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Dexter High School sees successful athletic year

Bryana Munoz, a recent graduate of Dexter High School, led the Lady Demons to their fourth straight 3A softball title this past season. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

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DEXTER — Blockbuster. Hit. Winner. Those are synonyms for success and they could also describe the past sports year for Dexter High School.

“It was outstanding,” Dexter athletic director Dave Campbell said. “Every program qualified for state and we won a couple of state championships and we had some semifinal teams and we had a lot of firsts this year.”

Probably the major first for the Demons was the boys winning the 3A state track title last month in Albuquerque. Campbell admits he was spending some time with head coach Evan Nevarez, who was nervous about the points.

“We were watching and thought it was going to come down to the last 4×400 meter relay,” Campbell said. “We were so far ahead it was great. I never had to stay for the blue trophy presentation before at state, so it was a first for me.”

The Dexter Lady Demons softball team added their fourth straight championship to the trophy case.

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“We’ve never had a four-in-a-row state championship at Dexter,” Campbell said.

The Lady Demons finished the season with a 27-3 record and marched through Lordsburg, Laguna-Acoma, Tularosa and Loving en route to the hardware.

Campbell also highlights a first for the softball team. Recently graduated senior Bryana Munoz is taking her game to the University of Texas at El Paso.

“That’s awesome,” Campbell said. “You know as long as I’ve been here, I remember a player in the past, Jimmy Boswell ran track for UNM (University of New Mexico), a Division One school. I think this is the second student-athlete that I’ve seen go to the Division One level. A lot of these athletes, they’re going on to college. When you go to a Division One program, you’re going to that next level, that is something special.”

Campbell also had praise for Dexter’s baseball team, who made it to the 3A semifinals and for golfers Tanner and Garrett Hamill, who qualified for state. Tanner came in ninth at the state golf tournament.

Dexter’s athletic success wasn’t limited to the spring sports. During the fall, the football and volleyball teams made it to state as well.

“They’ve been qualifying for state regularly,” Campbell said of the Demon football team. “This year, they won their first game at state (against Texico) and then lost in the quarterfinals (to Capitan).”

The Lady Demon volleyball team lost in the state semifinals to Santa Rosa.

Dexter’s basketball teams also made it to state as well.

“Girls basketball lost in the first round to Clayton,” Campbell said. “The boys won their first game at state against Santa Fe Prep and then fell to the No. 1 seed Texico in the quarterfinals at the Santa Ana Star Center.”

Campbell feels the success the Demons and Lady Demons had this past season will be back next year.

“We’ve got a lot of kids coming back,” Campbell said. “Our entire track team is back. We lose some key seniors in softball and we still have a lot of young kids coming up and our senior class is going to be a strong class next year.”

Besides the student-athletes, Campbell also credits the coaches and the community for Dexter’s success.

“We’ve got these coaches that are homegrown,” Campbell said. “A lot of them went to school here and have done an outstanding job. The community support is big. Without them, there’s a lot we couldn’t do to be as successful as we are without the community.”

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