COACHES OF THE YEAR: Los Alamos High School coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood were named National Girls Coaches of the Year for their work with the Hilltoppers. Los Alamos won its fifth consecutive Class 4A girls championship in the fall 2013. Pojoaque’s Allen Lockridge was a finalist for the boys coach of the year award after helping Jeremy Santistevan earn his second straight 3A individual title. Lockridge’s athletic director at Pojoaque, Matt Martinez, was a finalist for AD of the year.
32 SECONDS TO TKO: Santa Fe’s Natalie Roy made short work of Brittany Horton in the Triple A MMA VII: Rock-Stars. She needed just 32 seconds of the first round to score a TKO.
Fellow Santa Fean Ernesto Salvidrez earned a submission from Alonzo Garza 1:20 into the first round, while Aaron Perls of Santa Fe lost a split decision to Jon Sparks.
TAOS GRADS MARCH: The U-18 Rush ’96 team featuring recent Taos High School graduates Angelica Pacheco and Zoie Hensley easily swept into today’s quarterfinals of the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regionals at the Santa Ana Pueblo neat Bernalillo. The team outscored its opponents 8-4 and now meets NW Nationals ’95 Red out of Terrace, Wash., at 10 a.m.
3 THINGS TO SEE OR DO THIS WEEKEND
SWIMMING: Local pools are participating in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson today as part of an attempt to set a Guinness World Record and emphasize the importance of knowing how to swim.
Bicentennial and Ft. Marcy pools will be among hundreds of aquatic centers, pools and waterparks around the world that will be included in the free event that runs from 8-10 a.m.
“Swimming is such a great pleasure and everyone should learn how to swim,” said Ellen Kemper, swim instructor and event organizer, adding that learning water safety is important, too.
For additional information, call Liz Roybal at 955-2503.
CYCLING: Looking to check out a little insane downhill action? Then look no farther than Angel Fire Resort, where the country’s top downhill and dual slalom riders will take to the slopes today through Sunday in the USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships.
For more information, call 505-858-2422.
BASEBALL: The third-place Santa Fe Fuego of the Pecos League will be home for games Saturday and Sunday against fifth-place Trinidad. Games begin at 6 p.m. at Fort Marcy Park and cost $6. For more information, go to santafefuego.com.