What Up in Sports
Family comes first for Ursula Pari who has been anchoring the 10 p.m. newscast on KSAT-12 for some time. As of November 30, she will no longer anchor the 10 p.m. slot but will continue, doing the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. Ursula made the on air announcement on Wednesday night explaining that she wants to spend more time with her children.
Isis Romero will be taking her place on the 10 p.m. newscast. Isis popularity has grown since she joined KSAT in June 2010.
TV anchor/reporter, Isis Romero joined KSAT-12 in June 2010 after working for KSAZ-TV in Phoenix, Arizona. Isis can be seen all over the news channel at KSAT. Isis has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas in Austin and is married. Things look favorable for this rising news personality that calls Robstown home. She has also worked in news broadcasting at KZTV in Corpus Christi. Aside from broadcasting, Isis holds a license in real estate.
Sarah Forgany, reporter for KENS 5 came to San Antonio in April 2010 and has received several Associated Press awards for her reporting. Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, she received her journalism degree from the University of Houston and has worked in Louisiana and Houston. Sarah was recently given a co-anchor position with Fred Lozano doing morning news.
Delaine Mathieu is doing great with much more broadcast time on News 4 and many hope she continues. Delaine is half Venezuelan and an Emmy award winner for her investigative reporting. She also works out and is a runner.
Beautiful and talented Sarah Lucero from Ken 5 continues to built on her growing popularity both on and off the evening news in San Antonio.
Deborah Knapp is a seasoned television news reporter that also anchors KENS-TV afternoon news cast and has received countless awards for her work.
Eagle Pass Eagles defeat Brownsville Hanna High
May 11, 2013
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LADY EAGLES Area Champions
Demolish BROWNSVILLE PORTER in Two
Will face San Benito in Regional Quarterfinals
By: Conrado Perez, Jr. – Eagle Pass Sports Central
“Your best and only source for local sports news in Eagle Pass”
SAN ANTONIO - The 2013 District 29-5A and bi-district champion Eagle Pass Lady Eagles’ varsity softball squad ventured to San Antonio, Texas on Friday, May 3, 2013 to open their quest for the UIL Region IV area softball championship in a best two out of three series against the Brownsville Porter Lady Cowgirls at the Sand Antonio ISD Spring Sports Softball Complex. The powerful and highly talented Eagle Pass Lady Eagles captured the coveted Region IV area championship title in a dominating two game sweep of the Brownsville Porter Cowgirls by the scores of 10 to 3 and 8 to 2 respectively. The Lady Eagles now advance to the UIL Region IV State Quarterfinals round where they will square off against their old nemesis the San Benito Lady Hounds with date(s), site(s) and time(s) yet to be determined. The two victories propels the Lady Eagles to an impressive all time best season record of 28 wins with only 6 losses bettering the previous mark of 28-8 set by the 2007 squad who predominately played against some very weak teams or as the late sports writer Al Kinsall used to refer to as PE classes back then.
The second game of the best of three series for the coveted Region IV area championship got underway at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 4, 2013 with the Eagle Pass Lady Eagles as the visiting team who watched the Brownsville Porter Cowgirls take the early lead with a lone run in the bottom of the very first inning.
The Lady Eagles who are recognized as one of the premier hitting teams in Region IV immediately countered with a big four run outburst in the top of the second to take the lead for good in this contest. Keanna Cisneros led off the frame with a base on balls and immediately stole second Krystal De La Cruz also reached on a walk, Samantha De Leon reached safely on an error enabling Keanna Cisneros to come around to score, with two outs Sandra Mendoza blasted a two RBI triple to bring home Amanda Appleton and Samantha De Leon, Mendoza would then come home on an error to give the Lady Eagles a 4 to 1 lead over the Cowgirls.
Once again Lady Eagles’ sensational sophomore southpaw hurler Krystal De La Cruz was simply dominant inside the circle as she held the Porter Cowgirls scoreless for the next four innings. Her Lady Eagles teammates rewarded her outstanding pitching effort by tacking on one more run in the top of the fourth inning with Lady Eagles’ catcher Claudia Cruz stroking a two out double, courtesy runner Monica Rodriguez came around to score when Krystal Perez reached on an error by the Porter third baseman.
