One week from tomorrow, the Uvalde Coyotes will begin their pre-season workouts for the 2014 Texas high school football season. Because the Coyotes did not have spring football last spring, they will begin their fall practice workouts one week earlier than the high schools that conducted spring football. The Coyotes also gain an extra football scrimmage by beginning their pre-season practice sessions one week earlier.
The Uvalde Coyotes will make their 2014 season home debut when they host the San Antonio Highlands Owls on Sept. 5. This game will mark the beginning of the 66th season for Uvalde High School football in the Honey Bowl. uilt in the post-World War II period, the original stadium consisted of two concrete grandstands on the block located adjacent to the intersection of Knox Street and Sabinal Street on the north side of Uvalde.
Ricky Salazar is the new head baseball coach at Uvalde High School. He was officially hired by the Uvalde Consolidated Indepedent School District Monday night. Salazar comes to Uvalde from Corpus Christi Carrol, where he served as an assistant baseball coach from 2012-14.
The Uvalde Youth Rodeo Club’s final ribbon-night competition of the 2014 summer season will be staged Monday night at the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex. Activities will get under way at 6:30 p.m. Some of the events Monday will include cloverleaf barrels, straight barrels, pole bending, goat tying, team roping, breakaway roping, tie-down roping and ribbon roping.
Morgan Brown and Mattie Elder each won first place in three events in Uvalde Youth Rodeo Club ribbon-night competition last Monday at the Southwest Texas Junior College rodeo arena. Brown captured top honors in the 14- to 19-years-old age division of the cloverleaf barrels, poles, and goat tying.
Tomorrow at the Uvalde High School practice field, the Uvalde youth football skills camp will begin. The three-day camp is open to all Uvalde incoming fourth-graders up to ninth-graders. Action in the camp will go from 9 a.m. to noon each day of the camp.
With less than three weeks to go until the start of pre-season football workouts, Uvalde High School head football coach and athletic director Gary Griffin has been hard at work preparing for the new school year. “It’s been a busy summer. Besides trying to get ready for the start of football, I have been trying to fill some positions on my coaching staff,” said Griffin. “I hope to fill as many of our remaining openings as possible before the end of this month, because I really want to concentrate on football. I am ready for football season to start right now.”
The Uvalde Little League Senior Division All-Stars will begin play in the 2014 Texas West State softball tournament today at San Antonio’s McAllister Park. They will take on the Childress All-Stars in a game set to start at 8:30 p.m. Members of the Uvalde All-Star team include Cerna Contreras, Deandra Vera, Madison Alvarez, Cierra Alonzo, Gabby Flores, Madison Watson, Katelin Sena, Odessa Gauna, Estella Aguinaga, Alexis Sanchez, Samantha Hernandez, and Ariana Zamora.
The Uvalde High School cross-country team did not make it to post-district action in the team division, but three UHS runners did qualify for regional competition. With most of the UHS cross-country athletes returning from the 2013 season, the future looks bright for cross country running this coming season.
Uvalde’s Drew Kirkpatrick improved his chances for being selected to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl football game through his performance at the recent football combine staged at Arlington. The 6-foot-4, 308-pound lineman who will be a senior at Uvalde High School next school year, was awarded Top Performance in the over-250-pound division of the competition and he tied for most valuable player honors for his overall performance in the combine.