UTEP Miner Hoops “Picks UP!”

The Miners hosted the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday night at the Haskins center. the game was somewhat close in the first half with the Vaqueros dropping three pointers like there was no tomorrow. 

Utep finally made the right adjustments and Omega Harris started to turn up the heat. 

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Utep’s Omega Harris #2 driving to the lane vs UT Rio Grande Valley

Utep caught rhythm and began hitting some Three pointers of their own.

The miners gained control late in the first half and never looked back.

The miners are starting to show some speed with the addition of Harris back in the line up. The only thing that is still missing for the Miners is a Big Guy to head up the Post position. Hopper Vent is still more of a shooter than he is a Post player, and UTEP has struggled defensively in the Post and getting out rebounded.

UTEP will kick off the 2016 year and  enter C-USA Conference play with the Rice Owls entering the Haskins Center Friday Night Jan 1st. 

 

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UTEP Lee Moore #4

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The SunBowl aka “Snow Bowl 2015”

December 26, 2015

In what started out to be a beautiful day in the Sun City, the 82nd Hyundai Sun Bowl had finally arrived. squaring off in Saturday’s contest was the Washington State Cougars ( PAC-12) vs the Miami Hurricanes (ACC).

the weather was a nice and sunny during Pregame festivities but it quickly changed gears once both teams came out for the coin toss.

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Interim Head Coach Larry Scott, Leading the Hurricanes onto the field.
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Washington State Cougars entering Sunbowl stadium

With a very good turn-out at this years event which were roughly 40,000 an attendance, this years game was sure to bring some hits and hopefully some scoring.

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Miami QB #15 Brad Kaaya

 

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WestStar Bank Don Haskins Invitational

The WestStar Bank Don Haskins Invitational wrapped up on Tuesday.

UC Irvine Takes Home 2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Title

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UC Irvine junior center Mamadou Ndiaye put up 21 points and junior guard Luke Nelson scored 17 leading the Anteaters to an 80-62 championship victory over Norfolk State on Tuesday night.

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Members of the 2015 All-Tournament Team included:

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Norfolk State guard Charles Oliver

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UC Irvine’s Luke Nelson

Barry Kobren Most Valuable Player Award

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In the Consolation game it featured the Sam Houston State BearKats vs UTEP Miners.

UTEP snapped a five-game losing skid with an 87-68  victory . Led by 23-0 run early in the game,

The Miners (7-5) finished third in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational and notched their first victory in the month of December.
SHSU vs UTEP-11.jpgThe Miners will take a quick holiday break before returning to action on Tuesday, Dec. 29 against UT Rio Grande Valley in the Haskins Center, their final tuneup prior to the start of Conference USA play.

Both teams had a players selected to the All Tournament Team:

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#13 Aurimas Majauskas
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Utep- #2 Omega Harris

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Don Haskins award –

Utep #1 Dominic Artis

It’s Sunbowl Week!

Yes, yes it is… its the most wonderful time of the year… ( if you’re a sports Fan in El Paso!)

It’s Sun bowl Week! a week filled with Basketball games, Meet and Greets, Fan Fiesta’s and one of the Longest running Bowl games in NCAA Division I history… The Hyundai Sun Bowl.

This year on Saturday December 26, 2015 at Noon, we have the Match Up From the Pac-12 the Washington State Cougars and from the ACC we have “The U” Miami Hurricanes.

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Both teams will be making their second appearance in a Sun Bowl.  The Cougars defeated Purdue 33-27 during the 2001 Sun Bowl, a Washington State team coached by Mike Price, who later became the head coach at UTEP (2004-12) and still resides in El Paso.  The Hurricanes, meanwhile, lost to Notre Dame 33-17 in 2010 in front of a sellout Sun Bowl crowd. (per official press release sunbowl.org)

Leading up to the game is

DON HASKINS SUN BOWL INVITATIONAL

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Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational
(courtesy of the sunbowl.org)

Now in its 54th year, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is the oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament in the country. The tournament is held annually at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. The list of top-tier college basketball programs that have played in the Sun Bowl Invitational over the past half-century includes Georgetown, Maryland, Arizona and Florida.

The 2015 edition is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22. UC Irvine, Norfolk State and Sam Houston State will join UTEP on the hardwood this year.

UC Irvine took the victory over Sam Houston State with a Final score of 63-53 at the Haskins Center.

Norfolk State pulled off the upset over the Miners with a final score of 85-76.

UC-Irvine faces Norfolk State in the Championship at 7 p.m. (MT) and the consolation game is set for a 5 p.m. (MT) tip-off  between UTEP and Sam Houston State in the Don Haskins Center.

Don’t Forget …

Friday the 25th its the Fan Fiesta !

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a great event for all ages, with the battle of the Bands, Mascots, Music and fun for everyone!

if you have the chance be sure to check it out at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center from 4pm – 9pm

 

I hope to see you all at these events and don’t forget to smile at the camera!

-Ace

 

It was An All * Star Day

It’s All star Day, today was the 24th annual Greater El Paso football Showcase between the EastSide All-Stars and the Westside All- Stars.

we thought we were going to see a High scoring match up between the two, because both rosters have lined up some of the city’s best.

we did have a high scoring affair, just it was one sided. the East side racked up 73 points in the Contest and holding the Westside stars to only 6 points.

El Dorado Qb #17 Austyn Hill connected multiple time with Wide Out Cam Covington throughout the game

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The Eastside defense held the West in check with All stars Mark Torrez (Eastwood High ) and Richie Rodriguez.

the west had their chances to put points on the Board. but came up short.

 

MVP’s for today’s GEPFS East All Stars: Overall MVP – #17 Austyn Hill, El Dorado; Offensive Lineman- #77 Bobby DeHaro, Montwood; Offensive Back – #2 Cameron Covington, El Dorado; Defensive Lineman – #74 Brayan Estrada, Mountain View; Defensive Back – #18 Randy Thomas. Hanks. Sportsmanship Award – #73 Jose Hernandez, Clint. Hut Brown Courage Award – #2 Cameron Covington, El Dorado. Edd Fifer Leadership Award – #10 Shaun Higgins, Hanks.

Next year will be the 25th Anniversary.

-Ace

Welcome to the Adventures of a Sports Photo Journalist!

Welcome!

My name is Andy aka ” ACE “,  I am a sports Photo Journalist for the El Paso Herald Post.com

Here is where i will post my journey and adventures as a Sports photographer. 

see the behind the scenes of sporting events and maybe see some interviews with some of the next bright all stars in the sports world. 

thank you for following and i hope you enjoy the show!

P.S.

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– Ace

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