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Mountaineers Battle Tigers

In a seesaw battle Friday night against the Blanket Tigers, Santa Anna came out on top 58-42 for a homecoming victory. Jacob Herrod led the way offensively with 275 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns, and 121 yards passing for one touchdown.

Several Mountaineers held their own on defense including Colton Enriquez with 15 tackles, Colby Nelson adding 14 tackles, Gabriel Armstrong and D.J. Mattes 11 tackles a piece, followed by Lucas Diaz with 10 tackles plus 1 rushing touchdown. Jacob Gibson had 2 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Last, but not least, Slater Isbell blocked a PAT attempt.

Coach Norris said, “These are the kind of games that we need to prepare for our district opponents”.

Next up, the Mountaineers travel to Eden to play the Bulldogs on Friday, October 3.

2014 Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

The float and car winners were:
1st-5th grade
2nd-3rd grade
3rd-4th grade

1st-Briannah Sosa
2nd-Jordan Deleon
3rd-Erika Neville

See the Parade and Pep Rally Photo Album for the rest.

Santa Anna JV team defeats Zephyr

Santa Anna JV team beat Zephyr at Brownwood Victory Life Stadium Thursday night by a score for 35-32.

Scoring for Santa Anna, Luis Olguin two touchdowns, Ryan Walters interception for a touchdown, Guys Watts three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing). Several big hits and caused fumbles on the night. Mateo Lara recovered one fumble and Guy Watts had two recoveries.

We are getting better each week, still lots of little mistake but things that we can work on.

Jr. High Mountaineers fall to Blanket

Jr. High Mountaineers lost 20-47 in Blanket Thursday.

Scoring for Santa Anna was Alex Crowder two touchdowns and Jayton Perry one touchdown. One extra point scored by Alex Crowder pass to Will Eddleman. DJ DeLeon recovered a fumble on Blankets one yard line.

Team size and speed might have been the difference in this contest. Next will be Eden here next Thursday.

Mountaineers to Face Tigers

After last Friday's 44-36 win over the Rochelle Hornets the 3-1 Santa Anna Mountaineers will face the Blanket Tigers on Friday September 26th in a Mountaineer Homecoming game.

The 1-3 Tigers are ranked 21st in Division II and 69th overall and the Mountaineers stayed at 32nd in Division I and fell from 50th to 54th overall. The Mountaineers are favored by 14 points according to

Who they have played:
Beat Chilicothe 54-40
Lost to Stephenville Faith 22-60
Lost to Gordon 0-48
Lost to May 6-46

I made it to the Rochelle game, took a few shots from the stands, and here are some of my favorites:

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

Speed the Light 550

18 Youth Pastors and Leaders from North Texas are cycling 550 miles across the state to raise money and awareness for Speed the Light, a non-profit missions organization. Speed the Light (STL) is a student-initiated, volunteer, charitable program that provides transportation and communication equipment to missionaries in the U.S. and over 180 countries. Since its beginning, STL has raised over $253 million for missionary equipment. Students and leaders have accepted a great responsibility to voluntarily sacrifice and raise funds to purchase the equipment. STL operates with one guiding principle: All assistance must go to purchase equipment directly related to sharing the message of the Gospel of Jesus. For more information on Speed the light go to

These Youth Pastors and Leaders started in Maypearl, Texas and will be riding through Stephenville, Brownwood, San Angelo, Abilene, back through Maypearl, Athens, Longview, and finally end in Mineola 9 days later. Each YP/Leader has raised a minimum of $1,000 to be able to participate in the ride. This is serving as a personal example to the students that they lead that they will lead the way in giving to missions. Each one of these YP/Leaders are saying, “I will ride so missionaries can drive.” The funds raised will go to fund four vehicles for missionary families that have been on the field since June 2014 or will be making the transition to the field by the end of December. These 4 projects represent $150,000 of our organizations $1,000,000 requested equipment list. To follow along with the cyclist you can follow them on instagram or twitter @stl550 or search using #STL550. You can also support the cyclist through your giving. Go to to give to meet the needs of these missionaries. If you see them on the road make sure to wave and tag them in your photos posted to your social media accounts using the hashtag #STL550.


