Manny Marquez

by Mike Magers

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Manny Marquez was a highly regarded sports writer who was a long time editor of the Hobbs News-Sun.  Manny was born in El Mulato, Mexico in 1945 and his family moved to Artesia where he attended school.  It was there that he developed his life long love for athletics.

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Leagues (Or is it Districts?)

by Dan Ford

In New Mexico today we don’t call them “leagues”. We call them “districts”. Schools are assigned an area of participation based upon their size and location. District One is usually in the northwest corner of the state. District Two is in the northeast corner, and so on. Classification 6A is the largest schools (Rio Rancho High is the biggest with 2461 students in 2015) and 1A is the smallest (Roy High School holds down that end of the chart with 15 students). So, District 3-4A is a league of medium sized schools that includes Hatch, Cobre, Silver City, Hot Springs, and Socorro.

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Who’s Best Football Coach in NM History?

by Buster Mabrey, Executive Director of New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

[Thomas “Buster” Mabrey has been the Executive Director of NMHSCA since 2008.  He is a graduate of Hobbs High School, has served in the US Navy and is an alumnus of New Mexico State University.  He’s served as an official, a coach and an athletic director at the high school level and has been an administrator at NMAA before coming to NMHSCA.  We are delighted to be allowed to share his recent article on two of the greatest names in high school football in our state.]

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Luc Longley

By Mike Magers

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Luc Longley was born in Australia in 1969. He was recruited to play basketball at University of New Mexico by then coach Gary Colson who had seen him while on a trip to Australia to recruit another player, Andrew Vlahov who wound up playing at Stanford University. Luc played for University of New Mexico from 1987 to 1991 and worked his way to a starting position.

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