HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

No More Flying Under Radar for Tigers’ Jimenez

Hot Springs Basketball Head Coach Bailey Says 1st-Year Varsity Senior Does ‘Right Stuff’

By Tony A. Archuleta

HERALD Reporter

Marc Jimenez, a senior at Hot Springs making his varsity debut this season under first-year Tiger boys basketball head coach Brad Bailey, began his playing career as a seventh-grader at Deming Middle School.

His eighth grade year, Jimenez and his family moved to Sierra County, and he joined the Tiger Cubs basketball team at Truth or Consequences Middle School.

Entering his fifth year with the local program, the former Wildcat is all Tiger now, but it came as a mild surprise when Bailey singled out Jimenez for pre-season accolades.

After all, Jimenez was flying slightly under the radar last year as a junior playing exclusively on the JV team under former head coach Trampus Pierson and assistant coach Derek Bean.

It’s not uncommon for standout sophomores, even freshman, to work their way up to the varsity ranks. And sometimes for juniors, it’s varsity or bust.

But here’s the deal.

First, last year’s team was loaded with plenty of talent, including an abundance of seniors. Second, there’s a new coach, it’s a new season, and it’s the same hardworking Jimenez.

“Marc has been steady and faithful in the preseason,” Bailey said during an interview before practice at Tiger Gym Friday, Nov. 9. “He’s worked hard, he listens, he does everything I ask him to do. He’s the kind of person that, as a coach, you want 25 guys like that. We’ve got a lot of kids like that, but he’s one of the seniors.”

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