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Warpath Tidbits HHS at Laredo Clinic New Coaches at HMS & LMS
2001 All-District Favorite Game? Predictions are pouring in
Ho Ho Ho! Three Indians on All City Team Newest Indian arrives
Mr. & Mrs. Elias All District Selections HHS: 2 of Top 10 Local Stories
Benavides chooses TLU Indians Sweep SSR Honors 7 on 7 Team Finishes Undefeated
Mr. & Mrs. Padilla Media Coverage 2000-01 Jaramillo is All-Star MVP
Maroon & Gold Game 2001 Leal MS Takes Division Maroon & Gold Game 2000
Coaches Bid Farewell Coach Cardenas Honored 1999 All-District Selections
Jennifer Cabanilla Diaz: Player of the Week LaFosse Chooses SWTSU
Benavides at Region Meet The Warpath gets Banners Family Feeling Fuels HHS
District Meet 2001 UIL looks at playoff format 3 Indians Named All-City
Ray Garza at TLU Nick's THSCA notebook Indians Get New Opponents
Bryan Diaz to Trinity Coach Van Griner honored Listen to Harlandale Games
Boys Win Track Meet

Indians in the Media 2005

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Martinez runs tight ship with Indians Dan McCarney
Football in S.A. 50 years ago John Hines
State catches football fan-demonium Tracy Idell Hamilton
Harlandale rips through Highlands
Harlandale makes big plays on Central Catholic
Coach Martinez's victories not limited to field Lorne Chan
Alamo Heights limits Indians to a lone TD Lorne Chan
Valdez caps Harlandale's comeback with field goal Lorne Chan
Harlandale rallies to defeat Trojans
Five minutes with Maricela Madrigal
Solano's dedication leaves little time for rest Lorne Chan
Indians on top in battle of QBs Lorne Chan
Harlandale is comfortable shining in spotlight Dan McCarney
Harlandale dominates Pleasanton Tim Skaggs
Harlandale 23, Floresville 12
Salais' return lifts Harlandale over McCollum Lorne Chan
Indians in the Media 2007
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High school football first-day flashbacks  
08/12 Volleyball: Sub-5A/Private School Report  
08/24 High school fan sites run thin David King
08/27 2006 Football Preview  
08/27 Indians form the committee Chad Peters
09/02 Highlands' Perkins at right place, time Chad Peters
09/07 Central Catholic hangs on for victory Chad Peters
09/16 Steele Cruises Past Harlandale Harry Page


