2013 in Review: Sports
POSTED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 10:04am
UPDATED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 10:21am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — It would be fair to say that many of the biggest stories of the year revolved around sports in El Paso. When everyone is fighting to be top dog, did the littlest one come out on top as the biggest sports story in El Paso in 2013?
For all of the controversy surrounding the Chihuahuas name, hate it or love it, the dogs are here to stay. Owners of the Chihuahuas invited nearly a thousand little league players and their parents to the Plaza theater for the big reveal. The initial reaction was mostly negative, but Chihuahuas merchandise is still flying off the shelves two months after the reveal proving that maybe the little guy does win.
After the dust settled around the City Hall site, there was no time to waste. The new baseball stadium is set to open in time for the Chihuahuas first game in April of 2014.
Every once in a while, a story comes along that reminds you how powerful and wonderful sports can be. The story of Coronado team manager Mitchell Marcus and Franklin player Jonathan Montanez' exceptional act of sportsmanship became a national story this February. The Sun Bowl Committee agreed as well, making both Marcus and Montanez honorary Grand Marshals at this year's Sun Bowl Parade.
The New Mexico State men's basketball team defeated UT Arlington, 64-55, to win its second consecutive WAC Tournament Championship in 2013.
Following the exit of Coach Mike Price from the Miner's locker room in 2012, UTEP announced that former UTEP player and coach Sean Kugler was named the 25th head coach of the Miners. Kugler took over as head coach for the 2013 season.
UTEP was not the only area university with a new head football coach. In February, NMSU hired Doug Martin as their new football coach. The 2013 season was his first with the Aggies.
Around 27,000 fans packed Aggie Memorial stadium to see the biggest rivalry in the Southwest. This year, Las Cruces High School battled the Mayfield Trojans for the New Mexico High School 5A football championship. The Bulldawgs came out with the win, but the entire city of Las Cruces were the true winners in this battle for football glory.
Las Cruces native Austin Trout had a very busy 2013. He fought Cotto, Canelo and finally Erislandy Lara in 2013. In November, Trout served as Grand Marshal in the 2013 Sun Bowl Parade and just days later, flew out to fight Lara. The fight, on December 8th, gave Trout a unanimous decision in a technical bout. Trout remained adamant to his fans, "I'm coming right back."