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Remember Those Who Serve

Please remember these Santa Anna folks that are serving our country in combat, training, or support: Brandon Beloat, James Culpepper, Eddie Dawson, Kristle Deleon, Glen Donham, Reuben Frausto, Misti Graves, Bobby Hale, Patrick Kerr, Heather LaChance, Truman Matthews, Jeff Rivera, Josh Rivera, Michael Ruth, Marty Siller, Allen Tucker, Lance Vasquez, Austin Voss, Scott Watson, and Shane Watson.

Special thanks to Montie Guthrie for helping me out with this list.

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SAHS Homecoming 2010 a Booming Success

The pre-game crowning of Santa Anna High School’s homecoming royalty is only the beginning of a weekend of recognition, celebration and activities, capping a week of school activities. Eddie Hartman of the Class of 1960 was named Ex-Student of the Year, and Coming home Queen and King were Eva Frausto Adamson and Jody Patterson from the class of 1990.

At halftime of Friday night’s game against the Eden High School Bulldogs, the Mountaineers honored Lauren Pritchard as SAHS Homecoming queen. Other members of the Homecoming court were: Paige Guerrero, Sarah Herrod, and Natalie Neville.

Walking into the High School building any day last week might have given a visitor pause. Students were outfitted throughout the week in various themes: Monday was ESPN day, Tuesday was cartoon character day, Wednesday bandana day, Thursday celebrity dress-up day, and Friday was Black and Gold day.

On Friday afternoon, SAHS students ended the school day with a parade and pep rally. The homecoming parade started at 2:00 p.m. downtown, where first place Decorated Float went to the Kindergarten for “Mountaineer Obedience School”, earning $150. Second and third went to the First Grade “Hook the Dogs” with $125 and $100 to “Spirit Girls: Sarah, Amber, and Lauren”.

In the Homecoming game, the Mountaineers overcame a half-time deficit to dispatch the Bulldogs 36 to 24 in a hard-fought, but well-deserved victory. SAHS Exes packed elbow-to-elbow in the Elementary school Saturday morning for coffee and conversation, followed at 10:00 by the SAHS Ex-Student Association business meeting in the Auditorium. Tom Guthrie (Class of ’95) presided over the meeting, assisted by Secretary Chris Cheaney (’97), and First Vice President James Curtis(‘57). They were joined by Danna Jones, newly elected to take over as Secretary for a two year term.

During the meeting the Ex-Student of the Year, Coming home Queen and King were recognized along with long time administrator, R.C. Smith for his years of service to Santa Anna ISD.

Exes adjourned to a barbecue lunch hosted by the Mountaineer Booster Club in the cafeteria after the meeting. Then Saturday afternoon and into the night found Exes in groups across town, renewing old friendships and making new ones.

Here is the last of the Homecoming photos I took on Saturday at the Ex Student's meeting:

See the 2010 Homecoming Ex Students Meeting Photo Album

Mountaineer Football Homecoming Game

I took over 700 photos of the Homecoming game and here are some of my favorites:

See the Sports page for the rest in the Eden game photo album.


TUSCOLA – Tuscola-Jim Ned CISD’s Project Graduation Committee will host a tailgate supper October 8 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. prior to the Indians District 3AA, Division 1 contest with the Bangs Dragons.

Bangs and Jim Ned will kick off at 7:30 p.m. in a highly anticipated match-up at Indian Stadium.

Jim Ned’s Project Graduation Committee will offer a freshly grilled-on-the-spot Sausage Wrap Meal Deal prior to kick-off in the stadium parking lot. Each meal will consist of a sausage tortilla wrap with fixins, chips, soft drink or water, and choice of a home-baked dessert.

Cost of the meal is $5 and funds the Senior Class Project Graduation Lock-In Party the evening of May 27 and morning of May 28. Extra dessert is available for 50 cents apiece.

The cost of the meal for Band members from Bangs and Jim Ned will be $3.

The Seniors also will have tickets available for a chance to win a deer hunting weekend for four hunters at Graham Lake Farm. The winner will be able to hunt on 670 corn-fed acres that includes three deer blinds, and camping facilities. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5.

For more information, please contact Mindy Shaw at 554-7576 or Valerie Avery at 829-8449.

Homecoming Weather

Saturday we had about an inch of rain and this morning, Monday, it was 50 degrees outside... I sure am ready for some Fall football!

