The Border Conference

by Mike Magers

From time to time, the Border Conference is mentioned here and elsewhere.  Its actual name was the  Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association and it was in existence for more than thirty years.  Established in 1931, it ran until it was dissolved after the 1961–62 season. In its fullness, its membership included the following schools:

Arizona (1931–1961)
Arizona State Teachers’-Flagstaff (now Northern Arizona; 1931–1952)
Arizona State Teachers’-Tempe (now Arizona State; 1931–1961)
University of New Mexico (1931–1951)
New Mexico A&M (now New Mexico State; 1931–1961)
Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech; 1932–1956)
Texas Mines (later Texas Western and University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); 1935–1961)
Hardin-Simmons (1941–1961)
West Texas Teachers’ (later West Texas State and now West Texas A&M; 1941–1961).

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Ross Black

by Mike Magers

Ross Black was honored at NMJC on April 18, 2015:

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Ross Black attended Lovington High School where he was a four sport letterman, all-state two times in basketball. In high school, he lettered in football two years, basketball three years, track three years and baseball one year. He was captain of the basketball and track teams his senior year and earned both all-district and all-state honors. In 1949-50, he played for the South in the North-South All Star game in 1950. He was President of the senior class, named best all around boy and most outstanding in school activities in 1950. He was starting guard for the 1949 New Mexico State Championship basketball team, Lovington’s first state championship in that sport, under then head coach Ralph Tasker.

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