Notes from the North

It’s not too soon to look forward to the fall, especially with the commemoration of a landmark event on the horizon.

With the 40th anniversary of Santa Fe High’s lone state football championship coming this fall, Santa Fe High and St. Michael’s will hold a series of events during the weekend of the Demons-Horsemen football game on Sept. 27. The group North of 40 is coordinating events, which begin with a reception honoring the 1979 Demons football team, which beat Albuquerque Eldorado to win the Class 4A title, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Bullring with a cost of $25 per person.

The following day brings the Demons vs. Horsemen Ryder Club Golf Challenge at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe that starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $125 per participant, with a maximum of 144 entrants. That afternoon, the two schools will hold a tailgate party starting at 5 p.m. and leading into the football game at Ivan Head Stadium.

A Beer Bash and BBQ event is set for Sept. 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Santa Fe Brewing Company that will include music as well as a live and silent auction. The price tag for this is $75 per person or $100 per couple.

There are also sponsorship opportunities for the Beer Bash and BBQ and golf tournament. For more information, email or call 505-917-5507.

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Santa Fe’s unofficial grandmaster of tennis, Jimmy Parker, is still out there making a name for himself on the courts.

He was recently named the captain of the U.S. 75-over team that will represent the Stars and Stripes at the World Cup in September in Croatia. He his ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in 75 singles and doubles; his parter is Ken Robinson. He is ranked No. 2 in the International Tennis Federation world rankings in both singles and doubles.

Parker already owns the USTA national championships record, an award the association refers to as Gold Balls. He has 144 of them.

On top of all that, he has won the last eight national titles back when he was still in the 70-over category.

He hasn’t lost a match in over years, taking home the National 75-over Hardcourt championship three weeks ago in California.

People often ask if Parker’s still out there doing his thing. In a word, absolutely.

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The University of New Mexico women’s made history at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend in Austin, Texas. The Lobos set high-water marks in terms of team points (27) and overall finish (eighth). It eclipsed the men’s scoring performance in 1965, when they scored 25 points on their way to a fifth-place finish.

Leading the way was Weini Kelati, who won the 10,000-meters Thursday to become the second individual champion in the program’s history, then followed that Saturday with a fifth in the 5,000. Charlotte Prouse finished second for the second straight year in the 3,000 steeplechase with a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 44.50 seconds and teammate Adva Cohen was fourth.

Prouse, Cohan and Kelati earned All-American honors in each race..

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Giving scholarships to unsuspecting walk-ons has become a social media thing the last couple of years, and now UNM’s football team has done its part to boost the trend.

Five Lobos were given a surprise during routine team meetings Thursday morning in the Tow Diehm Athletic Facility. As head coach Bob Davie was presenting information on a wall-sized screen behind him, he paused to include a shot of each player with the words, “You’re on scholarship!” next to their photo.

The entire room erupted with cheering teammates as Bobby Cole (a redshirt running back from Chatsworth, Calif.), Andrew Erickson (a redshirt freshman receiver from Albuquerque’s Manzano High School), Micah Gray (a redshirt sophomore running back from Clovis), Hayden Wilson (a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman from Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School) and Nic Wilson (a redshirt freshman cornerback from San Bernardino, Calif.) sat there trying to absorb the moment.

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Are we about to see the North’s next atheltic power couple in maybe about 15-20 years? On Saturday, 2016 Española Valley graduate Marcos Flores and 2015 Santa Fe High graduate Kayla Herrera tied the knot. Flores and Herrera were three-sport athletes at their respective schools. Flores led the Sundevils football team to its first district title and its best season and helped the boys basketball team win the Class 5A title in his senior year as he was also named The New Mexican’s NorthStars athlete of the year.

Herrera was the top hitter on Santa Fe High’s volleyball team her last two years, and also helped the girls basketball team to a Class 4A title in 2014. She parlayed that success to a basketball scholarship to Fort Lewis College, where she has played the last three years. She was second-leading scorer for the Skyhawks with a 10.7 PPG average as a junior.

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While sprinting phenom Matthew Boling was the star of the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic at Great Friends of UNM Track Complex, Northern New Mexico had a couple of standouts.

Recent Taos graduate Jonah Vigil took sixth in the 100 with a 10.64 and placed second in the 400 with a personal best 46.43. Former teammate Faith Powell, who signed a letter of intent to compete at Grand Canyon University this week, was second in the high jump at 5 foot, 4 1/4 inches.

As for Boling, the Houston phenom won the 100 in 10.15 seconds, his second-best non-wind-aided time of the year, and the long jump with a 25 1/2 in the only attempt he didn’t scratch.