A look back at the top sporting stories in northern New Mexico
HIRED: Eric Mares has been named the new Taos girls basketball coach, replacing David Sanchez. Mares was the boys junior varsity coach last season, leading it to a 14-1 record, while also assisting the boys varsity. Sanchez left after posting a 31-76 mark in his three seasons.
SIGNED: The Northern New Mexico College men’s basketball program drew on some local talent to add three more recruits to the fold. Capital’s Chano Herrera and Brandon Saiz, and Santa Fe’s Jordan Campos all signed their letters of intent this week. Herrera averaged 10.4 points, and Saiz 9.0 points and 4.7 assists for the Jaguars. Stats for Campos were not available.
HIRED: Victor Ulibarri was recently hired as the new West Las Vegas boys and girls cross-country coach. A former Dons cross-country athlete who graduated from the school in 2014, Ulibarri has been coaching middle school cross-country, as well middle school basketball and volleyball, since.
CANCELLED: Another victim of COVID-19 is the Sept. 19 Bull of the Woods race near Taos Ski Valley, which is cancelled. In what was supposed to be its fifth year, the grueling runs of 13.1 or 26.2 miles starts at 10,000 feet elevation and top out at 12,163 feet.