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Hanks Softball Team Leads Effort to Help Houston Area Softball Teams

The Hanks High School softball team, along with Coach Shelly Prather, extended a helping hand to softball players over 750 miles away.

The team gathered and donated softball equipment for softball teams who lost everything during Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.

Coach Prather responded to an email that was sent to all Texas softball coaches from Houston Coach Billy Hicks. He was seeking help for teams who lost everything during the recent hurricane.

Coach Prather was the point of contact in El Paso and reached out area coaches in hopes of gathering items such as cleats, sweats, bags, gloves, balls, chalk, etc.  Del Valle, Riverside, Franklin, Jefferson and Montwood high schools assisted the Lady Knights with this task. They gathered all equipment and made an inventory sheet of the donations.

The coach planned to fly to Amarillo, rent a Penske truck and travel east. When Coach Prather responded to his email, Coach Hicks decided to change his plans and start his trip in El Paso.

Coach Hicks was surprised with the donations he received from the El Paso area. The team assisted Hicks with loading the Penske truck on October 17 and he continued his journey across Texas, making stops in Pecos, Monahans, Big Lake, Midland and the Dallas area.

Coach Hicks is a retired teacher/coach/administrator, but is still very active in the world of softball.

Hanks Wins as El Paso High’s Comeback Falls Short 36-28

The El Paso High Tigers found themselves in an early deficit against the Hanks Knights falling short of a comeback, dropping their first home game of the season on Friday with a score of 36-28.

“We made way too many mistakes. Can’t point fingers, we all learn to correct those mistakes,” running back and defensive back, Shane Rodriguez said. We lost some guys to injury, but that can’t be an excuse, we have to bounce back.”

The visiting Knights got off to a fast start, scoring 16 unanswered points against the Tigers. Hanks quarterback Austin Guerrero, found Ever Chaves wide open for a 80-yard touchdown.

The Tigers answered with a score of their own, after Shane Rodriguez punched it in from 5-yards out. The Tigers added a 2-point conversion, cutting the Hanks lead by half.

It was then that the Knights went on to score 17 more points, extending their lead to a halftime score of 33-8.

“The first half I don’t think we were mentally ready, we had a lot of penalties in crucial situations and we’re turning the ball over,” head coach Robert Morales said. “We weren’t focused on defense and making tackles…second half, they played much better.”

The Tigers found the end zone once again late in the third quarter, when Shane Rodriguez scored on a 4-yard run to begin their comeback attempt.

After a Hanks field goal, the Tigers would again find the end zone early in the fourth quarter.  Quarterback Anthony Escobedo ran it in from 23-yards out, cutting the Hanks lead to 14.

The Tigers failed to convert on a 4th down attempt late in the fourth quarter, giving the ball back to Hanks; but still managed to come within one possession of tying the game.

The Tigers dropped to 1-1 and will host San Eli next Friday in Jones Stadium.

“We didn’t capitalize on the opportunities, we had the ball like five times inside the red zone, that really kicked us in the butt,” Escobedo said. “We just have to have great practices and focus, no messing around, make sure everyone is on top of it and we’ll be fine.”

By Sergio Estrada – EPHS Tatler & ephstigernews.com / Special to the Herald-Post | Check out the photo gallery.

Story in Many Pics: Hanks Tames El Paso High Tigers 36-28

The new-look Hanks Knights took a trip to central to take on the grandaddy of all local high schools – El Paso High.

R.R. Jones Stadium played host to the week two contest between the Knights and the Tigers, and while the home team wasn’t victorious, the contest was yet another memorable one for the historic stadium.

Our very own Steven Cottingham was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

Aaron Price Named new Hanks HS Head Football Coach

The Ysleta Independent School District has hired Aaron Price, former offensive coordinator at Humboldt State University, to serve as Hanks High School’s new athletic coordinator and head football coach.

Price has 19 years of collegiate-level football experience to include offensive coordinator at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), assistant football coach at Tulane University, assistant football coach at Washington State University, and offensive coordinator at Idaho State University.

Price holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Washington State University.

On Wednesday, he was introduced by Hanks High School Principal Gloria Spencer to students, faculty, and staff during a pep rally.

He is the son of Mike Price, former head football coach at UTEP.

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