Locals looking forward to NM all-star game

Locals looking forward to NM all-star game

FRUITLAND, N.M.

A long list of local athletes were selected to compete in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association 2019 All-Star games, which will take place beginning this weekend and well into next weekend.

The girls’ and boys’ basketball games begin tomorrow and will run through Saturday. The softball and baseball games will begin Monday and run through Tuesday (June 3-4) and the volleyball and football games start on Friday and will run through Saturday (June 7-8).

Athletes from the Four Corners area and Santa Fe and Albuquerque will compete in the all-star games, which will take place at various locations throughout Albuquerque.

Newcomb senior KelKenny Watchman, one of the few selected for multiple sports – football and basketball – said he’s been itching to play basketball and is looking forward to his final high school games.

“I feel really excited, because I’ve been off basketball for awhile,” he said. “And that I’m supporting Newcomb and representing my family.”

Watchman and teammate Shannon Bitsilly were the only Newcomb basketball players selected for the Northwest Small-School boys team.

However, Watchman was also selected to play in the football all-stars game, which came as a shock to Watchman. He said nonetheless, he’s planning to make the most of the experiences.

“I was surprised because I’m not really good in football,” he said. “(I’m looking forward to) making new friends and playing with other people I don’t know.”

Bitsilly said he was surprised by the selection. He said for him its not just about playing basketball.

“It’s an honor to be selected for the all-star,” he said. “To represent my community and where I come from. I’m looking forward to the competition.”


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About The Author

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at sunnie@navajotimes.com or via cell at (505) 686-0769.