We will be riding from Maypearl to Granbury on the 26th, Granbury to Brownwood on the 27th, Brownwood to San Angelo on the 28th, San Angelo to Abilene on the 29th, Abilene to Stephenville on the 30th, Stephenville to Maypearl on the 1st, Maypearl to Athens on the 2nd, Athens to Longview on the 3rd, and Longview to Mineola on the 4th to conclude the trip.

Santa Anna Mountaineers

The Santa Anna Mountaineers came away with a 44-36 victory in the Mud Bowl in Rochelle, Texas Friday night. Great blocking and excellent ball control led to scores on their first seven possessions of the game, as well as four first half forced turnover by Rochelle created a 44-20 lead at halftime. Deteriorated conditions on the field and some questionable calls made the game pretty tight coming down to the end. One final first down by Jacob Herrod led to the Mountaineers downing the last few plays for the victory.

“Great effort on both sides of the ball, no selfishness, and no turnovers were the keys to victory tonight”, said Coach Norris. Next game will be the Mountaineers homecoming against the Blanket Tigers on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Box Score:
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
SA 26 18 0 0 44
Rochelle 6 14 8 8 36

Jacob Herrod: 17 rushes for 161 yards and 2 TD as well as 9 tackles
Lucas Diaz: 6 rushes for 58 yards for 1 TD, 8 tackles, and 2 fumble recoveries
Colby Nelson: 11 Rushes for 48 yards and 2 TD and 8 tackles
Jed Herrod: 5 rushes for 24 yards and an interception as well as 1 31 yd reception TD
Colton Enriquez had 11 tackles and 1 fumble recovery

Santa Anna Homecoming September 26-27

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 26, 2014, and the Ex Student’s Association annual meeting on Saturday morning, September 27, 2014.

This year the Santa Anna Ex Student Association will be honoring classes ending in a 4 with a special recognition to the SAHS class of 1964 celebrating their 50th year reunion, and the Class of 1994 celebrating their 20th year. This year’s Homecoming Ex Student of the Year from the Class of 1964 is Earla Buse Pallette. The Coming Home Queen from the class of 1994 is Lana Harvey Humphreys and the Coming Home King from class of 1994 is Mitchell Guthrie.

Friday, September 26, 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 Blanket Tigers. 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 2014 Homecoming Queen.

Saturday, September 27, the Santa Anna Ex Student Association’s activities include the annual business meeting and recognition of classes. The Ex-Student of the year will again be honored, as well as the Coming Home King and Queen. This year there will be a special recognition for Mr. Rodney Dean for his 30 years of service on the Santa Anna school board, with 18 of those years serving as President. Donations will be collected for the Ex-Student’s scholarship fund, and a special donation will be set up to collect funds to erect a sign in memory of the late Coach R.C. Smith for his lifetime of service to the Santa Anna school district. 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 BBQ luncheon in the school cafeteria. Cost will be 8 dollars per plate, and proceeds from the luncheon will go to support the Santa Anna Mountaineer Band.

For additional information please email

Earla Buse Pallette
Ex- Student of the Year, Class of 1964


After graduation, Earla went to work as a billing clerk at Weakley-Watson in Brownwood while attending Howard Payne. She graduated in 1969 with a BS degree in General Business and Physical Education. While she was attending Howard Payne, she met and married the love of her life and continued her career at Weakley-Watson until 1981. After a few months with General Telephone, Earla worked six years with the Jack Carlson Co. as a purchasing agent. In 1987 she went to work at the Texas Dept. of Transportation in the warehouse, loading and unloading trucks and working with inventory control. After several years she had the opportunity to become a purchasing agent for the State. After written and oral exams Earla obtained state and national certification as a public purchaser and a public purchasing manager. Earla retired in 2008 as the Purchasing and Materials Manager and Facilities Manager for the nine county Brownwood district.

