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Friday Night Lights on Saturday Afternoon

After a lightning delayed start the Santa Anna - Zephyr game was delayed again until Saturday afternoon October 31st at 2:00PM. With just under 4 minutes left in the first half the Mountaineers lead the Bulldogs 56-54 with the Bulldogs driving.

The Mountaineers defered on the coin flip to the second half and Zephyr took the ball so Santa Anna will recieve the second half kickoff. Load up all your friends and family and put on your Black and Gold. Don't forget your raincoat and umbrella!

Friday Night Lights

The Mountaineers will face the Zephyr Bulldogs in Zephyr this Friday October 30th in the second District Game of the year and probably for the District Championship. The other matchup in District 11 is the 50th ranked (1-7) Lometa Hornets at 48th ranked (6-2) Evant Elks and Evant is picked by three points despite their forfeit to Zephyr last week.

The (6-2) Zephyr Bulldogs are ranked 12th in Six-man Division I and 20th overall and the 6-2 Mountaineers dropped 5 spots spot to 32nd this week in Division I and 15 spots to 60th overall even after their 45 point win. The Bulldogs are picked by 27 points according to but I think the Mountaineers will give the Dogs a better game.

Who the Bulldogs have played:
Beat Meadow 58-40
Lost to Sterling City 46-48
Beat May 58-42
Lost to Jonesboro 61-34
Beat Blanket 62-12 (Santa Anna beat Blanket 63-14 in week 5)
Beat Beat Rising Star 84-38
Beat Lingleville 58-8
Beat Evant 1-0 Forfeit(Santa Anna is scheduled to play Evant next week)

ACE Gobble Wobble 5K Color Run

We are excited to announce this year’s ACE 5K Color Run has been set for Saturday, November 21st. Please find registration form attached. You may register online or submit completed form directly to ACE via options listed on form. ACE has planned a fun day for the entire family with our Fall Festivities leading up to our afternoon run. There will be food booths, games, Pumpkin Chunkin’, arts and crafts, fundraisers, and much more. If you would like to have a booth during the fair or volunteer to assist during the run please let me know by November 6th. Look forward to seeing you all there. Thank you for your continued support of ACE and our students’ success!!!!!

Entry Form

Santa Anna Varsity Game Report

Varsity traveled to Lometa Friday night to open up district play. With plenty of rain and mud, the mountaineers were a 31 point favorite and exceeded their expectations with a 64-18 early third quarter victory. Despite a few slip ups defensively, the lometa offense was almost nonexistent. Gibson led the defense with 9 tackles. Enriquez had an 80 yard interception return that capped the strong defensive push for the night. The offense got things rolling early on with good blocking and rushing from Jacob Herrod and Guy Watts. Herrod was responsible for 6 of the 9 touchdowns scored for the mountaineers behind an aggressive offensive line. Mountaineers head into a big district match up with the Zephyr Bulldogs Friday night with a district record of 1-0; 6-2 overall.

Santa Anna Junior High Game Report

The Jr. High football team played Lometa at home Thursday. The mountaineers kicked off and held the hornets to a four and out on their first possession but failed to score on the opening drive. A few miscommunications in the pass defense allowed Lometa to jump out to an early lead and never looked back. The mountaineers still had some bright plays throughout the game but it wasn’t enough to close the gap. The game came to an early end mid third quarter with a final score OF 49-0.

SAISD November Calendar


Friday Night Lights

The Mountaineers will face the Lometa Hornets in Lometa this Friday October 23rd in the first District Game of the year. The other matchup in District 11 is 12th ranked (5-2) Zephyr at 45th ranked (6-1) Evant and Zephyr is picked by 45.

