High school spring sports seasons have come to an end, but early June screams “all-star” in the state of New Mexico.
The New Mexico High School Coaches Association will host all-star games in six sports, as well as spirit, from June 7-9 at various locations around Albuquerque.
Locally, Pojoaque Valley High School and McCurdy Charter School will both send two softball players apiece to compete in the Class 1A-4A softball series for the North team, June 8-9, at Lobo Softball Field at the University of New Mexico.
The event is a three-game series, which also includes a home run derby.
The Lady Bobcats who were selected were seniors Zoe Serrano and Maria DeVargas, who is also the daughter of McCurdy baseball head coach Roberto DeVargas.
Lady Bobcats’ head softball coach, Christian Lopez, has also been awarded the right to coach the North team.
“It’s an honor to represent the North and represent McCurdy,” Lopez said. “It’s awesome to be able to watch these two girls play one more game. It’s even better to be able to coach them one last time on the field at this level. Just to be part of this is unbelievable.”
The Elkettes’ heading to Albuquerque are Kaylene Jacquez and Analisa Lovato, who was also selected to play in the 3A/4A all-star volleyball game.
“Analisa is playing in both volleyball and softball, which are both the week of the extravaganza,” Pojoaque head softball coach Ricky DeHerrera said. “She will have to get with both coaches to accommodate both practices.”
He also said Jacquez had a scheduling conflict with a summer class at Northern New Mexico University, but said as far as he knows, both players will be attending.
Lovato wasn’t the only athlete to be selected for two sports, as Escalante High School’s Sarah Hurd will participate in the 1A/2A volleyball and basketball games.
Lady Lobos Makeely Garcia and Rikki Rivas were also selected for volleyball.
The Lobos received the most invitations for the 6-man-2A football game, with a total of 10 players being selected.
Escalante head football coach Dusty Giles said all 10 of the players should participate.
McCurdy defensive lineman Ace Gabrentina will also play in the 3A/4A football game.
Other girls basketball players selected were Tanisha Torrez, Escalante; Maryssa Martin, Mesa Vista; and Shania Thronas from Pojoaque.
All related information, including schedules, rosters, coaches and times and dates can be found on the NMHSCA’s website.