North Sports: Week in Review

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MASKED DONS: In Dons country, be prepared to wear a mask, whether inside or out. West Las Vegas superintendent Chris Gutierrez handed down that directive this week even as the state pulled back from a similar mandate. “Right now, masks have to be for indoors and outdoors, players, fans and coaches,” he said. “We have to see how cases go. Right now, I think it’s something coming down the road anyways. Right now, it’s a safety thing. It’s about keeping kids safe.” Officials are the only ones exempt from that ruling, Gutierrez said, simply because he does not have jurisdiction over them.

NO. 1: Both the Los Alamos boys and girls cross-country squads were the top-ranked teams, regardless of class, by, a website that focuses on track and cross-country around the U.S.

PREP GAMES / Thursday

WEST LAS VEGAS 46, SANTA ROSA 28: Damian Gallegos reeled off five touchdown runs, helping the visiting Dons to a commanding 40-7 lead entering the fourth quarter. A couple of late interception returns for scores and a last-play TD for the Lions against the backups made the score appear closer than it actually was, said WLV coach Adrian Gonzales. While Gallegos was dominating offensively, the Dons defense was solid against Santa Rosa’s whirlygig flying T offense. “We played good, assignment football,” he said. “With that offense, you have to stick to your assignments. Always happy to get the win, but we still have a lot of stuff to clean up. At the end of the day, you have to beat the opponent in front of you and we accomplished that much.”


LOS ALAMOS 3, SANTA FE 1: The visiting Hilltoppers (1-1) got 15 kills from Nadia Gallegos and 14 from Michelle Macias in beating the Demonettes 25-17, 25-21, 25-21, 25-15.

POJOAQUE VALLEY 3, SANDIA PREP 0: The host Elkettes (1-0) opened their season with a strong 25-17, 25-8, 25-22 win over the Sundevils.

SANTA ROSA 3, WEST LAS VEGAS 0: The rebuilding Dons (0-2) were no match for the visiting Lions, who racked up a 25-14, 25-23, 25-14 win.


TAOS 5, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 0: The Tigers (4-0) jumped out to a five-goal first-half lead, then coasted through the second half against the struggling Braves (0-3).

GIRLS SOCCER / Wednesday

TAOS 6, SANTA FE PREP 2: The Tigers (3-0) broke open a tie game against the host Blue Griffins (0-2) at halftime with a four-goal, second-half surge. Ava Gerken and Selina Bayles each had a three-goal hat trick for Taos while Marley Belyeu scored both of Prep’s goals.
What happened: The Blue Griffins, with several injuries and a few players who are not yet eligible to play, were tied with the Lady Tigers at 2-2 after a half. But fatigue set in and Taos scored four times in the second half in a nondistrict match at Sun Mountain Field.

ROBERTSON 10, CAPITAL 0: Amor Montoya scored three goals for the host Cardinals (1-0) and Amber Doss had two goals and four assists in a scoring frenzy against the Jaguars (0-1).

PORTALES 3, WEST LAS VEGAS 0: The visiting Dons (0-1) were unable to muster any offense against the Rams.

BOYS SOCCER / Wednesday

ST. PIUS 9, CAPITAL 0: Offense was in short supply for the visiting Jaguars (0-1) against the Sartans, while defense also struggled.


ST. MICHAEL’S 3, LOS ALAMOS 2: It was a nip-and-tuck battle throughout, but, in the end, the Horsemen (1-0) had just a bit more firepower than the host Hilltoppers (0-1) in a 23-25, 25-14, 25-19, 18-25, 15-13 decision. Alana Overton had 10 kills for St. Mike’s, while Maya Pino and Marissa Sandoval-Moya each had nine. Michelle Macias led the Los Alamos effort with 12 kills.

TAOS 3, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 2: It has been a long road back for the host Braves (0-1), who played their first game in almost two years, but still lost a tight one 25-19, 19-25, 27-25, 23-25, 16-14 to the Tigers, who got 11 kills each from Madelynn Quintana and Dahnyell Martinez.

BOSQUE 3, SANTA FE PREP 0: The visiting Blue Griffins were unable to muster much offense against the Bobcats, losing 25-19, 25-7, 25-10.

ROBERTSON 3, SOCORRO 1: After a brief setback, the host Cardinals (1-0) opened the season with a rousing 19-25, 25-7, 25-16, 25-17 win over the Warriors.


ST. MICHAEL’S 10, MONTE DEL SOL 0: After scoring seven first-half goals, the visiting Horsemen (1-1) finished off the mercy-rule victory with three in the second half against the Dragons (0-1).


ST. MICHAELS 4, POJOAQUE VALLEY 2: Aiden Fairchild recorded a hat trick with an assist to power the visiting Horsemen (1-1) past the Elks (0-2). Trevor Erickson added a goal and an assist for St. Mike’s.

SANTA FE PREP 5, TAOS 3: The visiting Blue Griffins (1-1-1) broke open a 1-1 game at halftime with four second-half goals to get the win over the Tigers (0-1). Mike Vimont had four of those goals and Yuto Oketani added two assists for Prep, while Sebastien Comtois had two goals, and Robert Gersten a goal and an assist for Taos.

OAK GROVE 5, ROBERTSON 1: The host Cardinals (0-1) could not make up for a lack of offense against OGMEC.


HOPE CHRISTIAN 3, WEST LAS VEGAS 0: The host Dons (0-1) struggled, getting swept by the Huskies 25-9, 25-8, 25-13.


SANTA FE 10, POJOAQUE VALLEY 0: Allizon Segura-Maez had three goals, and Lily Earnest had two and an assist to lead the Demonettes (2-0) to a mercy-rule victory over the host Elkettes (1-4).


SANTA FE 10, MONTE DEL SOL 0: Alex Wagner scored three goals and Mike Wissman had two to lead the host Demons (3-0) to an easy win over the Dragons (0-1).


GOLF: To support the Los Alamos High School golf teams, the Los Alamos Junior Golf Association is holding a tournament Sept. 11 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. For information, email

CYCLING: See northern New Mexico from a different perspective during the upcoming Enchanted Circle Bicycle Tour on Sept. 12. Roll through the towns of Red River, Questa, Taos, Angel Fire and Eagle Nest, while also challenging the 9,820-foot Bobcat Pass, the state’s highest mountain pass. The tour includes full route support, stocked aid stations, music, food and drinks. For information or to register, see

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