The 1-6 Hornets are ranked 46th in Six-man Division I and 103rd overall and the 5-2 Mountaineers moved up 1 spot to 27th this week in Division I and up 4 to 45th overall. The Mountaineers are picked by 31 points according to

Who the Hornets have played:
Lost to Waco Live Oak 20-66
Lost to Richland Springs 14-66
Lost to Temple Centex Homeschool 56-15
Lost to Austin Hill Country 60-40
Beat Mullin 84-80 (Santa Anna beat Mullin 108-96 in week 2)
Lost to Blanket 66-20 (Santa Anna beat Blanket 63-14 in week 5)

So if you are hungry for some Mountaineer football after last week's off week, or maybe just hungry, get your black and gold on and head to Lometa. You can stop in Bangs and eat at Hidalgo's, any of the many places to eat in Brownwood or Early, but if that is too "early", how about Peabody's or Quick Chek in Goldthwaite?

SAM Marching Band Performs at Region 7 UIL Marching Contest


The Mountaineer Marching Band performed at UIL this past weekend in hopes of advancing on to the State Marching Contest and while the band has made much improvement and did well they were not selected to go on. “The SAM Band really put in some quality preparation these past two weeks. Losing many to eligibility and having to relearn the show with limited amount of time was a big undertaking. Those that had to learn new marching slots were real troopers and worked hard to adapt to doing in five rehearsals what has taken the band to learn since the first week of school. I was very proud of the band and the hard work they put forth” said director Jesse Lotspeich. Although the judges had some aspects of the performance that needed to be improved they were complimentary about many things. The band got plusses for the show design, music, and spirit displayed during the performance. This was the band’s first UIL performance in three years. The focus for the rest of the Fall will be to support the Mountaineers at football games, pep rallies , perform for the Veterans at the local and Coleman Bill Franklin Center, and prepare for All Region Jr High and High School auditions in December.


Varsity Cross Country Santa Anna


Those pictured with a medal will be participating at the regional CC meet.
Shelbie Murray
Kloey Guerrero

Boys-District Champs
DJ Mattes
Dominic Enriquez
Jake Smiley
Alex Crowder
Jacob Herrod
Guy Watts
Gabe Armstrong

Friday Night Lights

The Mountaineers, and many others in our area, are open this week but will face the Lometa Hornets at Lometa for the District opener next Friday October 24th.

I was on call and didn't get to make it to the Blackwell game so I don't have any game photos for you this week.

Cross Country District meet for Santa Anna ISD

The Santa Anna Mountaineer CC team traveled to Eden yesterday for the district CC meet. The varsity boys ran and won the district championship. DJ Mattes finished 2nd overall and the whole team will travel to Abilene on October 26 to compete in the Regional CC meet. The JH boys ran as well and finished as district runner up. Cody Robertson led the JH team finishing in 5th place. They all ran very well and represented our school well.

Yesterday, the Lady Mountaineers competed in the district cross country meet in Eden. The JH girls’ team placed 4th, and for individual medals, Brooklyn Jones placed 3rd. Our HS girls team also did very well with the Varsity team placing 4th. Shelbie Murray placed 2nd and Kloey Guerrero placed 4th, which means these two ladies will be competing in the regional meet held in Abilene on October 26! Congratulations to these two young ladies, and to all of our Lady Mountaineers for having a great season!

SAM Band Competes at the Heart of Texas Marching Festival

The Mountaineer Marching Band performed last Saturday in Early at the HoT Marching Festival. They performed their UIL Marching Contest Show “The Civil War” The band did very well receiving a composite rating of Excellent from the three judges. The judges remarked the band had many nice sounds and complemented the band on the show and selection of music. The band had a very busy week last week in preparation. It was the end of the first six weeks and the show had to be revised due to eligibility. Mr. Lotspeich had to rewrite much of the show and move members to new positions because “holes” in the formations is a big negative to the judges. The rewrites were completed by Wednesday and the band had just two days of rehearsals to polish the show.

The band will compete this Saturday at Early HS at 11:30 for the UIL Region 7 Marching Contest. If the Mountaineer Band can improve one division they will earn a trip to the State Marching Contest on November 3rd in San Antonio at the Alamadome. This is the first time for a Class A State Marching Championship. The band watched a video on Monday and could see what the judges and Mr. L need them to improve on.

Wish these young Mountaineers good luck this week.

