But while some customers feel comfortable scanning while shopping, plenty of others don’t.
“We’re trying to make our trips more convenient,” said Chris Baldwin, CEO of BJ’s.
But while some customers feel comfortable scanning while shopping, plenty of others don’t.
“We’re trying to make our trips more convenient,” said Chris Baldwin, CEO of BJ’s.
Pecos Flavors Winery has the opportunity obtain a two-year lease with the city of Roswell to operate a restaurant and bar at the Roswell International Airport.
Members of the Roswell City Council Legal Committee, including Chair Barry Foster, Jeanine Corn Best and Juan Oropesa, voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to recommend the proposal to the full Council.
The Council is scheduled to consider the lease at its next meeting March 15.
“We are very excited to bring this amenity to the citizens and city of Roswell,” Josh Ragsdale said.
A popular local winery, bistro and event venue, Pecos Flavors Winery was opened in 2004 by the Ragsdale family, which also owns The Liberty, a membership-supported bar, social club and event venue.
Air Center Director Scott Stark said Pecos Flavors will have a café area inside the terminal in a section where Walker Aviation Museum is at the present moment. The museum will move to the now-empty area in the east section of the airport building.
Hoping the restaurant and bar will succeed and be a positive experience for patrons and passengers, Stark said the prior business that occupied the café had not done well, and for this reason, the city has been selective in choosing a new restaurant.
“This would be an experience that is unique to New Mexico and Roswell, so it would say, welcome to Roswell,” Stark said.
If the lease is approved, the winery will have first option on operating a food service kiosk if the airport expands in the future. Councilor Foster asked to give the winery first right of refusal for catering for events at the base, which he said could help Pecos Flavors be successful. Both parties and the committee agreed to add this amendment to the lease agreement.
The city has proposed escalating lease payments. The first six months Pecos Flavors would pay $100 per month. The second six months, it would pay $600 for the lease and the same for the liquor license with installments of $200 each month. In the final year, rent would be $3,600 and the liquor license lease would be $3,000, paid in installments of $550 per month.
In a news release, the city said it believes the addition of the food and drink offerings at the 1,685-square-foot airport terminal will increase the value and benefit of the airport to those who use it, as well as contribute to the gradual growth of amenities at the larger Roswell air center. The addition of new businesses at the air center is seen as a way of increasing stability and growth for all businesses and enterprises operating there.
The news release also stated that the city will provide the liquor license and that the restaurant and bar will operate six days a week during “normal” business hours.
Previously, the city sent out requests for proposals for a restaurant operator at the airport, but the news release indicated that no responses were received that were considered acceptable, leading the city to begin negotiations with the winery.
If the council votes to approve the proposed lease, the winery could have access to the building to renovate the kitchen on April 1.
“I think this is absolutely wonderful,” Councilor Best said, addressing Paul Ragsdale, one of the people at the meeting representing Pecos Flavors. “I want to commend you for stepping up the plate. I think this is going to be a great asset for Roswell and its airport. I feel that your customers that you have at both places are going to migrate.”
Best said she remembered as a child visiting the airport and not being allowed to go to the restaurant on the second floor, so she indicated that she is excited to have the opportunity to enjoy a restaurant at the airport as an adult.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to expand with Roswell and bring a lot of the local flavors to people coming in and out,” Suzann Naylor, manager at Pecos Flavors Winery, said. “It’s a great way to promote all of New Mexican business.”
City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at email@example.com.
Some of Roswell’s elderly and low-income residents have become accustomed to receiving free tax preparation assistance with their state and federal income tax filings each year, but many will have to go online, travel to other cities or pay for help this year as the situation stands now.
In previous years, the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department offered a free tax assistance program at various locations in the state, including in Roswell, but the program is not offered this year.
A spokesperson for the department did not respond to questions by press time and a call center employee said that he could not explain why the program stopped.
Other organizations also offered assistance locally in prior years, but senior volunteers and providers say such programs aren’t happening this year.
After hearing of the need, Chaves County JOY Centers lined up a volunteer for a couple of weekends, but appointments with that professional and her assistant are already booked.
“We were in the same boat as everyone else in that we couldn’t find anyone who was offering assistance,” said JOY Centers Executive Director Monica Duran.
She said that staff with the Roswell center made several calls locally as well as to national groups with local offices before finally succeeding in lining up a local tax preparer to assist seniors this coming weekend and next. Their volunteer can help only about 36 people each weekend, with the JOY Centers saying many people have been put on a waiting list.
Duran said the JOY Centers will provide a meeting spot if another qualified volunteer wants to help.
Judy McDonald, a retired educator and a local volunteer with the Senior Circle, said she received questions from several seniors and called everywhere she could think of — including nonprofits, state and federal government offices and other groups — to ask if tax assistance would be available.
“I took it upon myself to call around,” she said, “but I came up against a big wall on that one.”
Other than the JOY Centers, the only other programs known to offer free help at physical locations this filing season are doing so in other cities.
Tax Help New Mexico, a partnership of the Central New Mexico Community College and the United Way, is offering free assistance until early April for people earning less than $54,000 or who are 65 or older. But the closest locations this year are either Carlsbad or Clovis.
The Tax-Aide program of the American Association for Retired Persons Foundation helps low- or moderate-income people and people 50 or older. But the nearest physical locations for that program in 2018 are in Ruidoso, Lovington, Portales, Alamogordo or Hobbs.
For those willing to take the risks involved with online systems, the Tax Help New Mexico program is referring people to a website, myfreetaxes.com, a partnership with H&R Block and the United Way.
That offers free tax preparation software, filing and chat advice to anyone earning less than $66,000 a year. The program also is partnering this year with Cricket Wireless stores to offer in-store help on certain days, but the closest location is Albuquerque.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many city residents have the opportunity each Saturday in March to get rid of unwanted electronics and large household goods and appliances for free.
People also will able to dispose of household hazardous waste for free as part of the annual March Out the Trash program.
