Friday, December 30, 2016


Teams Announced for the 55th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational June 28, 2016

Teams Announced for the 55th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and WestStar Bank are pleased to announce the teams coming to El Paso for the 55th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, which will be held in the Don Haskins Center, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 21-22 with games being played at 5pm and 7pm each evening.

The four-team tournament includes two conference champions that also set school records for wins and has two teams with a top 65 RPI. The 2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Champion UC-Irvine makes a return trip to El Paso this year, joining UTEP, Akron and Maryland Eastern Shore.

UC-Irvine returns to El Paso after posting a school-record 28 wins last season and winning a share of the Big West Conference regular-season title. It’s the program’s second conference title in three years. UCI was once again one of the top defensive teams in the nation, ranking third in the country in field-goal percentage defense at .383.

Led by Head Coach Russell Turner, the Anteaters have competed in postseason tournaments each of the last four seasons (2013 CIT, 2014 NIT, 2015 NCAA and 2016 CIT) and has won 93 games in that span.

Sun Bowl Tournament Most Valuable Player Luke Nelson headlines the returning players for UC-Irvine after he led the Anteaters in scoring with 13.7 points per game as a junior, en route to All-Big West Conference first team honors. He ranks fourth in UCI history with 204 threes, fifth with 361 assists, eighth with 115 steals and 17th with 1,226 points.

“We are excited to return to El Paso and the historic Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational,” Turner said. “The tournament environment is first class and the field is strong. We have seven newcomers on our roster who will be visiting El Paso for the first time. We appreciate the invitation and look forward to competing.”

UC-Irvine won the 2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational defeating Norfolk State 80-62 in the championship game. UTEP won 87-68 in the consolation game over Sam Houston State for third place.

UTEP Head Coach Tim Floyd is always appreciative of the teams that come to compete in El Paso. “I think this will be the most talented field we have seen in the last seven years,” Floyd said. “I have heard really good things about Akron’s coach and their level of talent the last three years. We were all impressed with Irvine a year ago.”

UTEP, which had one of the best teams from an offensive standpoint in 2015-16, scored 80 points in 15 games, one shy of the school record. The Miners did, however, hit 223 three-pointers to set a new school record. Coach Tim Floyd and the Miners hope for great attendance at the 2016 Sun Bowl Invitational as UTEP led Conference USA in attendance (7,386) during the 2015-16 season and would like to achieve that again.

UTEP hopes to pick up where it left off as it won eight of the last 11 games to conclude the 2015-16 year. The Miners return three starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s 19-win squad. UTEP has a dynamic starting backcourt coming back in senior Dominic Artis (11.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 5.2 apg) and junior Omega Harris (12.3 ppg). Anchoring the frontcourt is Terry Winn, who was a member of the Conference USA All-Freshman Team a year ago (10.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg). UTEP is expected to get a major boost inside from the return of senior center Matt Willms, who missed most of last season with a foot injury.

The Akron Zips, under Head Coach Keith Dambrot had a stellar 2015-16 season finishing with a 26-9 overall record while falling to Ohio State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) to close out the year before winning a Mid-American title. It was Akron’s sixth appearance in the NIT while it has made 11 Division I postseason appearances, including the eight of the last nine seasons.

Akron returns center Isaiah Johnson, who will be a senior, after he garnered several awards in 2015-16. He led the Zips’ offensive and rebounding efforts and was named the Mid-American Conference Sixth Man of the Year award while also earning All-MAC First Team honors. He was also named to the MAC All-Tournament team, and was a three-time MAC East Player of the Week recipient. In addition, he received the South Point Classic Most Valuable Player award and was named a Madness Mid-American Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
Johnson earned the First Team NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) All-District 14 honors and Akron Head Coach Keith Dambrot was selected as District 14 Coach of the Year.

Maryland Eastern Shore led by head coach Bobby Collins, will be making its first ever appearance in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational after going 10-22 in 2015-16. Three Hawks earned Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference awards, including senior forward Dominique Elliot, who was also named a First-Team NABC All-District 15 winner.

The Hawks recently added three junior college transfers to the roster, including Logan McIntosh and Tyler Williams come to the Hawks from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M where they contributed to a 23-10 overall record for the Norsemen. The duo helped lead their team to the NJCAA Tournament with a 72-68 win against Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa in the Region 2 Championship. McIntosh started all 33 games for A&M and averaged a team high in minutes per game (29.3) and assists (4.4). The 6-foot-3, 190-pound he brings legitimate size to the point guard position and has the skill set to play off the ball as well.

