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Prep notes: Roybal to lead Espanola Valley hoops team

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Talk about a match made in heaven.

Girls basketball in New Mexico got a whole lot more colorful this week – Cindy Roybal’s back in the game.

And she’s landed in hoops-mad Española.

The outspoken Roybal created a juggernaut at Santa Fe Indian School, coaching the Lady Braves to a pair of state championships, and this week Roybal was hired to take over the program at Española Valley.

She resigned from SFIS after the 2012-13 season, and Roybal has long been one of the most brash, confident coaches – male or female – in the state.

SFIS won 3A state titles in 2010 and 2011 and competed well against many programs at the 5A and 4A levels during Roybal’s tenure.

Española Valley went 22-8 last season, losing to Gallup in the Class 4A quarterfinals.

Santa Fe Indian struggled without Roybal, going 10-19 and losing in the first round of the 3A playoffs – a three-point loss to eventual state champion Portales.

LAS CRUCES BONANZA: Las Cruces’ annual fundraising golf tournament for the athletic programs at the city’s high schools has long been the envy of other towns, as it has in recent years generated north of $200,000 each year for Las Cruces, Mayfield and Oñate.

The parameters of the tournament have changed somewhat, but not the money the tournament raises.

This year’s event, held last weekend at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course, raised a reported $275,000 for the city’s public high schools – which now includes Centennial. At one time, the tournament’s monies went directly toward the city’s football programs.

It is now distributed between athletics and other extracurricular activities at the four high schools.

In over 20 years, this tournament has raised over $2 million, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. (By the way, Las Cruces and Mayfield have combined for 13 state football championships since 1995.)

OFFICIATING SUMMIT: Albuquerque later this month is hosting the National Association of Sports Officials Summit.

It is scheduled July 26-30 at the Downtown Hyatt.

The New Mexico Activities Association and New Mexico Officials Association are the official co-hosts, and over 80 organizations will be represented during the summit.

Former NFL referee Jerry Markbreit, who worked multiple Super Bowls, is a scheduled speaker. So is former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira, plus Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Larry Young and several NBA referees.

NBA ref Joey Crawford is to receive the “Gold Whistle Award” during the summit.

The summit kicks off with “Officiate New Mexico Day,” which is open to any man or woman who is interested in becoming an official.

The cost is $60, and lunch is included.

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