EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas announced on Wednesday, May 23 that the 85th edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl will be played on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off set for 12 p.m. (MT). The game, featuring a team from the ACC or Notre Dame taking on a team from of the Pac-12, will air on CBS for the 51st consecutive year.
“We are happy to announce that we are returning to our traditional New Year’s Eve slot,” Olivas said. “Many of our local fans had expressed to us that the New Year’s Eve date had become a family tradition and we are excited to have the game back on that day.”
Since the first Sun Bowl played on January 1, 1935, as a fundraising event for a local service club, the game has grown into El Paso’s number one national attraction. With its picturesque stadium nestled between two mountains it has become a staple to the Southwest.
Ara Parseghian played here, as well as Merlin Olsen. Through the years, the Sun Bowl has hosted some of the greats of the game – Tony Dorsett, Barry Sanders, Don Maynard, James Lofton, Carson Palmer, LaDainian Tomlinson and more recently Jonathan Stewart, Toby Gerhart, Mitch Trubisky, Solomon Thomas and Joey Harrington.
The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl consisted of No. 24 North Carolina State racking up 52 points to defeat Arizona State, 52-31, in front of 39,897 fans on beautiful Friday afternoon. The Wolfpack’s 52 points is the second-most scored by a team in the Sun Bowl’s prestigious history, trailing only the 56 scored by Oregon in 2007. The 83 combined points is also second-most in Sun Bowl history. UCLA and Northwestern combined to score 88 points in 2006.
Parking, RV parking and party passes are available for purchase at the Sun Bowl Association office. For questions concerning ADA ticket purchases and parking, please call the Sun Bowl Association office.
For ticket information about the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl go online to www.sunbowl.org or call the Hyundai Sun Bowl Ticket Manager at 915-533-4416.
$22 – End Zone
$22 – Touchdown (upper corners of stadium)
$32 – Sun Seats
$47 – Stadium
$57 – Preferred
$62 – Premium
$652 – Captain’s Club
EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas announced on Sunday, May 6 that Scott Mann is its 85th President for the 2018-19 year.
As president, Mann will be the spokesman for the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, as well as the general supervisor of the various association committees and activities.
“Mann’s vast experience and love for the El Paso community is a huge benefit for the Sun Bowl Association,” Olivas said. “His knowledge of the Sun Bowl Association makes him a great fit to lead our Board. We are all looking forward to another great year with Scott at the helm.”
Mr. Mann is an attorney and partner in long-time El Paso law firm, Kemp Smith’s Trial Department. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. The primary focus of his law practice is the defense of healthcare providers in the state and federal courts of Texas and New Mexico, as well as before licensing boards in both states.
Mann will oversee the Association’s continued commitment to El Paso through various events, including the 85th Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 31, 2018. The Sun Bowl Association puts on a variety of other community events, including the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, the Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic, the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade and the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.
Over the years, Mr. Mann has participated in a variety of capacities with the Association. He was a member of the basketball committee in 2008 and was part of the golf committee from 2008-2012 and again in 2014. Mann joined the Board of Directors in 2009 and has been the Association’s Vice President of Legal Affairs since 2012.
Scott Mann is married to Tekla and together they have three children; Reese, Caroline and Walt.
Joining the 85th president of the association on the Board of Directors are Stuart Sliva (President-Elect), Natalia Flores (Executive Vice President), Bill Coon (Immediate Past President), Jimmy Rogers, Jr. (Chair Emeritus), Tamara Gladkowski (Secretary), John Aranda (Treasurer), Bryan Crowe (VP Community Relations), Robert Dunlop (VP Marketing), Scott Mann (VP Legal Affairs), Wayne Thornton (VP Public Relations), Michael Guerra (VP Volunteers), Barry Kobren (Basketball Chairman), Asher Feinberg (CBS Host Chairman), Linda Smith (Coronation Chair), John Folmer (Football Chairman), Mark Pelletier (Golf Chairman), Jim Lawrence (Parade Chairman), Art Muñoz (VP Special Events), Allen Rystad (Provisions Chairman), Richard Dayoub (Board Member)Ernest Eisenberg (Board Member), Travis Hughes (Board Member), Michelle Kaip (Board Member), Richard Limas (Board Member), Victor Rueda (Board Member), Victor Salazar (Board Member), James O. Stewart III (Board Member) and Tony Valtier (Board Member).
The 2018 Sun Bowl Association Board of Advisors is made up of past presidents Amen Ayoub, Steve Beltran, Walker Crowson, Linda East, Chris Mott, Marilyn Munden, Mike Rogers, Joe Valenzuela, along with members Joana Alferez, Ruben Batista, Gil Blancas, Joseph Bocanegra, Cassandra Davisson, Celia Dubrule, David Forti, Greg Groves, Frank Hernandez, Brian Kennedy, Tommy Lewis, David Lindhuber, Leila Melendez, Andre Miranda, David Morales, Cindy Ramos Davidson, Terri Rangel, Jim Senter, Jeff Stevens, Eric Swanson, Brad Taylor, Brooke Underwood, Pat Valdez-Rios, Mario Vega and Rebekah Wierson.
