A number of area athletes were named to the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s All-State and All-Star teams.

Current and recently-graduated student athletes are named to various All-State and All-Star teams based on cumulative district rankings and votes by New Mexico high school coaches, according to NMHSCA executive director, Buster Mabrey.

The annual North-South All-Star games comprise five different sports and feature the top recently-graduated athletes from around the state. The All-Star games are played in June and July.

All-State honors, grouped as first team—the highest recognition—or second team, are awarded to top student athletes in grades 9 through 12.

Recent graduate Adam Lujan, who scored more than 30 touchdowns last season, was one of several Estancia Bears to earn All-State and All-Star recognition. File photo.

Recent graduate Adam Lujan, who scored more than 30 touchdowns last season, was one of several Estancia Bears to earn All-State and All-Star recognition. File photo.

Recent Estancia High graduates Adam Lujan, Gabe Garcia, Trevor Noblitt, and Caleb Ortiz were all selected to represent the North squad in Friday’s Class 3A/4A North-South All-Star football game at Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School.

Lujan, Noblitt and Ortiz, along with former Bears teammates Zeke Tapia, Carlos Parra, and Matthew Urban, all earned Class 3A All-State first-team offensive honors.

Lujan, Ortiz and Garcia, along with Daniel Luna also earned All-State first-team defensive honors. Isiah Chavez was named to the 3A All-State second-team defense.

Other recent Estancia graduates selected to play on All-Star teams are Leanne Calhoon and Lynsey Plant in the 1A/4A North-South softball three-game series that starts Friday at Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School; and Matthew Urban in the 3A/4A North-South boys basketball game Saturday at Santa Ana Star Center.

East Mountain resident and recent Sandia Prep grad Dustin Gaddis was named to the North squad in the 3A/4A North-South boys basketball game.

Recent Moriarty High graduate Allen Michel was selected to the North squad in the Class 5A/6A North-South All-Star football game July 27 at Community Stadium in Albuquerque.

Michel also earned 5A All-State second-team offensive honors as a running back and punter, and made the second-team defense as a defensive end and linebacker.

Michel’s former teammates Santiago Mora and Daniel Anaya made the 5A All-State second-team: Mora as an offense lineman and Anaya as a defensive lineman.

Other Moriarty athletes to earn All-State and All-Star honors are recent grad Jake Flaming to the 5A boys basketball All-State second team, and Alyssa Adams to the 5A girls basketball All-State second team; graduates Nick Young and Antonio Mora were named to the North squad in the 5A/6A North-South baseball three-game series beginning Friday in Las Cruces.

Manzano’s Jordan Byrd was named to the 5A/6A All-State first-team defense as a punt returner.

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