The Lady Eagles then increased their lead with a two run rally in the top of the fifth with Monica Flores leading off with a booming double and promptly stole third, Jessica Garcia Brought Monica Flores home with an RBI single and advanced to second on the throw in from the outfield, Jessica also managed to swipe third, with one out Keanna Cisneros stroked a sacrifice fly to left enabling Jessica Garcia to tag up and come home on the play to give the Lady Eagles a comfortable 7 to 1 lead over the Cowgirls.
The Brownsville Porter squad could only manage to tally one more run in the bottom of the sixth on a hit batsman and a pair of hits which prompted the Lady Eagles coaching staff to make a pitching change and brought in Samantha De Leon to finish the job. The Eagle Pass Lady Eagles quickly got that run back in the top half of the seventh and final inning with Jessica Garcia reaching on a one out base on balls, Dariela Velasquez followed with a single to put runners at the corners, Jessica Garcia would eventually score the 8th run of the game for the Lady Eagles on an RBI groundout by Keanna Cisneros.
Lady Eagles reliever Samantha De Leon then proceeded to close the door in the bottom of the seventh getting the final batter to fly out to centerfielder Monica Flores who squeezed the ball into her glove sending the loyal Legion of Lady Eagles followers into a cheering frenzy as their beloved Eagle Pass Lady Eagles had just captured the UIL Region IV area championship title by the final score of 8 to 2 thus sweeping the series in two straight dominating contests. Lady Eagle Krystal De La Cruz earned the pitching victory to improve her pitching record to a phenomenal mind boggling 25-4 mark on the season and she is just only a sophomore.
Score by Innings: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
EAGLE PASS 0 4 0 1 2 0 1 8 8 0
B. PORTER 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 8
Winning Pitcher: Krystal De La Cruz Leading Hitters: Jessica Garcia 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI, Keanna Cisneros 1 for 2 with 1 run scored and 2 RBI’s, Melanie Mendoza 1 for 2, Claudia Cruz 1 for 3, Samantha De Leon 1 for 3 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI, Sandra Mendoza 1 for 4 with 1 run scored and 2 RBI’s, Monica Flores 1 for 4 with 1 run scored, Amanda Appleton 1 run scored and Monica Rodriguez 1 run scored.
Eagle Pass Sports Central congratulates the Eagle Pass Lady Eagles on their most outstanding achievement in capturing the Area championship over the Brownsville Porter Cowgirls and wishes the mighty and highly talented Eagle Pass Lady Eagles varsity softball squad the very best of luck in your upcoming series against the San Benito Lady Hounds for the prestigious UIL Region IV Regional Quarterfinals championship and is proud to continue to be the only local media source that has covered the Eagle Pass Lady Eagles throughout their entire 2013 varsity softball season.
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District 5 Race completes another day of early voting
SAN ANTONIO - Campaign workers from all three candidates for the race of City Council District 5 worked the polls at Colllins Gardens Library as has been the norm for many years. Candidate Shirley Gonzales, John Carlos Garcia and David Medina were all present to meet those arriving at that location. The only candidate at the polls from the race for SAISD School board was Adela Segovia. Photo by SouthSaToday.Com
(Back row – from left) Anthony Aktines; Cody Jones; Daniel Martinez; Jayme Greene; Lillian Byas; (middle row – from left) Gilbert Costello; Carolyn Mazuca; Natalie Cormier; (front row – from left) Shamzy Romero, SSFCU business development officer; Ilianna Walker; Hayley Morrill; Kelsey Wong; Brooke Strowd; and Jessica Leal, SSFCU senior communications specialist.
SECURITY SERVICE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AWARDS $20K IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO OUTSTANDING STUDENTS
Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU), has awarded twenty high school seniors from Texas, Utah and Colorado with $1,000 scholarships for their college education.
“What better way to give back to our community than to support these bright, future leaders as they pursue their college educations?” said Jim Laffoon, Security Service FCU president. “We select our recipients based on a strong academic record, well-rounded interests, a character of integrity and focused goals. Each of these students is outstanding in all these areas.”
