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Santa Anna Prepares for World Championship Bison Cookoff May 18-19

Annually on the third weekend in May, this year on the 19th, cookers from all over the Lone Star State test their recipes and their reputations-- not just on beef or chicken or pork but on BUFFALO. That’s right, the famous Funtier Days World Championship Bison Cookoff brings fifty of the best cookers from all over the Southwest to Santa Anna, Texas—no, not the Mexican general but the Comanche war chief whose people used the twin peaks above the town to scout the surrounding plains for the mighty creatures that sustained them.

Those same twin peaks served as visual guides for Texas Rangers trailing the Comanche Indians who tracked the great herds of buffalo that once roamed “short-grass country.” In the heart of the Texas Forts Trail, Santa Anna’s peaks were also the historic training ground for the Comanches’ most elite warriors—the Dog Soldiers.

Celebrating this unique history, the first Bison cook-off was created by the Santa Anna Historical Development Organization in 1994, hosting 18 cookers. The most recent event hosted an even 48 cookers, so points earned counted toward the Kansas City Nationals and the Jack Daniel’s Invitational cook-offs.

Bison is naturally flavorful and tender and can be prepared much the same as beef. The meat is naturally leaner, since buffalo are typically grass-fattened and not fed in a feedlot. Comparing bison to beef, the numbers are impressive: 2.4 grams of fat to 9.28, 143 calories to 211, and 82 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams of cooked lean meat to 86 for beef.

The Texas Bison Association Board of Directors also sanctions the judging of the bison cook-off, encouraging cookers to treat bison meat as a specialty, not just a common beef brisket. Winners’ secrets make for some delicious meat.

Don’t miss this chance to taste Texas’ history—and live a little of it in the here and now. Come join us on the third weekend in May!

Lady Mountaineers Receive Honors

Basketball honors for Santa Anna High School:

Kaitlyn Krause
1st team All Region
Academic All State

Kindsey Holland
2nd team All Region

Lady Mountaineer Softball

The Lady Mountaineer Playoff game is set. Get the trucks gassed up, and the snacks ready to go. We are going to Big Lake. The game has been set for Monday, April 30th in Big Lake, Tx. The start time for the game is 6pm.

Directions to the field: Coming in from HWY 67, turn right onto 137, and then right on W. 12th Street. The field is on the left side of the road.

From Coach Garcia: We are ready. The girls are ready. I am ready. The girls are feeling really good and have a new attitude about them. Practice so far has been smooth, hard working, and fun. I am very proud of the girls this year. They made school history. They are the first softball team to make it to the playoffs here in Santa Anna. I have set up a game with state ranked De Leon just to get in a competative game mode. They do great things in De Leon with softball, but we are starting to do great things here in Santa Anna as well. The warm up game is in De Leon on Friday at 4:30pm. See you at the game. More importantly.....SEE YOU MONDAY !!

Walking to Listen

Submitted by Tex Wright

I went over to the armory on Sunday night and visited with a young man who is walking through this part of the country from Pennsylvania to California through the southern states.

I took a couple of pictures and thought you might want to go to his website for his story. This morning, I saw him walking along US84 nearly to Coleman. His plans were to walk to Novice today unless he found someone to talk to.

He is recording the stories that he hears through the country to use when he writes his book about his adventures.

His web site is

Lady Mountaineer Softball

With only two years into the program, the Santa Anna Mountaineer Softball team is advancing into the playoffs. The Mountaineers met Menard in Brady to play a one game playoff to see which team would advance into the playoffs. The Mountaineer bats came to life right away. Every single Mountaineer on the roster recorded at least one hit. Coach Garcia also showed his baseball past with having the girls aggressively stealing bases all night which is the norm in baseball but not so much in softball. It paid off. The Mountaineers won the game 10-2.

From Coach Garcia: I've been telling the girls since the get go that they were the best team in the district. Our record may not have backed that up, but the performance they all displayed on the field and at the plate showed me that they are very deserving of being in the playoffs.

On the Playoffs: We will be playing Van Horn. The date has not yet been set, but the location seems to be in Big Lake. Several coaches have told me that they are a very good team with great hitters. I thanked the coaches for the information, but what I wanted to say was "so are we." I am sure I will be spending Monday afternoon getting all the details set with Coach Brock from Van Horn.

Playoff Shirts The Mountaineer Softball team will be taking orders for playoff shirts. The sizes range from YS to 5XL. The design is a custom front with a custom roster design on the back. The price has not been set yet due to the company needing to know the quantity. There will be no profit made from this order. The price the company sets, is the price that will be charged. Orders will only be taken until Tuesday. If you are interested in ordering a shirt, contact one of the softball girls or Coach Garcia.

