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HCim3 Hope Christian only recently decided to delve into the sport of football. If it’s like any of the other sports, expect the Huskies to be competing for the big prize before long.

Check out Hope Christian’s banner years in the Roll Call of State Championships…


Boys Basketball
2011…Three straight titles for Hope Christian after repeating a defeat of Sandia Prep the year before. This time it’s Huskies 44, Sundevils 31 in state finale
2010…Balanced Huskies, led by senior guard Matt Murphy & senior forward Christian Schlenker, beat rival Sandia Prep 55-41 for the 3A blue trophy
2009…Three years after moving up to Class 3A, Hope Christian captures the title with a convincing 55-44 victory over St. Michael’s
2006…Seventh overall title for Huskies’ coach Jim Murphy as Hope knocks off Tularosa 73-66 in title game

2004…Spectacular 31-1 season for Hope Christian is capped by a heart-quickening 52-50 victory over Dexter

2003…Huskies grab back-to-back titles and nearly go unbeaten in the process again. Class 2A final: Hope Christian 80, Mesa Vista 62

2002…Not a blemish on the record as Hope finishes perfect 29-0 season by knocking off Santa Rosa 61-52 in championship

1999…With standouts like Michael Jordan (the other one), Hope Christian takes home 2A trophy with a narrow 62-60 win over Jal

1992…Huskies finish season with 27-1 mark and culminate title run by beating Hot Springs 68-54

1985…First state title on the hardwood for Hope Christian when coach Jim Murphy guides theteam to a 59-55 win over Jal in 2A championship game

Girls Basketball
2007…Hope girls grab their share of the basketball glory by winning first title. Huskies and coach Terry Heisey do it by beating Portales 43-40 in 3A finals

2003…Class 2A’s crown comes down to a pair of Albuquerque private school rivals as Hope Christian beats Sandia Prep in four

1997…Three titles in four years as Huskies upend Navajo Prep 3-1 in championship contest

1995…Two straight years, two perfect 22-0 campaigns with a state title as the icing. Hope Christian 3, Hatch Valley 1

1994…Huskies and coach Kelly McEachran grab first volleyball title by beating Dexter in a five-game finale

Boys Soccer
2007…After a two-decade wait, Hope Christian returns to the top by winning the 1A-3A title with a 5-1 victory over Socorro

1984…Huskies finish 14-4 season with a 5-1 rout of Taos in state championship game for second straight crown

1983…Doubling up Santa Fe Prep 4-2 in 1A-2A finale, Hope Christian and coach Richard Encinias claim second title

1981…First Class 1A-2A championship game ends in a tie and Huskies are co-champs with Santa Fe Prep following 1-1 deadlock

Girls Soccer
2010…Huskies leave little doubt who’s best in Class 1A-3A after thumping Sandia Prep 6-2 in the championship game
2000…On the pitch, it’s a stellar 20-1-1 season for Hope Christian after finishing it all with a 3-0 shutout of St. Michael’s

1998…Lone baseball crown comes to Hope Christian, led by coach Richard Faulkner, following a 14-6 defeat of Pecos in 1A-2A championship

1996…Paced by pitching standout Jennifer Harrer, Hope Christian gets only softball title by beating Jal 5-2



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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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