Local briefs: GCS quartet earns gold medal

Posted on 06 May 2012 by the Roswell Daily Record

Piedra Vista’s Danielle Ortiz, left, slides safely in to third as Roswell’s Marrissa Torres receives the ball during the Panther’s win in the first round of the state tournament, Saturday. (The Daily Times / Jon Austria Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE — Eight medal-winning individuals or relay teams will be returning to Chaves County after the NMAA Class 1A and 2A State Track & Field Championships, which concluded on Saturday at the UNM Track Complex.

The Gateway Christian boys 4×200-meter relay team of Mason Miller, Scott Christiansen, Nate Bishop and Kase Parker earned the county’s lone gold medal on Saturday.

The quartet topped its competition with a time of 1 minute, 36.1 seconds to capture the area’s second title of the meet.

The Warriors won the race by 4/10ths of a second over Logan. Tatum finished third.


Three silver medals will also return to Chaves County — with the Hagerman girls 1600 sprint medley team, the Dexter girls 4×400 relay team and the Gateway Christian boys 1600 sprint medley team.

The Hagerman quartet of Shayanna Eubanks, Taylor Hamill, Lori Gossett and Maria Ramirez finished second to Ramah with a time of 4:34.21.

Dexter’s second-place team of Tamara Salas, Haley Norris, Brenda Granado and Nayely Anderson finished three seconds back of winner Santa Fe Prep with a time of 4:18.99.

Gateway’s quartet of Miller, Bishop, Parker and Glenn Cunningham earned silvers with a time of 3:54.48 and finished behind only Fort Sumner.

The four bronze medalists from the county were the Dexter boys 1600 sprint medley team, the Dexter boys 4×200 relay team, the Gateway Christian girls 4×400 relay team and NMMI’s Harley Bonnell.

The Dexter 1600 sprint medley team of Zach Lopez, David Vasquez, Jonathan Miramontes and Kevin Bonner was third 3:41.51, the Dexter 4×200 relay team of Lopez, Vasquez, Bryant Jimenez and Miguel Barrientos was third in 1:33.23, and the Gateway Christian 4×400 relay team of Kathryn Hammonds, Mickayla Patterson-Fuller, Shelby Toles and Rachel Cunningham was third in 4:23.71.

Bonnell got her bronze with a time of 17.64.

In other 2A finals on Saturday:

For Dexter, the girls 4×100 relay team was fifth, the boys 4×100 relay team was fifth, the girls 4×200 relay team was sixth, the boys 4×400 relay team was sixth, Jimenez was sixth in the boys 200, Vasquez was seventh in the boys 300 hurdles, Barrientos was eighth in the boys 200, Anderson was eighth in the girls 100, Heira Lopez was 10th in the girls shot put, Kyle Bonner was 18th in the boys 3200, Mariana Landaverde was 19th in the girls 800 and Kevin Bonner was 18th in the boys 3200.

For Hagerman, Dennise Herrera was ninth in the girls shot put and Ramirez was 16th in the girls 800.

For NMMI, the boys 4×400 relay team was seventh, Shin Moon was fourth in the boys 300 hurdles, Roy Madrid was 11th in the boys 800, Justin Trujillo was 14th in the boys 800, Roy Madrid was 14th in the boys 3200, Amira Hindi was 16th in the girls 3200 and Marchez Coriz was 16th in the boys 3200.

In other 1A finals on Saturday for Gateway Christian, the girls 1600 sprint medley team was fourth, the boys 4×100 relay team was fifth, Bishop was fourth in the boys 200, Hammonds was fifth in the girls 100 and R. Cunningham was fifth in the girls 400.

In the boys team standings, Dexter was eighth and NMMI was 15th in 2A and Gateway Christian was sixth in 1A. In the girls team standings, Dexter was 14th, Hagerman was 18th and NMMI was 19th in 2A and Gateway Christian was 10th in 1A.

