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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

Game Score Reports

Thursday 9/24/15
Jr High and JV came up short last week, losing to Blanket.
Jr High score 40-19 ,JV score-42-6

Friday 9/25/15
Varsity had a great game with win over Blanket.
Varsity score- 63-14

Chanda Simmons Rice

Coming Home Queen Class of 1995


Chanda (Simmons) Rice was born in Coleman and was raised in Santa Anna all of her life. Her parents are Emmitt Simmons (class of 64) and Margaret Wells. She is the sister of Shane Simmons (class of 89). She was a member of the graduating class of 1995. During her time at SAHS, she was involved in several activities such as; UIL, sports, and annual staff.

After graduation she worked for several years at Bangs nursing home and Coleman County Medical Center as a unit clerk until she was able to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse. She graduated from Ranger Jr. College. She is an LVN for Coleman County Medical Center. Her passion is always been to take care of her patients. She is married to Jim Rice (class of 89 )and has two boys Trace ( a freshman ) and Trystan ( 6th grader) who both are proud Mountaineers at Santa Anna ISD. Along with being a full time nurse, she is kept busy with all of her activities of being a mom. Her hobbies are watching her boys in all the sports they participate in. She also enjoys cooking .She is an active member of the Santa Anna Youth League. She is honored to be representing the Class of 1995.

James Rendon
Coming Home King Class of 1995

James Rendon is the son of Becky Rendon and grandson to Carmen and the late Mauricio Rendon. He was born and raised in Santa Anna and was part of the 1995 graduating class of Santa Anna High School. He attended Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Mass Communications. In 2010, James furthered his education and obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.

James' professional career path has led to many great opportunities. James’ work history as an Online Business Manager for Dell Inc. and IT Project Manager with the state agency Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) have lead James to his recent position with the federal government. He is currently a Project Management Specialist supporting the Veterans Affairs in Austin TX. He is actively involved with his church in Austin by serving in various leadership roles and participates in ministry outreaches. James continues to stay involved in his community through his work as a youth sports coach, Boy Scouts of America adult leader, PTO member, and serving as his community’s HOA President.

James currently resides in Austin TX along with his wife of 17 years Trish. They have three children; Timothy Malachi, Elijah James, and Isabella Marie. James enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities, working on home improvement projects, camping, playing softball, and watching his kids sporting events. James has always acknowledged his hometown roots and cherish the memories with family and friends in Santa Anna.

SAHS Class of 1960

In conjunction with the annual Santa Anna High School homecoming, the Class of 1960 will meet Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm for its 55th class reunion . They will gather for a hamburger supper at the home of Eddie and Mary Ann Hartman at Lake Brownwood, Texas.

For additional information, contact Eddie at 325-636-3600.

Friday Night Lights

The Mountaineers will face the Blanket Tigers in Blanket this Friday September 25th.

The 0-4 Tigers are ranked 20th in Six-man Division II and 73rd overall and the 3-1 Mountaineers fell 9 spots to 27th this week in Division I and down 19 to 44th overall. The Mountaineers are picked by 18 points according to

Who the Tigers have played:
Lost to Mullin 45-68 (Santa Anna beat Mullin 108-96 in week 2)
Lost to Stephenville Faith 28-26
Lost to Gordon 40-29
Lost to May 51-6

The new Mountaineer run threw tunnel is really nice and the football filed is really looking great. I made it to the game and took a few photos and here are some of my favorites:

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

Santa Anna Library Silent Auction

The Santa Anna Library has discovered several copies of Beatrice Grady Gay's book "Into the Setting Sun".

A Silent Auction will be held the week of Santa Anna Homecoming. Dates will be Monday, September 28 through Saturday, October 3. Bids will be received at the library Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. A table will be set up at the Ex-Student's Association meeting on Saturday morning at the high school building.

The book being auctioned is one originally on the shelves of the Junior High at Santa Anna ISD. The checkout card is still in the book showing who had checked it. Mrs. Harris was the first to check it out with a number students over the years reading it.

Santa Anna ISD Homecoming Nominees

Queen Nominees are as follows: Abrianna Enriquez, Kassie Deleon, Breanna Fox, Stormy Holster

King Nominees are as follows: Colton Enriquez, Branson Keeney, Shane Myers, Jacob Gibson

Homecoming activities will be on October 2, 2015.

Meet at the Pole 9/23/2015

Santa Anna ISD- Meet you at the Pole! What a GREAT turn out. Thank you all for coming.

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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Santa Anna Homecoming October 2-3, 2015

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 2, 2015, and the Ex Student’s Association annual meeting on Saturday morning, October 3, 2015.

