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A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico
DEMONS PUNISH THE HILLTOPPERS
Gone are the days when opponents can mark Santa Fe down as a sure win.
Even when those Demons hit the road.
Santa Fe opened District 2/6-5A play Friday by heading up the hill to visit Los Alamos.
Perhaps the most perilous part of the evening was the bus ride as the Demons (4-4, 1-0) came away with a 55-28 win.
Santa Fe trailed only once at 7-6 when the teams traded touchdowns early.
And then the Demons poured it on, going up 14-7, then 20-7 by the end of the first quarter.
Although the Hilltoppers (3-5, 0-1) got back within 20-14 by halftime, Santa Fe rolled in the second half.
The Demons got two touchdowns in the third quarter, responding once again after Los Alamos had closed within 26-21, then exploded for three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win going away.
THURSDAY: BOYS SOCCER
ST. MICHAEL’S 8, ROBERTSON 1: Esteban Rigales had three goals and an assist, and Berkeley Reynolds had two goals and three assists to lead the host Horsemen (8-7-2, 5-2-1 in District 2-1A/3A) over the Cardinals (5-12, 1-7).
MONTE DEL SOL 3, TIERRA ENCANTADA 0: Axel Lozoya scored twice and Moises Cerda added a goal as the host Dragons (12-3, 6-0 in District 1-1A/3A) finished off a sweep of the rival Alacranes (12-3, 7-2), and clinched the district championship.
TAOS 3, LOS ALAMOS 2: Alex Waggoner had a goal and an assist, while Ricky Nichols and Aiden Heflin each added scores for the host Tigers (12-2-1, 3-1-0 in District 2-4A), which was just enough to outlast the Hilltoppers (13-4, 3-1), who got goals from Filippo Delzanno and Aiden Semelsberger.
POJOAQUE VALLEY 4, MORIARTY 3: Cristian Holguin had three goals for the host Elks (5-11, 1-3 in District 2-4A) in the win over the Pintos.
Other boys soccer scores: Santa Fe Prep 10, Oak Grove Academy 0.
ST. MICHAEL’S 2, ROBERTSON 1: France Schneider and Rachel Morgan each scored for the visiting Horsemen (15-3-1, 7-1-1 in District 2-1A/3A) against the Cardinals (9-7-1, 3-5-0).
ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSICS 4, REHOBOTH 0: Amberly Garcia and Brisa Hitt each scored twice for the visiting Phoenix (12-1-2, 5-0-1 in District 1-1A/3A) to clinch the district championship against the Lynx.
SANTE FE PREP 6, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 0: Hayden Colfax had three goals and two assists, and Fionnuala Moore added two goals an assist for the Blue Griffins (5-10-1, 2-8-0 in District 2-1A/3A) over the Braves (2-15, 0-8).
MORIARTY 5, POJOAQUE VALLEY 0: The host Elkettes (2-15, 0-4 in District 4-4A) struggled to find any offense against the Pintos.
LOS ALAMOS 3, TAOS 0: The host Hilltoppers (8-7-1, 4-0 in District 4-4A) got goals from Kaitlyn McGrane, Preslie Coffey and Tara McDonald, who also added an assists in the win over the Tigers (4-2, 2-2).
Other girls soccer scores: Navajo Prep 5, Monte Del Sol 0
SANTA FE HIGH 3, ALBUQUERQUE HIGH 0: The host Demonettes (14-2, 6-0 in District 5-5A) got 18 kills from Joey Chambers and Salome Romp had 14, most coming off the 59 assists Courtney Brookover dished out in the 25-17, 25-17, 25-10 win over the Bulldogs.
LOS ALAMOS 3, MORIARTY 1: Elise Olivas recorded five aces and had 34 assists to help the visiting Hilltoppers (10-7, 5-0 in District 4-4A) over the Pintos 25-23, 10-25, 25-17, 25-15.
ST. MICHAEL’S 3, RATON 0: The visiting Horsemen (9-6, 4-1 in District 2-3A) romped over the Tigers 25-15, 25-8, 25-15.
SANTA FE WALDORF 3, JEMEZ VALLEY 0: The visiting Wolves (5-11, 2-0 in District 7-1A) beat up the Warriors 25-8, 25-20, 25-21.
PECOS 3, CLAYTON 0: The visiting Panthers (14-2, 2-1 in District 7-2A) found little competition from the Yellowjackets in the 25-9, 25-6, 25-13 win.
LAS VEGAS ROBERTSON 3, SANTA FE PREP 0: The host Cardinals (13-3, 6-0 in District 2-3A) were simply too overpowering for the Blue Griffins (8-8, 3-3) in a 25-15, 25-17, 25-14 decision.
POJOAQUE VALLEY 3, ESPAÃ’OLA VALLEY 0: Mikayla Padilla’s 18 digs led a strong defensive effort for the host Elkettes (12-5, 4-1 in District 2-4A) over the reeling SunDevils (4-10, 1-4).