Santa Anna Homecoming 2010 Parade and Pep Rally

The 2010 Santa Anna Homecoming Parade was a big success with the following decorated float and car winners:

First Place Decorated Float $150 to the Kindergarten: Mountaineer Obedience School

Second Place Decorated Float $125 to the First Grade: Hook the Dogs

Third Place Decorated Float $100 to the Spirit Girls: Sarah, Amber, and Lauren

First Place Decorated Car $50 to Homecoming Queen Nominee Sarah Herrod

Second Place Decorated Car $40 Homecoming Queen Nominee Paige Guerrero

Third Place Decorated Car $30 Homecoming Queen Nominee Lauren Pritchard

The parade, organized by the Santa Anna Ex Student Association was sponsored by Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Santa Anna National Bank, Huntland Trucking, Centex Land Company, Glenns Car Sales, and other anonymous donors. The Ex Students would like to thank the Santa Anna ISD, the Texas Department of Transportation, the City of Santa Anna, and the Santa Anna Volunteer Fire Department for allowing and helping with the parade.

See the 2010 Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally Photo Album for more Parade and Pep Rally photos.

Santa Anna Homecoming 2010

What a great Homecoming!

Everything went great... the parade and pep rally were a little hot but went off well... and without any arrests or tickets written that I know of.

The pregame, game, and halftime show were all good too, with the Mountaineers defeating the Eden Bulldogs 38-24 after being down at the half.

The Ex Student Associtian meeting and Booster club BarBQ lunch were great.

We got to see a lot of old friends and made some new ones too.

I will have a bunch more on the Homecoming activities as I catch my breath later this week!

Mountaineer Football

The 1-3 Santa Anna Mountaineers will take on the 1-3 Eden Bulldogs this week for Homecoming after falling to the Water Valley Wildcats 56-6 last week.

The Bulldogs out of Division 1 District 8 are ranked 159th overall and 57th in Division 1 and picked to lose by 45 to the 93rd ranked overall and 42nd ranked Division 1 Mountaineers from District 10.

Who the Bulldogs have played:
Lost to Buena Vista 27-59
Lost to Blanket 6-52
Beat Brookesmith 31-24
Lost to Paint Rock 14-60 (Note: Santa Anna also lost to Paint Rock 6-56 in Week 2 so I think it will be a closer game)

Well it is Homecoming so get your best black and gold on and we will see you at the game!

Let's get all the Homecoming news back up here at the top!

Don't forget about the Ex Student Association web page!

Santa Anna Homecoming 2010

The Santa Anna Ex Student Association will recognize the following at this years Homecoming activities on Friday, September 24 beginning at 2pm the homecoming parade will be held in downtown Santa Anna and the Pep Rally will follow the parade at the Santa Anna Football Field. The pregame ceremonies beginning at 7pm on Friday will recognize the Ex Student of the Year and the Coming Home King and Queen.

Eddie Hartman is the Ex Student of the Year representing the Class of 1960.

Eddie Hartman attended Santa Anna schools from second grade until graduation in 1960. After graduation he attended Tarleton State University and Texas Tech University. Eddie married Mary Ann Needham in 1964. Eddie and Mary Anne have 2 sons, Mike and James, and 5 grandchildren.

Eddie worked in Dallas in the insurance profession for 6 years then moved back to Santa Anna. He partnered with his brother Stan in H & H Food Mart for 19 years then joined Santa Anna ISD as Elementary PE aide for 2 years; then served as Elementary PE instructor for 12 years, retiring in 2008. Eddie has served the community of Santa Anna in many capacities. He served on the Santa Anna Board of Trustees for 12 years and 2 years as president. Eddie has also served as the Santa Anna Chamber of Commerce president and the Santa Anna Athletic Booster Club president. In addition Eddie has been a director for the Santa Anna Historical Development Organization and Santa Anna Community Services. He has also served on the Santa Anna Cemetery Association Board. Eddie also has served as the Santa Anna Northside Church of Christ song leader and adult Bible class teacher.

In 2002, Eddie and Mary Anne moved to Lake Brownwood where fishing is one of his favorite pastimes. Eddie is the son of Edd and Ruby Hartman of Santa Anna.

Eva Frausto Adamson is the Coming Home Queen representing the Class of 1990.

Eva Frausto Adamson is the daughter of Alex and Juanita Frausto Jr. She is married to Rob Adamson and they have two daughters Katherine and Jordan.

