How disappointing to witness the lack of enthusiasm and support for our two Rio Rancho high school boys’ basketball teams during the NMAA high school championships last week. Unfortunately, they were eliminated and didn’t make the finals.
I happen to work part-time as an event staff member for the UNM Athletic Department, and I was able to work during the playoff games. I congratulate all the winners of each bracket and was privileged to see them receive their first-place trophies.
As a 2017 graduate of Rio Rancho High School, I was honored to work as an equipment manager and motivator for the football team throughout my high school years. I was even elected homecoming king at RRHS for 2016.
I take a great deal of pride to support all of our local boys and girls high school sports teams. I celebrate with them when they win, and I support them when they lose.
I observed the tremendous community turnout from those teams that came from Gallup, Los Lunas, Hobbs, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, the pueblos and Atrisco Heritage Academy as they cheered for their teams. The 5A championship game between Santa Fe and Atrisco Heritage had over 14,500 fans in attendance, and the Pit was rocking!
It was encouraging to see and hear the enthusiasm from the fans as they were all cheering for their team to win.
I would like to issue a challenge to our community members and students to take a strong interest in our local high school teams and come out and support the players that work so hard to excel in their sport. We have great athletic talent in Rio Rancho, and we need to get out and support our teams.
Ben J. Maes