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Storm stirs up a 1-5A title

In their second year in existence, the Storm collected the first District Championship in the school’s history by defeating the defending state champs , Rio Rancho, the fourth time in four tries this year. Marissa Calvillo led the way with 16 kills and 17 digs and was BIG all night. Courtney Lawson chipped in with […]

Tourney matches to be broadcast

NMAA Volleyball State Championships will be broadcast on KDEF AM 1150 Albuquerque, beginning this Thursday morning.  Here is the broadcast schedule: LIVE! from the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Thurs. 7:00pm-11:00pm Game coverage of 1st round 4A and 5A matches. (teams tbd) Fri. 9:30am-11:30am 4A Quarterfinal Matches. Featuring: Pius, Moriarty & Academy Fri. 1:00 pm-3:00pm 5A […]

Gadsden smokes Cruces for 3-5A title

Given the walloping Cruces put on Mayfield last Thursday, I was a little surprised at the outcome of this game. As many fans in the 3-5A region know, Mayfield, Cruces and Gadsden all have strengths that match up particularly well against their district foes; this season seems to be a bit topsy-turvey as Gadsden has […]

St. Pius wins 5-4A Championship

Photo and story courtesy of Joe Weber St Pius tramples Albuquerque Academy for the third time to win the district 5-4A Championship, 25-16, 25-17, 25-23. St Pius simply over-powered the Chargers in the first 2 games, but Academy fought hard in the third.  They weren’t quite strong enough to win the set. All of the […]

State Brackets Set

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (like me), you may have not seen the brackets released Sunday. Comments? Class 1B Pool A Pool B #1 Elida #2 Carrizozo #4 Hondo Valley #3 Grady #5 Victory Christian #6 Quemado #8 Walatowa Charter #7 Vaughn Class 1A Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D #1 […]

Rio Rancho Bash…so far

Quick updates from pool play: Cleveland splits with Gadsden, drops two to Rio Rancho 25-23, 25-23 Artesia beats Moriarty 25-18, 25-21, and defeats St. Pius 25-18, 25-22 Gadsden splits with Cleveland 25-21, 21-25, splits with St. Pius. UPDATE: Gadsden finishes the rest of the day with sweeps over Rio Rancho, Pojoaque and Moriarty.

2010 Sweet 16 quick notes

Some quick observations on the teams I saw during this years Sweet 16 tournament. Gadsden Panthers Gadsden played like the number one team in the state. There’s no official tournament MVP, but Nathalie Castellanos could easily have earned the honor. Castellanos typically is a threat, but I’ve never seen her play so consistently and dominating […]

Gadsden on top at Sweet 16

Congrats to the Gadsden Panthers, who won the 2010 Sweet Sixteen Tournament this weekend. The Panthers beat Mayfield in three straight sets, in a hard-fought match Saturday afternoon. “I thought it was a great tournament with a solid field. We are proud to win the Sweet Sixteen Championship for Gadsden High,” said head coach Al […]

Sweet 16 day one

I missed the pool play of the Sweet 16 tournament this morning, but caught up with the teams as the brackets began. I caught El Paso defeat Roswell, Mayfield beat Ruidoso, Artesia over Carlsbad in four sets, and Gadsden beat Las Cruces in four sets. All in all, a great day for volleyball!