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DON’T MISS THE FUN AT THE 2016 FAN FIESTA PRESENTED BY EL PASO LIVE December 23, 2016

DON’T MISS THE FUN AT THE 2016 FAN FIESTA PRESENTED BY EL PASO LIVE

EL PASO, Texas – Fans and families do not want to miss out on the 2016 Fan Fiesta presented by El Paso Live, Thursday, Dec. 29 at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center from 4-8 p.m. (MT), with a fireworks show immediately following.

An El Paso holiday staple since 1998, the Fan Fiesta has gained a new sponsor in El Paso Live.

Admission to the event is free with a wide variety of entertainment planned for the party, including local afro-toting disco legends, Fungi Mungle, matachines dancers, mariachis, ballet folklorico and a performance by the University of North Carolina band.

A sneak peek of Sun Bowl half-time performers Elia Esparza and Khaliya Kimberlie is also planned. Wild West-inspired performance troupe Six Guns and Shady Ladies will be part of the entertainment lineup.

Restaurants including Forti’s Mexican Elder, Carnitas Queretaro and Delicious Burrito will be serving up signature dishes. Academy Sports’ interactive tent, along with Sports World and Hyundai Sun Bowl Apparel, are providing team gear to Stanford and North Carolina, along with El Paso-themed items.

A kids’ area will also be set up with 18 interactive and inflatable activities. A $5 wristband is required. Military guests with a valid ID can enjoy the interactive attractions for free.

The Fan Fiesta is a way to showcase the spirit, flavor and hospitality of El Paso. Along with the various performing groups representing different artistic styles, multiple food and merchandise vendors will be on hand.

Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach mentioned that the event continues to grow in popularity, and he fully expects great attendance.

2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta -Presented by El Paso Live

MAIN HALL PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – National Anthem
4:05 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Horizon High School Band and Stanford Cheerleaders
4:35 p.m. – 4:50 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. – Elia Esparza and Khaliya Kimberli
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – University of North Carolina Band Performance
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Performance by Fungi Mungle

LOBBY PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.- Performance by Ballet Folklorico Paso Del Norte
Mariachis Raices de America
6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Performance by Danza San Pio X de Matachines

PATIO PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Performance by Danza San Pio X de Matachines

FIREWORKS
8:15 p.m – 8:25 p.m. – 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

Appearance by:
Halftime performers and “The Voice" Contestants Elia Esparza of El Paso and Khaliya Kimberlie

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

Food Venders:
Delicious Burrito and SMG Ball Park Favorites

Various Vendors – Sun Bowl apparel, El Paso souvenirs, 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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AKRON LEAVES EL PASO WITH THE 55TH ANNUAL WESTSTAR BANK DON HASKINS SUN BOWL INVITATIONAL TITLE TO ADD TO ITS RESUME December 22, 2016

AKRON LEAVES EL PASO WITH THE 55TH ANNUAL WESTSTAR BANK DON HASKINS SUN BOWL INVITATIONAL TITLE TO ADD TO ITS RESUME

EL PASO, Texas – The 55th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational concluded on Thursday, Dec. 22 with Akron defeating Maryland Eastern Shore in the Championship Game 76-60, while UC Irvine picked up a victory in the Consolation Game 62-57 over UTEP in the Don Haskins Center.

This marks the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Title for the Zips and moves them to 10-3 on the year.

Akron’s Atino Jackson was awarded the Barry Kobren Most Valuable Player Award after he tallied 13 points, six assists and only one turnover in 32 minutes of play against the Hawks of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dante Caldwell of Maryland Eastern Shore was awarded the Don Haskins Award, which is presented to the player who best exemplifies the characteristics most valued by Coach Haskins.