Santa Anna Youth League Football Recap

October 10
All three Santa Anna Mountaineer PeeWee Football Teams have advanced to the playoffs for their respective divisions. Coaches for the teams are Flag Team: David Herrod and Dominique Diggs; 3rd and 4th Tackle: Derek Ray and Calvin Brown; 5th and 6th Tackle: Calvin Brown and Derek Ray.

Flag and 5th /6th defeated Blanket and 3rd/4th defeated Rising Star for the Santa Anna Mountaineer wins.

Playoff games will be held in Strawn, October 24th . Times to be announced.

Santa Anna will host the PeeWee Football Superbowl on Saturday, October 31st regardless of the playoff outcomes. The all-day event is being held in Santa Anna for the first time. Santa Anna Little League parents are encouraged to help with concessions and gate duties.

The public is invited.

Santa Anna Varsity Football

The Santa Anna Mountaineers got a big win Friday night vs. Blackwell Hornets by a score of 54-6 with the game ending at half time. The Mountaineers started off strong, and never slowed down. Jacob Herrod led the rushing attack with 8 rushes for 148 yards and 3 TD's, Guy Watts had 5 rushed for 78 yards and 1 TD. The passing was great as well, going 4 for 5 for 89 yards and 2 TD's. Leading the defense was Jacob Gibson with 12 tackles, Gabriel Armstrong had 6, Branson Keeney had 5. The extra points were much better this week as Colton Enriquez kicked 5 for 5 and DJ Mattes had two passed caught for extra points.

The Mountaineers are open this week and open district play on October 23 in Lometa.

Santa Anna ISD Cross Country Girls

The Santa Anna Lady Mountaineers competed in a Cross Country meet in Blanket on October 7th. Both the JH and HS girls competed very well; with some making time improvements. Go Lady Mountaineers!

Jr High Game Report

The Jr. High Mountaineers played a rough game against a very good Blackwell team. The boys got off to a slow start and fell behind quickly. Short a few players and playing with a younger starting lineup, the Mountaineers committed too many errors. After a few half time adjustments, the mountaineers put together a better outing in the 3rd quarter. They played with more aggression and an urgency to come back but were already too far behind. The game ended early with two turnovers and the boys lost by a score of 45-0 mid way through the 3rd period. It was a tough loss, but we were able to show improvement and heart throughout the night.

Jv game report

Santa Anna JV played Richland Springs JV Thursday night following the Jr. High games. The JV also had their hands full with a talented and experienced Richland team. The boys got off to a slow start as well and never recovered. Despite playing a very tough opponent, the Mountaineers fought hard for everything they earned in that game and never quit playing. The game came to an early end with a half time score of 58-0.

Friday Night Lights

The Mountaineers will face the Blackwell Hornets in Blackwell this Friday October 9th.

The 2-4 Hornets are ranked 27th in Six-man Division II and 90th overall and the 3-2 Mountaineers fell 1 more spot to 28th this week in Division I and down 5 to 49th overall. The Mountaineers are picked by 26 points according to but as we saw last week that doesn't matter a whole lot.

Who the Hornets have played:
Lost to Sterling City 12-58
Beat Jayton 50-24
Lost to Westbrook 8-58
Lost to Sands 12-70
Lost to Eden 0-50 (Santa Anna lost to Eden last week 36-37)
Beat Veribest 56-24

I made it to the Eden game and took a few photos and here are some of my favorites:

See the photo album on the Sports page for the rest.

2015 Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

See the 2015 Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally photo album or the rest

Santa Anna Game Reports

Santa Anna Jr. High Lost their game last Thursday against Eden, 50-20.

Santa Anna JV traveled to Gorman for a rematch of the opening game of the season. Gorman scored the first two touch downs of the game after SA fumbled within just a few yards of the goal line on their opening drive. SA found themselves down early in the game and never could close the gap. Despite trailing throughout the game, the Mountaineers played tough to the end. Blaine had two interceptions and 5 touchdowns. The Mountaineers showed tremendous improvement in their blocking on offense and played great defense; only allowing two touchdowns the whole second half of the game for Gorman. Even though it was a loss, the Mountaineers have greatly improved on the season giving Gorman a long tough game.

