Area athletes awarded All-State, district honors
Several Valencia County athletes earned All-State honors as well as District 6-4A honors in their respective sports this past week in soccer and cross country, and Los Lunas boys and girls soccer coaches Daniel Martinez and James Torres earned District 6-4A coach of the year honors, it was announced this past week.
In cross country, on the boys side, Belen juniors Aaron Valenzuela and Jared Garcia were named to the N.M. Mile Split All-New Mexico boys All-State team. On the girls side, Belen freshman Arena Lewis was named tot the NMMS All-New Mexico girls All-State team.
Valenzuela and Lewis both finished second and Garcia finished fourth in the Class 4A State Cross Country boys and girls meets at Rio Rancho High School on Saturday, Nov. 9.
In soccer, on the boys side, Los Lunas forwards Alejandro Garcia and Chris Lovato were named to the Class 4A All-State team by voters at N. M. Soccer (www.nmsoccer.com). LLHS goalkeeper Dylan Kelly-Romero, defenders Esequiel Castillo and Mario Garcia and midfielder Aaron Escarcera and were named All-State honorable mention.
Valencia midfielder Joel Ortiz also was named to the All-State the honorable mention team.
In District 6-4A honors, Garcia was named boys co-Player of the Year along with Miyamura's John Kolb.
Garcia, Lovato, Castillo, Garcia and Escarcera all earned first team All-District honors for Los Lunas while defender Oscar Davila earned second team honors. On the honorable mention list for LLHS weer keeper Romero as well as midfielders Israel Resendiz and Yain Rodriguez.
Valencia landed Ortiz, forward Alan Ramirez and defender Josh Otero on the All-District first team as well defender Jose Zarrasola, midfielder Eric Galindo and forward Christia Garcia on the second team.
VHS forward Andrew Snider was named to the honorable mention team.
Belen had forward Jesse Monge and midfielder Erick Guererro on the All-District second team and forward Alan Hildalgo on the honorable mention list.
Martinez led Los Lunas to a 17-4 record as well as an undefeated 10-0 mark in District 6-4A. The Tigers earned a No. 4 seed in the state tournament, the team's third post-season appearance in four years.
On the girls side, Belen forward Alexis Begay and Los Lunas goalkeeper Samantha Savedra were named District 6-4A co-Players of the Year.
Savedra ealso arned honorable mention All-State honors as did Valencia forwards Kaitlynn Craig and Noreen Archuleta.
All told, Los Lunas landed four players on the All-District team — Savedra, defender Kayla Armijo, midfielder Justine Candelaria and forward Samantha Lucero. Three of those four, Savedra, Armijo and Lucero, also joined midfielder Elisa Burgess in earning All-State honorable mention honors.
Second team honorees for the Tigers were defender Analyssa Lopez and ReAnna Torres with honorable mention honors going to Burgess and forward Jaidyn Armijo.
LLHS coach Torres led the Tigers to their first-ever district championship, a 12-8 final mark along with an 8-2 district record and a berth in the state tournament.
Belen's Begay and goalkeeper Maria Lupita Sabinas made the honorable mention list.
Joining Begay on the All-District team for the Eagles were midfielder Jadyn Casillas and forward Danielle Saavedra. Second team honorees for BHS included Sabinas and defender Arianna Valdez.
Valencia forward Kristina Contratto was named All-State honorable mention as well as All-District along with defender Clara Sims.
The Jaguars also landed defender Miranda Kittridge and forward Lydia Gallegos on the All-District second team as well as defender Bryana Rubio on the honorable mention list.