'Go out there and play ball'

Kirtland players say coach would have encouraged team to continue on

By Colleen Keane
Special to the Times

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Jan. 20, 2014

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(Special to the Times – Colleen Keane)

TOP: Kirtland Central varsity players, with coach Rochelle Curry standing behind them, pay tribute to their late coach, Kevin Holman, prior to the game against St. Pius last Friday night.

BOTTOM: The Lady Broncos and the Spartans pay tribute to the late Bronco's coach Kevin Holman prior to the Broncos' away game last Friday.

Play ball - on the court and off.

That was Head Coach Kevin Holman's message to his girls' basketball team – the Kirtland Central Lady Broncos.

By definition a coach is someone who teaches or trains. The late Kevin Holman topped that definition in more ways than one, according to Lady Bronco fans, who attended a playoff game in Albuquerque at St. Pious X Catholic School last Friday night.

They were there to support the Lady Broncos and to pay tribute to 49-year-old Holman who died last Wednesday after a courageous battle against cancer.

Spread out into a circle covering half of the court, the Kirtland Broncos and St. Pius Spartan varsity players held hands and with bowed heads and tears streaming down their faces, listened as Deacon Rene Greivel dedicate the game to Holman.

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