This year the Santa Anna Ex Student Association will be honoring classes ending in a 5 with a special recognition to the SAHS class of 1965 celebrating their 50th year reunion, along with the Class of 1995 celebrating their 20th year. This year’s Homecoming Ex Student of the Year from the Class of 1965 is Ruth Ann Walker McIver. The Coming Home Queen from the class of 1995 is Chanda Simmons Rice and the Coming Home King from class of 1995 is James Rendon.

Friday, October 2, 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 Eden Bulldogs. 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 2015 Homecoming Queen.

Saturday, October 3, 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. It will be a time of great fellowship, and a celebration of fond memories. 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 with proceeds from the luncheon going to support the Santa Anna Mountaineer Band.

The Ex Student’s Association is also looking for candidates to serve as officers for the upcoming terms. If you are interested, or if you would like any further information regarding Santa Anna Homecoming 2015, please contact us via email

1965 Ex-Student of the Year
Ruth Ann Walker McIver


It is with great joy that I can say I am the daughter of Alice Louise Hays Walker and Add T. Walker. They were such great parents and role models. As I look back over my early life in Santa Anna with them, I realize my childhood during the fifties and sixties was truly a blessed period of time. We grew up in a loving and safe environment. Many children today don't have that luxury.

I lost my dad in a fire truck accident in 1960. My mother was strong and reared us three children to be strong as well. Life went on. After graduation from high school, I went to Angelo State University for a year before transferring to Texas Tech University. I graduated from Texas Tech in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a Specialization in Reading.

That same year, I married the love of my first life, Joe Ed Wise, and we moved to Lamesa where he was the Assistant Agricultural Agent for Dawson County. We lived for fourteen years on the South Plains. The towns where we lived and worked were Crosbyton, Seminole, and back to Lamesa. My teaching career of thirty years began in Lamesa. Both of our sons, Brad and Nathan, were born in Lamesa. The weather was horrible on the Plains, but the people were awesome. Joe Ed and I enjoyed traveling to the mountains in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and New Mexico while living on the plains.

In 1982, we moved back home to Santa Anna where Joe Ed became part of the Santa Anna National Bank. Our son, Brad, was in fifth grade and became a Mountaineer and graduated SAHS in 1990. Nathan and I went to Brownwood to school because they had a school for the deaf. He graduated Brownwood High in 1995.

Life was busy with boys in different schools and different towns. Besides Joe Ed's work at the bank and me teaching school in Brownwood, we ran 1400 head of sheep, 100 head of goats, and 500 head of cattle. There were no weekends off. I look back now and wonder how we did it. But I know now that God provides everything I need to succeed at whatever I do.

He provides a way.

In 1989, we lost our dear and loving mother to a lengthy battle with cancer. I am so glad we had moved back so I could be with her during this time.

In 1993, Joe Ed and I bought the Santa Anna National Bank from Dr. Wesley Wise.

In 1994, my dear grandmother, Lela Hays, who was like a parent, passed away. She was "spunky" and fun to be around.

In November, 1999, Joe Ed was diagnosed with Renal Cell Kidney cancer. His kidney was removed, but six months later the cancer had spread to his lungs. He chose to go to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda for a mini-cell transplant. He was patient number 31 in the protocol. Everything they told us might go wrong went wrong two or three times.

He passed away August 16, 2002. We had just gotten back from our last trip to the mountains in New Mexico.

It was time now for me to put on "my big girl boots". I had retired that year to stay home and take care of Joe Ed. He had always told me to sell the bank when he passed away. I just could not make myself do it. The bank is the hub of our community. It was a good decision not to sell it.

I went back to teaching where I taught before at the Brownwood Intermediate School. I continued to teach fifth grade reading until I retired in 2006 for the final time.

September 9, 2006, I married Terry McIver, the love of my last life. God truly blessed me with 2 good men in my life. Terry and I rode the Trickham bus together when I was in the first grade. My family lived on the Hays Ranch at the time in the Trickham community. Who knew we would be driving down the Trickham Road together in years to come as man and wife!! In 2009, my wonderful, sweet baby sister Boots passed away suddenly. Her death was such a shock for Jackie and me.

Terry and I are blessed with grandchildren. He has 9 and I have 5 granddaughters and 1 grandson. This little grandson is the only boy on either side of his family. Sooo, you can imagine how spoiled he is. We are kept busy with grandchildren activities all the time. They are such a joy and a pleasure. In fact, I have three 5" generation grandchildren going to the Santa Anna schools today.