Warpath Tidbits

(3/16/02)Earlier this week, Coach Sandra Forestier announced that she had accepted Texas A&M International University's offer to head the ladies' soccer program there in its inaugural season. Coach Forestier will coach the Lady Indians through their playoff run, and then assume her TAMIU duties in Laredo. On to state, ladies....The Harlandale Relays will be run Saturday, March 23 at HARLANDALE MEMORIAL STADIUM! The city's newest track facility is top-notch, and The Warpath invites all Indian fans to this historic meet. The gun goes off at 9:00 am. We hope to see you there....One of the meet's highlights will certainly be Raul Maldonado, Harlandale HS record holder in the 110m hurdles (14.45) and 300m hurdles (39.45). The all weather track, tough competition, and a home crowd should serve to make the hurdle events a joy to watch.....The young Apaches at Leal continue to roll. The 8th grade boys are back-to-back Division I champs and STAC Conference Tournament Champions. They swept their division (4-0) and claimed the tourney trophy by beating Scobee, Kirby, and Woodlake Hills middle schools.Their overall season record was 12-1. The 8th grade boys B-team also had an impressive season, finishing 3-1 in their division and 8-2 overall. Congrats to all the boys and their coaches, Carlos Wolfe and Frank Aguilar....Joey Gonzalez, starting center for the Indians' playoff teams of 1993 and '94 stopped by the fieldhouse this week. It was an especially nice visit because he had just returned from a very dangerous assignment in Afghanistan. Joey was among the first Marines in Afghanistan; his company setup "Camp Rhino" which was in the news almost daily in the first days of the operation. Intense as ever, Joey is looking forward to his Honorable Discharge in May and hopes to start college soon after....(2/19/02)The Warpath would like to congratulate Mr. Robert Trigilio for being selected to represent Harlandale ISD for the "Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching." He will now compete against the representatives of other districts for the city-wide prize. Good luck, Mr. T....(2/10/02)Several HHS teachers have announced their plans to retire when this school year ends. Some on that list have devoted their entire professional lives to our community, and Harlandale owes these remarkable educators a huge debt of gratitude. The (faculty) class of 2002 includes: Robert Trigilio, Karla Galindo, David Plylar, Carol Rodriguez, Les Van Griner, David Saenz, Martha Lowther, Adan Perez, John Browning, Anna Rex, Yolanda Benavides, Raul Zamora, and Penny Biard. Hopefully, Warpath Update readers can find some time this spring to stop by and wish the retirees well. Few things can brighten the day of a teacher like a visit from a former student. Out-of-towners who wish to email a one of the teachers a note can send the email to this address, and I will gladly forward the message....(1/21/02)Some great news from the academic arena: For the first time in recent history (if not ever), the Harlandale High School Academic Decathlon Team has earned a berth at the State Academic Decathlon Competition. HHS will represent Region IV of the state of Texas.  The team (Yvette Bazan, Kathleen Cardenas, Jennifer Casias, Natalie De La Garza, Isaac Garza, Miriam Magdeleno, Francisco Murillo, David Solis, and Rosemary Vasquez, with alternates Crystal Pina, Naomi Morales, and Mercedes Webb) competed against 5 other large high schools, including New Braunfels, Seguin, Brackenridge, Eagle Pass, and Highlands (which for the past few years has dominated the competition). Harlandale "medaled" in all but one portion of the competitions (speech), collecting a total of 63 medals, including three team awards. Harlandale, overall team performance champion, was led by first-time competitor Isaac Garza (sr.) who "medaled" in seven individual events and won the gold medal for best individual performance for the large school category....(12/30/01)This Friday, Mellie Lailson and Coach Paul Haberer exchanged wedding vows at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church. It was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever witnessed. The way we look at it is, "We aren't losing a coach; we are gaining a coach's wife." The Warpath wishes the newlyweds all the best....(12/18/01)Our boys basketball team has started the 2001-01 season with all bows firing. Earlier this season, the Indians claimed the Clemens Tournament Championship. Victor Chavez was named to the All-Tournament Team and Toby Korrodi was named the Tourney MVP. The following week, Eric De Los Santos was named to the All-Tournament Team at the very competitive Alamo Heights Tournament....Several members of our Lady Indian volleyball team were also named to the 28-5A All-District Team. First team honorees were Jessica Valdez (Outstanding Hitter), jr.; Stacy Faz (Outstanding Setter), sr.; Monica Gonzalez, sr.; and Jackie Faz, soph.  Rebeka Charles, sr. was named to the second team....Also, Yamilet Garcia (who graduated from Harlandale in the mid 80's) was named Coach of the Year....(11/21/01)A special congratulations to QB, Toby Korrodi who competed in his 35th varsity football game this past week. According to our calculations, no one has done that at HHS for at least 50 years....(10/24/01)The Lady Indians did it! The 2001 district champions defeated the Lady Vipers of Victoria Memorial and completed a 10-0 sweep of their 28-5A foes. The 1st place Lady Indians receive a first round bye, so they will wait for the Hays Consolidated/Judson winner. Their first playoff match will be held late (Thursday or Friday) next week. In honor of the championship, The Warpath slideshow features images from the Harlandale/Memorial match. Thanks again to The Warpath photographer, Claudia Montoya....Warpath sidenote: Four of the young ladies on this year's team are daughters of former HHS volleyball players. Stacy and Jackie Faz are the daughters of Lupe Vara (using maiden names here), Kelly McGarity is the daughter of Shirley Saenz, and Vanessa Soriano is the daughter of Cynthia Guzman. Some pretty nice bloodlines, wouldn't you say?....The Warpath has been averaging over 900 hits a week for the last two months. Thank you for spreading the word....(10/16/01)The Warpath extends congratulations to HHS tennis coach, Jeff Landry and his wife, Betsy on the birth of their second child. Miss Erin Landry joined the Tribe on August 28th, tipping the scales at 5lbs. 7oz. and stretching the measuring tape to 18 3/4 in. The Warpath suggested "N. Deanne" (sounds like "Indian") and Erlinda L. (sounds like "Harlandale," sorta), but unfortunately, the Landrys had already picked out a name....The Indians had a great crowd in Laredo for our United South game. Unbelievably, the Harlandale faithful outnumbered the home crowd!....After the September 11th tragedy, I listed several Harlandale alumni who are serving in our nation's military and asked Warpath readers to keep them in their thoughts. Since then, several readers have asked me to mention others who were not on the original list. Here are a couple more: Cesar Valdez (class of 91), U.S. Navy, 1st class petty officer aboard the U.S.S. Inchon; and Charlie Valdez (class of 98) U.S. Navy 2nd class petty officer aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (still under construction)....(9/23/01)Another reason to drop by the alma mater is to visit the latest addition to Indianland, a beautifully modern, two-story, math/science building. The students are excited about the new structure which marks the first significant addition of instructional space to the campus since the early 1970's. Classes in the new building will start on September 23....In last week's Warpath Update, I mentioned several alumni who are currently serving in our our nation's armed forces. I failed to mention Joel Woods (HHS, '91). Joel is currently a staff sergeant in the US Air Force....(9/16/01)This has been a terrible week for all Americans. Despite the hours of news coverage that I have watched over the past six days, it is still difficult for me to accept that all of this is true. Surely, many of you share the same feelings and attempt to answer the same questions. It has occurred to me that it is in times of crisis that we best understand who we are and what we believe in. It is my hope, my prayer, that out of the ashes rises a new and greater appreciation of the principles which define America, a new a greater commitment to defend these principles, and a new and greater wisdom for how we should defend them. As we brace ourselves for a response, let us not forget that several Harlandale alumni are members of our nation's military. Some names that come quickly to mind are Joey Gonzalez, Fernando Ibarra, Mario Melendez, Raymond Mendez, Rick Mora, Guillermo Perez, Luis Rodriguez, Alcario Serros, and Oscar Vega. They will certainly be in my thoughts in the days ahead.(9/06/01)  KMOL named the Indians "Team of the Week"....Toby Korrodi was named the Express-News Offensive Player of the Week....KENS and SAsports named him Player of the Week....Stacy Faz was named Express-News Player of the Week...The Lady Indians continued their brilliant start by beating East Central (15-10, 15-13) and winning the Lady Dragon Invitational at Southwest High School. Senior, Stacy Faz played brilliantly and was credited with 25 assists in the championship game. She was named tourney MVP. Stacy's sister, Jackie, was awarded the Outstanding Defensive Specialist trophy. Monica Gonzales made the all-tournament team.(8/26/01) This Sunday's Express-News included the area-wide football preview. The annual magazine had feature stories on QB, Toby Korrodi and HHS alum and current McCollum Head Coach, Rey Madrigal....Progress at Memorial Stadium continues. One of my favorite upgrades is the improved seating for our fans with physical handicaps....(8/19/01) David Guzman (HHS '77) returned to Indianland to teach in the VAC department. He has been at McCollum for the last seven years.... Speaking of McHS, Jesus Garcia (HHS '69) is serving as the Cowboys' interim principal....Congratulations to the Lady Indians volleyball team for winning the HISD volleyball tourney. They had to knock off heavyweights like Clemens and Holmes on their way to the trophy stand.... (8/12/01) I picked up a Kingsville newspaper this weekend and found that Sandra Stanton (HHS, '00) had made the Texas A&M-Kingsville, Lady Javelinas' varsity volleyball squad. It sure is nice to see "Sandra Stanton, San Antonio Harlandale" listed on the roster of such an outstanding program...Reuben Madrigal (HHS, 95), the Indian defensive lineman who made a game-saving fumble recovery in the 1994 Frontier Bowl, completed his Bachelor's Degree this May. The UTSA graduate will teach and coach in the Edgewood School District....The Indians will scrimmage Laredo Alexander on August 25th at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff time (actually, there are no kickoffs in a scrimmage, but it sounds better than "snap time.") is 10:30AM....David Benavides and Jacob Martinez (at TLU) and Bryan Diaz at (Trinity) start their football workouts this Monday. The Warpath wishes them the best....(8/06/01) Rigney Mueller, quarterback for the unforgettable and undefeated 1966 Indians, dropped by the fieldhouse for a visit. He has been "principaling" in east Texas for several years, but he looks like he could still take a snap or two....... Raymond Mendez, LB (HHS, '98) used to swear that he would never "tie the knot," but The Warpath has recently gotten word of an impending "aisle blitz." He and Kimberly Blohm (also an HHS alum) have announced their engagement. They plan to marry in September........Memorial Stadium is looking really great. The contractor says the football field should be done by August 15. The Indians get to christen the state-of-the-art-turf in the season opener against Marshall on August 31.........Vincent Lazaro (HHS, '80) emailed to say 'hello.' It sounds like his law practice is doing well.......
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2001 Harlandale Indian 28-5A All-District Honorees
First Team
Second Team
Lupe Castaneda* RB Andrew Aguilar D.Util.
Eric De Los Santos TE Richard Cardenas WR
David Galvan* DT Tim DeHoyos OL
Michael Harrison DE Sal Elizondo DT
Toby Korrodi QB Edgar Esparza WR
Adrian Lopez* OL Glenn Salazar DB
Mark Molina* WR Daniel Sanchez K
Edwin Torres* DB
Jose Villarreal LB
* Unanimous Choice
Honorable Mention
Albert Arriola OL Jesse Longoria LB
Joseph Junod OL Frank Vargas DB
Daniel Vasquez DE

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HO! HO! HO! Indian Fans,

Boy, the Indians must have been mighty nice this year. Just look at what Santa left in the
Harlandale stocking:

Mark Molina was named to the Associated Press Sports Editors' second team ALL-STATE (that's right, ALL-STATE) football squad. Toby Korrodi was an honorable-mention pick.

Click here to read the All-State story

David Galvan (DT), Toby Korrodi (QB), and Mark Molina (WR) were named to the Express-News' first team All-City  squad. Eric De Los Santos (TE) and Adrian Lopez (OL) were named to the second team.

Also, the Express-News selected the Harlandale/Southwest game as the Football Game of the Year.

Click here to read the Game of the Year story

The Harlandale/Marshall game was chosen as "A Night to Remember."

