SANTA FE, N.M. — A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico
CHAMP AGAIN!: Robertson senior Jonathan Trujillo, at 145 pounds, polished off his fourth straight state wrestling individual championship Saturday, becoming just the 22nd person to win at least that many. He was among several area wrestlers to bring home gold medals from the event: 6A: Isaiah Martinez, Santa Fe, 170. 5A: Devin Atenci, Los Alamos, 106. 4A: Andrew Trujillo, Robertson, 120; Tyler Valencia, Taos, 132; Tristan Trujillo, Robertson, 160; Javier Tapia, Pojoaque Valley, 170; Darian Duran, Robertson, 195; Jessie Ayala, Taos, 220. Girls 4A: Elisha Duran, Taos, 131.
COACH HONORED: New Mexico Highlands University head wrestling coach Doug Moses, who helped revive the program when he came on board in 2005, will be inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame this summer. A wrestler with Adams State, Moses won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championship at 142 pounds, helping the team to a national title. He went on to coach for 20 years at Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo) before taking the Cowboys’ reins. Most notably during his tenure at Highlands, Moses coached DII national champion Seth Wright in 2010.
ON THE TEAM: Los Alamos High School graduate Jared Mang was named a pre-season Mountain West selection for New Mexico, Mang, a junior outfielder, hit .373 with 90 hits and 17 doubles last season.
ELKS SCORE HIGH: Pojoaque Valley High School took second in class 1A-4A, as did Española Valley in 5A at the recent state bowling championships. The Elks’ Isaiah Maestas has the second-highest series in 1A-4A, at 598, as did Elkette LeeAndra Apodaca, at 460.
UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO
SKI RACE: With a fresh layer of snow blanketing the slopes of Sipapu Resort, the annual Lloyd Bolander Memorial Pine Cup Race should have ideal conditions Saturday. Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers of all ages and abilities can participate in the giant slalom fun race named after the Sipapu founder. Bolander, known for his passion for teaching others how to ski, especially children, will donate a portion of Sunday’s lift ticket sales to the Bolander Fund to support area youth ski programs and needs. For more information, visit SipapuNM.com.
SOCCER: The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League has begun registration for the spring season. For more information, see lasvegasyouthsoccer.org.
LIFEGUARD: Folks looking to become a life guard, or to recertify, may do so for free March 19-23 at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center. A pre-test is required. For more information, contact Abby Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.