Here are a dozen beautiful El Paso sports people

 

Every few years I borrow a page from People Magazine and select the most beautiful people in El Paso sports. I donít do it every year because thereís not that much of a turnover in sports personnel here.

I donít know all the people in local sports, but following, in alphabetical order, are six women and six men who, by the way, not only excel in their professions but sweeten the eyes:

 

KRISTI ALBERS, former LPGA winner. A perennial selection with her classic looks, she has devoted much of the last two years to helping young golfers in El Paso by starting the First Tee program. What a great contribution that has been.

 

CONNIE BLEVINS, Turf Club hostess at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Petite, blonde and pretty, itís a delight to see her rushing around the Turf Club helping people. She has other duties, like helping put on the annual Gala connected with the Sunland Derby.

 

ANA CHAVEZ, a member of the UTEP athletic media relations department. Pretty as a picture and cute as a bunny, she flitters around athletic events helping in many ways, including writing stories. She has been a great addition to the department this past year.

 

MARCIA MCNAMEE, daughter of the late Modesto Gomez. Beautiful enough to have been a movie star, she helps run the annual memorial golf tournament honoring her father and she does it with class and uncanny skill. The tournament has raised thousands of dollars for scholarships.

 

DIANA NATALICIO, president of the University of Texas at El Paso. Sheís been picked before, not only because of her becoming features but because of her overall bearing. She exudes brilliance and just being around her can be a thrill. She has elevated UTEP to great heights of excellence.

 

YVONNE SHINAUT, a member of the board of directors of the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. Always impeccably dressed, sheís so striking she would stand out in any crowd, as other board members will testify. Her late husband, by the way, was Dick Shinaut, one of UTEPís greatest quarterbacks.

 

LUIS DUENAS, food and beverage director at Santa Teresa Country Club. Heís such a personable fellow and so easy on the eyes that members were overjoyed recently when he turned down an offer from a downtown restaurant and decided to stay at Santa Teresa.

 

STEVE KAPLOWITZ, sports talk host at KROD, sports columnist with Whatís Up? and TV personality with Time Warner. Steve was good looking before he got married, and now heís even more so. Marriage can do that to a guy. Heís a great contributor to the sports scene here.

 

RAUL MARTINEZ, sports director at KVIA-TV. His good looks make watching his knowledgeable, rapid-fire delivery every week night even more enjoyable. Incidentally, he and his wife, Rachel, became proud parents of a nine-pound baby girl named Noella last month.

 

HAROLD PAYNE, general manager of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Tall, slim, good looking and soft spoken, he has been compared to Gary Cooper. And what a job heís done with the racetrack and casino. Neither may have been around today except for his leadership.

 

DAVID RODRIGUEZ, undefeated heavyweight boxer. Adonis has nothing on this amazing specimen. His perfectly structured 6 feet 4 body, as well as the rest of his features, seem as if created by an artist. And what a punch. Heís knocked out 30 of 32 opponents.

 

JIMMY ROGERS, chair emeritus of the Sun Bowl board of directors. An extraordinarily handsome man with blond hair and exquisite manners, he has done wonders handling negotiations with CBS for years. And yes, CBS just recently signed a contract to keep televising the game.

 

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 www.raysanchezbooks.com