The Santa Anna Varsity Mountaineers lost a nail biter Friday night to the Eden Bulldogs 36-37. The game was a defensive struggle in which both teams played hard and came up with big plays when they were needed. Turnovers seemed to be the downfall for the Mountaineers Friday night, losing the ball 5 times. The offense did a good job, but just came up a bit short on the last series of the game. All these young men played hard and left it all out there on the field. The Mountaineers travel to Blackwell on Friday night for the last pre-season game.

Santa Anna ISD Events Calendar


Santa Anna ISD Lunch Menu


Homecoming King and Queen 2015 For Santa Anna ISD

Breanna Marie Fox is the daughter of Steve Fox and Tonya Fox. Breanna has actively participated in student council, UIL, FCA, and band all four years of high school. She is currently serving as drum major for the Mighty Mountaineer Band. Breanna is a leader in FCA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Breanna has participated in basketball every year, receiving the fighting heart award her junior year. Her sophomore and junior year, Breanna served as manager for the softball team. This year, she is serving as manager for the football team. Breanna is a member of the Feed Store church in Santa Anna. Her future plans include attending the University of Texas at San Antonio where she plans to major in Kinesiology and earn her masters in occupational therapy. Breanna is being escorted by her father Steve Fox.

Breanna Fox is the Homecoming Queen 2015

Branson Lee Dean Keeney is the son of Jocelyn Keeney and Zane Keeney. Branson has participated in football, basketball, track and tennis. Branson has been an active member of FFA and attends the First Baptist Church in Santa Anna. Branson’s plans include attending Tarleton State University in hopes to become a Land Surveyor. Branson is being escorted by his mother, Jocelyn Keeney.

Branson Keeney is the Homecoming King 2015.

SAHS Class of 1960

The SAHS Class of 1960 enjoyed a tasty hamburger supper with hosts Eddie and Mary Ann Hartman on Saturday Oct 3rd Cheeseburgers and hamburgers with all the trimmings were served on the patio at the Hartman's home on Lake Brownwood.

Those who enjoyed an evening of visiting with their classmates of 55 years ago were: Eddie and wife Mary Ann Hartman (the hosts); Lloyd Rutherford of Whon, Texas and friend Lenora Alexander of Bangs; Naoma Henderson Nichols and husband Brent of Plano, Texas; Dixie Deal Perry and husband Robert of Louisiana; Donald Williams and wife Belinda of Midland, Texas; Joe Floyd Morris and wife Linda of Whon, Texas; Byrl Fellers and wife Brenda of Burleson, Texas; Lavelle McClintock Haynes and husband Lyndon of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; and Travis Buse and wife Sue of Mullin, Texas

Editors Note: I found this SAHS Class of 1960 in the Archives..


Santa Anna TX—The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recognized Old Military Road as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker in 1972. The designation honors Military Road as an important and educational part of local history. The marker was removed to widen US 84/67 in the 1980s and lost during the project. It remained lost until Area Engineer Bart Fris found and replaced it in July 2015.

A rededication ceremony to commemorate the site was held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2015, at the location of the marker three miles east of Santa Anna at the intersection of US 84/67 and County Road 567. Speakers for the ceremony will include Margaret Hoogstra of the Texas Forts Trail. The Coleman County Historical Commission welcomed the public to share in and witness this event.

“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources,” Wolfe said. A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: historical significance and age. Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and the age requirement depends on the topic. The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures, which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, at 512/463-5853 or visiting the web site at

SAM Marching Band 2

These next couple of weeks are going to be the Mountaineer Bands’ busiest. We will play for the plaque dedication on Friday morning, also we will march our contest show at the Home coming half time and then play for the Exes on Saturday morning. That performance will be at 10 am and then the band will serve at the luncheon. This is our only fundraiser and helps to keep the cost of our spring trip down. The next Saturday October 10 we will march at the Heart of Texas Marching Festival in the morning. This will be at Early HS and is an excellent opportunity for us to perform on the field that we will march on for UIL Contest on the 17th of October. Mr. Lotspeich

Santa Anna Livestock Association Update/Events

The Santa Anna Livestock Assocation had the first meeting of the 2015-2016 stock show season in August. New officers were elected. President - Roger Guerrero, Vice President - Ross Guerrero, Treasurer- Wesley Dockery, Secretary- Marlana Flores, and Reporter - Sherry McMillan.

