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


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 EspaƱola 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.


GOLF: Golfers looking to help a good cause may want to check out Saturday’s YMCA Ed Griggs Memorial Tournament. Griggs was an avid golfer, master gardener and longtime YMCA member/supporter. Aside from being a founding volunteer of the Golf Classic, he volunteered many hours every year at Los Alamos Golf Course, planting beautiful flowers around the club house and No. 1 tee. The $85 tournament tees off at 1 p.m. For more information, see

ULTIMATE FRISBEE: Time to break out the disc and head to Fort Marcy Park for the city’s Ultimate Frisbee league. Registration for the league, which begins play Thursday and runs through July 30, has begun. There are seven players on each team. The fee per person is $35 and includes a disc, t-shirt and league/tournament play. For more information, call 955-2501.

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