santiago Gomez – Nova Southeastern: 71-77-77—225 (
12)
19 Riley Davenport – Charlotte: 75-77-74—226 (13)
T20 Ben Griffin – North Carolina: 75-77-76—228 (
15)
T20 Rigel Fernandes – South Florida: 74-80-74—228 (15)
22 Taylor Moore – Arkansas: 76-77-76—229 (
16)

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Lee Trevino Special Guest at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic November 5, 2015

Lee Trevino Special Guest at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining have announced that PGA legend and Hall of Famer Lee Trevino will be in attendance at the 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Classic on November 5-6 at the El Paso Country Club in El Paso, Texas.

Trevino, whose hometown is El Paso, will be in attendance at the welcome banquet speaking to the All-America student-athletes that are participating in the tournament. The welcome banquet is closed to the public, but those who would like to get an autograph or picture with Trevino can do so at the Long Drive and Putting Contest on November 6. He will be at the El Paso Country Club from 9am-12pm, encouraging the golfers and speaking with those watching the contest.

“It’s great to have someone that is such a legend, not only on the PGA Tour, but also in El Paso,” said tournament chairman Gary Hanson. “Lee has be very instrumental in helping establish this tournament and to have him back in his hometown is a great thing for everyone.”

He qualified for the U.S. Open in 1966, made the cut, and tied for 54th. He qualified again in 1967 and shot 283 (+3), eight shots behind champion Jack Nicklaus, and only four behind runner-up Arnold Palmer. Trevino finished fifth, which earned him Tour privileges for the rest of the 1967 season. He was named Rookie of the Year by Golf Digest. The fifth-place finish at the U.S. Open also earned him an exemption into the following year’s event.

During his career, Trevino won 29 times on the PGA Tour, including six majors. He was at his best in the early 1970s, when he was Nicklaus’s chief rival. He won the money list title in 1970, and had six wins in 1971 and four wins in 1972.

Trevino had a remarkable spell during a span of 20 days in the summer of 1971. He defeated Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1971 U.S. Open. Two weeks later, he won the Canadian Open (the first of three), and the following week won The Open Championship (British Open), becoming the first player to win those three titles in the same year. Trevino was awarded the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of 1971. He also won Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year” and was named ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.

In 1972 at Muirfield in Scotland, Trevino became the first player to successfully defend The Open Championship since Palmer in 1962. In a remarkable third round at Muirfield, Trevino had five-consecutive birdies from the 14th through the 18th, holing a bunker shot on the 16th and sinking a 30–foot chip on the 18th for a round of 66. In the final round, Trevino was tied for the lead on the 17th tee with Tony Jacklin. Trevino chipped in from the rough on the back of the green for a par on the 17th. A shaken Jacklin three-putted the same hole from 15 feet for a bogey. Trevino parred the 18th hole for a final round of 71, winning him the Open by a stroke over Nicklaus, with Jacklin finishing third. Trevino holed out four times from off the greens during the tournament. Nicklaus had won the first two majors of the year and fell just short in the third leg of the grand slam. After holing his chip shot on the 17th in the final round, Trevino said: “I’m the greatest chipper in the world.”

In the PGA Championship in 1974, Trevino won the fifth of his six major championships. He won the title by a stroke, again over Nicklaus, the fourth and final time he was a runner-up in a major to Trevino.

About the Tournament
The 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic will be held November 6-8 at the El Paso Country Club, where the best college golfers in the country will look to etch their name onto the tournament’s illustrious history.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 47 majors championships and have earned over $1 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year. The event is free and open to the public.

2015 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 6)
9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

10 a.m. Trevino available to speak with media

Saturday (Nov. 7)
8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.

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Grand Marshal Announced for FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Day Parade October 27, 2015

Grand Marshal Announced for FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Day Parade

El Paso, Texas – The 79th edition of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade will feature several members of the 1966 UTEP men’s basketball team (then known as Texas Western) as the Grand Marshal on Thanksgiving Day.

UTEP men’s basketball took El Paso and the rest of the country by storm in 1966 as the team coached by hall of famer Don Haskins, went undefeated in the NCAA tournament and claimed the only National Championship in program history.

“We are honored and truly thankful to have the 1966 Texas Western Miners Basketball Team serve as our grand marshals,” said Karl Murphy, President and CEO of FirstLight Federal Credit Union. "All were so talented, and won the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament against all odds and changed the course of history.”

An exact count of the former players who will be leading this year’s parade will be released in a future date.

Bobby Joe Hill, a forward from Detroit, Mi., led the Miners with 15.0 points per game (ppg) and 3.0 rebounds per game (rpg). Center David Lattin, a Houston native, also had a stellar season averaging 14.0 ppg and 8.6 rpg. Guard Orsten Artis (12.6 ppg), center Nevil Shed (10.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and forward Harry Flournoy (8.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg)

UTEP arrived to the NCAA tournament sporting a 23-1 record, and wins against Oklahoma City, Cincinnati, Kansas and Utah set-up a meeting with then No. 1 Kentucky for the National Championship. The Miners defeated Kentucky 72-65 to claim the historic win at Cole Field House in College Park, Md.

The 1966 triumph still remains as the only Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship ever won by any school in the state of Texas.

Not only did Haskins’ team accomplish athletic greatness, but it also broke-down racial and cultural barriers. The team faced several racial-driven encounters which were illustrated in the award-winning film “Glory Road,” which is based on a true story about the impactful 1966 team.

The 79th Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is Nov. 26 at 10 a.m.

Review Stand tickets for the parade can be purchased now at FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches, Circle K locations and the Sun Bowl Association office. For more information call (915) 533-4416.

Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015

Parade Theme: Extraordinary Inventions

Step-off Time: 10:00 a.m. (MST)

Parade Route: Montana Avenue; beginning at Ochoa and ending at Copia (2.7 miles)

Anticipated Units: 100 units including floats, giant helium balloons, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units, royalty, dignitaries, celebrity Grand Marshal, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican/Indian dancers to military ceremonial units.