The City of Roswell Sanitation Department is again hosting the month-long event each Saturday in March. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held at a different location each Saturday. The location schedule for collection of electronics and household goods and appliances is as follows:
• March 3: Cielo Grande Recreation Area, 1612 W. College Blvd.
• March 10: Lions Hondo Little League, South Sunset Avenue (just south of West Gayle Street)
• March 17: Wool Bowl, 1800 N. Grand Ave.
• March 24: Elks Pool, Southeast Main Street (south of East Poe Street)
• March 31: Municipal Landfill, 3006 W. Brasher Road
Household hazardous waste – paint, fuel, batteries, household chemicals, oils – as well as tires (maximum of two), construction and demolition debris and yard waste, can be disposed of at the landfill for free during the March 31 event (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Those items will not be accepted at the other event sites earlier in the month.
The project is open to city residents who pay a water/sanitation bill. People bringing items to dispose of during the March Out the Trash program are required to bring with them proof of identification and a city water bill (which includes the sanitation fee as well) with a city address matching their identification. A resident is allowed to bring up to the equivalent of one pickup truck load of items each Saturday.
Acceptable electronic items include things such as computer monitors and towers, printers, microwaves, toasters, TVs, VCRs, and radios. Among acceptable household goods are bed frames, mattresses, home or office furniture, and tables and chairs. People also can bring large appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers and water heaters.
Questions about the acceptability of other items can be answered by the sanitation staff at 624-6746.
The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.
Santos Ray Ruiz was charged with disorderly house at the 3200 block of North Richardson Avenue at 12:18 a.m.
Edward R. Salcido-Garza was charged with failure to appear and failure to pay fines at the 100 block of West Second Street at 10:54 a.m.
Victoria Lynn Marley was charged with failure to pay fines at the 400 block of West Linda Vista Boulevard at 5:50 p.m.
Jimmy Ray Lopez was charged with failure to pay fines at the 700 block of North Lea Avenue at 6:30 p.m.
Nancy L. Gramse was charged with shoplifting at the 1700 block of South Main Street at 6:45 p.m.
Raymond Halbert Duarte was charged with failure to pay fines and failure to appear at the 700 block of South Fruitland Drive at 7:54 p.m.
Jozi Rae Jacobo was charged with failure to pay fines and failure to appear at the 700 block of South Fruitland Drive at 7:56 p.m.
James Wesley Linck was charged with failure to comply and failure to appear at the 1800 block of South Washington Avenue at 9:55 p.m.
Ramona S. Rodriguez was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of Jaffa Street and Lea Avenue at 11:31 p.m.
Channce J. Padilla was charged with possession of prohibited, controlled substances at the corner of North Atkinson Avenue and East Country Club Road at 11:33 p.m.
James Wesley Linck was charged with failure to comply and failure to appear at the 1800 block of South Washington Avenue at 12:23 a.m.
Saiejonn Dickcole Huntsman was charged with assault against a household member at the 1400 block of South Union Avenue at 11:50 a.m.
Thomas Joseph Dellavecchio was charged with failure to appear at the corner of West Fourth Street and North Washington Avenue at 3:44 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a lost property report at the 4500 block of North Main Street at 7:45 a.m. A wallet containing $70 was found.
Police were dispatched to a burglary by forced entry report at Julie’s Place at 1704 S. Union Ave. at 9:53 a.m. A flat screen television and small air conditioning system engine with a total value of $500 was reported stolen. A bathroom wall valued at $500 was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to a criminal damage at the Title Max at 701 S. Main St. at 10:07 a.m. A front door valued at $100 was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to a non-forced burglary at the 3200 block of North Kentucky Avenue at 11:30 a.m. Five AR-15 magazines, two laptops, two backpacks, two knives, two gun-cleaning kits, two containers of cologne, red Jordan sandals, an Xbox headset and a 9 mm Beretta were recovered, totaling at about $1,938.00, were reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to a larceny shoplifting call at the Kmart at 1705 S. Main St. At 12:30 p.m. A router was reported stolen but later recovered.
Police were dispatched to a verbal domestic abuse call at the 900 block of Pecan Drive at 1:56 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a welfare check at the 3100 block of West Eighth Street at 2:04 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a criminal damage at the 600 block of Redwood Street at 2:08 p.m. The side window to a 2001 Honda Odyssey was reported damaged. Damages were estimated at $600.
Police were dispatched to a verbal domestic abuse call at the 400 block of West Vista Parkway at 4:42 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a report of graffiti at the 1400 block of West Second Street at 5 p.m. Damages to a wall were estimated at $150.
Police were dispatched to a larceny shoplifting at the Dollar Tree at 1700 S. Main St. at 5:43 p.m. Miscellaneous items with a total value of $17.00 were stolen but later recovered.
Police were dispatched to a driving under the influence at the 2400 block of North Atkinson Avenue at 6:53 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a larceny of a bicycle report at the 300 block of West Alameda Street at 7:30 p.m. A Huffy bicycle valued at $100 was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to the report of stalking at 1400 block of East Alameda Street at 12:21 a.m.
Police were dispatched to a vehicle burglary call at the 1600 block at Sunset Place at 12:51 a.m.
Police were dispatched to a larceny call at the 2700 block of South Wyoming Avenue at 2 a.m.
Police were dispatched to the report of threats at the 800 block of South Main Street at 10:35 a.m.
Police were dispatched to a battery call at the 100 block of West Second Street at 11:02 a.m.
Police were dispatched to the report of fraud at the 500 block of East Linda Drive at 1:11 p.m. $184.20 was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to a non-aggravated battery on a household member call at 600 block of East Forest Street at 4:42 p.m.
Police were dispatched to the report of threats at the 1600 block of South Main Street at 6:10 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a harassment call at the 1200 block of West Hobbs Street at 9:45 p.m.
