It's been two weeks, but many in El Paso are still finding it difficult to accept the nickname the branding company Brandiose helped give our new Triple-A baseball team...the Chihuahuas. Why? Maybe this will explain.
There was no mistaking the look on Sean Kugler's face. In his shortest interview to date -- 8-and-a-half-minutes of mostly awkward silence between brief, staccato answers -- the UTEP head coach's mug spoke volumes: cold, steely and pained.
Pacific Coast League President Branch Rickey III was in town yesterday for the revealing of his league's newest team and town to talk Chihuahuas Baseball, along with new announcer Tim Haggerty, who's seen a few unique team names in his baseball travels.
Ready or not, here they come; hoping to nip so persistently at your heels that you'll look down at them and pay some attention. The El Paso Chihuahuas unveiled their new nickname to much fanfare at the historic Plaza Theater. The kids liked it.
The UTEP Miners (1-5, 0-3 Conference USA) face a tough test this weekend as they take on one the of the hardest-running teams in Conference USA, if not just the USA, in the Rice Owls (5-2, 3-0 C-USA). Head coach Sean Kugler talked about the game with his eyes wide open.
The Chapin Huskies volleyball team continues it's unbeaten run in District 1-4A as they swept the Jefferson Silver Foxes, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15. The 8-0 Huskies are now ranked 21st in the state by the Texas Volleyball Coaches Association.
The district races are heating up across El Paso as teams are starting to show where they'll finish. One of the biggest tests in District 1-5A came last week in the Sun Bowl with the annual West Side Bowl.
It's a tough job, but somebody hasn't done it. That sums up the word on UTEP's defense from head coach Sean Kugler. From the coaching staff to the players in the trenches, the Miners' head coach says UTEP will go to work to rectify what he sees to be poor tackling.
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