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Socorro Bulldogs Have Joined a Very Elite Group By Ray Sanchez June 21, 2009 Senior Golfers Deserve Their Own Tee Markers  By Ray Sanchez June 28, 2009 El Pasoans in Texas Hall of Fame 

 

By Ray Sanchez July 5, 2009

Soccer, Texas Hall Subjects Bring Response  By Ray Sanchez July 12, 2009 Former Sunland Track Secretary Finds New Job 

By Ray Sanchez July 19, 2009                 

My Friend Showed How Golf, Life Should be Played

By Ray Sanchez July 26, 2009

Recalling Quijano and El Paso's Biggest Fight

By Ray Sanchez   August 2, 2009

Meet the Tiger of Local Amateur Golf

By Ray Sanchez August 9, 2009

Crystal Ball:  Miners go to Bowl If Price at His Best

By Ray Sanchez August 16, 2009

Golf Is A Contradiction, But You Gotta Love IT

By Ray Sanchez August 23, 2009

UTEP Announcer Nominated For Baseball Honor

By Ray Sanchez August 30, 2009

Nine Coronado Cheerleaders Named All-American

by Ray Sanchez  September 6, 2009

Teams Should Not Be Beaten by the Officials

By Ray Sanchez September 13, 2009

Former El Paso Gained Great Fame As Jockey

By Ray Sanchez September 20, 2009

Santa Teresa Senior Ratings Ready.htm

By Ray Sanchez September 27, 2009

Dr. Plafox  A Winner and All-Star in Many Ways

by Ray Sanchez October 5, 2009

Buckram's Feat Against Houson Best Ever At UTEP

by Ray Sanchez October 12, 2009

Crystal Ball Says Miners on Right Track to Bowl

by Ray Sanchez October 19, 2009

El Paso Legend Greg Ramsey

by Ray Sanchez October 26, 2009

Former UTEP, PGA Star Among Golf Inductees

by Ray Sanchez November 1, 2009

UTEP Inducts Five of its Greatest Sports Stars

by Ray Sanchez  November 8, 2009

Coaches Have Someone else To Blame-The computer

by Ray Sanchez  November 15, 2009

Jose Cisneros' Dedication to Art Was An Inspiration

by Ray Sanchez November 22, 2009

Let's Give UTEP Coach Price Another Year

by Ray Sanchez November 29, 2009

Sunland Track to Offer $18.5 Million in Pursess

by Ray Sanchez November 30, 2009

Sunland Derby Grows in Stature With Grading

by Ray Sanchez December 06, 2009

Pajarito Richardson Get National Acclaim

by Ray Sanchez December 06, 2009

Sunland To Honor Mine That Bird with Statue

by Ray Sanchez December 07, 2009

Death Takes One of Sunland's Top Race Officials

by Ray Sanchez December 09, 2009

Here's What Santa Should Not Bring El Pasoan

by Ray Sanchez December 20, 2009

Steve Haskins Makes the Big Time

by Ray Sanchez December 20, 2009

Top N.M. Trainer Ailing but Still Winning

by Ray Sanchez January 3, 2010

Sun Bowl Legend Jerry Rubin Saved the Game

by Ray Sanchez January 10, 2010

Nemo Herrera Has Monument To His Greatness

by Ray Sanchez January 17, 2010

Bowie High Pride Gets Another Boost With Book

by Ray Sanchez January 24, 2010

Crystal Ball Sees Rout of Saints

by Ray Sanchez January 31, 2010

Here Are  A Dozen Beautiful El Paso Sports People

by Ray Sanchez February 7, 2010

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Weekly Columns 2010

Socorro Bulldogs Have Joined a Very Elite Group

By Ray Sanchez

June 21, 2009

Welcome to the Land of Legends, 2009 state baseball champion Socorro High School. You have joined some very distinguished teams.

Since high school athletic team tournaments began in Texas in the early part of the last century, only six other teams from El Paso had won a state team championship in one of the three major sports (baseball, basketball and football).

El Paso High School won four state basketball championships and Eastwood High one.

Bowie High won the first state baseball championship. And that was it. Until this year, that is. Now the Socorro Bulldogs have joined this most elite group.

 

NEEDLESS TO say, the previous championship teams, their coaches and their players have become enshrined forever in El Paso lore. Many of them have been inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame.

Chris Forbes, coach of the Bulldogs, now belongs in the same category as former El Paso state championship coaches Luther Coblentz, Nemo Herrera, Jewell Wallace, C. D. Jarvis and Bobby Lesley.

Coblentz coached the El Paso High Tigers in 1921 and 1922, Wallace the 1941 Tigers, Jarvis the 1947 Tigers, Herrera the 1949 Bowie Bears and Lesley the 1976 Eastwood Troopers. Legends all.

 

FOLLOWING ARE the El Paso team champs and some interesting items about them gathered by this veteran sports scribe:

 

So how do these Bulldogs rank with the other six El Paso team champions? Very well, thank you. In fact, the way they blazed through the playoffs winning by big scores one might say theyíre the most dominant champions of all. They, like the previous champs, will be talked about, honored and praised for decades to come. And how sweet does that sound?---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Back to Top

Senior Golfers Deserve Their Own Tee Markers

By Ray Sanchez

June 28, 2009

 

Seniors continue to be the forgotten patrons of golf.

The overall population is getting older, seniors carry a big part of the financial load at golf courses, retirees have more time to play. Seniors have deeper pockets, contribute to and play in charity tournaments and pay their dues on time.

Yet theyíre treated like they donít exist. Most courses donít even have tee markers for them. Neither do tournaments make allowances for their lack of distance, making them tee off along with everyone else.

At most courses, there are markers to tee off for pros, for amateurs and, of course, for ladies. For seniors, whose main problem is the loss of distance because of aging? None.