Ongoing until March 31
‘Scouting in Artesia’
“Scouting In Artesia” is on display at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center, 505 W. Richardson Ave. The exhibit features photos, artifacts and memorabilia from past Artesia Boy & Girl Scout troops. For more information, email email@example.com or call 575-748-2390.
“Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy”
Meet Crazy Horse family members and author of the book “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy” at Books Etcetera, 2340 Sudderth Drive, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Crazy Horse family members Floyd Clown and Doug War Eagle, along with author William Matson, discuss and sign their book. For more information, visit ruidosobookstore.com or call 575-257-1594.
“Alice in Wonderland”
The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., presents “Alice in Wonderland” at 2 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.
‘The Great Gatsby’
The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., presents “The Great Gatsby” at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.
Family Fun Day
A free Family Fun Day will feature Virginia Moyers, Carlsbad Caverns park ranger, as the guest speaker at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1 Thunderbird Circle. Arts and crafts, tours of the exhibit “In the Dark” and the movie “Finding Dory” also will be featured. For more information, call the Western Heritage Museum at 575-492-2678.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., presents the “Popovich Comedy Pet Theater” at 2 p.m. direct from Las Vegas. For more information and tickets, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212. Detailed information about Popovich is available in the Vision Magazine of Feb. 15, rdrnews.com/vision-magazine.
Vines in the Pines
The Vines in the Pines Art and Wine Festival will be held at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 720 Sudderth Drive, on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. There will be New Mexico wine-tasting from more than 13 wineries and local art, crafts, food, boutique vendors and local brews available for those who aren’t wine drinkers. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
March 3 and 4
Cowboy Days return to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, in Las Cruces for the 19th year with a new activity and a homecoming performance by country music’s Josh Grider. The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The popular festival is the museum’s annual tribute to the state’s ranching heritage. There will be several events including from Sheep to Shawl, the Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting group competition, the Parade of Breeds, Pat Howard’s working dogs herding demonstrations, chuck wagon cooking with free samples, blacksmithing, wood carving and the Black Country Horsemen. Several living history characters from the museum and Fort Selden Historic Site will be interacting with the public. For kids there will be mechanical bull rides, mini-train rides and stagecoach rides. There are also free children’s craft and gold-panning activities. Country musician Josh Grider, whose new album “Good People” debuts on March 2, will host an album release show and dance at 7 p.m. on March 3. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the door, or at https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/304177. Children under 10 get in for free. For more information, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org or call 575-522-4100.
Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N. Main St., hosts Erik and Friends Ft, Khai and Marie at 7 p.m. For more information, visit its Facebook event page.
Pecos Valley Stampede
The 37th annual Kymera Independent Physicians’ Pecos Valley Stampede is scheduled for Saturday. The event offers a half marathon, 10K run, 10k walk, 5k run and a 5k walk. The half marathon begins at 8 a.m. All other races start at 9 a.m. at Cielo Grande Recreation Area, 1612 W. College Ave. Participants can sign up online at active.com, stop by 807 N. Missouri Ave. or call 575-624-6718.
Elks Lodge celebrates
The Elks Lodge No. 969, 1720 N. Montana Ave., celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States. As part of this event, they will be having a free brunch between 9 and 11 a.m. This event is open to the public. For more information, call 575-622-1560, ext. 5.
Paint and relax party for DA Dogs
The DA Dogs Foundation is hosting a paint and relax party for the DA dogs Beaumont, Lincoln, Lydia, Max and McKenzie at The Liberty, 312 N. Virginia Ave., at 6 p.m. There will be appetizers. Limited to 60 participants. Sign up and pre-payment required. For more information, visit its Facebook event page, dacourthousedogs.org or call 575-626-2422.
The Hot and Energetic Universe
Experience the achievements of modern astronomy with the use of immersive visualizations and real images from the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories at the Goddard Planetarium, 100 W. 11th St. The show starts at 2 p.m. and includes a full-dome film accompanied by a star presentation and lasts approximately 40 minutes. For more information, visit roswellmuseum.org or call 575-624-6744.
Dr. Seuss at Books Again Bookstore
The Roswell Public Library and Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company present as part of the First Friday Downtown Market a special meet and greet with the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch. There also will be a special story time at Books Again – Friends of the Roswell Public Library, 200 W. Second St. Face painting starts at 4:30 p.m. Special guests arrive at 6:30 p.m. and story time takes place from 7 to 8 p.m.
Highland Jazz and Blues is performing at Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N. Main St., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit its event page on Facebook.
March 2, 3 and 4
‘A.C.T. Follies Dessert Theatre’
The Artesia Community Theatre presents “A.C.T. Follies Dessert Theatre” with evening performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 1006 W. Bullock Ave. There will be acting, singing and dance. A sweet treat will be provided. For more information and reservations, call 575-748-3444.
Sunday Funday All-Stars
Sunday Funday All-Stars at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico archive building, 208 N. Lea Ave., will return at 3 p.m. for an encore lecture. Dave Clary is a long-time Roswell author and historian who will be giving a rare talk and book signing regarding his work, “Eagles and Empire: The United States, Mexico and the Struggle for a Continent,” which covers the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). Clary is best known to Roswellians for his biography of Robert Goddard, “Rocket Man.” For more information, call 575-622-8333.
Guy Penrod concert
The Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico is hosting a Guy Penrod concert at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero Road, at 7 p.m. Known for his country style, Penrod’s music has been applauded in the gospel as well as country music community. He has appeared on “The Grand Ole Opry” and on numerous country recordings. His “Hymns” recording debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel retail chart and became the top-selling southern gospel album of 2012. In 2011, he became a Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, and he was inducted alongside the Gaither Vocal Band into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014. For more information, call 575-622-8333.
The Roswell High head basketball coach had some heated words after his team lost Thursday night.
“I’m not so mad it did that, but it screwed our kids and that’s ones that mattered. They worked their butt off. We didn’t get calls. It was lopsided all game, and we just didn’t get what we needed to there at the end, and, of course, it was officiating on that part as well.”
