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2014: The year in sports, in memoriam

2014 memory artSTAN BREGMAN Grandfather of former Albuquerque Academy and current LSU baseball star Alex Bregman, father of former UNM baseball players Sam and Ben Bregman, Stan Bregman was a treasure trove of sports lore. He lived in Albuquerque for 17 years before his death in California on May 8. He was 83.

MIKE ENRIGHT He coached football and wrestling and served as an administrator at high schools throughout the state, leading teams to state wrestling titles in Carlsbad and Farmington. Enright died Dec. 8 at age 73.

ANTHONY HAASE A Rio Rancho police officer and a former RRHS pitcher, Haase died in October while on duty in a one-vehicle accident. He was 24.

KEVIN HOLMAN He coached Farmington and Kirtland-Central to girls’ state basketball titles. Holman, 49, had battled cancer for some 12 years before his death in January.

J.D. KAILER Newspaper and television journalist, Lobo Club executive director, publisher of APS’ football and basketball game programs, Sports Hall of Fame board member: J.D. was all of those things, and that’s the short list. A member of the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame and the Albuquerque Baseball Hall of Fame, Kailer died in January at age 92.

RALPH KINER Though he played the bulk of his career in Pittsburgh, worked as a broadcaster in New York and lived in retirement in California, this baseball Hall of Famer was born and is buried in New Mexico. He died in February at age 91.

SAM LACEY After helping the New Mexico State Aggies make the NCAA Final Four in 1970, Lacey, a 6-foot-10 center, went on to play 13 years in the NBA. One of the game’s best passers among big men, he died in Kansas City, Mo., in March at age 65.

STEVE LAGOMARSINO His contributions as an Albuquerque Dukes pitcher in the early 1950s were dwarfed by his service to the community during his 26 years with the New Mexico State Police. He died in January at age 88.

KIP LUNA The former high school and college game official, a paraplegic since a 2002 auto accident, died on Dec, 18. He was 57.

ELIZABETH “MISS BETSY” HALL PATTERSON A much-loved Albuquerque swim coach, Hall Patterson succumbed after a long battle with cancer at age 53. She was “the epitome of strength,” said a former pupil and coaching colleague.

JESSE PRIEST Possibly the most successful Albuquerque Dukes pitcher ever, Priest went 19-3 – winning 17 in a row – in 1951. He was 18-10 for the Dukes the next season. Priest, who married Barbara Wages at home plate at Tingley Field in ’52, died in May in Midland, Texas. He was 84.

BOBBY RODRIGUEZ A fiery perfectionist, Rodriguez, 75, was a prep basketball coaching icon in northern New Mexico. Two sons, David and Ernest, followed him into the profession. He died in May in Santa Fe.

HENRY SANCHEZ He took his Highland High School track teams to nine state titles and won several more in cross-country before turning the reins over to his son, Gary. The two men were announced as inductees into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame before Henry Sanchez’s death in February at age 86.

DONALD WHITE SR. In September, the 52-year-old father of UNM linebacker Donnie White was killed in a random shooting on a St. Louis street. Lobos head coach Bob Davie, defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove and outside linebackers coach Archie McDaniel attended funeral services. Donnie White missed only one game.

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