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Inspired by the Athlete of the Week, Alton’s Power Block Gym partnered with the Roswell Daily Record to sponsor the Athlete of the Year. In order to give recognition to the top student/athletes for all their hard work and dedication, together they selected the top female and male athletes in Chaves County that met the requirements, which include not only being a good athlete, student and citizen, but also attending college this fall. This is the first year the Athlete of the Year honor is being given out.
Inquiries were sent out to the schools of Chaves County that had athletes participating in sports. While the selection process was tough, the two winners were selected. For the girl, Dexter’s Madison Bogle was selected after being nominated by her former volleyball coach Andy Luikens. For the boy, Athlete of the Year went to Goddard’s Diego Miranda, who was nominated by Goddard assistant principal Dennis Montanez.
Alton’s and the RDR will make a financial investment to Texas Tech University, where Bogle will be attending in the fall. For Miranda, an investment to New Mexico Military Institute will be made. Miranda will play football this year.
Bogle played varsity volleyball, basketball and ran track all four years she was in high school. In basketball, she was All-District in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. In track, she was awarded the Lindsey Calloway Award for track and field and was the top field event person for three years. She was a medalist in the high jump for five years.
Bogle really excelled in volleyball, the sport she was nominated for. She was All-District Player of the Year her senior season, an All-State outside hitter her junior and senior season, and North-South first team outside hitter.
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In addition to being a great athlete, she is well rounded and plays the piano competitively. She was in the National Honor Society for three years and treasurer her senior year. Bogle participates in the Dexter First Presbyterian Church and the youth group.
“To win this award means a lot,” Bogle said. “It feels great to be recognized for my athletics and I take sports very seriously — and to be an educated athlete — it’s really nice.”
Bogle’s favorite memory was in her junior year, making it to the state championship game when Dexter had to face Desert Academy and she thought it would be a really tough match, yet The Lady Demons defeated them 25-15, 25-17, 18-25, 25-12, to face Texico in the championship game.
“When we beat them, we were in shock,” Bogle said. “It wasn’t that feeling of like when you fight your heart out. We beat them pretty easy because the games before that were really intense. After we won, we were like, Ah! I think we are in the championship game, guys.”
For Bogle and her team to be in the state championship game in her junior year was a surprise to her and her teammates after losing star player Kelly Crandell, who went to Artesia to play.
“We didn’t realize until we were in the championship game,” Bogle said, “that we were one of the best teams in 3A. We still thought we were the underdogs. We played Texico as tough as they had been played by a 3A school. We won a set off of them and then we thought we had a chance to beat them.”
To get ready for her senior season, Bogle played club volleyball with a team in Roswell called Rockhill Blast. She credits playing with new people in helping her play on her own, and it helped her become independent and develop her own skills. Once she got back to Dexter she was able to incorporate her new skills with the rest of the team.
Head coach Andy Luikens told them that they were not playing good, and he compared the team to a tree being planted in the ground; that the roots have to sprout and grow to withstand the wind — that they had to work hard and withstand the struggles they were going through.
After the team meeting, Dexter never lost another game until they lost to Santa Rosa, 3-1 in the semifinal game.
Another turning point for Bogle this year was when coach Luikens sat her in the Ft. Sumner tournament for not being a good passer. It was the first time she had been sat and was not on the court to play all six positions.
“I think Madison (Bogle) playing club volleyball really helped her improve between her junior and senior year,” Luikens said. “She worked extremely hard on her game but was also committed to improving in the weight room and I think that also played a major role. She was an integral part of us making the state championship as a junior and the semifinals as a senior.”
Bogle didn’t play all six positions that game or another game prompting her to go into his office and ask what she needed to do? Luikens told her she had to get better at hitting and it wasn’t enough to do it well in practice, but that she needed to do it in the game.
“I don’t remember the game he played me all the way around again,” Bogle said. “I never passed better before in my life. I was so upset with him, I didn’t know why I was being sat, but it was honestly the best decision. I don’t know if he did that to make me play better, but I never thanked him more before because it made me help my team more than in my senior year. I was able to play a good back row game.”
