Pojoaque Valley High School’s Michaela Martinez (third from left) signs a National Letter of Intent to attend and play basketball for New Mexico Highlands University May 26 at her home in Chimayo. Martinez graduated from Pojoaque in 2020 as Valedictorian and was the starting point guard for the Elkettes. She earned Class 4A All-State second team honors. Seated with Martinez are: Father Randy Martinez (left), sister Marisa Martinez, Michaela Martinez, mother Gloria Martinez.
By George Morse
Pojoaque Valley High School’s Michaela Martinez will get to continue playing the sport she loves after signing a National Letter of Intent to attend and play basketball at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM during a ceremony attended by family and friends, May 26, at her home in Chimayo.
Martinez was a three-year starter for the Elkettes, playing at guard and forward. Her senior year she took over the point guard position and helped Pojoaque to a 22-9 season. The Elkettes were defeated in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state basketball tournament 65-55 by Highland High School.
For the season, Martinez averaged 14.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per-game. She blocked 36 shots. Martinez was named Player of the Year in District 2-A. She received All-State second team honors for the 2019-2020 season and was named to the North All-Star team. She earned All-District honors in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The daughter of Randy Martinez and Gloria Martinez, Michaela was coached throughout her high school career by her grandfather Seledon Martinez Jr. Her father and mother also served on the coaching staff of the girls basketball and cross country teams.
In addition to playing basketball, Martinez played softball and ran on the cross country team for Pojoaque. She played a variety of positions in softball, including first base and pitcher. She ran varsity on the cross country team since the eighth grade.
Martinez stood out in the classroom, graduating in 2020 as Valedictorian of her senior class. She has been awarded numerous scholarships, including a Presidential scholarship, the Raymond Chavez scholarship from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, the Nelson Gutierrez scholarship, a Zia Credit Union Scholarship and was the first Pojoaque athlete to receive the Athletic Directors Association scholarship.