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Prep notes: Brooks departure leaves opening on NMAA board

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One of the residual effects of the departure of former Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks is that the board of directors of the New Mexico Activities Association will have a new member.

Brooks had been a longtime member of the NMAA’s board, which meets a handful of times throughout the year to help set policy for the state’s member schools. New APS Superintendent Brad Winter will serve in that position on an interim basis for the 2014-15 school year. APS expects it will take about a year to find a permanent replacement.

Two of the NMAA’s board members are appointed: the superintendents from the state’s two largest districts, in this case being Albuquerque and Las Cruces.

Those two are affirmed annually by the board each January.

The Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent is Stan Rounds.

FINAL FOURS: The semifinals of the Albuquerque Metro Soccer Championships will be played tonight.

But only three of the four games can be found at the APS Complex.

Eldorado’s girls and La Cueva meet at 6:30 p.m. at the complex. The other semifinal is at Cleveland, where the Storm plays host to Rio Rancho.

The boys begin at 6:45 tonight at the complex, with La Cueva taking on Atrisco Heritage, and Cibola facing Sandia.

The championship games are Friday night at the APS Complex.

OUT OF THE FRYING PAN: Kudos to Sandia’s defense that on Saturday limited Volcano Vista tailback Dominico Chavez to 66 yards on 22 hard carries.

Chavez had rushed for over 1,400 yards last season, and the Matadors’ focus on Chavez was a key reason Sandia was in this game until the end. The Hawks scored on a late touchdown pass to pull out an 18-14 victory.

It does not get easier for Sandia, which Friday night faces Atrisco Heritage’s Ricci Alvidrez, who is coming off a 238-yard performance against La Cueva’s solid defense last week.

Alvidrez probably would have had an even bigger game had he not had serious issues with cramps; he was, in fact, on the sideline for the Jaguars’ last three – and most important three – offensive plays. He was sorely missed, because if Atrisco had gained just one more first down, the Jags likely could have run out the clock, leading 25-20.

But Atrisco was unable to get that first down without Alvidrez, and the Jaguars missed a field-goal attempt. La Cueva took over, drove the length of the field, and pulled out a 26-25 victory.

BRYCE AND CULLEN: ProView Networks has begun a project that is something akin to ESPN’s celebrated “30 in 30″ series.

ProView’s Beyond the Game, which will be a series of documentaries, has started this week with a 90-minute piece on former La Cueva basketball standout Bryce Alford and his close friend, former Eldorado star Cullen Neal.

The film is called “The New Mexico Hoosiers.”

It debuted Monday on proviewnetworks.com, and also on Comcast Channel 26. ProView secured sit-down interviews with both subjects; ProView flew to Los Angeles to talk to Alford, who is a sophomore at UCLA. Neal is a sophomore at UNM.

It will be rebroadcast today at 11 a.m. on Channel 26, and is available anytime on the website, said ProView executive director Adam Diehl.

Next, Diehl said, is a look at longtime Albuquerque High boys basketball coach Jim Hulsman.

And after that, they’ll do a piece on Eldorado quarterback Zach Gentry, who is completing his senior season this fall.

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