SIGNED: St. Michael’s forward Rachel Morgan has signed to play soccer at Ava Maria University, an NAIA school in southwestern Florida. Morgan led the Horsemen to the Class 1A-3A state championship earlier this month, scoring two goals with an assist in the finale over Socorro.
HONORED: A number of local football players were recently recognized as All-State by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. 6A, honorable mention: Jesus Guzman, Santa Fe, defensive line; Jacob Morales, Santa Fe, offensive line; Matthew Maestas, Santa Fe, offensive line; Martell Mora, Santa Fe, running back. 5A, first team: Luke Padilla, Capital, running back. Second team: Andres Alarado, Capital, offensive lineman. 4A, second team: Uriel Chavez, Taos, linebacker; Devonn Holmes, Pojoaque Valley, running back. Honorable mention: Simon Torrez, Taos, secondary. 3A, first team: Robbi Chianese, St. Michael’s, defensive end; Santiago Martinez, St. Michael’s, defensive line and offensive line; Jordan Bernal, St. Michael’s, offensive lineman; Devin Flores, St. Michael’s, running back. Second team: Joaquin Armijo, St. Michael’s, linebacker; Lucas Coriz, St. Michael’s, quarterback; Chianese, receiver; Flores, receiver; Jake Rockwood, St. Michael’s, secondary. Honorable mention: Daymon Lujan, St. Michael’s, linebacker and running back; Lucas Montoya, St. Michael’s, running back.
MORE HONOREES: The New Mexico High School Coaches Association also named its All-State volleyball players. 5A, first ream: Laila Bernardino, Santa Fe, outside hitter; Jorja Chambers, Santa Fe, middle blocker. Second team: Marrisa Benavidez, Santa Fe, defensive specialist; Isabella Melton, Santa Fe, outside hitter. 4A, first team: Elizabeth Atencia, Los Alamos, defensive specialist; Michaela Gonzales, Los Alamos, outside hitter; Nadia Gallegos, Los Alamos, middle blocker; Alicia Quintana, Pojoaque Valley, middle blocker. 3A, first team: Aneesa Ulibarri, St. Michael’s defensive specialist; Rhegan Glidewell, St. Michael’s, outside hitter; Jayla Martinez, St. Michael’s, setter. Second team: Alex Stringer, St. Michael’s, middle blocker. 2A, second team: Jocilin Gold, Mora, outside hitter; Alexia Herrera, Pecos, outside hitter; Trinity Herrera, Pecos, setter.
BOYS BASKETBALL / Thursday
TAOS 67, POJOAQUE VALLEY 56: The host Tigers (7-2, 3-2 District 2-4A) remained in contention for a district championship, holding off a late 20-6 fourth-quarter charge by the Elks (2-6, 1-4).
MONTE DEL SOL 69, TIERRA ENCANTADA 33: Brayan Roybal scored 26 points and Keith Montoya added 16 for the Dragons (5-2, 3-1 District 2-2A) in the win over the Alacranes (0-4, 0-4).
ESCALANTE 70, MESA VISTA 21: The visiting Lobos (7-1, 7-0 District 5-2A) continued their romp to a district championship with a win over the Trojans (2-6, 1-5).
QUESTA 49, MORA 41: The visiting Wildcats (1-8, 1-6 District 5-2A) turned in a strong defensive effort, limiting the Rangers (2-5, 2-5) to no more than 11 points in any quarter.
Other Thursday scores: Robertson 56, Moriarty 25; Española Valley 59, Los Alamos 54; Pecos 80, Clayton 58.
LOS LUNAS 67, SANTA FE 51: The visiting Demons (6-3, 5-2 District 5-5A) fell behind early and could never get back in the game against the Tigers.
ST. MICHAEL’S 56, WEST LAS VEGAS 55: Devin Flores sank a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and Lucas Croiz scored 15 points to give the visiting Horsemen (5-2 4-2 District 2-3A) a crucial victory over the Dons (5-4, 2-3), who got 26 points from D.J. Byron.
Other Wednesday scores: Robertson 65, Raton 44.
PEÑASCO 56, MORA 47: The visiting Panthers (5-2, 4-2 District 2-5A) came back from a 25-23 halftime deficit to the Rangers (2-4, 2-4), who got 14 from Diego Chavez and 13 from Diego Aragon.
TAOS 68, MORIARTY 31: After missing several games with an ankle injury, leading scorer Anthony Padilla returned to score 11 points for the Tigers; Daemon Ely had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Tigers (6-2, 2-2 District 2-4A) past the Pintos.
