Coach Mike Brown

by Mike Magers

Coach Brown led the Albuquerque Academy Chargers for 26 seasons, achieving 432 wins against 263 losses, an enviable .622 record.  He began as head coach with the 84-85 season and his final year as head coach was 09-10.  During his tenure, the Chargers would win 14 district championships, make 20 state championship appearances and win the championship 6 times.

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School names: Lordsburg

by Mike Magers

Lords burg, New Mexico is the county seat of Hidalgo County which sits in the “Bootheel” area of southwestern New Mexico.  Its history includes having been settled by the Mogollon people from AD 150 to AD 1450.  Several generations of Indians resided there until the more recent Indian War years of the late 1800s, including the Apaches.  Being located on the site of natural springs, it became a natural stopping point for later travelers and settlers, including Mexicans and Anglos arriving from the eastern United States.

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Joe Jackson

by Mike Magers

“General” Joe Jackson was a basketball standout at Cimmaron, New Mexico in Colfax County.  He played college ball from 1936-1939 and was a member of some of the finest basketball teams to pass through New Mexico A&M, now known as New Mexico State University.  Joe stood 6’6″ tall which was quite unusual for the day.  He was joined by 5’8″ guard Morris “Pucker” Wood and Pecos Finley from Floyd, who were fresh from their state championship team in 1935.  They were part of what would become a high water mark for New Mexico State athletics.  Between 1934 and 1938, the football squad earned a record of 31-10-6 and between 1935 to 1940, the basketball team went 102 and 36.

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