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Stars get new owners; two players vie for AFL jobs

The football season, as far as the New Mexico Stars are concerned, has been over for a couple of months, but that doesn’t mean the wheels aren’t turning in the front office.

The Stars will kick off the 2014 season with new owners Paul Parsons and Samuel Rodriguez. Parsons bought out former coach/owner Chris Williams and ownership parties involved after the season ended in 2013.

Parsons is the senior loan officer at Alliance Financial Resources, as well as the senior loan banker at Loan Simple. Originally from Lexington, Neb., Parsons moved here in 2002 and fell in love with the culture. Rodriguez arrived in 2006.

“My family lives in Rio Rancho,” said Parsons. “My goal is to bring families together in a fun and exciting way, while at the same time making sure the team and players are invested within our communities.”

Rodriguez served in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller and then continued that profession into the civilian world for 14 years. While in the military, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“We want to bring the Lone Star Football League title to New Mexico, and I am excited to be a part of the Stars organization” Rodriguez said.

The Stars’ new ownership consists of Parsons, Rodriguez and Ernie Guill, from the original 2012 ownership group. Parsons and his wife, Chantal, have four kids between them. Rodriguez also lives in Rio Rancho.

In other Stars news, quarterback Kasey Peters and wide receiver Dexter Manley have been invited to a try out for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League (AFL).

Both players will head to Iowa in October for an invite- only look by Barnstormers coaches and staff. Peters joined the Stars mid-way through last season and proceeded to earn Co-Offensive MVP honors in the Lone Star Football League by throwing for 1,973 yards and 49 touchdowns in just seven games. Manley led the LSFL with 996 yards receiving and hauled in 24 touchdowns.

Peters was a standout at Rocky Mountain College, where he led the NAIA conference with 4,438 yards of total offense and 403 yards of total offense per game in 2010. Peters then played with the Tri-Cities Fever of the IFL before coming to the Stars.

Manley appeared in three games in the Stars’ first season (2012), totaling 15 catches for 184 yards and five TDs.

“I’m excited to get a shot at the AFL,” Manley said. “My dream has always been to make it as far as I could in football, and this is a big step in that dream.”

The Stars’ head scout, James Morris, said “Coach Dominic Bramante and I see eye-to-eye on player personnel matters. Our job is not to build a dynasty in the LSFL; our job is to develop players, rein in their skills, and send them up to the next level of football.”