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Week in Review: A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico


STATE CHAMP HONORED: West Las Vegas High School javelin thrower Nicholas Gurule, who won the Class 3A state championship, was honored and recognized by the district’s school board.

Gurule, who will be a junior, chucked the javelin 161 feet, 8 inches to earn the gold medal at the state track meet in May.


TRUJILLO HEADS TO LOS ALAMOS: Long-time EspaƱola High School girls assistant coach Nestor Trujillo has been named the new girls basketball coach at Los Alamos. Trujillo also was an assistant at Northern New Mexico College.

MCCURDY COACH RESIGNS: Family considerations have led McCurdy boys basketball coach Ruben Archuleta to resign his position. Archuleta, who was at the school for two seasons, compiled an overall record of 37-19 and helped the Bobcats reach the Class A semifinals in 2013.


$24,500 RAISED FOR CHARITY: The Club at Las Campanas raised $24,500 when club director of golf Jason Epstein and three assistant golf professionals played 100 holes in day.

The money will be split among three charities: Folds of Honor, which supports family members of military personnel lost in Iraq; Las Campanas community fund, a college fund that helps club employees or family members; and the Sun Country Golf Association’s Junior Golf Program, which helps support underprivileged children’s interest in golf.


SANTISTEVAN WINS AGAIN: Another race, another gold medal for recent Pojoaque High School graduate Jereme Santistevan. Santistevan, who will be competing at New Mexico State University in the fall, won the YMCA Firecracker 5K in Los Alamos on July 4 in a time of 17 minutes, 39.19 seconds.

Santistevan swept the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the state track meet in May. Los Alamos’ Nikol Strother won the women’s race in a time of 20:41.1.


ROLLER DERBY: There’s nothing quite like women whose feet are encased in old-fashioned roller skates, zooming around in a circle, delivering body checks and trying to, well, score somehow. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is a great chance to find out about this women-only sport at the Boomerang Thrift in EspaƱola.

Meet the Los Alamos Derby Dames, a local team, and hear the recruit pitch for the league that is seeking new players 18 and older.

SOFTBALL: The Junior and Major Little League state tournaments begin Saturday and run through Monday in Las Vegas. The Juniors will be playing at New Mexico Highlands University Fields, with the winner advancing to the Southwest Regional in Santa Fe on Aug. 1. The Majors are at Rodriguez Park, with the winner advancing to the Southwest Regional in Waco, Texas, on July 26.

BASEBALL: The Santa Fe Fuego face Taos today and Saturday at Fort Marcy Park to conclude a 3-game set. Both games are at 6 p.m. and tickets are $6. For more information, see