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Panto continues career at UNM

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Pictured, from left: Ashley Cobos, cousin; Edward Cobos, uncle; Anthony Panto; Rachel Cobos, cousin; and Sarah Cobos, aunt. (Steve Notz Photo)

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By Tom A. Ruiz
Special to RDR Sports

The University of New Mexico has a new head coach, Danny Gonzales, a New Mexico native and a former Lobo. So it made sense when he chose a New Mexico high school football player in Goddard senior Anthony Panto to come play at the University of New Mexico this fall.

Goddard’s Anthony Panto (75) during a game last season. (Scott Stevenson Photo)

A 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Panto is expected to fit in nicely at the guard position. He will be an upgrade for the Lobos who finished at 2-10 this past season.

Panto chose UNM unseen — he’ll take his visit in March. When asked what impressed him about the Lobos’ football program, Panto said, “The coaches reached out to me. I am expected to start this season. I always wanted to play at Division I and this is my opportunity and I also have family in Albuquerque.”

Panto is a man among boys. He is built like a brick. He currently plays for the Rockets’ basketball team and when he is at the post position on defense, rarely does anyone challenge him in the point.

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Panto is averaging about six points per game, five rebounds per game and about two assists, and that’s coming off the bench.

When he played defensive guard for the Rockets’ football team, Panto was a handful for opposing teams.

“I remember we were playing Alamogordo, it was toward the end of the game when I pulled on a power play and I totally laid out the guy, and it was one of the best pancakes I’ve had,” he said.

“And not to brag, in the Lovington game I had 16 pancakes. I could have had more but I felt sorry for their kids,” Panto chuckled. The Rockets won that game, 40-10.

In the end, Panto plays the game right. “You have to — the football coaches at Goddard expect you to play hard and play fair,” Panto said. “Eventually, your goals will be met.”

While at UNM, Panto’s educational goal is to major in business administration.

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