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Cemetery Gate Damaged - Update

The Santa Anna Cemetery gate has now been repaired due to the generosity and skill of Jeramy McGee!

On Friday night or Saturday morning of September 27-28th between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00AM someone broke out of the Santa Anna Cemetery and damaged the gate after they must have been locked in.

The gate was pushed on by a vehicle and swung open with enough force to hit the historical marker, break a hinge on the gate, and bend both gates.

Jeramy was contacted and promptly looked at the gate and was just as quick to repair the gate eventhough the damage was worse than initially thought. Both center gate bars and all four gate hinges had to be replaced. The gates are still bowed from the vehicle that pushed them.

Cost to replace the gates and historical marker are over $7000.

If you have information about this crime please contact the Santa Anna Police Department or James Pelton at 325-348-6050.

The cemetery gate is shut daily at sunset and opened at sunrise.

Anyone in the cemetery after the gate is shut is trespassing.

Homecoming Representatives

Homecoming October 4th.

Homecoming Representatives for Santa Anna High School

Alicia Lopez
Genia Jones
Courtlyn Lishka
Caitlyn Murray

Devan Denton
Christian Castruita
Michael Valencia
Justin McElrath
Zachary Diaz

Santa Anna Homecoming October 4-5

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, October 4, 2013, and the Ex Student’s Association annual meeting on Saturday morning, October 5, 2013.

This year the Santa Anna Ex Student Association will be honoring those classes ending in a 3 with special recognition of the SAHS class of 1963 celebrating their 50th year reunion, and the Class of 1993 celebrating their 20th year. This year’s Homecoming Ex Student of the Year from the Class of 1963 is Mr. Larry Wardlow of Aiken, South Carolina. The Coming Home Queen from the class of 1993 is Betsy McIver Jones of Santa Anna, Texas. The Coming Home King from the class of 1993 is Rusty Fleeman of San Angelo, Texas.

Friday, October 4, beginning at 2 p.m., the Homecoming parade will be held in downtown Santa Anna, and the Pep Rally will follow immediately after at Mountaineer Stadium. The pregame ceremonies will begin at 7pm on Friday to recognize and honor the Ex Student of the Year, and the Coming Home King and Queen.

The game will feature the mighty Santa Anna Mountaineers versus the Evant Elks. Friday night kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. All Mountaineers, past and present, are encouraged to come out and root for the Black and Gold. The halftime performance will feature the crowning of the 2013 Homecoming Queen.

Saturday, October 5, the Santa Anna Ex Student Association’s activities include the annual business meeting and recognition of classes. Registration and coffee begin at 9am in the school cafeteria followed by the annual meeting at 10am in the High School auditorium. Following the meeting, there will be a luncheon in the school cafeteria. Proceeds from the luncheon will go to support the Santa Anna Mountaineer Band.

Betsy McIver Jones
Class of 1993
Coming Home Queen

Betsy McIver Jones is a member of the SAHS graduating class of 1993. Upon graduation, Betsy enrolled as a fulltime student at Angelo State University while working in the Floral Department at Wal-Mart. At the beginning of her sophomore year at ASU, Betsy was wed to Ray Jones. In the fall of 1995, the couple returned to Santa Anna, and Betsy enrolled in a work study program at Howard Payne University to begin her junior year. In June of ’96, the couple celebrated the birth of their first child, Genia Mae. Betsy graduated from HPU in December of 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics - just in time to welcome their second girl, Jaylie Rae in January of ‘99.

When school started that fall, Betsy was on the other side of the desk teaching the subject in which still makes her smile to this day, Mathematics. Her first teaching position was at Panther Creek High School teaching every course from junior high math, Algebra I and II, and Geometry to Pre-Cal and AP Calculus. The next fall, Betsy began a seven-year stint at Bangs High School where she served as department head her last five years.

In 2007, Betsy had an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up - to become a full-time homemaker, room mother, and parent volunteer. For the next four years, she did just that. She became active in the Mountaineer Booster Club, Santa Anna Sports Association and in the Ex-Student’s Association where she served as secretary, vice-president, and two years as president. Betsy’s hiatus ended when her passion for numbers placed her in the classroom once again. This time it was at her alma mater, good ole’ SAHS. Betsy is currently employed at the Santa Anna ISD were she is once again teaching secondary math, in addition to being the varsity cheerleader coach.

