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Catching Up With CrossCountry: Eastwood Takes State Crown

Eastwood entered its fifth straight UIL State Cross Country Championship with an unfamiliar label – the favorites.

The Troopers, who won bronze at last year’s championship at the Class 6A level, easily earned the school’s first state cross country championship Saturday afternoon at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.

Eastwood won the championship scoring 62 points, 29 ahead of two-time Class 5A champion Lucas Lovejoy and 25 points better than state runner-up Austin Johnson.

Burges was 15th with 382 points.

For complete stories on all the weekend’s competition, head over to our content partners over at elpasorunning.com

Montwood, Pebble Hills Bands Advance to State Championships, Hanks Wins ToB

It was one of the busiest weekends yet for El Paso bands, with three separate contests taking place on Saturday. The end result was some great finishes for our local groups.

The first contest of the weekend was the 4-A Area contest in Lubbock. Mountain View and Clint represented El Paso, but neither band was able to advance past the preliminary round.

The largest contest of the season was simultaneously happening in Las Cruces. The 41st annual Tournament of Bands took place with some outstanding results for our local groups.28 bands took the field in 4 classes with the following results.

In preliminary Class B Awards, Irvin won Outstanding Music Execution, Burges won Outstanding Percussion, Alamogordo won Best colorguard, and Jeff/Silva won the Drum Major award. Riverside finished third, Irvin finished second, and Alamogordo finished in first place.

In preliminary Class A , Eastlake High School took Music Execution, Percussion, and Colorguard, while Parkland High School took home the Drum Major award. Top finishers were Las Cruces High School in third, Bel Air in second, and Eastlake in the top spot.

In preliminary Class AA, Hanks swept all captions. Cleveland High School from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, came in third, while Onate finished second and Hanks took the top spot.

The 10 bands advancing to finals were Albuquerque Eldorado, Las Cruces, Cleveland, Del Valle, Eastwood, Eastlake, Horizon, Onate, Bel Air, and Hanks High Schools.

Hanks High School ended the night as Grand Champions with their show ‘Pocket Full of Poseys.’ Other finalist finishes included Eastlake in second place, with Onate High School from Las Cruces in third and Bel Air High School finishing fourth. Cleveland was in 5th place, followed by Horizon High in 6th, Eastwood in 7th, and Del Valle in 8th. Las Cruces High finished 9th and Albuquerque Eldorao finished 10th.

Perhaps the biggest news of the days is El Paso has both the advancing bands from the Area A 6-A marching band contest. 14 bands competed in prelims, with seven bands advancing to finals. El Paso bands in finals included Americas, Coronado, Montwood, and Pebble Hills.

At the end of the second and final round of competition, Pebble Hills came in first, followed closely by Montwood. These two bands, both from the Socorro ISD, will now travel to San Antonio to represent West Texas at the State marching band contest.

Prelims for the 6-A contest will be held in the Alamodome on Monday, November 5, with the finals round taking place on Tuesday, November 6.

Directors of the Pebble Hills Spartan band are Maximo Sierra, Raul Chavira, Daniel Hunt, and Cecil Crabtree.

The Montwood “Mean Green” band is under the direction of Beto Pererz, Roman Lechuga, and Caitlyn Colette.

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Graphic courtesy Musical Notes- The Blog

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Author – Lorraine Kubala

The complete schedule can be viewed on the ‘Musical Notes- The Blog’ page on Facebook.

Area Bands ‘Tune Up’ For UIL Competition at EPISD Invitational at Franklin High

27 bands took the field at Franklin High School Saturday, as El Paso ISD hosted their invitational contest for area marching bands.

Serving as adjudicators for the event were Valentino Leyba, Kevin Moreman, and Shawn Silva, all band directors in the Las Cruces Public Schools. Instrumental Coordinator Julio Castillo was the contest organizer.

Due to the large number of bands entered, the contest was divided into morning and afternoon sessions. An awards ceremony was held at 11:30 after the first 13 bands performed. After a lunch break, the afternoon saw another 14 bands take the field, capping the day with an awards ceremony for these bands at the final conclusion of the contest.

Receiving first divisions, which denotes a “Superior” performance, were Franklin, Riverside, Parkland, Hanks, Bel Air, Eastlake and Del Valle High Schools in the morning session, and Irvin, Burges, Americas, and Coronado High Schools in the afternoon.

