Monday, December 31, 2018


Kindergarten Class Wins the “A’DOOR’N” Contest December 8, 2017

Kindergarten Class Wins the “A’DOOR’N” Contest

EL PASO, Texas – A winner has been chosen for the “A’DOOR’N The Schools” Door Decorating Contest and a Kindergarten Class from Western Hills Elementary School has been chosen as the winner on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

Due to an error in getting accurate votes tallied, the Sun Bowl Association had to vote on the doors to choose the winner. Members of the Sun Bowl Association staff, the Sun Bowl Association Board members and members of various Sun Bowl committees voted to choose the inaugural winner.

Students of the kindergarten class, which is taught by Ms. Delgado and Ms. Garcia, won tickets to the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl and will also be provided a hot dog and beverage during the game.

“This is the first year we had the opportunity to do this and we are excited for the students from Western Hills Elementary to hang out and enjoy the game on Friday, Dec. 29,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We hit a little bump in the road when we began to verify votes so we decided to take another route.”

Mr. Olivas will be presenting the tickets to the class at Western Hills Elementary, Monday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

This year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for a 1 p.m. (MT) kick-off at Sun Bowl Stadium on Friday, Dec. 29.

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No. 24 NC State Brings Balanced Approach to 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl December 7, 2017

No. 24 NC State Brings Balanced Approach to 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl

EL PASO, Texas – Its productivity on both sides of the ball allowed NC State to become one of the most daunting opponents in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Now, the 24th-ranked Wolfpack will look to conclude their successful 2017 campaign by controlling the tempo on defense and offense in the 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (MT) kick-off on Dec. 29 at Sun Bowl Stadium.

“When we lost the season opener, our season could have gone two ways. Our team chose to use it as motivation to work harder and get better,” said NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren.

NC State finished the regular season 8-4 overall and 6-2 in ACC play. The Wolfpack will be making their fourth consecutive bowl appearance and their 31st in program history. It will also be NC State’s first appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

The Wolfpack defense is led by senior defensive end Bradley Chubb, who was named ACC defensive player of the year after tallying 73 total tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 2017. Chubb also earned the Bronco Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player and the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end.

“Bradley has worked tirelessly to become the best defensive player in college football,” Doeren said. “His development from a 235 LB to a 275 DE has been incredible and is a tribute to his work ethic and our developmental program at NC State.”

The linebacker corps is led by senior Jerod Fernandez, who finished the regular season with a team-high 93 total tackles.

Chubb, Fernandez and a prolific secondary combined to help the NC State defense allow just 24.8 points per game and 377.2 yards per game.

The NC State offense is propelled by of one the nation’s most productive offensive lines, which helped first team All-ACC running back Nyheim Hines rush for a team-high 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. The Wolfpack offensive line, nicknamed the “Band of Brothers”, is led by Will Richardson, Tony Adams and Garrett Bradbury, who all earned All-ACC honors.

The “Band of Brothers” allowed an ACC-low 12 sacks and helped redshirt junior quarterback Ryan Finley pass for 3,200 yards and 16 touchdowns. Finley’s favorite target is 6-foot-3 sophomore wide receiver Kelvin Harmon, who amassed 993 receiving yards, 65 receptions and four touchdowns. Harmon earned second team All-ACC honors. Another target Finley prefers is first-team All-ACC selection, Jaylen Samuels who had 69 receptions and totaled 551 yards receiving while adding 384 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.

On the offensive side, the Wolfpack finished the regular season as the fourth best in the ACC, scoring 30.6 points per game and tallying 449.3 yards per game.

Apart from the difficult task of an ACC schedule, the Wolfpack went 2-2 in non-conference play, including a tightly contested loss to Notre Dame, which was ranked ninth in the College Football Playoff rankings at the time. During conference play, NC State hosted Clemson, which is currently No. 1 in the CFP rankings, and the Wolfpack were a possession away from upending the defending national champions.

NC State will go into the Hyundai Sun Bowl with momentum after a dominant 33-21 performance against rival North Carolina in the final week of the regular season.

Last week, NC State agreed to a contract extension with current head coach Dave Doeren. The seventh-year head coach has been to six bowl games.

Tickets for the 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl can be purchased by calling 915-533-4416.

