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Prep notes: Hall of Fame inductions becoming family affair for Chavez family

Three members of a New Mexico family will all become Hall of Famers between now and the middle of October.

Just not in the same Hall of Fame.

Rio Rancho Public Schools district athletic director Larry Chavez is being inducted into the Rio Rancho High School Sports Hall of Fame early next month. Before his current job, he was the longtime AD at Cleveland High and also a former cross country and track and field coach at Rio Rancho High when the school first opened.

Two of his uncles also are being inducted into a Hall of Fame in the coming weeks.

George Chavez is being inducted into New Mexico Highlands’ hall on Sept. 19, and Leroy Chavez is being similarly honored by Eastern New Mexico on Oct. 11.

That all three are being recognized so close to one another was not by design.

“They just happened to fall at the same time,” Larry Chavez said. “It was not planned.”

George and Leroy Chavez are being honored for their contributions to cross country and track.

• In addition to Larry Chavez, Rio Rancho’s HOF induction class this year includes Chris Newsome (basketball), the late Anthony Haase (baseball), Ashley Rhoades (volleyball), former athletic trainer (and current Sandia High trainer) Melissa Loiacono, and Rio Rancho Observer sports editor Gary Herron.

ACADEMY SOCCER: Two of last season’s three boys state champions are entered in Albuquerque Academy’s event, which starts Thursday.

Three of the four first-round games are at noon, with 2018 Class 5A state champion Cleveland meeting Los Alamos, Hope Christian playing Farmington, and Santa Fe facing Hobbs. The host Chargers, last year’s 4A state champ, take on Piedra Vista at 2 p.m.

The girls’ field also has two defending state champs in Academy and Sandia Prep.

The Sundevils are involved in the best game of the day, against Hope Christian at 4 p.m. Also at 4, Academy plays Goddard. At 2 p.m., it’s Piedra Vista-Los Alamos and Roswell-Farmington.

The semifinals are Friday. The boys championship game is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the girls at 10:30.

ON COURSE: In cross country, Albuquerque Academy’s boys and Los Alamos’ girls went to Alamosa, Colorado, last weekend and posted team victories at the Joe I. Vigil Open.

What is significant about the win for the Chargers: Not only did they edge the Hilltoppers (66-77) for first place in the team standings, but Academy also defeated nationally ranked Dakota Ridge, Colorado, which placed third with 110 points. Dakota Ridge was ranked third in the country by the DyeStat rankings; Academy was No. 44 in that same top-50 poll.

Justin Hickey (fourth) and Julian Garcia (ninth) had top-10 finishes individually for the Academy at the Vigil meet.

OFFERINGS: Missouri on Tuesday became the latest school to offer a scholarship to La Cueva wide receiver Connor O’Toole, who already has five TD receptions through the Bears’ first three games. … One of his classmates, senior guard Derek Aeilts, last weekend received an offer from Division II St. Edward’s in Austin, Texas. Aeilts, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard for the Bears, last season averaged 20.6 points a game, and, impressively, knocked down 49 percent of his 3-point attempts. … Albuquerque High’s terrific scoring guard, Jude Tapia, announced on his Twitter account Tuesday that he has received an offer from New Mexico Highlands.

REMINDER: Football coaches/statisticians can submit prep football statistics by 3 p.m. Wednesday to sports@abqjournal.com, with leaders in rushing, receiving, passing and solo tackling. The first list of leaders will appear Thursday.

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