Click here to read the Night to Remember story

Quite frankly, I think the week-zero Marshall game should have been the game of the year, but no one called to ask my opinion. I have watched many Indian football games and that week-zero Marshall game has to be one of the best ever. Still, these two selections show that the San Antonio area is learning that there is some pretty exciting football being played at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

Gabe Farias, of the Southside Reporter, called Frontier Bowl 2001 (a thrilling come-from-behind victory for the good guys) the southside's game of the year, and also considered the HHS/Southwest and the HHS/Marshall games as nights to remember.

Harlandale alum, Charlie Migl (HHS, '74) is this year's Express-News Co-Sportsman of the Year.

Click here to read the Charlie Migl story

And to top it all off...the boys basketball team defeated the Churchill Chargers 74-70 in an overtime thriller. Victor Chavez scored 37 points in the contest.

The Warpath wishes Indian fans around the world a very Merry Christmas. We hope that you can all find some time to reflect on the true meaning of the season.

Merry Christmas, all.

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Mr. & Mrs. Elias Celebrate 50 Years

(8/12/01)  Florentino and Alicia Elias celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 11th. The Eliases are two of the biggest, most loyal Indian fans around. You will find them both anywhere there is an opportunity to cheer the Indians on.

In fact, one week last year, during football season, we were informed that Mrs. Elias was in the hospital with a heart ailment. On the Friday of the same week, when we arrived at Memorial Stadium for our game, guess who was in her regular seat? Yep, Mrs. Elias. Mr. Elias (a member of the HISD Hall of Fame), who was waiting at the rail of the bleachers to greet us, explained that there was nothing he could do to keep her from attending the game.

The Warpath offers its congratulations to two of our favorite Indian boosters.

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Benavides Bags Scholarship

(7/6/01) David Benavides, three-time All-district offensive lineman and regional qualifer in the shot put, was accepted to Texas Lutheran University and was awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Coincidentally, he was notified on his 19th birthday. Not a bad birthday gift.

On August 13, David will begin football workouts with TLU, and then he is looking forward to September 1, when he plans to line up against the Trinity Tigers and former teammate Bryan Diaz.

Congratulations to David and his family.

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Mr. & Mrs. Padilla

(6/23/01) Congratulations and best wishes to newlyweds, Edward and Yvette (Garcia) Padilla who were married this past Saturday at Central Christian Church in downtown San Antonio. Edward (HHS '93) was a defensive end on the Indians' 1992 district championship team. He is currently coaching at Harlandale Middle School. Yvette, a graduate of Jefferson High School, is a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Young Mrs. Padilla  has until August to learn the words to "Maroon and Gold."

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Maroon tops Gold in 2001 Spring Game

(5/28/01) The Maroon team scored 30 points and held the Gold team to 12 to win bragging rights for our annual spring football game. Due to construction at Memorial Stadium, this year's Maroon and Gold Football Game was held on the HHS campus, but there was still an "under the lights" feel to the game once the the Indians' hard-hitting defense and explosive offense got busy.

Offensively, Toby Korrodi (QB) and Mark Molina (WR) picked up where they left off last year, connecting on several key passes. The Korrodi/Molina combination was on the money on four drive-sustaining passes and again on a nice over the middle "post" pattern for a TD. Backup QB, DJ Hoofard also showed some promise connecting with  TE Eric De Los Santos on a deep, "out" pattern for a 40 yard gain. Runningback Lupe Castaneda ran tough throughout the afternoon. He played an essential role in a grind-it-out type drive for the Gold team. Our offensive line (which was hit hard by graduation) showed marked improvement.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Indians were aggressive and confident. Jose Villarreal (LB) had a couple of bone-jarring hits and pressured the QB's into some rushed passes. Michael Harrison (DE), Andrew Aguilar (LB), and Adam Dovalina (SS) were also able to break through to sack or rush the opposing quarterbacks. David Galvan (who moved from DE to DT this spring) provided Indian fans with something to cheer about. Besides having a solid afternoon against the run, David picked off a screen pass and bulldozed the ball for about 10 yards.

The Maroon and Gold Game is an opportunity for coaches and Indian fans to take a sneak peak at the upcoming year. As usual, this game provided glimpses of playoff potential, but it also revealed areas that should be addressed upon our return in August. The 2001 Indians are hoping to make this the third consecutive playoff appearance for HHS football.

Editor's note: A special note of thanks goes out to fan favorites Mr. R. Trigilio and Mr. J. Montano for announcing the game. For the past several years, they have done an excellent job of keeping the fans informed AND entertained. Maybe next year we can get an audio tape of the game so that we can catch every single line.

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Coaches Bid Farewell

(5/26/01) Harlandale coaches Donald Perez and Saul Hinojosa resigned their coaching positions earlier this week.

Coach Perez, a Harlandale alumnus, served on the staff for seven years. During his tenure, he coached freshman football and basketball, and JV football and baseball. Most recently he was a varsity assistant in both football and baseball.

Coach Hinojosa, a graduate of Freer HS, came to Harlandale two years ago. Prior to coming to Indianland, he coached at South San HS and Jefferson HS. Coach Hinojosa has coached JV football and baseball and varsity football.

Both coaches cited personal reasons for their decisions, saying that the time demands of coaching were beginning to weigh heavily on them and their families. Coach Hinojosa explained that he had been agonizing over this decision for months. He says that it is difficult leaving such a" tight-knit and supportive community."

The Indians thank them for their contributions and wish both of them well.

Editor's Note: Saul Hinojosa later decided to withdraw his resignation.

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Indians on the Road

Editor - In a recent Warpath Newsletter, I asked our readers to help us keep in touch with our out of town alumni by emailing us to let us know what our “Indians on the Road” are up to. I would like to make this a regular feature of The Warpath, so let this be a standing invitation to our readers to email us with alumni info that might be of interest to Warpath readers. Our second “Indians on the Road” features Jennifer Cabanilla (HHS ’98). Jennifer is an outstanding young lady who had remarkable success on the volleyball court and in the classroom. She is wonderful ambassador for the Harlandale community.

(4/27/2001) Since graduating from Harlandale in 1998, Jennifer Cabanilla has been making her mark at St. Mary's University. As was the case during her four years in Indianland, Ms. Cabanilla is leaving her stamp in the classroom and on the playing court. She has been as likely to make the Dean's List as she has been to make the All-Conference team. Jennifer has been on the Dean's List every year since she enrolled. She was recently inducted to the Beta Gamma Sigma, School of Business, Honor Society.

Besides impressing her dean, she has also impressed her volleyball coaches. In her freshman year, Jennifer won the starting "outside hitter" job and was named to the Heart of Texas All-Conference 2nd Team. She also earned the Freshman of the Conference title and made several all-tournament teams.

Jennifer suffered a serious setback during her sophomore year when she tore her ACL. She applied for a "medical redshirt," but was denied because it was determined that she had already participated in too many contests. The ACL didn't hamper her academic work; she made the Dean's HIGHEST Honors List for both of her sophomore semesters.

As a junior Jennifer was named MVP at the Conference Tournament and "Heartland Conference Player of the Year." She was also named Heartland Player of the Week twice.

Recently, Jennifer Cabanilla has been agonizing over where she will spend her final year of eligibility. She is leaning heavily toward transferring to West Texas A&M. WTAMU is a Division II school with an excellent chance for winning a national championship. Jennifer feels like she can make a contribution to a team like that.Whatever she decides for next year, she plans to complete her BBA in Corporate Finance at St. Mary's by spring of 2002.

