Ysleta Independent School District students dominated their peers at state competitions this past weekend, with Eastwood High School winning the UIL 5A state championship in girls wrestling while several musicians were named outstanding performers at the 2020 State Mariachi Festival.
The 2020 UIL Wrestling State Championships took place in Cypress, with YISD taking the top two spots in girls wrestling for the first time in recent history in the El Paso area.
Eastwood High School girls wrestlers took the 5A state championship while Hanks High School – which went into the contest as the six-time defending state champion – came in second.
In addition, 10 YISD wrestlers from Eastwood, Hanks, and Parkland high schools won individual gold, silver, or bronze medals in boys and girls wrestling at the state championships.
They include gold medalists Sarah Martinez (Eastwood), Angelina Prado (Eastwood), and Zoe Hankins (Parkland); silver medalists Kylie Robledo (Hanks), Victoria Nunez (Hanks), Angelina Baltazar (Hanks), Alexis Montes (Eastwood), and Aaron Hernandez (Eastwood); and bronze medalists Victoria Hinojo (Hanks) and Trevor Moreno (Eastwood).
At the UIL State Mariachi Festival, mariachi groups from both Del Valle and Hanks high schools received a Division II rating, with seven students from Del Valle High School being named Outstanding Performers.
Those Outstanding Performers were Isabel Torres (violin), Nathaniel Anguiano (trumpet), Juan Garcia (trumpet), Joseph Jasso (trumpet), Rudy Garcia (trumpet), Javier Sotclo (trumpet), and Sama Pacheco (vocalist) .
It came down to the very last second, but the homestanding Eastwood Troopers topped the Del Valle Conquistadores 31-28 in overtime Friday night.
The teams battled toe-to-toe, so it was only fit that the Troopers’ toe would put them over the top in the extra period.
Our very own Johnny ‘Tegg’ Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’
The Midland Lee Rebels made the trip from the Permian Basin Friday night to take on the Eastwood Troopers.
The visiting Rebels made the most of their visit, taking the Troopers to task in 72-26 win.
Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’
The Eastwood Troopers loaded up the buses and headed East – to the Star in Frisco, Texas – where they had a long awaited appointment with the Plano Wildcats Thursday night.
Joining the Troopers on their journey were the normal contingent of fans, boosters, the band, cheer squad and the Trooperettes, with two more notable additions – they carried the resilient might of the City of El Paso with them, as well as spirit of their fallen former teammate Eddie Cruz.
With both the Trooper and Wildcat bands joining to play the Eastwood Fight Song and both teams intermingled during the National Anthem, it was clear this would be more than just a regular high school football game.
While Plano would be marked as the victor in this contest, dubbed the ‘Texas Strong’ Game, it was clear that unity won out over hate Thursday night.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view in this ‘Game in Many Pics’
In a much anticipated week one matchup, the Americas Trailblazers took a quick trip west to take on the Eastwood Troopers Friday night.
The ‘Blazers wasted no time taking it to the homestanding Troopers, as Americas started hot and kept on getting hotter – taking the contest 63-0.
Our very own Chief Photographer ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Game in Many Pics’
The Eastwood Troopers took on the Bel Air Highlanders in their annual ‘Battle of the Helmet’ Friday night.
Bel Air battled hard on their home turf, but the Troopers would not be denied, taking the game 55-25.
Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
The Eastwood High School Robotics Team received the Design Award at the 11th annual VEX Worlds Competition in Louisville, KY last month.
The Design Award is presented to a team that demonstrates the ability to implement the most effective and efficient robot design process. Their Engineering Notebook and discussion with the judges demonstrated the team’s ability to produce a quality robot with minimal adult assistance.
This team’s Engineering Notebook is a clear, complete, and organized documentation of the robot design process that demonstrates effective management of skills, time, and material resources. Students on this team were able to explain how they developed an effective game strategy and robot design.
Team Members for the Troopers are: Diana Segura, Maria Adeliz Ordonez, Frances Rangel, Emily Ocon, Andromeda Delaney, Sara Graham, Amanda Coons, Ricardo Ramirez, Ethan Ramos, Giovanni Leon, Carlos Rodriguez, and Michael Solis.
This year’s VEX Worlds Robotics tournament was the largest robotics tournament, according to the Guinness World Records with over 30,000 people, including 1,648 teams from 30 nations participating.
The week-long celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), diversity, and robotics kicked-off with the VEX Robotics Championships which crowned elementary, middle school, high school, and university champions from China, Canada, and the United States.
The Troopers are a 4x World Qualifier, 4x West Texas Excellence Award Champions and 2018 Excellence Award winner at the West Texas VEX Robotics Tournament qualifying them to the VEX Worlds Tournament.
In addition, Eastwood HS mentored elementary teams which also placed at the competition. The elementary team came away with the following awards: 1st Time World Qualifier, 2018 Excellence and Team Award winners at the West Texas VEX IQ Robotics Tournament qualifying them to the VEX IQ Worlds Tournament and the Mini Troopers team received the Create Award at VEX IQ Worlds. The Mini Troopers were: Julian Torres, Layla Falcon, Emily Valdez, and Timothy Torres.
The teams are coached by Raul Torres, Eastwood High School, and Eunice Torres, Scotsdale Elementary School.
Softball season is in full swing, and Tuesday’s action featured the Bel Air Highlanders visiting their north of the freeway rivals, the Eastwood Troopers.
The Highlanders got their bats warmed up early, and struck often, scoring at least two runs an inning – except for the 5th when the Troopers struck for 5 runs. Bel Air would not be denied, scoring another 5 runs in the final frame en route to a 15-5 win.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
On the final, regular season game of the high school football season, the Eastwood Troopers certainly earned their ‘Trooper Clap’ and more, as they upset the formerly unbeaten Montwood Rams 41-21.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in tonight’s story in Many Pics.
On the final Friday night before the regular season begins, teams all over the Borderland got one last tune up, via scrimmages.
Our very own Andres Acosta was in the Mission Valley, and caught all the action as Eastwood took on Del Valle, and brings your his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’