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Week in Review: A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico



COWGIRLS ARE SECOND: Highlands University’s Salcia Slack owned the women’s end of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference meet, setting an individual record for points with 54, winning the triple jump, the 100-meter dash and the 100 hurdles, and topping it off with an NCAA DII record 5,833 points in the heptathlon, a mark that would place her third in DI. The Cowgirls finished second in the meet with a school-best 170 points.

“This was the best RMAC meet in the history of our program,” coach Bob DeVries said. “We scored a record number of points and won seven events, but we wanted to win the meet, so it’s a little bittersweet.”

Los Alamos distance star Mikayla Pulliam signed a letter of intent to compete at New Mexico State. She plans to race cross country in the fall, and compete in distance races in the winter and spring.


ST. MIKE’S QUALIFIES: St. Michael’s High School boys golf team automatically qualified for the Class 3A state tournament next week in Las Cruces by carding a 315 Monday to win the district title. Cody Van Damme shot a 2-over 74 on the Los Altos Golf Course in Albuquerque to lead the Horsemen’s effort and tie for second overall.

Raton’s Andrew Tapia shot a 2-under 70 and finished with an even 144 in Wednesday’s final round of the 2014 Sun Country & TaylorMade-adidas Players Championship at the Cochiti Lake Golf Course, featuring 33 pros and 15 amateurs. He won the event in a playoff with Shaun Haberstroh.


Patrick Holmes Jr., left, and Brandon Holmes spar in preparation for their Saturday bouts at Buffalo Thunder. Assistant Coach Randy Lopez looks on. (Courtesy of Melisha L. Montaño)

Patrick Holmes Jr., left, and Brandon Holmes spar in preparation for their Saturday bouts at Buffalo Thunder. Assistant Coach Randy Lopez looks on. (Courtesy of Melisha L. Montaño)

BOXING: The “Latin Collision” will be squaring off at 7 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. The card’s main bouts include Española’s Tony Valdez vs. Felipe Rivas and Santa Fe’s Brandon Holmes vs. Eric Gonzales. Other bouts include Santa Fe’s Natalie Roy (opponent to be announced), Angelo Leo vs. James Piar, Santa Fe’s Patrick Holmes Jr. vs. Lucas Pedraza, Brian Mendoza vs. Daniel Gonzales and Luis Montaño vs. Jose Osorio. For more information or for tickets, call 795-2772 or 699-2845.

BASEBALL: Third-seeded St. Michael’s (18-8) plays host to No. 14 West Las Vegas (12-14) in a best-of-three series in the opening round of Class 3A State Tournament. The first game is today at 4 p.m., with Game 2 at 11 a.m. Saturday. If necessary, the deciding game will follow on Saturday.

BOATING: The Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival is a weekend-long introduction to one of New Mexico’s greatest treasures: the Rio Grande.

Activities begin today and continue through Sunday.

Event registration and schedule information will be at the Rio Bravo Campground in the Orilla Verde Recreation Area and more information can be found at raftnewmexico.org.

A mother and child competition through the gentle Orilla Verde section of the river is a highlight of the weekend, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.


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