Her love for teaching young people extends beyond the classroom. She and husband Ray have been involved with the youth at the First Baptist Church for seventeen years, serving as youth ministers. In 2010, they added to their family a son, Zack Diaz, and consider themselves very blessed.

Ray and Betsy have just recently celebrated 19 years of marriage and have three beautiful children--Genia, a senior at SAHS, Jaylie, a freshman at SAHS, and Zachary Diaz, a senior at SAHS. Betsy enjoys spending time with her family, church activities, and ministering to the youth of the community in many ways. She is an active member of the First Baptist Church Santa Anna and still plays an active part in the Mountaineer Booster Club and the Santa Anna Youth Association where she has served as treasurer for both organizations for the past 7 years.

Ray and Betsy both love and cherish this community and Santa Anna ISD.

Rusty Fleeman
Class of 1993
Coming Home King

Born and raised in Santa Anna, Rusty Fleeman is the son of Gary & Ruby Fleeman. After Graduation in 1993, He attended Angelo State University. In addition to meeting his wife, Julie Huddleston Fleeman, Rusty obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology as well as a second Bachelor’s degree in Range & Wildlife Management. Rusty began work towards his Master’s Degree and began a career in wildlife management.

After several years in the field managing wildlife and guiding hunts, Rusty began a brief career in banking & finance. This led him to obtain his teacher certification at Sul Ross State University. Rusty is currently the Middle School Athletic Coordinator at John Glenn Middle School in San Angelo and an assistant offensive line coach for San Angelo Central High.

Rusty and his amazing wife Julie have two wonderful children, Braeden and Emma. In his spare time, Rusty is an avid woodturner and enjoys spending time with his family.

Larry Wardlow
Class of 1963
Ex-Student of the Year

After graduation, Larry really had no plan. He had not applied to college, he had not looked for a job or even considered what he would do with himself. He looked around and suddenly all his classmates were gone, but luckily with the advice and assistance of Maureen Drake, a good friend, neighbor and RN at Santa Anna Hospital, Larry was offered a part-time job in the hospital Lab and Xray departments. This was the beginning of his interest in medicine and his lifelong career. His experiences at this small hospital and with the encouragement of the staff and especially that of Dr. Charles Mason Henner, led to his enrollment in a Laboratory Technician training program in late 1964. Following completion of that program, he was working at a rural hospital near Port Arthur, TX when he received his draft notice. Shortly after that, he joined the US Air Force on a delayed enlistment program and entered Air Force basic training in January 1966. Little did he know, but that draft notice turned out to be a life changing event and the beginning of a great career.

Larry served in the US Air Force from January 1966 until his retirement in the summer of 1988. In the early years of his career, he worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician and served in California, Texas, Alaska and 18 months in Cam Rahn Bay Vietnam. In 1974, he was selected to attend the USAF Physician Assistant training program, which led to a Bachelors degree and commission as an AF officer. Larry then worked in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine departments and served in various locations around the world including Texas, New Mexico, South Carolina, Japan and Germany and ultimately retired at Tinker AFB, OK in 1988.

After his retirement, Larry entered grad school at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and received a Masters in Public Health (MPH). He then accepted a corporate position with the Occupational Health Centers of the Southwest in Dallas, followed by a move to Montana and ultimately to Los Alamos National Laboratory where he remained for 12 years until his second retirement in 2004. As the PA profession grew and the role of the PA expanded, Larry was active on state and national levels as an advocate for PA advancement and served as the President of PAs in Occupational Medicine on 2 separate occasions. The years spent in Montana and the mountains of New Mexico were a great opportunity to enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, and the amazing sunsets.

