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Baseball, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer – yes, definitely Soccer – Sandia Prep has seized state titles in them all over the last 20 years.

 

Check out the Sundevils’ hardware in the Roll Call of State Championships below…

 

Boys Soccer
2006…Six straight championships are most decidedly a dynasty as the Sundevils dump Bosque School 6-0 in the 1A-3A finale

2005…A perfect 24-0 season for Coach Tommy Smith and the Sandia Prep gang after edging Hatch Valley 3-2 in championship

2004…No doubt who’s best in 1A-3A after Prep beats St. Michael’s 3-0 for the crown

2003…Three straight years the Sundevils beat Horsemen in the final 1A-3A match of the year: Sandia Prep 1, St. Mike’s 0

2002…’Devils repeat as champs by knocking off St. Michael’s 2-0 in championship

2001…Beginning of a long, ultra-successful stint when Sandia Prep nips St. Mike’s 2-1 for 1A-3A honors

1993…Second straight title for Sundevils, and sixth overall for head coach Juan Ramos, when Prep beats Moriarty 1-0

1992…A 17-0-2 season for Sandia Prep is wrapped up by a 4-1 defeat of Bloomfield in finale

1990…After a year away from title match, Sundevils return to the top with a 4-2 victory over Pojoaque

1988..’Devils go back-to-back in boys soccer by shutting Pojoaque out 2-0 in the championship

1987…Sandia Prep whips in-town rival Hope Christian 5-1 to claim second overall crown in 1A-3A

1985…First soccer blue trophy for Sandia Prep after a 4-2 victory over Hope Christian

Girls Soccer
2011…Four years of frustrating second-place finishes come to an end when Sandia Prep knocks off Taos 2-0 in the title game
2006…Third championship in five years for Sundevils after beating St. Michael’s 2-0 in 1A-3A final

2004…Sandia Prep garners its second blue trophy by nipping St. Mike’s 2-1 in championship

2002…A 2-1 victory over rival Hope Christian in 1A-3A finale gives Sundevils their first girls soccer crown

Baseball
2011…Two championships in three years and it comes at the expense of Sundevils’ city rival. Class 3A final: Sandia Prep 9, Hope Christian 4
2009…Third overall title for Sandia Prep on the diamond after a 6-4 victory over Cobre

2005…Sundevils, led by coach Paul Huitt, claim Class 2A first-place trophy in decisive fashion. Final: Sandia Prep 10, Tularosa 3

2001…Sandia Prep grabs 1A-2A baseball honors for coach D McCall with a 10-5 victory over Eunice

Tennis
2010…A 6-2, 6-4 victory over Robertson’s Emilio Gomez gives Sandia Prep’s Chris Humphries boys singles bragging rights at the 1A-3A level
2009…Chelsea Lehman picks up first girls individual title  for Sundevils since the Spilca years

2008…Before he transfers to La Cueva to win 5A in ’09, Lorenzo Baca earns a 1A-3A boys state singles crown at Sandia Prep

2002-05…Four straight years, no one can touch Sundevil Mariana Spilca when it comes to the girls 1A-3A state singles 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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