Two of UTEP’s best teams will open season
by Ray Sanchez©
Two of the most competitive teams at UTEP will open their seasons next week. Yes, I’m talking about the Miners’ men and women golf teams.
Ever since former UTEP athletic director Bob Stull lured coach Scott Lieberwirth away from New Mexico State to take the reins at UTEP, the men’s team has been revived. Lieberwirth’s teams win tournaments, finish high in others and have been listed in the top 25 men’s golf teams in the country year after year.
Heck, the Miners, led by Charles Corner, even won a Conference USA championship last year.
NOT FAR BEHIND is the UTEP women’s golf team under coach Jere Pelletier. Led by Lili Downs, who made the All-Conference team, the women’s team finished second in Conference USA just last spring.
Both teams will open the fall season Monday. The men will play at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio. Altogether, the men will play in six tournaments in the fall and eight in the spring.
The women will open the fall season the same day at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial Tournament in Springfield, Missouri. They’ll play in five tournaments in the fall and five in the spring.
I can’t wait to see them in action.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the winningest football coach, percentage-wise, in UTEP history? Answer at end of column.
DON’T DESPAIR, UTEP football fans. There’s still hope for the 2018 season.
Okay, so losing to Northern Arizona was embarrassing. But the Lumberjacks were loaded with returning lettermen. We have to give UTEP’s new coach, Dana Dimel, some time. He’ll be facing two tough road trips at UNLV this weekend and University of Tennessee the following week. It’s possible they’ll be 0-3.
But then the real test will begin.
They’ll face their No. 1 rival, New Mexico State, at home. UTEP quarterback Dai Locksley showed good running ability and a strong passing arm against Northern Arizona, but the offensive line couldn’t protect him. He kept getting blitzed. That can be corrected.
Don’t give up on the Miners yet.
EL PASO HIGH School picked three Outstanding Exes instead of the usual one this year. They are:
Myles Cohen, class of 1958.
Anna Lucia Mares, class of 1980.
Mary Jo Ponsford Melby, class of 1958.
They’ll be honored at a luncheon at the El Paso Club Sept. 20, the homecoming parade that night, the homecoming assembly on Sept. 21 and the homecoming football game that night.
Congratulations to all.
THIS FROM Joseph V. Riccillo: Great story (about Mike Price)! long live the Pick, Mike Price and the man who gave it to him (my father)!
VINCE YOUNG, who led the Texas Longhorns to a national championship in 2005, has been inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame this year.
Other inductees this year are
• Johnny Bailey, former Texas A&I and Chicago Bears star running back.
• Nell Fortner, Olympic Women’s basketball head coach and UT women’s basketball legend.
• Pete Fredenburg, head coach of the University of Mary Hardin-Bayor football program.
• Gary Kubiak, Denver Broncos Super Bowl player and head coach.
• Cathy Self-Morgan, eight-time state title-winning high school girls basketball coach and UT Women’s Basketball alum.
• Gerald Myers, Texas Tech University player, coach and athletic director.
• Jill Sterkel, four-time Olympic swimmer and Longhorn women’s swimming and diving alumni.
• Michael Young, Texas Rangers superstar.
TOM HUSSMAN, a golf buddy of mine, tells of the time another golfer went to the dentist. He told the dentist that he didn’t want any anesthesia to work on a bad tooth because he had a 10 a.m. tee time and it was 9:30 a.m. already. The dentist argued but finally said okay. Then the golfer turned to his wife and said, “Okay, honey, show him the bad tooth.”
TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Brumbelow. Between 1950 and 1956 he had a .651 won-lost percentage. He won 46 games, lost 24 and tied three.
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