Larry and his wife, Shela, currently live in Aiken, South Carolina. Shela is a Minnesota girl. They met and were married in 1969 in Fort Worth, TX. They are both avid tennis players and enjoy competition at the local as well as State and regional levels. Larry's love of tennis began at Santa Anna High School and with the excellent basic skills learned under Coach R.C. Smith, he can still be found on the courts 3-4 days a week. Larry continued to work and was self-employed until his full and final retirement about 2 years ago. He and Shela enjoy travel and just returned from a European vacation in London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

All of Larry's siblings still reside in Texas. Mary Ann Pape, lives in Santa Anna, Tommy lives outside Coleman, Bobby in Copperas Cove and Bradley in Dallas/Richardson. Larry is excited to return to Santa Anna - to visit the school and to renew friendships. He is especially grateful for what he discovered was a great education and what became a stepping stone for his career and future.

SAHS Class of 1963

The SAHS class of 1963 will celebrate their Homecoming reunion on October 4 and 5. The Celebration will begin at 10:00 AM Friday November 4 at the Feedstore in Santa Anna. They will participate in the Homecoming Parade at 2:00 PM then continue with their reunion afterwards at the Feedstore and attend the game together at 7:00 PM.

Their classmate Larry Wardlow will be honored before the football game as the "Ex Student of the Year". After the game the classmates will continue visiting at the Feedstore.

On Saturday, October 5, the class will attend the Homecoming Business Meeting at the High School Auditorium at 10:00 AM. They will have lunch in the Cafeteria at 11:30 then continue with their visiting and program at the FeedStore at 12:30

Yearbook Sales Past and Present

Homecoming night @ the football game and Saturday morning at the Exes meeting there will be a display selling past to current yearbooks.
Prices will be as follows:

Available yearbooks for sale:
year-(how many books available)

Powder Puff Football Game

The Lady Mountaineers are hosting a Power Puff football game on Saturday October 5, 2013 at 3:00pm at the football field during homecoming weekend. This is a fundraiser for the girls athletic program, donations are welcome. This is a great opportunity to watch the ladies play football, and to watch the boys cheer them on. Please come and support these athletes and have a great time watching.

Santa Anna Mountaineers vs Evant Elks

The Santa Anna Mountaineers will face the Evant Elks from Division I District 6. The Elks are picked to finish second in their district behind perinneal favorite Gordon and ahead of second year six man newcomer Lingleville, and the struggling Gustine.

The 4-1 Mountaineers are ranked 12th in Division I and 19th overall and the 5-0 Elks are ranked 53rd in Division I and 133rd overall. For a comparison of rankings District 9 opponents of Santa Anna are all ranked in the top twelve of D1 except for Lometa at 26th. May is 6th, Zephyr is 10th, and Rochelle is 11th.

According to Dave Campbell's 2013 Texas Football Magazine, players to watch are Homero Diaz, Dakota Hancock, and Carlos Arellano.

Who they have played:
Beat Cranfils Gap 54-30
Beat Kopperl 39-28
Beat Covington 46-0
Beat Lohn 64-12
Beat Moran 48-0

Santa Anna is picked by 45 points.

Santa Anna Mountaineers vs Eden Bulldogs

I took over 300 photos of the one half game and here are some of my favorites:

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

The Mountaineers Trample the Bulldogs

In yet another dominating performance, the Mountaineers beat the Eden Bulldogs 50-0 in the first half. The Bulldogs were outmatched in every aspect of the game on Friday night. Michael Valencia had excellent blocking from his entire team, especially fullback Lucas Diaz and quarterback Jacob Herrod. Everywhere you looked, the Eden players were on the ground and Valencia was in the end zone scoring one of his 6 touchdowns. Lucas Diaz had just three carries, but ran for 103 yards and a touchdown. Michael Valencia had 229 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Defensively the Mountaineers were again unbreakable. Lucas Diaz led the way with 7 tackles, and Jacob Herrod had 6 tackles and an interception in the end zone. When asked, Coach Norris said, “This was just another solid game by the hard working Mountaineers on both sides of the ball.”

Overall, the Mountaineers are dominating their competitors, but in reality, they are busy preparing for the district rivals May, Zephyr, Rochelle, and Lometa. This week is our homecoming week and we will be playing the undefeated Evant Elks. As usual, the Mountaineers plan on beating the unbeaten, but all eyes are pointed towards May, Texas on October 11.

