SANTA FE, N.M. — A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico
NEW LINE-UP: Some of the new classifications have been released by the New Mexico Activities Association. In basketball, volleyball, and track and field, Capital and Santa Fe will be back in the same 5A district with Sandia, Albuquerque High, Manzano, Rio Grande and Sandia.
Española Valley, Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley, Santa Fe Indian School and Taos landed together in a Class 4A district with Bernalillo. A 3A district will include Robertson, Santa Fe Prep, St. Michael’s and West Las Vegas, along with Raton. In 2A, there’s Academy for Technology and the Classics, Desert Academy, McCurdy, Monte del Sol and Tierra del Sol.
In 5A football, Santa Fe and Capital are also back together, along with Del Norte and Los Alamos. Española, Pojoaque and Taos are grouped with Bernalillo, Grants and St. Pius in 4A. Robertson, Santa Fe Indian School, St. Michael’s and West Las Vegas will be together with Raton in 3A.
HALL OF FAME
COACH HONORED: Longtime Pojoaque Valley High School athletic director and coach Matt Martinez was named to the NMAA’s Hall of Fame. He was the athletic director from 1999-2017, and on his watch the Elks and Elkettes won 20 state team athletic championships in seven different sports. He also coached the 1998 girls to the championship, going 28-0.
UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO
HOOPS: The Braves Invite continues today, with semifinal games at 4:45 and 8:15 p.m. at Santa Fe Indian School, with the championship game Saturday at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the host school, the tournament includes Santa Fe Prep, Dulce, Mesa Vista and Española.
FREE THROWS: Hotshot shooters can show off their prowess Jan. 6 in a free-throw shooting contest open to all ages. The $10 entry fee goes to support the Santa Fe High School baseball program. For more information or to register, see engbaseballacademy.wufoo.com/forms/wxwr8oy13rm2o9.
WINTER CAMP: Learn to skate, go swimming and play some hoops during the Genoveva Chavez Community Centers winter break day camps Dec. 18-21 and Dec. 26-29. For more information, call Melissa Bustos at 955-4005.