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Prep notes: Adcox to make his coaching return at Sandia

In December 2017, when Chad Adcox, right, was coach at Manzano, he celebrated the 6A football title with Monarchs quarterback Jordan Byrd. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal File)

Sandia High School late last week filled its two prominent coaching job openings.

The names will look familiar.

Former Highland High head coach Danny Brown, an assistant to Alvin Broussard for the Matadors boys basketball team, was promoted to replace Broussard.

And Chad Adcox, last seen coaching Manzano to a 13-0 state title in December 2017, will take over Sandia’s football program after a year away from the sport.

“This was about the only job I would have been interested in,” Adcox, 45, said. He will replace the recently retired Kevin Barker.

Adcox, 45-25 in six seasons at Manzano, got out of coaching a year ago, citing health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family. He said he wasn’t looking for a new job, and in fact the first time someone mentioned applying at Sandia, he said he wasn’t interested.

But the idea began to grow on him.

“I think there’s talent there,” Adcox said. “We’ll see what happens.”

His children also are due to arrive at Sandia as students in the near future, which contributed to the appeal of ending his sabbatical. His son Jacob is entering the eighth grade.

Adcox’s debut with Sandia comes Aug. 23, at Wilson Stadium against Las Cruces. He will face Manzano on Oct. 17, also at Wilson.

MAKE IT 10 … NO, MAKE IT 11: The recruitment of La Cueva wide receiver Connor O’Toole took a new geographic turn this week.

Two schools from the Southeastern Conference – first Arkansas, then LSU on Wednesday morning – extended scholarship offers to the Bears’ 6-foot-4 rising senior.

That brought the number of offers the speedy O’Toole had received to 10: New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Colorado, Baylor, Wyoming, Washington State, San Diego State and Utah, plus the two SEC programs.

Then Kansas State joined the list midafternoon Wednesday.

FROM PORTALES: When Miles Hilton graduated from St. Pius several years ago, he went to Eastern New Mexico to play baseball.

But Greyhounds coach Kelley Lee has lured Hilton into playing wide receiver for ENMU as well for his senior season.

• Eastern N.M. has also offered a scholarship to Sandia High’s 6-4, 230-pound tight end/defensive end Sam Carrell, who is entering his junior season this fall for the Matadors.

SIGNINGS: Today, Albuquerque Academy has scheduled a large signing ceremony.

From the track, javelin thrower Zach Jaramillo is signing with Princeton, middle distance runner Grace Alley is signing with Michigan, jumper Lucas Jepsen is signing with Montana State, distance runner Zoe Hunter is signing with Texas and Jane Archibeck – last weekend’s Class 4A state champ in the 1,600 and 3,200 – is signing with Notre Dame.

Several soccer players also are signing, including dynamic scorer Eliza Mariner with Cornell. Also, Tessa Anderson is signing with St. Olaf College in Minnesota and Erin Pickett is signing with Lafayette (Pa.) College. Aaron Hill of the Chargers’ boys soccer team is signing with Air Force.

Abraham Yohannes, the Academy’s multiple state singles tennis champion, is signing with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

• Sandia on Wednesday had six signings: Kaelyn Fenstermacher (track and field) with New Mexico State; Ari Lumanog (tennis) with Cowley College in Kansas; Elijah Ferguson (basketball) with Olive-Harvey College in Chicago; Mikayla Whitmore (soccer) with New Mexico Highlands; Carena Harrison (soccer) with Adams State, Colo.; and Talyn Perez (wrestling) with Northwest Technical College in Minnesota.

• La Cueva senior Israel Swanson, the state’s Class 5A girls 100-meter high hurdles champion from last weekend, on Tuesday signed with New Mexico State.

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