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Navajo Pine’s Nez selected for annual Australia football tourney

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Superstar DT was fourth in nation in QB sacks last season

NAVAJO, N.M. – Nabahitachiini Nez, a student athlete at Navajo Pine High School, is the latest area athlete to be accepted to play at the Down Under Sports Tournament in Australia. The annual tournament takes place over the summer and includes student athletes...

Miyamura grappler raising funds for Australia trip

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Annual wrestling tourney gets participants from all over

Despite a challenging season as a wrestler for Miyamura High School, Bennie Baca was chosen to go to Australia to participate in that country’s Down Under Sports Wrestling Tournament. Besides the United States, the annual tournament consists of wrestlers from as far away as New Zealand, Hawaii and American Samoa.

The tournament takes place from July 10 through July 18 and Baca said he wants to concentrate on fundraising in the interim since Miyamura High School is not connected to the trip.

“I’m excited about going, in spite of the fact that I had a not all-that-good wrestling record the past year,” Baca, 17, said...

Gallup trainer getting boxing off the stool

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Kids travel all over for bouts

Joseph Olivas likes being in a corner.

It’s a space where re-engineering and re-evaluating are paramount. During a minute between rounds, he gets to relay a lifetime of advice. Sometimes his words are simple: Lead with your left and keep your chin down and hands up and keep moving.

Olivas, 46, volunteers a few hours an evening to train up-and-coming amateur boxers at the nonprofit Lites Out gymnasium on Gallup’s tough north side.

“Sometimes your reward doesn’t have to be money,” Olivas said. “My payment is when I see a kid develop in the ring from a young prospect to a real good prospect with a future. That’s my payment.”

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The loud vocal minority disagrees, but won’t participate

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It’s another rough start for the Gallup Amateur Baseball/Softball Association, which directs and organizes the recreational, yet competitive, baseball and softball teams and leagues for the upcoming summer months.

The president of the association, Kevin Menapace, was forced to resign after some parents insisted on appearing at his place of employment to complain about a variety of small items they didn’t like.

These were most likely the same parents who refused to attend any of the meetings where these decisions were discussed and agreed to, and probably in the same social grouping as those parents from last year that used the same tactics.

Some of the rule changes were necessary...

‘Playing with Heart’

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The Miyamura Patriots baseball team lost April 9 home conference game against Aztec by a score of 5-1, but not without giving it all their best. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ryan Hudgeons of RAH Photography

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