For more information about the Hyundai Sun Bowl go to online at www.sunbowl.org.
EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association reached its max capacity for the number of youth soccer teams participating in the 2017 annual Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament and is hoping to replicate that for the 2018 tournament, which is set for June 8-10 at the West Side Soccer Complex in El Paso, Texas.
“Our job here with the Sun Bowl Association is to put on quality events for the city, and this is just another of the many events the Association produces,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “As a non-profit organization our goal is to put on a great event for the community and especially for the youth of El Paso. We are working to make each event better and better and this tournament has grown from the humble beginnings of 48 teams to the nearly 200 teams that participated in 2017.”
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament brings together soccer teams from El Paso, Juarez, Albuquerque, Tucson, Las Cruces, Midland, Odessa and surrounding areas to compete together in friendly competition. The tournament is open to boys and girls that range from U6 to U19.
“Teams and the community appreciate this tournament,” said Joe Daubach, the Special Events Director for the Sun Bowl Association. “It’s exciting to challenge all of our volunteers to take this tournament to the next level year after year. We strive to promote El Paso, while encouraging visitors to stay in hotels and eat in local restaurants. Teams leave with a great outlook about El Paso.”
Teams can save money by signing up for the tournament before May 10. The “Early Bird Entry Fee” is as follows:
U6 to U8–$200;
U9 to U12 – $325;
U13 to U19 – $375.
Teams that sign up after May 10 will be charged the full entry fee. Entry fee for teams signing up after May 10 is as follows:
U6 to U8– $225;
U9 to U12 – $350;
U13 to U19 – $400.
Teams will be accepted until a bracket is complete. For more information on the 2018 Annual Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament,
For more information about the tournament, please contact the Sun Bowl Association at 915-533-4416 or go online at http://www.sunbowl.org/events/soccer.
EL PASO, Texas – The 2018 Sun Court has been around since the first Sun Bowl game in 1935, and continues to thrive. This year’s Sun Court Coronation will be on Saturday, August 1, 2018. However, applications are already available online at www.sunbowl.org.
In order to be eligible applicants must fit these few criteria’s. All Sun Princesses must be within the ages of 18-22 as of September 1, 2018. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 credit hours and must hold a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 grading scale. Applicants may not hold any other title, as well as never being married and have not had any children.
“We are hoping that getting the application out earlier will allow those interested in applying to look at their schedules so that they can be a part of all the events we have,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “This is a great tradition for the Sun Bowl and for El Paso. We tend to get some of the best women in the community to represent the Sun Bowl Association and the City of El Paso.”
If the applicants meet these requirements they must submit their application, official transcript, professional resume, a 5×7 color head shot, and an essay by Friday, June 15, 2018. The essay may contain no more than 500 words explaining their; community involvement, activities, awards, employment, and simply information on themselves and why they would like to be a Sun Princess.
Email Amber Herrera the required documents along with the application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews will be located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, El Paso, TX. On Saturday, July 7, 2018 starting at 9 a.m. All applicants will be notified with their interview schedule after the application deadline on Friday, June 15, 2018. If applicants are selected as a 2018 Sun Princess, they will then be eligible for the Sun Queen competition in 2019. The 2018 Sun Queen will be based on the performance of the 2017 Sun Princesses during the Sun Bowl events of that year. Any and all questions can be answered by Amber Herrera either by the email above or by phone to (915)-533-4416.
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EL PASO, Texas – There was plenty of scoring to go around during the 84th playing of the Hyundai Sun Bowl as 24th-ranked North Carolina State racked up 52 points to defeat a game Arizona State team, 52-31, in front of 39,897 fans on Friday afternoon.
The Wolfpack’s 52 points is the second-most scored by a team in the Sun Bowl’s prestigious history, trailing only the 56 scored by Oregon in 2007. The 83 combined points is also second-most in Sun Bowl history. UCLA and Northwestern combined to score 88 points in 2006.
“I just want to say how thankful I am to the players and the coaches for a top-25 finish and a nine-win season and to our seniors for our third bowl win in four attempts. So that’s a great finish and that’s what we talked about this whole bowl prep and I’m just so proud of those guys,” said NC State head coach Dave Doeren. “A lot of seniors don’t focus the way these guys do. You know, their minds are in other places and that just says a lot about the character of these young men and I’m very proud of them and thankful to them.”
The two teams also combined for 42 fourth-quarter points, the most points scored in any Sun Bowl quarter. The 42 points were also part of 45 scored in the second-half, tying another record.
