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

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BASKETBALL

TWO NEW HEAD COACHES: Mora High School has found two new head coaches: Marco Sanchez takes over the boys, replacing James Branch, and Greg Laumbach takes over the girls for Mark Cassidy.

NEW COACH AT SHS: Pecos graduate Brian Stinett was recently hired as girls coach at Sandia High School in Albuquerque, replacing Susan Kubala.

ORTEGA HEADS TO NMHU: Adrian Ortega, a guard from Atrisco Heritage Academy in Albuquerque, signed to play for New Mexico Highlands University.

SEEKING GIRLS COACH: Los Alamos is looking for a new girls coach after Ann Stewart stepped down to accept the position as Hilltoppers athletic director. She replaces Vicki Nelms, who is leaving to take an AD position in Oregon.

RUGBY

NMHU LOSES IN FINAL: New Mexico Highlands University came up just short in its bid for a U.S. title, losing in the finale of the National Small College Rugby Sevens Championship in Philadelphia last weekend.

After winning its first four matches, Highlands lost 22-14 to second-ranked New England College.

3 THINGS TO SEE OR DO THIS WEEKEND

TRACK & FIELD

UNM HOSTS CLASSIC: The annual Great Southwest Classic is underway at the University of New Mexico track complex today and Saturday.

The prestigious event, in its 39th year, brings together the top teenage athletes, not only from the west, but across the country.

Santa Fe’s record-setting 4X200 girls relay team is scheduled to compete at 8 p.m. today.

Most events are scheduled for Saturday, with field events beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the boys javelin and track events at 4 p.m. with the 100-meter dash.

BICYCLING

DOWNHILL BIKE RACE: Mountain bikers who wear their scars and scabs as badges of honor will have a chance to add to the collection Saturday during the New Mexico Brewer’s Fest and the Pajarito Punishment Downhill Bike Race at the Pajarito Ski Area in Los Alamos.

Live music, hiking and other family fun will be available; the competitive cycling event will begin at 1 p.m.

For more information about the event, see skipajarito.com or facebook.com/PajaritoMountainFestivals.

TOUR DE LOS ALAMOS: Los Alamos remains the hub of cycling this weekend as the 42nd Tour de Los Alamos is scheduled for Sunday.

The 27-mile race loop winds through Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument and White Rock.

The course climbs from 6,000 to 7,600 feet in elevation and the professional division will make three laps for 81 total miles.

Entry fees are $25 before Sunday and $45 on race day. Junior racers ages 18 and younger are free. T-shirts are free to the first 150 entrants. One-day beginners’ licenses are required for those participants who have previously never held a USAC annual license. ANSI-approved helmets are required for all riders; no aero equipment allowed.

Online registration ends Saturday at 11 a.m. Registration can also be done in person on both Saturday, from 7-8 p.m. at Los Alamos National Bank, and Sunday, from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at 20th Street along Central Avenue. To register online or for more information, see tourdelosalamos.org.

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