Deven Dorsett, who most recently played at Lawson State but at one time was a redshirt-freshman at Norfolk State, also joins Maryland Eastern Shore in 2016-17. Dorsett helped lead the Cougars to a 17-12 record as a redshirt freshman averaging 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. At 6-6 and 190 pounds, he can also play and defend multiple positions.

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 Sun Bowl Association would like to thank WestStar Bank for supporting the nation’s oldest holiday basketball tournament as it has been the title sponsor for eight consecutive years.

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Academy Sports + Outdoors Teams Up with the Sun Bowl Association Putting on Another Successful Soccer Tournament June 9, 2016

Academy Sports + Outdoors Teams Up with the Sun Bowl Association Putting on Another Successful Soccer Tournament

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association teamed up with Academy Sports + Outdoors to host yet another successful international soccer tournament in El Paso, Texas, Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5.

This marked the 17th year for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, which took place at the West Side Soccer Complex. There were 145 teams that participated in the tournament with ages ranging from 6-years-old to 19-years-old. Of the 145 teams, 37 of them came from outside of El Paso, with 20 of them coming from New Mexico, two from Lubbock, one from Odessa and 14 from Mexico.

“This tournament continues to provide a great soccer experience, not only for El Paso youth, but also for teams that come from the Southwest and Mexico,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “We were able to host approximately 1,900 kids and allowed them to play the sport that so many in this region love. Seeing the kids having fun and their families out there showing their support is what makes this such an amazing event.”

There were 15 separate divisions on the boys’ side of the bracket and six divisions on the girls’ side. Bros Academy from Juarez, Mexico won the highest level bracket, U19, defeating High Noon United, which traveled to El Paso from New Mexico. El Paso’s Team Mexico defeated the Alameda Outlaws of New Mexico in the finals of the U18 bracket for the girls. A complete list of winners can be found below.

Head Coach of the Chivas Frausto U6 team, Jesus Frausto, sent an email to the Sun Bowl Association with high marks about the tournament.

“On behalf of the Chivas Frausto U6 players and parents, we want to thank you for a great soccer tournament weekend. All the staff and volunteers were always friendly and helpful,” Coach Frausto said. “The refs did an amazing job, even the people picking up the trash always had a smile. The volunteers that were at the games always attentive to see what we needed. There were great marks on the fields and overall, everything was great. For what our comment is worth, we were very happy with how well organized the tournament turned out.”

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Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament – Results/Standings

U10 Gold
1. Altavista F.C. (Juárez, Mexico)
2. Paso Del Norte Real Madrid Vasquez (El Paso)
3. Northeast Soccer Atlas (El Paso)

U10 Silver
1. Paso Del Norte F.C. Black (El Paso)
2. EPCSL Man UTD YSC 2006 Red (El Paso)
3. Hot Shots (Las Cruces, N.M.)

U10 Boys Bronze
1. Paso Del Norte SC United 05/06 (El Paso)
2. EPCSL Elite ’06 Red (El Paso)
3. AYSO Trojans (El Paso)

U11 Gold
1. Dragones (Juárez, Mexico)
2. Northeast Soccer Atlético Español (El Paso)
3. EPCSL Man UTD 2005 Black (El Paso)

U11 Silver
1. Northeast Soccer United (El Paso)
2. Kaos FC (El Paso)
3. PMZ Toluca (New Mexico)

U12 Gold
1. Halcones (Juárez, Mexico)
2. Barcelona Texas Moran 02/03 (El Paso)
3. LBK FC Chelsea 04 (Lubbock)

U12 Silver
1. EP Santos FC (El Paso)
2. United FC Longhorns (El Paso)
3. Storm (El Paso)

U13 Gold
1. Dragones 23 (Juárez, Mexico)
2. Lobos FC (Juárez, Mexico)
3. FC Juarez Bravos Red 04 (El Paso)

U13 Silver
1. SC United M. (El Paso)
2. Northeast Soccer Atlas (El Paso)
3. NECAXA (El Paso)

U14 Gold
1. Indianas F.C. (El Paso)
2. Atlas (El Paso)
3. Bros Academy (Juárez, Mexico)

U14 Silver
1. Rush Sharks (El Paso)
2. Rio Rapids Strikers (Las Cruces)
3. Deportivo Atletico (El Paso)

