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Joaquin Billy selected for Small School All-Star Football

WINDOW ROCK

Senior Joaquin Billy from Magdalena High has had a successful year in sports playing track and field and football. The football season concluded recently, but he was chosen to play on the Small School All-Star Football team.

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Magdalena senior Joaquin Billy was selected to play for the Small Schools All-Star Football team.

“I’m not sure how I feel,” Billy said. “I feel like there’s a lot of centers our there who are better than me, but I was very surprised. It’s very cool.”

Last year he was named All-District Defensive Lineman for his team and 1st Team All-District Defensive Lineman for the 2020 season. Then in the spring of 2021 he went to state for track and field, winning championship for shot put and coming in third for discus.

This season, Magdalena High had a good season; they were first in their district and had a four-game victory streak that was ended by one touchdown made by Logan High in the quarterfinals of the championships.

Magdalena Football Coach Ryan Romero said he was happy that his nomination of Billy for the All-Star team was accepted, saying that Billy was a great athlete and person.

“He is one of the players on the team that worked incredibly hard through the summer and the season, and he was just a guy that we rely on big time for the team,” Romero said.

Romero always sees Billy working hard motivating his teammates and keeping up spirits with his good attitude. He appreciates that Romero is always asking questions to get better and is always working to improve.

The combination was part of the reason why Billy was made a team leader. Billy said being part of the team is one of the reasons why he loves football.

It can be nerve-racking getting ready to play against a challenging team, but there is also an air of excitement as they get ready together like a family. And it also feels great celebrating a win together as well.

Romero said that the school and community is proud of Billy and wishes him luck at the All-Star game.

“I’ve been a coach for two years and hers been a good role model for the younger kids and for his community members,” Romero said. “I just really appreciate that about him and we’re real proud of him here.”

Billy will be playing center, the position he’s been playing this season and the All-Star game is scheduled to play at Roswell this Saturday. He said he is feeling both nervous and excitement.

Excitement for playing, but nervous playing 11-man football. He’s used to playing 8-man teams.

Still, he is looking forward to it and hopes it will be a good game.

“It was a nice ride this season, its really cool I really enjoyed it,” Billy said. “Thank you to everybody that have helped me, my family and my teammates and just everybody who have supported me, it was pretty fun.”


About The Author

David Smith

David Smith was born and raised in Chinle, Arizona. He graduated from Chinle High School in 2015 and went on to study journalism at Northern Arizona University. He graduated in the spring of 2020 with his bachelors in journalism and a minor in English. He later moved back home where he is now working as sports writer for the Navajo Times. Contact him at david.smith@navajotimes.com

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