Sports Desk: St. Pius X celebrate signing day with a class of 16

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On the Sports Desk Wednesday, a couple of schools celebrate signing day. At Rio Grande High School, alumni and members of the class of 2019 got together to emphasize the importance of continuing education past high school.

At St. Pius, the Sartans celebrated a class of 16 student-athletes signing letters of intent. KRQE News 13’s Jared Chester took a deeper look and found that the Sartans have been successful in getting 100 student-athletes signed the last seven years. 

“They have done a lot,” said future New Mexico State baseball player Grant Smith. “They have shown us the past few years with these signing events, and as a freshman, I saw it and wanted to be a part of it.”

Also on the Sports Desk, it looks like New Mexico Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be without a ride for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The horse he was supposed to ride, Omaha Beach, has been scratched. Omaha Beach is suffering from entrapped epiglottis, which interferes with the horse’s ability to breath during intense activity.

Meanwhile, Lobo baseball had to settle for a split in a midweek two-game series against Grand Canyon University. The Lobos won the first game by a run on Tuesday. GCU took the finale with a 9-7 victory Wednesday.

Next up, the Belen Eagles have a new football coach. The Valencia News Bulletin is reporting that Ty House, a former Hobbs Eagles assistant, has accepted the job. House replaces Greg Hennington, who left after three seasons to become an offensive coordinator with the Eldorado Eagles.

Finally, Glen Millican and his Mountain West Champion Lobo golf team will find out late Wednesday where they are headed for the NCAA Golf Regionals. “To have as good a year you want to have, you got to be playing past conference,” said Millican. “The only way to get to the national championship is to play well at the regional.”

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