Television: Live coverage of the parade will be broadcast on local affiliate television KTSM Channel 9 (NBC).

Anticipated Crowd: More than 260,000 spectators lined Montana last year to witness the parade. Approximately the same amount of people are expected for this year’s parade.

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Field Announced for the 41st Annual Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic October 22, 2015

Field Announced for the 41st Annual Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic

EL PASO, Texas – The field is set and the Sun Bowl Association has announced that there are 21 of the nation’s top collegiate golfers making their way to the Sun City to play in the 41st edition of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic that runs Nov. 6-8 at the El Paso Country Club.

There are 11 All-Americans playing in this year’s tournament ranked amongst the top 100 amateur golfers, according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Among the top-ranked players are the following: Texas junior Beau Hossler (No. 7), Texas sophomore Scottie Scheffler (No. 15), Vanderbilt junior Matthias Schwab (No. 17) and Louisville senior Robin Sciot-Siegrist (No. 24).

The 2015 field of All-Americans also includes the Division II National Player of the Year, Santiago Gomez of Nova Southeastern, 2014-15 ACC Freshman of the Year Claudio Correa, 2014-15 PING All-Central honoree Blair Hamilton of Houston and the 2015 SoCon Player of the Year, Adrian Meronk of East Tennessee State. UNLV’s John Oda, who was the recipient of the 2015 Mountain West Scholar Athlete Award and a 2015 PING All-West Region honoree, will also be a part of the field this year.

USC junior Rico Hoey, who finished in a tie for second place during last year’s Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Classic, is returning for another chance at the Lee Trevino Trophy.

“Western is proud to again team with the Sun Bowl Association to welcome the most college golf’s most elite players in the country to El Paso,” said Jeff Stevens, President and CEO of Western Refining. “For over 40 years, this tournament has showcased the best college golfers to our city. The alumni of this tournament are now the legends of the PGA Tour and this week El Pasoans will have the chance to see the future legends of golf perform at El Paso Country Club.”

Each university represented by the Western Refining College All-Americans will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Alumni of the Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $1.6 billion and winning 617 events on the PGA Tour. Over 145 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, raising more than $753,000 in scholarship money for the participating institutions.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who have gone on to have successful PGA careers.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year. The event is free and open to the public.

2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Field
Claudio Correa – South Florida
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American

Appeared in all 37 rounds for USF as a freshman, averaging 71.7 strokes per round to earn the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year award, as well as All-Conference honors and PING All-Region honors… shot par or better 20 times, including three rounds during the NCAA Championships stroke play, and logged six top 10 finishes in 2015… finished sixth in the individual NCAA Championship leading USF into match-play with a best-ever top eight finish as a team… won the 2015 Gator Invite, carding a 54-hole total of 205 (-5), and finished in the top 10 six different times… posted a 10-stroke victory in the 2015 Mexican Amateur Championship at the Yucatan Country Club in Merida, Mexico shooting a 5-under par, 283 … earned an automatic exemption into the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

Riley Davenport – Charlotte
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

2015 All-American Honorable Mention… in 2015, Played 12 tournaments covering 35 rounds that includes setting a new school-record for best finish at the NCAA Championship tying for eighth in the 156-player field… shot three-consecutive rounds of 71 at the 2015 Bayou City Collegiate to register his second-best finishes of 213 and tie for seventh out of 87 other golfers… his 68 at the 2015 Gary Koch Invitational started his best 54-hole tournament finish in his career adding up to 212 (68-72-72) while he tied for fifth out of 81 competitors… played in eight events during 2014 posting best finish at the 2014 Tiger Invitational in March finishing tied for 12th with an even-par tournament of 216 (74-72-70)… his five-over 221 was tied for 31st and earned him Rookie of the Week (Feb. 27) at the 2013 Bayou City Collegiate Championships.

Rigel Fernandes – South Florida
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American

In 2015, Finished in the top 25 a team-high 10 times, and recorded a top-10 finish four times … tied for the individual title at the 2015 Irish Creek Collegiate, shooting 208 (-8) over three rounds… helped USF to a first place finish at the 2015 Yale Golf Course… named a 2015 PING All-Region member, and was one of five All-American Athletic Conference honorees from USF… in 2014, became just the fifth golfer in USF history to shoot less than 1.15 strokes above par… finished in third at the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate, shooting 213 (-3)… As a high-schooler in 2013, earned AJGA All-American honorable mention in 2013.

Santiago Gomez – Nova Southeastern
Senior – Division II National Player of the Year

Earned multiple postseason awards in 2015, after a season in which he finished as the No. 1-ranked golfer in all of Division II and earned the highest individual honor in the NCAA as the Jack Nicklaus Award winner… earned First Team PING All-American honors, by the GCAA, was NCAA All-South Region, and was named Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year as well as First Team All-SSC… finished second at the 2015 NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional… his birdie putt on the 54th hole of match play earned the clinching point, giving the Sharks a 3-2 win and the 2015 NCAA National Championship… finished the 2014 Spring season ranked No. 3 in all of D II, while being named a PING D II second-team All-American.

Ben Griffin – North Carolina
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American

A 2015 honorable mention PING All-America, Carolina’s first player to win any All-America honors since 2008… 2015 PING all-region selection… academic All-ACC selection and earned a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2015… ranked 46th in the World Amateur Rankings (as of Aug. 16, 2015)… competed in the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club… qualified for the U.S. Amateur by finishing T2 at the sectional qualifier in Southern Pines… quarterfinalist at the 2015 North and South Amateur… 2013 AJGA Rolex first-team team All-America… 2014 AJGA Rolex second-team All-America… won 2013 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions… won the 2011 U.S. Kids Golf – Teen World Championship… two-time Wyndham Cup East Team participant in 2013 and 2014.