NC State (9-4) amassed a Sun Bowl record six rushing touchdowns, the first three by Nyheim Hines, all in the first half. It was his first-ever game with three rushing touchdowns. For his efforts the junior running back was named the C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player.
Quarterback Ryan Finley led the Wolfpack through the air after throwing for 318 yards and a touchdown on 24-of-29 passing with no interceptions. Wideout Stephen Louis had three catches for 115 yards and a Sun Bowl record 38.3 yards per catch.
“I’m just going to enjoy this win, what a way to go out for our seniors,” Finley said. “I’m just really going to enjoy it.”
ASU (7-6) was led by quarterback Manny Wilkins, Jr. who passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-40 passing. N’Keal Harry had nine catches for 142 receiving yards and former Sun Bowl MVP Demario Richard ran for a total of 50 yards.
Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, Wilkins also threw three interceptions. ASU had a total of four turnovers that contributed to its loss, the first coming early in the game.
On the second play of the game ASU sophomore Kyle Williams received a pass but then proceeded to fumble the ball while trying to gain extra yards. The ball was recovered by Wolfpack safety Jarius Morehead right at midfield.
Three plays later Finley hit receiver Louis for a 50-yard strike that placed the ball at the Sun Devil 2-yard line. But NC State was not able to punch it in and ended up with zero points after a fake field-goal attempt was unsuccessful.
It would be the only possession of the first half, however, that the Wolfpack would not end up with a touchdown as they scored four consecutive touchdowns the rest of the first half. The first three scores would come on 5-yard runs by Hines.
Hines’ first touchdown run came after the longest drive of the first half, a 15-play, 87-yard drive, punctuated by Hines with under three minutes left in the first quarter.
After a quick three-and-out by ASU, Hines ran for his second touchdown of the day less than a minute into the second quarter, a quarter that marked a total of 31 points, a Sun Bowl record for combined points scored in the second quarter.
The Sun Devils caught a break during their next possession as a roughing the kicker penalty turned a punt into a first down for ASU inside NC State territory. The Sun Devils took advantage of the Wolfpack mistake by marking their first points of the contest, a 24-yard field goal by Brandon Ruiz midway through the second quarter to cut the lead to 14-3.
The NC State offense kept rolling, however, as Hines scored for the third-straight time to tie a Wolfpack record for rushing touchdowns in a bowl game. NC State ballooned its lead to 21-3 with under five minutes left in the first half.
ASU finally reached the end zone on its next possession after Wilkins hit Harry in the corner of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Wilkins and Harry also connected on the biggest play of the 7-play, 72-yard drive, a 37-yard pitch and catch that set up the Sun Devils inside the red zone.
With just over two minutes to play in the half, ASU tried to keep the momentum with an onside kick, but the Wolfpack fell on the ball in Sun Devil territory. It took NC State just over a minute to score its fourth touchdown of the half as Finley hit redshirt sophomore Jakobi Meyers on a 25-yard touchdown pass with exactly one minute remaining in the half.
ASU had a chance to add another field goal to its first-half total, but Ruiz missed a 43-yard field goal as time expired. The Wolfpack led 28-10 after one half of play.
The second half started much like the first, NC State came out empty on its first possession, but got the ball back after the Sun Devils once again turned the ball over on their first possession of the half. This time it was off of a deflected-ball interception by Wolfpack cornerback Nick McCloud, who returned the pick 52 yards to the ASU 13-yard line.
This time NC State converted the turnover into points after a Kyle Bambard 26-yard field goal upped the Wolfpack lead to 31-10. Bambard would be named the John Folmer Most Valuable Special Teams Player after the game.
The Sun Devils would once again be aided by a NC State mistake during a punt on their next possession. With Hines back deep to return, the punt bounced off the helmet of Nicolas Lacy. ASU recovered the ball at the Wolfpack 27-yard line, but on the next play gave the ball right back after Wilkins threw a pick in the end zone to Morehead, who added an interception to his fumble recovery.
NC State proceeded to go on a 12-play, 80-yard drive that ended on the first play of the fourth quarter with a 23-yard touchdown run by running back Reggie Gallaspy II. Gallaspy’s run gave the Wolfpack its biggest lead of the contest at 38-10 and would be the first of two fourth-quarter touchdown runs for the junior.
The Sun Devils tried to get back into the game by scoring a couple of touchdowns within less than a minute’s time of each other. Wilkins scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper and then, after a successful onside kick, hit Kyle Williams with a 19-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead in half and make it a two-possession game at 38-24 with just under nine minutes left in the game.
But that’s as close as ASU would get as two more onside kick attempts would fail and NC State would score 14 of the final 21 points of the game.
The Wolfpack comes out with a win during their first visit to El Paso and wins consecutive bowl games for the first time since 2010-11. The Sun Devils, meanwhile, lose at the Sun Bowl for the first time since 1941. ASU had won its last three Sun Bowl appearances (1997, 2004, 2014).