USA Today this week announced its all-New Mexico boys and girls basketball teams for the 2018-19 season.
The boys first team included its choice for player of the year, Atrisco Heritage guard Joziah Ramos, along with Rio Rancho’s David Patterson, Mayfield’s Jorell Saterfield, Los Lunas’ Zanen Zeller and Cleveland’s Jalen Munn.
Second-teamers were Eldorado’s Kameron Valencia, Cleveland’s Aamer Muhammad, Santa Fe’s J.B. White, Hope Christian’s Johnny Nitafan and the New Mexico School for the Deaf’s 6-foot-10 Deven Thompson.
Atrisco Heritage’s Adrian Ortega, whose team won a second-consecutive large school state title, was chosen as the state’s coach of the year.
• West Mesa’s girls had the coach of the year (Manny Otero) and the POY in senior guard Maiah Rivas.
The remainder of the first team features Carlsbad’s Carsyn Boswell, Hobbs’ Ayanna Smith, Highland’s Cailee Crawford and Piedra Vista’s Lanae Billy.
The second team: Silver’s Katelynn Limardo, La Cueva’s Kaya Ingram, Los Lunas’ Natalie Jojola, Robertson’s Alianza Darley and Sandia’s Viané Cumber.
SHOOTOUT, METROS: Piedra Vista’s boys and El Paso Eastwood’s girls were team champions Monday at the Shootout in the Desert golf tournament at Canyon Club.
Piedra Vista’s Trey Diehl and Cleveland’s Jacque Galloway were individual medalists. Diehl shot 1-under 71, while Galloway shot 1-over 73 to win by three shots.
La Cueva’s boys finished third. Cleveland and La Cueva were second and third, respectively, in the girls standings.
The top 10 boys receive free entry into the 2019 New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship in June at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club. The top 10 girls get entry into the NM-WT amateur event at Santa Ana Golf Club in July.
• The 11th annual Albuquerque Metro Championship is Monday at Paradise Hills Golf Course. Cleveland, Albuquerque Academy, St. Pius, Bosque School, Hope Christian, Sandia Prep and Rio Rancho join the city’s 13 public high schools. A shotgun start is planned for 8 a.m.
SIGNINGS/COMMITMENTS: Atrisco Heritage forward and defensive specialist DeMarcus Sutphen has committed to play basketball for South Mountain Community College in Phoenix. … Sandia High football player DeAnte Bernard is headed to the U.S. Military Academy. … Albuquerque Academy’s versatile Lucas Jepsen, a track and field standout, has signed with Montana State. … Reilly McClanahan of Eldorado’s state champion cross country team signed on Wednesday to run for Princeton. McClanahan finished third at the Class 5A state meet last November. … All-state Eldorado volleyball player Gracelyn Stubbs has signed with Eastern New Mexico. … La Cueva tennis player Julian Lee has signed with LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. … Hope Christian boys basketball player Johnny Nitafan is headed to Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix.
THIS AND THAT: La Cueva wide receiver Connor O’Toole on Wednesday tweeted that he had received a scholarship offer from the University of New Mexico. The 6-foot-4 speedster helped the Bears to the Class 6A state title last December. He already has visited Baylor, unofficially, and is making an official visit this weekend to Wyoming. … The New York Times has reported that the 40-member NCAA Division I council later this week will consider a new rule that would ban coaches from making any contact with prospective student-athletes before the summer that begins after their sophomore year. The rule would be installed to help put a stop to early recruiting efforts. … The Albuquerque Metro Tennis Championships also are on tap next week, beginning Monday at Albuquerque Academy and the Jerry Cline Complex with 64-player draws. They will conclude with singles and doubles finals April 27 at Academy.