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Looking Back: Netters take second consecutive state title in 1978

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Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Nov. 19-25.

40 years ago
Nov. 19-25, 1978

In a week in which five teams who were supposed to win didn’t, the results were enough to force a four-way tie for second place among the members of the Fearless Forecasters on the Daily Press Pigskin Poll. Losses by Alamogordo, Del Norte, Texas, New England and Pittsburgh screwed up the works, whereby Gary Scott, Danny Scott, Scott Eaton and guest pollster Tom Brown Jr. all wound up with not-so-hot 11-9 marks, putting them in a tie for second. First place went to Rick Hassler, who was not much better at 12-8, and third place went to Judy Kuykendall, who sadly slipped to an unglamorous 8-12 showing. By not finishing in last place, Tom Brown Jr. got to keep his broadcasting headphones. This week’s guest picker who will be putting his reputation on the line is Johnny Fanning, president of the Quarterback Club.


In a game which only really tested the ability of the Artesia coaching staff to convince their players to quit making mistakes, the Bulldogs Friday night romped over the Kirtland Central Broncos by an easy 42-6 margin after leading only 14-0 at halftime. Coach Mike Phipps told his offensive players to get after it, start picking up the stunts by the Bronco defense, and making their blocks, and it all worked out, as the players went out and struck for three third-quarter touchdowns to put the game away once and for all.


As reported in the Pinon News: W. F. and Nickey Gage were rather upset one day last week. Nickey went to get their truck and it would not start, so he went to his Dad and wanted him to take the pickup and jumper cables and help him start the truck as the battery was dead. When they went to hook the jumper cables to the battery there was no battery. Some hunter had decided he needed a battery worse than the Gages. The Gages had other ideas as they use the truck to haul stock and to haul water to other parts of the ranch as well as to many of the homes in Pinon which depend on the Gages truck for water for their homes. The Gages felt sure they knew who had gotten the battery, but that didn’t help at the time as it is 60 some miles to the nearest place they could get another.


Every member of the Artesia girls’ varsity volleyball team helped accept the state championship trophy minutes after they had beaten Portales to claim the Class 3A title for the second year in a row. They are: Robin Price, Dana Lee, Mecca Davis, Susan Starkey, Kellye Guy, Kim Bilberry, Melany Butler and Kelly Beadle. The Bulldogs beat the Ramettes 15-11, 5-15, 15-3 in the clincher. A great deal of credit must go to coach Linda Ferguson’s team, which was defending its state title won for the first time a year ago on the same Roswell High School court. Her players felt the pressure of being the defending champs all season long, at time nearly wilting under it, but still always managed to come back in key situations when the extra ounce of effort was needed. A typical example was Saturday’s three-game war with Portales.


Mrs. Wright’s sandwich bread was two loaves for $.89 and Lucerne milk was $1.69 per gallon at Safeway, 1207 W. Main St.


As reported in Big Orange Country, by Shelley Plattor: Tuesday of this week, the juniors received their much-awaited class rings. The stones were either orange or aquamarine. Then, in all senior English classes, the seniors began the planning and ordering for their graduation in May – decisions, decisions, it’s all part of being a senior. The Thanksgiving holidays are a welcome change for all of us but not really long enough. If we can just hold on for four more weeks, the Christmas holidays will be upon us. I just can’t wait. I am asking Santa for four As.

30 years ago
Nov. 19-25, 1988

As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Shirley Stone and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Debbie Stone, decided to open Shirley’s Café in Weed and run it themselves, instead of leasing it, as they have in the past. Also, it has been reported the Barn Door Café in James Canyon has been opened again. It is good that there are cafes open in the mountains, as it is so far to town.


CaraBeth Gray was crowned football queen at Monday’s football banquet, along with Denise Simer, junior princess, and Diane Williamson, sophomore princess.


Ruthie Sherrell recently joined the staff of the Artesia Daily Press as a reporter/photographer. A 1965 graduate of Artesia High School, she holds an associate’s degree in business administration from ENMU-R.


“They Live” and “Punch Line” were the featured films of the week at Cinema Twin.

20 years ago
Nov. 19-25, 1998

There is much reason to celebrate in Artesia this fall. There’s a new, state-of-the-art science building at Artesia High School and the Bulldog basketball team this season will play in a just-completed $4-million-plus arena that will seat 3,500. And of course, there’s the Artesia football team, unbeaten and arguably the best team in the state, regardless of class. The Bulldogs (10-0) face St. Pius (9-1) Saturday night in Albuquerque at Wilson Stadium in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A playoffs. Artesia is going for its sixth state championship since 1992, and if they play like they have all season, the Bulldogs may be unstoppable.


As reported in the Pinon News: Roy Holcomb and his brother, Herbert Holcomb, from Alamogordo came to Roy’s ranch in the higher country south and west of Weed, riding their horses, checking on the range and the cattle. They came not too far from the Stringfield ranch and rode on over there and visited and had lunch with them. Roy and Herbert are uncles of Mrs. Stringfield. Mr. and Mrs. Stringfield had been gathering cattle as they had planned to take a load of calves to the sales ring Sunday or Monday. All ranchers enjoy looking at other rancher’s cattle and ranches. They all had an enjoyable day.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking Back was compiled by Daily Press Community Living Editor Teresa Lemon.)

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