ESTANCIA 66, MONTE DEL SOL 48: The Dragons (4-2, 2-1 District 2-2A) held a 28-26 halftime lead but, despite 16 points from Keith Montoya and 15 from Kevin Enriquez, the Bears were able to come back for the win.
Other Tuesday scores: Pecos 67, Santa Fe Prep 58; Los Alamos 48, Pojoaque Valley 45; Academy for Technology and the Classics 50, Coronado 37; Escalante 68, Questa 40.
GIRLS BASKETBALL / Thursday
MONTE DEL SOL 25, TIERRA ENCANTADA 11: Daisy Ortiz scored 10 points and led a rousing defensive performance with seven steals, taking the Dragons (2-5) to a win over the Alarcranes (1-4).
PECOS 51, CLAYTON 45: The host Panthers (8-0, 3-0 District 6-2A) took control of the district race after entering the fourth quarter tied at 33 against the Yellow Jackets.
Other Thursday scores: Escalante 60, Mesa Vista 37.
ALBUQUERQUE HIGH 49, CAPITAL 33: Ethena Silva scored 17 for the host Jaguars (2-5, 2-3 District 5-5A), but it wasn’t enough to push them past the Bulldogs.
LOS LUNAS 54, SANTA FE 22: The host Demonettes (1-5, 1-3 District 2-5A) could not withstand the defensive pressure the Tigers delivered, falling behind 41-12 at halftime.
ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 77, LOS ALAMOS 17: Jasmine Baca scored 14 points to lead the host Sundevils (8-1, 5-0 District 2-4A) to an easy win over the Hilltoppers (0-9,0-5).
Other Wednesday scores: Taos 47, Pojoaque Valley 27; West Las Vegas 47, Raton 26; St. Michael’s 48, Robertson 45.
MORA 54, PEÑASCO 43: The host Rangerettes (5-3, 4-1 District 2-5A) got 14 points from Marisol Pacheco and 12 from Chrissy Cordova to pull out a tight game with the Panthers (3-6, 2-3).
PECOS 62, SANTA FE PREP 6: After building a 24-0 first quarter lead, the visiting Panthers (8-0) cruised to a victory over the Blue Griffins (1-6).
ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSICS 50, CORONADO 18: Charli Koseoglu scored 13 points and Perla Miramontes scored 11 to lead the Phoenix (8-0, 3-0 District 2-2A) past the Leopards.
ESTANCIA 48, MONTE DEL SOL 11: The Dragons (2-5, 2-2 District 2-2A) could not get shots to drop against the Bears defensive pressure.
Other Tuesday scores: Cleveland 39, Santa Fe 32.
TAOS 49, MORIARTY 43: After trailing 33-29, the visiting Tigers (6-3, 4-1 district 2-4A) used a big fourth-quarter to come back and beat the Pintos.
Other Monday scores: Pojoaque Valley 53, Los Alamos 35.
BASEBALL / Thursday
SANTA FE 6, WEST LAS VEGAS 1: Jeremy Martinez drove in two runs and Carlos Garcia struck out 11 to lead the host Demons (1-3) to a win over the Dons (1-1).
ST. MICHAEL’S 10, TAOS 6: Ceejay Saiz hit two doubles and drove in three runs, and Elijah Archuhleta also drove in three runs, leading the Horsemen (1-0) past the Tigers (0-1), who got two RBI each from Mike Cruz and Anthony Martinez.
BELEN 8, SANTA FE 0: The visiting Demons (0-3) managed just four singles in losing to the Eagles.
WEST LAS VEGAS 23, TUCUMCARI 3: A 17-run fourth inning for the visiting Dons (1-0) put the Rattlers away.
SOFTBALL / Thursday
ST. MICHAEL’S 6, 13; EAST MOUNTAIN 0, 2: Athena Archuleta drove in six runs and scored three, and Mariah Valdez had three RBI in the Horsemen’s (2-0) doubleheader sweep of the Timberwolves.
RIO RANCHO 17, 20 LOS ALAMOS 2, 0: Halle Warwick had two hits and an RBI in the opener for the host Hilltoppers (0-4), but the Rams scored 11 in the second to put the game away. Rio Rancho needed just three innings to wrap up Game 2.
CLEVELAND 15, SANTA FE 0: The host Storm scored 10 runs in the first inning en route to a three-inning win over the Demonettes (0-2).