ALL-AMERICAN: New Mexico Highlands University’s Matthew Chavez was named to the DII First Team Academic All-American team. He is one of only 10 players nationally chosen for the honor. Chavez, a redshirt junior from Pasadena, Calif., hit .413 on the season with four home runs, 32 RBI and 43 runs. In the classroom, he compiled a 3.78 grade-point average while studying human performance and sport.
CLOSE FINISH: Los Alamos’ Fortunato Ferrara just missed repeating as Tour de Los Alamos champion, trailing winner Kip Taylor by eight seconds over the 81-mile course. Ferrara finished in a time of 3 hours, 30 minutes and 22 seconds.
NORTH WINS BIG: Local athletes played a large role in the North’s 26-3 win over the South in the annual 2A/3A All-Star Game at Albuquerque’s Community Stadium to break an eight-year losing streak. Robertson’s Joseph Armijo made three interceptions, and the Cardinals’ James Gonzales scored a touchdown, as did St. Michael’s Isaiah Dominguez and Keith Dominguez, who also had a fumble recovery.
NORTH SWEEPS: The North completed a rare sweep of the 2A/3A North-South All Star games as both the boys and girls did their part at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque. Santa Fe Prep’s Will Lenfestey scored 16 points and Pojoaque Valley’s Matthew Herrera added 15 in the boys’ 104-61 romp. In the girls’ 72-62 victory, Mora’s Destiny Pacheco scored 12.
3 THINGS TO SEE OR DO THIS WEEKEND
BOXING: The Triple A Mixed Martial Arts VII Rock Stars will hold a free weigh-in at 2 p.m. today at the Camel Rock Resort & Casino in preparation for Saturday’s nine-bout card that features Santa Fe’s Natalie Roy vs. Hohime Dennison. Other locals taking the ring include Santa Fe’s Aaron Perls vs. Jon Sparks in a lightweight bout, Santa Fe’s Mark Lujan against Maurice Jackson in a welterweight fight, Santa Fe’s Ernesto Salvidrez making his pro debut in a lightweight bout against A.J. Garza, Preston Rowley of Taos making his pro debut against Hunter Tower in a lightweight fight and Santa Fe’s Steven Gonzales vs. Henry Barahona in a bantamweight bout.
Tickets for Saturday’s night of fighting start at $25. For more information, call 508-0876 or see tripleamma.com.
BASEBALL: The Santa Fe Fuego of the Pecos League finishes up a three-game set with Las Vegas with games at 6 p.m. today and Saturday at Fort Marcy Park, followed by a visit from Raton at 6 p.m. Sunday. All tickets cost $6.
OUTDOOR RECREATION: There’s no better day than Saturday to pack up the family and head to the Santa Fe National Forest. As part of the U.S. Forest Service’s national promotion, all day-use and campsite fees are waived for the day, except reservations made through the National Recreation Reservation Service. Note that the Santa Fe National Forest is under a high fire danger watch, so check local restrictions concerning fire use. For more information, call 438-5300.