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Sports: Week in Review

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.


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

SOCCER: The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League has begun registration, with practice starting at the end of August. For more information, see

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 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.