Eva graduated from Santa Anna High School in 1990. While in school she participated in variety of sports and activities. During this time, she received several awards and recognitions. After graduating high school Eva attended Howard Payne University and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work.

She worked as a Social Worker for Spring Branch ISD and then with Texas Department of Human Service until 2000. She is now a stay at home mom and is actively involved in her daughter’s school, PTO and after school activities. Eva makes her home in Katy, Texas with her husband and two daughters.

Jody Patterson is the Coming Home King representing the Class of 1990.

Jody is the son of Scott and Barbara Patterson. Jody has 2 sisters, Jeannie and Cynthia, who both graduated from Santa Anna.

After graduation, Jody moved to Ft Worth to pursue his career in Aviation. He attended Tarrant County Junior College Northwest Campus where he received his licenses to work on airplanes. That is where he met his wife, Elizabeth. They have been married going on 17 years. They moved back to Santa Anna then on to Abilene, where they currently reside.

They have one daughter, Leslie who is 8 years old and is in the 3rd grade. Jody works for Eagle Aviation - American Eagle, where he is a Crew Chief. Jody has worked for them for over 10 years. Jody and his family are members of First Baptist Church of Abilene.

Santa Anna Homecoming 2010

Every fall since 1953, Santa Anna High School Alumni have gathered in Santa Anna to participate in the annual Homecoming activities and to keep in touch with former classmates and teachers. All Santa Anna Exes, former teachers and administrators are invited to attend the annual Homecoming activities on Friday, September 24 and the Ex Student’s Association annual meeting on Saturday morning, September 25.

This year the Santa Anna Ex Student Association will be honoring those classes ending in a 0 with special recognition of the SAHS class of 1960 celebrating their 50th year out of school and the Class of 1990 celebrating their 20th year. This year’s Homecoming Ex Student of the Year from the Class of 1960 is Eddie Hartman of Lake Brownwood. This year’s Coming Home King representing the Class of 1990 is Jody Patterson of Abilene, TX and the Coming Home Queen is Eva Frausto Adamson of Katy, TX.

Friday, September 24 beginning at 2pm the homecoming parade will be held in downtown Santa Anna and the Pep Rally will follow the parade at the Santa Anna Football Field. The pregame ceremonies beginning at 7pm on Friday will recognize the Ex Student of the Year and the Coming Home King and Queen.

The game will feature former 11 man rivals, the hometown Santa Anna Mountaineers against the Eden Bulldogs. All former Mountaineers are encouraged to come out and root for the Mountaineers. The halftime show will feature the crowning of the 2010 Homecoming Queen.

Saturday’s Santa Anna Ex Student Association activities include the annual business meeting and recognition of classes. Registration and coffee begin at 9am in the cafeteria followed by the annual meeting at 10am in the High School auditorium. Following the business meeting will be a BBQ plate lunch served by the Santa Anna Booster Club.

Several reunions are planned for Friday and Saturday. 1980-1990 will have a meet and greet on Saturday, September 25th from 2-4 pm at the Armory in Santa Anna. All former students and staff are invited.

Santa Anna Varsity Cheerleaders
That Santa Anna Store
Wooden Star Rocking Chair Raffle

$1.00 per Ticket
6 Tickets for $5.00

Chair will be raffled off Friday, Sept. 24th At half-time of Homecoming Football Game.
You do not have to be present to win!

If you would like to purchase raffle tickets you may do so from any Varsity Cheerleader or from Katrina Guerrero, Cheer Sponsor at the Administrative Building.

Thank You For Supporting the SAHS Cheerleaders!

SAHS Homecoming 2010 Nominees

Nominations were held on August 25th at Santa Anna High School with students in grades 9-12 nominating Queen/King candidates. The following students were nominated for Queen candidates (L to R in photo attached) Loren Pritchard, Natalie Neville, Paige Guerrero, and Sarah Herrod.

The King candidates for this year are: (L to R in photo attached) Joe Guerrero, Christian Washington, Caleb Absher, and Shawn Robertson.

The student body will choose their Homecoming King/Queen 2010 during the week of Homecoming, which is September 24th.

2010 SAHS Homecoming

On behalf of the Santa Anna Ex Students Association I would like to invite you the annual Santa Anna Homecoming festivities. Santa Anna can be proud to have one of the oldest Homecoming activities held in the area and an Ex Students Association and annual meeting that many other schools do not get to enjoy. These activities have been going on since 1952. The 2010 SAHS Homecoming will be Friday, September 24th Vs. Eden. The Santa Anna Ex Students Association will hold their annual meeting and Exes reception on Saturday, September 25th.

