In the early 1980’s, when I was covering high school sports for the Journal, the boys basketball rivalry between St. Pius X and Bernalillo was one of the state’s most intense.
One evening, I covered a game between the Sartans and the Spartans in Bernalillo. St. Pius won, handing Bernalillo and already legendary coach Henry Sanchez a rare home defeat.
After the game, Sanchez seemed upset and distracted and barely would talk to me. I was surprised, having found him in the past to be a stand-up guy and a gentlemanly interview in defeat as well as victory. Still, it was a tough loss, and I understood his disappointment.