NEW FACE AT SFHS: The Santa Fe High Schools girls basketball program has once again become relevant and now it’s Rick Apodaca’s turn to keep the ball rolling. Apodaca, who has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant coach with the St. Michael’s boys team, was hired to replace the retired Elmer Chavez. The Demonettes won a state championships two years ago and was one of the few Santa Fe programs that was competitive at 6A last season. Apodaca, who was chosen from a group of six finalists, was the head Taos boys coach from 2004-07.
HEADING TO COLLEGE: Two Española Valley High School volleyball players signed National Letters of Intent to play college ball. Elana Salazar will play at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, Calif., and Nicole Romero will play at University of the Southwest in Hobbs. Pecos alum Ida Valencia will stay close to home to play college basketball at New Mexico Highlands Univesity.
TAOS RESULTS: James Espinoza, a Mesa Vista graduate, blitzed through Sunday’s Taos Half-Marathon in a time of 1:22.12 to win the event. Two minutes later, he was followed in by Santa Fe resident Antonio Lopez. Jimmy Aslam of Los Alamos won the men’s 5K in 21.54 and Liz Jamarillo-Lopez of Santa Fe won the women’s 5K in 25.21.