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‘Beasties’ rise in prep rankings

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Lady Dons volleyball rates as No. 5 team in Class 3A

By Dave Kavanaugh

Several area teams are ranked in the most recent of various statewide polls.

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Robertson girls’ soccer is tied with St. Michael’s for fourth in the Class 1A-3A ranks, according to New Mexico Soccer.com. The Lady Cardinals are 11-2 overall under first-year coach Ian Williamson.

Hope Christian is No. 1, followed by Sandia Prep and Socorro, with RHS and St. Mike’s rounding out the top five.

‘Beastie Girls’ sophomore Caitlin Diefendorf is the second-leading scorer in the state — regardless of classification — with 33 goals and 12 assists, trailing only Socorro’s Dezirae Armijo (48,14).

Robertson senior Elena Martinez (17, 15) and freshman Morgan Diefendorf (18, 8) are also in the top five of point scorers for the class.

West Las Vegas volleyball is No. 5 among Class 3A spikers, as per New Mexico Overtime Sports Center’s coaches’ poll. Coach Mary Bustos’ Lady Dons trail only Portales, Hope Christian, Pojoaque Valley and Silver.

The Mora Rangerettes are No. 10 in the NMOTSC poll of Class 2A volleyball.

Robertson football (2-3) is No. 11 in NM Preps’ ranking of Class 3A. Leroy Gonzalez’s Cardinals have a bye this weekend after a 35-0 win at Capital.

NM Preps has inherited the prep football ratings of record from the New Mexico High School Coaches’ Association.

West Las Vegas (0-5) is No. 16 in the same poll. The Dons put up a fight in last Saturday’s 33-24 loss at Pojoaque (3-2) and host Laguna-Acoma (1-4, ranked 12th in 2A) on Friday.

Notably, defending Class 2A state champion Santa Rosa has cracked the NM Preps’ Top 25, which rates the premier football programs regardless of classification. The Top 25 is chock-full of the big boys from Class 5A and 4A, and the Lions (5-0) are the only team from 2A to be ranked, checking in at No. 25. Santa Rosa is coming off a 49-12 stoppage of Taos, which had been one of the hotter teams in Class 3A.

The highest 3A school in the Top 25 is St. Michael’s (5-0) at No. 13; Silver (4-0) is No. 20.

Goddard (4-0), out of Class 4A, is No. 1 overall.