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 Even fans well-versed in the history of New Mexico prep sports may have forgotten that West Mesa owns one of the most impressive title runs at the big school level. 

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Roll Call of State Championships…


1992…Five straight championships; five straight unbeaten campaigns: West Mesa sweeps Roswell 7th overall Class 4A title

1991…Mustangs win one final crown for coach Charlie Guess, capping a 20-0 seaso with a five-game win over Roswell

1990…Perfect again as West Mesa beats Cibola 3-0 to put finishing touches on undefeated campaign

1989…Back-to-back titles as Mustangs sweep Cibola for Class 4A bragging rights in volleyball – and a second straight 20-0 season

1988…Two years away from the blue trophy is long enough. West Mesa reclaims 4A championship by rolling over Los Alamos in three games

1985…Mustangs garner a second straight title by beating Santa Fe in a four-game Class 4A title match

1984…West Mesa, coached by Charlie Guess, claims first team tournament state championship of any kind. Final: Mustangs 3, Highland 2

2006…Led by pitching ace Gabby Parra, West Mesa shuts out Sandia 8-0 for Class 5A championship

1999…A tennis individual championship comes back to West Mesa when Lisa Weinman wins the Class 4A girls singles state tourney

Four wrestling Class 4A team championships from 1990 to 1999 means several West Mesa grapplers have taken individual tournaments in the process. The most successful was Mike Lovato, who took three straight crowns in his weight class from 1994 to 1996.



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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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