Demon makes All-State roster for 1st time in 8 years
Find some more room in that trophy case, Santa Fe High.
A dream boys basketball season that saw the Demons reach the Class 5A championship game for the first time in 41 years added one more accolade this week. Senior guard Antonio Lovato earned second-team All-State honors Tuesday when the New Mexico High School Coaches Association announced its selections for the state’s top boys and girls basketball players for all five classes. The voting is done by boys and girls coaches in their respective classes.
Lovato became the first Demon to earn a spot on the All-State team since Orlando Echave was named to the Class 4A second team in 2011.
Meanwhile, District 2-3A took up seven of the 12 spots on the 3A girls side, and state champion Las Vegas Robertson landed four players on the two teams. Alianza Darley, Tessa Ortiz and Jazmyne Jenkins were first-team selections, while freshman Jayden Jenkins earned a second-team nod.
The second team also saw Santa Fe Indian School’s Leanna Lewis and Franki Chavez earn spots, as did St. Michael’s senior wing Joelyn Fernandez.
On the boys side in 3A, SFIS had two players — seniors Jason Abeyta and James Bridges — end up on the first team as they helped the Braves to the 3A championship game for their first appearance in the finals since winning it all in 1989. Teammate Anders Pecos was a second-team selection, as was St. Michael’s senior post Connor Glatz.
Española Valley had players selected on the boys and girls teams in 4A, as Ryan Trujillo was a first-team selection while Kaylinn Martinez was a second-team nod for the Lady Sundevils.
The Pecos boys had three players earn 2A All-State honors, as Xavier Padilla and Omar Dominguez were first-team players, and Ismael Villegas was on the second team. Mora’s Jerome Pacheco also earned a first-team spot.
In 2A girls, Pecos and Peñasco each had two players earn All-State honors, with Pecos getting first-team selections for Cassie Muller and Trinity Herrera. Peñasco had Carly Gonzales named to the first team, and Bianca Contreras was a second-team player.
Deven Thompson of New Mexico School for the Deaf landed on the 1A second team, as he averaged 25.7 points, 15.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game in leading the Roadrunners to the 1A quarterfinals and a program-record 22 wins.