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Excellence on the diamond is a staple of Farmington High sports as the baseball and softball teams have gathered state titles by the bucket. That’s just scratching the surface though.
Check out Scorpions’ highlights in the Roll Call of State Championships
2008…Four straight championships for Farmington as 27-3 season ends with a 9-4 victory over Albuquerque Academy
2007…Sixth overall title for coach Don Lorett when Scorpions knock off Moriarty 8-5 in Class 4A finale
2006…Battle of cross-town rivals ends with a thumping as Farmington squashes Piedra Vista 19-0
2005…After two-year absence, Scorpions return to the top as high scoring state title contest with rival Piedra Vista ends with 15-11 victory
2002…Back-to-back championships when Farmington proves it’s best in Class 4A again. Final: Farmington 15, Piedra Vista 5
2001…First title for Scorpions under coach Don Lorett after a 5-3 triumph over St. Pius in 4A finale
1995…Baseball supremacy in New Mexico belongs to Farmington following 5-4 win over Carlsbad
1994…Coach Tom McLemore guides Scorpions to another title game, which ends with a 15-5 blasting of Eldorado
1991…No doubt who’s tops in Class 4A when Farmington crushes Mayfield 16-6 to bring home the blue trophy
1986…Scorps edge Del Norte 3-2 for bragging rights in New Mexico prep baseball
1984…Guided by coach Lefty Fox, Farmington nips Del Norte 6-5 to claim Class 4A championship
1970…Back-to-back state crowns for Scorpions after a 4-2 victory over Alamogordo to finish off the season
1969…Start of an illustrious history as Farmington, coached by Tommy Brown, beats Manzano for Class 2A honors
2004…Six state championships in eight years for coach Gary Graham and his Scorpions, this time earned following a 4-0 shutout of Aztec
2003…Farmington whitewashes Artesia 5-0 in title game to grab Class 4A’s blue trophy
2002…After a year away from championship contest, Scorps return and win it – 5-2 over Silver
2000…A low-scoring battle in Class 4A finale goes to Farmington, which beats Carlsbad 1-0
1998…Scorpions win state crown for second straight season after squeezing by Carlsbad 2-1 in championship
1997…Coach Gary Graham takes over duties from brother and Farmington doesn’t skip a beat: Scorps 11, La Cueva 1
1995…Farmington goes back-to-back for coach Ron Graham after winning high-scoring 11-10 battle with Carlsbad
1994…Plenty more to come: Scorpions take first softball title with 8-0 shutout of Del Norte in championship game
2011…Handing Belen its only loss of the season, Scorpions gather their second 4A title in three years with a 2-0 win in the finale
2009…Farmington shocks the Albuquerque soccer powers by grabbing the Class 4A state championship. Final: Scorps 3, Los Alamos 0
1986…Led by standout Rob Robbins, Farmington eases by Cibola 70-52 in Class 4A championship game
1982…Well-traveled coach Marv Sanders finds a home in Farmington, sealed with first school hoops title. Final: Farmington 58, Eldorado 56
2002…Farmington and coach Kevin Holman upend neighbor and perennial power Kirtland Central by a 71-63 count in Class 4A finals at The Pit
1979…Scorpions, guided by coach Norma Flynn, hand Eldorado only loss of the season by beating the Eagles 68-63 in championship game
Five-time state team champs on the mat, Farmington has produced many an individual grappler that has won his own tournament. How ’bout Jack Thornton for instance? Thornton took state three years in a row from 1971 to 1973.
1990…Jeff Clark claims first boys singles title in tennis for Farmington High when he wins the Class 4A individual tourney
1986…First state tennis championship for a Scorpions representative as Kris McLain rakes in the honors at the 4A tournament
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“Ole!” greets drive-through customers from the speaker box.
If that’s the case, it can only be one business: Taco Box.
From frijole burritos to Spanish fries to pig-in-a-panchos, and quite nearly everything in-between, the restaurant has been serving up its eclectic menu for 40 years.
According to owner Tom Martin, the number one seller is the simple-and-tasty frijole burrito while tacos, chalupas and cheese sticks follow closely in popularity.
A popular side item are Spanish fries, a Taco Box-invented title for another potato-based munchie (any guesses?). Martin says his restaurant has only occasionally ventured into making regular french fries and the attempts have ultimately always been futile with the Taco Box customer base.
“I always joke that I don’t make french fries so I can help keep McDonald’s in business,” Martin says.
Other items also remain popular to an extent even though not officially on the menu board anymore – a testament to the loyalty of the typical Taco Box consumer.
The Mexi-Burger was on the menu back in the early 1980s and still gets ordered today. By those in the know, at any rate.
“There’s probably at least a dozen different items over the years like that,” Martin says. “We took it off, just because of space, but we still make ’em. We probably sell as many as we did when they were on the menu.”
Martin lists breakfast tacos, frijole tacos, guacamole tacos as other such “underground” items. And that’s not to mention the vast array of drink combinations, utilizing the different soft drinks and flavorings, that have actually never been listed on the big board at Taco Box.
Martin, raised in Cleveland and a graduate from Cornell University in New York, ventured west after college and tried his hand with the Taco Box brand. He took over Taco Box on June 1, 1970.
Remembering his first foray into Mexican food, Martin has an oft-repeated story with some variation or another.
“I never had a taco until I was 21. I remember having a mild green chile taco and I thought I was going to die,” Martin recalls.
After having a tastebud-adjustment and following countless tacos served to his customers at Taco Box, it’s safe to say one thing about the guy who originally thought he’d be in the Land of Enchantment for “a couple of years.”
Well Tom, you’re a New Mexican now.
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