2017 The Year In Review
December 24, 2017 04:25 PM
As we look back on the 2017 calendar year, the past 12 months provided some memorable moments in the local sports world. Whether it’s the change of men’s basketball coaches at UNM and NMSU or the change at the top of the athletic department at the University of New Mexico or a couple locals helping a baseball franchise win their first World Series title, there were some game changers in local sports. As promised, here’s a look back at some of the noteworthy moments.
The Lobo men’s basketball team gives up a 25 point lead to Nevada and lose at home (this could be considered the beginning of the end in many ways).
Brian Urlacher is voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
UNM men’s basketball assistant Terrence Rencher gets into a verbal sparring match at Colorado State.
Taos basketball player Aailiyah Quintana scored 58 points in a game.
Shortly after, Sandia Prep’s Madie Trainor scores 59 in a game.
Football coach Terrell Trantham resigns at Los Lunas High School, opening the door for Artesia alum Jeremy Maupin to take over the Tigers.
West Las Vegas standout DJ Bustos breaks the state’s scoring record.
Holly Holm lost to Germaine de Randamie by unanimous decision, it was the third straight loss for Holm.
Clovis High School names Cal Fullerton their new head football coach.
The NMAA votes to go back to 5 classes (this is still a work in progress with several schools appealing).
Rio Rancho baseball coach Ron Murphy picks up win #500.
The New Mexico State men’s and women’s basketball teams win the WAC Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Multiple UNM women’s basketball players announce they are leaving the program.
Multiple UNM men’s basketball players (including Elijah Brown) announce they are leaving the program.
Sandia baseball coach John Gunther passes away after a battle with cancer.
Craig Neal is out as UNM men’s basketball coach, Paul Weir is in (leaving NMSU).
In a related fall of dominos, NMSU hires Chris Jans to take over the program.
NMSU women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh left, Brooke Atkinson takes over.
Dreamstyle Remodeling donates a big chunk of change to UNM for naming rights to the football stadium and basketball arena.
After an original announcement the program was to be cut, the UNM ski program is saved for at least one year.
Erica Beach is out as UNM softball coach.
The Lobo baseball team wins another regular season title.
Paul Krebs retires as UNM Vice President of Athletics.
UNM’s Josh Kerr wins a national championship in the 1500m event.
Carlsbad’s Trevor Rogers becomes a first round draft pick by the Miami Marlins.
UNM’s Dick McGuire passes away.
The UNM athletic department announces the Lobo Club is responsible for $400,000 in unpaid suites at the Pit.
Jarrin Solomon wins gold in the 4x400 relay while running for Trinidad & Tobago at the World Championships.
Courtney Frerichs wins silver in the 3,000 steeplechase at the World Championships.
UNM names Eddie Nunez the school’s new athletic director.
NMSU football coach Doug Martin receives an extension.
Five UNM football players kneel during the national anthem in a game against Air Force.
Former Albuquerque prep baseball standouts Alex Bregman and Ken Giles advance in the MLB playoffs and eventually help the Houston Astros win their first World Series title.
The UNM women’s cross country team wins a national title, Edna Kurgat is the individual winner.
Manzano standout Jordan Byrd caps off a fantastic football career helping his Monarchs win their first football state title.
Following a down season, UNM football coach Bob Davie fires offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse and corner backs coach Al Simmons.
NMSU wins a sixth game of the season and earns an invitation to the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl against Utah State. It’s NMSU’s first bowl game since 1960.
Urlacher is officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The UNM women’s basketball team sets a program record with 11 straight wins to start the season.
Holly Holm prepares for a UFC title fight against Cris Cyborg in Las Vegas.
(That fight will take place on December 30th, so I’ll wait to determine if it’s a highlight or lowlight of 2017. Holly shocked the world once against Ronda Rousey, New Mexico is pulling for a repeat feat later this week).
In a nutshell, that’s the year in review. While there were several other state championships handed out (Hope basketball & Academy tennis to name a few) and individual accomplishments (Cleveland’s Amanda Mayoral worth a mention), those are some of the memorable ones. Have a Happy New Year and let’s hope 2018 brings plenty of joy and cheer.
Updated: December 24, 2017 04:25 PM
Created: December 24, 2017 04:10 PM
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