All-Tournament Team
Isaiah Johnson (Akron)
Bakari Copeland (Maryland Eastern Shore)
Jaron Martin (UC Irvine)
Dominic Artis (UTEP)

Don Haskins Award
Dante Caldwell (Maryland Eastern Shore)

Barry Kobren Most Valuable Player Award
Antino Jackson

Game One Recap
Senior guard Jaron Martin scored 22 points to lead UC Irvine over UTEP, 62-57, in the consolation game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational at El Paso, Texas, Thursday night.

Martin was 7-of-11 from the field, including 6-of-10 from the three-point line. He hit four triples in the span of two minutes early in the second half and his fourth trey put the Anteaters up 44-38 with 15:36 left, a lead that UCI would never relinquish. Martin scored 17 of his points in the second half.

It was Martin’s third consecutive 20-point game and his fifth of the season as he has averaged 25.0 points in the last three contests. Martin, who was named to the all-tournament team, has 146 career threes to rank ninth in UCI history, six behind No. 8 Daman Starring.

Senior center Ioannis Dimakopoulos added 12 points and tied his career high with 11 rebounds while freshman guard Evan Leonard recorded a career-best 11 points, hitting 8-of-8 free throws. Sophomore forward Jonathan Galloway pulled down nine rebounds and sophomore Brandon Smith tied his career high with seven boards while redshirt freshman guard Max Hazzard registered a career-best six assists.

This marked the eighth consecutive loss for the UTEP Miners, but came out of it feeling a lot more optimistic heading into the holiday break.

The Miners got after it on the defensive end, implementing a zone that frustrated the Anteaters into 36 percent shooting. And for the second straight game, UTEP went down to the wire with UCI, only to come up just a bit short.

Paul Thomas was 4-for-4 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line in Wednesday’s tournament opener against Maryland Eastern Shore. Willms averaged 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the tournament, making 11-of-17 shots.

Game Two Recap
Bolstered by a strong defensive effort, strong 3-point shooting and solid depth, the Akron Zips knocked off Maryland Eastern Shore, 76-60, in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational championship game on Thursday night at the Don Haskins Center.

The Zips held the Hawks to just 39 percent shooting, hit 10 3-pointers and had eight players score on the night. Also, Akron outscored Maryland Eastern Shore 42-30 in the second half.

Akron is now 10-3 on the season, while Maryland Eastern Shore is 2-12.

The Zips, who had 19 assists as a team, had five players score in double figures. Post Isaiah Johnson led the way with 15 points, guards Antino Jackson and Jimond Ivey chipped in with 13 points, forward Kwan Cheatham had 10 points and Tavian Dunn-Martin had 10 points. Jackson added six assists and had just one turnover in 32 minutes.

Akron vs MDES – Dec. 22, 2016
UC Irvine vs UTEP – Dec. 22, 2016

(recaps courtesy of UC Irvine and UTEP media relations and El Paso Times)

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FINAL DAY OF WESTSTAR BANK DON HASKINS SUN BOWL INVITATIONAL SET December 21, 2016

FINAL DAY OF WESTSTAR BANK DON HASKINS SUN BOWL INVITATIONAL SET

EL PASO, Texas – The 55th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational started on Wednesday, Dec. 21 with Akron defeating the defending champion, UC Irvine 88-80 in game one of the day and Maryland Eastern Shore picking up a win over UTEP in game two 71-66

Akron faces Maryland Eastern Shore in the championship game at 7 p.m. (MT), after UTEP takes on UC Irvine in the consolation game at 5 p.m.

Game One Recap
The Akron Zips advanced to the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Championship Game after defeating UC Irvine 88-80 on Wednesday evening at the Don Haskins Center. In addition, the win gave 13th-year head coach Keith Dambrot his 287 career win at Akron, just one win away from tying the program’s all-time win record.

Junior guard Antino Jackson, a Houston, Texas native, led all-scorers with 23 points, and three more Zips scored in double figures. Sophomore guard Josh Williams recorded 18 points, while senior center Isaiah Johnson and junior guard Noah Robotham contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.