Blair Hamilton – Houston
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

2015 U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifier… 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship Participant (Round of 32)… 2014-15 PING All-America Honorable Mention… 2014-15 PING All-Central Region Team… 2015 NCAA Lubbock Regional Co-Champion… 2014-15 All-American Athletic Conference Team… 2015 Border Olympics Individual Champion… American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week (March 19, 2015)… 2014-15 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team… 2013-14 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team… 2012-13 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll… finished tied for first at the 2015 NCAA Lubbock Regional… qualified for the final round of the 2015 NCAA Championships.

Rico Hoey – USC
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American

Two-time GCAA All-American and All-Pac-12 first team performer… finished in second place at the 2015 Bill Cullum Invitational at 12-under 204 (65-67-72), tied for second at the 2014 Western Refining College All-America at 7-under 206 (69-66-71) and third at the 2015 Itani Quality Homes Collegiate at 5-under 205 (66-65-74)… tied for fourth at the 2015 NCAA Bremerton Regional at 8-under 208 (69-69-70), tied for fifth at the 2015 Amer Ari Invitational at 12-under 204 (66-66-72) and was fourth at the 2015 Jones Invitational at 3-under 213 (70-72-71)… tied for 43rd at the 2015 NCAA Championships, providing two counter rounds to help USC qualify for the match play playoff… 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Beau Hossler – Texas
Junior – First Team All-American

2015 PING All-America… 2015 All-Nicklaus Team… 2015 U.S. Open qualifier… 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year… 2015 All-Big 12 First Team… 2015 Palmer Cup Team (U.S.)… 2015 Walker Cup Team (U.S.)… 2015 SGA National Am of the Month – March… 2015 Ben Hogan Award Watch List… 2014 PING All-America Honorable Mention… 2014 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year… 2014 Academic All-Big 12 first team selection.. member of 2014 Big Championship squad… earned medalist honors at 2015 Johnny Hayt Collegiate Invitational.

Zack Jaworski – Vanderbilt
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll… 2015 GCAA Honorable Mention All-American… 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll… 2012-2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll… finished T-19 at the 2015 Mason Rudolph and a career-best T-9 at the 2015 SEC Championship… Carded a four-round score of 288 (71-74-71-72) at the 2015 NCAA Championship to finish in a tie for 11th, which garnered him honorable mention All-American status… was Vanderbilt’s top finisher at the 2013 NCAA Tempe Regional as a freshman… in 2014, participated in The Players Amateur and qualified for the U.S. Amateur in Atlanta.

Brandon Matthews – Temple
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

Carded a one-under par 70 on the final day of the 2014 American Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championships to tie for fourth-place with a one-under 213… selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Golf Championship and entered with a 71.5 average … tied for 38th overall at the NCAA Raleigh Regional carding a six-over 77… shot a one-over 73 to tie for 70th overall at the 2014 U.S. Amateur before missing the quarterfinals by one stroke… won the 2013 Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 109th Open by carding a two-under 140… tied for second at 2013 PA Amateur Cup… advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Amateur… named to the 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team… honored as 2013 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.

Adrian Meronk – East Tennessee State
Senior – Third Team All-American

In 2015, became the first Polish player to appear in the Palmer Cup… received 2014 All-American honors from PING and Golfweek, while also being selected to the PING All-Region Team… named 2015 SoCon Player of the Year, First Team All-Southern Conference and SoCon Player of the Month (April)… named to the 2015 SoCon Academic Honor Roll… won the 2015 Inverness Intercollegiate (Sept. 22-23) and earned co-medalist honors two weeks later at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 6-7)… received second team All-Atlantic Sun and PING All-Regional honors in 2014… named second team All-Atlantic Sun and Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team and received Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors in 2013.

Taylor Moore – Arkansas
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

Earned co-medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Amateur… qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur as the top finisher at Texarkana Country Club… finished tied for 2nd at the 2015 SunTrust Gator Invitational… earned 6th place at the 2015 SEC Championships… ended the 2014 season ranked No. 75 by Golf week, No. 85 by Golfstat and No. 115 in the GolfstatCup… garnered SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll honors in 2014… named Co-SEC Freshman of the Year and was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2013… earned a spot on the 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

John Oda – UNLV
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American

Recipient of the 2015 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award and member of the Academic All-MW team… also made the 2015 Dean’s Honor List… named honorable mention All-America and selected to the 2015 PING All-West Region team… was the 2015 MW Freshman of the Year and also earned All-MW honors… named the 2015 Earl E. Wilson Most Valuable Player, which is given annually to the top player on the UNLV squad… during the summer of 2015, he played in the USGA Amateur Championship, the Western Amateur, the Sahalee Players Championship and he was selected to represent the USGA at Carnoustie in Scotland at The (British) Amateur Championship… he tied for 10th at the Sahalee Players Championship and made the round of 36 at The Amateur Championship.

Brandon Pierce – LSU
Junior – Honorable All-American

The top-ranked player and leading scorer for an LSU team that swept SEC and NCAA team championships during a historic 2014-15 season… one of the NCAA’s Top 30 players in the final season rankings for both Golfstat (23) and Golfweek (28) released following the NCAA Championships in 2015… an All-American for the first time in his collegiate career as a third-team selection by Golfweek and honorable-mention selection by the Golf Coaches Association of America… also a 2015 PING All-Southeast Region performer for the first time… was a 2015 second-team All-SEC selection by the league’s head coaches on the strength of his outstanding sophomore season… named the 2015 Louisiana Collegiate Player of the Year and a first-team All-Louisiana performer as the top player in the state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Max Rotfluff – Arizona State
Senior – First Team All-American

In 2014-15 has recorded nine top-10 finishes in 14 tournaments, including first-place finishes at the Alister MacKenzie Invite and the Arizona Intercollegiate… shot a career-low 63 in the second round of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational… earned GCAA first-team All-American honors and second-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors… recorded three top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish at the Prestige at PGA West, in his sophomore season of 2013-14 and shot 72.16 in eight tournaments… finished junior year (2014-15) with a 3.49 GPA in marketing, and is on pace to earn his marketing degree in May of 2015 … earned Dean’s List in the spring of 2015.

