Sports in Brief: NJHFR, Isleta L.L. senior softball, Mario Martinez honored

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County riders, ropers place at NJHFR in Gallup

Two Valencia County riders finished as runners-up while two county ropers placed in the top 10 and top 20, respectively, at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo at Red Rock Park in Gallup last week.

Brody Wade of Peralta won the short round of the boys goat tying on Saturday and finished second behind Cyle Denison of Iowa, La., with an average score of 32.465. Denison was named All-Around Cowboy of the NJHFR.

Blaine Garley of Peralta finished second place behind Brett Stuart of Bridgeport, Texas, in chute dogging with an average score of 9.018.

Abbie Shofner of Tomé placed ninth in girls breakaway roping with an average score of 26.105, while Kyle Lucero of Peralta and his partner, Zane Muñoz of Gallup, N.M., finished 18th in the team roping event with an average of 28.696.

The New Mexico contingent placed sixth, overall, in the weeklong event. The state’s girls team took third place behind first-place Oklahoma and second-place Texas. The boys team placed sixth. Texas won the boys division, as well as the overall team title.

Isleta Little League takes District 9 senior softball

The Isleta All-Stars from the Isleta Pueblo won the District 9 senior division tournament in Albuquerque this past weekend, sweeping South Valley in the best two-of-three tournament at Westgate Little League in Albuquerque.

Isleta trailed 2-1 early in game one on Monday before scoring three runs in the third inning and four in the sixth inning to claim an 8-4 win.

In the championship game, Isleta allowed just two hits and scored 10 runs in the final two innings of the five-inning, mercy-rule shortened game to claim the championship with an 11-1 victory.

The Isleta All-stars now move on to the Little League Softball Senior division tournament at Santa Fe National Little League on Friday, July 19.

Martinez recognized by national hall of fame

The late Mario Martinez of Belen was recently named as New Mexico’s 2013 National High School Coaches Hall of Fame inductee by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Board of Directors.

Martinez was recognized at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association annual convention on June 25 in Des Moines, Iowa, where an award in his name was accepted by his widow, MaryAnn of Belen, and his son, Montana of Springer.

In addition to these honors, a golf tournament honoring Martinez, who was an avid golfer himself, will take place on Aug. 17 at Tierra del Sol Golf Course in Rio Communities. Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Mario Martinez Scholarship fund. Interested golfers and sponsors should call 999-6163 or 463-5228.

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