Area athletes participate in all-star competition over weekend

CNJ staff

Several 2006 area high school graduates participated in New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star games over the weekend.

In Class 4A-5A baseball at Las Cruces, Clovis High’s Shane Shallenberger coached the South All-Stars to a three-game sweep of the North, with help from two of his players — infielder Sean Cruce and outfielder Matt Ulibarri.

The South won Friday’s opener 8-1, then posted 8-3 and 13-3 victories in Saturday’s contests.

Cruce went 1-for-3 with three walks in the series while Ulibarri was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base to end their high school careers. Both players played the first and third games of the series.

Cruce and Ulibarri signed to play baseball at Eastern New Mexico University.

“It was a good way to go out,” Cruce said. “It was a good time meeting all those kids.

“We came in there and played well. Our pitchers really threw well.”

At Western New Mexico University in Silver City, the South won the Class 1A-2A football matchup 21-20 on Saturday, holding off a two-point conversion try by the North with four seconds left in the game.

Five Texico players participated for the South squad — quarterback Zane Anderson, running back Eddy Segovia and linemen Michael Johnson, Aaron Vaughan and Zack Morgan. Meantime, five Fort Sumner players were members of the North roster — lineman Stephen Gallegos, quarterback Derek Dimitroff, running back Jeremy Gauna, linebacker Richard Canales and defensive back Ryan Fikany.

Trailing 21-14, Dimitroff threw a 6-yard TD pass to Michael Riddle of Questa in the closing seconds to get the North close. On the conversion try, though, Dimitroff’s pass was intercepted by Hatch’s Roy Hackey.

The South led 14-0 after one quarter, but the North pulled even as Dimitroff threw TD passes to Riddle and Fikany in the second stanza.

Dimitroff finished 9-of-21 passing, blocked a field goal and was credited with eight tackles on defense. Fikany caught two passes for 100 yards.

Gallup hosted a girls basketball doubleheader on Saturday, with Clovis High’s Aimee Hilburn and Brittany Blackmon helping the South win the Class 4A-5A contest 79-50 after the North rallied for a 59-55 victory in the Class 1A-2A matchup.

Hilburn scored 10 points and Blackmon nine in the large-school clash. The South rolled to a 24-8 lead after one quarter and was never seriously challenged.

Most Valuable Player awards in the game went to Silver’s Talmai Aguirre (26 points) for the South and Rio Rancho’s Stevie Puentes (16 points) for the North.

In the small-school contest, the North erased a nine-point halftime deficit by outscoring the South 24-13 in the third period. Grady’s Heather Blackburn scored three points for the North, which was led by MVP Stephanie Silvas of Dexter (18 points).

Fort Sumner’s Lindsay Mansell scored seven points for the South, while Elida’s Kodi Armitage had five points and Texico’s Stephanie Bailey scored three. Texico’s Lori Richardson did not score, but also played for the South.

Justina George of Ramah (12 points), was named the North’s MVP.