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My computer has been acting up so I have been running a little behind. It is that time of the year when my hard drive starts filling up again and I have to delete some old stuff.

Friday Night Lights

The 2-3 Mountaineers will face the 3-2 Evant Elks in Evant this Friday September 30th.

The Mountaineers are picked by 45 points according to

Who the Elks have played:
Lost to Lingleville 28-41
Beat Cranfills Gap 46-0
Beat Gustine 46-0
Lost to Iredell 0-48
Beat Morgan 54-6

Santa Anna Mountaineers

The Santa Anna Mountaineers took on the Cherokee Indians before a Homecoming crowd and came out on top with a score of 110-84.

I took a lot of photos of the game and Homecoming activities, over 1000, which is why my computer's hard drive is full! Here are some of my favorites:

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

Homecoming Parade

My Homecoming Parade pictures came out really bad. I had left my camera set for taking night time game pictures and they are all washed out. I also did not make it to the pep rally. So here are some of my favorites from the parade.

See the 2016 Homecoming Parade photo album for the rest

Santa Anna ISD Football game 9/23

The Santa Anna Mountaineers pulled of an exciting homecoming win last Friday night against the Cherokee Indians with a score of 110-84. It seemed more like a track meet instead of a football game, with a score that big, but the mountaineers came out on top at the end of the game. Guy Watts scored 5 rushing td's and threw for 4 td's during the game. Carson Keeney had 3 td receptions. Jacob Herrod had 4 td's total in the game as well. Herrod was 7 for 14 on his extra points kicks. The half time score was 58-50 and with a few halftime adjustments SA was able to come out on top. The defense held the Indians to 34 second half points with great defensive stops by DJ Mattes, Joe McCall and the rest of the team. The team never stopped and kept going till the final whistle was blown.

Friday Night Lights

The Mountaineers will face the Cherokee Indians in Santa Anna this Friday September 23rd in a 2016 Homecoming game.

The 2-2 Indians are ranked 25th in Six-man Division II and 75th overall and the 1-3 Mountaineers are ranked 34th this week in Division I and 69th overall. The Mountaineers are picked by 3 points according to

Who the Indians have played:
Beat Medina 54-6
Beat Lometa 72-24
Lost to Eden 26-40
Lost to Jonesboro 13-78

I made it to the Zephyr game last week 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 Class of 1961 Homecoming Activies

Here are the times for events at Homecoming for The Class of 1961
2:00 - Homecoming Parade (we will NOT be riding in parade this year)
2:30 - Pep Rally
7:00 - Pre Game - Recognition of Ex Student of the year from the class of 1966
7:30 - Game SA vs. Cherokee
After game we will meet in the school library for snacks, drinks, and fellowship!
We will meet for the registration and coffee that begins at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria followed by the annual meeting at 10 a.m. in the High School auditorium. Hope to see all classmates there!
Lunch at Rockin'R-5 Steakhouse, then for those that would like we will return to the school library for more fellowship! Bring old photos, annuals, and any other memorabilia that you care to share.

Santa Anna HS Homecoming Nominees

Homecoming Festivities will be on 9/23/2016. Santa Anna High School Representatives for 2016 Homecoming are: Senior Queen Nominees: Alexis Washington, Shelbie Murray, Jaylie Jones, Taylor Guerrero Senior King Nominees: Blaine Beal, Guy Watts, Carson Keeney, Jacob Herrod

Santa Anna Homecoming September 23-24, 2016


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, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend the 2016 Santa Anna Homecoming activities on Friday, September 23, and the Ex Student’s Association annual meeting on Saturday morning, September 24.

This year the Santa Anna Ex Student Association will be honoring classes ending in a 6 with a special recognition to the SAHS class of 1966 celebrating their 50th year reunion, along with the Class of 1996 celebrating their 20th year. This year’s Homecoming Ex Student of the Year from the Class of 1966 is Lois Simmons Coppic who currently resides in San Angelo, Texas. The Coming Home Queen from the class of 1996 is Melonie Smith Bagby of Midlothian, Texas, and the Coming Home King from class of 1996 is Tim Perry of Santa Anna, Texas.