Moses “Dude” Burrola made those comments after his team (19-8) lost on a controversial ending against Lovington (14-14) in overtime 69-68 in the semifinals of the District 4-5A postseason tournament at the Coyote Den.
“We played okay. We played good enough to win. We had two shots there that we missed that were easy layups and we blew them. It seems every time we play, whether we’re home or away, it seems the referees are out to get us every time,” he added.
“You can quote that if you want to,” Burrola added. “It’s ridiculous, but again we score at the end whether it’s an official clock thing, whatever, that ball went in and that clock is part of the officiating crew. What they did at the end, it wasn’t right.”
He continued, “I felt like our kids got screwed tonight. We had our chances at the end and we missed two layups. That pretty much cost us the game. It shouldn’t have ended the way it did.”
Lovington plays at Artesia Saturday at 6 p.m. in the title game.
Thursday’s game had everyone on the edge of their seats as the Wildcats led 18-16 at the end of the opening period.
Roswell was able to outscore the Wildcats 17-12 in the second period and had a 33-30 lead at halftime.
In the third period, the Wildcats had a 44-43 lead and, at the end of regulation, the score was tied at 59.
The extra frame mirrored regulation play as both sides kept it close.
With over a minute left to play, Roswell junior Tarren Burrola was fouled and made both of his shots, giving the Coyotes a 68-66 advantage.
As time was ticking down, Lovington senior Gage Sandoval sank a long-range shot to give the Wildcats a 69-68 lead.
With under 12-seconds left on the clock, Roswell sophomore Jasia Reese fouled Lovington junior Keshon Hillard. He missed the front end of the one-and-one.
Then, with time winding down, the Coyotes went for the game-winning shot, and, as the buzzer sounded, and that’s when the controversy started.
The officials discussed things among themselves. Then they discussed things with Burrola and Lovington’s Head Coach Ezau Rios.
The officials told the clock operator to put four-tenths of a second on the scoreboard. Roswell in-bounded the basketball, but there were no heroics.
Burrola was asked to describe what he saw with under four seconds left on the clock.
“I was watching the play. I didn’t see the clock,” he said. “I’m not responsible for looking at the clock at that point. We were trying to run a play. We executed, we got what we wanted. We missed, didn’t hear anything, didn’t hear a whistle. The kid goes back up and scores. Game over,” Burrola said.
“Again that officiating crew, it seemed that two of those guys were against us from the get go. It ended up costing us a game,” he added.
The Coyotes had five players score in double digits, as senior Logan Eaker had 15 points.
Lovington was led by senior Arturo Carrasco with 16 points.
Whew! Spent, exhausted was the feeling of both teams as Roswell and Goddard staged another heavyweight fight for the ages. The only hope of these teams seeing each other again would be at state. Both teams are 2-2 against each other for the season.
Goddard held Roswell without a basket for the last five minutes of the third quarter and a minute into the fourth quarter as Bailey Beene and Camarynn Villalpando scored seven points to give the host Lady Rockets a come-from-behind victory over the Lady Coyotes, 33-28, Thursday night at Ground Zero.
“I just didn’t think we played very well in the second half offensively,” Coyotes coach Fernando Sanchez said. “I think our inability to score really hurt us in the second half. I thought we did a good job defensively. Anytime you hold a good team to 33 points, you got to feel like you have a shot. Shots didn’t fall, and I think we’re more tired than we care to admit, but that’s part of the game at this point of the season.”
Sanchez had trouble finding scoring in the third quarter, as his team went cold from the field. They were held without a basket for four minutes when Kaitlyn Holl made two free throws. With 45 seconds left, Sanchez substituted his starting five with another five players in hopes of keeping his players out of foul trouble and getting offense for defense. Goddard held and pushed the ball to the basket but couldn’t score. RHS Kaileigh Holloway made two free throws with 59.2 seconds left as Roswell scored six points in the third period to take a 26-22 lead.
With the Lady Rockets tournament season on the line, coach Jared Neighbors exhorted his team to make a stand in the remaining minute of the third quarter. Neighbors believed he had substituted enough that his players would be fresh for the fourth quarter. To get to the fourth quarter, he needed his team to make a final stop and told them so in their timeout with 35 seconds left in the third period. Neither team scored again.
“Defense is one of our top-notch keys to our teams,” Goddard guard Allie French said. “We work on it extensively every day, and we just go all out. We don’t hold back. I love it.”
In the fourth quarter, with fresh legs, GHS turned up the defensive intensity as Beene scored on the inside driving the lane to cut Roswell’s lead to 28-26. Goddard continued to push the pace as Villalpando hit a three-ball to give the Lady Rockets a 29-28 with 4:23 in the fourth quarter. This was Goddard’s first lead of the game since they led 4-2 with 6:07 to play in the first quarter. Villalpando grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast scoring on a layup as they led 31-28 with 1:48 to play in the game.
“We knew this was an important game,” Lady Rockets’ Villalpando said. “We’ve never been to a district championship game, so that was our goal. We knew we weren’t behind that bad at all. We just had to keep our focus, and we knew what it took to be where we wanted to be.”
The Lady Coyotes had no legs and turned the ball over on their last three possessions. Holl fouled out with 31 seconds left to play. Roswell was spent and could not generate any offense in the second half as they were outscored 11-2 by Goddard in the fourth quarter.
“It was a great rivalry game with two teams that are evenly matched,“ coach Neighbors said. “They got us the last two times down the stretch, and we got them this time. We executed better down the stretch. Just a fun game to play, rivalry, good crowd, we just executed better down the stretch than they did. I felt that was the difference, we got some loose balls and rebounds and second shots down the stretch.”
