A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico
A LONG TIME COMING: It’s been 15 long years since West Las Vegas High School has been able to celebrate a victory over St. Michael’s, but that streak was squashed Friday when the Dons came away with a 14-13 victory over the Horsemen. John Balizan hit Omar Gallardo for the winning touchdown with 21 seconds remaining.
NEW COACH: Pojoaque Valley High School hired Chris Ortiz as the new softball coach to replace Ricky B. DeHerrera. Ortiz served as the Elkettes JV coach for several years before landing the top spot.
HONORED AGAIN: New Mexico Highlands University defensive back Malik Brown earned his second Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference defensive player of the week honor this season after finishing with a career-best 15 tackles and two interceptions. He also had one pass breakup and returned his interceptions for a total of 38 yards Saturday as the Cowboys beat South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 53-52.
JAMBOREE JUBILATION: The Academy for Technology and the Classics outlasted Pecos 40-47 to win the girls small-school portion of the Rio Rancho Jamboree on Saturday. Maggie Rittmeyer paced the Phoenix, finishing fourth in a time of 21 minutes, 28.30 seconds. Vanessa Dominguez led the Panthers’ effort finishing third.
UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO:
RUNNING: It won’t be a foul day when you hit the pavement Nov. 17 at Fort Marcy Park for the 37th Annual Fowl Day Run to support the Salvation Army Food Drive. Bring non-perishable food, cash, or a check made out to the Salvation Army, suggested donation value of $15 or more, or winter coats and clothes, clean and in good condition. For more information, email email@example.com.
CLEAN UP: The USDA Forest Service is looking for volunteers to a hike up the Arroyo Toro Route to Window Rock and help clean up the trail, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 17. There is a briefing at the Arroyo Toro Route, 11.5 miles north of Española on US Highway 84, at 10 a.m. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hike will be an 8-mile round trip. Volunteers must wear long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Bring a day pack with water and sunscreen.
HOOPS: The Pecos boys basketball team is looking for former Panthers players and coaches to participate in an alumni game Nov. 16. In addition to the game, the festivities will include a 3-point contest, free-throw contest and dunk contest. Contact Pecos coach Ira Harge Jr. at the school for information.