2 SCHOLARSHIPS: Santa Fe High School basketball player Kayla Herrera was one of four seniors from across the state to earn the “Compete with Class” Sportsmanship Scholarship. And Demons swimmer Eric Walker was one of two swimmers or divers to earn the Swimming and Diving Scholarship. Both are given out by the New Mexico Activities Association.
UP TO FOURTH: New Mexico Highlands has reached its highest ranking, moving up to fourth nationally in this week’s poll of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. “We always say rankings don’t mean much,” said coach Bob DeVries. “But it is gratifying to see this group of athletes setting records, achieving goals and getting recognized for their hard work.”
SPEEDY WHEELS: The field wasn’t exactly stacked, but Santa Fe’s Kim Bear outlasted four other competitors to win the women’s master division (aged 50-59) at the first USA Cycling Fat Bike Championship last weekend. Bear completed two laps of the 6.1-mile course in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 10 seconds, 1:17 ahead of her nearest competitor.
UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO
SWIMMING: The high school state swimming championships begin today with preliminaries at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium. Diving events begin at 8:30 a.m. and swimming events at 3 p.m. Finals are scheduled to begin Saturday with diving at 8:15 a.m. and swimming at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $8.
HOCKEY: Have a youngster curious to check out hockey? Now is the time to get that first experience as the Santa Fe Hockey Association is conducting a Try Hockey For Free clinic 9 a.m. Saturday at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center. Learn the basics of the sport in a fun and safe environment. Skates and sticks will be provided, but participants need to bring their own bicycle or hockey helmet and winter gloves. To register, see TryHockeyForFree.com.
HOOPS: Santa Fe High School girls have a chance to get back to .500 in District 1-6A play tonight in a big game against district co-leader Cibola at 7 p.m. in Santa Fe’s Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium. The No. 2-ranked Cougars are 21-2, while the Demonettes are 15-9 and looking for a signature win to improve their seeding for the state tournament.