My name is Tom Guthrie and I will be serving as the new Ex Students Association President for the next two years. Please notify me of any plans your class is planning on having so that I may include any information in our publicity. If I can help you in any way, please let me know.

Start planning those reunions and get togethers today!

Tom Guthrie

2010 Homecoming Tailgate Party

We got a half inch of rain before the tailgate party and still managed to pull it off Wednesday night

See the special 2010 Homecoming Tailgate Party Photo Album

Pee Wee Football

The games this past Saturday September 18th were in Brookesmith and all of Santa Anna's games were against Brookesmith.

I only caught the last minute of the 3rd and 4th Grade games but here are some of my favorites from the three games:

See the Sports page for the PeeWee photo albums, a schedule of games, and team photos. This Saturday September 25th the games are at Richland Springs.

Mountaineer Football

The 1-2 Santa Anna Mountaineers will travel to Water Valley to take on the 3-0 Wildcats after falling to the Paint Rock Indians 56-6 last week.

The Wildcats out of Division 1 District 8 are ranked 34th overall and 26th in Division 1 and picked to win by 45 over the 118th ranked overall and 42nd ranked Division 1 Mountaineers from District 10.

Who the Wildcats have played:
Beat Blackwell 48-40
Beat Klondike 60-6
Beat Sterling City 46-34 (Santa Anna lost to Sterling City 52-0 in Week 0)

Kickoff at Water Valley is set for 7:30.

Mountaineer Football

I finally got the Victory Life game photos from my camera to my computer!

I am still not sure what the problem was... probably user error.

Could have been the quantity... I tried a new setting that takes multiple shots and I got some better actions photos but there sure are a bunch.

Over 700 but a lot more fans, cheerleaders, and band too!

It is hard for me to choose because I have several I like but here are some of my favorites:

Glenn's Car Sales

Here are the 2010 PeeWee Football Teams:

#1—Thomas Williams
#2—Silas Lara
#9—Dawson Rambo
#11—Haiden Hale
#20—Kellen Evans
#21—Trevor Evans
#22—Miguel Uvalle
#30—Jaythan Birkenfeld
#32—Erasmo Ibarra

Steve Lara
Michael Evans

3rd and 4th Grade
#1—Jayton Perry
#2—Coy Taylor
#3—Rance Railsback
#4—Kolt Bradley
#5—Joe Robles
#8—Cody Robertson
#10—Hayden Anderson
#13—Cesar Padilla
#54—Thomas Stubbs
#78—Danny DeLeon

Tim Perry
Ross Bradley
Danny DeLeon
Kirk Stewart

5th and 6th Grade
#0—D. J. Mattes
#2—Mateo Lara
#4—Jayden Rambo
#7—Jacob Herrod
#9—Zakery Liles
#12—Andrew Siller
#13—Noah Garza
#14—Bryan Castruita
#33—Brandon Martinez
#81—Kaleb Peeples
#94—Kayden Isbell

David Robinett
Johnny Herrod


Front from left to right: Bianca Enriquez, Braegan Glasscock, Jaylie Jones
Back from left to right: Delaynee Absher, Shelbie Murray, Taylor Guerrero

Some of my favorites:

See the Sports page for the Lometa PeeWee Football Tournament photo albums. This Saturday September 18th the games are at Brookesmith.

Join the SAHS Cheerleaders & Show Your Spirit & Support!!

Santa Anna ISD
“Hats On Day”

On Friday, September 17th, Santa Anna Schools will host a “Hats On Day” in honor of children with cancer. Children who are undergoing treatment for pediatric cancer often choose to wear hats to school to cover up hair loss. On Hats On Day, students show their support for children with cancer by donating money to wear a hat! Please send a donation of your choice and allow your child to wear their favorite hat on this day! All participants’ names will be put in a drawing and prizes will be given at the pep-rally. All proceeds will be given to Leeann Simmons, one of our students, and her family.


I had a tenth or so from the Sunday morning shower.

Mountaineer Football

The 1-1 Santa Anna Mountaineers will travel to Paint Rock to take on the 2-0 Indians.

