Coach Jim Bradley

by Mike Magers

Coach Jim Bradley of Las Cruces was a living legend, having won over 300 games in New Mexico high school football and state championships at two schools. He is second only to Eric Roanhaus of Clovis in total wins among New Mexico high school coaches.

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Hank Baskett, NFL

by Mike Magers

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Hank is a Clovis native, graduating from high school in 2001.  While in high school, he lettered in football, basketball and track.  Hank set the state record for New Mexico high jump at 7’0”, a record which was tied later that year, but which still stands as of this writing.  He also earned All-State honors while playing football for the Wildcats as a punter and wide receiver. 

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Kathy Whitworth

by Mike Magers

Kathy Whitworth’s beginnings in golf can be traced to the southern Lea County town of Jal, New Mexico. When she was in high school, there were few organized athletic activities for girls. She and some of her friends enjoyed playing tennis together and when she was fifteen years old, some of them invited her to join them in a round of golf. She was not enthusiastic about it at first, but agreed to go. From that point on, Whitworth says, she “became hooked.” Even though golf was then somewhat more difficult for her than other sports, with the help of her teacher, Harry Loudermilk, she learned the basics of the game, playing many rounds at the Jal Country Club. She won the 1957 and 1958 New Mexico State Amateur Championship.
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New Mexico Sports Blog

by Mike Magers

Hi folks.  We are going to start posting some articles focused on New Mexico athletes and athletics.  They will at first concern different individuals in the world of sports (not just limited to football) who have some connection to the state and will branch out from there.  We will also invite contributions from our friends.  We hope you enjoy the blog!