About Ray Sanchez

Ray Sanchez is a former sports editor of the El Paso Herald-Post. After his retirement, he wrote a sports column for the El Paso times and is now a sports columnist for El Paso Inc. He has covered the World Series, Super Bowl, NCAA, and US Open.

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  1. Posted by Terry Ponsford, AHS 1958 on January 1, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Ray,

    No reason you should remember me but I graduated from Austin in 1958. Willie Vasquez was a couple of years ahead of me and we played football together at AHS. I live in California and heard about the terrible accident that Willie and his family were in on the way to Amarillo around Thanksgiving. Our class has a Yahoo Group where we are able to correspond amongst a large number of our classmates. Many of us knew Willie while at Austin. He was a great athlete and an all around good guy. We would like to get in touch with him to let him know that he is in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Could you please find out and send me his physical and email addresses. I would have to expect that he would like to hear from those of us who are heartbroken by what he has had to go through these last few weeks. Thanks and I love getting the El Paso sports news from you.
    I cannot believe that El Paso is going to get a Triple A team. That is terrific news for those of us that grew up on class C and D baseball at Dudley Field seeing the likes of the Juarez Indios and the old leagues like the ATOM (Arizona, Texas and Old Mexico) League in the 50’s. I wonder how they came up that name? Anyway, best regards. By the way, in regard to great sports families over the years, I nominate the Sanchez’s from AHS: Mary who was a terrific tennis player and graduated around ’55 or 56, Ray (football, basketball, and baseball pitcher) about 55 or 56, his younger brother and my peer, Joe (Football, basketball and baseball — excellent at all — class of 59) and their youngest sister Tina, another great Tennis player. Unfortunately, tennis was the only sport girls could compete in. I would put my money on both of the Sanchez girls for any other sport if they were given a chance. They and there brothers great athletes for a long time and we all terrific people. They lived right across the street from the tennis courts at Austin.
    Thanks for your help if you can find Willie’s addresses and thanks for all of the stories I have read over the years from you. You are El Paso Sports in my mind.

    Best regards and Happy New Year

    Terry Ponsford
    tponsford@yahoo.com
    3353 Old Lawley Toll Road
    Calistoga, CA 94515

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