The Indians out of Division 2 District 8 are ranked 42nd overall and 15th in Division 2 and picked to win by 45 over the 116th ranked overall and 48th in Division 1 Mountaineers from District 10.

Who they have played:
Beat Hermleigh 62-12
Beat Robert Lee 92-80

Kickoff at Paint Rock is set for 7:30.

Wear your black and gold and we will see you at the game!

See You at the Pole 2010


I poured out 3.5 inches of rain Wednesday morning.

I also had a half inch or so from last week that I forgot to tell you about.

Mountaineer Football

Santa Anna Mountaineers take on Brownwood Victory Life at Mountaineer Stadium at 7:30.

Victory Life, a private school, is ranked 32nd overall and picked to lose by 45 to the Division 1 Mountaineers from District 10.

The 1-0 Santa Anna Mountaineers remained at 42nd in Division 1 but fell two spots this week to 111th overall and Victory Life is at 225th overall.

Who the 1-0 Victory Life have played:
Defeated Weatherford Christian 60-12

Wear your black and gold and we will see you at the game!

DSHS Offers PAM Precautions

In advance of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Texas Department of State Health Services is reminding swimmers and skiers to take precautions to avoid infection from Naegleria fowleri, an ameba assumed to be present in all rivers, lakes, ponds, tanks and streams.

The ameba can cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, an infection of the brain. Infection is extremely rare but almost always fatal.

Ten cases of PAM have been reported in Texas since 2000, including a child this month from Tarrant County.

DSHS offers these precautions to reduce the already low risk of infection:

Never swim or ski in stagnant water. Hold your nose or use nose clips when skiing, jet skiing or jumping into any fresh water. The ameba thrives in warm, stagnant water but may be present in any body of fresh water. A combination of lower water levels, high temperatures and stagnant or slow-moving water may produce higher concentrations of the ameba.

Infection is believed to occur when water containing the ameba is forced up the nose when diving or jumping into the water or when skiing. Symptoms may include severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting.

The ameba does not live in salt water or in swimming pools and hot tubs that are properly cleaned, maintained and treated with chlorine.

DSHS officials said closing lakes or other bodies of water is not a standard public health protection measure against PAM given that the amebas are ubiquitous, naturally occurring microorganisms and infections are extremely rare.

Other dangers associated with lakes and rivers include diving into waters that are too shallow or that may hide rocks and debris. Never leave children unattended around water.

What Time is it?
Mesquite Time!

That is the name of one of Santa Anna's newer businesses on the East end of town. Located in what used to be the Santa Anna Lumber Company operated by Harry Crews and more recently the home of Charlotte Moseley's ceramic group.

Mesquite Time owner, Jerry Ellis, started work on the old lumber yard buildings in the Spring of 2009. Jerry and his daughter Jamie Straus, and her two year old son Parker, keep the shop open and work on various wood projects.

Most probably would have torn the old buildings down but Jerry took the old buildings, and has given them new life. I have followed the progress with a few pictures and meant to write this story last year.

I have known Jerry for about thirty years. I worked with his father, Cecil Ellis, in the oil field back in the early Eighties. Cecil was always very proud of Jerry and especially happy when he moved back home to the Trickham area from the Gulf Coast. I think Cecil worried sometimes about how Jerry was going to make a living around here, especially farming and ranching. Jerry raised registered cattle for a while and then became the manager of Coleman County Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, that sold wireless TV cable and DirecTV satellite television service. That is where I had the opportunity to go work for Jerry. I will never forget the day I was working for Dr Pepper in one of the grocery stores in Brownwood and Jerry talked to me about going to work for him. I too worried how I was going to make a living in Santa Anna, but it was one of the best jobs I ever had. I enjoyed working for Jerry and he was one of the finest men I have ever worked for. He always cared for his employees like we were his own children and I even had the chance to work with his son Bryce and daughter Jamie when they helped out in the Summers. They knew how to work hard just like their father and grandfather.

One thing about making a living in Santa Anna is that you are guaranteed that you will have to work hard at it. Jerry and Jamie are certainly the ones that can do it. Their work is that of a true artists and you should stop by sometime and see for yourself. In the mean time see the Business Page for more information about Mesquite Time...

Santa Anna ISD

Extreme Makeover

One of my favorite shows, ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition, may soon be coming to Coleman County as the Marsden Family of Glen Cove is up for consideration.

Read their stories at and this Abilene Reporter News Article.

The family has also started their own website

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