She goes by another name today, but on the east wall of the Cibola High School gymnasium, the name of Connie Vau will forever be enshrined.
Vau, a three-sport superstar who is now Connie Limón, was one of two inductees into the Cibola Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this month.
The other was wrestler Steve Yarbrough.
Limón, 41, is a 1991 Cibola graduate. She was a three sport standout in soccer, basketball and softball, and spent a combined 11 varsity seasons in those sports.
She did not play soccer her senior season, choosing to focus on her basketball prospects.
And she earned a basketball scholarship to New Mexico State, where she graduated from in 1996.
She continues to live in Las Cruces with her husband, Jaime, and children Maria, 11, and James, 9.
“It was very humbling,” Limón said of her induction ceremony. “I come from humble beginnings. My only way to get to college was through a scholarship.”
She was so proficient in every sport that she had scholarship offers in all three.
“I guess I felt I had more confidence with basketball,” she said. “And (NMSU) offered me a full ride, so that helped also.
“It was a big goal of mine, and I felt very blessed that God gave me that opportunity, so I didn’t want to mess it up. It was a great experience.”
Today, Limón is the principal at St. Mary’s, a Catholic high school. She also once was the head girls basketball coach at Oñate.
- Yarbrough is a 1986 Cibola graduate and one of the best wrestlers the Cougars have ever produced.
He is a former Maloof Award winner and a state champion at Cibola.
Since August, Yarbrough has been a United States attorney in the District of New Mexico.
He graduated from Stanford and the University of New Mexico Law School.
He was a four-year starter for the Cardinal’s wrestling squad and twice qualified for the NCAAs.
Yarbrough is a former wrestling assistant coach at the University of New Mexico (1992-95). He also was chosen by the USA Wrestling Association to promote the development of wrestling in Australia and New Zealand, which he did in the early 1990s.
Efforts to reach Yarbrough for this story were unsuccessful.
- Cibola is in the seventh year of inducting its most famous coaches and athletes.
Here is a list of previous inductees:
2007: Joe Vivian and Jill Burness
2008: Rosie Jones, Phil Rohr, John Roskos
2009: LaVerne Atler, Chris Corey
2010: Ken Logan, Steve Famiglietta, Dolores Archuleta-Black
2011: Steve Senn
2013: Chad Kuhn, JoAnne O’Connell