Jennifer hopes to continue playing volleyball even after she graduates. She plans to become a financial analyst for some major corporation and sees herself "helping Harlandale out in anyway [she] can."

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Benavides Scores at Region Meet

(4/26/01) David Benavides concluded his high school athletic career at the Region IV Track Meet held on April 28 at Alamo Stadium. His "put" of 52' 8" was good enough for 6th place at the meet and a coveted "regional point." David was the first HHS competitor to score a point at the regional meet since Oscar Gutierrez qualified for the state meet in 1984.

Besides being one of only 16 shot putters from our region (which includes all of SA, Austin, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, and Del Rio) to qualify for this event , David had several other highlights during his senior season. His throw of 55' 2" earlier this year was the best among all 5A shot putters in the Greater San Antonio Area. He also won four of the meets in which he competed.

Congratulations to David on a job well done.

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District Meet 2001

(4/12/2001) David Benavides tossed another personal best in the shot put this week at the 28-5A District Meet. The 55’ 02” throw was good enough for second place, and that means that David advances to the Region IV Meet, which will be held on April 28. Russell Mitcherling of Victoria Memorial finished in 1st place with a throw of 56’ 06”. A quick look at the results of the district meets held this week in San Antonio indicates that David is one of the best shot putters in San Antonio. At the Region IV Meet, however, he will have to compete against the best from San Antonio, Laredo, Corpus Christi, and the Brownsville area.  It will be interesting.

Christina Gonzales also qualified for the Region IV Meet with a second place finish in the 1600 meter run. The Express-News left that event out of the Friday edition, so I do not know her official time. She is another true competitor; you might remember reading about her in an Express-News feature story earlier in the year. The story is still hyperlinked below.

I don’t often have an opportunity to sit in the bleachers and be a “fan” of the Indians, but this week, during the running finals of the 28-5A District Meet, I had a chance to do just that. I grabbed a Diet Coke and bag of peanuts, found a shady spot and waited to cheer for the boys and girls from Harlandale who had qualified for the finals in their respective events. What I witnessed, did my Indian heart good. In race after race, the maroon and gold crossed the finish line in a manner that redefined “leaving it all on the track.” The desire and determination and courage that these kids displayed was incredible and inspiring.

The boys’ 1600 meter relay team (Jesse Aguirre, Omar Aguirre, Bryan Diaz, and Chris De La Rosa) was a perfect example. Brackenridge was a heavy favorite to win this event, but second place was going to be a battle between HHS and Victoria Memorial HS. The event began and Brack shot out as expected. The Indians and the Vipers were a few yards behind, but they were running stride for stride, elbow to elbow with each other. As each of the young men took his turn around the track the commitment was clear. They had decided that for 400 meters they were going to give all they had to each other. These days, in 400 meters there is no room for “pacing.” It is a dead run for 50+ seconds, and for 50+ seconds at a time we were treated to a display of what these young Indians have taught us to expect, maximum, MAXIMUM effort. For the entire race the black and blue and the maroon and gold were so intertwined that it was difficult to determine which team held the advantage. The race stayed like this for every exchange of the baton, for each of the four “legs” of the relay.

In the end, it was the Vipers who finished a mere half step ahead of the Indians. The third place finish means that these young men have competed for the last time wearing the HHS maroon and gold. Hopefully, these seniors will understand, however, that they are part of a much larger relay, a relay of tradition and pride. What they held was not so much a baton as it was a torch; and while they held the torch, they exemplified all that is good about Harlandale athletics. For 3:26.20 they reminded us all of what it means to wear these proud colors. They made the old Indians proud, and they offered the next “leg” in the larger relay a perfect example of what it means to be an Indian.

Ray Garza at TLU

(3/25/2001) Ray Garza is a junior at Texas Lutheran University, and after this semester he will have completed 102 hours towards his BA in Business with a concentration in management.  He hopes to complete the remaining 24 credit hours by May of 2002. Before he tries the business world, however, Ray will give professional golf his best shot. Upon graduating, he plans to go to PGA qualifying school to earn his PGA touring card. A PGA card allows golfers to enter all PGA events.

Ray was just named American Southwest Conference (ASC) player of the week for his outstanding golf in the Bohmann Collegiate Classic (March 11th - 17th) which Texas Lutheran University hosts each spring.  He posted a three round total of 227 (72, 72, 81) and placed 8th in a field of 105 golfers. Ray’s first two rounds were played at Starke Park Golf Course. His final round was played at The Bandit Golf Course. Ray’s 227 was the best score in the entire conference.

Ray is currently the “number two” golfer on the team. The team leader is a senior, so Ray hopes to provide the team leadership next year.

Bryan Diaz is Trinity Bound

(3/25/2001) "Congratulations! I am delighted to inform you...," the letter begins telling Bryan Diaz that he has been accepted to Trinity University as a member of their Class of 2005. Bryan's "fine academic credentials and personal accomplishments" made him one of only 640 students (out of more than 3000 applicants) who earned acceptance to Trinity this year.

Bryan has maintained an A average for four years at HHS, and he has excelled at whatever endeavors he has undertaken. We are proud of him, and we know that he will represent the Harlandale community well. Go Indians! Go Tigers!

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Boys Win Track Meet

(2/24/2001) - The Harlandale Boys Varsity Track Team won the South San Bobcat/Cougar Relays, finishing the meet with an ever-so-slim six point margin over the John Jay Mustangs. The Indians claimed 115 points overall which included a whopping 40 points from first place finishes in the sprint and mile relays. Edwin Torres also claimed a blue ribbon in the 200 meter dash. The field events (jumps and throws) also played a major role in claiming the meet trophy by contributing 40 points to the final tally.

Harlandale Staff Presents at Laredo Clinic

(2/11/2001) - This weekend,  the Harlandale football staff accepted an invitation to present a lecture at the "Gateway to Mexico" Sports Clinic held annually in Laredo, Texas. The clinic was attended primarily by the coaching staffs of high schools in Laredo and its surrounding area. Coach Isaac Martinez spoke of the importance of "eliminating confusion" throughout the football program, and Coach Oscar Cardenas gave the attendees a peek (not to worry, just a peek) of some of the things that make the Indian running game successful. The presentations were reinforced with a Powerpoint presentation and film footage from past contests.

The Indians would like to thank Mr. John Lerma (clinic organizer) and Coach David Sanchez of Holmes High School for their hospitality.

Favorite Game?

(2/4/2001) - Our latest "Totem Poll" asked The Warpath readers to choose their favorite game of the 2000 football season. Forty three votes were submitted; there was a clear winner, and not a single hanging chad was reported. Thirty three respondents (73%) picked the Victoria game as their favorite. I guess week 10, championship-deciding contests are special, no big surprise there. Five voters thought the South San game was the best. Two votes apiece were cast for the John Jay and McCollum games. Frontier Bowl, third favorite? Go figure. The Highlands game received one vote. Thanks to all the readers who voted, and don't forget to drop by The Warpath Home Page to vote in the current poll.

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Express-News Honors Three Indians

(12/2000) - For the second year in a row, three Harlandale Indians were named to the Express-News Greater San Antonio First Team. The All-City honorees are Mario Estrada (sr. DB), Toby Korrodi (jr. QB), and Mark Molina (jr. WR). Mario Estrada was the leading interceptor among 5A defenders, and Toby Korrodi and Mark Molina were key elements on an Indian offense that led or was near the top in all offensive categories. Steve Mancha (sr. OL) and Roger Villa (jr. RB) were Second Team selectees.

