Copyright © 2021 Roswell Daily Record
Copyright © 2021 Roswell Daily Record
There is an old saying to be thankful and count your blessings, and what better way to start than on Thanksgiving Day. It’s apropos that on this day, before our local teams go to battle and chase a blue trophy, that we give a look back from where we have come and where we are going.
For the football players, their chase began when the last game was played in 2017. For Roswell and Goddard, it began in the winter offseason workout programs and will culminate within the next two weeks, hopefully with one of them holding a blue trophy at the Wool Bowl. As we take a pause for the cause, we asked the area coaches and athletic directors to share what they’re grateful for and what Thanksgiving means to them, and one of their favorite Thanksgiving memories.
Roswell wrestling coach and assistant football coach Jesse Boggs: My most special Thanksgiving memories were when we would travel to Ruidoso to spend the holiday with my Nana. When we got there she would have all of the scrumptious pies lined on a side table: pecan, pumpkin, and apple.
When we were ready to sit down and eat we would say grace for all of the things we had to be thankful for. My plate would be loaded with traditional turkey and rolls, but I most looked forward to chile rellenos and enchiladas and my Nana’s chips and salsa.
I often forget to think of the things I am grateful for. A day of reflection, I like to step back and take it all in and remember all that Christ has done for me and be thankful for what I have, where I live and who I am in Christ.
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Arthur Cobos, Dexter basketball coach: A much needed time off for educators and students, but more importantly, a time to express gratitude to God for everything we have. We are given time off our busy lives and we gather at the table as a family to catch up and share memories and eat.
It is a time to remind us of the important things in life. We always hear how kids these days are unsympathetic and do not care. I believe it is hard to expect our youth to become sympathetic toward others if we as teachers, coaches and parents do not model it. Right now our basketball team is logging our runs on charity miles which allows the team to compete amongst each other while choosing a charity to run for. Donations are made to theses charities based on the number of miles ran. I am hoping this opens the players’ eyes to the many blessings they have in front of them and helps them realize how fortunate we are to be able to be doing what we are doing.
So many coaches use running as a form of punishment and by the time the athlete leaves high school the kid won’t ever run again. I have a cousin that is wheelchair bound that would love to be able to run, dribble and shoot the basketball. My dad has a hard time walking because of his bad legs caused by the numerous jumps while a paratrooper. Life catches up with us before we know it.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and give a shout out to those football teams that are able to be practicing on Thanksgiving Day.
Greg Barela, Dexter girls basketball coach: Thanksgiving for me is a time to give thanks to all of the people that are in my life, and give thanks to those who have left me for a better place. They may be gone, but they will never be forgotten.
One of my fondest memories as a child was when all of our families used to gather at someone’s house for Thanksgiving lunch. While we were eating we would watch the Dallas Cowboys play. After the game about 20 of my cousins and friends would go outside and play football until it was dark.
Jamie Martinez, Goddard’s girl’s soccer coach: Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends. It is a time to be thankful for what has given you. My most memorable time was my first Thanksgiving in New Mexico. I never had red chili served as gravy, but since then I’ve never had a bad Thanksgiving meal. I load up my plate and at the end, I pour red chili over everything — makes any meal taste great.
Dan Smith, Gateway boys basketball coach: Thanksgiving for me is a time to count our blessings. it’s a wonderful time to share with family and friends. All of my special memories involve slowing down and spending time with family and friends.
Shaun Wigley, Gateway football coach: Thanksgiving has always been a time of family getting together. For me, it started with all of my family gatherings together at my grandparent’s house in Nodal and later when they moved to Roswell.
Everyone would show up with food and we would throw tables up all over the house. We would crowd together to eat and play games and watch football. This year we continue the tradition at our house with 40 or more family members that will crowd my house for turkey and my mom’s stuffing and gravy. My in-law’s incredible tamales and anything Mamo makes but especially her homemade pies. Probably my favorite holiday, because it’s just family and nothing about something being bought or sold. We’re just thankful and great for each other and what God has blessed us with.
Britt Cooper RISD athletic director: A time to be thankful for all of my family and what they mean to me. I just remember all the great memories of spending time with my family on Thanksgiving Day over the years.