WEDNESDAY: BOYS SOCCER
SANTA FE 4, SANDIA 2: Kiran Smelser scored twice, and Michael Wissman had a goal and two assists as the visiting Demons (8-6-3, 4-3 in District 5-5A) earned an important win over the Matadors in a bid to earn a state tournament bid.
ALBUQUERQUE HIGH 5, CAPITAL 0: The Jaguars (9-8, 1-5 in District 5-5A) managed just four shots against the Bulldogs, the state’s top team.
SANDIA 3, SANTA FE 0: The Demonettes (7-9-1, 2-5-0 in District 5-5A) managed only three shots against the Matadors.
ALBUQUERQUE HIGH 10, CAPITAL 0: In a game that ended early on the mercy rule, the Jaguars (3-13, 0-7 in District 5-5A) were blanked without a shot.
TUESDAY: BOYS SOCCER
ST. MICHAEL’S 3, BOSQUE 3: The Horsemen (7-7-2, 4-2-1 in District 2-1A/3A) came roaring back from a three-goal halftime deficit to earn the draw behind two goals from Wesley Graham and Esteban Rigales, who also had an assist against the Bobcats.
LOS ALAMOS 10, POJOAQUE VALLEY 0: Dakota Duran was one of four Hilltoppers (13-3, 3-0 in District 4-4A) with two goals and he added three assists in the game against the host Elks (4-11, 0-3) that ended early on the mercy rule.
TAOS 6, MORIARTY 0: Ricky Nichols and Alex Waggoner each had two goals and an assist to lead the host Tigers (11-2-1, 2-1-0 in District 4-4A) over the Pintos.
REHOBOTH 5, DESERT ACADEMY/SANTA FE WALDORF 4: The host Wild Wolves (3-10, 2-4 in District 1-1A/3A) blew a 3-1 halftime lead, giving up four second-half goals to the Lynx.
ROBERTSON 10, OAK GROVE ACADEMY 3: Musah Dumbia scored six goals and Joel Curtis added three as the host Cardinals (5-11, 1-6 in District 2-1A/3A) ended a 10-game losing streak.
SANDIA PREP 7, SANTA FE PREP 0: The visiting Sundevils scored five goals in the first half to put it away early against the Blue Griffins (4-10, 2-6 in District 2-1A/3A).
ST. MICHAEL’S 2, BOSQUE 2: After a scoreless opening half, sisters Elsa Smith and Daisy Smith each scored and each got the assist for the other to help the visiting Horsemen (14-3-1, 6-1-1 in District 2-1A/3A) tie the Bobcats.
LOS ALAMOS 11, POJOAQUE VALLEY 0: The visiting Hilltoppers (7-7-1, 3-0 in District 4-4A) got three goals and an assist from Alyssa Parker, and Tara McDonald added two goals in the game that ended at halftime on the mercy rule against the Elkettes (2-14, 0-3) .
WEST LAS VEGAS 3, MONTE DEL SOL 1: Despite a goal from Daniela Gonzalez, the Dragons (2-12) could not contain the Dons (5-3), who scored twice in the second half to break open a tie game.
ROBERTSON 6, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 0: Maricela Montoya had four goals, and Amber Doss had a goal and an assist to lead the Cardinals (9-7-1, 3-5-0) over the Braves (2-14, 0-7).
TAOS 3, MORIARTY 2: The visiting Tigers (4-2, 2-2 in District 4-4A) scored twice in the second half to pull out the win against the Pintos.
SANDIA PREP 10, SANTA FE PREP 0: Eight Blue Griffin goals in the first half meant an early end to this one for the visiting Blue Griffins (4-10-1, 1-8-0 in District 2-1A/3A).
ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSICS 5, NAVAJO PREP 2: The Phoenix (12-1-2, 5-0-1 in District 1-1A/3A) got two goals from Amberly Garcia and pulled away from the Eagles late.
SANTA FE 3, RIO GRANDE 0: Salome Romp had 12 assists and Courtney Brookover had 42 assists for Demonettes (13-2, 5-0 in District 5-5A) in the 25-11, 25-12, 25-8 shellacking of the Ravens.
ROBERTSON 3, RATON 0: The host Cardinals (12-3, 5-0 in District 2-3A) rampaged through the Tigers 25-11, 25-16, 25-8.
SANTA FE PREP 3, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 2: The host Blue Griffins (7-8, 2-3 in District 2-3A) pulled out the final two sets in a tough match against the Braves (4-11, 2-3), 25-18, 13-25, 24-26, 25-17, 25-7.
MONTE DEL SOL 3, TIERRA ENCANTADO 0: The Phoenix (13-2, 2-0 in District 2-2A) wasted no time in putting away the Alacranes (0-14, 0-2) 25-4, 25-13, 25-5.
Other volleyball scores: Española Valley 3, Taos 0, Mora 3, Questa 2
THINGS TO SEE OR DO
SKATING: Plans for a new locker room and restroom improvements at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink can be reviewed and discussed during a public meeting Wednesday at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. The presentation starts at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by a question-and-answer period.