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Spartans Make Bold Statement with Win Over Andress 34-13

The Spartans entered week two with extra motivation, after predictions of an eight point loss at quickly vanished as they dominated the Andress Eagles 34-13 at the SISD Student Activities Complex (SAC) Thursday night.

Additionally, for the first time in school history, the Pebble Hills Spartans won back-to-back games, both in convincing fashion.

In a defensive statement, the Spartans were able to ground the Eagles; only allowing them six points the entire second half.  Andress previously scored 65 points versus Hanks in week one.

The game opened in favor of the Eagles, when Jalen Jospeh scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. Pebble Hills then answered by scoring a miraculous touchdown via pass from Orlando Puig that was intended for Kevin Averette, but was tipped and caught by Haredt Gonzalez, tying the game at 7-7.

Junior running back Caleb Gerber gave the Spartans the first lead via a 2-yard run before the end of the first half.

After turning the ball over three consecutive times to start the second half, head coach Mark Torres assured his team that they would do better if they worked together.

“It was just a lack of focus or they were just trying to do too much,” Torres said. “We addressed that as coaches.” Torres mentioned to his players that they had to be better teammates.

Senior Anthony Sapien recovered a fumble and ran it all the way back to score his first touchdown of the year; extending the lead, 28-13.

“We just came together as a team,” Anthony Sapien said. “We learned we have the chemistry together, we counted on another and we never gave up.”

With the Spartan’s defense improving on each down, the Eagles failed put forth a successful drive. Senior Kevin Esquivel made a statement for the entire defense, when he recorded a sack on fourth down; putting the Spartans in scoring position.

Puig and Gonzalez then connected on touchdown to put the Spartans up, 34-13.

The Spartans (2-0) open up the road portion of their schedule in a non-conference game against the Chapin Huskies Friday September 15 at 7 p.m.

Authors:  Ariel Castillo and Matthew Thomas – Pebble Hills High Reporters/Special to the Herald-Post

Socorro ISD, GECU Partner to Open First Branch in District

The Socorro Independent School District and GECU will celebrate the grand opening of the first SISD student-run credit union Monday.

“We are thrilled to provide another amazing opportunity for our students to gain real-world experience and skills for a lucrative future in college, careers and life,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza.

“This is a powerful partnership with GECU and I am proud of the great collaboration in our community to give our students an exceptional education in the Sparta Business Academy, at Pebble Hills High School and in Team SISD! We look forward to the experiences and advantages this GECU branch will bring for our students and employees,” Dr. Espinoza added.

The partnership between SISD and GECU will allow students at Pebble Hills High School, which houses the advanced academics program called Sparta Business Academy, opportunities to learn financial literacy, how to budget, operate savings and checking accounts and gain work experience in a financial institution.

The branch will be open for students, faculty and staff. Senior students will be able to work during their practicum time at the branch and have opportunities to work at other branch locations.

Socorro ISD Student Councils work to Raise Awareness for Organ Donations

In an effort to raise awareness and increase the number of organ donors within the state of Texas, student council organizations in the Socorro Independent School District partnered with Donate Life Texas to participate in “Dare to Dream. Dare to Do,” the annual Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) campaign to help the cause.

The statewide project will allow Team SISD student council groups to educate the community about the need for organ/tissue donations, and encourage them to register as donors. The goal is to make a difference by saving lives.

According to Donate Life America, 125,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants, and every 10 minutes another person is added to the list.

“A few weeks ago I met a lady who shared her story of battling cancer for more than ten years and how grateful she was for her lung and kidney transplant,” said Flor Dominguez, senior student at Socorro High School and the student council community service chair. “It wasn’t until I looked into her eyes that I fully understood the impact a donor can have.”

Each campus will strive to meet its goal of 200 registrations to have a collective total of more than 1,000 registrations. The schools will promote registrations at basketball games, school assemblies, parent nights and on their school websites.

“This is a unique project,” said Lorraine Varela, student activities director at Americas High School. “It’s teaching students the importance of giving back and true service, helping one another. We are extremely excited to be a part of such a large project that will essentially help save lives.”

To learn more about the “Dare to Dream. Dare to Do” initiative click HERE. Below are the links for the SISD school campaigns.

Americas High School

Eastlake High School

El Dorado High School

Montwood High School

Socorro High School

Pebble Hills High School

New Spartan mascot unveiled for Pebble Hills High School

Pebble Hills High School introduced the arrival of their new Spartan mascot, which is ready to represent the school at athletic events, campus activities and in the community.

Designed by its student council, the Spartan looks fierce, said Amanda Garay, who oversees Pebble Hills High School student council.

The group meticulously worked on the mascot to come up with the right look, then sent their ideas to the company that built the outfit.

“It’s a full body shell,” Garay said. “We wanted to design something that would best represent ourselves as Spartans. It had to look realistic. I think we achieved that. We are happy with it.”

Pebble Hills High School officially opened its doors on July 1, 2015 with 9th and 10th grade students.  The school colors are Teal and Desert Orange.

Pebble Hills High School First in City to Earn ‘Safe Sports’ Award

Pebble Hills High School has earned the Safe Sports School award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for its comprehensive athletic injury health care and career-oriented education program. The school is the first in El Paso to receive the award.

The Safe Sports School Award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. It reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

“Our efficacious and passionate athletic trainers have propelled Pebble Hills High School to achieve Safe Sports School status,” said Marivel Macias, SISD Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. “They have worked 24/7/365 to promote, plan, develop, and provide a collaborative vision and system within our Pebble Hills community that ensures the needs of our student athletes are a priority for all stakeholders. In their hearts, our students’ health and safety comes first!”

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, the Pebble Hills High School athletic program has:

  • Created a positive athletic health care administrative system
  • Provided or coordinated pre-participation physical examinations
  • Promoted safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
  • Planned for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
  • Provided a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
  • Developed injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
  • Provided or facilitated injury intervention
  • Created and rehearsed a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
  • Provided or facilitated psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education.
  • Ensured athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

Fulfilling these safety requirements has always been the goal of everyone at the high school from the administrators to the athletic department, said Chris Lopez, one of the school’s athletic trainers.

“Ultimately we want to make sure our students are always safe, preventing as much injury as we can just to give them that opportunity to compete at the highest level possible,” Lopez said. “Every department was involved. This award validates that we are all focused on safety.”

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