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More than 30 area athletes get NMHSCA regional slots


January 8, 2020

Numerous area athletes found their way on all-region lists announced by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association in football, soccer and volleyball.

The Association has not announced its North-South All-Star teams, but has stated that only athletes named to regional teams this week will be eligible for selection on the North-South teams.

The North rosters will be pulled from the Northeast and Northwest regional selections, and the South roster will come from the Southeast and Southwest regional picks.

The creation of a regional selection round could fix an annual issues for the association by creating a reserve field for alternates. Withdrawals from the all-star games are routine, as the athletes either get injured or end up with a scheduling conflict.

Selection is limited to seniors.

Football: The Large School Southeast team included seven players from Class 6A semifinalist Clovis and five selections of four players from Class 4A champion Portales. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 5 at the Field of Dreams in Las Cruces.

Selected for the Wildcats were defensive lineman Logan Flores, inside linebacker A.J. Silva, offensive lineman Bryce Cabeldue, outside linebacker Ivan Hamilton, receiver Malik Phillips and defensive backs Brandon Mason and Ethan Culiver.

Portales selections were Philip Blidi at defensive lineman, Wromiah Gbassagee at outside linebacker, Kellan Hightower at receiver, Gbassagee at running back and Jalen Allen at defensive back.

The Small School Southeast Team included 12 area selections. The association has not listed a date or location for the all-star game.

Players selected from eight-man champ Melrose include inside linebacker Jake Pierce, quarterback Tristan Sena and defensive lineman Chazz McAlister. Defensive end Will Haley and running back Colton Ferguson of six-man runnerup Elida were selected to the regional team as well. Class 2A runnerup Texico had four selections — Avonte Bumgardner at defensive lineman, Manuel Loera at kicker, Collin Haakma at offensive lineman and Robby Clauss at defensive end. Fort Sumner selections were defensive linemen Armando Vallejos and JD Candela and receiver Isaiah Padilla.

Soccer: Four area players were selected to the Large School Southeast team, three Clovis and one Portales. The association has not listed a date or location for the all-star game.

Clovis’ Madeline Howalt and Portales’ Mikaela Garza received nods at defender, while Clovis’ Aydann Everett and Sofia Rico were selected at midfielder.

Volleyball: Portales’ Aaliyah Austin was the lone area selection to the Large School Southeast team, while 10 area players were named to the Small School Southeast team.

The games are scheduled for June 4 at Las Cruces High School, with the small-school game at 6 p.m. and the large-school game at 8 p.m.

Southeast team selections include Fort Sumner’s Delaney Oberg at setter; Dora’s Randi Crandall, Texico’s Gemma Martin and Melrose’s Nataley Mondragon at middle blocker; Floyd’s Anahi Chavez, Texico’s Ashley Hill, and Melrose’s Deajha Downey and Brette DeVaney at outside hitter; and Fort Sumner’s Olivia Higgins and Texico’s Macki Bilbrey at defensive specialist.


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