JUNIOR CHAMP: Rico Montoya, a Robertson High junior who has won four state championships, captured the 126-pound, junior division championship at the National High School Coaches Association tournament in Virginia Beach, Va., last weekend.
ALL-STATE LISTS: A number of local players filled the annual All-State list as determined by members of the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Santa Fe High’s Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage, who led the Demonettes to the 4A state championship, and Justin Flores of St. Michael’s, who helped the Horsemen reach the 3A title game, each took home first-team honors.
Demonettes Kayla Herrera and Jackie Martinez were each on the second team, as was Española Valley’s Ashlynn Trujillo. Leslie Gutierrez of Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe Indian School’s Kayla Jones were on the 3A second team. Destiny Pacheco of Mora landed on the 2A second team.
Santa Fe Prep’s Ian Andersson and D.J. Casados were each 2A, second-team members.
NEW COACH WANTED: Pojoaque Valley is actively searching for a new girls basketball coach after Ron Drake resigned earlier in the week following a two-year stint with the Elkettes. Pojoaque Valley went 15-14 this past season, losing in the opening round of the state tournament, and went 29-29 under Drake’s tutelage.
OFF TO GOOD START: Santa Fe High got its District 2-4A season off to a robust start as home runs from Lena Romero, Alex Russell and Xeala Porras supported Russell’s strong showing on the mound in a 12-1 victory over Española Valley on Wednesday.
3 THINGS TO SEE OR DO THIS WEEKEND
SOCCER: Coming off an appearance in the NCAA College Cup – soccer’s equivalent of the Final Four – the University of New Mexico men’s team will play Denver at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Taos Eco Park. It’s the highlight of an all-day soccer fest that also features Fort Lewis vs. Adams State at 1 p.m. followed by the Rio Rapids Reds club team vs. Fort Lewis at 3 p.m. and Adams State vs. the Reds at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for the entire day.
BASEBALL: No. 5 St. Michael’s plays host to No. 9 Taos on Saturday at 11 a.m., pitting two teams that can swing the bat. The Horsemen are plating 7.9 runs a game and the Tigers are chasing home 7.3.
SKIING: This is the last chance of the season to get in a few final runs down the hill at Ski Santa Fe. The ski area’s closing date is Sunday and discount rates are in place. The area is reporting a 44-inch base.