No. 24 NC State Brings Balanced Approach to 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl

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Arizona State Looks to Impress Fans in the Borderland Once Again December 6, 2017

Arizona State Looks to Impress Fans in the Borderland Once Again

EL PASO, Texas – The road to the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl meandered throughout different periods of the season for the Sun Devils, but in the end, Arizona State (7-5, 6-3 in Pac-12) found success and has made a bowl game for the sixth time in the last seven years and the 30th time in school history.

No stranger to the Sun City, the Arizona State Sun Devils return for the sixth time taking on the No. 24 NC State Wolfpack in the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.

The last time Arizona State played in El Paso was in 2014, where it held off a comeback by the Duke Blue Devils, winning 36-31. In 2014, they were ranked No. 17 and finished the season with a record of 10-3 in Todd Graham’s third season at the helm of Arizona State football.

Toward the end of their 2017 season, the Sun Devils were able to rip off two wins in a row, including a victory over rival Arizona. The Sun Devils look to ride the momentum of their two game winning streak as they head into the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

“Being a proud native of the great state of Texas, the Sun Bowl and the people of El Paso are very important to me,” head football coach Todd Graham said. “We enjoyed the fine hospitality of the Sun Bowl three years ago and we look forward to making the trip once again.”

The pitchfork of the Sun Devil offense is spear-headed by redshirt junior quarterback Manny Wilkins, senior running back Demario Richard, and sophomore wide receiver N’Keal Harry. Combined, the three players alone have accounted for just over 5,000 yards of offense.

Quarterback Manny Wilkins comes into the contest ranked 28th in the nation in passing yards with 2,918 on the year, averaging 243 passing yards per game. All-American candidate wide receiver N’Keal Harry comes to El Paso tied for 19th in the nation with 73 receptions and 24th in the nation with exactly 1,000 yards receiving.

Most interestingly, senior running back Demario Richard returns to El Paso with his eyes set on not only getting the win over NC State, but also earning the C. M. Hendricks Award, annually given out to the Sun Bowl offensive MVP, an award that Richard earned in 2014. In that game, Richard had 63 yards on seven rushes and five catches and chalked up four touchdowns, tying a Sun Bowl record held by Sun Bowl MVPs Thurman Thomas, Priest Holmes, and Brett Hundley. Richard finished his 2017 regular season campaign racking up 977 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns, good for 30th in the nation.

The Sun Devils prove to be great on both offense and defense as being one of the only teams in the nation that scored 20-or-more points in 10 of their 12 contests while having a linebacker that is third in the nation in solo tackles.

“I’m very proud of all three phases of our football team this year,” Graham stated. “I’m very proud of our players as they’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do.”

The Arizona State defense, led by redshirt junior linebacker Christian Sam and redshirt freshman cornerback Chase Lucas, have helped the Sun Devils be ranked 17th in the nation in sacks.

Sam, the All-American candidate and focal point of the Sun Devil defense, boasts some gaudy defensive numbers. The linebacker ranks third in Power-5 Conferences in total tackles with 127 and ranks third in the nation in solo tackles with 87 while averaging 10.6 tackles per game, good for first in the Pac-12.

Lucas, a redshirt freshman, is a lockdown cornerback for the Arizona State secondary, ranking second in the nation amongst freshman cornerbacks with a 51.3 completion percentage allowed. Lucas is a Freshman All-American candidate.

The best win for the Sun Devils was a defensive grudge match 13-7 victory over then undefeated No. 5 Washington. Sam led the way with 11 tackles, eight solo tackles and helped hold the Washington run game to just 91 yards. Through the air, Lucas helped hold the Washington passing offense to just 139 yards.

The Arizona State Sun Devils face off against No. 24 NC State, Friday, Dec. 29 with kick-off slated for 1 p.m. (MT).

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YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Final Winner Announced December 4, 2017

YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Final Winner Announced

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and YMCA of El Paso have announced Charles Vrahnos as the First Place winner of the 2017 YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge. Vrahnos picked 10 games correctly and was the closest to the point total for the tiebreaker.

“This is always such a fun contest to run and to participate in,” Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas said. “We are very thankful for the continued support from and relationship with the YMCA of El Paso. We are excited to see all the winners of this season’s contest at the game between No. 24 NC State and Arizona State.”