1 2 Half/Final
SA 20 30 50
Eden 0 0 0

M. Valencia-10-229 6 TD
L. Diaz- 3- 103 1 TD
Valencia-5, Lucas Diaz-7, Jacob Herrod-6, Devan Denton-5, Colby Nelson-5

Mountaineers J.V. Lose a Close Game to May

Fabian Suarez and the Mountaineers kept this a close game, but, time ran out on the J.V. squad from Santa Anna.

With 4 minutes into the first quarter, Suarez found the end zone on a 2 yard romp. Extra point attempt by Colton Enriquez was good, making the score 8 for the Mountaineers, and 7 for the Tigers from May. With 17 seconds left in the 1st quarter, Suarez again found the end zone on a 70 yard kick off return. Extra point attempt failed, making the score 14 – 19.

In the 2nd quarter, Jordan Washington found the end zone on a 2 yard touchdown run. Extra points by Enriquez was good, making the score 22 for the Mountaineers and 27 for the Tigers. As the 1st half was winding down, Suarez scores for the Mountaineers. Extra point attempt was no good, making the score 28 – 35.

In the 2nd half, Suarez finds the endzone with a little over 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Extra points by Enriquez were good, making the score 36 – 35. After May scored a couple more times, Suarez scored the last touchdown for the Mountaineers on a 15 yard run. Extra point try was no good making the final score 42 – 51.

Rushing Yards
Washington – 9 attempts for 49 yards
Suarez – 10 attempts for 82 yards
Kayden Isbell – 7 attempts for 9 yards

Enriquez – 5 for 73 yards
Suarez – 4 for 30 yards

1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Santa Anna 14 14 8 6
May 19 16 8 8

Cemetery Gate Damaged

On Friday night or Saturday morning of September 27-28th between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00AM someone broke out of the Santa Anna Cemetery and damaged the gate after they must have been locked in.

The gate was pushed on by a vehicle and swung open with enough force to hit the historical marker, break a hinge on the gate, and bend both gates.

Cost to replace the gates and historical marker are over $7000.

If you have information about this crime please contact the Santa Anna Police Department or James Pelton at 325-348-6050.

The cemetery gate is shut daily at sunset and opened at sunrise.

Anyone in the cemetery after the gate is shut is trespassing.

Santa Anna Mountaineers vs Eden Bulldogs

The Santa Anna Mountaineers will face the Eden Bulldogs from Division I District 6. The Bulldogs are picked to finish second in their district behind Water Valley and ahead of Sterling City, Veribest, and Paint Rock.

The 3-1 Mountaineers are ranked 14th in Division I and 20th overall and the 3-0 Bulldogs are ranked 41st in Division I and 79th overall.

According to Dave Campbell's 2013 Texas Football Magazine, players to watch are Christian Rodgers, Fabian Aguirre, and Jeremy Rendon.

Who they have played:
Beat RobertLee JV 48-0
Lost to Blanket 67-22
Lost to Rochelle 73-28
Beat Brookesmith 59-18

Santa Anna is favored by 45 points.

Santa Anna Mountaineers vs Mullin Bulldogs

I took over 770 photos of the game. Most of them were not very good due to me, the rain, and poor lighting , but here are some of my favorites:

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

The Mountaineers Take Down the Bulldogs

The Mountaineers showed a true team effort on Friday night by beating the previously undefeated Mullin Bulldogs. Each player showed heart and desire throughout the entire game. Michael Valencia showed everyone why he was an all-state player last year by racking up 19 tackles, causing a fumble, and intercepting a deep pass in the end zone. But that was just his defensive skills! He also threw for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 285 yards for four touchdowns! Jacob Herrod had 2 touchdowns as well, including an impressive 77 yard touchdown from our end zone.

The defense was the true story, though, with multiple players coming up big for the Mountaineers. Multiple times the Mountaineers had their backs against the wall, but held strong and stopped the Bulldogs on the 1 and 2 yard line multiple times. Jacob Herrod had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, Devan Denton and Lucas Diaz both had 9 tackles and a fumble recovery, and Colby Nelson had 7 tackles. Overall, the stout defense held a very good offense to just 24 points and caused five turnovers.

Assistant Coach Davis said about the game: “Our defense is finally catching onto the schemes that Coach Norris and I want them to do. As the season progresses, our defense (which is the key) will get better and better. By district, I hope that our defense will overpower all the rest of the teams in the district.”

