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Local wrestling teams to grapple with the best at state meet

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Gallup High rebuilds program with four advancing to state

Gallup High wrestling has been down for a few years, but first-year head coach Esco Chavez is trying to build it back to its’ former respected status. The going has been slow, though, as Chavez will admit.

“I had hopes that others (from Gallup High)...

Looking up to ‘The Man’ since 1971

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By 1971, I had finished my enlistment with the U.S. Army just in time for the football season. To fit into my new civilian surroundings, I made a hasty appraisal and analysis of several teams that I would feel comfortable backing as a fan. Everyone seemed to have a favorite, for a multitude of reasons.

Having no previous loyalties, geographically or athletically, I used instead the characteristics of the owners and the potential of the players for my guide.

Family owned – check. Very good defense – check. A reliable running back – check, who also could catch a ball – double check. And a young quarterback too dumb to realize the importance of what he was doing – check. When...

Gallup High honors 2011 girls b-ball team

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The night of Feb. 4 was a special one for the Gallup girls’ basketball program.  Coach Turner welcomed back players from the 2011 team to honor their achievements and induct Justina Prairie Chief into the Gallup Hall of Fame.

She became the first player to receive this honor, which was previously reserved for coaches. The ceremony occurred at halftime of the game against Miyamura, and the current Bengals welcomed their alumni with a 51-15 lead at the break.

The Gallup dance team also gave an impressive performance at the start of half time, just before the 2011 team strolled onto the court.  Before announcing Prarie Chief’s Hall of Fame honor, Coach Turner had another...

Local teams struggle at ‘District Duals Round Robin’

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As confusing as the terminology in wrestling are the end-of-season meets. The District Duals Round Robin at Gallup High on Feb. 6 only decided the best team of the five in 1-5A, which is Piedra Vista.

The use of the word “Duals” is a little misleading as each of the five competed against the other four in the daylong process. The meet on Feb. 13 in Farmington will decide which individuals will go on to the state tournament the following weekend.

But it was fun to watch these young warriors of all sizes in one-on-one contact with others of the same build as they maneuvered, grasped, grunted and grappled for the best position possible, trying to avoid the takedown, or...

Bengal Ladies putting up big numbers, and wins

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This year’s edition of the Bengal Ladies’ Basketball Team is doing what is expected of them by coach Kamau Turner and the fans that follow them everywhere. Girls’ basketball in New Mexico has been growing in popularity, especially in the Four Corners area, where Gallup, Shiprock, Kirtland, Ramah and others within this geographic region have brought home the coveted Championship titles in almost all of the last 20-30 years. And the faithful fans follow the teams.

Dan Salzwedel, the former head of the NMAA, once remarked to this reporter that if he had a wish it would be that every state basketball tournament, boys and girls, be populated as much as possible by all high schools...

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