This week high school spring baseball, softball, tennis, golf, track & field arrive with comfortable weather
It's the last of the four seasons as basketball winds down with the state tournament
By ARNIE LESHIN
Welcome in high school baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track and field, you've got the weather in your favor this week.
Only the state basketball tournament remains in winter sports The spring teams have already gotten underway, baseball and softball to the fields, tennis to the courts, golf to the links, and track and field off and running.
And the weather outside is cooperating.
For the next seven days, sunny skies are in the forecast. Today, a high of 50, tomorrow a high of 54, Saturday a high of 59, Sunday is an off day but 57 degrees makes for a nice day outdoors with family and friends, and then its 52 early next week.
Not exactly temperatures for T-shirts and shorts, sun tan lotion or jumping into an outdoor pool, but for early March it is fine not to see snow, cloudy skies or windy conditions.
Today, it's baseball time with St. Michael's, under new head coach Augustine Ruiz, and Los Alamos playing at the Albuquerque St. Pius X Invitational. This will continue on Friday and Saturday.
Saturday, there's more hardball action. Santa Fe High plays host to Espanola Valley in a doubleheader scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., but these times are not usually accurate when the opening game runs long.
At Las Vegas Robertson, Capital High pays a visit for a twin bill slated for noon and 2 p.m. And the St. Pius X Invitational winds up.
Two softball games are on the Saturday menu.
Santa Fe High heads for Miyamura in Gallup for a doubleheader with scheduled times of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., which sounds more accurate than 11 and 1, and St. Pius X travel up to Los Alamos for a DH that is listed for 10 a.m. and noon.
Tennis anyone? On the courts Friday will be St. Michael's and Los Alamos serving and volleying in El Paso, Tex., at the Chapin tournament, with 8 a.m. the starting time.
Golf doesn't tee off until later this month.
At Capital, the head coaches are Johnny Glaze back at baseball, Sig Rivera at softball, Patrick Tolen at girls and boys tennis, and Rita Vigil at track and field.
Two new head coaches at St. Michael's.
Augustine Ruiz takes over the baseball team and Billy Perdue the same with the softball program.
Jeremy Garcia is still the girl's tennis coach, with former head coach, Vlad King, as the associate head coach of the girls. Drew McDermott remains as coach of boy's tennis, and in golf, Tom Manning and Geno Torres are co-coaches of boy's golf, Robin Martinez again coaching the girls, and Joey Fernandez track and field.
At Santa Fe High, long-time track and field coach Peter Graham returns, as does Tony Martinez as baseball coach, Randy Montoya with softball, Bonnie Rogers with girls and boys tennis and Richard Oellien with girls and boys golf.
As for track and field, there's a pair of events on Saturday. Santa Fe High, Capital and Pojoaque Valley compete at the Los Lunas Invitational, starting time 9 a.m., and Los Alamos will be at the Albuquerque Academy Chile Quad Invitational that begins at 10 a.m.
Track and field teams are at Indian School, Santa Fe High, Capital, ATC, Santa Fe Prep, Desert Academy, Pecos and Pojoaque.
Santa Fe High, St. Michael's, Desert Academy and Capital are the four golf programs.
In tennis, it's Capital, Desert Academy, Santa Fe High, St. Michael's, Pecos and Santa Fe Prep.
In the softball lineup are Capital, St. Michael's, Santa Fe High, Santa Fe Indian School, Pecos and Pojoaque.
Baseball lines up with St. Michael's, Capital, Santa Fe Prep, Santa Fe Indian School, Santa Fe High, Pojoaque, Pecos and Academy of Technology and The Classics.