Worsley Heads Diverse Field of UTEP Inductees


by Ray Sanchez©


What a wonderful and diverse group of stars the board of directors came up with for induction into the UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame this year.
Chosen were a male basketball player, a woman basketball player, a football player, a softball star and a golfer.
Heading the list is Willie Worsley, who coach Don Haskins described in his autobiography, “Haskins: The Bear Facts,” as the best defensive player on the 1966 NCAA basketball championship team,

Jareica Hughes, who led the Miners to their first NCAA Tournament in UTEP women’s basketball history (2008). A two-time Conference USA Player of the Year, Hughes set records for assists (599), steals (277) and minutes (3,777). She led the Miners to 84 wins in four years, including the 2008 C-USA regular season title.

Barron Wortham, a UTEP football standout who was named a first team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America his senior year. He posted 566 tackles – the most in school history. He is also the Miners’ all-time leader in tackles for losses (45).

Camilla Carrera, a member of the UTEP softball team from 2008-12. She led the nation with 32 home runs as a senior. She is also the program’s all-time leader in batting average (.401), hits (260), runs (186), doubles (57), home runs (61), RBI (197) and total bases (504). She led the Miners to the Conference USA championship game in 2009 and a school-record 31victories in 2010.

David Bishop, who played golf for the Miners from 1987-91 and was a four-time All-American at UTEP. He was named the WAC Player of the Year in 1989 and 1991. He won four tournaments as a Miner. He helped UTEP finish second at the NCAA Championships in 1988.

TRIVIA QUESTION: How many times has the United States won Olympics medals in basketball? Answer at end of column.

EL PASO HIGH School is now taking nominations for Outstanding-Ex of 2018. I quickly nominated Ramiro “Rami” Escandon, one of the school’s greatest athletes. As I wrote in a previous column:
“Rami is special because he excelled in all three of the major sports (football, baseball and basketball) at El Paso High in the late 1950s … He was named to the All-District team in football and baseball and received honorable mention in basketball.

”RAMI RECEIVED a scholarship as a quarterback to University of Denver. But after his freshman year, the school dropped football. University of Tulsa quickly gobbled him up. He played quarterback for the Hurricanes under coach Glenn Dobbs in 1961 and 1962 and had an outstanding senior year there, quarterbacking the Hurricanes to the Missouri Valley Conference championship.
“But more than that, what makes him extra special is that he went into teaching and coaching after his playing years and taught and coached and became an administrator at his high school alma mater on two different occasions. That was from 1964 through 1973 and from 1985 through 2002. That’s a total of 26 years.”
Among the athletes Rami coached at El Paso High was Rennie Rebe, who was so successful as a soccer athlete and coach she was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame this year.

OUR DEEPEST condolences to Derry Eads on the death of his mother, Dorothy.
Eads was so successful as a sports writer at the El Paso Herald-Post he was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
After serving as sports editor at The Prospector at UTEP, he became a full-time sports writer at the Herald-Post in 1971. Eads covered 31 NCAA track championships, eight NCAA basketball tournaments, five PGA meets, pro golf, gymnastics and swimming meets.
He won several awards, including the 1985 Headliner Award of Texas for sports writing.

TRIVIA ANSWER: 14 times in 18 tries.



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