 

SOME COURSES dismiss the seniorsí distance problem with a cold shrug and a ďgo hit from the ladiesí teeĒ comment.

Gee, thanks. Seniors donít want to be laughed and snickered at. Seniors want their own tees. They feel bad enough knowing they canít hit the ball as far as they used to. Their short games may still be good. In fact, I know some seniors whose short games are so good they could whip many young whippersnappers if they could only get close enough to the green to do it.

Itís just not fair.

Now Iím talking about your average senior golfer. Low handicap seniors can still hit it pretty far. But I bet the day will come when even low handicap seniors will be wishing for senior tees, too.

 

SANTA TERESA Country Club, to its credit, has tried to do something about it. The markers on the ladiesí tees, which at most courses are painted red, have been re-painted silver to serve both women and seniors. Any male 70 years or older is invited to hit form there.

A small step for seniors Ė but itís still not good enough. Seniors know theyíre still hitting from the ladiesí tees.

Besides, hitting from there wonít be eligible to figure a male seniorís handicap. 

CHRIS THOMAS, Santa Teresa Country Club pro, has said heís going to try to do something about the handicapping. He says heís going to ask the Sun Country Golf Association, to which many Southwest courses belong, to come to Santa Teresa and measure the silver tees so that a ďslopeĒ can be figured for a fair seniors handicap. Distance will be the main measuring point.

Thatís a great step forward for seniors, and hereís a big ďthank youĒ to Thomas. He cares.

But still, seniors wonít be completely happy until they have their own tees. They should be between the white (amateur) markers and the red (ladies) markers. Or better yet, if they convert the ladiesí tees to senior tees, build new ladies tees a few yards forward.

Come on, golf courses. Give seniors a break. 

BUT TO CHANGE the subject, the second of two annual fundraisers for the UTEP golf team will be held Aug. 3 at Coronado Country Club. Itís the UTEP Menís Golf Two Man Best Ball Tournament presented by the Ford Dealers Association.

You probably remember that these two tournaments (the first one was held earlier this year) are the primary source for the UTEP teamís operating budget. The school provides scholarships and coach Rick Toddís salary but thatís about it. The two tournaments, sponsored by the Century Club, provide the funds for recruiting, travel, equipment, etc.

So sign up, have some fun and help the Miners. For information call Margie Henderson at 584-3716. 

Veteran sports journalist and author Ray Sanchez welcomes suggestions for his column. Contact him at (915) 584-0626, by e-mail at rayf358@yahoo.com and online at www.raysanchezbooks.com.

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El Pasoans in Texas Sports Hall of Fame

by Ray Sanchez

 July 5, 2009

Recently I wrote a story about former high school state champs from El Paso County. It told how El Paso High School has won four state titles and finished second four more times in basketball, Eastwood High has won one state basketball title and Bowie High was the only El Paso County school to win a state baseball title until this year when Socorro High accomplished the feat. The story also noted many members of those teams had been inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame.

Now some readers want to know how many El Paso individuals have been inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Thereís a main division and a high school division. Following are El Paso individual inductees. 

DON HASKINS, who led Texas Western to a national basketball title in basketball in 1966, heads the list. He was inducted into the main Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. He was later inducted into the National Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (in 1999).

Then there are Don Maynard and Jesse Whittenton, former UTEP football stars. The National Football League has inducted both into its NFL Hall of Fame.

You may remember that Maynard was an outstanding wide receiver with the New York Jets when they pulled the biggest upset in the history of the Super Bowl over Baltimore.

Whittenton was a defensive back for the Green Bay Packers during their glory days in the 1960s.

Maynard was inducted into the main Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 but Whittenton has never been inducted. Thatís an oversight that should be corrected. 

THE TEXAS Sports Hall of Fame, based in Waco, was started in 1951. Its first two inductees were Tris Speaker of baseball fame and golfer Ben Hogan.

The only other El Pasoans besides Haskins and Maynard inducted into the main Texas Sports Hall of Fame are jockey Bill Shoemaker in 1965 and golfer Lee Trevino in 1974.

El Pasoans inducted into the high school division are Andy Cohen, Nemo Herrera, Lance Taylor and, in a bit of a surprise, Mike Izquierdo. 

COHEN LED El Paso High to the championship of the first two state basketball tournaments in 1921 and 1922. He later played running back for the University of Alabama, played second base for the New York Giants and became one of the most successful managers in the history of minor league baseball. After that, he volunteered to coach the UTEP baseball team without pay and did so for years.

Herrera not only coached Bowie High to the state championship in baseball, he coached Lanier High to two state titles in basketball. Very few coaches can boast a record of state championships in two different sports.

Lance Taylor was an outstanding lineman at Coronado High in the 1970s. 

AND IZQUIERDO? Itís no surprise that he was inducted for he was an outstanding basketball player. Thin as a rail and quick as lightning, he led El Paso High to a runner-up finish in 1940 and the state championship in 1941. Then he played for the Miners in 1942-43, went into the service, returned in 1947-48 and led the Miners in scoring. No doubt he would have been one of the Minersí biggest stars had it not been for World War II.

The surprise is in that heís the only El Paso basketball player besides Cohen to be inducted in the high school division because El Paso has had many other outstanding high school basketball stars. 

AND THEN thereís Nolan Richardson, who was not only a star at Bowie High and UTEP but is the only coach to win NCAA, NIT and junior college basketball championships. He should have been inducted into the main division of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame long ago.

But thatís fodder for another column. 

Veteran sports journalist and author Ray Sanchez welcomes suggestions for his column. Contact him at (915) 584-0626, by e-mail at rayf358@yahoo.com or online at http://www.raysanchezbooks.com

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