The Lady Rockets face the Lady Dogs where they have defeated them twice this season. Goddard defeated Artesia in overtime 60-49 on Feb. 2. That win jump-started their district season as they came from seven points down in the middle of the third quarter to tie the game late in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
On Feb. 16 Goddard went into the Bulldog Pit and laid them out 57-35, in a game that wasn’t close; their win ended up forcing a play-in game to decide the winner of the district. Artesia won, 50-47, on Saturday to become district champs. As champions, Artesia had a bye this whole playoff week.
“It is actually really cool to be a part of something for the first time,” French said. “Like last year the state championship team. It is a blessing to be able to be a part of something and share this memory with others. Our determination is not just getting there — let’s go win it.”
Sports writer J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gateway Warrior boys basketball team advanced to the district 4-2A tournament finals by virtue of their come-back 51-41 win over the visiting Hagerman Bobcats. The Warriors trailed by four entering the final quarter but used big games from their two dominant posts – Alonzo Grajeda and Wes Tipton – to outscore the ‘Cats 20-6 as they ran away late.
The Bobcats (12-16) had split with the Warriors during the regular season after falling behind early in both games only to make them competitive. This game was similar as they fell behind early and then used their patient back-screen baseline offense to get numerous looks before fading late.
“It was a really hard fought game,” said coach Andrew Rodriguez of Hagerman. “We were down in the first quarter and fought back and led at half time and at the end of the third. We kind of went cold there in the fourth. We scored six points and they scored 20 so that’s what did it.”
The Warriors got up quickly 6-1 as Joe Waide would hit a couple of jumpers and Jaydon Stephens would get a nice turnaround layup. The Cats would hang around with buckets from four different players, but Waide would nail a three with :54 seconds to go to make it 11-7 after one quarter.
Tipton would follow his second block with a rare three to make it 14-7 early for the Warriors but the game would be close throughout the quarter.
Grajeda would get three buckets in the quarter all following Bobcat baskets to prevent any serious run, but the visitors would get their first lead from senior Osbaldo Najera with :54 seconds to go at 21-20, and then late from Jose Rodriguez to make it 23-22 Bobcats at the half.
The Bobcats would maintain their lead throughout the third quarter as they played a patient brand of offense while doing a good job on the boards despite being under-sized.
Martin Flores and Najera scored off of the same back-screen play to open the second half to give the Bobcats their biggest lead of the game at 28-22. The Warriors would get right back in it as Tipton got a short layin to fall, followed by a steal and layup from Gage Estes, and another big hoop down low from Grajeda to tie it at 28-all.
Najera would answer by going 4-for-4 from the line to stretch the Cat lead to 32-28. Following another big post move from Grajeda, the Bobcats would get a free throw and a bucket at the buzzer from Martin Trevizo to make it 35-31 Bobcats heading into the final frame.
The Warriors would make a big statement in the final quarter as they outscored the Bobcats 20-6. The Bobcats last lead would be 37-35 early following a Flores basket, but then the Warriors went on a game-defining 10-0 run. Tipton scored three straight baskets down low in the run as they would lead 45-37 with 1:28 to go.
“In the first half, we didn’t look to utilize our size to our advantage,” stated Coach Dan Smith. “That’s one thing coming out of the half that we talked about doing – utilizing our post to our advantage. I think they did a great job in the second half.”
Coach Smith continued explaining that following Grajeda’s big game down low, they went to Tipton. “Same thing. We started to use what God has given us and that was one of our strong suits.”
Najera, who finished with 14 points to lead the Bobcats, was held scoreless in the final quarter as the Warriors repeatedly swarmed over him.
“Najera is a good strong player,” said Smith. “He can penetrate. He can shoot. He can pull up. He’s got all three facets of the game, so we had to kind of keep keying on him and I think our boys did a good job of recognizing that and doing what we asked.”
The Bobcats were forced to foul to play catch-up and Waide promptly went 6-for-6 down the stretch to put the game away for the final 51-41 win.
Coach Rodriguez was pleased that his team could maintain their lead despite the dominant post game that the Warriors were using. “We limited them in the first three quarters and then it just slowly took its toll on us. They were going to new moves and it was hard for us to adjust. They really controlled the boards there in the fourth quarter. That really helped them a lot. We had done a good job with the defensive rebounding, but they got the better of us in that fourth quarter.”
Grajeda would finish with 15 points while Tipton and Waide would end up with 13 apiece in the semi-final win.
The Warriors (19-8) travel to Tatum on Saturday evening for the district championship game. Both teams will be looking for a big win in hopes of hosting a first round state playoff game. The Bobcats were on the proverbial playoff bubble heading into the game, and that’s where they firmly remained following the tough loss.
Dexter 73, Eunice 65
Dexter struggled at the free throw laundering regulation, but made them when they counted most in overtime. Dexter trailed for three quarters. Dexter got a strong performance from David Miramontes with 37 points and Joseph Cobos aded 10 points.
“Our boys never gave up,” Demons coach Arthur Cobos said. “We played our game in overtime, we’re playing our type of basketball: run, run, run.”
Dexter will travel to Tularosa for a 6 p.m. game Saturday.
Michael Ponce, a loving son, father and husband, was called by his Almighty Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Michael was born to Joe and Pauline Ponce on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1978. The Viewing will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home on Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, followed by a Rosary at 6:00 PM. A Celebration Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 506 S. Lincoln, on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. A Reception will be held following Interment at the Ave Maria Center, 401 E. Bland. Celebrate Michael’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
Michael was an extraordinarily good son, always kind, thoughtful and generous with sharing his time with his family and many, many friends. His family and many friends will grieve his sudden loss because all will miss his taking the time to be in contact with them or going out of his way to greet anyone he encountered. Michael truly never met a stranger. Throughout his life, he participated in many sports starting at Lion’s Hondo Little League Baseball in T-ball, minor, major and senior Connie Mack leagues under the watchful, coaching eye of his dad, Joe Ponce. He attended Roswell schools and was very active in football, track, and wrestling. He achieved a State medal. He had fond memories of his time and activities at Roswell High and so enjoyed being there. In his senior year, he was elected RHS Homecoming King. When it was time to graduate from RHS, he asked one of the secretaries, if he could re-enroll as a freshman and stay at RHS. She said she wished he could stay but he had to graduate from Roswell High School. He graduated and attended Eastern New Mexico University – Portales.
