Sometimes things work out just right.
For most of the season, it appeared the two-time state champion St. Michael’s girls golf team would not get a chance to add a third straight title to their run.
The Lady Horsemen only had three players through the regular season and you need at least four to play as a team and qualify for the team championship.
But when St. Michael’s showed up for Friday’s district tournament at the Gene Torres Golf Course in Las Vegas, five Horsemen teed off as eighth-grader Lillian Rodriguez and freshman Jayden Howley gave it whirl after recently joining the team.
Although both shot well into the 100s, “they did what they needed to do get the scores,” said coach Robin Martinez. “Hopefully it gets them prepared for next week.”
With the three veterans firing on all cylinders: Carisa Padilla shot a 1-over 73, Miquela Martinez a 77 and a career-best 82 from Alyssa Torres, St. Mike’s qualified for the state tournament with eight strokes to spare.
For Torres, it was quite a day as she knocked it around on the course named for her grandfather.
“Her dad is the boys coach and her grandfather was a professional at that golf course,” Coach Martinez said. “It was just a really special moment for her to score her best score at that course.”
The team now heads to Hobbs for the two-day 1A-3A state tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Rock Wind Golf Course.
WEST LAS VEGAS 7, SANDIA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 6; WEST LAS VEGAS 13, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 7: In the opener, the host Dons (18-6, 9-3 in DistrIct 2-3A) scored three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to come back from a 5-1 deficit despite Diandra Toya’s 3-3 game for the Braves (15-11, 5-7). In the second game, SFIS went up 7-0 in the fourth, but WLV came roaring back with 11 runs of its own. Camilla Lewis, Jayda Lucario and Kiera Mermejo-Varga each had three hits for the Braves.
MORA 19, JEMEZ VALLEY 4, three innings: The host Rangerettes (9-11, 3-4 in District 2/5-1A/2A) broke out the bats in the third inning, scoring 15 runs to ice the game.
WEST LAS VEGAS 3, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 2; WEST LAS VEGAS 10, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 4: In the opener, the visiting Braves (15-11, 7-8 in District 2-3A) tied it on Anders Pecos’ two-run double in the seventh only to see the Dons (17-6, 12-3) come back with the game winner in the bottom of the inning. In the nightcap, Pablo Leyba went 2-3 with three RBI and two runs and Antonio Bustamante was 2-4 with two runs and two RBI to lead the WLV sweep, although Kye Aguilar was 3-4 with an RBI for SFIS.
In other baseball scores Thursday: St. Michael’s 13, Santa Fe Prep 1; St. Michael’s 17, Santa Fe Prep 1
PEÑASCO 5, QUESTA 4; QUESTA 15, PEÑASCO 3: The host Wildcats (2-7, 1-3 in District 5-2A) rallied to within a run the seventh, but it wasn’t quite a enough against the Panthers (5-11-1, 2-4) in the opener. But Questa got its revenge in the second game, as Eugene Jackson went 2-3 with two runs and two RBI.
In other baseball games Wednesday: Los Alamos 6, Taos 2
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 6, SANTA FE 0: Alyssa Naranjo chucked a complete-game two-hitter with strike outs to lead the Braves (15-9) over the Demons (6-15).
LOS ALAMOS 13, TAOS 0, five innings: Isabella Robertson threw a three-hit shutout for the Hilltoppers (14-10, 7-3 in District 2-4A) and Maya McMillan was 3-3 with two runs in the win over the Tigers (7-16, 4-6).
SANTA ROSA 15, PECOS 4, five innings: Although the Panthers (2-15, 1-5 in District 7-1A/2A) got hits, it wasn’t enough to hang with the host Lions, who scored 10 runs in the fourth to put it away.
TUCUMCARI 19, MORA 4, three innings: The Rattlers scored 12 in the first inning and the Rangerettes (8-11, 3-5) did not have the firepower to catch up.
ROBERTSON 11, ST. MICHAEL’S 1, six innings: Despite a 2-3 performance from Aidan Gantt, the visiting Horsemen (14-9-1, 8-4-1 in District 2-3A) fell to the first-place Cardinals (16-7-11, 10-2-1), who got two hits each from Antonio Cordova, Brandon Lucero and Antonio Padilla.