After losing her husband to cancer in 1994, Earla self-published a book detailing her journey of grief in hopes of helping others. A cancer survivor herself, she is an active member of the First Baptist Church in May where she currently serves as the church secretary, and as a member of several committees. She is also on the Board of Directors of the May Cemetery Association serving as treasurer of the organization and is a lifetime member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

Earla has one son, Tim and his wife Holly and they have blessed her with three adorable grandchildren, Ethan, Eli and Everlee. They all currently live in the Owens community.

Lana Harvey Humphreys
Santa Anna Coming Home Queen, Class of 1994

Lana Harvey Humphreys is a 1994 graduate of Santa Anna High School. She is the daughter of Roy Joe Harvey and the late Katy Harvey.

After graduation, Lana moved to San Angelo to attend Angelo State University where she later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

In 2000 she married Kip Humphreys of Levelland, Tx. Lana worked for a short time at Verizon Telecommunications before returning to Angelo State to pursue a nursing degree.

Lana and her husband Kip have one son, Landon Joe, who is 9 years old and the joy of their life. Lana currently works as a registered nurse for San Angelo Community Medical Center. She and her husband currently live in San Angelo where they own and operate Nature's Touch a local health food and vitamin store.

Lana has many fond and fun memories of Santa Anna and will always consider herself a Mighty Mountaineer!

Mitchell Guthrie
Santa Anna Coming Home King, Class of 1994

Mitchell is the son of Montie and Sandra Guthrie of Santa Anna.

Upon graduating as the salutatorian, Mitchell went to college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. While there, Mitchell studied computer programming and worked for the college in their IT department.

Leaving college shortly after his third year, Mitchell did a brief tour in Midland working in the petroleum industry before moving on to San Angelo where he worked for the Region 15 Education Service Center's IT department.

After many rewarding years there, Mitchell decided to look for greener pastures in the Dallas area where he currently resides today.


Tex Wright reports 2.3 inches of rain on Thursday, September 18th.

Mountaineers to Rochelle

After last Friday's 54-0 win over the Brookesmith Mustangs the 2-1 Santa Anna Mountaineers will travel to Rochelle to face the 0-3 Hornets on Friday September 19th.

The 0-3 Rochelle Hornets are ranked 32nd in Division I and 57th overall and the Mountaineers moved up from 32nd to 28th in Division I and from 58th to 50th overall. The Mountaineers are favored by 6 points according to

Who they have played:
Lost to Richland Springs 22-74
Lost to Strawn 60-80
Lost to Mullin 52-80 (Santa Anna Beat Mullin 44-38 in Week 2

I made it to the game, took a few shots from the stands, and here are some of my favorites:

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

Bangs Nursing Home Taking Applications

Bangs Nursing Home is currently taking applications for LVN's and CNA positions. All are 12 hours shifts.

Must be dependable and have reliable transportation and must be able to pass a background and drug screen.

Applications can be completed online at If you need assistance in filling out the application, come by 1105 E Fitzgerald, Bangs, TX and someone will assist you.

Bangs Nursing Home : A Small Home with a Big Heart!

The Mountaineers Dominate the Mustangs

The Santa Anna Mountaineers came ready to play Friday night in Brookesmith, Texas with a convincing 54-0 victory which ended at halftime. The Mountaineers were just too athletic for the Mustangs, scoring at will.

Most of the starters scored a touchdown with the backups getting many touches as well.

Coach Cameron Norris said, “We will enjoy this win, but we know that we must get better every week if we want to advance into the playoffs this year. Easy wins are great, but challenging games (win or lose) are where you learn and get better.”

Their next opponent will be the very tough Rochelle Hornets in Rochelle on Friday, September 19 at 7:30.

