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All-state honors dished out

Rio Rancho’s Nicole Pendley is a first-team all-stater and, as determined by Gatorade, the state’s top softball player. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Rio Rancho’s Nicole Pendley is a first-team all-stater and, as determined by Gatorade, the state’s top softball player. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Four baseball players from the Rio West area were selected to the Class 5A all-state first team.

Rio Rancho had two players on the first team: shortstop Marcus Martinez and outfielder Angelo Lujan. Volcano Vista had the other two in catcher Daniel Herrera and utility Reyes Kahn.

Second-teamers from the RW area were Rio Rancho first baseman Grant Templin, Rams’ second baseman Eddy Vasquez, Valley pitcher Bo Coleman, Volcano Vista pitcher Cody Trujillo, Cleveland pitcher Neil Evans, Volcano Vista outfielder Chris Padilla, Storm outfielder Kyle Anderson and Cibola utility Ryan Dow.


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CLASS 4A: Second baseman Kyle Piersol, pitchers Ray Reyes and Tristin Rizek, and utility Miles Hilton were named to the all-state second team from St. Pius.

Outfielder Liam McEntee was honorable mention.

Softball All-State

Three Rio Rancho Rams – pitcher Nicole Pendley (also named as an outfielder), catcher Jessie Roane and second baseman Venessa Gallegos – were named to Class 5A’s first team.

Volcano Vista first baseman Taylor Sargent was also on the first team.

From the Hawks, pitcher Celina Sullivan and catcher Jade Gray were voted to the second team, as was Roane at third base. Other Rams on the second team were shortstop BreOnna Castañeda, and Gallegos and Dominique Soto in the outfield.

West Mesa outfielder Olivia Simoni was also on the second team, as was Cibola second baseman Brittany Baca.

All-district teams

1-5A BASEBALL: Neil Evans of Cleveland, Rio Rancho’s Eli Cappello and Volcano Vista’s Cody Trujillo were the first-team pitchers.


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Daniel Herrera of Volcano Vista was the first-team catcher, with Grant Templin of the Rams at first base. Eddy Vasquez of Rio Rancho was at second base, Marcus Martinez of Rio Rancho at shortstop and Christian Peery of Cibola at third base.

The outfield is comprised of Chris Padilla of the Hawks, Kyle Anderson of the Storm, and Angelo Lujan of the Rams. Reyes Kahn of Volcano Vista was the utility/DH.

  • The second-team pitchers were Tanner West of Volcano Vista and Mikey Siederman of Cibola. The rest of the second team had Riley Peterson of Cleveland at catcher, Justice Jackson of the Storm at first, Nolan Mulroy of Volcano at second, Kyler Petty of Cleveland and Hunter Sedillo of Cibola at shortstop, Jorge Guzman of Cleveland at third, and Evans, Rio Rancho’s Vic Chavez and Volcano’s Scott Schneider in the outfield. Mark Dominguez of the Rams is the utility/DH.

5-5A BASEBALL: Four Valley Vikings were on the first team – Bo Coleman, Paul Tapia, Eric Chavez and C.J. Montoya.

Luis Ledezma was the only West Mesa player on the first team.

Lyric Moya and Nick Barela of the Vikings were second-team choices, as were Jordan Davila and Jacob Smith of the Mustangs.

5-4A BASEBALL: St. Pius had five players on the first team – second baseman Kyle Piersol, outfielder Liam McEntee, outfielder Jared Lujan, and pitchers Kent Keeling and Ray Reyes.

Second baseman Jared Salas, third baseman Andrew Muhlberger, outfielder Mason Martinez, utility Miles Hilton and Piersol at pitcher were on 5-4A’s second team.

2-4A BASEBALL: Senior shortstop Joshua Urban, senior first baseman Adam Chavez and sophomore pitcher/utility Daniel Jaramillo each were first-team choices from Bernalillo.

The Spartans had a pair of second-team selections in senior outfielder Christian Leon and sophomore outfielder Lorenzo Martinez.

1-5 SOFTBALL: Rio Rancho had four players on the first team in Nicole Pendley, Jessie Roane, Venessa Gallegos and BreOnna Castañeda. Molly Harder, Victoria Lopez, Jordan Manno, Jovanni Felix and Dominique Soto were on the second team from the Rams.

From Volcano Vista, making the first team were Jade Gray, Taylor Sargent, Victoria Castro and Celina Sullivan. Lauren Wilmert and Chelsee Nuñez were on the second team.

Cleveland placed Brooke Hodgson, Lindsey Paboucek and Jelaeni Kapanui on the first team. Hannah Obrey and Ashley Ortega were second-team players.

Brittany Baca, Jasmine Mitchell and Ariana Maldonado were Cibola’s first-team all-district choices, with Nicole Shack and Mychaylah Cordova on the second team.

5-5A SOFTBALL: From West Mesa, making the first team were Olivia Simoni, Maya Contreras, Angelica Lujan and Donna Garcia. Valley put Maria Torres and Ariana Van Orman on the first team.

5-4A SOFTBALL: St. Pius’ Gaby Mora was the player of the year, and the Sartans’ Tim O’Meara was coach of the year.

Kaitlyn Archibeque, Monee Barela, Krystal Lucero and Katie Johnson were voted to the first team from St. Pius. On the second team were Samantha Bernal, Alejandra De La Cruz, Julia Eckert and JoJo McEntee.

Rio West was unable to obtain Bernalillo’s all-district selections.

Pendley honor

Pendley earlier this week was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

The senior pitcher/outfielder won 21 games in the circle for the Rams. She also hit .582 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs.

“Pendley is impossible to get out,” West Mesa coach Jimmy Hernandez said. “Even if you don’t put the ball in the strike zone, she can still hit it out. She dominates at whatever she does.”

Hilton recognition

St. Pius baseball coach Marc Hilton, who was named the Region 8 coach of the year in January – going back to the 2013 season – is traveling to Jackson, Wyo., next week where the National High School Coaches Association will select a national winner.