The Mountaineers will play the Eden Bulldogs in Eden on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Santa Anna Jr High Trounces Mullin 41 - 0

The Mountaineers second game of the season against Mullin lasted until halftime. The Jr. High squad took advantage of the rain and sent the Bulldogs home at halftime.

The Mountaineers started their scoring early when Gabriel Armstrong returned the opening kickoff 55 yards for a touchdown. After a 3 yard run extra point try by Armstrong, the score was 7 for the Mountaineers and 0 for the Bulldogs.

On the next Mountaineer possession, D.J. Mattes, upped the score on a 12 yard run into the end zone. Armstrong ran the ball in for the extra point attempt, making the score 14 – 0.

Great defense by the Mountaineers forced Mullen to punt the ball back, and with 58 seconds left in the first quarter, Hayden Anderson ran the ball 25 yards in for another score. Extra point by Armstrong was good, making the score 21 – 0.

The Bulldogs took possession of the ball in the second, but strong defense by the Mountaineers forced the squad from Mullen to punt. On the offensive try, the Mountaineers handed the ball to Armstrong and he galloped 37 yards to the end zone. Extra point attempt failed, making the score 27 – 0.

On the next Mountaineer possession, Hayden Anderson runs the ball into the end zone for another score. Extra point by Armstrong is good, making the score 34 – 0.

On the last play of the 1st half, Armstrong runs 20 yards to pay dirt. Extra point is good, making the score 41 – 0.

During halftime, the Mullin coach calls the game making the final score 41 – 0.

Score by Quarters
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Santa Anna 21 20 - -
Mullin 0 0 - -

D.J. Mattes – 5
Armstrong – 3
Anderson – 2
Mateo Lara – 3
Kaleb Peebles – 2
Will Eddleman – 1

Rushing Yards
Mattes – 12
Armstrong – 118
Anderson - 53

Santa Anna Mountaineers vs Mullin Bulldogs

The Santa Anna Mountaineers will face the Mullin Bulldogs from Division II District 13. The Bulldogs are picked to finish second in their four team district behind three time defending State Champion Richland Springs and ahead of Blanket and Brookesmith. The 2-1 Mountaineers are ranked 15th in Division I and 22nd overall and the 3-0 Bulldogs are ranked 22nd in Division II and 60th overall.

According to Dave Campbell's 2013 Texas Football Magazine, players to watch are Josh Mickelson, Mason Weaver, Jacob Mickelson, and Jared Correll.

Who they have played:
Beat Oglesby 45-0
Beat Gustine 63-0
Beat Brownwood Victory Life 51-6

Santa Anna is picked to win by 36 points.

It is on my way home from work so maybe I will see you at the game!

Santa Anna Mountaineers vs Veribest Falcons

I know this is a little late but I have had some technical difficulties and a lot of accounting homework, some of which I should be doing instead of this right now!

I took over 250 photos of the one half game and here are some of my favorites:

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

Santa Anna JV 50, Paint Rock JV 34

The Santa Anna JV squad took on the Paint Rock Indians JV and came out victorious. This was the first game for the JV team to play. The JV team has been supporting the varsity squad for the first 2 games of the season.

With 6 minutes and 24 seconds into the first period, Brandon Beal found pay dirt to Jacob Gibson. The extra point was no good making the score 6 – 0.

At the 1 minute 35 second mark, Fabian Suarez galloped 28 yards into the end zone. Extra point was good making the score 13 – 6.

With time running out in the first quarter, Suarez scores on a 55 yard run. Extra point fails making the score 19 – 12.

Halfway through the second quarter, Suarez scores again on a 62 yard run. PAT was no good. The score at halftime was 25 -12.

Fabian Suarez opens up the second half by racing 55 yards to the end zone. Extra point attempt was no good making the score 31 – 12.

At the five minute mark of the 4th quarter, Suarez scores on a 25 yard run. Extra point fails making the score 37 – 20.

With 2 minutes and 25 seconds left in the game, Suarez again adds to the Mountaineer score with a 60 yard scamper into the end zone. Extra point was good making the score 44 – 34.

With no time left on the clock, Colton Enriquez intercepts a Paint Rock pass and gallops into the end zone making the final score 50 – 34.

