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North Sports: Week in Review

COVID: The Capital baseball team is in the midst of a 10-day hiatus for a virus quarantine following contact exposure to a student who had tested positive.

IN OR OUT: Taos graduate Jonah Vigil of Adams State University is waiting to see if his Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-winning 400 time of 47.98 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than his seed time coming in, will be good enough to earn a berth in the upcoming NCAA Track & Field National Championships. The NCAA DII selection show is set for May 18.

A number of local players were among those chosen by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association as All-State selections:

CLASS 5A: Girls first team: Mollie Wissman, Santa Fe, goalkeeper. Second team: Lauren Mudge, Santa Fe, defender; Jasmin Gonzalez-Rutt, forward. CLASS 4A: Girls first team: Aliya Richins, Los Alamos, defender; Tara McDonald, Los Alamos, forward; Annika Fox, Los Alamos, goalkeeper. Second team: Kelly Tonrey, Taos, midfielder. Boys first team: Samuel Cirigliano, Los Alamos, defender; Ricky Nichols, Taos, defender; Jason Martines, Los Alamos, goalkeeper; Aidan Heflin, Taos, midfielder. Second team: Sam Hastings, Taos, defender; Jaime Terrazas, Los Alamos, forward; Nick Mozyrski, Los Alamos, midfielder; Teva Leshem, Taos, midfielder. CLASS 3A: Girls first team: Olivia Farrar, St. Michael’s, defender; Rachel Morgan, St. Michael’s, forward; Milena Keene, St. Michael’s, goalkeeper; Grace Sandoval, St. Michael’s, midfielder; Frances Schneider, St. Michael’s, midfielder. Boys second team: Luke Trevisani, Santa Fe Prep, defender; Sam Little, Santa Fe Prep, defender; Oliver Rosales, St. Michael’s, forward; and Daniel Dominiguez, goalkeeper.

GIRLS / Friday

No. 1 NAVAJO PREP 63, No. 6 ROBERTSON 47: In the Cardinals second 3A state championship finale in three years, things looked mighty different than the past time. Three years ago, Robertson was the veteran team and played like it in earning the state championship banner.

Not so much this time around as four of the Eagles first five baskets were 3-pointers and, before the first quarter was even over, the Cardinals trailed 23-4.

“For a young kid to come down the ramp, and get out there and then to play against a pretty dang tough team, it’s a lot of ask from them,” said Robertson coach José “Majic” Medina. “They were like in shock.”

The Eagles, who also won it last season, hit consecutive 3s to start the game, then quickly added two more as Robertson (10-5) turned it over eight times in the first quarter.

“They were a little excited, nervous,” Robertson post Jayden Jenkins, who finished with a game-high 23 points, said of her teammates. “All the fans and just the pressure. I think they were just a little on edge.”

After the first quarter, Medina said it was time to improvise. “We threw the playbook out the window,” he said. “It now had to come down to hustle, heart and guts. And try and make things happen. Try and make it a chaotic game and, hopefully, we get some easy shots and steals.”

With a young team with no seniors, four juniors and six eighth-graders, Medina is already looking ahead to the future.

“It’s only going to benefit them in the long run,” he said.


No. 2 ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 42, No. 6 KIRTLAND CENTRAL 38: After building a halftime lead of 27-10, the Sundevils (14-1) had to hang on through a rugged third quarter when Broncos outscored them 13-1. Miranda Salazar finished with 12 points, and Jordan Torres and Cameron Connors each added 11 for the Sundevils in the 4A semifinals.


No. 6 ROBERTSON 41, No. 7 TOHATCHI 37: The Cardinals (10-4) recovered from a rough opening quarter to pull out a close win against the Cougars in the 3A semifinals.

No. 1 PECOS 66, No. 5 TATUM 46: The Panthers (13-0) relentlessly continued to march toward the 2A championship game, easily handling the Coyotes.


No. 2 ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 62, No. 7 ST. PIUS 36: Anita DeArguero scored eight of her 16 points in the first quarter as the Sundevils (13-1) built a 14-4 lead over the Sartans in a 4A quarterfinal. Jordan Torres added 14, including six in the opening-quarter surge, for the Sundevils.


NO. 6 ROBERTSON 80, No. 3 DEXTER 53: The Cardinals (9-4) got a no-doubt win over the Demons in a 3A quarterfinal.

No. 7 TOHATCHI 61, No. 2 WEST LAS VEGAS 50: The Dons fell to a 24-6 deficit after the first quarter and couldn’t recover in a 3A quarterfinal against the Cougars.

No. 1 PECOS 54, No. 8 REHOBOTH 27: The Panthers (12-0) continued their dominating season with an easy win over the Lynx in a 2A quarterfinal.

No. 2 LORDSBURG 52, No. 7 ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSICS 37: The Phoenix (12-1) got 12 points from Chanelle Jaeger, and Perla Miramontes added 10 points and nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to upset the Mavericks in a 2A quarterfinal game.

NOTE: Escalante forfeited its Class A quarterfinal game with Tatum because of COVID issues.

BOYS / Thursday

No. 1 DEL NORTE 58, No. 4 ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 51, OT: Jordan Duda’s two 3-pointers sparked an 11-0 third-quarter run for the Sundevils (10-4) to take a 37-26 lead, but the lead evaporated late and they had nothing left in overtime against the Knights in a 4A semifinal.


No. 2 JAL 61, No. 3 PECOS 43: Pecos (11-3) could never get its offense untracked as their four-year run of state championships came to an end against Jal in a 2A semifinal.

No. 4 SANDIA PREP 55, No. 1 ROBERTSON 51: The Cardinals (13-1) were thwarted in their attempt to reach the state championship game by a scrappy Sundevils squad.


CLEVELAND 60, SANTA FE 49: The Demons (9-4) Paul Lovato led the Demons with 16 points, Cody Garcia had 15 and Cruz Martinez added 12, but the Storm had too much firepower in a 5A quarterfinal.

No. 4 ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 62, KIRTLAND CENTRAL 40: After a lackluster first half defensively, the Sundevils (10-3) put the clamps on in the second of a 4A quarterfinal, outscoring the Broncos 32-15 after the break.


No. 4 SANDIA PREP 43, No. 5 ST. MICHAEL’S 42, OT: In 3A, the Horsemen held the host Sundevils to just nine first-half points, but points were hard to come by as St. Mike’s managed only 15 of its own. In the overtime session, Devin Flores missed a jumped in the closing seconds. The Horsemen were led by Lucas Coriz with 13 points and Adam Montoya 11.

No. 3 PECOS 73, No. 6 ESCALANTE 57: In 2A, Jodiah Padilla scored 22 points, including 12 in the second quarter, when the Panthers (11-2) took control. Rolando Sandoval chipped in 20 for Pecos and the Lobos (10-2) got 23 points from Santiago Rivas in the quarterfinals.

No. 1 ROBERTSON 64, No. 8 COBRE 48: In 3A, after a close first half in which they led 23-21, the Cardinals (12-1) took control in the second half against the Braves.

No. 1 REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN 45, No. 8 MONTE DEL SOL 32: The Dragons (7-3) simply could not get the ball to drop in, losing to the Lynx in a 2A quarterfinal. Kevin Enriquez led the Dragons with seven points.