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North Sports: Week in Review

Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque Journal

Sparked by individual state championships from Damian Martinez and Teke Nieto, the Los Alamos wrestling team tied for second Thursday in the Class 4A state championship meet.

At 160 pounds, Martinez pinned Highland’s Joel Salazar in one minute, 45 seconds and, at 195, Teke Nieto pinned Abraham Lopez of Highland at 2:41. Damian Gonzales was a runner up at 1:38, as was Mateo Martinez, at 182.

The Hilltoppers finished with 186 points, tying Silver and 38 points behind state champ Aztec.

In the 1A-3A classification, West Las Vegas, with 119 points, was runner-up to Cobre’s 143.5. Robertson was fourth, with 107 points, and St. Michael’s fifth, with 46.

Individually, Daniel Trujillo of Roberston was state champ at 106; Cruz Martinez, West Las Vegas, first, 113; Jarrod Baca, West Las Vegas, second, 120; Romulus Padilla, West Las Vegas, second, 126; Charles Ortiz, Robertson, second, 138; Damien Gutierrez, West Las Vegas, second, 145; Adrian Rivera, Robertson, second, 160; Eric Gallegos, West Las Vegas; first, 170; Cesar Hernandez, Robertson, second, 170; Derik Ortiz, Pecos, first, 195; Santiago Martinez, St. Michael’s, second, 220; Juan Montaño, West Las Vegas, second, heavyweight


SIGNED: Santa Fe’s Angie Figueroa-Perez,a 5-foot, 5-inch guard known for her defense, has signed to play at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colo.


SEEKING NEW COACH: Two-time Capital football coach Bill Moon is being replaced. Santa Fe Public Schools associate superintendent Larry Chavez confirmed the district is seeking a new coach. In his second stint with the program, Moon coached the Jaguars to a 36-38-1 record, with three district championships and subsequent one-game playoff appearances. The team went 2-2 this spring, losing its “bowl” game 30-28 to Piedra Vista.


ALSO SIGNED: Amber Mecale and Shelby Cordova, both of Miyamura High School in Gallup, have signed to play for Luna Community College.


ON THE TEAM: New Mexico Highlands centerfielder Camrynn Ziegler was named to the all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference second team. Ziegler hit .387 with five homes, 20 RBI, 28 runs and 14 steals.


SOFTBALL / Thursday



TAOS 4, LOS ALAMOS 2: Kenna Sandoval, Ella Green and Dominique Vigil each drove in a run as the host Tigers (4-7, 3-1 District 2-4A) came back to beat the Hilltoppers (3-8, 2-2).


ST. MICHAEL’S 21, RATON 6; ST. MICHAEL’S 7, RATON 4: The host Horsemen (7-3, 2-1 2-3A) scored seven in the first and the offense never let up in the nightcap against the Tigers. In the opener, St. Mike’s scored four runs in the sixth for the comeback victory.

ROBERTSON 15, POJOAQUE VALLEY 2: Felicia Ulibarri drove in four runs while going 2-3, a triple and two runs scored to lead the visiting Cardinals (9-0) to the win over the Elkettes (4-5), as Kelli Griego drove in both runs.



BASEBALL / Thursday

MCCURDY 10, PECOS 0: It was all twos for Damien Quezada of the Bobcats (4-0), going 2-2, with two runs and two RBIs, and Markus Martinez went five innings on the mound, allowing one hit, while striking out 13 against the Panthers (3-2).

PEÑASCO 19, QUESTA 7; PEÑASCO 14, QUESTA 4: The Panthers (4-3, 2-0 District 5-2A) allowed just seven hits, while putting up 14 runs in the first two innings to take a lead over the host Wildcats (1-6, 0-4), who got two runs scored from Cody Jackson in the nightcap. In the opener, Eugene Jackson went 2-3 with a run for the Wildcats, but the Panthers had too much firepower.


ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 7, MORIARTY 6: Jayden Griego went 3-4, with three RBIs, Geraldo Sanchez scored three runs and the host Sundevils (7-7, 4-2 District 2-4A) held off a seventh-inning rally from the Pintos.

LOS ALAMOS 14, TAOS 2: The visiting Hilltoppers (10-2, 4-0 District 2-4A) scored five in the first inning to get an early jump on the Tigers (1-10, 0-4), who scored runs from Mateo Chavez and Jalen Montaño.

HOPE CHRISTIAN 8, WEST LAS VEGAS 7: The host Dons’ (3-10) seventh-inning rally came up just short against the Huskies.


ST. MICHAEL’S 10, RATON 0; ST. MICHAEL’S 18, RATON 2: Ceejay Saiz went 2-3 with three RBIs, and Eljiah Sisneros had two runs and two RBIs to lead the host Horsemen (8-3, 3-0 District 2-3A) past the Tigers, who were held to one hit by pitchers Joaquin Armijo and Rahul Williams in the second game. In the first game, Saiz was 3-4, with three RBIs and two runs, while Sisneros also had three RBIs.

ROBERTSON 13, POJOAQUE VALLEY 3: Ace Gonzalez went 2-3, with four RBIs, and Isiah Ortiz was 4-4, with two runs, leading the Cardinals (6-1) past the Elks (6-4), who got RBIs from Tse-Whang Peña and Joel Gonzales.


MCCURDY 23, QUESTA 1; MCCURDY 11, QUESTA 5: Santiago Samora drove home nine runs while going 6-9, with five runs and two homers to power the host Bobcats’ (4-0, 2-0 District 5-2) double-header sweep, including hitting for the cycle against the Wildcats (1-4, 0-2) as Zach Waltz went 3-3 in the opener, with a homer and two RBIs.