PLAYER OF THE YEAR: All Jared Mang did for Los Alamos High School on the diamond was hit .605 with a slugging percentage of .926, and drive in 44 runs while dabbling on the the mound, going 8-2 with a 1.01 ERA and 42 strikeouts. Those exploits were good enough for Mang to earn the Gatorade Player of the Year in the sport, the first Hilltopper to receive the honor in the 29 years the award has been given out.
Mang will now go into the pool along with the honorees from other states vying for national player of the year.
FIRST AT-BATS: Nicholas Aragon, a 2011 West Las Vegas graduate, made his Pecos League starting debut Tuesday for the Las Vegas Train Robbers. Aragon started at second base, going 0-2 although he hit the ball hard in both at bats.
TRACK & FIELD
NATIONAL SHOWING: The New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls returned from the NCAA DII Outdoor Championships last weekend with two national championships from Salcia Slack, who won the heptathlon and the long jump. The team finished with 33 points, good for seventh overall. Slack was named the DII Female Field Athlete of the Year by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
NEW COACH AT SFIS: Lanse Carter, who led the Pojoaque Valley girls to consecutive 3A championships in 2008-09, has been hired to be the new coach at Santa Fe Indian School. Carter, who also previously coached at Capital, replaces JoJo Valdez, who resigned after one season as head coach.
2 THINGS TO SEE OR DO THIS WEEKEND
RUGBY: New Mexico Highlands’ 7s rugby squad will be playing the round-robin portion of the National Small College Rugby Organization championship tournament in Philadelphia, facing North Florida, New England and Lafayette on Saturday. Should Highlands advance to Sunday’s semifinals or finals, its games are scheduled to be televised on the NBC Sports Networks in the morning.
BASEBALL: The Santa Fe Fuego, which are in third place in the Pecos League, are home tonight, Saturday and Sunday for games against the Las Vegas Train Robbers. Each game starts at 6 p.m. at Fort Marcy Park and tickets cost $6.