Here, There, and Everywhere In El Paso Sports
STEVE KAPLOWITZ during the space of three weeks emceed the Sunland Derby Gala, hosted the KROD Sports and Health Expo and will emcee the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet this coming Wednesday at UTEP. That’s besides doing his daily radio sports talk show, writing a sports column for What’s Up and doing some work with Time Warner. The word “dynamo” must have been invented for him.
BENNY BROOKS is a popular guy. Brooks, who coached Bowie High to two state cross country championships, had so many friends, relatives and former players speaking up for him at his nomination for the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame it must have set a record. Yes, he was voted in and will be among the inductees Wednesday.
TIGER WOODS’ fine reception by fans at the Masters renewed my faith in human nature and people’s ability to forgive. Tiger has done wrong but he’s not a mean person, unlike some of his detractors, especially some in the media.
KRISTI ALBERS has a great idea for her First Tee Program. She has set an Adult/Junior Tournament Saturday, May 8, at Santa Teresa Country Club. “This family-friendly tournament is a unique opportunity for parents to play with their child,” she said. True. Sponsors and volunteers are needed. Help out and call (915) 252-6511.
DIANA RIVAS, the wife of jockey Carlos Rivas who was injured so seriously this season at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino that he had to give up riding and is still in traction, became seriously ill this month and has been in a coma in the hospital. My heart aches for them.
STEVE HASKINS planned to play in last weekend’s Outback Steakhouse Pro Am in Florida but on his way back from his previous Champions Tour tournament he began to get a severe pain in his back. Turned out he has a slipped disc. He hopes to get back into action in a couple of weeks.
JACK WELCH, owner of Honors Academy, is celebrating the third year of his golf teaching facility, Honors Academy, this month. There were plans to expand and even have franchises but the economy crash which began in 2008 doomed them. Still, pretty remarkable to be in business this long.
BOB STULL, the Miners’ athletic director, followed retiring Bob Kitchens’ advice to hire his assistants to coach the UTEP track team. Smart move. Mika Laaksonen and Paul Ereng as head coach and associate head coach respectively should keep the track program going at the high level that Kitchens so deftly kept it all these years.
ADELINE ROGERS, the attractive El Paso public relations whiz, has an attractive golf swing as well. Seeing her hitting balls at Santa Teresa Country Club reminded me that she was a star golfer in high school.
AND READER Tom Hussman sent along a video of how the implosion of Dallas Cowboys Stadium looked like – from the inside. Thought you might want to see it, too. It’s at http://www.dallascowboys.com/farewell/Texas_Stadium_Implosion.cfm.
Veteran sports journalist and author Ray Sanchez welcomes suggestions for his column. Contact him at (915) 584-0626, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.raysanchezbooks.com