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Goddard reclaims the title in 1984

The 1984 Class 3A volleyball state champion Goddard Rockets, their second state title in three years and third championship of the 1980s. Top row, from left, head coach Judy Smyth; Tammy Atkinson (2); Jamie Van Winkle (8); Sonya McKnight (9); Cathy Witt (10); Denise Salas (3); Sheri Smith (5); and assistant coach Hayden Hill. Bottom row, from left, assistant coach Debbie Beyhan; Laura Core (7); Debbie Denison (6); Tracy Aldredge (11); Gerri DeLorimiere (1); and Tina Trujillo (12). (Submitted Photo)

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Sports Editor’s note: Covering this story and writing about the young ladies that helped make the Goddard volleyball team into the Team of the Decade in the 1980s was more than we could fit in one edition, so this will be the third story in a multi-part series.

With an assist from coach Judy Smyth and her recollections of the games and events that made things meaningful to her and the help of past editions of the RDR Sports pages, we tried to reconstruct the time and the games for you, the fans.

Today, we look at the 1984 championship season and game, culminating with the ‘89 team in later editions.

After a third-place finish at state in 1983. Goddard was determined to get back to their winning ways. In the 1982 season coach Smyth had the privilege of her dad, Fred, being able to watch her coach at the state and win her first championship. With a solid team returning and being used to winning, Goddard had a desire to be No. 1 again.

Goddard had extra motivation to win it all since this would be the first year Smyth would be coaching without her dad, Fred, who died in 1983. In the first round, Goddard faced off against Moriarty, a team that Goddard had lost to in 1983 in the semifinals. Moriarty would win the title in ‘83. The Lady Rockets would face Silver City in the semifinals. Goddard won in four games: 15-13, 15-11, 9-15, and 16-14.

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Goddard would face Hot Springs in the championship game. Goddard would be pushed to the limit, as the Lady Rockets would win their second title by winning in three hours and five games, 15-12, 12-15, 14-16, 15-7 and 15-13.

“Knowing the Rockets were the better of the two offensive teams, I felt it was all going to depend on whether our offense could break down their defense before their defense broke our offense,” Smyth said after the championship game. “Instead of what I thought was going to happen, our defense stayed with their defense and played some of the best defense of the year, and with our extra advantage in an offense, that’s how we won.”

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.