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La Cueva program subject of feature

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La Cueva girls soccer coach Amber Ashcraft has amassed more than 300 victories in her career.

Ashcraft’s individual accomplishments were a reason Dick’s Sporting Goods made her and her program the subject of an online documentary.

“It was very interesting, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Ashcraft, who began the season with 315 wins. Last year, for the first time in her Bears’ head coaching career, they failed to reach the state semifinal round.

Cameras were on hand at La Cueva for “Hell Week” – the last intensive week of the offseason – in late July and early August.

The Bears have won 14 girls state soccer titles. Ashcraft has been the head coach for six of those championship seasons and is a former La Cueva player.

Documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker directed the piece, Ashcraft said. The program was given a preview of the documentary last weekend.

The approximately 12-minute film can be viewed at dsg.com/hellweek/soccer.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: TopDrawerSoccer’s FAB 50 national soccer rankings are out, with New Mexico represented in both genders.

Eldorado’s girls are ranked 19th, St. Pius 22nd in the girls’ poll. Roswell’s boys are ranked 43rd nationally.

The statewide top five in boys are Roswell, Cibola, Volcano Vista, Albuquerque High and La Cueva. Eldorado, St. Pius and Rio Rancho are ranked 1-2-3 (there was no No. 4 or No. 5) for the girls. St. Pius’ girls will face Eldorado on Sept. 25.

JONES HEADS NORTHEAST: Cleveland senior guard Ryan Jones has given a commitment to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard averaged about 20 points for the Storm last season. He was a first-team, All-State selection in Class 5A.

UNLUCKY SEVEN: Seven members of the Piedra Vista football team have been suspended for the season.

They were accused of overturning two vehicles in Farmington earlier this month.

“I don’t think they were bad kids,” coach Jared Howell told the Farmington Daily Times. “There were some kids that I was totally shocked – totally shocked – that they were involved, but we are trying to teach these kids to be higher-level thinkers. If you don’t like where the group is going, get out of the group.”

HENRY, BRION HONORED: Cleveland boys track and field coach Kenny Henry was named the inaugural New Mexico Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Eldorado’s Kathy Brion was chosen as the girls’ Coach of the Year. She and Henry both led their teams to state championships in May.

Both Brion and Henry will be considered for the association’s first national coach of the year award.

SOCCER REQUEST: Former La Cueva boys soccer coach Larry Waters is asking that the state’s head coaches make nmsoccer.com the preferred website for gathering information on New Mexico prep soccer.

Coaches are asked to go to nmsoccer.com, request a password and input their schedule and team rosters, and then also update with stats after each match this season. Instructions are provided on the website.

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