Mario Estrada, sr. DB
Toby Korrodi, jr. QB
Mark Molina, jr. WR
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Indians Sweep Southside Reporter Honors

(12/21/00) - The Southside Reporter came to Indian Territory this week to bestow all three of its annual football awards on Harlandale Indians. Coach Isaac Martinez was named Coach of the Year, and QB Toby Korrodi and DB Mario Estrada were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year respectively. For Coach Martinez, this marks the second straight year that he has been thus honored. Last year, he shared the honor with former Highlands coach, Kenny Gray. Mario Estrada was the city's leading interceptor among 5A teams. Mario succeeds AJ Jaramillo, another Indian defender, as the SSR Defensive Player of the Year. Toby Korrodi passed for over 2000 yards and was in the top 3 of all QB stats citywide.

The Warpath expresses it appreciation to Gabe Farias, John Escobedo, and the entire Southside Reporter staff for another year of unparalleled coverage of football in San Antonio's southern sector. No one covers southside football like Gabe Farias and the SSR.

All District Selections

(12/20/00) -Congratulations to the following Indians who were named to the 28-5A All District Teams.
1st Team 2nd Team Academic All-District
David Benavides, OL Eric De Los Santos, TE Jesse Aguirre
Bryan Diaz, LB Adrian Lopez, OL Omar Aguirre
Mario Estrada, DB Aaron Sanchez, RB Roy Alcoser
Jose Falcon, C Lee Roy Smith, DB David Benavides
Richard Hughes, DT Mike Torres, DT Eric De Los Santos
Toby Korrodi, QB Matt Zavala, LB Bryan Diaz
Steve Mancha, OL Joseph Junod
Jacob Martinez, WR Honorable Mention John Marin
Sergio Mejia, K John Marin, DB Jacob Martinez
Mark Molina, WR Fernando Molina, OL Fernando Molina
David Mora, DE Mark Molina
Eric Torres, Def Util David Mora
Roger Villa, RB James Rodriguez
Matt Zavala

Read the Express-News article

Media Coverage of HHS Football (2000)

Marshall Week
Harlandale/Marshall, Express-News article by John Hines
E-mail John Hines

McCollum Week
Read "Shootout at Memorial" from the Express-News
Listen to The Frontier Bowl, a TSRN.com archived broadcast
Read The Frontier Bowl,  Express-News article by Dan McCarney

Edison Week
Harlandale/Edison, Express-News article by John Hines
E-mail John Hines

United South Week
Read the Harlandale/United South E-N article by Aditi Kinkhabwala
Korrodi gives Indians extra option from the Express-News
E-mail Aditi Kinkhabwala

Seguin Week
Harlandale/Seguin, Seguin Gazette article
Harlandale/Seguin, Express-News article by Charles Olmsted

Highlands Week
Read the Harlandale/Highlands story from the Express-News
Listen to the archived Harlandale/Highlands game on TSRN.com

South San Week
Read the Harlandale/South San Express-News article
Listen to the archived Harlandale/South San game on TSRN.com

Brackenridge Week
Read the Harlandale/Brack article by Charles Olmstead

Southwest Week
Read the Harlandale/Southwest article by Raul Flores
Tell the sportswriter what you think, E-mail Raul Flores

Victoria Week
Listen to the archived HHS/Victoria game on TSRN.com
Read the HHS/Victoria article in the Express-News
Read the HHS/Victoria article in the Victoria Advocate

John Jay Week
David Flores: Community pride fuels Harlandale's success
Let David Flores know what you think, E-mail David Flores
# 80, Mario Estrada: "A Game Maker." Read the E-N article
# 30, Aaron Sanchez is "Wolf Brand Chili, Player of the Week"
Listen to the archived HHS/John Jay game on TSRN.com
The Express-News has not posted an article to their website

MacArthur Week
David Flores: Harlandale determined not to repeat history
Express-News: Happy Days at Harlandale
David Flores: MacArthur vs. Harlandale: "It's a great matchup,..."
Let David Flores know what you think, E-mail David Flores
Express-News: Brahmas bull past Indians
Listen to the archived HHS/MacArthur game on TSRN.com
IHigh.com: Region IV Recap - Playoffs Round 2

Post-Season Coverage
Express-News: High School Football All-district Class 5A

2000-01 Media Coverage of HHS (All Sports)

Basketball, Ladies'
Lady Indians lose one in Victoria, Victoria Advocate article

Basketball, Men's
Chavez brothers find Harlandale, Express-News article by David Flores
E-mail David Flores
Harlandale/South San, archived TSRN.com webcast
HHS/Victoria Pregame,  Victoria Advocate article
HHS drops one in Victoria, Victoria Advocate article
Memorial vs. Harlandale: Part 3, Victoria Advocate article
Indians lose "Clincher," Victoria Advocate article

Soccer, Ladies'
SchoolSports.com Student-Athlete of the Week: Christina Gonzalez
Gonzalez sisters never quit despite enduring father's death,
Express-News article by Dan McCarney

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Leal Apaches 7th Grade Team Wins STAC Division I

Congratulations to Coaches Carlos Wolfe, Simon Aguirre, James Diaz, and the Leal Middle School 7th grade football team for winning the STAC Division I football championship. The Apaches finished the season with a 6-2 record overall and a perfect 4-0 record in division play. Keep up the good work, Tribe!
* denotes division game

SchoolSports.com Honors Coach Cardenas and Brothers

(10/03/2000) -One of our favorite websites, SchoolSports.com honored Coach Oscar Cardenas and his brothers this week, naming them "Coaches of the Week." The humorous and enlightening article is a "must read" for all Indian fans. Click on the link below to read the story.

SchoolSports.com Honors Coach Cardenas

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Bryan Diaz Named E-N Player of the Week

(10/03/2000) - Senior linebacker, Bryan Diaz, was named the Express News Player of the Week for his outstanding play against the Panthers of United South. Although the Indians only had to defend 30 snaps, Bryan made the most of each one. He was in on 16 tackles (10 of which were solos), 2 sacks and 2 more tackles for negative yardage. Bryan also recovered the first fumble which set up the Indians' first score.

In the E-N article, Bryan, (a straight "A" Honor Society student) was noted for his speed, vision and intelligence. The Express-News writes, "One of the fastest athletes in the Harlandale program, he combines an explosive first step with an ability to see the whole field....Bryan is the type of player who understands the concept of a scheme."

Congratulations to Bryan and to the entire Indian football team.

The Warpath Gets New Look

(10/01/2000) - A special thanks to Harlandale alum, Richard Ortega, (class of '77) who took the time to redesign the banners at the top of all the pages on this website. They provide a much more polished look than the original ones. His son, Richard Jr. is a member of the Indians' freshman football team.

UIL Considers Changing Football Playoffs

(7/08/2000) - The UIL is seriously considering a change in the current football playoff format for Class AAAAA schools. Currently,  the UIL Legislative Council Standing Committee on Athletics is reviewing a proposal from The Texas High School Coaches Association that would allow for only one state championship in football in all classifications. That would mean the end of the two-tiered playoff system that is currently in effect in Class AAAAA. Smaller 5A schools like Harlandale (and McCollum, if it rejoins 5A in the next re-alignment) would be placed in the same playoff bracket as schools like Judson that have enrollments twice the size of HHS. The UIL staff will survey school superintendents in September and allow them to vote on playoff options.

