SANTA FE, N.M. — A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico
CLOSED FOR REPAIR: Severe storm damage to the access road, hiking trails and facilities has temporarily closed the popular hiking spot Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The monument will be closed until repairs are completed.
FILLING VACANCIES: Although the fall high school season is rapidly approaching, vacancies remain at two local schools. For several weeks, Pojoaque Valley has been searching for a new head football coach. And West Las Vegas is looking for a girls soccer coach and a cross-country coach after Leroy “Caro” Armijo recently stepped away. WLV schools superintendent Chris Gutierrez said those positions should be filled by the end of this week.
NMHU SIGNING: Mora High School alum Alonzo Aragon has signed to play baseball in the spring at New Mexico Highlands University. He becomes the first Rangers player to earn a shot at a collegiate roster.
NEW DIRECTOR CHOSEN: West Las Vegas High School math teacher Valerie Villa-Lopez was selected from seven applicants as the school’s new athletic director. She has a background as a middle school track and field coach, and a cheer coach.
UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO
HUNTING: Youngsters interested in earning a hunter education certification for free should consider attending the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s special hunter education camp to receive hands-on training. The camp is for those aged 10 to 17 who are accompanied by an adult and takes place Sept. 7-8 at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Meals and lodging in tents onsite are free. For more information or to register, see wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education.
SOCCER: The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League has begun registration, with practice starting at the end of August. For more information, see lasvegasyouthsoccer.org.
TENNIS: Anyone looking to show off their skills with a racquet might want to think about entering the second Joel M. Williams Memorial Tournament at the Los Alamos Tennis Club on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, email email@example.com or call 610-5109.
GOLF: Show off your skills on the course and help out The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte with the annual Isaac Jaramillo Golf Tournament on Sept. 14 at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. For more information or to register, call Lorena Villalobos 249-0786.