The Rio West area was well represented Friday as coaches announced the Class 5A All-State baseball teams. Volcano Vista senior second baseman/pitcher Andre Vigil was chosen the Player of the Year. Rio Rancho’s Ron Murphy was Coach of the Year. Vigil was on the 5A first team, along with Rio Rancho third baseman Brandon Garcia, Rams’ catcher Marcus Martinez, Rio Rancho pitcher Brendan Wanchek, Cibola pitcher Phil Trujillo and Volcano Vista utility player Cameron Fite. Area players on the All-State second team were Volcano Vista shortstop Brock Sullivan, West Mesa utility Luis Ledezma and Rio Rancho outfielder Eddy Vasquez. No Class 4A All-State team was released to the Journal on Friday.
All-District teams for baseball and softball have been announced, as well. Here are the first-team selections from area schools: BASEBALL: Volcano Vista’s Vigil was named the District 1-5A Player of the Year, and the Hawks’ Kevin Andersh is the Coach of the Year. Other Hawks on the first team were Sullivan, outfielder Josh Day and Fite. Class 5A state champion Rio Rancho was represented on the first team by Vasquez, Wanchek, Garcia and Martinez. Trujillo of Cibola was named to the first team at pitcher and first base. His teammate Drew Janis was a first-team outfielder. Cleveland’s lone first-team choice was shortstop Kevin Kilcommons, who shared honors with Volcano Vista’s Sullivan. Valley and West Mesa both had two players on the District 5-5A squad. Steven Bishop and Davi Mondragon were chosen from the Vikings, with Ledez ma and Marco Manjarrez going from the Mustangs. In District 5-4A, St. Pius players on the All-District first team were third baseman Andrew Muhlberger, catcher Adam Baros, outfielder Cody Bower, pitcher Kent Keeling anddesignated hitter Kendrick Sanchez. First-team selections from Bernalillo in District 2-4A were outfielder Aaron Griffith, infielder/pitcher Adam Chavez and shortstop/catcher/pitcher Izzy Chavarria.