The most recent "Totem Poll" indicates that Indian Fans are strongly opposed to such a change. Only 27 Warpath readers expressed their opinions, but there does seem to be an obvious consensus among the poll-takers. An overwhelming majority (85%) believe that the UIL should continue to separate the the large 5A schools from the smaller ones in high school football playoff brackets.

Almost half of the voters (13, 48%) think the playoff system is fine just the way it is, and a smaller percentage (10, 37%) would like to see a Class 6A created to house the bigger schools. Only four of the 27 voters (14%) would prefer to match all 5A schools in one bracket and find a winner as the THSCA has proposed.

If you would like to express your opinion to any of the "movers and shakers" of this issue, you can do so by clicking on any of the the links below and emailing them a piece of your mind.

Read the 7/30/2000 Express-News article

E-mail the UIL
E-mail Texas High School Coaches Association
or call Mr. Jordan, HISD Superintendent, at
(210) 921-4300

Playoff Survey Results (follow-up article)

Recently, The Warpath reported that superintendents would be polled by the UIL in September to help the UIL determine the format for future high school football playoffs. The results of the poll are in, and here is a summary of the story filed by Aditi Kinkhabwala and Dan McCarney in the October 17, Express-News:

High school superintendents continue to favor the current foootball playoff format that produces two state champions in class 2A through 5A, according to a survey released Monday by the University Interscholastic League.

In a survey that netted 687 responses from superintendents around the state, 315 supported the current system. Of the other options, 187 supported the second that produced just one state champion in each class and 185 supported the third option that sent more teams to the playoffs and crowned two state champs.

Read the entire 10/17/2000 Express-News story

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Nick's Notebook

(8/9/00)- Before Nick LaFosse left to play in the THSCA All-Star Football Game earlier this month, The Warpath invited him to keep a journal of his thoughts and reflections while preparing for his big night. The following are excerpts from his 3 day diary:

Go Indians! Go Nick! Go SWTSU Bobcats!

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THSCA honors Coach Van Griner

(8/8/00) - At its annual convention, held in Houston this year, the Texas High School Coaches Association presented Coach Van Griner of HHS with a beautiful plaque honoring him for his 25 years of dedicated service to the coaching profession.

Coach Van Griner began his coaching career at Harlandale High School during the 1974-75 school year. During his tenure, he has coached football, basketball, baseball, and track. Currently he serves as Head Coach for the boys track team and assistant coach for the football team. Through the years, Coach Van Griner has had two of his tracksters (Andy Martinez and Oscar Gutierrez) qualify for the state track meet and numerous others qualify for regional track meets.

Of all the duties that he must perform, Coach Van Griner says that the most enjoyable one is "practice time with athletes who truly desire to improve themselves." When asked what his favorite memory was, he recalled winning the varsity track district championship in 1985. The district track meet was held in Laredo that year, and Coach Van Griner claims that the two trophies awarded to the Indian track team got their very own seats on the bus for the trip back to San Antonio.

The Warpath joins the THSCA in congratulating Coach Van Griner for his 25 years of commendable service.

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Two New Coaches at our Middle Schools

(8/01/00) - Harlandale Indian Football welcomes two new middle school coaches to our program this year. Ed Padilla will kick-off his career at Harlandale Middle School, and John Hanna will assume various coaching duties at Leal M.S.

Ed Padilla (HHS, '93), a starting defensive end on the Indians' 1992 district championship team, returns to Indianland after fulfilling his degree requirements at UTSA. Although this is his first official coaching job, Ed kept himself quite busy during his college years assisting at schools such as Randolph and Cole in track and field. He will be teaching at Columbia Heights (his elementary alma mater) and coaching the 7th grade football, basketball, and track teams at HMS.

John Hanna, a 1993 graduate of Seguin High School (ironically Ed and John lined up against each other in that 1992 season), will be coaching football, basketball, and track at Leal Middle School. Hanna received his bachelor's degree from Hardin-Simmons where he played on the offensive line and was the deep snapper on special teams. This will be Hanna's fifth year of coaching; he coached for two years at Hardin-Simmons and for two more at Alamo Heights Junior High School.

The Indians welcome Padilla and Hanna to their proud program.

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Fortune Tellers Practicing Their Craft

(7/22/2000) - It's late July in South Texas, and you can be assured of three things: 1) the temperature is 100+ degrees, 2) football coaches' hair is graying more rapidly, and 3) predictions for the upcoming football season are pouring in.

High school football prognosticators have taken out their tea leaves and crystal balls to let us know what we should expect from our favorite teams this year. Whether they are predicting state level glory or 10 weeks of gloom and doom, these soothsayers are happy to share their expertise with us.

The biggest question for fans of 28-5A football is, "Just how good is Victoria going to be?" Victoria High and Victoria Strohman have consolidated to form one single high school, Victoria Memorial. Pigskin Prep.com says that V. Memorial is the 4th best team in Texas; Collier-Sharp ranks them at 78th. Hmmm.... somebody's crystal ball is fuzzy.

It won't take long to find out which of the experts is out of focus, the Vipers will play Midland Lee in the Alamodome on August 2nd in the HEB Texas Football Classic. That should give everyone some indication of how good the "new kid on the block" will be.

Despite the varying opinions on where they rank in  Texas, the large enrollment has the fortune tellers convinced that the newly formed Vipers are the team to beat in our district. Harlandale gets its share of respect, but there is wide array of opinion among the football prophets concerning 2nd through 6th places in district 28-5A.

Surf the sites and see what you think. Hyperlinks to the best high school news web sites can be found on The Warpath home page.

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Baby Girl Joins Indian Family

(6/30/2000)- Coach Manny Campos and his wife, Rose are celebrating the birth of their first child, Rene' Marie. The newest addition to the Indian Family was born on Friday, June 23. After an arrival that was a wee bit early, mother and child are doing as well as can be expected. Dad, however, is still pretty shaky.

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Team finishes season undefeated

(6/30/2000)-The Harlandale Indian 7 on 7 team completed their season in remarkable fashion with a close victory against their Frontier Bowl rivals, the McCollum Cowboys. The Indians closed the season out with an unblemished 9-0 record.

Jesse Arguello, Omar Aguirre, David Benavides, Edgar Esparza, Jose  "Hoey" Falcon, Toby Korrodi, Jacob Martinez, Mark Molina, Desi Talamantez, Mike Torres, and Roger Villa are handling the offensive chores.

The defense consists of Andrew Aguilar, Jesse Aguirre; Bryan Diaz, Tommy Espinosa, Mario Estrada, Sam Lira, John Marin, and Jose "Randy" Villarreal.

The Indians' summer league baseball team is enjoying some summer success, too. They also finished 1st place in summer  league action. The Indians beat Southwest 6-1 in their final game.

(This story was contributed by summer correspondent, Claudia Ventura)

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Schoolsports.com Chooses HHS Twice

(6/13/2000)-Schoolsports.com recently looked back at all the happenings on San Antonio's high school sports scene over the past school year and chose 10 stories that it considered to be the best stories of the last 12 months. According to School Sports, Anthony Jaramillo's big week vs. East Central and Harlandale's playoff game vs. Holmes were two of the top sports stories.

