The El Paso High School sports scene continues to grow each year. Many have taken dramatic steps to become more competitive across the state.
Every spring and winter sport has seen at least one team or individual reach a regional. Some have gone further.
Are we experiencing a renaissance in local high school sports?
It’s hard to say for sure. Success must be sustained over time.
But it’s getting better.
Perhaps the most drastic improvement came in girls sports. Americas reached the Sweet 16 in softball again, and the Trailblazers had to get by Hanks in the regional quarterfinals. Chapin also made it to the third round.
Horizon made history as the Scorpions became the first girls basketball team in recent memory to reach the Elite 8. Chapin, with Kristina Higgins signed to attend Baylor, the women’s national college champions, advanced to the third round.
In soccer, Canutillo, Chapin and Montwood all had record-setting years while Burges and El Paso came within one match of sending players to the state tournament in tennis.
Wrestling boasted two state champions (Montwood’s Natalia Hinojo and Jefferson’s Yvonne Galindo) while two more got silver medals. The Eastwood girls golf team continued its unprecedented run to a fourth straight state tournament, making a claim for one of Texas’ top programs.
Track had arguably the best year of any sport. El Paso boasted a whopping four state champions — Franklin’s Felix Obi (one of the best in the nation), Chapin’s Brandon Moss, Burges’ Danny Tarango (a top runner in the country) and the Burges relay team.. Two others took home bronze medals.
In boys basketball, Hanks reached the Sweet 16 while soccer continued its climb to state dominance. Del Valle and Bel Air both reached the Elite 8 while San Elizario and Americas made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time in either school’s history.
Baseball cemented its place as a state-wide force. Socorro opened the door, and this year three teams from District 1-5A reached the third round and Montwood went to regional semifinals.
It’s nice to see the area continue to flourish in high school sports. The playoff runs keep getting longer and the trips to state have become expected as local athletes make a name for themselves and El Paso beyond the city limits. Keep up the good work.