Scottie Scheffler – Texas
Sophomore – Second Team All-American

2015 Phil Mickelson Freshman of the Year… 2015 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year… 2015 PING All-America Second Team… 2015 All-Freshmen Team… 2015 All-Big 12 First Team… SGA National Amateur of the Month (April)… 2015 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll… finished his junior career ranked No. 1 in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings after totaling three years of Rolex Junior All-America honors… currently 34th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Matthias Schwab – Vanderbilt
Junior – Third Team All-American

2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll… 2015 GCAA Third-Team All-American…2015 All-SEC First Team… 2015 Palmer Cup European Team… 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll… 2014 SEC All-Freshman Team… finished in a tie for 11th at the NCAA Championship… advanced match play and the round of 16 at the 2013 U.S. Amateur in Chicago.

Robin Scoit-Siegrist
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

Earned 2015 ACC Co-Championship with -11 under par performance… finished tied for fourth as an individual at the 2015 NCAA Championship in Bradenton, Fla… named honorable mention All-American by PING in 2015… Named a 2015 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar… took home the title at the 2014 Classic du Prieure at 69-65-66=200 and the Grand Prix de Saint Nom with a 67-68-68=203… tied for fifth at the 2014 European Championship… tied for seventh at the 2014 NCAA Regional by shooting a 215.

Zach Seabolt – Winthrop
Junior – Third Team All-American

Is ranked No. 8 in the country by Golfstat following the 2014 fall season… is No. 9 in the Palmer Cup point standings following the 2014 fall season… played in four tournaments and 12 rounds during 2014 fall season… captured two tournament titles at the Northern Intercollegiate with a 4-under 212 and the Rees Jones Intercollegiate with an 8-under 208… was selected to participate in The Patriot All-America tournament on Dec. 29-31 at the Wigwam Arizona Gold course to honor fallen service men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, and finished tied for 10th … Earned At-large selection to the 2014 NCAA Raleigh Regional where he tied for 20th place at 3-over par 216… was voted 2014 Big South All-Conference Team… earned the 2014 Big South Conference Freshman of the Year award.

Zach Wright – LSU
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

2015 PING Honorable Mention All-American… 2015 second-team All-SEC… 2015 PING All-Southeast Region… 2015 SEC Community Service Team… 2014 U.S. Amateur Qualifier… 2013 Louisiana Classics Champion… 2012 U.S. Amateur Qualifier… one of two Tigers to post a perfect 3-0 record in match play at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida… joined senior All-American Ben Taylor in winning all three matches to lead the Tigers to their fifth national championship in program history and their first in 60 years since 1955… ran his record to a perfect 5-0 in match play at the NCAA Championships in back-to-back appearances in 2014 and 2015… scored LSU’s second point in a 4-1 win over the No. 5-seeded USC Trojans in the NCAA Championship Match with his 3-and-2 victory over Sean Crocker en route to the national championship.

Will Zalatoris – Wake Forest
Sophomore – Third Team All-American

Tied for 21st at the 2015 Carpet Capital Collegiate, shooting a 1-under 215 with scores of 73-72-71 in his first collegiate event…followed up his first collegiate tournament with a 12th-place finish at the Primland Collegiate Invitational, shooting an 8-under 208 and helping Wake Forest to a team victory in the tournament… won his first college tournament at the 2015 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, shooting 10-under par over two rounds and leading Wake Forest to a second-consecutive team tournament win… finished 19th overall at the 2015 US Collegiate Championship, shooting a 1-under 215 on the tournament and helping Wake Forest to a fourth-place team finish… earned a top five finish at the 2015 Querencia Cabo Collegiate with a 6-under 207 for the tournament.

2015 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 6)
9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

Saturday (Nov. 7)
8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.

All events listed above will be held at the El Paso Country Club and are free and open to the public.

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Winners from the Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl Punt, Pass and Kick Presented by the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation October 21, 2015

Winners from the Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl Punt, Pass and Kick Presented by the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has verified the results and winners for the Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl Punt, Pass & Kick presented by the City of El Paso Parks that was conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Sun Bowl Stadium.

The winner in each age division has a chance to participate in the “team competition” that will be held at halftime of the New York Jets versus Dallas Cowboys game on December 19 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

NFL PP&K, the oldest grassroots initiative at the NFL, continues to reach children ages 6-15 and allows them to experience the fun of learning football fundamentals in an engaging and supportive non-contact environment.

The winners are listed below and separated by age group.

Boys
Ages 6/7 – Isaiah Valle (punt: 30-11; pass: 36’; kick: 41’2; Total: 107’6)
Ages 8/9 – Damien Rodriguez (punt: 56’7, pass: 71’2; kick: 66’6; Total: 194’3)
Ages 10/11 – Diego Aguilera (punt: 78’9; pass: 66’10; kick: 100’4; Total: 242’11)
Ages 12/13 – Michael Nowell (punt: 79’8; pass: 122’10; kick: 49’11; Total: 252’5)
Ages 14/15 – Shaun Jones (punt: 38’3; pass: 113’7; kick: 78’5; Total: 230’3)

Girls
Ages 6/7 – Victoria Jones (punt: 13’2; pass: 19’; kick: 10’4; Total: 42’6)
Ages 8/9 – Ava Labrado (punt: 42’3; pass: 37’6; kick: 42’; Total: 121’11)
Ages 10/11 – Jewel Vielma (punt: 57’9; pass: 61’10; kick: 42’; Total: 160’5)
Ages 12/13 – Karina Ortega (punt: 104’; pass: 66’2; kick: 82’6; Total: 252’8)
Ages 14/15 – Beth Bauntler (punt: 79’8; pass: 78’; kick: 126’; Total: 283’)