The student scholars honored were:
Cody Jones (Theodore Roosevelt HS, San Antonio, TX),Carolyn Mazuca (Thomas Jefferson HS, San Antonio, TX),Anthony Aktines III (Theodore Roosevelt HS, San Antonio, TX),Noureen Rojani (Douglas MacArthur HS, San Antonio, TX),Natalie Cormier (John Jay HS, San Antonio, TX),Kelsey Wong (Tom Clark HS, San Antonio, TX),Brooke Strowd (East Central HS, San Antonio, TX),Mariah Cannon (John Jay HS, San Antonio, TX),Lillian Hilliard Byas (James Madison HS, San Antonio, TX),Hayley Morrill (Cole HS, San Antonio, TX),Ilianna Walker (William H. Taft HS, San Antonio, TX),Jayme Greene (Communication Arts HS, San Antonio, TX),Maria Calderon (Edinburg HS, Edinburg, TX),Gilbert Costello III (Hondo HS, Hondo, TX),Daniel Martinez (Samuel Clemens HS, Schertz, TX),Portia Loosli (Riverton HS, Riverton, UT),Brian Likes, Jr. (Las Animas Secondary School, La Junta, CO),Shelby Lange (Thomas B. Doherty HS, Colorado Springs, CO),Ryan Hales (Springville HS, Springville, UT),Anthony Jones (Pueblo HS, Pueblo, CO),
The awards are part of the SSFCU community scholarship program. Over the past 23 years, the credit union has presented in excess of $210,000 to more than 265 college-bound students. The scholarships, which can be used to pay for tuition, books, lab fees and other related educational expenses, will help these outstanding students attain their educational objectives and professional goals.
Battle of Flowers Parade is now history
The 2013 Battle of Flowers Parade is now history but not before the Rey Feo was booted out of the event for violating a new city ordinance that forbids participants from tossing keepsakes or candy to the public. Larry Benson Jr, this year's Rey Feo apologized for the violation adding that he had gotten excited and did it without thinking.
Others claimed that there were widespread violations which included Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio who was also seen tossing fiesta tokens to the public. Thousands lined the parade route from early morning till late afternoon.
Over a thousand celebrate Fiesta Del Rey at El Mercado
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6th Annual City View Breakfast
SAN ANTONIO - The South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual City View breakfast with city manager Sheryl Sculley at the Plaza Club on Tuesday.
The morning opened with South San Antonio Chamber president Tom Shaw sharing details of the San Antonio Missions nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sculley followed with her perspectives on current and future issues facing the south side at this year’s event. She encouraged the more than 100 South Chamber members and guests to get actively involved in initiatives to support the many growth catalysts - with particular emphasis on the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas boom, the need for transportation and road safety initiatives, and the building of a skilled and educated workforce. “Some of the best development is happening on the south side,” said Sculley.
South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Frank Laborde, said the more than 30 new south side projects that are part of the bond package approved by San Antonio voters is a good step in building the infrastructure needed for continued and sustainable growth.
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Bombs set off at today's Boston Marathon
BOSTON - Two explosion were detonated this afternoon shortly after 2pm EST in Boston at the end of this year's marathon.
Preliminary reports indicate that as a result of the explosions at least 3 were killed and as many as 120 injured; some severly. FBI has taken charge of the investigation but as yet have no suspects or motive and no one was taken responsibility for the attack.
The two explosion occurred within a short distance of each towards the end of the marathon race which this year drew as many as 26,000 participants.
Food, games and colorful performers at Fiesta En La Calle.
3rd Annual Fiesta En La Calle draws hundreds
by Robert Castillo
Hundreds took part in a pre-Fiesta event on the Palms Heights Park Friday afternoon.
The event was sponsored by the City of San Antonio in cooperation with Distict 5 Councilman David Medina.
Children and adults alike enjoyed free music with food booths also available. The event was also an opportunity for district schools, non-profit organizations and churches to promote their fundraising.
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31st Annual Lowrider Show moved to new location
SAN ANTONIO - Imelda Guerrero stands next to her hubby's 1946 Chevy Coupe, one of many entries in this year's 31 Annual Lowrider Show. The Coupe is valued at $20,000.
The changing of location for this traditional event, from Camargo Park to 1800 Frederickburg turned out to be a more crowded event with less shade for spectators and talent performers. Finding parking was another problem for many that circled the area looking for parking space.
The performing headliner for today's event was Ernie Garibay scheduled to perform during the afternoon. The event was set to end by 7pm. See photos on FLICKR
River Project shows no bank erosion
With two days of moderate rain, the banks of the San Antonio River are holding well. The vegetation is stabilizing the soil and preventing it from being washed down the river even with swift currents.
Southside Vendors doing good Easter business
With just one day away from Easter Sunday, vendors are selling everything from assorted pinatas, multi-color cascarones and stuffed toys. As always, one of the most active location continues to be the intersection of SW Military and S. Zarzamora. The going price for a medium pinata is approximately fifteen dollars. Photo by SouthSaToday.Com.
