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Raton’s list of state title stretches back over eight decades. Really. Back to when champions were crowned in only one sport.


Find out which one in the Roll Call of State Championships below…


Boys Basketball
1936…One of the pioneers of early N.M. basketball, Coach Charles Sweeney, leads Raton to third title by beating Lordsburg 26-22
1932…All schools are in the same class and the Tigers are the best after defeating Albuquerque High 34-19 in the championship
1929…Raton knocks off Clovis 22-12 and wins a state hoops title in the Roaring Twenties

2007…Tigers pick up the coveted blue first-place trophy after beating Cobre 7-3 in the Class 3A championship contest
1990…First baseball crown for Raton, led by coach Sam Regusa, which beats Onate in the 3A finale

1973…The Class 2A-3A state tourney belongs to a Raton representative as Bill Ferranti wins the draw
1950…Tiger Norman Guita is best in the state after he wins the boys singles tournament

1956…Class A belongs to Raton after the Tigers, coached by Frank Repola, shut out Deming 21-0 in the championship


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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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