COMPLETE RESULTS
Boys 6/7 Punt Pass Kick Total
Emiliaro Murga 8’ 18’6 2’ 28’6
Javier Hernandez 6’8 28’ 11’ 45’8
Alan Rivera 27’8 21’6 7’7 57’1
Carlos Rojas III 0 44’2 27’2 71’4
Gael Soto 18’ 39’3 26’8 83’11
Isaiah Valle 30’11 36’ 41’2 107’6

Boys 8/9
Andres S. Rios 2’9 29’3 11’10 43’10
Nathan C. Barrientos 0 38’7 19’11 58’6
Alan Lara 8’7 23’ 28’2 59’9
Jedrick Alferez 14’7 49’7 0 64’2
Nathan A. Trevino 36’4 13’3 25’5 75’0
Caleb Lendley 39’7 30’8 10’2 80’5
Russel D. Pope 17’9 55’10 13’7 87’2
Adriel Cruz 38’5 35’1 15’5 88’11
Tenron McGrew 16’1 46’ 54’5 116’6
Pablo Chavez 31’5 31’6 55’ 117’11
Noah A. Vitela 15’10 40’9 63’3 119’`0
Nathaniel Delgado 30’4 32’6 61’6 124’4
Donte Reedy 60’10 32’5 41’8 134’11
Bradan Ferrar 61’5 54’8 25’4 141’5
Angelo Vega 42’4 49’11 51’2 143’5
Jayden Nunez 42’10 52’5 52’2 147’5
Daniel Morales 37’10 56’3 64’6 158’7
Aydan Rodriguez 63’ 45’2 55’3 163’5
Antonio Rentana 60’ 53’11 50’6 164’5
Victor Valle 65’8 60’ 65’11 191’7
Damien Rodriguez 56’7 71’2 66’6 194’3

Boys 10/11
DaShaun Ferguson 25’ 57’8 10’ 92’8
Jiovanni Arriola 43’9 49’10 2’9 95’9
Jayden Jimerson 46’10 48’4 21’10 117’
Matthew B. Pope 51’ 68’9 24’5 144’2
Isaiah Ochoa 56’ 43’3 48’1 147’4
Bryan Delgado 70’ 56’4 22’1 148’5
Dominic Ozaeta 48’8 58’ 45’8 152’4
Caleb G. Herrera 44’6 47’6 60’4 152’4
Damian Diaz 53’9 77’8 21’8 152’8
Hugo Rivera 48’10 54’8 51’5 154’11
Xavier Leon 37’ 70’5 52’6 159’11
Gabriel Carlos 55’2 74’2 52’11 182’3
Kevin Martinez 47’1 62’7 74’2 183’10
Isaac Ortega 74’3 66’0 50’4 190’7
Isaiah Coronado 69’8 66’10 56’10 193’4
Carlos Sanchez 78’5 57’4 58’7 194’4
Brayden Goeldner 87’3 47’8 59’7 194’6
Sam Lopez Jr. 63’1 72’9 65’5 201’3
Sebastian Ortega 56’10 79’7 96’9 233’2
Diego Aguilera 78’9 66’10 100’4 242’11

Boys 12/13
Christopher Villalobos 27’4 63’6 31’ 121’10
Marc Johnson 43’5 64’ 47’11 155’4
Luis Favela 42’6 68’ 49’3 159’9
Ruben Martinez 36’5 94’1 51’3 181’9
Rene Almager 64’7 66’6 64’4 195’5
Daniel George Munez 87’1 83’6 47’11 218’6
Adrian Sanchez 53’3 95’3 80’11 226’5
Michael Nowell 79’8 122’10 49’11 252’5

Boys 14/15
Shaun Jones 38’3 113’7 78’5 230’3

Girls 6/7
Aubrey Rodarte 0 12’7 5’3 17’10
Vianney Rodriguez 5’ 4’8 7’11 17’7
Leilani Cabral 10’ 12’6 5’ 27’6
Estrella Reta 0 11’8 17’6 29’2
Brianna Rodriguez 22’1 11’2 4’5 37’8
Victoria Jones 13’2 19’ 10’4 42’6

Girls 8/9
Madelin Ozaeta 7’5 16’3 3’6 27’2
Viviana Murga 0 18’6 16’ 34’6
Damara Guilford 0 41’5 2’8 44’1
Makayla Nonell 17’4 23’11 4’4 45’7
Hanna Delgado 0 22’8 25’6 48’2
Charlyene Mina Rojas 5’5 40’8 8’2 54’3
Kimberly Rodriguez 0 24’9 42’6 67’3
Anais Ferris 0 34’ 40’3 74’3
Alejandra Salazar 19’ 32’7 23’1 74’8
Jimena 19’2 30’1 27’2 76’5
Isabella Rosales 14’ 32’1 35’3 81’4
Kayden Anderson 31’4 26’9 36’2 94’3
Sophia Guitierrez 35’5 36’5 29’10 101’8
Ava Labrado 42’3 37’6 42’ 121’9

Girls 10/11
Ashley White 9’7 18’7 9’ 37’2
Andrea Murga 13’10 36’5 35’2 85’5
Alyssa McBain 30’4 41’6 15’11 86’9
Aries Mendez 0 53’6 35’7 89’1
Alyssa M. Pena 29’4 41’6 29’7 100’5
Victoria Perez 49’5 49’11 36’10 136’2
Aryanna Malfavan 59’4 42’2 57’8 159’2
Jewels Vielma 57’9 61’10 42’ 161’7

Girls 12/13
Madison Spencer 57’ 63’ 20’10 140’10
Kiana Melendrez 34’8 63’ 64’10 162’6

