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Where are they now? A look at past high school sports stars – Las Cruces Sun

Click photo to enlargeLAS CRUCES – Throughout the summer, the Sun-News takes a look at former local athletes – both from the high school and the college ranks – and asks the question, “where are they now?”

Our most recent installment looks at four former high school standouts, their past impact, and their current whereabouts:

Roderick Bone

His past: Bone made his mark as a top-notch running back at Mayfield High School, playing at the school from 1976-79. Bone said he was recruited by Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Texas Tech and Southern Methodist, amongst others.

“Pretty much every school recruited me,” he said.

He would accept a scholarship offer from Notre Dame head coach Dan Devine, and became a member of the Fighting Irish after graduating from Mayfield in the spring of 1979.

Fork in the road: At Notre Dame, Bone would be converted to safety, and started his freshman and sophomore years with the Fighting Irish. New head coach Gerry Faust came on board in 1981, and Bone’s playing time decreased by his senior season. Professionally, Bone said he made a deep run trying out for the Dallas Cowboys during consecutive preseasons, although felt team politics and injury left him off the roster both years. He would enter the business world immediately after, working with Texas Instruments out of Dallas.

“I made it to the very last cut,” Bone said of his Cowboys tryout. “Everyone said …. (I was) going to be on this team.”

Where is he now? Bone now

lives in Los Angeles, and is the business owner of Solution Technology. His job takes him overseas often, with trips to Switzerland, Germany and Asia. He said he makes it back to Las Cruces once or twice a year.

“Growing up in a small city, you never think you can do it,” Bone said. “What I learned is, it’s a mental thing. You’ve got to believe you can do it. …. It’s not far fetched.”

Paco Larsen

His past: Larsen was a true 6-foot-9 post player for Las Cruces High boys basketball team in the early 1980s. Larsen was a quality player – he said he started every game for the Bulldawgs during his three years playing varsity, and the team made the state playoffs during his senior season in 1983.

Fork in the road: Larsen received a scholarship from Colorado State, and played for CSU from 1984-87. Larsen said he was essentially a practice player his first two seasons with the Rams, before his playing time increased his junior year and he became a starter by his senior season. Larsen graduated from CSU in 1988 with an engineering degree. He remained in Colorado, where he’s been working in engineering, construction and technical services ever since.

Where is he now: Two years ago, Larsen was involved in a fatal shooting incident in a residential area in Grand Junction, Colo., that left two dead and three wounded (one of the wounded was Larsen). He said the bullet remains in his back, although he’s in good health overall.

“It changed our lives in that, you come to realize it can all be done in an instant. With really no warning,” Larsen said. “I am really, really happy to be here, and I’m very thankful for all the blessings that have come to me.”

Larsen has two children – a son Kade and a daughter McKenna – with his wife Cathy. The family moved from Grand Junction to Denver within the past year, where Larsen works for URS Corporation.

“Whitey Coffman (former basketball coach at Las Cruces High) was one of a kind,” Larsen said. “He was just a good person all the way around. I was blessed to be able to play for him. And then go to CSU, meet my wife. I have no complaints. Life is good.”

Mesilla Valley Christian duo

Their past: The Mesilla Valley Christian SonBlazers have had a successful track record on the boys basketball court, winning state championships in 2007, 2010 and 2011. Two former nucleus players on the SonBlazers were wing/forward Scott Adler and point guard Zach Adams. Adler was part of the 2007 and 2010 MVCS state championship teams, while Adams was a member of the 2007 squad.

Fork in the road: Both went to respective schools, as Adler would attend Air Force Academy and Adams to New Mexico State University.

Where are they now? Adler continued his basketball career, playing a year at USAFA Prep School and is currently on the Falcons 2013-14 preseason roster. Adams, on the other hand, went down another athletic path: He continued to build off his successful golf career in high school, and is currently a member of the NMSU men’s golf team.

Teddy Feinberg can be reached at (575) 541-5455. Follow him on Twitter @TeddyFeinberg

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