Read the School Sports.com article

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Anthony Jaramillo wins MVP in East West All-Star Game

(5/21/2000)-Anthony Jaramillo intercepted a pass on his own ten-yard line, and then spent the rest of the game ruining the nights of all-stars like Jerome Brooks and Luke Fashaw. The potent East All-Star team was unable to complete a single pass to any receiver that Jaramillo was covering, and several East All-Star running backs felt the bone jarring tackles that Indian fans had come to expect from the Harlandale defensive back.

For his efforts, Jaramillo was named the defensive MVP for the West All-Stars. He was given a beautiful plaque and Harlandale High School was given 300 dollars in Anthony's name. It was a great way to cap a high school career with many highlights. Indian fans should be proud of our #84; he has given a LINSA effort throughout his high school playing days.

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Read the School Sports.com article

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Maroon and Gold Teams Battle to 30-30 Tie

(5/18/2000)-If the annual Maroon and Gold game is any indication of what to expect from next year's football team, Indian fans can look forward to a ton of fireworks from both sides of the football.

The Maroon and Gold squads battled to a thrilling 30-30 finish as sophomore running back, Lupe Castaneda of the Maroon squad scampered around the left side of the line and was tackled by a swarming Gold squad defense inside the 5 yard line on the last play of the game.

The Maroon team, led by Toby Korrodi, put 30 points on the board in a variety of ways. The offensive line provided the blocking for Castaneda to get two very nice break-away TD runs, and the defense tallied 3 touchdowns of its own. Junior strong safety, Edwin Torres scored two touchdowns and caused a fumble that senior LB, Jimmy Salazar scooped up and ran back for the 3rd defensive TD of the night. Senior DB, Mario Estrada had a key drive-ending interception.

Senior QB, Jesse Aguirre and sophomore QB, DJ Hoofard led the Gold offense to a well-balanced 30 points. The ground game provided a 3 touchdown punch, and the air game wasn't far behind with 2 tallies. Handoffs to Roger Villa accounted for two touchdowns and a toss to Ricky Nino rang up another 6 points for the Gold team. Mark Molina also crossed the goal line twice, taking one TD pass from Aguirre and the other from Hoofard. Aguirre tucked the ball away and ran for one touchdown of his own. The Gold defense did not score, but they did an excellent job of applying pressure. They got several long sacks that helped the Gold team win the field position battle.

The Maroon and Gold game was a great way to end a successful Spring Training. Next year should be an exciting one for Indian fans.

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27-5A All District Selection for 1999

The 1999 Harlandale Indians were well represented on the 27-5A all district team. 10 were named to the Academic  All-District team, 7 were named to the All-District First Team, 7 were named to the Second Team, and 8 received honorable mention.

Academic All-District Honorees: Jesse Aguirre (jr. DB), Omar Aguirre (jr. WR), Alex Altamirano (sr. OL), Jason Alvarado (sr. LB), David Benavidez (jr. OL),  Adam De Leon (sr. TE), Eric De Los Santos (soph. TE), Bryan Diaz (jr. LB), Edgar Esparza (soph. WR), Jose Falcon (jr. OL), Jason Garcia (jr. LB),  Richard Hughes (jr. DL), Toby Korrodi (soph. QB), Nick La Fosse (sr. OL), Adrian Lopez (soph. DL), Jacob Martinez (jr. WR), Fernando Molina (jr. OL), Mark Molina (soph. WR), Matt Salinas (sr. WR), Joshua Ytuarte (sr. OL), Matt Zavala (sr. WR)

First Team All-District: David Benavidez (jr. OL), Anthony Jaramillo (sr. DB), Nick La Fosse (sr. OL), Toby Korrodi (soph. QB), Mark Molina (soph. WR), Freddie Pena (sr. LB), and Roger Villa (soph. RB)

Second Team All-District: Adam De Leon (sr. TE), Bryan Diaz (jr. LB), Mario Estrada (jr. DB), Richard Hughes (jr. DL), Jacob Martinez (jr. WR), Daniel Rico (sr. DE), and Juan Zuniga (sr. K)

Honorable Mention: Jason Alvarado (sr. LB), Jose Falcon (jr. C), Steve Mancha (jr. OL), David Mora (jr. DE), Matt Salinas (sr. WR), Lee Smith (jr. DB),  Marco Trujillo (sr. WR), Matt Zavala (jr. LB/DB)

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Family feeling fuels Harlandale
(this column was written by David Flores; it appeared in the Express-News on Nov.3, 1999)

Isaac Martinez learned early in his coaching career that there is something unique about Harlandale High School.

Hired by former football coach M.J. Trammell right out of college in 1983, Martinez was struck by the Indians' pride and competitive spirit in all phases of school life. And at the center of it all, he says, was a sense of family, a sense of belonging. Rudy De Los Santos, Trammell's successor, fostered the same goodwill.

A 1978 Edison graduate, Martinez didn't quite know what to make of Harlandale when he started working at the South Side school.

"Back in those days, Edison was considered a North Side school," Martinez said. "It's not like I had culture shock when I went to Harlandale, but it was different.

M.J. and Rudy taught me that this is a close-knit community. It's like a close-knit family, really. That's
exactly what Harlandale is all about."

Now in his 17th year at Harlandale, including his sixth as the Indians' head football coach, Martinez shares a special bond with the players he coaches, their parents, fans and the community in general.

At 39, Martinez is still a very young man. But since starting his career at Harlandale, Martinez has seen a lot of players pass through the Indians' locker room.

"I've coached their older brothers and uncles," Martinez said Wednesday before practice. "I haven't
been here long enough to have coached their fathers, but I'm getting close to that age. Some of the guys I coached early on have children in middle school.

"I guess it would be pretty awesome to coach young men whose fathers you coached and know personally. When you can stay at a place that long, I think it makes coaching really worthwhile."

Regardless of what happens in the future, Martinez's tenure at Harlandale has been rewarding, enlightening, exciting and never boring. "Every day is different and every day is a challenge," Martinez said.

Martinez faces one of those challenges Friday night, when he sends his Indians against the rival McCollum Cowboys in the annual Frontier Bowl at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. Harlandale (5-4, 4-2) can clinch the third-place playoff spot in District 27-5A with a victory. McCollum (4-5, 3-3) is coached by Rey Madrigal, a Harlandale graduate who was Martinez's defensive coordinator for three years before becoming the Cowboys' head man in 1997.

Harlandale football teams always have been noted for their tenacity, discipline and exciting style, and the Indians' profile hasn't changed since Martinez succeeded De Los Santos in 1994.

"What I like about the kids at Harlandale is that they are real respectful kids," Martinez said. "You can see that there's a hunger for succeeding. They want success and are willing to put in the time and effort to be successful. Our kids spend a lot of time in the weight room and in the field house, watching films. They're always hanging around. These kids are looking for something to attach themselves to and be a part of."

A victory over McCollum will put Harlandale back in the playoffs for the first time since Martinez's first season, when the Indians shared the '94 district title with East Central. They lost in bidistrict and finished 9-2. That's the only season Harlandale has advanced to the playoffs under Martinez, who has a 32-27-1 record.

Harlandale teams usually aren't big or fast, but they aren't devoid of talent, either. Remember running back Chris Reyna, a three-time Express-News All-Greater San Antonio selection from '93-95? Reyna could flat-out run the football. But, for the most part, the Indians' aren't going to overwhelm anybody with talent. They combine a little talent with quickness and a lot of heart to be competitive most of the time. In short, Martinez and his staff do a masterful job of getting a lot out of their

That's what makes the Indians so much fun to watch.