Girls 14/15
Karina Ortega 104’ 66’2 82’6 252’8
Beth Bauntler 79’8 78’ 126’ 283’0

ADVANCEMENT
• All participants must begin competition at the school level or officially sanctioned local community competition.
• The top finisher in each of the boys’ and girls’ divisions from the five age brackets of each Local Competition will advance to the Sectional Round. The top finisher is the participant who has the highest final score for that round. Contestants who qualify for the Sectionals must compete at the location to which they are assigned. Each school or Local is notified of the location of the Sectional prior to the competition.
• At the Sectionals, each competitor will begin anew with a score of zero. Only the top four first-place finishers in each age bracket from the boys’ and girls’ divisions from the pool of Sectional Competition champions will advance to the Team Championship. At all levels of competition, only first-place winners will be considered for advancement to the next level.
• At the Team Championships, each of the 40 competitors begins a new with a score of zero. The top finisher within each age bracket at this level is declared that NFL team’s NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK Team Champion. The top finisher is the participant who has achieved the highest final score for that round.
• Only the four first-place Team Champions from each of the boys’ and girls’ divisions of all NFL Team Champions are eligible for advancement to the National Finals. Their scores must be in the top four nationally in their respective age groups to qualify.
• National Finalists are notified at the conclusion of all Team Championships at the end of December.
• At the National Finals, each competitor begins anew with a score of zero. The top finisher within each age bracket at this level is named the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK National Champion. The top finisher is the participant who has achieved the highest final score.

For questions or concerns on results and advancement call the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department at 915-351-1320.

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Winners from the Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl Punt, Pass and Kick Presented by the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation October 20, 2015

Winners from the Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl Punt, Pass and Kick Presented by the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation

EL PASO, Texas – The results are in and the winners for the Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl Punt, Pass & Kick presented by the City of El Paso Parks have been announced. The winners are listed below and separated by age group.

Boys
Ages 6/7 – Isaiah Valle (punt: 30-11; pass: 36’; kick: 41’2; Total: 107’6)
Ages 8/9 – Damien Rodriguez (punt: 56’7, pass: 71’2; kick: 66’6; Total: 194’3)
Ages 10/11 – Diego Aguilera (punt: 78’9; pass: 66’10; kick: 100’4; Total: 242’11)
Ages 12/13 – Michael Nowell (punt: 79’8; pass: 122’10; kick: 49’11; Total: 252’5)
Ages 14/15 – Shaun Jones (punt: 38’3; pass: 122’10; kick: 49’11; Total: 252’5)

Girls
Ages 6/7 – Victoria Jones (punt: 13’2; pass: 19’; kick: 10’4; Total: 42’6)
Ages 8/9 – Ava Labrado (punt: 42’3; pass: 37’6; kick: 42’; Total: 121’11)
Ages 10/11 – Jewel Vielma (punt: 57’9; pass: 61’10; kick: 42’; Total: 160’5)
Ages 12/13 – Karina Ortega (punt: 104’; pass: 66’2; kick: 82’6; Total: 252’8)
Ages 14/15 – Beth Bauntler (punt: 79’8; pass: 78’; kick: 126’; Total: 252’8)

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Editor’s Note: *another release will be sent out on Wednesday when results are verified.


Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl Punt, Pass & Kick Presented by the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Set for October 20 October 19, 2015

Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl Punt, Pass & Kick Presented by the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Set for October 20

EL PASO, Texas – The Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl Punt, Pass & Kick presented by the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department is set for Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. (MT) in Sun Bowl Stadium on the campus of UTEP.

Those interested in participating in the event should show up to the Sun Bowl Stadium by 4:30 p.m. to register. All participants are to bring their birth certificated to the stadium and no cleats are allowed during the competition. If there are any questions or concerns about the competition please call Andrea Schiechl of El Paso Parks and Recreation at 915-351-1320.

NFL PP&K, the oldest grassroots initiative of the NFL, continues to reach children ages 6-15 and allows them to experience the fun of learning football fundamentals in an engaging and supportive non-contact environment.

ELIGIBILITY
• The competition is open to all boys and girls ages 6 -15. Boys and girls compete separately. The five age classifications are based upon the child’s age as of December 31 of the current year.
• There is no charge to participate in the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK program.
• All participants must show proof of age at all levels of competition. Failure to provide a birth certificate or religious document (such as a baptismal record) will result in that participant being ineligible to compete.
• Participants may register and compete in only one Local Competition. Competing in more than one Local Competition will result in the automatic disqualification of that participant.
• Participants must be present at the scheduled starting time in order to compete. Failure to do so may result in ineligibility.
• Please be sure to check with your state Athletic Association to ensure that your participation in PPK will not affect your eligibility to take part in any other sports during the school year.

2015 Age Verification Chart (as of December 31, 2015 as of 11:59pm local time)
• If you were born in: You’re in group:
• 2009 & 2008 age 6/7
• 2007 & 2006 age 8/9
• 2005 & 2004 age 10/11
• 2003 & 2002 age 12/13
• 2001 & 2000 age 14/15

REGULATIONS
• No football shoes, turf shoes, cleats or bare feet are allowed. Only soft-sole gym shoes are permitted. Failure to wear gym shoes results in the disqualification of the participant.
• All equipment, other than shoes, needed for the competition, will be provided.
• Participants who are 6-7 use a WILSON PEEWEE football. 8-9 and 10-11 participants use a WILSON JUNIOR football. Participants who are 12-15 use a WILSON INTERMEDIATE football.

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Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Set for Nov. 6-8 October 1, 2015

Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Set for Nov. 6-8

EL PASO, Texas – The 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic will be held November 6-8 at the El Paso Country Club, where the best college golfers in the country will look to etch their name onto the tournament’s illustrious history.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 47 majors championships and have earned over $1 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year. The event is free and open to the public.

2015 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 6)
9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

Saturday (Nov. 7)
8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.

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Editor’s Note: *Another release will be sent out when the tournament field is finalized.


Play YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge to Win Game Package September 3, 2015

Play YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge to Win Game Package

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and the YMCA of El Paso have teamed up to give football fans around the country the chance to win a $1,500 Sun Bowl Game Package for the Hyundai Sun Bowl by participating in the YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge.

