Maiga, Armijo head all-state selections
Just in time for the holidays.
Let the postseason accolades pour in.
On Wednesday, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association finally released its Class 3A all-state teams. All-state teams were unveiled Dec. 13, except for 3A, because the NMHSCA hadn’t received nominations from all 3A districts.
With more than 1,800 rushing yards and 27 TDs, Socorro’s Ibrahim Maiga was a natural selection to head the first-team offense. Maiga, joined on the first team by Warrior brethren Sam Hale, was a two-way selection, getting recognition for his contributions in SHS’ secondary.
“It feels great,” Maiga said. “I am honored that coaches around 3A think of me that highly as a player, especially on both sides of the ball. It’s humbling.”
Hale occupied tight end/slot and garnered second-team as a defensive end.
The first-team backfield was composed of Lovington’s Justin Bromley, Albuquerque Academy’s Alex Harrison and St. Michael’s Salomon Martinez.
State champion Lovington was well-represented with nine players spread almost evenly across the first-team offense and defense. Silver’s Brandon Reese saw his name pop up three times on the first team — as a wide receiver, in the secondary and as a returner. The Fighting Colts had three two-way honorees, including Reese. Linebacker Nevada Bencomo also joined his teammates on the first team.
Ruidoso lineman Warren McCracken and Hot Springs’ Nati Villa were the only other first-teamers from District 3-3A.
Upstart Hope Christian, which lost to St. Mike’s in the semifinals of the state playoffs, was noticeably absent from the first team. Second-teamer Paul Seaton was the only Husky to make the roster.
Bryce Sandoval, Ray Vaiza and Zach Binger were among those on the second-team. Vaiza, used primarily as a running back, was instead a defensive selection. A dual threat, he had 11 touchdowns this season. Sandoval filled out the line, Binger anchoring the place-kicker position. His highlight came against Grants, when he booted a game-winning 39-yard field goal.
Some stocking-stuffers: Maiga, Sandoval, Vaiza and Hale are also on the Class 2A/3A North-South All-Star roster. The game takes place July 14 in Las Vegas at Perkins Stadium.
This is, admittedly, a little overdue. So without further ado, here are the girls all-state selections:
You can’t say “all-state” without mention being made of Socorro’s Dezirae Armijo. She was named to the first team for the fourth consecutive year. Armijo, who accounted for 54 of the Warriors’ 99 goals, was Socorro’s lone representative on the first team.
Hope Christian dominated the first team with four members, including player of the year Erika Nelson, followed by Sandia Prep (three) and Taos (two).
Santa Fe Prep’s Elizabeth “Ziggy” Lanman was voted onto the first team. The piece of defending she did on Armijo had much to do with the Blue Griffins’ second-round upset of the Warriors in the state tournament.
Goalkeeper Tayler Hammack, sweeper Zoe Howell and forward Angelina Stanzione made the second team. Stanzione was the Warriors’ second-leading scorer with 20 goals. JeriAna Contreras was an honorable mention.
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