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Sun Court Applications Available February 5, 2018

Sun Court Applications Available

2018 Sun Court Application _

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

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

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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No. 24 NC State Prevails in Points-Filled Sun Bowl December 29, 2017

No. 24 NC State Prevails in Points-Filled Sun Bowl

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).

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North Dakota State Takes Home WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Title December 23, 2017

North Dakota State Takes Home WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Title

EL PASO, Texas – The North Dakota State Bison defeated the UTEP Miners 63-51 in the championship game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational to take home the hardware on Friday, Dec. 22 in the Don Haskins Center.

NDSU (7-6) used a 19-2 scoring run during the final seven and a half minutes of the game to secure the victory. Guard Paul Smith, who was awarded the Barry Kobren Most Valuable Player Trophy, led all players with 19 points. Sophomore guard Tyson Ward, who was named to the all-tournament team, tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds.

All-Tournament Team
Paul Miller – NDSUMVP
Tyson Ward – NDSU
RJ Cole – Howard
Devante Cacok – UNCW
Keith Frazier – UTEP
Tirus Smith – UTEP – Don Haskins Award

Consolation Game Recap – Howard vs. UNC Wilmington
Howard University leaned on the backs of freshman RJ Cole and sophomore Charles Williams as they combined for 72 points to boost the Bison to an 80-75 win over UNC Wilmington on Friday night.

Cole produced with a new career-high 42 points, including 32 after intermission. His 42 points set a new freshman record in program history. The New Jersey native shot 59-percent (13-of-22) from the floor, including 5-of-8 from long range. He also added six boards, four dimes, and four steals in the win. Williams tied a season-high 30 points after shooting 11-of-19 from the field, including a perfect 4-of-4 from downtown, in the victory.

Overall, the Bison shot a season-best 50-percent (26-of-52) against the defending Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Champions, including 56-percent (9-of-16) from beyond the arc.

Cole was just four points short of the tournament record for points in a game. Trey Johnson of Jackson State holds the record for points in a game during the Sun Bowl Tournament with 46 versus UTEP in 2006. Cole scored 61 points in the tournament, also just four points shy of the tournament record. Johnson holds that record as well, posting a combined total of 65 points again UTEP and Drake in 2006.

Championship Game Recap – North Dakota State vs. UTEP
NDSU (7-6) trailed UTEP 49-44 with just under eight minutes remaining, but the Bison rattled off a 14-0 run to take a commanding 58-49 advantage with two minutes left. Following buckets by Paul Miller and Spencer Eliason to pull within one, NDSU sophomore Jared Samuelson drained a three to give the Bison a 51-49 lead. A.J. Jacobson capped the 14-0 run with a trey to go ahead nine with 2:02 remaining.

UTEP’s Keith Frazier posted his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He averaged 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in the two Sun Bowl Tourney games. Smith received the tournament’s Don Haskins Award.

UTEP center Paul Thomas added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Miners on Friday.

Up until the stretch run it was an entertaining basketball game. The Miners jumped out to a 19-8 lead. The Bison came roaring back to pull within four (25-21) at halftime. An 8-0 run by North Dakota State in the second half turned a 36-32 deficit into a 40-36 lead. UTEP scored six unanswered to erase a 44-43 deficit and surge into the 49-44 lead, but may have run out of gas at the end while playing its third game in four nights.

The Miners shot 33.3 percent from the field, including 30 percent in the second half, and tallied only five assists.

About the Tournament
In 2009, the tournament was renamed to honor former UTEP head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Don Haskins. “The Bear” coached at UTEP from 1961 to 1999, winning 719 games and making 14 postseason appearances. Haskins famously led the Miners to victory in the 1966 National Championship game over Adolph Rupp and the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats.

The WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is the oldest holiday basketball tournament in the nation.

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Sign Up for the Fifth Annual Fan Golf Challenge – Set for Wednesday Dec. 27 December 22, 2017

Sign Up for the Fifth Annual Fan Golf Challenge – Set for Wednesday Dec. 27

EL PASO, Texas – Looking for some fun in the sun while visiting El Paso for the 84 Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl? You’re invited to play with other college football fans and El Paso natives in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at Vista Hills Country Club.

Vista Hills Country Club has once again been chosen to host the Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge. Representatives (Fans) from NC State and Arizona State University will be pitted against each other in an 18 Hole Two-Person-Scramble Match Play Format.

“It’s always great to see the fans and the locals having a great time out on the course,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “The volunteers and organizers of this event do a great job and the turnout last year was tremendous.”