Lady Mountaineer Softball

The Mountaineers fell to Winters 3-1. The Mounaineers now will have to play a sudden death game for 3rd place against Menard. Menard and Santa Anna split their previous district games. The game is scheduled for Saturday at 7:00pm in Brady. The winner will move on to play Van Horn in the Bi-District Round of the play-offs.

From Coach Garcia: This one was a definite heartbreaker. Errors seem to creep up on us when we need it least. I still believe in the girls and they believe in each other. They will not give up and neither will I. We still have plans to face Van Horn. If we do go down, I have been promised we are going down fighting. See you at the game.

Lady Mountaineer Softball

For the past two years Coach Garcia has being teaching N.G.U. If you ever wondered what N.G.U. is, Friday's game against Menard was the perfect example of what happens when you Never Give Up. With their backs against the wall, the Mountaineers proved what team work, dedication, belief, and NGU can do. The Mountaineers were down 4-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning with 2 outs. Sophomore Courtlyn Lishka was down two strikes and proved to be the X Factor. Courtlyn smashed a line drive to left center and cleared the bases. As Courtlyn rounded 3rd base, the left fielder bobbled the ball and Coach Garcia sent Lishka in for the score. Mountaineers won the game 5-4. The Mountaineers look to secure a spot in the playoffs when they face Winters in Winters. The game is scheduled for 5pm

From Coach Garcia: N.G.U. We are going to Winters to take care of business. The girls are all motivated and ready to play and ready to get into the playoffs. See you at the game.

Democratic Party County Convention

The Coleman County Democratic Party County Convention will convene at 4:00 pm in the Club Room at Hidalgo’s Restaurant on Saturday, April 14. Business will include selection of delegates to the state convention and consider resolutions to be submitted to the state convention.

Easter Service

A glorious West Texas Easter sunrise dawned on forty-four faithful believers Easter Sunday morning at Gary James Memorial Park. Those gathered heard a message of hope and salvation delivered by local ministers. The group joined a cappella in singing traditional Easter hymns of resurrection. After the service of worship of the living Christ, the congregation moved into the kitchen area for a meal served by the Santa Anna Breakfast Club. Led by Chris Cheaney, Tom Guthrie, and Brandon Olsen, under the tutelage of Lane Guthrie and Rob Cheaney, the Club served up a glorious repast of eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, coffee, juice, and milk. The service is sponsored annually by the Santa Anna Ministerial Alliance

Ruby Hartman

Another lifetime Santa Anna resident has left us. Ruby Hartman passed away Tuesday with funeral services Friday April the 6th at the Northside Church of Christ.

Cindy and I often saw Mr. and Mrs. Hartman sitting on their porch as we would drive by they would always return a wave.

For a complete Obituary see

Santa Anna Cemetery Workday

The twenty or so that came to the Spring workday at the Santa Anna Cemetery enjoyed a very nice morning that quickly turned into an almost Summer afternoon. The early Spring rains made for a beautiful and fragrant mixture of wildflowers especially the Buffalo Clover, Buttercups, Wild Daisies, and a few scattered Blue Bonnets. Most of the workers enjoyed sandwiches, chips, and cookies served by Martha Pritchard.

Those that attended were Eddie and Maryann Hartman, Dean and Suzie Bass, Dub Aldridge, Dr. J.P. Tyson, James Curtis, Lane and Sharon Guthrie, Mike and Denise Montgomery, Justin McElrath, James and Cindy Pelton, Jennifer Pelton, Jolie Rambo, Jessica Kerr, Rob and Chris Cheaney, Steve Lara, Manuel Salazar, and several others. Thanks to all who attended the workday! Santa Anna Cemetery Association

Lady Mountaineer Named to All Big Country Team

SAHS Senior guard, Kaitlyn Krause, was a unanimous selection to the Big Country Class 1A Division II 2012 First Team All Big Country Team.

According to the Abilene Reporter News article, "Krause averaged 16 points, four assists and three steals as Santa Anna advanced to the Region IV-1A Division II tournament finals for the second year in a row. A four-year letterman, she was named District 27-1A Division II MVP after sharing the award as a junior. She was an 89-percent free-throw shooter."