Score by Quarter
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Santa Anna 19 6 6 19
Paint Rock 12 0 8 0

The Mountaineers Overpower the Indians

In a dominating game where the defense didn’t allow a single yard, the Mountaineers flexed their muscle against the Paint Rock Indians. Freshman Jacob Herrod and senior Michael Valencia showed their speed and talent thanks to the great blocking up front. Michael Valencia threw for two touchdowns, ran for a touchdown, had a fumble recovery, and tallied five tackles that included a monster hit to the quarterback. Herrod ran the opening kick-off back for a touchdown, and ran two touchdowns (one for 70 yards). It was nice to see the Mountaineers regain their form and manhandle their opponent on both sides of the ball. Almost every player on the team had a touchdown. Jedidiah Herrod collected his third touchdown of the season on a 55 yard pass from Valencia. Colby Nelson recorded his first touchdown on a 20 yard pass from Valencia. Devan Denton ran a 3 yard touchdown, and Mr. Consistent, Lucas Diaz, had a 10 yard touchdown. Justin McElrath also had 3 extra points to add to the point total.

When asked about his team’s performance, coach Cameron Norris said, “We were a little more well-rounded team with almost everyone getting a touchdown. We were also more aggressive on defense and it paid off.”

1 2 3 4 Final
SA 27 28 / / 55
PR 0 0 / / 0

The Mountaineers will play the undefeated Mullin Bullldogs (3-0) in Mullin on Friday night at 7:30.

Santa Anna Jr High Rolls Past Paint Rock

In the first game of the new school year, the Santa Anna Jr. High football team took on The Paint Rock Indians in Santa Anna Thursday evening. On the opening play, The Indians kicked an on-side kick and recovered the ball. After that series, The Jr. Mountaineers opened up on the Indians and never looked back. The Mountaineers won the game 39 -13.

With 3 minutes and 46 seconds left in the first quarter, Hayden Anderson scooted 55 yards to pay dirt. Gabriel Armstrong ran the ball into the end zone for the extra point.

After the Indians fumbled the ball, D.J. Mattes recovered the ball for the Mountaineers and Gabriel Armstrong carried it 25 yards for the second touchdown. Extra point attempt was no good. This made the score 13 -0.

2 minutes and 26 seconds into the second quarter, Hayden Anderson galloped 12 yards into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game. Extra point attempt failed.

With 17 seconds left in the first half, Hayden Anderson intercepted an Indians pass and ran it 60 yards for his third touchdown of the evening. Gabriel Armstrong converted the extra point attempt, making the score 26 – 0.

With three minutes and 22 seconds into the third quarter, Gabriel Armstrong found pay dirt with a 17 yard scamper into the end zone. Extra point by Armstrong was good, making the score 33 – 6.

With 17 seconds left in the third quarter, D. J. Mattes returned a kickoff 40 yards. Extra point attempt was no good making the score 39 -13.

Game Stats
Rushing, Armstrong, 10 - 96 yds.
Anderson, 6 – 98 yds.
Tackles, Armstrong – 9
Anderson – 10
Lara – 3
Mattes - 12

Homecoming Dance

The Mountaineers Come Up Short

With an open date on Friday night, the Mountaineers decided to play one of the most feared teams in Six Man football, the Throckmorton Greyhounds. Even though the deck was stacked against them, the Mountaineers gave it a valiant effort on Friday night, but found themselves coming up short time after time. Even with great blocking by Lucas Diaz, Devan Denton, and Jed Herrod in the red zone, we were still unable to execute properly against the Greyhound defense, and could only come away with two touchdowns by Michael Valencia who had 14 rushes for 138 yards. The Greyhounds’ quarterback showed off his accuracy skills by hitting covered men for multiple deep touchdowns. The few bright spots on the Mountaineer defense were Colby Nelson who had eight tackles and Lucas Diaz who had four tackles. Although freshman Jacob Herrod didn’t run the ball very much, he did show that he could be effective against even the best of defenses. We will be seeing much more from him in the future.

This was a great test for the Mountaineers. The easy thing would have been to play yet another average team, but they challenged themselves and learned a lot about their weaknesses and strengths.