For UC Irvine Freshman Brad Greene registered career highs of 10 points and nine rebounds, and freshman Eyassu Worku also scored 10 points. Freshman Tommy Rutherford added eight boards in the first meeting between the Big West Conference and Mid-American Conference schools.

Game Two Recap
Bakari Copeland scored a career-high 27 points, doing his damage inside and out as Maryland-Eastern Shore knocked off UTEP, 71-66, on day one of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational on Wednesday in the Haskins Center.

The Miners (2-8) lost their seventh straight and will meet UC Irvine (5-9) in the tournament consolation game on Thursday at 5 p.m.

UTEP outshot UMES (2-11) 41.8 percent to 37.5 percent, and outrebounded the Hawks 44-31. But the Miners couldn’t overcome 3-for-17 shooting from three-point territory, and UTEP finished with 14 turnovers to UMES’ six.

Copeland made 7-of-13 shots, 4-of-6 three pointers and 9-of-11 free throws while adding seven rebounds for UMES, which won its first road game of the season. UTEP has lost five in a row at home.

Dontae Caldwell added 13 points for the Hawks, and Ryan Andino scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

Akron vs UC Irvine – Dec. 21, 2016
Maryland Eastern Shore vs. UTEP – Dec. 21, 2016

(recaps courtesy of Akron, UC Irvine and UTEP media relations)

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55th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Starts Today December 21, 2016

55th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Starts Today

EL PASO, Texas – The 55th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational starts today, Dec. 21 with two games scheduled. Below is the information on today’s games and attached are game notes from each team.

Today’s Games
Game One
5 p.m. – Akron (Visiting Team) vs. UC Irvine (Home Team)

Game Two
7 p.m. – Maryland Eastern Shore (Visiting Team) vs. UTEP (Home Team)

Live Stats Link: http://www.utepathletics.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/don-haskins-sun-bowl-invitational-16.html

Akron record: 5-8
UC Irvine record: 8-3
UMES record: 1-11
UTEP record: 2-7

Akron Head Coach: Keith Dambrot (Akron, ’82)
UC Irvine Head Coach: Russell Turner (Hampden-Sydney, ’92)
UMES Head Coach: Bobby Collins (Eastern Kentucky , ’91)
UTEP Head Coach: Tim Floyd (Louisiana Tech, ’77)

Akron Game Notes – Dec. 21
Maryland Eastern Shore Game Notes – Dec. 21, 2016
UC Irvine Game Notes – Dec. 21, 2016
UTEP Game Notes – Dec. 21, 2016

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STANFORD’S MCCAFFREY TO SIT OUT HYUNDAI SUN BOWL; COMMENT FROM SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION December 19, 2016

STANFORD’S MCCAFFREY TO SIT OUT HYUNDAI SUN BOWL; COMMENT FROM SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION

EL PASO, Texas – Stanford University Athletics released the announcement that Christian McCaffrey will not play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The junior running back announced Monday that he will direct his focus and efforts toward training for the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Sun Bowl Association, on behalf of the Hyundai Sun Bowl has released a statement.

“Well we would be lying if we said we weren’t a little disappointed, but at the same time, we are also understanding,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas.

“He (McCaffrey) was hurt earlier this year so I am sure that weighed on his decision. He has a tremendous NFL career ahead of him and that might be sitting in the back of his head. Risking injury or re-injuring might be some things he is thinking about so it really is hard to be too disappointed. Although some might see this as a trend, I believe that playing in a bowl game would be a great way to wrap up a college career. We’ve had our fair share of players who have played in our game and I hope we continue to see more,” Olivas stated.

If any members of the media would like to get an interview with Executive Director Bernie Olivas, Sun Bowl Committee Chairman John Folmer or Media Relations Director Eddie Morelos on this topic, please be at the El Paso International Airport at 2 p.m. (MT).

The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for noon with North Carolina taking on nationally ranked Stanford.

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