Friday, September 23, 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 Cherokee. 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 2016 Homecoming Queen.

Saturday, September 24, 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 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria followed by the annual meeting at 10 a.m. in the High School auditorium. Following the meeting, there will be a luncheon in the school cafeteria with proceeds going to student organizations.

There will also be a raffle for a chance a several prizes including a handmade quilt, and a quilt rack. Tickets are five dollars each or twenty dollars for five tickets. The drawings for prizes will be held at the annual business meeting on September 24th. If you would like any further information regarding Santa Anna Homecoming 2016, raffle, or any festivities and events related to, please contact us via email

Lois Simmons Coppic
2016 Ex-Student of the Year
Class of 1966

After spending her entire 12 years in Santa Anna schools, Lois graduated in 1966 in a class of 30 students. During her high school years, Lois was a member of the Beta Club, Future Teachers of America Club, Slide Rule Club, and co-captain of the Pep Squad. She was passionate about basketball, lettering all four years, and making the basketball All-District team her Junior and Senior years. She went to Region in UIL typewriting, won the Business Award her Junior & Senior years, the History Award her Senior Year, and DAR Good Citizen Award her Senior year.

Following graduation, Lois began work at Citizens National Bank to support her education at Howard Payne University, Brownwood. Along the way, her work site changed to 3M Company and Lois graduated in May, 1970 with a B.S. in Business Education and a minor in English, and was named Outstanding Student in Business Education. Lois was married in 1969 to Jerry Coppic for 19 years and they had 2 children: Mack and Leigh, along with 4 step-children, Lynn, Carrrie, Buddy and Julie. Lois has 4 grandchildren: MacKinley, Emily, Grace and Harper.

The teacher plan didn’t work out so well because she could not find a Business Education job within the Brownwood area. She worked 9 years at the Brownwood State School and 7 years with the law offices of Day, Nabers & Smith.

During that time period, Lois felt she needed to do more with her degree or get a different one, so in 1985 she got her second undergraduate degree from Howard Payne, a BBA in Accounting. In 1986, she began working for Abilene Chamber of Commerce and studying for the CPA Exam, becoming certified in November, 1986. While in Abilene, Lois completed her MBA at Hardin-Simmons University in December 1988. Lois moved to San Angelo in 1989 and began an accounting and inventory specialist career working for Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon) where she became Certified in Production & Inventory Management with APICS. She transferred to Arlington and worked for 2 different Johnson & Johnson facilities that closed their plants and left her seeking a job. She worked for Bell Helicopter before returning to San Angelo in 2006 to be employed with Conner Steel, who sold the facility to National Oilwell Varco (NOV) in 2011. She became the Plant Controller with NOV, and just this past February, National Oilwell Varco closed its plant in San Angelo, retiring Lois a little sooner than she had planned.

Lois loves making quilts and has a small quilting business that she has been involved with for 15 years. Her dog hobbies have been Border Collies since 1996. Lois has always loved to travel and has introduced her entire family to cruising, which she herself only discovered in 2011. Grace, her granddaughter, became her cruising buddy when she was 3 and the two of them recently got back from Europe doing a 10-day Mediterranean Cruise in June where they visited 5 countries. She has toured a lot of the 50 states, but not all. Those are on her “to-do” list, along with a “re-do” of Yellowstone National Park, and more cruises, of course!

Melonie Smith Bagby
2016 Coming Home Queen
Class of 1996

Melonie Smith Bagby class of 1996 is the daughter of Janice and Edwin Hipsher and Rondoe and Gloria Smith. She was born and raised in Coleman county as was most of her family. Janice was class of 69, Edwin was class of 55, Rondoe was Coleman class of 64 and Gloria was Mozell class of 63. She is the grandaughter of the late Claude and Opal Langford who both retired from Santa Anna ISD. Melonie is also the grandaughter of the late Jack and Elizabeth Keeney Smith of Coleman.