Anthony Mestas, Goddard boys basketball coach: In high school, Thanksgiving was always centered around football because we were in the playoffs when I was growing up. Thanksgiving to me is being with my family, going to mass in the morning and just being with my family.
We usually go to Clovis to be with my mom. My wife makes her special pies that I end up eating too much. We usually eat a big meal, go for a family walk or play a small game of basketball. For the last 15 years, I have been coaching high school basketball so we always have basketball practice during the Thanksgiving break.
Fernando Sanchez, Roswell girls basketball coach: It means a chance to show how thankful I am for having a loving and supportive family. It’s a time that we have always been able to see each other and be thankful for each other still being around. One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories was being blessed enough to host my first Thanksgiving meal here in Roswell.
It’s a blessing to being able to host a family coming in, to share the day with them. That they would come here and trust that we can be blessed enough to provide them with a filling meal and great company.
Chris Deck, Goddard track coach: I would say early morning football practices at Goddard, and getting ready for playoff football games and then spending the rest of the day with my family giving thanks. My mom is the best cook in the world.
Kerri Pirtle, Gateway Christian volleyball coach: Thanksgiving to me is a time that I spend thanking God for the things I have been blessed with. Mainly, my family. I like to reflect on the changes that have happened throughout the year.
I have a table runner that I put out every year that I have everyone sign and leave a memory or something they’re thankful for from the year … this is something I cherish now that some of those people are gone. I like to be able to see their names and things that were important to them. Gone, but not forgotten.
Katie Shanor, Goddard softball coach: Thanksgiving to me means getting the family together. It’s special to my family and I because it gives us a chance to meet up with extended family and spend time together.
When I was in college, my brothers used to have a poster with a countdown of days until we got to see each other. We have a big family dinner but then we watch the Michigan-Ohio State football game. We’re big Michigan fans and love to get the family together to watch it.
Gilbert Alvarado, Goddard baseball coach: It means bonding with family. With my dad in the military, most of our Thanksgivings were away from extended family. We came very close as a family because most holidays it was just the four of us.
Dewayne Roberts, Goddard volleyball coach: I love the fact that I get to spend Thanksgiving with my family and friends. That’s what it is all about.
James Vernon, Roswell boys soccer coach: Thanksgiving to me is all about family. Having the time to be around family is what is important. It’s a time to reflect on the year and appreciate what you have and had. Losing loved ones makes this time to appreciate the memories that I have.
Memories that I will hold dear are the smell of turkey cooking and stuffing being prepared and giblet gravy.
Samantha Lawrence, Roswell girls soccer coach: Thanksgiving means family! It’s a special time of the year to gather with loved ones and celebrate how blessed we are.
Every Thanksgiving we make special memories without family. Now having two kids of my own, it’s even more special. Making and preparing the Thanksgiving meal and then sitting around the table with everyone matters the most in my life.
Jeff Lynn, Roswell football coach: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. it’s an opportunity to reflect. I have a lot to be thankful for and my family has a lot to be thankful for. My dad (David) was a football coach and getting up, going to practice with him and then going and eating. We would all gather and watch the Dallas Cowboys, which was the big thing for our family. Everybody was around going to a football game or practice. It was a good time. All my family is around this year. It is kind of a Lynn tradition, we practice on Thanksgiving and we have a big dinner and watch the Cowboys and sit around and feel miserable.
Arturo Duran, Dexter football coach: Thanksgiving means spending time with the family and enjoying it. No one knows what is going to happen the next day, so I try to enjoy every day and spend time with the people who mean the most to me.
Chris White, Goddard football coach: Thanksgiving is kind of a long-standing tradition in coaching that you want to be practicing on Thanksgiving. I have a lot of memories over the years of a lot of kids on a lot of teams playing in a lot of semifinal games. We went through a stretch where we went to 10 semifinal games in a row. We haven’t been in the semifinals since 2014. It is nice to be back.
The RDR Sports department thank all the coaches for their participation. We wish all of the teams still alive in the hunt for the blue trophy continued success as we root for a Roswell-Goddard championship football game and Dexter defeats West Las Vegas to get to the championship game. On Friday, we wish coach Wigley of Gateway success in adding another blue trophy to his collection.
As with these coaches, we wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving from RDR Sports.