Here, There and Everywhere in El Paso Sports




FRANK CASTILLO called and said to offer hearty congratulations to Butch Henry. The two formed a terrific pitching duo at Eastwood High, both made it to the Major Leagues and Henry this year joined his former teammate in the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. Henry is currently coach of the El Paso Diablos. Castillo, after a five-year hiatus from baseball, is now coach of the Mesa Cubs summer team in Arizona.


CHRIS THOMAS, head pro at Santa Teresa Country Club, is shaking his head in wonderment. His father was head pro at a golf course located near both Washington State and University of Idaho when he was growing up and got to meet Mike Price when he was coaching at the former and Tim Floyd at the latter. Now both of them are here in El Paso with him. Small world.


RUTH MORRIS, a former teacher and avid UTEP fan, suggests that the school hold a public party where El Pasoans can personally welcome basketball coach Tim Floyd back to the city. That belongs in the great idea category.


STEVE HASKINS picked up his biggest check of the year in the Cap Cana Championship March 26 through 28 in the Dominican Republic. He shot 70, 71 and 72 for a three under par 213, tied for 29th and earned $11,589. Next: The Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in Florida April 18.


FRED ALBERS, sports director at KTSM-TV who usually does on-the-course reporting on radio for the PGA, was selected to do in-studio commentary and analysis of the Masters for ESPN and CBS this week. What an honor, and what prestige!


NACHO FRIEND was shipped all the way from New York to run in this year’s $800,000 Sunland Derby – via Fed Ex. Wow. Can you imagine the expense? (Psst: He finished out of the money).


TIM FLOYD must be feeling pretty good about the players he inherited at UTEP following Butler’s great run in the NCAA playoffs. The Miners gave Butler a heck of a battle and even led at halftime.


NORM AMUNDSON, who was replaced as racing secretary at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino after helping to get the Sunland Derby graded, is still living in El Paso and attended this year’s classic. He was greeted warmly.


BOB KITCHENS, who is retiring as UTEP track coach, has never received the credit he deserves. He’s produced more All-Americans and championships than you can shake a relay baton at. The Miners honored him this week at the 20th annual UTEP Track and Field Hall of Fame Dinner.


SARA WALKER and her tennis family own quite a distinction in the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame: three generations of inductees. They’re grandpa Bobby Goldfarb, daddy Ross Walker and, this year, Sara Walker.


ANITA HENSON, my daughter, insisted on putting me on Facebook along with my web site, columns, books, etc., and asked me to tell you so. So there. Now you know.


THE BOWIE BAKERY on the Westside is finally open, much to the delight of nearby residents. There has been a steady stream of customers.


ANA CHAVEZ, an assistant in the media relations department at UTEP, took every word of speakers at the press conference introducing coach Tim Floyd Tuesday and printed them for the media. Now that’s what I call dedication. Give her a medal.


GREG COLLINS, the head honcho at Santa Teresa Country Club, has opened the Dagger Course to the public. Vista Hills Country Club did likewise to its course earlier.


AND JERRY RICE, speaking at the Gala preceding this year’s Sunland Derby at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, said he found that after he competed in Dancing With the Stars “women started pinching my butt everywhere I went.”



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