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

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BASEBALL

HIGH-SCORING AFFAIR: The North’s Blake May of Trinidad had a grand slam and 6 RBI in a 22-10 win in the annual Pecos League All-Star Game at Fort Marcy Park. In all, seven homers flew from the confines during the high-scoring affair. Jamie McMillian of Trinidad won the home run hitting contest, clubbing eight of his 10 chances in the finals, then winning a smack off with Bisbee’s Daniel Aldrich.

LAS VEGAS CHAMPS: Las Vegas Little League 10-11 won the District 4 championship, beating La Plaza of west Las Vegas in a best 2-of-3 series. The team will get to remain home for the state tournament that starts July 18.

GOLF

13TH FOR SANCHEZ: Santa Fean Marty Sanchez carded an 8-over 224 to finish 13th among 60 competitors vying for the New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship at the Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque. He finished 20 strokes behind winner Sam Saunders, a former University of New Mexico golfer.

SOFTBALL

LA PLAZA ON TOP: La Plaza Little League’s 10-11 team of west Las Vegas won the District 4 championship, earning a trip to the state championships that starts in Bayard on July 11. It beat Las Vegas Little League twice to earn the state berth.

LAS VEGAS WINS: The Las Vegas 9-10 team took out Raton in a pair of games to also earn a state tournament bid. The team will be traveling to Deming for the July 11 start in an effort to be state champs.

ANOTHER CHANCE AT STATE: And the Las Vegas juniors 13-14 softball swept Santa Rosa, earning a shot at repeating as state champions at home beginning July 11.

3 THINGS TO SEE OR DO THIS WEEKEND

HIKING: The first of weekly guided hikes takes off from the Top Restaurant at the Red River Ski Area, beginning at 10 a.m. A mountain guide will provide history and interpretive information during the stroll.

BASEBALL: Celebrate a hot Fourth of July with the Santa Fe Fuego, who visit Taos for a 6 p.m. clash with the Blizzard to conclude a four-game set. The Fuego then return home for games Saturday and Sunday against Raton. For more information, see santafefuego.com.

BICYCLING: It’s not for the weak of heart or the weak of legs, but on Saturday the hearty will tackle the Gran Fondo, an endurance race from 46 to 105 miles along a route from Taos through Mora and Angel Fire, and back to Taos.

Gran Fondo is a one-day, annual endurance event of the “amateur undertaken for pleasure or as a test of personal fortitude,” according to the taossportsalliance.com site. “There are many Gran Fondo races taking place across the globe, but the forerunner of them all is La Marmotte, held the same date as our Fondo, in southeastern France. La Marmotte’s fixed course was first run in 1982, and is staged in some of the fabled alp climbs and descents of the Tour de France.”

The race begins at 7 a.m. from the Taos Youth & Family Center and will end there as well. For more information, go to taossportsalliance.com/bicycling and to register see usacycling.com.

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