The contest starts this week as the 2015 college football season opens up. Contestants will attempt to predict the winners of 10 predetermined Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and PAC-12 games, the Hyundai Sun Bowl conference affiliates, each week. The first set of games for contestants to predict are set for Saturday, Sept. 5.

“The YMCA has always enjoyed being a part of the events that the Sun Bowl Association puts on,” said Bill Coon, CEO/President of the El Paso YMCA. “The community has been very generous to us and other organizations such as ours, so we are more than happy to partner with the Sun Bowl Association to do this.”

With each game valued at one point, a weekly winner will be determined by the individual who accumulates the most points. In addition, contestants will be asked to estimate the total points scored by both teams of a predetermined game. In case of a tiebreaker, the contestant with the most accurate prediction of total points scored will be the weekly winner.

“Fans from around the country had a great time with this promotion last year,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We want to continue to make the college football experience a fun and exciting experience so we decided to team up with the YMCA of El Paso to do this. We would like to thank the YMCA of El Paso for helping the Sun Bowl Association with this contest.”

The 13 weekly winners will win two 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl tickets, one month free adult membership to the YMCA of El Paso and will automatically advance to “Championship Week” in which they will once again predict the winners of each college football conference championship game. The contestant with the most points will two Captain’s Club level tickets to the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl, two VIP Pre-game tent party tickets, one parking pass with a one year family membership to the YMCA of El Paso.

Football fans must register for the YMCA Sun Bowl Challenge by logging into http://sunbowl.org/contest/register. For complete rules and regulations please visit http://sunbowl.org/contest/terms.


Hyundai Sun Bowl Tickets Now on Sale; Plenty of Purchase Options for Customers September 3, 2015

Hyundai Sun Bowl Tickets Now on Sale; Plenty of Purchase Options for Customers

EL PASO, Texas – Tickets for the 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are now on sale and fans have many options for purchase.

Tickets for the game, which is set for a noon kick-off on Saturday, Dec. 26 in Sun Bowl Stadium, can be purchased online with a link available at www.sunbowl.org. Customers can call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office that is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.

The Hyundai Sun Bowl also works with Ticket master and fans can buy tickets by going to their website at www.TicketMaster.com or by calling the Ticket master toll free line at 800-745-3000. Tickets purchased through Ticket master will have additional handling and convenience fees attached to the price.

Ticket prices start at just $22 in the end zone with other options priced at $32, $47, $57 and $62. A map and layout of the Sun Bowl Stadium with ticket prices is also available online at www.sunbowl.org. Tickets may also be purchased and set up on an annually renewable account by calling the Sun Bowl Association office.

Fans may also want to be a part of one of our two programs to help others attend the 82nd Annual Sun Bowl. The Sun Bowl Association has brought in the “Salute a Soldier Program” and “Take a Child to the Game Program.”

With the “Salute a Soldier Program” fans and companies have the chance to give a Fort Bliss soldier a memory that will last a lifetime. As a sponsor you will give a soldier the opportunity to attend the game while your company will not only benefit out of goodwill, but will also be given recognition at the game.

If a fan or company would prefer to take part in the “Take a Child to the Game Program” that person or company gives a child the opportunity to attend the game, which would make for a great Christmas gift as the game falls on the day after Christmas. Again, anyone who takes part in this program will not only benefit out of goodwill but will also be given recognition at the game. The goal is to send 3,000 children to the game and give them an experience that will last a lifetime. The Sun Bowl Association can provide a list of youth organizations that your company may choose from, if you do not already have a personal favorite you are connected to in the community.

Contact the Sun Bowl Association ticket or marketing office for details on the two programs.

The game features select teams from the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and the Pac-12. In last year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl fans saw Arizona State defeat Duke 34-31 in a game that had an explosion of excitement from start to finish.

Don’t forget to follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Twitter @HyundaiSunBowl and ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl).

Listing of local and regional retailers to purchase tickets:
UTEP Ticket Office
Walmart Electronics Department (El Paso and Las Cruces)
Sunland Park Mall – Guest Services Booth
Fort Bliss – Soldiers Activity Center and Information Center
El Paso County Coliseum
Berino Wireless in Anthony, N.M.
Pan American Center Box Office on the campus of New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)

Purchase by phone:
Ticket master
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Toll Free Number: 800-745-3000

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Sun Bowl Association Announces 2015 Sun Court August 25, 2015

Sun Bowl Association Announces 2015 Sun Court

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 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).


WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Announces 2015 Teams July 9, 2015

WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Announces 2015 Teams

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.

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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.


Results for 2015 Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament June 8, 2015

Results for 2015 Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament

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.

U9 Red Division
1st- Dragones
2nd – Real Madrid
3rd – Rio Rapids Cobras 06

U9 Blue Division
1st- FC Dallas EP 06 West
2nd – NC Barcelona
3rd – EP Rangers

U10 Boys Red
1st – Knight Warriors
2nd – Atletico Rojo
3rd – Pumas

U10 Boys White
1st – FC Dallas EP 05 West
2nd – Blue Sharks
3rd – United

U10 Boys Blue
1st – SC United
2nd – Dragones
3rd – Rush Barca Premier

U11 Boys
1st – Proyecto 04 Rio RC
2nd – Las Cruces FC
3rd – Rojinegro de Atlas

U12 Boys Red
1st – Titans SC
2nd – USA Premier
3rd – Barcelona TX Moran

U12 Boys White
1st – SC United
2nd – Manchester United – Black
3rd – Crush

U12 Boys Blue
1st – Chargers 2003
2nd – FC Dallas – El Paso 03 West
3rd – El Paso Inter

U13 Boys Red
1st – Rush-Sharks
2nd – L.A. Galaxy
3rd – Juventus FC

U13 Boys White
1st – FC Dallas – El Paso Select 03
2nd – FC All Boys
3rd – FC Dallas – El Paso 02 West