Boys tennis

Albuquerque Academy 5, Goddard 0

ALBUQUERQUE — Goddard’s season came to a close with a loss to No. 1 Albuquerque Academy on Saturday in the semifinals of the NMAA Class 4A State Team Championships at the Jerry Cline Complex.

Rocket coach Joe Harton said that he was happy with his team’s season.

“Really, we had a really good season,” he said. “One of the other teams (in the final four), we beat, so I was pretty pleased. The kids did well and won another district title.”

Girls tennis

Farmington 5, Goddard 0

ALBUQUERQUE — The Goddard girls fell to Farmington on Saturday in the NMAA Class 4A State Team Championships semifinals at the Jerry Cline Complex.

Rocket coach Becky Joyce said that her team had a good season, especially considering the movement on the roster.

“They did have a good season,” she said. “We had to move some people around and we got better. The score wasn’t indicative of how we played today. We battled against a good Farmington team.”

Prep baseball

Goddard 10, Atrisco Heritage 5

ALBUQUERQUE — The Rockets completed a sweep of No. 8 Atrisco Heritage in a best-of-three series in the first round of the NMAA Class 4A State Baseball Championships, Saturday.

With the win, the Rockets advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will square off with top-seeded Piedra Vista on May 10 at noon at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque.

The Rockets (16-12) trailed 2-0 after two, but scored three times in the third to take the lead for good. They put the game out of reach in the seventh with seven runs.

Austin Rader allowed 10 hits, but gave up only two runs and struck out 11 over six innings to get the victory. He also helped his own cause at the plate by going 2 for 5 with three RBIs.

Brad Blackwell was 4 for 5 with three RBIs, Jason Butts was 2 for 3 with a double, Chase Hubbard was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Caelin Wilcox, Ryan Greene and Taryn Nunez each had one RBI.

Prep softball

Piedra Vista 11, Roswell 1

FARMINGTON — The Panthers jumped ahead quickly with a two-run first and that’s all they would need to bounce Roswell from the first round of NMAA Class 4A State Softball Championships, Saturday.

Piedra Vista tacked on two more in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth en route to a five-inning victory.

“Overall … with as young as we are, I’m extremely happy with how we played,” said Roswell coach Art Sandoval. “We had a pretty successful season.

“I’m looking forward to going into summer ball and getting better every day. I’m extremely proud of this team; they showed a lot of heart. We fell short a little bit, but we’ve got to get better and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Senior Jessica Wiggins took the loss in her final start as a Coyote. She gave up 11 runs on 10 hits over five innings.

Natasha Chavez was 2 for 3 with two singles at the plate for Roswell (12-17). Tiffanie Bolanos scored the lone Coyote run in the third and was 1 for 3 with a double. Senior Marrissa Torres had the only RBI.

College baseball

Midland 9-9, NMMI 4-1

MIDLAND, Texas — NMMI closed out its final season in the Bret Simmermacher era with a pair of losses to Western Junior College Athletic Conference foe Midland, Saturday.

The Broncos let a two-run lead slip away in Game 1 en route to a five-run loss and, in Game 2, fell behind 6-0 through three before falling in seven innings.

Rafael Belloc took the loss in Game 1 and Marshall Dalziel was the losing pitcher in Game 2.

Elvis Perez had a solo home run and a double in Game 1 and Pablo Avila was 3 for 3 with a double.

Simmermacher, who was told in the middle of the season that he would not receive a new contract for 2013, reflected on his final season after the game.

“I really did like our group,” he said. “And we were excited about the recruits we had already signed to go along with what we though we had coming back.

“Then a bomb got dropped on us … with no warning. It was just a bombshell; it came from nowhere. But, I thank (the administration at NMMI) for the opportunity to be the baseball coach at the Institute for the six years I was here.”

The Broncos finished 10-46 overall and 4-28 in WJCAC play in Simmermacher’s final season.

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