Bands receiving second divisions, denoting an “excellent” performance, were Horizon, Eastwood, Ysleta, and Socorro High Schools in the morning, and El Paso, Andress, Jefferson Silva, and Chapin High Schools in the afternoon.

Bands receiving a third division, or “good” performance, were Canutillo, Anthony, Fabens, Clint, Bowie, San Elizario, and Austin High Schools.

This contest served as a tune up for the bands and was great for getting some last minute pointers from the judges before the UIL contest next Saturday. All the El Paso-area bands will compete in the state- sanctioned contest which this year will advance 2-, 4-, and 6-A bands to the Area marching band contests for each respective class.

Those contests will take place in Amarillo for the 2-As, Lubbock for the 4-As, and Odessa for the 6-As on October 27th.

Locally, there is plenty more action coming up in Band-tober. The aforementioned UIL contest is next Saturday, October 13, at the SAC. This contest will be for ratings, just as today’s contest was, with qualifying bands advancing to the Area round of contests on the 27th.

On October 20, bands from Texas and New Mexico will take the field again at the SAC for the SISD Marchfest. The Marchfest contest uses a 7- person judging panel and is a two-round contest.

After prelims, 6 bands from the small band class will advance to a finals round, while 8 bands in the large band class will advance. No division ratings are given at this contest. Instead, the bands are given numerical scores and ranked in first place, second place, and so on.

The experience of competing for those rankings will come in handy for the last weekend in October. The advancing bands attending the Area contests will be ranked, and the highest -placing bands will advance to the State marching band contest.

This contest is held at the Alamodome in San Antonio on November 5,6, and 7.

Meanwhile, most of those bands not advancing to Area contests will instead journey up to Las Cruces for the NMSU Tournament of Bands, also taking place on October 27th. This contest, too, uses a 7-person judging panel and a prelims/finals format.

The Tournament of Bands for many years has served as the penultimate contest for bragging rights around the area, and promises some amazing marching show action for local band fans.

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Author – Lorraine Kubala

The complete schedule can be viewed on the ‘Musical Notes- The Blog’ page on Facebook.  

Click here for a complete listing of all the ‘Bandtober’ Events

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Once again, the El Paso Herald-Post will be providing band fans with LIVE, STREAMING coverage of SISD’s Marchfest on October 20, 2018!   Our day-long coverage starts at 7:20 and goes on through the finals!

Ysleta ISD to sell Season Tickets for 2017 High School Football

For the second year in a row, high school football fans at the Ysleta Independent School District will be able to purchase 2017 season tickets that entitle them to reserved VIP seating at five home games, with priority being given to last year’s season ticketholders.

By purchasing season tickets, fans can enjoy watching home games from prime viewing areas not available to other ticketholders, such as the 50-yard line. In addition, season ticketholders sit in individual stadium seats featuring sturdy chair backs, rather than standard
bleacher seats.

Season tickets are $40 per person and will be sold to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to staffing variations at each high school, ticket sales will begin on different dates at different campuses. The schedule is as follows:

 Hanks, Eastwood, Parkland, Riverside, and Ysleta high schools:
2016 season ticketholders may purchase the same seats for 2017 beginning Monday, July 31. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Aug. 8.

 Bel Air and Del Valle high schools:
2016 season ticketholders may purchase the same seats for 2017 beginning Monday, Aug. 7. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Tickets can only be purchased with cash through the business clerk at each high school on weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets will not be sold Friday, Aug. 4, when YISD campuses are closed.

Season tickets are good only for home football games at the high school where the tickets were purchased.

Beginning Sept. 1, any reserved seats from unsold season tickets will be available for purchase on the Friday of each home game at a cost of $10 apiece.

For more information, call your high school or visit the district’s Athletics Department page.

Herald-Post Games of the Week: Bel Air v Eastwood | Mayfield v Del Valle | El Paso High v Hanks

Why settle for only one high school football game of the week? Check out the action our very own Andres Acosta captured at two of the most hard-hitting games in the Borderland Friday night.

Eastwood battled their YISD rival Bel Air, with the Troop taking the win 50 to 20; while Mayfield survived a rally from Del Valle 23 to 21.

Meanwhile over at Excalibur Stadium, photog Joe Najera caught the El Paso High Tigers beating the Hanks Knights 48 to 31.

