By Arnie Leshin
Well, that’s good, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association has announced its Northeast All-Regional senior boys and girls basketball teams, but no dates, and hopefully they will resolve this problem without the threat of coronavirus.
Until then, these large and small-school hoops will be only names, 15 named to four teams and a dozen to be chosen from practices, but no dates there either. If and when they do play, the northeast large schools consisting of 4A and 5A will face one of the three other regional lineups. Same with the small schools in 2A and 3A.
Capital’s boys, who reached the 5A championship game, placed three that features 5-foot-11 All-State wing Antonio “T.J”. Sanchez, 5-7 guard Brandon Saiz, and 6-4 Chano Herrera. The Jaguar girls placed guards Alyssa Martinez and Darlene Cassados, the head coach’s daughter. That totals five players, the most for any school.
Pecos’ four-time state boys champions placed three with the trio of 2A All-State players in 6-2 Ismael Villegas, 5-11 Xavier and 5-8 Anthony Armijo. The Panther girls are represented by Desiree Sena. That brings them four, the same as Robertson, which had its boys Antonio Padilla, Santiago Gonzales, and Julius Vaughn selected along with the Cardinals’ lone girl in Tessa Ortiz.
Los Alamos and West Las Vegas had three players named, Gavin Campos of the Hilltopper boys and Natalie Gallegos and Rebecca Green of the girls. The Dons placed Jon Barizan and Estevan Gonzales from the boys and the girls’ Sklin Morgan.
Santa Fe High did not have any girls chosen, but its boys placed guards Carlos Dassaro and Jordan Campos.
St. Michael’s Thomas Wood was selected, although for personal reasons, he didn’t play in the late regular season or in the post-season. The Lady Horsemen had Carisa Padilla named. Santa Fe Indian School did not have a boy picked, but the girls did get Hunter Garcia and Franki Masestes-Chavez chosen.
Pojoaque Valley had two girls making the rosters in Ashten Nicholas and Martine Martinez, but no boys.