ALAMOSA– From June 6-10, Adams State University was the site of the 61st annual Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) All-State Games. It marked the seventh consecutive year for Adams State University as host of the weeklong event.
Game action began with softball on Wednesday, June 7, and the week concluded with championships for boys basketball, girls basketball, and volleyball on Saturday, June 10.
The CHSCA All-State Games featured 19 student-athletes from the San Luis Valley (SLV) and one coach.
Three-time state wrestling champion Isaiah DeLaCerda from Alamosa opened up the action for the San Luis Valley wrestling at 113 pounds. DeLaCerda, who also was a three-time state cross country champion and had a storied track and field history that included three straight 4x800 meter championships, was in the state title match all four years of his high school career. The son of Ronda and Peter DeLaCerda was coached by Gary Ramstetter. He will be attending college in the fall.
Immediately following the wrestling match, Plachy Hall and Alamosa High School hosted basketball semifinals.
On the boys’ side, four were represented all from four different schools.
Sargent’s Justin Johnson and Center’s Jorge Venzor were representing the White Team, Sierra Grande’s Derek Lucero representing the Red Team while Alamosa’s Ryan Brubacher donned the colors of the Blue Team.
Also representing the SLV was Mean Moose Head Coach Brandon Brubacher, who was a coach for the Blue Team.
Johnson, the son of Jeff Johnson and Stacey Plane, plans on attending Colorado Mesa University and has been named All-State honorable mention in football.
Venzor, the son of Liz and Jorge Venzor was named an All-State honorable mention player for the Center Vikings.
Lucero, the son of Matt Lucero and Kim Archuleta, recently played in the first-ever Six-Man All-State game and was an all-conference player as he participated in four sports his senior year.
Ryan Brubacher, the son of Tiffany and Brandon Brubacher, was named the Intermountain League Player of the Year an impressive three times.
Brandon Brubacher has 15 years of coaching experience and has been named the Intermountain League coach of the year three times. As a head coach, including stints at Sangre de Cristo, Brubacher has made five appearances into the Elite Eight including a second place finish in 2016.
There were also four girls representing the SLV on the hardwood as Monte Vista’s Danielle Chacon played for the Red Team, Del Norte’s Bailey Jones and Antonito’s Tyanna Sanchez played for the Blue Team, and Sargent’s Quincy Lester played on the Black Team.
Chacon, the daughter of David and Mary Chacon, will be attending Adams State University in the fall and was a two-time Intermountain League all-conference performer for the Pirates.
Jones, the daughter of Mark and Jody Jones, will attend Fort Lewis in the fall and was named the 2015-16 Southern Peaks League MVP.
Sanchez, the son of Monica & Glen DeHerrera will look to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. She was an All-Conference member for the SPL.
Lester, the daughter of Don Wenta and Tonya Metz, will be attending Rocky Mountain College in the fall. She was named the Southern Peaks League Player of the Year.
On Friday night, two Farmers, who also represented the San Luis Valley at the 8-Man All-State Football game in Sterling recenlty, were on the gridiron in Rex Stadium. Sargent’s Esteban Aguilera and Justin Hasci both played for the South Team.
Aguilera, the son of Maria and Ubaldo Aguilera, will be attending UC-Colorado Springs.
Hasci will make Rex Stadium a permanent home as he signed a National Letter of Intent earlier this academic year to continue his playing career for the Grizzlies. The son of Jeff and Rhyan Hasci, Justin was named the All-Valley Football Player of the Year twice and was an All-State performer.
Action started bright and early on Saturday in Cole Park with the cross country races. Only one girl from the Valley represented as Alamosa’s Isabelle ter Kuile ran.
Ter Kuile, the daughter of Nutschka ter Kuile, was a member of Alamosa High School’s state championship team in 2014, a year that Alamosa won both boys’ and girls’ titles.
On the boys’ side, four Mean Moose runners took part; Oscar Martinez, Caleb Berlinger, Caleb Palmer and Miguel Baltzar capped off their prep careers just like they started, running in Cole Park. All four were members of Alamosa’s three-time cross country championship run.
Berlinger, the son of Nick and Alicia Berlinger, plans on attending West Texas A&M and run cross country and track.
Martinez, the son of Erika Martinez, will be attending Adams State University in the fall and he really made an impact in track and field. He was a member of Alamosa’s three straight 4x800 meter titles and this past season he won the individual 800 meter title in 1:55.
Baltazar, the son of Nicolas Mateo and Eulalia Diego, will attend Trinidad State Junior College in the fall and has been an All-State cross country selection.
Palmer, the son of Kip and Lucy Palmer, will be going on an LDS mission before attending college. He was a three-time All-State runner in cross country.
Last but certainly not least, are the volleyball players. Three were selected to play and they all played on the White Team. The players are Alamosa’s Shannon Cody, Sierra Grande’s Antoinette Archuleta and Del Norte’s Devin Dallas.
Cody, the Alamosa High School salutatorian, is the daughter of Shawn and Marsha Cody. She will be attending the University of Kansas in the fall after she has been named an All-State member in volleyball.
Archuleta, the daughter of Thomas Archuleta and Stephanie Trujillo, will attend Adams State University in the fall and was an All-State performer.
Dallas, is the daughter of Dan and Kathrine Dallas. She will play college volleyball after she was named the 2016 Southern Peaks League Volleyball MVP.