Santa Fe High clips Capital for Armendariz Tournament title
Round 1 went to Santa Fe High on Saturday night.
The championship game of the Al Armendariz Tournament was a Demons-Jaguars tussle, and it lived up to the billing.
Santa Fe High and Capital went toe-to-toe for 30 minutes before the Demons finally gained the upper hand, scoring the last seven points to secure a 69-62 win and earn the tournament title in Edward A. Ortiz Memorial Gymnasium. It was the first time the Demons (3-0) won Capital’s regular-season tournament and the third time in the last four games they gained the upper hand on their intracity — and now District 5-5A — rival.
Santa Fe High’s guards stepped up against the Jaguars, led by Dove Hernandez’s 17 points that included three 3-pointers. Antonio Lovato, the 5-foot-9 senior Demons guard, stepped up in the second half with 11 of his 16 points and he assisted on several more baskets with his drive-and-kick ability. Meanwhile, Christian Kavanaugh added 16, and had six points in the fourth quarter.
“Antonio got into a little bit of foul trouble in the first half, but he really came through in the second half,” Santa Fe High head coach Zack Cole said. “Christian controlled the ball and was really good down the stretch.”
Their contributions helped overcome an injury to 6-6 forward Fedonta “J.B.” White, who had just 12 points as he played despite a thumb injury.
Capital (2-1) jumped out to a 17-8 lead after a quarter as Seth Arroyos had six of his 16 points in the quarter, but the Demons rallied in the second quarter and tied the score at the half at 27. Chano Herrera and T.J. Sanchez each had 12 points and Dominic Luna added 10 for the Jaguars.
In other games in the boys bracket, Grants beat Española Valley 60-51 to take third place, Carlsbad held off Pecos for a 75-72 win in the fifth-place game and Pojoaque Valley hammered Jemez Valley 82-39.
Rio Rancho Cleveland 46, Roswell Goddard 35
The Storm heated up in the second half, outscoring the Lady Rockets 30-22 in the second half to win the Al Armendariz Tournament title. Mariah Cordova scored all 10 of her points in the second half to lead Cleveland. Bailey Beene led Goddard with 13 points.
In other games on the girls side, Capital beat Santa Fe High 29-28 to take third place.
Deming 52, St. Michael’s 50
The Lady Horsemen rallied from a 50-43 deficit with 90 seconds left, scoring seven straight points to tie the score. The small victory was short-lived, though, as Lady Wildcats guard Sierra Manos stole an inbounds pass by St. Michael’s senior wing Carisa Padilla under the Deming basket and laid it in at the buzzer to win the Taos Invitational.
As disappointing the loss was, Lady Horsemen head coach Martin Esquibel said he was proud of the way the team battled throughout the second half as they trailed Deming for much of it.
“They played with a lot of heart, and a lot of effort,” Esquibel said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
St. Michael’s(2-2) stopped Lady Wildcats freshman guard Harmonie Dominguez, who did not score a point, but Manos stepped in and had 15 points. Seven of them came in the final quarter, including the final bucket. Padilla led the Lady Horsemen with 27 points and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Joelyn Fernandez scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half.
St. Michael’s, Santa Fe High hire softball coaches
Two softball coaching positions in Santa Fe are off the board.
St. Michael’s hired Joe Alvarez as its new softball coach, replacing Billy Perdue after he resigned in the fall after two years with the program. Alvarez has been an assistant coach in several sports with the school since 2002, and is the father of Lady Horsemen senior Cia Alvarez, who has been the team’s shortstop the past three seasons.
St. Michael’s struggled the past two years under Perdue as the program went through a youth movement, struggled with roster sizes and did not field a junior varsity. The result was a 10-40 record.
Meanwhile, Santa Fe High took care of its opening by hiring Andy Villa to replace Angelica Quintana after one year and a 3-22 mark. Villa as been an assistant coach under former Demonettes head coaches Sig Rivera and Randy Montoya. Santa Fe Public Schools is also looking for assistant coaches for the program. Those interested can call SFPS athletic director Larry Chavez at 505-467-3422, or apply at sfps.info.