1. FC United (El Paso)
2. Indians F.C. (El Paso)
3. Knights (El Paso)

1. Wizards F.C. (El Paso)
2. Manchester United Valenzuela (El Paso)
3. Mainz Club (El Paso)

1. Bros Academy (Juárez, Mexico)
2. High Noon United (New Mexico)
3. FC Dallas (El Paso)

1. Cosmos FC (El Paso)
2. Rush Predator (USA)
3. FC Dallas (El Paso)

1. FC Dallas (El Paso)
2. Rush Predator (El Paso)
3. SW Rush Gunners (El Paso)

U14 Gold
1. Texas Outlaws (El Paso)
2. Southwest Rush Predator 02 (El Paso)
3. Vipers F.C. (New Mexico)

U14 Silver
1. Lady Titans (El Paso)
2. Rio Rapids Strikers (Las Cruces)
3. EP Rattlers (El Paso)

1. SW Rush Barcelona (El Paso)
2. FC Dallas (El Paso)
3. Southwest Rush Lady United (El Paso)

1. Team Mexico (El Paso)
2. Alameda Outlaws (New Mexico)
3. Vipers FC (Alamogordo, N.M.)

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Sun Bowl Association Elects Steve Beltran as 2016-17 Board President April 27, 2016

Sun Bowl Association Elects Steve Beltran as 2016-17 Board President

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has elected Steve Beltran as President for the 2016-17 year.

Beltran, along with the 2016 Board of Directors and Advisors, will be officially introduced April 28 at the El Paso Convention Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. (MT).

Beltran is Principal, President and Chief Operating Officer of TVO Management Services, overseeing TVO’s entire portfolio of owned and fee managed properties. He has served as the Chief Acquisition Officer, which included market assessment, property identification, and purchase contract negotiation as well as due diligence coordination, financial review, and oversight of the closing process. This experience has led to his leadership role in the company’s property operations, which includes all facets of property and asset management, overseeing lease-up strategies, maximizing revenues and cost efficiencies, and positioning properties for sale. His experience includes Multifamily, Retail, Office, Hospitality, Industrial and Facilities Management.

Beltran, who joined TVO in 1992, is a lifelong El Pasoan. After graduating from Coronado High School in 1987 he received his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science in 1992 from Texas Christian University. He is a member of several national and regional professional and civic organizations including the National Multi-Housing Council, TransUnion Multifamily Advisory Board and the National Water & Power Advisory Committee. He has served as President of The El Paso Country Club and as a member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board, Hospice of El Paso Board of Directors, UTEP Golf Century Club and Young Presidents’ Organization.

Beltran has been heavily involved with the Sun Bowl Association since he started to serve on the Board of Advisors in 2008-09 and was selected to join the Sun Bowl Association Board of Directors in 2010. He was the Board Treasurer from 2010-13. He was a player host from 2013-15 for the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. Beltran was also a member of the Sun Bowl Association Football Selection Committee in 2014 and 2015 while also helping with the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

Mr. Beltran and his wife, Neisha have been married for 19 years and have 12-year-old twin boys, Cayle and Cullen.

“The Sun Bowl Association does such a tremendous job of attracting community volunteers for each of the events administered by the organization,” Beltran said. “As President, I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Sun Bowl Association staff and all of the aforementioned incredible volunteers that make the effort and take the time out of their busy work and family schedules to ensure that each event tied to the Sun Bowl is special and continues to instill a sense of pride within the El Paso community. Lastly, I would like to thank my wife, Neisha, my sons, Cayle and Cullen and the rest of my family for their support as I strive to augment the great work done by this organization.”

Joining the 83rd president of the association on the board of directors are Bill Coon (President Elect), Scott Mann (Executive Vice President), Marilyn Munden (Immediate Past President), Jimmy Rogers, Jr. (Chair Emeritus), Natalia Flores (Secretary), John Aranda (Treasurer), Bryan Crowe (VP Community Relations), Robert Dunlop (VP Marketing), Scott Mann (VP Legal Affairs), Wayne Thornton (VP Public Relations), Tamara Gladkowski (VP Volunteers), Linda Smith (Coronation), John Folmer (Football Chairman), Jim Lawrence (Parade Chairman), Art Muñoz (Special Events Chairman), Asher Feinberg (CBS Host Chairman), Mark Pelletier (Golf Chairman), Allen Rystad (Provisions), Michelle Kaip (member), Michael Guerra (member), Mary Kipp (member), Andre Miranda (member), Victor Rueda (member), James O. Stewart III (member), Victor Salazar (member), Stuart Sliva (member), Ernest Eisenberg (member), Travis Hughes (member) and Alice Chavez (member).