Hundreds attend the Passion
by Robert Castillo
Wikipedia: The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death. It has become one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics, and is often performed in a spirit of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus endured during His Passion.
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Scrambling for dollars at Normoyle Park
San Antonio Express-News
Updated 1:49 am, Friday, March 22, 2013
Two years ago, the San Antonio Seniors Softball League enlisted an architectural firm to develop a plan for Normoyle Park, the popular but dilapidated South Side institution where SASSL plays its games. The idea was to provide the city with a vision for how 2012-17 bond money could be used to create a four-field softball complex sufficiently state-of-the-art to bring national tournaments to San Antonio.
The $2.7 million proposal was a beautiful vision, but it wasn't necessarily the vision of South Side residents, who long for everything from a playground canopy to a one-stop senior center at the park. MORE
Turkey Leg Fundraiser help with scholarships
by Robert Castillo
The Harlandale Tribesmen All Sports Booster organization held their Turkey Leg annual fundraiser which has been held for the past 25 years. The event was held adjacent to Memorial Stadium in the city's Southside.
The organization provides scholarships to Senior student athletes from Harlandale Independent school district.
The scholarship applications are reviewed by the organizations board and awarded once the applicant provides proof of enrollment in a college or university. Last year fifteen applied and all qualified for funds. Organizers urge students to apply. Additional information is available from the Harlandale High School counselors.
Harlandale Track Meet
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Uprooted trees along Barrett Place.
High winds cause city-wide damage
by Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - Strong winds estimated at over 50 mph buffeted Texas and caused extensive damage and power outages throughout the San Antonio area this afternoon.
The gusts uprooted trees which obstructed traffic for awhile. City crews worked immediatly to remove the debri allowing traffic to resume.
Out of control fires were also reported in the north side of San Antonio and sadly in one instance, reportedly ended in three casualties.
Heavy snow storms have also posed travel hazards in the northern part of the State and is expected to continue for the next few days.
Thousands at Laredo's Parade
The Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade lived up to the high expectations of organizers in Laredo, Texas on Saturday morning. The event was seen by thousands that lined San Bernardo Avenue from early morning. Crowd estimates for the three hour parade were not readily available but some speculated that last year's attendance record was broken. Photo by SouthSaToday.Com available on FLICKR .
Judging by the large crowd attending this years 26th Annual Asian Festival, the event was a success. Live dance performances drew hundreds as did the food booths which offered native food from various countries. A group of six ladies that traveled from Nepal performed for hundreds but also enjoyed being in San Antonio among many other nationalities. Photos by SouthSaToday.Com. More photos on FLICKR .
Rick has covered all bases at a southside vendor's corner at the intersection of Military Drive and Zarzamora. He got his significant other flowers, a stuffed puppy and chocolate candy. Sales were described as slow at mid-afternoon but were expected to get better as people headed home from work. SouthSaToday.Com
Sunny Ozuna entertains a full house
SAN ANTONIO - Sunday's crowd was estimated as many as 1000 all of whom came from throughout the State to listen to oldies legend Sunny Ozuna and The Sunliners.
"Sunny's music takes us back to a different time, a time when things were simple and personal. Just listening to "Talk To Me" brings tears to my eyes and emotions I thought I would never have again.", said 59 year old Gloria Mermea who traveled from Dallas just to attend his concert at Trader's Village in San Antonio on Sunday afternoon.
Ozuna plans to return to more out-of-State touring. Additional photos can be seen on FLICKR.
Jose Montez & Isidro Maldonado give Burbank the winBurbank High Bulldogs win game against Highlands
February 5, 2013
The Burbank High varsity soccer team had its first district game this Tuesday when they competed against the Highlands High School Owls at the Spring Sports Center in San Antonio.
Burbank's varsity coach Javier Moreno returns after last year season when they lost their last game which kept the Bulldogs from reaching the finals. One of Moreno's concern is that only one freshman joined the soccer team so far, explaining that it's always a good practice to have a number of incoming freshmen. This way he has four years for them to learn the game and give the team a better chance of reaching the season finals.
Highlands coach Matthew Shaddlck returns this season with a weak defense as a result of numerous player injuries. He expected to have at least ten seniors on this year's team. He mentioned Americo Ayala Jr who last year scored approximately 20 goals. Unfortunately Ayala suffered an injury during football season and is now recovering from surgery but is slowly improving.