Bogle also is a competitive piano player where she plays classical music. Her piano teacher, Mike Lively, made sure she practiced. Being able to play the piano is a skill that she will be able to keep for the rest of her life. Bogle, knows she could get injured playing sports, or age could take the game away from her, but being able to play the piano is something that will benefit her for the rest of her life.
“I learned time management,” Bogle said. “To be able to study, play sports and play piano competitively I had to manage my time. I’m not going to be able to play volleyball or basketball forever, I can play the piano forever now that I’ve learned it. I wouldn’t trade piano at all.”
Bogle is fifth in her graduating class with a 4.13 GPA. She is going into Tech as a registered sophomore. Bogle plans to go into the Rawls Business School where she wants to enroll in their five-year program and become a CPA and get her Master at the same time. Bogle will play club volleyball this year at Tech and then try and walk-on next season.
For Bogle, her senior year meant a lot to her.
“It was really hard,” Bogle said. “Getting through senior volleyball year was a struggle all the way around. Just getting through it. When you think back to getting through senior volleyball year was the accomplishment in itself. We may not have won state, but we won a lot more and we grew up that year. That was the best learning experience for everyone on that team. We learned how to deal with things.”
For Bogle, she will miss game days and winning. She will miss the camps, doing her teammates hair, making shirts for summer volleyball, making sure her teammates have the same socks. She will miss working through things as a team instead of working through things on her own.
“I miss winning,” Bogle said. “I miss the game days, I play for the game days. I like to win.”
Goddard’s Diego Miranda may not be the fastest athlete in the state in the 100-yard dash — actually he finished seventh at the state track meet — but on the football field, no one is going to catch him from behind. One of Miranda’s favorite memories from his senior year was in a game against Alamogordo. Goddard called 36-toss, he took a pitch on the right side of the line of scrimmage, made a couple of tacklers miss and ended up going 90-yards for a touchdown.
It’s that kind of speed that makes Miranda a fan favorite and why he was highly recruited to play wide receiver by New Mexico Military Institute’s football coach Joe Forchtner.
“We are excited he is coming here,” Forchtner said. “He proved in high school he could play multiple positions — we plan on using him as wide receiver, but we could use him some at running back in a pinch. We plan on getting him the ball in his hands with his speed. We are delighted for him to win this award and he’s deserving of it.”
Miranda proved that when life throws you lemons, you can make lemonade out of it. At the start of Goddard football practice, he was at wideout working as a receiver. All of the sudden two running backs went down and Goddard head coach Chris White moved Miranda to running back. White told Miranda that it would be in the team’s best interest for him to move there. Miranda, a team player, moved and had one of the best seasons a Goddard running back has ever had. According to Miranda, he rushed for approximately 1,600 yards and scored 16 TDs.
“It is an honor to be Alton’s Athlete of the Year,” Miranda said. “Especially with it being my senior year. When coach White said he was going to switch me to running back, it was kind of a shock. I never thought being a wideout that I would get the ball as much.”
Miranda felt like his senior year and the positions change was worth it because he was able to go out with the guys he grew up playing football with since his freshman year. Miranda played so well, he was selected to play in the North-South All-Star game. He felt it was great to play with Roswell’s Brandon Perez and Victor Bolaños.
The Tucson, Arizona transplant fell in love with NMMI when his family drove by the building.
“I was amazed by it,” Miranda said. “I couldn’t believe how prestigious it was. I told my dad I was gonna go there one day and now it is incredible that they’re giving me a chance to go and prove what I’m worth.”
Football is what Miranda loves, but for his family, it means so much more. He’s the first of his parent’s children to go to college and get a college education.
Miranda made first-team All-State as a Punt Returner and second team All-State as a running back in his senior season.
Another reason Miranda chose NMMI is the offense they run. NMMI runs the spread offense and he believes with his quickness and speeds it will enable him to play at the next level. One of the biggest benefits is that he can stay home close to family and they can watch him play on Saturday. When he’s off, he can enjoy his mother’s cooking and get his laundry done.
“I always wanted to be in the military,” Miranda said. “One day I would like to go into the Marine Corps as an officer. I want to thank my family for being so supportive of me. My dad is the one that got me into football. My freshman coach, coach Heider, is the one who taught me how to catch at football and the coaches at Goddard taught me how to grow up and not back down from challenges, but to embrace them.”