The 2016 Sun Bowl Association Board of Advisors is made up of past Presidents Amen Ayoub, Frank Bates, Walker Crowson, Linda East, Chris Mott, Joe Valenzuela, along with members Joana Alferez, Ruben Batista, Liz Perez Bellegarde, Gil Blancas, Edward Davis, Richard Dayoub, Celia Dubrule, Veronica Escobar, David Forti, Brian Kennedy, Tommy Lewis, Richard Limas, David Lindhuber, David Morales, Leila Melendez, Cindy Ramos Davidson, Terri Rangel, Jimmy Rogers III, Mike Rogers, Jeff Stevens, Bob Stull, Eric Swanson, Brad Taylor, Pat Valdez-Rios, Charles Vass and Mario Vega.

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Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas Named Football Bowl Association Chairman April 25, 2016

Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas Named Football Bowl Association Chairman

EL PASO, Texas – Bernie Olivas, who has overseen the unprecedented growth and development of the Hyundai Sun Bowl since 2001, will take over as Football Bowl Association chairman this coming July 1. The announcement was made by FBA Executive Director Wright Waters.

“Bernie has been an integral member of the FBA’s executive committee,” Waters said. “That role has prepared him well in terms of this appointment, and I greatly anticipate working with Bernie and the committee to further the FBA’s work on behalf of the bowls and the student-athletes who play in them.”

A native El Pasoan, Olivas oversees 20 different special events in and around the Hyundai Sun Bowl, which matches teams from the Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conferences. Those include the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational college basketball tournament and the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta.

“I am extremely humbled to be the chairman for the Football Bowl Association and I hope to continue the work that the previous chairmen have begun,” Olivas said. “I look forward to working with FBA Executive Director Wright Waters and all the member of the FBA. I’ve seen this association grow immensely over the years and it is great to be a part of an organization that is working hard to make the bowl experience better for everyone involved, especially for the student-athletes.”

The annual Hyundai Sun Bowl produces the largest economic impact in El Paso for a single event in the city. The Sun Bowl has also been aligned with CBS Sports since 1968, the longest running association between a bowl game and network in history.

Olivas was a Sun Bowl volunteer for more than 20 years. His involvement began when he joined one of the team host committees; he was named to the game’s board of directors in 1992 and continues to serve on the team selection committee.

Prior to joining the Sun Bowl Association fulltime, Olivas had a 13-year career with Merck Pharmaceutical Company.

The 2016-17 FBA Executive Committee includes Olivas as Chairman; Kevin McDonald [Famous Idaho Potato Bowl] as Vice Chair; Bill Flinn [Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual] as Treasurer; and David Fletcher [AdvoCareV100 Texas Bowl] as Secretary.

Past chairs serving on the Executive Committee are Paul Hoolahan [Allstate Sugar Bowl], Eric Poms [Capital One Orange Bowl], Steve Hogan [Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl/Russell Athletic Bowl] and Scott Ramsey [Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. As an at-large member, Olivas has added Pete Derzis [ESPN].

Olivas takes the reins from 2015-16 chairman Bruce Binkowski, recently-retired from service with the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls. “I am extremely grateful for all the hard work Bruce put in on behalf of the FBA,” Waters said. “We will continue to call upon his expertise in the future.”

Sun Bowl Association Announces Dates for Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament April 25, 2016

Sun Bowl Association Announces Dates for Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association is teaming up with Academy Sports + Outdoors to put on the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, June 3-5 at the Westside Sports Complex on 201 Isela Rubalcava.

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament plays host to over 150 teams from the Southwest and Mexico, making it one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the country. Boys’ and girls’ teams consisting of specified age groups participate in the tournament every year.

This summer marks the tournament’s 17th year, as thousands of players take to the pitch to play the world’s most popular sport under the bright West Texas sun. The tournament has grown into the premier youth soccer tournament in the region and will continue to be for years to come.

“This tournament is one of the biggest events the Sun Bowl Association puts on and it is always great to see the community come together for the youth,” Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach said.

Teams can sign-up on the Internet at and everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the early bird special fee that must be paid on or before May 12. The information on rules, roster information and a map for the Westside Sports Complex is also available at The tournament is sanctioned by STYSA (South Texas Youth Soccer Association).

This is an unrestricted tournament that is open to all Federation affiliated participants with youth non-competitive and competitive teams. Categories are: non-competitive coed U6 & U8; non-competitive & competitive coed U9: non-competitive & competitive boys & girls U10; competitive boys U11 – U19, competitive girls U12, U14 & U19. If there are not enough teams to field a complete bracket in a specific age category, teams will be moved up to the next highest age category.

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