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Indians Get New District, Opponents

The Harlandale Indians learned who their opponents will be for the next two years when the UIL announced its new classifications and districts on February 1st. Harlandale will play five non-district games and five district contests.

The Indians will join district 28-AAAAA which will also include Brackenridge, Highlands, Southwest, South San, and Victoria. Next year, Victoria will combine its two high schools (Victoria H.S. and Strohman H.S.) to form one single high school with an enrollment of approximately 4,000 students. Should the Indians make the playoffs, they will be pitted against 27-AAAAA which is comprised primarily of Northside ISD teams.

Although the non-district schedule is not yet finalized, the Indians' non-district opponents will probably be Marshall (SA), McCollum (which has moved back into class 4-A), Edison, Laredo United South, and Seguin. As it now stands, the football schedule has the Indians starting play in "week zero" (the week before most teams will start), and then having no game on week two.

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Nick La Fosse Signs with Southwest Texas State University

The Bobcats of Southwest Texas State University nabbed the Indians' All-City offensive tackle, Nick La Fosse on February 2nd, the NCAA's national signing day. After being recruited by several NCAA programs (TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma, OSU, and others), Nick decided the best option for him was in San Marcos. The Bobcats offered Nick a full scholarship (five years) for his decision to play for the fine football program at SWTSU. De Besse, the Bobcat's Head Coach, called Nick a "steal" and said he worried constantly that one of the larger universities would coax Nick their way. Besides tearing up defensive linemen, Nick hopes to earn a Business Degree at Southwest.

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Three Indians Named to Express-News' All-City First Team

Nick La Fosse (sr. OL), Anthony Jaramillo (sr. DB), and Roger Villa (soph. RB) were named to the Express-News All-City First Team. This isthe first time in recent history that three Indians were so honored. The last Harlandale football player to be named to the All-City First Team was Chris Reyna. He was a three time honoree. Big Nick La Fosse was a leader on the Indian's solid offensive line and played a big part in all those yards racked up by our offense this year. Anthony Jaramillo led the city in interceptions and was named Defensive Player of the Week after he nabbed 4 interceptions in a big win against East Central. Roger Villa gained 1776 yards this year and is on pace to surpass Chris Reyna's mark of 4446 career yards. Toby Korrodi and Mark Molina received honorable mentions.

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Listen to Harlandale Football Games

Harlandale vs. Highlands 1999
Harlandale vs. Southwest 1999
Harlandale vs. Holmes (Playoff game) 1999

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Media Coverage 2002

David Flores: South Side league an affordable option (7/23/02)

Volleyball: Height doesn't stymie Indians (8/24/02)

Dan McCarney: Frontier Bowl remains an intense affair (9/06/02)

McCarney: Bizarre ending sends McCollum past Harlandale (9/07/02)

Raul Dominguez: Mora lights up Edison (9/13/02)

Mitch Worthington: Led by new QB, Harlandale pops Buttons (9/20/02)

Mitch Worthington: Fredericksburg rolls by Harlandale (9/28/02)

John Hines: Indians have a final kick (10/12/02)

Volleyball: Harlandale seizes the lead in District 27-5A (10/12/02)

Defensive Player of the Week, Jason Flores HHS DB (10/15/02)

Bethel spiced with San Antonio flavor (10/17/02)

Dan McCarney: Press-box coaches relay crucial information (10/18/02)

Christine Justice: Rangers shut Harlandale down (10/19/02)

Dominguez: Loyal fans give their favorite teams that extra edge (10/25/02)

Tim Skaggs: Highlands running game too much for Harlandale (10/27/02)

Albert Villegas: Harlandale fends off Brack (11/02/02)

Volleyball: Harlandale upends Taft in bidistrict (11/06/02)

McCarney: Whitley carries East Central (11/09/02)

Hau! Indian Fans,

The 30-4A All-district football team has been announced. As you might have expected, the Indians were well represented.

District MVP    Jonathon Solano, Jr. QB
Defensive MVP    Andrew Aguilar, Sr. LB
Newcomer    Johnny Gonzales, Sr. LB
1st Team    Eustacio Tovar, Sr. OL (Unanimous)
1st Team    Andrew (AJ) Moreno, Sr. RB
1st Team    Daniel Alderete, Sr. DL (Unanimous)
1st Team    Javier Flores, Sr. DL
1st Team    Rudy Ibarra, Sr. LB
1st Team    Jason Flores, Sr. Secondary (Unanimous)
1st Team    Matthew Rodriguez, Jr. Secondary
2nd Team    Michael Lopez, Sr. OL
2nd Team    Joe Salais, Jr. RB
2nd Team    Adrian Benavides, Sr. WR
2nd Team    Darrell Ramirez, Sr. WR
2nd Team    Victor Mancha, Jr. DL
2nd Team    Raymond Ochoa, Sr. Secondary



One of the first lessons a freshman football player learns when he steps into the Harlandale fieldhouse is that anything less than 100% effort will not be accepted, not from his peers, his coaches or his community. It is a lesson that is every bit a part of Harlandale tradition as is the maroon helmet; and it is reinforced as much by Indian lore as it is by a carefully designed football program.

Game tapes are readily available to the kids at HHS; and although the most viewed are those in which the current group has participated, there are often requests for a 'classic.' "Hey coach do you still have that '92 Judson game? How about a good Frontier Bowl or East Central video, or THE Marshall game, or a Victoria tape?" The boys can pull dozens of videos depicting previous Indians accomplishing feats that no one north of Division Avenue ever thought they could. They are convinced that their time will come also, and they prepare for the opportunity to put another 'classic' in the video library.

And if the history lessons are not enough, then there is the added reinforcement of a carefully planned program that instills the Indian 'work ethic' at every step. From boot camp to spring training, from the Chief Chart to the final practice of the season the lesson of all-out effort is preached. The believers get Indian stickers for their maroon helmets and a chance to "carry the torch" through one, two or even three seasons.

The 2004 Tribe learned the lesson of 100% well. Their list of accomplishments is long: an unblemished district record; district, bi-district, and area championships; a 13 week season; a return to the the regional championship. Congratulations to this group of believers; you made us all proud.

And you added a couple of classics to the library.

Go Indians!

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Indians in the Media 2004

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Harlandale coach earns 300th victory N. England
30-4A Scouting Report Dan McCarney
Madison wins Harlandale Invitational N. England
Raley paces Madison...over Harlandale Jay Tope
Solano's secret lifts Indians Raul Dominguez
Central Catholic 23, Harlandale 13
Harlandale tips Southside in 4 N. England
Mules ride defense in shutout victory Paula Hunt
Floresville tops Harlandale N. England
(Corky) Nelson legacy is consistency David Flores
Harlandale crushes...Southside Paula Hunt
Harlandale stops South San Clint Hale
Area players set pace for A&M International Harry Page
Harlandale's Solanos have each other's backs N. England
Harlandale still perfect in 30-4A Jennifer Bellis
Harlandale coach nears mark Dan McCarney
Frontier Bowl missing familiar voice David Flores
Harlandale roughs up McCollum Jeff McDonald
Harlandale has no problems with Brackenridge Raul Dominguez
Fallen Marine was loyal at Harlandale and in life David Flores
Victory puts Harlandale in third round of playoffs Tim Skaggs
Harlandale making history Dan McCarney
Harlandale embraces hard work David Flores
Family remembers fallen son Sig Christenson
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