Entering the workforce, Michael was employed by Coca-Cola, Sysco, and Standard Energy Services. He was the yard manager for Standard. While employed with Standard, he succumbed to a fatal head-on collision. Many of his supervisors and fellow co-worker have commented that he was such a loyal, hardworking, and dedicated worker.
His children have said the following: Angelina expressed that her dad was not only her provider and protector; he was her heart and soul. He was the sunshine of her life; he meant the world to her and greatly impacted her life and the many lives he touched. He cared so deeply and wholeheartedly for everyone and was so very humble. Michael was the kindest, most generous man she had the pleasure to call dad. He will forever be missed but never forgotten. A new daughter, Jaedyn, expressed when Michael came into her life four years ago, she knew from that day her life would be completely changed in an amazing way. Michael blessed her with so many opportunities and also blessed her with two siblings, Angelina and Izaiah. He came into her life and took her in as his own and never treated her differently than his own blood. Michael had always been the guy to walk into a room and light it up with that smile we all knew and loved, Mr. Social Butterfly! She appreciates everything Michael had done and will continue to do from heaven not only for her but everyone else. She will forever and always miss and love him. Another new daughter, Aliyah, also expressed that Michael was an awesome man and caring dad. He cared for me, my sisters, and my baby brother. He was a man who made time for everyone and made sure everyone was ok. She was the luckiest girl in the world to spend those four years of her life with him. She loves him and misses him.
Michael is survived by his parents: Joe and Pauline Ponce, wife, Melissa, “His Ruca”; children: Angelina, Jaedyn, Aliyah, Izaiah; brothers: Joseph and life partner Denise, John and wife, Jessica; in-laws: Robert and Ramona Dominguez; brother-in-law, Jason Dominguez and wife, Alisha; sister-in-law, Laurie Alvidrez and husband, Eddie Alvidrez; nephews: Michael, Ruben, Jordan, Josh, Izek; nieces: Alicia, Jessica, Kylei, Mackenzie, Ryann, Zoey, Devynee, Kylee. Additionally, survived by Uncle Felix Ponce, Tia Ester Ponce, Tia Terrie Ramirez, Uncle Fred Ramirez, Tia Lupe Ponce, Uncle Vernon Molinar, Tia Florinda Villa, Tio Reyes Villa, Tia Annie Sanchez, Uncle Jack Villa, Tia Gloria Meza, Tio Juan Meza, Tia Gloria Alvarado, Uncle Peter Alvarado, Uncle Jim Jimenez, Tia Mary Ann Jimenez; Uncle Bert Jimenez; Aunt Lou Anne Olmedo-Jimenez; Grandma Angelina Jimenez; and hundreds of family and friends.
Preceding Michael in death were his grandparents: Francisco and Francisca Ponce, Paul Jimenez; Baby John Ponce; Uncle Art Jimenez, Tia Connie Conrad, Tia Carmen Garcia; Chris Garcia, and Priscilla McDonald.
Honorary pallbearers are: Alice Vargas, Pete Tarin, Jaime Tarin, Ervey Cano, Zeke Cano, Gene Hornbeck, Pieter Bergstein, Antonio Nuñez, Tony Vásquez, Ismael Vásquez, John Lujan, David Peña, Vincent Otero, Trevor Sutton, Jason Montoya, Joseph Montoya, Ray Smith, Shane Rodriguez, Joaquin Serrano, Savino Sánchez, Jr, Gabe Estrada, Ernie Estrada, Manuel Guerrero, Luis Santillan, Lorenzo “House” Otero, Jose Vellez, Ramon Lara, Uncle Bert Jimenez, and Arturo Bolaños.
Pallbearers will be: Michael Patrick Ponce, Peter Alvarado, Desiree Sanchez, Manuel Aragon, Jason Dominguez, Eddie Alvidrez, Jeremy Montoya, Sam Gamboa, Jesse Silva, Allen Holloway, Peter Pulaski and Paul Peyton.
In honor of Michael, this tribute was lovingly written by his family.
Jay Steven Arthur, 63, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
Steve was born on September 20, 1954, in Roswell New Mexico to Tommy and Louise (Freeman) Arthur. Following in the family trade, Steve was a skilled masonry contractor as his father Tommy and grandfather Otis Arthur both were. He spent over 40 years perfecting the family trade and passing it down to his sons.
A deep love of country called Steve to serve in the United States Army just out of high school. He graduated from Goddard in 1972 where he achieved the highest rank possible in ROTC. Steve was the manager of Sarge’s Skating Rink during high school where he took to the floor and amazed spectators with his spinning and jumping skills. Steve was also a member of Grace Community Church.
Surviving Steve are his two sons, Steven Q. Arthur and John T. Arthur, both of Roswell. Also surviving him is his brother Jeff Arthur of Albuquerque, and sisters, Jerry Ann Palmer of Roswell, Jo Arthur of Lubbock, and Cindi Lucero of Roswell.
His parents, Tommy and Louise Arthur, along with his twin sister, Carol Joyce Arthur, and a brother, Jimmy Arthur preceded him in death.
Graveside services will be held at 2pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 at General Douglas L. McBride Veterans Cemetery with Jack Ferguson of Tinnie Baptist Church officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com to convey your memories and thoughts to the family.
Dustin Louis-Eugene (Harris) Wright, 37, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 4:00 PM. Brother Savino will be officiating. Celebrate Dustin’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On December 26, 1980, Dustin was born to Terry and Judith Wright in Albuquerque, NM. The family moved to Roswell NM, where Dustin became the oldest brother of Westley and Kyle Wright. When his parents divorced, Jude re-married Tracy Harris in 1995. Our dad Tracy raised us three boys as his own, unconditionally and taught us discipline, work ethics, kept us in sports and coached us; making sure he instilled in us his morals and what God offered us. As children, we accepted Jesu as our Lord and Savior. Dustin found a love for boxing at a very young age and trained many years accumulating many wins as he traveled to various notable trainers and partners. Influences in Dustin’s boxing days were trainer, Willie Hall, Tony Barela, Donnell Hunter, Jr. Benites and Nathaniel Haynes.
