EVHS girls Leah DeAguero and Alexis Lovato will play in the state All Stars basketball tournament and Raylynn Quintana in the All Stars volleyball tournament. Valley Daily Post photos
Lady Sundevils Finish High School Careers at All-Star Games
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
There will be one more game for Española Valley High School basketball fans to appreciate the skills of Leah DeAguero and Alexis Lovato as high school players before both continue their careers at Northern New Mexico College in Española this fall. DeAguero and Lovato will be teammates on the North team at the Class 5A-6A North/South All-Star Game Friday (6/9) 8 p.m. at Cibola High School in Albuquerque.
Española’s Leah DeAguero will play for the North in the Class 5A_6A North-South All-Star game Friday at Cibola High School in Albuquerque. Valley Daily Post photo
Teammates since elementary school, DeAguero and Lovato were a potent scoring duo for the Lady Sundevils. As a point guard, DeAguero would look to penetrate the opposition’s defense. When the defenders would be drawn to her, she’d dish the ball off to Lovato.
Using her size and skill at positioning herself in the paint, Lovato would take the ball up strong to the basket. That earned her the nickname “The Beast” from Coach Cindy Roybal. More often than not, Lovato would draw a foul while making the basket. An accurate shooter from the free-throw line, Lovato completed dozens of old-fashioned, three-point plays during her career for the Lady Sundevils.
Española’s Alexis Lovato will play for the North in the Class 5A North-South All-Star game Friday at Cibola High School in Albuquerque. Valley Daily Post photo
When DeAguero wasn’t penetrating, she was an accurate shooter from beyond the three-point arc. That would open up the defense even more for Lovato. When Lovato wasn’t scoring in the paint, she was a beast on the boards and a good interior defender.
Lovato was named First Team All-State in Class 5A. DeAguero earned Second-Team All-State honors.
Española High School volleyball player Raylynn Quintana had to sit out her junior year after suffering a knee injury. She appreciates the opportunity to extend her high school career by one more game after being selected to play for the North team in the Class 5A-6A North/South All-Starvolleyball game at 8 p.m. Thursday (6/8) at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque.
Española’s Raylynn Quintana will play in the Class5A-6A North-South All-Star volleyball game Thursday at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. Valley Daily Post photo
Quintana earned her All-Star status at a position that she previously had not performed at for the Lady Sundevils. Prior to her senior year, Quintana had been an outside hitter. When Española’s experienced setters Celina Naranjo and Nicole Romero graduated, Española was looking for a setter. Quintana stepped up and asked to try the position. Now, instead of hitting, she would be the one delivering the ball to Española’s hitters.
Despite having to learn her new job on the job, Quintana progressed and went on to earn All-District 2-5A honors at the position. She was named to the Class 5A All-State Second Team.