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Sports: Week in Review

SANTA FE, N.M. — A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico


IT’S OFFICIAL!: The interim tag can be removed from Al Salazar’s title. Salazar is officially the Española Valley High School’s new athletic director. He’s filling a role that his father once held from 1987-99.


SECOND TITLE: One championship was good, but two is better as the Santa Fe Young Gunz won the American Amateur Baseball Congress State Tournament 14-U championship last weekend, polishing off the finale 6-4 over the Las Cruces Mustangs behind two RBI from Caden Thornton. Andon Toya threw five innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs. Earlier in the month, the Gunz had won the United States Specialty Sports Association title.


HEADING NORTH: Los Alamos native Yvonne Sanchez, the former University of New Mexico women’s basketball head coach, has been hired as an assistant at Michigan.


EX-LOBO DONATES: Alex Kirk, the Los Alamos High School grad, former Lobos hoops star and recent pro basketball champ in Japan, has donated $1,000 through his foundation to the UNM-LA Community Education’s Summer Program for Youth. It’s the latest example of his largesse as he’s also created three scholarships, sponsored basketball camps in Los Alamos, Española and Clayton, helped out a local junior golf program and helped refinish the Española Teen Center basketball court floor.


BASEBALL: The Santa Fe Fuego continue an ongoing homestand with four games at Fort Marcy Park, beginning tonight and Saturday against Alpine, followed by games Sunday and Monday against Garden City. All games start at 6 p.m. For more information, see

GOLF: All Individuals First, a Los Alamos organization providing day programs for adults with mental disabilities, will be the recipient of the first Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op charity golf tournament Aug. 3 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Registration is open to the first 120 players. For more information or to register, email or

SOCCER: New Mexico Highlands University will be holding a youth camp Aug. 11-12. The two-a-day sessions will include dribbling, shooting, passing, receiving, creativity and imagination in an effort to build skills, as well as confidence. For more information, call coach Oscar Mendoza at 915-346-4067 or email