HITTING THEIR MARKS: Santa Fe’s Ben Albin scorched through the University of New Mexico Championship Course with a 7-under 137 to win the local USGA U.S. Amateur Qualifier.
Albin, who won the high school state championship in the spring while playing for Albuquerque Academy as a junior, earned one of two spots in the U.S. Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in John’s Creek, Ga., on Aug. 11-17.
Other area golfers also fared well as Zachery Barhost of Santa Fe finished in a tie for third and Marty Sanchez tied for fifth.
NEW COACH FOR ESPAñOLA VALLEY: Española Valley High School landed a coach with a championship pedigree when it hired Cindy Roybal to take over its girls program.
Roybal, who has had previous stints at Santa Fe Indian School, Pojoaque Valley and New Mexico Highlands University, won the state title with the Lady Braves in 2011 and 2012.
She is Española Valley’s fourth coach in the past three years.
ALL-AMERICAN: Highlands University senior punter Patrick Carney has been named a pre-season All-American by Sporting News and Lindy’s magazines.
Last season, Carney finished third in the nation and led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with a 45.2 average on 62 punts.
He had a long of 73 yards and dropped 12 punts inside the 20-yard line.
ALL-USA BASEBALL TEAM: Los Alamos’ Jared Mang, who was recently named the state’s Gatorade player of the year, earned a spot on the USA Today All-USA Baseball Team for the 2014 season.
Mang, who will be a senior, was the only junior named to the team after hitting .605 with 44 RBI and going 8-2 with an ERA of 1.01 in the spring.
3 UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Santa Fe’s fourth and final Summer Outdoor Youth Adventure Camp begins Monday.
The week-long, all-day camp features activities like rock climbing, ropes course, hiking, kayaking among others.
For more info, contact the Genoveva Chavez Community Center at 955-4024.
GOLF: Check out Santa Fe’s best golfers when the annual City Championship tees off today and Saturday at the Santa Fe Country Club and the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.
Play begins today at noon and Saturday at 9 a.m. Champions will be crowned in seven different flights.
For more info, call 471-0601 or 955-4400.
BASEBALL: The Santa Fe Fuego are making their playoff push with the Pecos League season winding down. El Fuego play host to Trinidad Saturday and Sunday at Fort Marcy Park, followed by a 3-game set against Taos, Monday through Wednesday.
All games begin at 6 p.m. and cost $6. For more info, go to santefefeugo.com.