Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Prep Football Big Story of Year.(Sports)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

Rams, Vikings, Sartans Make State Playoffs

2000 in review

During the second half of 2000, the lights went out in Rio Rancho twice prep football was huge, and the Tour returned to Santa Ana Golf Course for a second consecutive year.

The $425,000 New Mexico Classic, contested Oct. 5-8 and won by Jason Gore, was the last event to be held at Santa Ana. Next year it is due to be played at the sprawling Twin Warriors Golf Club just north of Santa Ana a course being touted as New Mexico's first true destination desert resort course. But lagging attendance could threaten the tournament's longevity.

In August, realignment became a reality for New Mexico's high schools, as a new classification, AAAAA, went into effect. District 1AAAAA included Cibola, Valley, West Mesa and Rio Rancho. Included in the shake-up are new methods for determining state champions in volleyball, basketball and baseball. This includes a regional sandwiched between district tournaments and state tournaments.

One of the strangest stories of 2000 took place on a mundane Friday night at Rio Rancho High School just after Labor Day.

On Sept. 8, the Rams were playing powerhouse Artesia and trailed the Bulldogs 21-0 at halftime. …

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