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NORTH SPORTS: WEEK IN REVIEW
No. 4 WEST LAS VEGAS 52, No. 13 ST. MICHAEL’S 30: On the bright side for the visiting Horsemen (12-16), they held a decisive rebounding advantage over the Dons in the opening round of the state tournament.
After 12 points from Rachel Morgan, the bright side paled quickly. Especially when it came to ball handling.
St. Mike’s turned it over 25 times and only forced turnovers in return. And that’s not good enough.
“That’s about 24 too many,” Horsemen coach Martin Esquibel joked. “It’s tough to pull out a ball game when you throw the ball that many times. We out-rebounded them 27-21, but the turnovers did us in.”
About half of the turnovers the Dons forced, but the others were unforced, which Esquibel said could be attributed to the atmosphere surrounding the game.
“We’re a young team,” he said. “I think it was a combination of pressure from West Las Vegas. They are definitely a more mature team. And because of the nervousness of playing in the state tournament. There was definitely a different feel about the game. The atmosphere and the adrenaline.”
The Dons will play Hatch Valley at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Santa Ana Star Center.
No. 1 PEÑASCO 64, No. 16 LOVING 49: Panthers coach Mandy Montoya could not have scripted this one much better.
The visiting Falcons showed moxie and resolve, hanging with Peñasco (28-2) well past halftime and forcing the top seed to exert some effort to get the win.
“In the second half, that’s when we stepped it up defensively,” Montoya said. “The defensive intensity really picked it up in the second half.”
It helped that Carly Gonzales was up to her usual tricks around the basket, scoring 37 points. Adrianna Tafoya added 12.
“It was back and forth,” Montoya said. “For being a 16 seed, they had some good size. Back and forth for pretty much the whole first half.”
And that’s just what the Panthers needed after a series of blowout wins to end the regular season.
“Survive and advance. That’s what March Madness is all about,” Monotya said. “We need those grind-it-out games. Escalante was like that. Bernalillo was like that. We learn more from those games than we do from the blowouts. Now, we got it earlier and got it at home. It was good. It showed our grit. Especially Carly. She just put us on her back and willed us to win.”
LOS ALAMOS 10, SANTA FE 0, five innings: Hilltoppers starter Taylor Drake went four innings, allowing one hit and striking out eight against Demons in the season opener for both squads in the opening round of the St. Pius tournament.
ALBUQUERQUE ACADEMY 5, ST. MICHAEL’S 0: Thomas Erickson’s hit prevented the Horsemen (0-1) from getting a no-hit in the St. Pius tournament.
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 14, POJOAQUE VALLEY 8; POJOAQUE VALLEY 21, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 19: Pitching was cheap in the second game as Cameron Ortiz went 3-4 with three runs, three RBIs and a triple, and Guadalupe Calabaza was 2-4 with four runs and an RBI for the Braves (1-1), but it was not enough to overcome the Elks’ (1-1) seven-run rally in the seventh. Jason Mora went 2-3, with four RBI and two runs to power the SFIS in the opener.
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 9, POJOAQUE VALLEY 8; SFIS 10, PV 10: Kiera Mermejo-Varga, who went 3-4 produced the game-winning hit in extra innings in the opener for the host Braves (1-0-1), but could not pull off the sweep as dusk descended with the second game tied.
ST. MICHAEL’S 7, BERNALILLO 0: Eric Romero threw three strong innings and had a two-run double to lead the host Horsemen (1-0) past Bernalillo. Joaquin Armijo went 3-3 with two RBIs and a run for St. Mike’s.
ESPAÑOLA 20, SANTA FE 5: It was a rough start to the season for the Demonettes (0-1) as the Sundevils put up nine runs in the second and third innings for mercy-rule victory.
Santa Fe High volleyball players Salome Romp and Courtney Brookover signed letters of intent to play collegiately. Outside hitter Romp will play at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, and setter Brookover, is going to Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.
Although Santa Fe Indian School was coming off its best season under coach Carl Vigil, he recently resigned after four years at the helm. The Braves went 4-5 in 2019 and Vigil finished 13-29 in his tenure. The school will be taking applications initially through March 16.
THINGS TO SEE OR DO
CYCLING: Registration is now open for the second annual 6 Hours in the Basin for Commonweal endurance race on April 5, with new categories and junior duo division. For more information, see core-crew.com.