East All Stars Get Boost From Tornillo's Elias, Clint's Parra
Guys like Tornillo High School's Isaac Elias and Clint's Rolando Parra are what the Senior Showcase weekend is all about. Honoring the student athlete who excels on and off the football field, and come Friday, both will get a rare opportunity to showcase their talents in front of college scouts. Most scouts do not make it to the 2A and 3A High School Football games, so both are very aware and appreciative of what the Senior Showcase is bringing them.
Clint's Rolando Parra said, "It's just an opportunity of a lifetime, I have always wanted to be a part of this family, the Senior All-Star game, and it's been a dream. I thank God I have accomplished it." Elias likes the competition against the bigger schools. "High skill you know. It's no different in Tornillo, but it's more intense over here, the practices are pretty intense, we go all out you know."
Senior football players from the 33 El Paso County high schools take part in an exciting football combine and football game highlighted with a spectacular pre-game and dazzling halftime festivities which include outstanding football players, cheerleaders, band members, dance/drill teams, ROTC cadets, and choir members. The Senior All Star Football Classic is supported by a dedicated all volunteer committee, coaching staff, and generous sponsors. All proceeds from the game go directly back to the seniors in the form of scholarships. El Paso graduating seniors have been awarded 530 scholarships totaling $403,500!
1st ANNUAL EL PASO SENIOR ALL STAR COMBINE
WHERE: Socorro SAC
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 16, 2011
TIME: 3:30 – 8:00 pm
REGISTRATION FEE: Free
REGISTER: By Dec. 2, 2011 at www.tinyurl.com/elpasofootball
ABOUT THE COMBINE:
Limited to high school seniors, all participants must have a recorded SAT or ACT score prior to the combine and meet one of the three criteria: Minimum SAT of 800 or ACT of 16, GPA of 2.5 or higher, or in the top one half of their graduating class. Officials from Division II, Division III and NAIA universities from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, California, and Arkansas will be represented. Seniors will be measured in the 40 yard dash, bench press, vertical leap measurement, and 30 yard shuttle.
20h ANNUAL SENIOR ALL STAR FOOTBALL CLASSIC
WHERE: Sun Bowl Stadium, UTEP
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011
PRE-GAME: 12:35 pm
KICK OFF: 1:05 pm
ABOUT THE GAME:
PRE GAME FESTIVITIES: Senior JROTC Cadets present colors. Parkland High School choir will sing “The National Anthem.” Player introductions will begin at approximately 12:50 pm.
PROMOTION: First 1,000 fans will receive a free All Star thunder stix courtesy of Nationwide Insurance.
ALL STAR ALUMNI: Former athletes that participated in the All Star Football Classic the past 19 years will be invited onto the field to participate in pre-game activities. Players will receive a free ticket and should wear their All Star jersey and report to the tunnel by Noon. Alumni can submit their updated contact information to Justin Pretiger at 204-2557.
LIVE RADIO BROADCAST: Live broadcast with on KROD AM 600.
PARKING/TAILGATING: South Tunnel parking (A-3) and Press Box Parking by permit only. Handicap parking in Press Box lot. No restrictions on tailgating. Parking is free in the south parking garage off Sun Bowl Drive.
ABOUT THE TEAMS:
WEST HEAD COACH: Mike Jackson – former All Star defensive coordinator, head football coach at Mountain View HS and coaching stints at Irvin HS in baseball and football, three year letterman in football at Morehead State University, KY. Third year as West head coach.
EAST HEAD COACH: Phil Hatch – current athletic administrator, former high school principal, former coach at Jefferson and Bowie High School, fullback for UTEP Miners. Eighteenth year as head coach, 5 years as West coach, 13 as East coach.
ALL STAR TEAM: Ninety two football players from across El Paso county have been selected by the All Star selection committee to participate in the game. Each team holds practices for two weeks prior to the game and receives a commemorative All Star jersey.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Each team practices from December 5 – 15. West practices are held at Franklin High School from 6 – 8 pm. East practices are held at Socorro ISD SAC from 6 – 8:30 pm. Final practices are held at the Sun Bowl on Dec. 13 (East), Dec. 14 (West), and Dec. 15 (both east and west).
MEDIA DAY: All Star players will be available for interviews or photos on Saturday, December 10, 2011. Players from both East and West will be available from 1:00 - 2:00 pm for interviews.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS: MVP trophies awarded to an outstanding offensive and defensive player selected from the West team AND East Team immediately following the game. One player from each team will be awarded the “Hut Brown Leadership Award” and “Edd Fifer Courage Award.” Fans will be invited on to the field for autographs following the MVP announcement.
PRE GAME: $6 per person. Tickets available at all First National Bank branches and all area high schools. Children 6 and under free.
GAME DAY: $8 per person at North, South, and Press Box ticket booths
TICKET BOOTHS & GATES OPEN: 11:30 am