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Roswell sports legend Reeves passes away at age 51

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Mickey Reeves, a Roswell sports legend widely regarded as one of the best high school athletes in New Mexico’s history, died over the weekend at age 51.

Mickey Reeves (Submitted Photo)

Reeves, an assistant coach on the Gateway Warriors Football team, passed away after coaching in the first half of the team’s 6-man football state championship win Saturday.

Gateway Christian athletic director and coach Justin Stephens said Monday that Reeves fell ill at halftime.

“He had a medical episode at halftime … The kids did not know the extent of it,” he said. “They knew something happened, obviously — they went out and played the second half, played for Mick.

“After the game, celebrating, they did not know he had passed.”

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“After all that was done, we brought them in the locker room and let them know. Obviously, they were devastated. They were absolutely devastated. We all loved Mick tremendously.”

The Gateway Christian family is still coming to grips with the loss of Reeves, but Stephens noted they take comfort in their knowledge of his faith.

“The main thing was, we knew Mick was saved,” he said. “That is how we are walking this out. By faith. Honoring Mick moving forward.”

Reeves’ legacy in Roswell athletics is far-reaching and in some ways unparalleled. He excelled in multiple sports, including football, baseball and basketball.

He was part of two state championship-winning Roswell Coyotes football teams in the 1980s, under head coach Jim Bradley.

After playing as a sophomore when Roswell lost to Highland 14-7 in the 1986 title game, as a junior he helped the Coyotes defeat Mayfield 29-7 for the 1987 championship.

As a senior in 1988, he was part of the squad that beat Clovis 14-3 for the title.

Reeves later went to Arizona State before subsequently being drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Over the many years since, he has built a legacy as a coach, across multiple sports.

“I was blessed to have coached with him for over 20 years,” Stephens said. “He went out doing what he loved, I know that.”

Reeves’ obituary appears on page A6 of today’s edition.

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