U13 Boys White
1st – Dragones
2nd – Dynamo United
3rd – Liverpool Rubio

U14 Boys
1st – Sindicato
2nd – Elite United FC
3rd – Indians FC

U15 Boys
1st – Rio Rapids Cobars S.C. 00 White
2nd – Elite Memo ‘99
3rd – Alamo Hot Shots FC

U16 Boys Red
1st – Pumas
2nd – Warriors
3rd – FC Troop

U16 Boys White
1st – Atletico Español
2nd – EP Rush West
3rd – Miners Dragons

U17/19 Boys
1st – Elite U-19
2nd – FC Bros
3rd – Dragones

U10 Girls
1st – SW Rush 05T
2nd – El Paso Mustangs
3rd – Lady Miners

U11/12 Girls
1st – Lady Titans
2nd – ASA – Lady FC Dallas
3rd – Thunder Rush

U13/14 Girls Red
1st – Rush Predators 02
2nd – Holomua’ol SC Premier
3rd – EP Rattlers

U13/14 Girls White
1st – Aztecs
2nd – Lady Titans
3rd – Team Mexico

U13/14 Girls Blue
1st – Cosmos FC 02G
2nd – Lady Bears
3rd – Lady Barcelona


Academy Sports + Outdoors and the Sun Bowl Association Set to Host Soccer Tournament June 4, 2015

Academy Sports + Outdoors and the Sun Bowl Association Set to Host Soccer Tournament

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.

Schedules: http://sunbowl.org/events/soccer


82nd Edition of Hyundai Sun Bowl Game Set for Dec. 26 May 21, 2015

82nd Edition of Hyundai Sun Bowl Game  Set for Dec. 26

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.


Marilyn Munden Tabbed 2015 Sun Bowl Association President May 20, 2015

Marilyn Munden Tabbed 2015 Sun Bowl Association President

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.


FBA Celebrates Post Season Football April 17, 2015

FBA Celebrates Post Season Football

The annual meeting of the Football Bowl Association (FBA) celebrated a record-setting year of payouts, honored an individual for his career-long contribution to post-season football, and brought together representatives of the 39 college football bowl games. Attendees included conference and television partners, sponsors, and vendors.

The meeting was held April 13-15 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., and was hosted by the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The gathering looked back on another successful year of post-season college football.

The NCAA announced that the 2014-15 slate of bowl games paid out a total of $505.9 million, the first time the $500 million mark has been surpassed.

The bowl games also honored Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive with the annual Champions Award.

“The Football Bowl Association was honored to recognize Commissioner Slive,” said Wright Waters, executive director of the FBA. “Not only has he been a huge supporter of the bowl system, he always kept the welfare of the student-athlete his highest priority.”

The Champions Award is bestowed upon an individual who has provided distinguished service to college football with an emphasis on being a contributor to post-season football bowl games. Past Champions Award winners include Roy Kramer, SEC; Tom Hansen, Pac-12; LaVell Edwards, BYU; Bobby Bowden, Florida State; Grant Teaff, Baylor/American Football Coaches Association; Dennis Pope, NCAA; and Lee Corso, Indiana/ESPN.

Along with a trade show, the annual FBA meetings featured guest speakers, seminars, panels, and a sharing of best practices. Subjects included, but were not limited to, ticket sales, sponsorships, social media, public relations, operations, hospitality, and marketing. There were also discussions about improving the student-athlete experience and the economic impact of the host bowl communities.

The FBA also announced its slate of officers for 2015-16:

Chair - Bruce Binkowski (San Diego Bowl Game Association)
Vice-Chair - Bernie Olivas (Hyundai Sun Bowl)
Treasurer - Kevin McDonald (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl)
Secretary - William B. Flinn (Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual)

The Football Bowl Association is a non-profit organization established to help build upon the traditions of the bowl games and bring to light the many benefits of the games. The FBA embraces the games and honors the bowl experience for present and future generations. For more information about the Football Bowl Association, visit www.footballbowlassociation.com.


26 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni Participating in The Masters April 9, 2015

26 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni Participating in The Masters

The road to The Masters ran through the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic for 26 of the 97 of this year’s participants of the 81-year old tournament.

The latest All-American alum making his debut at The Masters is Corey Conners, a two-time All-American Classic participant from Kent State (2012, 2013). The list also includes Mark O’Meara who participated in the first edition of the All-America Classic in 1976 for Long Beach State.

Of this year’s alumni participants, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and O’Meara are the only alumni who have worn the green jacket. Woods is the only to have multiple crowns with wins in 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005.

Other notable alumni competing at historic Augusta National Golf Club this week includes Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson.

Complete list:
1. Jonas Blixt – FSU 07
2. Paul Casey – ASU 98
3. Erik Compton – Georgia 00
4. Corey Conners – Kent State 12, 13
5. Jason Dufner – Auburn 97
6. Matt Every – Florida 03, 05
7. Rickie Fowler – Oklahoma State 08
8. Jim Furyk – Arizona 90
9. Bill Haas – Wake Forest 01
10. Russell Henley – Georgia 08, 09, 10
11. Morgan Hoffman – Oklahoma State 09
12. J.B. Holmes – Kentucky 02
13. Billy Horschel – Florida 06, 07, 08
14. Dustin Johnson– Coastal Carolina 05, 06

15. Chris Kirk – Georgia 05, 06
16. Matt Kuchar – Georgia Tech 99
17. Graeme McDowell – UAB 01
18. Phil Mickelson – ASU 89
19. Ryan Moore – UNLV 02, 03
20. Mark O’Meara – Long Beach State 76
21. Webb Simpson – Wake Forest 05, 07
22. Brandt Snedeker – Vanderbilt 02
23. Jordan Spieth – Texas – 11
24. Brendon Todd – Georgia 04, 06
25. Cameron Tringale – Georgia Tech 06, 07
26. Tiger Woods – Stanford 95


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