Week 2: Bel Air at Eastwood
Week 2: Bel Air at Eastwood
Week 2: Mayfield at Del Valle
Week 2: Mayfield at Del Valle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ysleta ISD: Season Tickets to be Sold for all HS Football Home Games

For the first time ever, the public will be able to buy 2016 season tickets with reserved VIP seating for home football games at all seven high schools in the Ysleta Independent School District, thanks to generous underwriting from Viva Auto Group.

Football season tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday, Aug. 15, in the business office at each of the seven YISD high school campuses. The season tickets are good only for admission to the home football games at the school where the tickets were purchased.

Ticket prices are $40 per person at schools with five home games – Del Valle, Eastwood, Hanks, Parkland, Riverside, and Ysleta – and $32 per person at Bel Air High School, which has only four home football games this year. Season tickets must be paid by cash or check only.

Thanks to its partnership with Viva Auto Group, season ticketholders will be able to watch home football games from the comfort of individual stadium seats that include sturdy chair backs.

This reserved VIP seating will also be located in a prime viewing area of the stadium.

In addition, YISD officials said 2016 season ticketholders will have the option to purchase seats in this reserved VIP area for home football playoff games (prices may vary). They will also receive the first opportunity to renew their season tickets in 2017.

Montwood stays in playoff contention after beating rival Eastwood

The Montwood Rams squared off against district 1-6A rival, Eastwood Troopers, in hopes to keep their playoff hopes alive and so they did by winning 37 to 22.

What started off as a low-scoring affair, ended up with a wild fourth quarter that featured both teams score a combined 29 points, forcing Eastwood to attempt an onside kick to keep hope alive.

The comeback attempt was denied after Rams defensive back Roman Alvarado intercepted a Mark Torres pass and returned it for touchdown that added to the lead.

Rams head coach, Chuck Veliz, wanted his team to play aggressive and not be intimidated by an Eastwood team that entered the contest with a 6-1 record.

“I knew they were going to play well they were going to play hard. To beat that team right there, they’re loaded with great athletes,” Veliz said. “Outstanding defensive effort, I just can’t say enough about the sophomore quarterback, Andrew Fernandez. He came in for the hurt, Gio Cisneros, the kid lit it up.”

Fernandez finished the night with 331 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception and added a third touchdown on the ground.

“We lost our starting quarterback, didn’t let that faze us, just got the W,” Fernandez said. “They had trouble adjusting to us in the second half, we capitalized on it and scored.”

Montwood held the ball for most of the first half, but failed to capitalize on promising drives that resulted in two failed field goal attempts by Daneil Forzan and an interception by Fernandez inside Eastwood’s 20-yard line minutes before the half with the score in favor of the Rams, 9 to 7.

The Rams would take a two-point lead into the fourth quarter after exchanging touchdowns. It was then that Montwood would take a late 30-14 lead after defensive back intercepted an Eastwood pass on the goal line and returned it 98 yards to set up the two-yard score by running back Evan De Anda.

The Troopers would not give up that easily, cutting the Rams lead to eight with 1 minute, 11 seconds left to play. It was then that Eastwood would fail to recover an onside kick and Rams to score the final touchdown on Alvarado’s interception.

“We were going to be aggressive, kids were making adjustments on their own, we weren’t just going to be content,” Veliz said. “Other than that last drive, when we tried to kneel on the ball, was the only time we were a little conservative. We were aggressive tonight, we took our shots down the field and again, the sophomore quarterback was outstanding.”

The win helps the Rams improve to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in district, while dropping Eastwood to 6-2 and 2-2 in district play. The result now leaves the playoff picture in a scramble with Americas, Franklin, Eastwood, El Dorado and Montwood still alive in the race.

“We’re right back in the race, we have a chance get back in the race and get to the playoffs is going to be our goal,” Veliz said. “I liked my kids tonight, I always like them, but I like my team tonight, the way we played ball and we competed and it worked out well.”

Montwood has a bye before preparing for Socorro, while Eastwood takes on Socorro next Friday to continue district play.

District 1-6A Standings

Team–Overall–District

Americas 5-3, 3-1

Franklin 4-4, 3-1

El Dorado 5-3, 3-1

Montwood 5-3, 3-2

Eastwood 6-2, 2-2

Coronado 2-7, 1-4

Socorro 3-5, 0-4

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