The mission of the Assocation is to raise money through donations and varies fundraisers to provide prize money and awards at the annual Santa Anna livestock show. Also to purchase animals at the annual Coleman County stock show and sale. We also maintain and update the show barn at the school.

The association has been raffling off home made desserts at the home football games on Friday night. There will also be a bake sale this Saturday Sept. 26th at the Santa Anna Grocery store. Sale will start at 8 am and go until sold out. There will also be a gift basket raffle at homecoming on October 2nd. The basket will include Santa Anna mountaineer flip flops, hand made SA wreath, YETI cup,gift certificate to Double H, and other goodies! Tickets will be $1 each or 6/$5. Tickets will be available at the bake sale. The students will start selling tickets on Monday sept 28th. Basket will be raffled off at half time on oct 2nd.

The next meeting will be October 6th at the Ag classroom at 7 pm. Everyone interested is invited to attend

4-H Junior Leadership Retreat slated Nov. 13-15 near Brownwood

By: Paul Schattenberg
Retreat focuses on 4-H members 9-14 years old BROWNWOOD – Younger 4-H members, ages 9-14, will have an opportunity to hone their skills in several program areas during the Junior Leadership Retreat set for Nov. 13-15 at the Texas 4-H Conference Center at Lake Brownwood.

The 4-H Junior Leadership Retreat offers younger 4-H members the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in different project areas while also having fun. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“The Junior Leadership Retreat features Texas 4-H Council members conducting hands-on educational workshops with younger 4-H members,” said Mark Carroll, center program director.

“This year’s program will focus on increasing knowledge and skills in five 4-H project areas – a livestock skill-a-thon, international and global education, leather crafting, share-the-fun and judging.”

The retreat starts with registration at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, followed by general orientation at 9 p.m., then adult chaperone orientation at 9:30 p.m. Carroll stressed that each county sending 4-H youth to the retreat must provide adult chaperones for the weekend.

Nov. 14 activities start at 7:30 a.m., followed by a flag ceremony and breakfast, with the first of the day’s three general assemblies beginning at 8:30 a.m. The remainder of the day will have concurrent sessions on the five programming areas to be emphasized. Evening activities will start at 6:15 p.m. with a flag lowering ceremony and dinner, followed by a 7:30 p.m. presentation on state and national opportunities for 4-H youth and a costumed theme dance.

Adjournment is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 15.

“While this is a learning retreat, the main ingredient for the whole weekend is a sense of fun,” Carroll said. “The State 4-H Council members take pride in showcasing their creativity, which will become apparent at the Saturday Night Theme Dance. The theme for this year’s costume dance is ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’”

After the Saturday evening dance, campers will gather at the Texas Star for the closing ceremony and to reflect on the day’s activities. At that time, campers will be allowed to place a rock from their hometown into the commemorative site.

Individual registration is $115 for youth and $85 for adult chaperones. The fees include two-nights lodging, four meals, snacks and program fees. Online registration is currently available at

For more information, contact Carroll at 325-784-5482,

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SAM Marching Band

The Mountaineer Marching Band, lead on the field by drum majors Breanna Fox and Jaylie Jones are preparing for their contest season this next month. The program includes selections based on the Civil War and includes "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", "Dixie", and "Hymn of the Republic". The first competition will be on October 10 at the Heart of Texas Marching Festival in Early. The UIL Performance will be the next weekend, October 17 also at EarlyHS. If the band receives a First Division Rating at UIL they will be eligible to compete in the first Texas State Marching Contest for Class A schools. Up till now Class A had to compete with Class AA schools at the State Contest. The State Contest will be on November 3 in the Alamadome in San Antonio. The band is currently 50% through learning the contest show. Mr. Lotspeich has had a lot of experience of taking bands to the State Marching Contest including placing in the finals 9 times and winning it in 1982 while he was director at Clint High School. He remarks "the band has really improved and our effort is ramping up."

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