The Burbank Bulldogs scored early in the first half as Senior Isidro Maldonado placed the first game shot in the net. The Highland Owls spent plenty of time within scoring range but failed to put points on the board. It was in the second half when Jose Montez scored the second point for Burbank.
The game had no injuries and ended with a score of 2–0 giving Burbank the win. Game photos on FLICKR.
The new South San Antonio HS continues on time and under budget.
January 28, 2013
Work on the new South San Antonio HS remains on schedule and under budget, with the completion projected to be in August of 2013, in time for the 2013-2014 school year. It is part of the $58 million bond referendum approved by voters in May of 2010.
The three-story, approximately 225,000 square foot facility will add 75 new classrooms, library, cafeteria and gymnasium. Progress in the building includes sheetrock installation, burnished block, primer and exposed ceiling painting on the first floor. Current second and third floor work includes masonry and stud walls as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing components throughout the entire building.
Projects already completed as part of the bond referendum include the renovation of the former SSAISD Central Office into the new Academy of Health Sciences (AHS), including Technology package, new tennis courts and the surrounding parking lot in the northwest sector of the campus.
Joeris General Contractors is the construction manager, Parsons is the program manager, and Garza-Bomberger & Associates is the architect of record.
2013 Tower Climb & Run held in SA
February 2, 2013
SAN ANTONIO - The Lone Star Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation sponsored another successful Tower Climb & Run event at the Tower of the Americas early Saturday morning beginning at 7pm.
Like in previous years the event consisted of a competitive and a non-competitive category. In the competitive category a team of four were timed on a one-mile run around the Institute of Texas Cultures followed by the 579 foot vertical climb up 952 steps at the Tower of Americas.
Firefighters from different communities also competed by walking up the 952 steps in full gear and in one case, SAFD firefighter D. Solinski made the hike carrying her small son on her back.
Several commercial sponsors were set up throughout the base of the tower offering health information.
COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS
Marble Falls LakeFest Celebration takes place this weekend in Marbles Falls.
Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War
By Anthony Lee Isaacs
Saturday, May 4th began as a cool morning but as the day progressed things began to heat up. But it wasn’t the weather that was reaching a boiling point. The fact of the matter is that a violent power struggle has begun in this year’s elections in the League of United Latin American Citizens. The internal conflicts that have plagued the LULAC organization exploded this Saturday at the District 15 elections. Long time LULAC civil rights activist Sam Alvarado who was seeking the District 15 directors position was peacefully sitting with Activist’s Angie Garcia and Steve Huerta at a table when Rudy Rosales began calling out to his mother and Past National LULAC President Rosa Rosales and his brother Gabriel to inform them of the presence of Mr. Alvarado whom he spotted sitting in Tranquility. MORE
St. Joseph Palm Sunday
St. James School
1st Annual Royal Bash
Saturday, April 20, 2013
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please join us in bringing in the Fiesta season with some wholesome family fun! Music, Food booths, Games, Prizes, Salsa Contest & much more. For information contact School Office at 210-924-1201
Brennan vs Burbank
The Brennan High Bears were taken by surprise by the Burbank Bulldogs during their most recent baseball game. The Bears had settled comfortably with a four run margin when suddenly the Dogs came alive in the bottom of the sixth..scoring four runs and tied them 6 to 6. Now awake, the Bears scored 3 runs n the 7th which held to the end and giving them the win at 9 to 6. To see game photos CLICK HERE.
Burbank Bulldogs tie with Fox Tech Buffaloes
by Robert Castillo
The Burbank High Bulldogs and the Fox Tech Buffaloes literally clashed on the soccer field this past weekend with Burbank holding Fox Tech scoreless through the first half. It was in the last minutes of the game that Fox Tech scored with a direct goal. Read More.
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View SouthSaToday's pictorial slideshows on FLICKR in large colorful photographs. Some events are:
15th Annual Cesar Chavez March for Justice
14th Annual Cesar Chavez March for Justice
The Passion - 2010
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
State Farm Turkey Giveaway
Dr. John M. Gonzalez
Rock n Roll SA Marathon
2009 Start! San Antonio Heart Walk
St. James Parish Festival
Pablo Rosales, Trenzas Gloriosas.
Palm Heights National Night Out