Lady Mountaineer Softball

The Lady Mountaineers only needed an hour to rack up 15 runs against TLCA. Genia Jones recorded her 2nd no hitter of the season along with 10Ks. Aspyn King was 3 for 4 in hitting and Kourtney Guerrero had three RBI's. The game only lasted 4 innings due to the 15 run rule. From Coach Garcia- Well the girls were back on track. Our defense was pretty salty today. We only had one error. I was pretty impressed with the way the girls ran the bases today. Its not something we cover alot during practice, but the girls find a way to steal and steal well. Our next game will be against Miles on Thursday here in Santa Anna at 5pm. See you at the game.

Santa Anna Park and Armory Committee
Notice of Closing of Road

When the Bannister Street railroad crossing was closed in 1998, the city of Santa Anna formally closed the section of road from Bannister Street around to the intersection of Houston and South Santa Fe. It is no longer open to through traffic. Barricades have been placed to warn drivers not to proceed as it is no longer a public street. The map shows in black the area in reference.

Santa Anna Tennis Results

Abilene High 1st Place Consolation Winners
Dakota Enriquez/Makaylah Morris

Lady Mountaineer Softball

The Lady Mountaineers are done with the first half of district play and sit in 2nd Place with Eldorado in 1st. The Lady Mountaineer Softball team defeated Winters this past Friday with a score of 10-7. The Mountaineers now take on TLCA today (Monday) here in Santa Anna, followed by another home game on Thursday against Miles. Both games have a start time of 5pm.

From Coach Garcia: It wasn't a pretty game, but we came out with the win. The girls put some hits together and seemed to score when it mattered most. Taylor Hogue came through with 3 hits and 3 RBI's and that lifted the team to where we needed to be. We were short our starting catcher, but Kourtney Guerrero did great behind the plate. Genia continued to work her magic on the mound. She was a bit tired after the game, but she is rested and ready to do her thing in any position she will play. No matter what the outcome of the second half of district, I know one thing, these girls will Never Give Up. See you at the game.

Santa Anna Students Win AR Drawing

Pictured Left to Right (Jordan Washington and JT Levalley)

8th grade students at Santa Anna Jr. High are able to collect points toward a drawing held each six weeks for reading. The winners for this six weeks are Jordan Washington and JT Levalley. Thanks to Stadium 8 at Heartland Mall of Early these students received a movie pass.

Cattle Trail

The GREAT WESTERN CATTLE TRAIL ASSOCIATION (GWCTA), Texas Branch, just held their Spring meeting in Alice, TX. The group promotes the history of the trail that passed through Coleman and Coleman County and they also encourage history-based travel up and down the trail.

Paul Noack, president of the Texas Chapter of the GWCTA called and said that the Texas Chapter is planning to have its June 6th meeting in Coleman. Tentatively, they are looking at a meeting room at Hidalgo’s. Their meetings usually begin at 11 a.m., recess for lunch at noon, and end by 3 or 4 p.m.

This is an opportunity to both share Coleman County’s rich Western history and to generate more tourism dollars for County businesses.

All interested people in the area are invited to attend and take part in the effort enjoyed by folks between Brownsville and Doan's Crossing on the Red River.

If you are interested in attending, contact Mary Griffis ASAP at the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce 325-625-2163 / so that she can get a head count.

For more info on the GWCTA, visit

Lady Mountaineer Softball

Santa Anna Mountaineer Softball has started. The girls are selling Softball T-Shirts for $15. If you are interested in ordering a softball t-shirt, please contact one of the softball girls, or Coach Garcia. For more information on this year's team, please go to and search for Santa Anna.


Santa Anna is one of 42 communities featured in the 2012 Texas Midwest Guide. The 17th edition of the annual publication is now in circulation and showcases quality of life and points of interest in the region. Participation in the regional marketing guide is sponsored by the Santa Anna Economic Development Corporation.

The Texas Midwest Guide includes community information, attractions, recreation, lodging, regional calendar of events, unique shopping and dining opportunities and much more information about the Texas Midwest region. Distribution of 70,000 copies goes to Texas Travel Information Centers along the State’s borders, chambers of commerce, CVBs, hotels & motels and advertisers throughout the region.

An online turn-the-page version of the guide is at All websites on community pages and ad spaces have hot links from the online version.

For more information about Texas Midwest Community Network, visit the website

Mountaineer Super Store

The Lady Mountaineer Softball team welcomes the Mountaineer Super Store, GOLD RUSH. You can purchase anything and everything Mountaineer. Items include: hats, caps, shirts, shorts, wind suits, hoodies, and more. Show off your school and community spirit with GOLD RUSH. Find us on the web @

Editor's Note: The site was very slow to load for me but worth the wait... for some really nice Mountaineer Gear!

Santa Anna ISD

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