We grandparents have the privilege of teaching a Bible Study group at the Feed Store Church. The children range in ages between fourth and sixth grade. They are truly a joy for us. They probably think of us as grandparents as well.

Terry and I just got back from a wonderful trip to Glacier Park and visiting with friends in Montana. The cool weather was wonderful, and the sites were breath-taking. One tidbit of wisdom - By the time people are our age, we have all suffered through painful situations. However, I've discovered my pain is always overcome by the sustaining power of God in my life. I give Him the glory.

Santa Anna Football Recap

JH game was tough one.... Jayton Perry had the only score of the game for the Mountaineers, and we were just out sized and could not match their speed. We did some good things on offense and defense, just not enough to pull out the win...we lost 41-6

In what started out as a good game, Santa Anna was staying right with Rochelle, until the second quarter started. The score at the end of the 1st quarter was 20-22 Rochelle. We only had a total of 177 yards on offense and against a good team like Rochelle, that's not enough to get the win. Jacob Herrod was 4 for 9 passing for 81 yards and 1 TD, Gabriel Armstrong went 3 for 4 for 30 yards and 1 TD. Rushing we had Jacob 4 for 53 yards and 1 TD and Guy Watts had 2 for 14, and he had a long TD reception for 60 yards. Leading the defense was Jacob Gibson with 5.5 tackles, and 4 assists and Gabriel had 4 and 3 assists. Final score was 20 - 68 Rochelle.

Santa Anna Youth Football Recap

Santa Anna Mountaineers hosted the area Pee Wee football games this weekend on the Santa Anna High School Football field. Schools represented were Eden, Brookesmith, Rochelle, Richland Springs and Santa Anna. Games were in play from 9:00 – 5:00 on Saturday. All Santa Anna Mountaineer teams played the Rochelle Hornets.

Santa Anna Mountaineer Flag Team won their game as time expired when player Brock Brown pulled the final flag preventing the opponent a winning touchdown. Final score for the game was 38-34. Coach Dominique Diggs said,” Awesome game today! We won to stay undefeated (2-0). Behind Jordan Diggs’ 6 touchdowns, a 2 point conversion added by Brock Brown, and a Santa Anna Flag team determined to win, they battled back from behind and got that “W.’” We are some proud coaches today!”

The 3rd/4th Grade Tackle team and the 5th/6th Grade Tackle team both played really tough games losing to the Rochelle Hornets in the final seconds. Otillio Padilla and Devan Ray led the way offensively for 3rd/4th. Jacob Jimemz, Aaron Donham and Trystan Rice led offensively for the 5th/6th. Final Scores were 20-27 for 3rd/4th and 20-26 for 5th/6th.

Coach Calvin Brown said, “We played a great first half. We just need to finish it.

Coaches for the Santa Anna Mountaineer teams are David Herrod, Dominique Diggs, Calvin Brown and Derek Ray.

The Santa Anna Youth League would like to thank all of those who volunteered. Your help made Saturday’s event possible.

Santa Anna JV Football vs Panther Creek

Game notes: Boys trailed most the game and had some crucial stops throughout the game on defense. One major stop was in the closing seconds of the first half. PC had the ball on the 1 yard line and had 3 plays to score but never got across the goal line. The second stop came with about 1 minute left in the game at mid field. They held PC when they went for it on 4th down. After the turn over on downs, Blaine Beal scored from with a 50 yard rushing TD and converted the PAT. PC had all 3 of their time outs and passed their way down field. The game was decided in the final seconds as SA’s defense held up stopping PC all 4 downs as they had the ball with first and goal and three timeouts. The game came to an end as Brian Castruita knocked down the game tying touchdown pass that sealed the game for SA. They boys fought hard the whole game and had key plays from all 10 players. Touchdowns were spread throughout the team; scoring for the Mountaineers were: Blaine Beal, Hayden Anderson and Brian Castruita.

Friday Night Lights

The Mountaineers will face the Rochelle Hornets in Santa Anna this Friday September 18th.

The 1-2 Hornets are ranked 5th in Six-man Division I and 7th overall and the 3-0 Mountaineers are back up one spot this week to 18th in Division I and up three to 25th overall. The Hornets are picked by 27 points according to but the Mountaineers are my favorite.

Who the Hornets have played:
Lost to Richland Springs 34-70
Beat Strawn 54-8
Beat Mullin 66-20 (Santa Anna Beat Mullin 108-96 in Week 2)

Well I am still having some computer problems (my hard drive is full of football pictures!) and will try to get the Mullin game photos up this next week. But I did get the Brookesmith game up and here are some of my favorites:

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

Santa Anna ACE upcoming events

Calendar of upcoming events for ACE.