Dustin became a father and naturally his ability to love with his big heart was known and began to show. He was happiest when he was being the loving father he was. Dustin moved from Phoenix back to Roswell, where he would be closer to his children who were very important to him.
A close lifelong friend, he always looked for advice and guidance from Albert Padilla, who always went out of his way to be there for Dustin. Dominic Carrasco and Raymond Flores were also two of Dustin’s closest friends, who will miss him dearly.
Jack of all trades, Dustin acquired many skills and abilities throughout his life. He was a hard worker and yet never asked for help. He a private person and a great cook. Dustin will be dearly missed by Dominic and Raymond, his closest friends and many who trained with him while he was boxing.
Those left to eternally treasure and cherish memories of Dustin are his wife, Priscilla Wright of Phoenix, AZ; children: Raveah Wright, Serenity Wright, Nehemiah Wright; step-children: Karizma Romero, Dominic Romero, Anthony Romero; parents: Tracy and Jude Harris; brothers: Westley Harris, Kyle Wright, Austin Wright; brother, Damian Wright, Kurtis Wright, Kirk Wright; and only sister, Danielle Wright; step-brother, Shawn Harris; step-sister, Alexandra Arias; multiple uncles; aunts; cousins; six nieces and one nephew.
Preceding Dustin in death were his daughter, Lincoln Wright; father, Terry Wright; grandparents: Robert and Pilar Harris, Petra Padilla, Louis Padilla; and niece, and Elianna Wright.
Dustin’s family would like to give a Special Thanks to Shawn Reeves and wife, Erica Reeves, Veronica Trujillo and family, as well as his friends that he boxed with. They would also like to Thank Valley View Elementary and everyone not mentioned but recognized for their support and contributions.
Dustin’s family lovingly wrote this tribute in his honor.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL’s oldest player is going to try to break the league’s career scoring record.
If Adam Vinatieri gets his way, it might not be the only record to fall.
On Thursday, the 45-year-old kicker signed a one-year deal to stay with the Indianapolis Colts — a deal he insists may not be his last.
Financial details were not immediately available, though the deal is believed to be in the neighborhood of last season’s $3 million salary. Vinatieri also noted during a conference call that he will receive a $250,000 bonus if he makes 88 percent of his field goal attempts next season after missing barely missing out on a bonus for making 90 percent in 2017.
But money isn’t the reason Vinatieri returned. He is playing well, wants to win and needs 58 points to surpass Morten Andersen as the league’s top scorer.
“I know 57, 58 points away is definitely within reach this year if I stay healthy and all that,” said Vinatieri, who has scored 2,487 points. “I really wanted to break that record wearing a Colts helmet where I’ve played the majority of the years in my career now.”
Vinatieri made his intentions clear late last year that he wanted to play a 24th pro season and his preference was to stay in Indianapolis, where he has developed deep roots since joining the Colts as a free agent in 2006.
General manager Chris Ballard quickly let Vinatieri know the team wanted him back. The combination made Indy’s first major offseason move pretty simple.
“This process was substantially easier than it was maybe a couple years ago,” Vinatieri said. “I know when Chris and I had conversations after the season I expressed to him how if everything was moving in the right direction and everything was going to get taken care of, how much I would like to be here and continue my career here. He expressed to me that he also wanted me to keep playing here. So the process was pretty easy.”
Vinatieri acknowledged hiring Frank Reich as the new coach also helped persuade him to come back.
Reich takes over a team that went 4-12 in 2017 and played without Andrew Luck the entire season. The quarterback is still rehabbing from surgery he had on his throwing shoulder 13 months ago.
The good news is Reich knows he can count on the best clutch kicker in league history.
Vinatieri earned his reputation by making two Super Bowl-winning kicks with the New England Patriots.
But his legacy runs much deeper. He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, a fourth championship with the Colts after the 2006 season and nearly added a fifth despite finishing the 2009 season on injured reserve.
Patriot fans also remember Vinatieri for making two field goals in a driving snowstorm — one to force the overtime, the other to win it — in the infamous “Tuck Rule” playoff game that helped New England win its first Super Bowl title. He rekindled those images in December when he made a long extra point to help force overtime in a blizzard at Buffalo.
Vinatieri is the last active player from NFL Europe, and he has been around long enough to remind reporters he once tackled Herschel Walker.
But the Colts are more concerned with productivity than records and so far, they’ve seen no indication Vinatieri is slowing down.
“Adam is one the best players in NFL history and we are excited to keep him in Indianapolis,” Ballard said in a statement. “He continues to play at a high level and his experience and production are valuable assets for our team. Adam is the consummate pro and a key leader in our locker room.”
He needs nine field goals to pass Gary Anderson for second all-time and 36 to break Andersen’s career record of 565.
If he sticks around a few more years, as he suggested he might, Vinatieri won’t just be chasing Anderson and Andersen.
He also would be within striking distance of surpassing George Blanda as the oldest player to ever play in the NFL at 48 years, 109 days. Vinatieri would break the mark if he plays in the 2021 season opener.
“Less concerned about that one,” Vinatieri said, chuckling. “I guess I’ll take these one year at a time and see where it ends up. I would anticipate if I can stay healthy and be productive, I can anticipate catching up to Morten midseason or thereabout, and I guess at the end of the year I’d be 46. I’m not putting anything out of reach.”
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce got attention for his impassioned and profane speech after the team’s Super Bowl parade, but he’s now communicating through music.