One (1) First place prize to Charles Vrahnos:
• Two (2) Captain’s Club Tickets to the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) parking pass
• Two (2) Pre-game tent party tickets
• One (1) Family membership to the El Paso YMCA for one (1) year

One (1) Second Place prize to Ricardo Cortez:
• Two (2) Premium section tickets to the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) garage parking pass
• One (1) Adult membership to the El Paso YMCA for one (1) year

One (1) Third Place prize to Alfonso Montelongo:
• Two (2) Preferred section tickets to the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) garage parking pass
• One (1) Adult membership to the El Paso YMCA for six (6) month

One (1) Fourth Place prize to Ernesto Adame:
• Two (2) Stadium section tickets to the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) garage parking pass
• One (1) Adult membership to the El Paso YMCA for three (3) month

One (1) Fifth Place prize to Gabriel Grijalva:
• Two (2) Sun Seats section tickets to the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) garage parking pass
• One (1) Adult membership to the El Paso YMCA for one (1) month

The 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Friday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.

The 2017 game will mark the 50th consecutive broadcast on CBS. Tickets are available by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416.

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Nationally Ranked NC State to Face Arizona State in 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl December 3, 2017

Nationally Ranked NC State to Face Arizona State in 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that No. 24 North Carolina State University will take on Arizona State University in the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, Friday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. (MT) at Sun Bowl Stadium.

NC State comes into the game 8-4 on the year finishing the regular season ranked No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings while its opponent out of the Pac-12, Arizona State, is heading to El Paso for the second time in four years after finishing with a 7-5 overall record and a 6-3 conference record.

“We feel this matchup will make for another great game here at the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “We cannot wait for the teams to arrive here to the Borderland so that we can show them a great time. As we have seen in the past, teams that come to the Sun Bowl normally have future professional players on the team and we are ecstatic that they will get to perform in front of the best football fans around.”

NC State will be making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance, all under head coach Dave Doeren. In Doeren’s seven-year stint as a head coach, he has advanced to the postseason six times. The Wolfpack finished 6-2 in the ACC, tying the most conference wins in a single season all-time at NC State.

ASU will play in its 30th bowl game overall and the team’s sixth bowl appearance in the last seven seasons. It will be the Sun Devils’ sixth appearance in the Sun Bowl. This marks the third meeting between ASU and NC State, and the Sun Devils hold an 8-10 record all-time against the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Sun Devils last faced the Wolfpack in 1974, a 35-14 loss in Tempe, while defeating NC State at home in a 25-22 effort during the 1960 season.

“The buzz is there at Arizona State and at the end of the day all of this is about the kids and about football,” said ASU graduate and football selection committee chairman John Folmer said, “We want to make sure that the team, the coaches and the families all have a great time when they are in El Paso.”

Tickets for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 29 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT).

All information for the game can be viewed online through the link available at Customers and fans can also call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.

Nationally Ranked NC State to Face Arizona State in 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

Appearances in Sun Bowl
North Carolina State (0-0)

Arizona State (3-1-1)
Tie vs. Catholic, 0-0 (Jan. 1, 1940)
Loss vs. Western Reserve, 26-13 (Jan. 1, 1941)
Win vs. Iowa, 17-7 (Dec. 31, 1997)
Win vs. Purdue, 27-23 (Dec. 31, 2004)
Win vs. Duke, 36-31 (Dec. 27, 2014)

About the universities
North Carolina State
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Enrollment: 34,015
Founded: 1887
Nickname: Wolf Pack
School Colors: Red (PMS-186) and White
Stadium (capacity): Wayne Day Family Field (57,600)
Surface: Natural Grass
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Chancellor: Dr. Randy Woodson
Athletic Director: Deborah A. Yow
Previous Bowl Appearance: 2016 Independence Bowl

Nationally Ranked NC State to Face Arizona State in 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

Arizona State
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Founded: 1885
Nickname: Sun Devils
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Enrollment: 82,000
Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium (67,704 capacity)
Conference: Pacific-12
President: Dr. Michael Crow
Athletic Director: Ray Anderson
Previous Bowl Appearance: 2015 Cactus Bowl

Nationally Ranked NC State to Face Arizona State in 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

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