Fields of Faith


Santa Anna ISD Calendar

Calendar of upcoming events @ Santa Anna ISD.

See You at the Pole

F.C.A. would like to invite and encourage all students at Santa Anna Secondary to participate with them at See you at the Pole on Wed 9/23/2015 @7:30 am.

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."

Cross Country Santa Anna ISD

Santa Anna ISD Participated in the Coleman Cross Country meet Monday 9/14/2015. DJ Mattes placed 15 of 85, top 50% and brought home a medal. Proud of the Mountaineers and their efforts in preparing for the district meet.

The Santa Anna Lady Mountaineers competed in a Cross Country meet in Coleman yesterday. Although they did not walk away with any medals, both the high school and junior high girls did a great job! There was a tremendous amount of competition, and as their coach (Lishka), I am proud of what they accomplished.

Santa Anna Mountaineers

Santa Anna Varsity Football win over Brookesmith 54-6. Record 3-0.

These young men made some great plays, they are working hard and improving each week. Super proud of the Mountaineers.

Jacob Herrod - 7 for 132 and 2 TD's
Gabriel Armstrong - 5 - 73 and 1 TD

Guy Watts - 5-7 for 112 and 2 TD's
Jacob Herrod - 1 -2 for 67

Jacob Gibson - 2-86

Jacob Gibson - 11
Gabriel Armstrong - 8

Jacob Gibson

Mountaineer Defense

Santa Anna Jr High and JV

Game reports for 9/10/2015
JH high - score 32-25 Santa Anna wins over Brookesmith Mustangs Jaxon Diggs scored two time in the season opener in Brookesmith last Thursday to get the Santa Anna JH football team its first win of the season. Cody Roberston led the defense with 7 tackles.

JV- Santa Anna JV traveled to Robert Lee fell short with a loss 45-34.
Scoring for the Mountaineers:
Blaine Beal
Brian Castruita
Hayden Anderson

Santa Anna Youth League Football

September 14, 2015

Santa Anna Mountaineers Youth League opened the football season, Saturday, September 12 with a Flag Team 28-24 win over Strawn. Coaches for the team are David Herrod and Dominique Diggs. Games were played throughout the day in Rising Star. The Third and Fourth Grade Tackle Team lost 14-0 to the May Tigers. Coaches for the team are Derek Ray and Calvin Brown. Additionally, Fifth and Sixth Grade Tackle suffered a 34-0 loss to the May Tigers. Coaches for the team are Calvin Brown and Derek Ray.

Friday Night Lights

The Mountaineers will face the Brookesmith Mustangs in Santa Anna this Friday September 11th. There is apparently a shortage of referees and the game time has changed to 6:00 PM according to the school's website football schedule.

The Mustangs are ranked 55th in Six-man Division II and 159th overall and the Mountaineers are ranked 19th in Division I dropping one spot this week and 28th overall. The Mountaineers are favored by 45 points according to

Who the Mustangs have played:
Beat Gustine 56-6
Lost to Moran 52-63

Santa Anna Mountaineers

The Santa Anna Mountaineers defeated the Mullin Bulldogs last Friday September 4th by a score of 108-96. That is a football score, not basketball. The never ending game finally ended at 11:15 PM.

I had a little computer trouble and will post the nearly 1000 photos a little later.

Friday Night Lights

The Mountaineers will face the Mullin Bulldogs this Friday September 4th in Mullin with kickoff at 7:30.

The Bulldogs are ranked 13th and 38th overall in Six-man Division II and the Mountaineers are ranked 18th in Division I and 28th overall. The Mountaineers are favored by 5 points according to

Who they have played:
Beat Blanket 68-45 (Santa Anna will face Blanket in Week 5)

The Santa Anna Mountaineers took on the Witharral Panthers in last Friday's Game at the Zephyr Bulldog Bonanza. The Mountaineers won 61-14 and looked real good.

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

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

Santa Anna Mountaineers

The Santa Anna Mountaineers took on the Witharral Panthers in the Zephyr Bulldog Bonanza last Friday and came home with the 61-14 Mountaineer victory sending the Panthers on the long road home to far West Texas.

This week the Mountaineers will take on the Mullin Bulldogs this Friday September 4th in Mullin at 7:30 PM. This week the JV plays Zephyr this Thursday September 3rd in Zephyr at 6:00 PM according to the SAISD Sports page football schedule.

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