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 24, SANTA FE PREP 4, five innings: Harlan Quintana somehow managed to drive in eight runs at Fort Marcy Park while going 4-5 with two doubles for the Braves (15-9, 7-6 in District 2-3A), while Jason Mora went 4-4 with four RBI in the rout of the Blue Griffins (2-13, 0-13)
WEST LAS VEGAS 10, RATON 1: The host Dons (15-6, 10-3 in District 2-3A) got a combined one-hitter from pitchers Roy Pacheco Jr., Antonio Bustamante and James Archeluta, and the trio combined to strike out 13 Tigers.
NAVAJO PREP 7, DESERT ACADEMY 3: The host Eagles scored four in the sixth to break a 3-all tie after the Wildcats had tied it in the fifth, as Cameron Motola and Cyrus Curtis had two hits each.
MORIARTY 16, POJOAQUE VALLEY 1, five innings: Tse-Whang Pena managed the only hit for the visiting Elks (6-18, 2-8 in District 2-4A) and scored their only run.
ROBERTSON 12, ST. MICHAEL’S 9: Michelle Salazar had four RBI for the visiting Horsemen (9-15, 3-9 in District 2-3A) , but the Cardinals (15-8, 9-1) got three RBI from Azlyn Padilla and two each from Mckayla Encinias and Makayla Quintana.
POJOAQUE VALLEY 19, MORIARTY 9, six innings: The visiting Elkettes (13-8, 8-2 in District 2-4A) scored in every inning but one to end the game early.
McCURDY 13, JEMEZ VALLEY 6; McCURDY 24, JEMEZ VALLEY 7, five innings: The host Bobcats (9-6, 6-0 in District 2/5-1A/2A) scored 12 runs over the first two innings of the opener before coasting to the finish as Beatrice Salazar and Gracie Valenzuela each had three hits. In the second game, McCurdy scored 14 runs in the fourth inning to put the game away as Shantell Chavez had six RBI and Alissa Maestas was 4-4 with four RBI and four runs.
In other softball scores Tuesday: West Las Vegas 9, Raton 1;
BELEN 16, POJOAQUE VALLEY 5, five innings: The visiting Elkettess (12-8) fell behind early and could not make up the ground against 10th-ranked Belen.
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 16, SANTA FE 4: Leanna Lewis, Jayda Lucario and Kiera Mermejo-Varga each had three hits and they combined for eight runs to lead the Braves (12-11) over the Demonettes (6-14).
Randy Flores of Santa Fe won the men’s Category 3 division of the annual Santa Fe La Tierra Torture mountain bike race, covering the 26 miles in a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes, 13.7 seconds. On the women’s side, Albuquerque’s Tanya Sells-Bettis won in a time of 2:05:31.4.
Derrick Solano and Antonio Lovato were named the outstanding athletes of the year for the Santa Fe basketball team, while Derek Carlton and Ryan Vigil received the same recognition for the golf team.
Also HONORED: new Mexico Highlands senior infielder Breanna Cabrera was named All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honorable mention after hitting .322 for the Cowgirls this season.
Taos-area nonprofits received more $100,000 recently as the result of an interclub-style ski race at the Taos Ski Valley that attracted racers and teams from around North America and Europe. In addition to the money earmarked for the Taos Community Foundation, the race supported the Taos Avalanche Dog program, which trains dogs to work with first responders during on-mountain emergencies.
Santa Fe golfer Marty Sanchez came up one stroke Tuesday in his bid to earn a spot in the U.S. Open. Sanchez shot an even-round 72 at the UNM Championship Golf Club in the first round of qualifying, finishing fifth. The top four finishers moved on to the second qualifying round.
Los Alamos senior Elijah Velasquez has signed with Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., to run middle distance. He was the 5A 800-meter state champion in 2018.
TO SEE OR DO
TRYOUTS: High school football players looking to play at the next level will have an opportunity to showcase their skills June 2 at Taos High School in front of college coaches from New Mexico, Lyon, New Mexico State, Oklahoma Baptist, Ottawa (Ariz.), and Western New Mexico. Separate offensive and defensive sessions will be conducted. For more information, go to www.collegefootballprospects.com/taos-nm.cfm.
VOLLEYBALL: For young players ages 5-10 looking to improve their skills, the Los Alamos coaching staff with assistance from Hilltoppers players will be holding two camps this summer, June 4-6 and June 18-20. Times are 9 a.m. to noon and cost $99 for either of the three-day sessions. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BASKETBALL: The Lobos are coming, the Lobos are coming. Yes, the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team is heading north to Santa Fe High School on June 15-16 for a summer youth skills camp. The camp is open to children in grades 1-8. For more information call 925-5750 or go to www. coachpaulweir.com.