Melonie went to Howard Payne University and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She moved to Waxahachie where she taught high school math for 6 years. During that time she obtained a Masters degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M. Melonie then took a position at Midlothian High School where she is now in her 10th year. She teaches Algebra I, Dual Credit College Algebra and Statistics, and AP Statistics as well as serves as the Math department lead teacher and district mentor to new teachers. Melonie also currently works as an adjunct professor at Navarro College and Arlington Baptist College teaching summer and online classes.

In 2009 Melonie married James Bagby of Midlothian, they have two children, Kayla LeMond who will graduate from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in May with her Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Corbin Bagby who is a sophomore at Midlothian High School. Melonie and James reside in Midlothian and enjoy time with friends and family, watching their son Corbin play football, and going on vacations with their kids.

Timmy Perry
2016 Coming Home King
Class of 1996

Tim Perry is this year’s Coming Home King. Born in Chicago, Tim realized at an early age that big city life was not for him. He along with his parents made the move to Santa Anna where he began his education in the Santa Anna school system, graduating in the Class of 1996.

While in high school Tim played on the Varsity Football team and was very active in FFA where he served as an officer and participated in numerous stock shows. During his junior year, Tim and his buddies built a smoker as an ag project and immediately entered the local Funtier Day Bison Cook-off Contest. They didn’t win, but continued to enter cook-off contests all over the state and won every time. Because they were always competing with an older crowd, they became known as the Young Guns. Their reputation spread; three times, by invitation only, they were invited to the prestigious National Finals Barbeque Cook-off.

In 2000, Tim married the love of his life, the former Darla Jones, who is currently a teacher at Santa Anna Elementary. He worked at Superior Cable and Loadcraft before devoting himself full time to Young Guns Barbeque and Grill, located at the corner of Wallis Avenue and the Brady Highway. Tim is an active member in the First Baptist Church, the Santa Anna Youth Association, where he served as president for five years, and is a nine-year member of Booster Club. In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with family and friends and going to the lake. You’ll find him Thursdays through Saturdays at Young Guns, cooking on his smoker and training his and Darla’s three young guns—Dakota, Colton, and Jayton—to keep it going when he has to be away. Tim invites you all to come down and see him and eat some of the best barbeque in Central Texas.

Mountaineer Quilt

A Mountaineer Ex-student is making a Mountaineer quilt out of old SA t-shirts, to be raffled next spring. If you have any old t-shirts you no longer wear please bring them to Mr. Guthrie.

Mountaineer Football

The Santa Anna Mountaineers played a very close game against Robert Lee in Robert Lee and came out on top at the end by a score of 58-57.

This weeks game will be vs the (2-1) Zephyr Bulldogs in (1-2) Santa Anna with kickoff at 7:30.

The former district foe Bulldogs are ranked 7th and Santa Anna is 33rd is Division I Six-Man. The Bulldogs are favored by 45 points according to

Who they have played:
Beat Oakwood 58-30
Beat Granbury North Central Texas Academy 72-26
Lost to Richland Springs 6-52

Santa Anna ISD Cross Country Results

HS - total of 73 runners
Shelbie - 44th 17:45
Madison - 45th 17:47
Kloey - 51st 18:25
Marin - 54th 18:37
Laci - 61st 19:35
Katelynne - 65th 19:47

JH - total of 75 runners
Brooklyn - 6th 16:50
Hannah - 9th 17:27
Lisa Marie - 14th 18:43
Serenity - 16th 18:51
Mykayla - 22nd 20:20
Morgan - 40th 22:27

Mountaineer Football

The Santa Anna Mountaineers fell to Garden City last Friday by a score if 52-6.

The Mountaineers will travel again this week to Robert Lee. The 1-1 Robert Lee Steers are ranked 42nd in Division 1 and the 0-2 Mountaineers are ranked 40th.

The Mountaineers are favored by one point according to

Mountaineer Football

The Santa Anna Mountaineers fell to former district foe the May Tigers in the first game of 2016 by a score of 54-20.

This weeks game will be at Garden City and starts at 7:30.

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