Rio Rancho VolleyBash

The 2nd Annual RRHS/CHS VOLLEYBASH will be held at Rio Rancho High School on September 23-24, 2011. A field of top NM 5A/4A/3A volleyball teams will begin pool play at 10 A.M. at RRHS on Friday, September 23rd. The Gold and Silver brackets will be held at Rio Rancho High School (Silver) & Cleveland High School … Read more

How Sweet It Is

With their Gatorade Player of the Year and All American sitting in the crowd and another hitter on the bench, the Panthers managed to best the Bulldogs in five sets, with a gutsy comeback, 19-25, 22-25, 29-27, 25-22, 17-15. The championship match, pitting 2010 5A state champs against the 4A state champs, saw a tour-de-force … Read more

Gadsden State Champs

Congrats to Gadsden for pulling off the big win over Cleveland on Saturday night, 23-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-19, in a hard fought battle in front of a great crowd. Al Rosen, Gadsden’s head coach, went to his best weapon, Nathalie Castellanos, early and often. Although it took Gadsden a set to get warmed up, they … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Q&A with Gadsden’s Al Rosen

Al Rosen is the head coach of the Gadsden Panthers and El Paso Wildfire Volleyball Club. A transplant from Hawai’i, Rosen is a lifelong student of the game. A straight shooter with high expectations of his players, he has found a consistency and success that eludes many of his colleagues; in 2010 the Wildfire was … Read more