Box Score:
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
SA 52 2 54
BSmith 0 0 0

Jacob Herrod-2 rushes for 60 yards and 2 TD Lucas Diaz- 2 rushes 75 yards and 2 TD Colby Nelson-INT for a TD Colton Enriquez-1 rush for 16 yards and a TD; 6/6 Extra Points with 6 tackles

Homecoming Nominees for Santa Anna ISD


Queen Nominees are:
Taylor Hogue
Erica Neville
Jordan Deleon
Briannah Sosa

King Nominees are:
Colby Nelson
Slater Isbell
Jedidiah Herrod
Lucas Diaz

Mountaineers to Brookesmith

After last Friday's 44-38 win over the Mullin Bulldogs the 1-1 Santa Anna Mountaineers will travel to Brookesmith to face the 0-2 Mustangs on Friday September 12th.

The 0-2 Mustangs are ranked 61st in Division II and 208th overall and the Mountaineers are ranked 32nd in Division I and 58th overall according to

Who they have played:
Lost to Moran 51-45
Lost to Gustine 46-41

I made it to the Mullin game and took over 500 photos and here are some of my favorites:

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

The Mountaineers Show Great Fortitude in Victory

The Mountaineers came out running the ball well Friday night against the Mullin Bulldogs. In a tight game of 6-14, the Mountaineers were ready to tie the game, but fumbled the ball on the one yard line and Mullin returned it 79 yards for a TD making the score 6-22 at half. Giving up 16 points in the third quarter to Mullin’s great offense brought the score to 20-38 going into the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers came together and shut out the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter and scored 24 unanswered points for an amazing comeback win!

The Mountaineers travel to Brookesmith next Friday night and play at 7:30. We hope to see everyone there.

Jacob Herrod- 19 rushes for 159 yards and 3 TD, 5/9 passing for 116 yards and 1 TD and added 12 tackles Lucas Diaz-12 rushes for 113 yards for 2 TD and 11 tackles Colby Nelson-3 receptions for 103 yards and 1 TD with 8 tackles

Box Score:
1 2 3 4 Final
SA 6 0 14 24 44
Mullin 0 22 16 0 38

Santa Anna Mountaineers Fall in Opener to the Meadow Broncos

Four first quarter turnovers, plus two others, led to a 14-46 loss to a very physical Meadow Bronco football team in the Zephyr Bonanza Classic. A lack of continuous blocking, plus turnovers, resulted in the Mountaineers playing defense much of the night.

Two missed early opportunities to score took away any chance the Mountaineers had of catching the Broncos. It seemed that the Mountaineers could never catch their second wind.

Coach Norris felt that the effort wasn’t bad, they just didn’t finish the plays on either side of the ball. He said, “We will take this game and learn a lot from it”.

The Mountaineers were led by Sophomore Jacob Herrod rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown. He also ran a kickoff back for another touchdown. The leading tackler for the Mountaineers was also Jacob Herrod with 13 tackles and one fumble recovery. Colby Nelson added eight solo tackles.

Next for the young Mountaineers will be the very talented Mullin Bulldogs at 7:30 Friday in Santa Anna.

Box Score:
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
SA 0 6 8 0 14
Meadow 20 6 12 8 46

Blood drive in Coleman on September 4

News Release
All blood types needed

A community blood drive will be held at the Senior Citizens Center in Coleman on Thursday, September 4. The Meek Blood Center bloodmobile will accept donations from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. A record thirty five donors participated in the blood drive that took place on July 10.

“We are asking donors to please remember that the need for blood is constant. Even the regular of blood donors get busy in the summer with vacations and other activities and forget to donate blood. Blood donation only takes about an hour, and that hour could give someone else a lifetime,” said Frances Baker, donor recruiter for Meek Blood Center.

Changes have been made to streamline the screening process and some previous restrictions regarding medical conditions and medications have been lifted. Those who have eligibility questions can speak with the Meek Blood Center supervisor at 325-670-2880.

Each donor will receive a T-shirt and a complimentary total cholesterol test.

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