The winning university will be determined by the number of matches a university wins. Two-person teams will be formed from each university, and they will go head-to-head against a two-person team from the other university.

You can sign-up as a two-person team or you can sign-up as an individual, and we will place you on a team. You also have the option of playing with an El Pasoan who knows the golf course.

This event is open to all fans.

Teams must be entered and paid in full not later than noon on Monday, Dec.25, 2017.

CHECK-IN – 9:00 to 10:30 AM
BURRITO BAR – 9:00 to 10:30 AM
WARM-UP / FREE RANGE BALLS – 9:00 to 10:30 AM

Previous Results: 2013 (VT 9 – UCLA 9); 2014 (ASU 10 – Duke 8); 2015 (WSU 12.5 – Miami 8.5); 2016 (UNC 12.5 – Stanford 7.5)

Entry Fee: Seventy-five dollars ($75) per person includes Green Fee, Cart, Range Balls, Prizes, Goodie Bag, Burrito Bar and Awards Dinner. VHCC Golf Members ($55). Golf Club Set Rental is an additional $10 (Be sure to indicate a need at Sign-Up).

Entry Form: 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge _ UPDATED 12 22

You can sponsor a Wounded Warrior or Soldier for $100.

Questions: Terry Jennings or Danny Lopez at 915-592-6565. Course Information: 915-592-6565 or Special Hyundai Sun Bowl Golf Rates with cart Dec. 18-30 ($20 plus tax). Show your Hyundai Sun Bowl Ticket at the Pro Shop during Check-In. Schedule your Tee Times (915-592-6565).
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UTEP Set to Take On North Dakota State in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Championship Friday Night December 21, 2017

UTEP Set to Take On North Dakota State in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Championship Friday Night

EL PASO, Texas – The UTEP Miners (5-6) face North Dakota State (6-6) in the championship game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational after both teams were victorious on Thursday at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

UTEP picked up its fourth consecutive victory on Thursday, Dec. 21, with a 69-56 victory over Howard University (2-12). Keith Frazier, Omega Harris and Tirus Smith led the way for the Miners, combing for 57 of their 69 points. The Miners took advantage of an early 24-7 run and never lost the lead to head into Friday’s title game. UTEP has not won the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational since 2014.

North Dakota State vs. UNC Wilmington – Recap
North Dakota State’s Tyson Ward scored 17 points while his teammates Deng Geu and Paul Miller added 16 points each as NDSU opened the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational with a 100-63 win over UNC Wilmington on Thursday evening.

The Bison seemed to shoot the lights out shooting 61.1 percent from the field for the game and knocking down 14-of-25 from behind the three-point arc. Nine of their three-point field goals came in the first half, giving them a 52-28 lead heading into halftime.

It was almost the opposite for UNC Wilmington as it hit just 21-of-62 shots from the floor, which includes a 6-of-23 night from the three point line. Jaylen Fornes led the Seahawks with 15 points.

UTEP vs. Howard – Recap
The Miners took an early lead and never trailed with Keith Frazier leading the way with a game-high 23 points. Frazier drained four treys and pulled down eight rebounds while Omega Harris tallied 17 points and four assists. It was a nice night for Tirus Smith as he posted a career-high 17 points.

It seemed the Miners would take the game with ease as they took a 22-4 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. UTEP jumped to a 30-15 lead before Howard went on a run of its own to make it a 33-28 ballgame but the Miners were able to defend its lead and head into the half with a 37-30 lead.

UTEP had a 9-2 run to start the second half and held the lead by as many as 20 points before rolling past the Bison for its fourth straight win. Defense was a key factor for the Miners as they held Howard to 31 percent shooting.

UTEP opened the second half with a 9-2 run to go ahead by 14 points (46-32) and maintained a double-digit cushion the rest of the night. The Miners led by as many as 20 points in the final minutes.

Box scores
NDSU vs UNC Wilmington Basketball 12 21 17
UTEP vs Howard Basketball 12 21 17

Friday, Dec. 22
5 p.m. (MT) – Howard vs. UNC Wilmington
7 p.m. (MT) – North Dakota State vs. UTEP

In 2009, the tournament was renamed to honor former UTEP head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Don Haskins. “The Bear” coached at UTEP from 1961 to 1999, winning 719 games and making 14 postseason appearances. Haskins famously led the Miners to victory in the 1966 National Championship game over Adolph Rupp and the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats.

The WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is the oldest holiday basketball tournament in the nation. Tickets to the tournament can be purchased by calling 915-533-4416 or at the Don Haskins Center on game day.

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