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N.M. student-athlete secures victory in national high school football game

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GRANTS — A Grants High School student-athlete played a crucial role in helping his team win a national football game in Florida earlier this month.

Bryan Hernandez, a senior at Grants High School, helped his team, dubbed the White Team in the All-America Classic, secure a 24-13 victory in Orlando Jan. 2 by catching a...

Grants athlete selected to play in national football game

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High school football standout to play in All-America Classic

GRANTS — A Grants high school football player will have the opportunity to showcase his talents in a  game exclusive to high school seniors.

Student-athlete Bryan Hernandez, a senior at Grants High School, has been invited to play in the Spiral All-America Classic Bowl game in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 4.

The game, now in its third year, will have scouts from Division I football programs on-hand to see the talent from the student-athletes.

Overall, 110 players are invited to take part in the game.

Hernandez, who found out he was approved on Nov. 10 , is the first New Mexican to be invited to play in the game’s three-year...

Nez, Lizer recognize bull rider Keyshawn Whitehorse

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Finished seventh in world rankings

Numerous sports seasons were upended during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Professional Bull Riding managed to see its season through, capping off with the PBR World Finals in Arlington, Tex. from Nov. 12-15.

One of those finalists hails from the Navajo Nation: Keyshawn Whitehorse. Growing up in southern Utah, Whitehorse and his cousins would run around the land from dawn to dusk, and he began bucking calves by the time he was eight.

Whitehorse and his father learned about bull riding together by watching PBR events on TV and later practicing on a makeshift barrel behind their home.

He is recognized by his fans for embracing his Native culture, which...

Gallup’s Golden Gloves boxing champion

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A Gallup boxer won the first Golden Gloves State Championship in the Middleweight Division the first weekend in March at the Raymond G. Sanchez Comnmunity Center in Albuquerque.

Brandon Garcia’s USA boxing coach, Jesus Chamberlain, called it a technical fight in which Garcia delivered a concrete straight left in the third round on March 7, resulting in a Technical Knockout.

The next day, Garcia delivered an upper-cut and hook, knocking his opposition into the ropes, and causing the referee to stop the fight in the first minute of the second round, when Garcia was awarded the Technical Knockout victory.

The Gallup Boxing Club serves the McKinley County and New Mexico community by...

NMAA basketball championships continue

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Games without fans

With the guidance from its political leaders and health and education agencies, the New Mexico Activities Association will continue to play its basketball championships.

The players just won’t have fans in the stands.

According to a NMAA release sent out March 12, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Departments of Health and Education recommended that only team members, officials and essential facility and tournament workers be allowed at both Dreamstyle Arena and the Santa Ana Star Center.

Even members of the media will not be allowed entrance to either facility.

The state is encouraging all to watch the semifinal and finals on the NFHS Network at...
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