Eagle News and Sports Update

By Brian Gibson, Athletic Director and Football Coach —

After matching Wink touchdown for touchdown in the first quarter, second-quarter miscues and Wink's big plays stretched the Wildcat lead to 28 points by halftime.

The Eagles and Wildcats battled field position in the second half as neither team scored leaving the Van Horn Eagles on the short end of a 35 – 7 loss.

The game concluded the first round of district action with the Iraan Braves in sole possession of first place at 3 – 0 followed by the Wink Wildcats at 2 – 1 and the McCamey Badgers at 1 – 2.

After a bye week this week, the Eagles will return to play at home on Oct. 25 against the McCamey Badgers. Prior to kickoff of this game, we will be honoring the senior members and parents of the band, cheerleaders, cross country and football teams.

Please come out early and help us recognize and honor these seniors.

As the regular season draws to a close over the next four weeks, we would like to recognize our senior members of the football team and honor them for their leadership, character, sportsmanship, and contributions on the field of play.

This year's seniors include Jacob Ontiveros, Ryan Martinez, Miguel Velez, Joseph Nieto, Daniel Quintana, David Mapula, and Dixit Kabariya.

This week, we would like to recognize Jacob Ontiveros and Ryan Martinez. Jacob Ontiveros and Ryan Martinez are the two elected senior team captains. They both have worked diligently at creating a successful climate in the locker room, practice field, and during competition.

Jacob Ontiveros Ryan Martinez
Jacob Ontiveros Ryan Martinez

Jacob is a four-year letterman in football and also participates in Cross Country, Band, Basketball, Track, and Baseball. His leadership abilities are unmatched in our athletic program as he strives to lead by example through his character and work ethic.

Jacob is also a very vocal leader and understands how to get the best out of his teammates. In his first full season transitioning from quarterback to tight end, Jacob has been able to haul in 28 receptions for 450 yards and four touchdowns, while contributing eight tackles per game on defense and registering several key tackles for a loss.

Ryan is also a four-year letterman in football and also plays basketball, runs track, and plays baseball. Ryan is the heart and soul of our “hard work” mentality.

Even though vocally he may not say much, his dedication and commitment to persistent hard work and effort is unmatched. Playing the middle linebacker of our defensive scheme, Ryan has amassed 65 tackles through seven games combined with 35 carries and receptions offensively. Ryan quit often gets the daunting task of leading the way for our tailback.

Both of these seniors are excellent students and represent Van Horn Athletics and CCAISD with class and outstanding character. Thank you for all that you do.

LADY EAGLES VOLLEYBALL UPDATE:

The Lady Eagles hosted the Ft. Hancock Mustangs in two very tough games. The JV team played hard but could not clench the win. It has been almost four weeks since this team has played a game, but they came out ready to play their very best.

Their communication is miles from where it was at the beginning of the year and they are beginning to understand the intricate details of the game. They have made vast improvements and look very promising.

The Varsity team endured a grueling nail-biter.

The Lady Eagles came out of the gate on fire, ready to redeem themselves. They won the first two sets and it almost looked as if they would take the Lady Mustangs in three sets.

However, with their adrenaline on the rise and anxiety in the air, the Lady Eagles could not control their momentum. They lost sets 3 and 4, bringing on the dreaded 5th set.

Keep in mind, in the 5th set the first team to reach 15 points is the winner. The rule in any volleyball set is a team must win by two points.

The Lady Eagles battled with the Lady Mustangs in a vicious 5th set and came out victorious with a score of 16-14. It was one for the books, both heart-stopping and breathtaking.

This is a pivotal win for the Lady Eagles has they continue district play and prepare for the playoffs. I believe the Lady Eagles are peaking just at the right time and momentum is definitely on our side. Thank you everyone for your continued support and encouragement for the Lady Eagle teams and Volleyball program.

Up next are the Dell City Cougars in Dell City on Friday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. (CST). Next Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Lady Eagles will go up against the Sierra Blanca Vaqueros in their first district meeting. That game will take place in Sierra Blanca beginning with the JV at 5 p.m. (CST).