Thankfully, everyone came out healthy and ready to play next week. “We didn’t do as well as we had hoped”, said Coach Cameron Norris, “but we learned more playing Throckmorton than we would have ever learned playing anyone else. They are ranked number one for a reason!”

The Mountaineers will be playing a JV game on Thursday night in Santa Anna, and a varsity game on Friday night in Paint Rock.

1 2 3 4 Final
Throck 32 16 12 / 60
Santa Anna 7 6 0 / 13
M.Valencia-14 rushes for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. 2/8 for 30 yds and 1 INT
L. Diaz-6 rushes for 18 yards and 1 fumble
Jacob Herrod-2 rushes for 11 yards.

The Mighty Mountaineers Overpower Veribest

Coach Norris and his Mountaineers started the 2013 season with a bang. Their swarming defense held the Veribest Falcons to just 36 total yards, and one first down. Seniors Devan Denton and Michael Valencia led the defense with 9 and 8 tackles respectively. Jedediah Herrod had an interception for a touchdown and two deflections. After Fabian Suarez made a touchdown saving tackle on a kickoff, the Mountaineers showed some heart by keeping the Falcons out of the end zone on our own 5 yard line.

The offense picked up right where it left off last year. With great team blocking, Michael Valencia scored 3 rushing touchdowns on 181 yds, and threw for an 18 yard touchdown as well. Fullback Lucas Diaz played a solid game as well, and rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Jacob Herrod ended the game with a 60 yard rushing touchdown to defeat the Falcons 46-0.

“Overall, I thought we had great execution on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball”, said head coach Cameron Norris, “but we still need to get into game shape. Our blocking has come a long ways, but we must be more physical at the line of scrimmage.”

As of now, the Mountaineers have an open week on September 6 (due to Panther Creek not fielding a varsity team), but they are looking for an opponent. (Editors Note: I saw on the Santa Anna ISD Facebook page where the Santa Anna Mountaineers will face the Throckmorton Greyhounds in Throckmorton this Friday at 7:30PM)

Box Score:
1 2 3 4 Final
SA 26 14 6 / 46
VB 0 0 0 / 0

M. Valencia- Rushing: 11/181 yds 3 TD Passing: 1 for 3 – 18 yds 1TD, and 8 Tackles defensively

Lucas Diaz- Rushing: 6/72 yds 1 TD 4 tackles and 1 fumble recovery

Jed Herrod- 1 Interception for a TD

C. Nelson- 3 tackles and a fumble recovery

Big Smiles at SAISD

Texas Education Agency has published the 2013 state accountability system ratings for the school districts and campuses of Texas public schools. The ratings are issued in three categories: Met Standards, Met Alternative Standards, or Improvement Required. They are based on a system using four indicators to provide greater detail on the performance of the state’s schools. The four areas are:
• Student Achievement - a snapshot of student performance across all subjects on the STAAR tests.
• Student Progress – Growth or improvement evaluated by subject and student group independent of overall achievement levels.
• Closing Performance Gaps - improving academic achievement of the economically disadvantaged student group and the lowest performing race/ethnicity student groups at each campus or district.
• Postsecondary Readiness - Includes measures of high school completion and other components.

Districts and campuses with students in Grade 9 or above must meet targets on all four indexes. For those that achieve the rating of Met Standard, Distinction Designations may be earned in the following three areas have also been assigned: Top 25 Percent Student Progress; Academic Achievement in Reading/English language arts; and Academic Achievement in Mathematics.

At Santa Anna ISD all of the rated campuses met the performance standards except for the Early EE-12 special education campus, which was rated "Improvement Required", even though it served only two Santa Anna students and should have been in the Alternative Standards classification. Region XV support personnel are currently working to rectify the situation.

SAISD received the Met Standards rating district-wide. The High School campus and the Elementary campus also Met Standards, with the Secondary campus receiving a Distinction Designation in the Reading/Language Arts area.

“There is always room for improvement,” District Superintendent James Bible said. “We see improvement with our economically disadvantaged students and in our subgroups. But, overall, I am pleased with the results and feel like we’re headed in the right direction. This faculty is second to none in its efforts to provide our students with the best education available anywhere.”

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