The jazz band from Kelce’s Ohio high school alma mater was performing at a Philadelphia high school Thursday when he decided to lend some help. He borrowed one boy’s saxophone and sat in with the Cleveland Heights High School band. He then stayed on to play with Philly’s Central High School band, too.
He seemed to be holding his own, tapping his foot to the beat.
He’s providing all kinds of inspiration for Philadelphia these days.
On Monday he gave a talk to the Phillies about being bold.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwight Howard grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds and added 15 points, Kemba Walker scored 31 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-96 on Thursday night.
Dante Cunningham had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who lost their eighth straight game and fell to 19-41.
D’Angelo Russell, starting for the first time since November knee surgery, scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting.
All five Charlotte starters scored in double digits and the Hornets hit 52.4 percent from 3-point range. Charlotte improved to 25-33 with its second straight victory.
Howard had a double-double — 10 points and 11 rebounds — after 10 minutes of play in the first quarter. But the Hornets still needed Walker’s big fourth quarter, when he had 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting, to secure the victory.
Both teams were playing their first game since the All-Star break, and had to shake off the accompanying rust that resulted in roller-coaster play. The Hornets held a 55-53 halftime lead after hitting 46 percent behind the arc. Charlotte then had a 13-0 run to start the third quarter, sparked by seven points from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Hornets outscored the Nets 31-22 in the fourth.
Nets: Have yet to win in February. Their last win came Jan. 31 against Philadelphia. . Russell started for the first time since Nov. 11. The guard had arthroscopic surgery to “remove loose bodies” in his knee. Russell returned to the lineup Jan. 19, but has been playing in a reserve role. . Allen Crabbe’s second 3-pointer was his 140th of the season, moving him into sole possession of seventh place in Nets’ single-season history. . Both Russell and DeMarre Carroll received technical fouls in the game.
Hornets: Howard had his fifth game of 20 or more rebounds this season, one shy of the most by a player in Charlotte franchise history. . Charlotte has just 10 home games remaining this season. . This marked the first game the Hornets played since general manager Rich Cho was fired last week. Assistant general manager Buzz Peterson has assumed the position in an interim role.
Nets: Host Chicago on Monday.
Hornets: Visit Washington on Friday.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Carsen Edwards scored career-high 40 points and Dakota Mathias added 18 to help No. 9 Purdue outlast Illinois in a 93-86 victory on Thursday night.
The Boilermakers were without their second-leading scorer Vincent Edwards but had no problem scoring.
Purdue shot 58.3 percent from the field and 47.8 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Edwards and Mathias each had four from behind the arc.
There were eight lead changes in the first half, highlighted by two big runs. With just under 10 minutes left Edwards stole the ball and went down for a huge dunk to spark a 17-6 run for the Boilermakers. The Illini responded with a 10-3 run to close out the half trailing 43-38.
Illinois stayed within striking distance the rest of the game, but ultimately Purdue’s size and Edwards scoring were too much. The sophomore scored 25 of his points in the second half, including a monstrous dunk on Trent Frazier with just under seven minutes to play.
The Boilermakers also outrebounded the Illini 33-20.
Leron Black led Illinois with 28 points, notching his fourth-consecutive 20-point game.
Illinois continues to struggle in close games. The Illini have now lost 10 games this season by single digits.
After losing three straight games, Purdue has reestablished itself in the Big Ten with two close victories over Penn State and Illinois. The Boilermakers are one win away from tying the second most victories in school history.
Purdue will close out the regular season at home against Minnesota on Sunday. The Golden Gophers are led by Jordan Murphy, who is ranked seventh in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.1 points per game.
Illinois hits the road to face Rutgers on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights are ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring defense.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — At just 23, Carlos Correa is already considered one of baseball’s best shortstops. He thinks he can get better, too.
The Houston star is far from satisfied.
“I still have some holes in my game that people might not notice but I do,” he said Thursday. “I want to get better at that to have an even better season than last year. Last year was my best year yet by far, it was a great year, but I think I can do so many things better.”
He is reticent to share details about exactly what he is working on, saying he doesn’t want to give his opponents any inside information. From the outside looking in, it’s hard to pinpoint any deficiencies in Correa’s game.
He hit a career-best .315 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs last year despite being slowed by a thumb injury that kept him out from mid-July to September. He returned to form by the postseason and hit five homers and drove in 14 runs in the playoffs to help the Astros to their first World Series title.
The first overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft has always been a solid defender, but he is looking to take that part of his game to the next level.
“I want to be able to save more runs and be an elite defender, and I think if I can do that with the way I hit it’s just going to be something special,” he said.
Manager A.J. Hinch loves to hear how Correa and the rest of his young players want to keep improving. He also thinks attitudes like Correa’s mindset will be key to more success for the team this year.
“It’s pretty nice,” he said. “It shows how special the season was, but it also shows that you’re still vulnerable when you show up the next season if you haven’t taken a step forward and that’s the part that I’ll demand out of them.”
Along with his success on the field, Correa is also thrilled about what’s going on in his personal life. When he proposed to girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez on the field not long after Houston’s Game 7 win in the World Series, the dashing couple became internet darlings, with video of the proposal being shared thousands of times.
Several months after that big moment Correa still beams when it’s brought up and raves about his relationship with the former Miss Texas.
“It’s beautiful,” he said. “I’m a happy man. I get off the field and I look forward to seeing my fiancee and my dog and spending time with them. That’s just who I am. I don’t like to go out. I like to just eat, sleep, play baseball and spend time with my family.”
They haven’t set a date for the wedding, but want to have plenty of time to plan to ceremony. They are aiming for some time in December 2019.
But before then Correa has plenty of work to do, namely helping the Astros repeat as champions this year.
“On paper we’re better than last year, it’s all about us putting in the work and showing it on the field,” he said. “What inspires me and drives me right now is … that nobody’s settling, nobody is laying back, everybody is working to try to be better this year. If everybody’s trying to do that the team’s only going to get better.”