All-District football team named, Taos gets six nods from coaches


Six from the Taos Tigers football team received All-District honors for their efforts in their respective positions at the end-of-the season coaches meeting held Nov. 6.

Making this year’s list was senior quarterback, Jude Suazo; senior lineman, Amos Duran; senior tight-end, Santiago Cortez; senior wide-receiver, Mateo Sisneros; senior lineman, Aidan Leblanc and senior lineman, Shane Martínez.

This is the second year in a row that Suazo, Duran and Cortez have received All-District honors.

Now that the 2017 football season has officially concluded with the state championships wrapping up Dec. 2, the All-State teams and the North-South All-Stars are set to be named. Meetings are slated to take place in the coming week to make those selections, and Taos will find out if any of its players will be recognized as such.

2-4A All-District Honors

Coach of the Year: Joey Fernández

District Co-MVP: Joey Fernández (St. Mike’s) and Arjay Ortiz (Robertson)

Offensive MVP: Antonio Gabaldon (St. Mike’s)

Defensive MVP: Darian Duran (Robertson)

2017 All-District Team 

St. Michael’s Horsemen:

Antonio Gabaldon, Joey Fernández, Shawn Roybal,Tayo Regenold, Miguel Montoya, Miguel Arellano, Israel Chavez, Jeremiah Jacquez, Estevan Archuleta, Alejandro Talamantes, Luke Kastendieck

Robertson Cardinals:

Arjay Ortiz, Darian Duran, Brooks Pavlic, J.M. Dominguez, Jacob Gamel, Brandon Lucero, Antonio Padilla, Santiago Gonzales, Richard Armijo

West Las Vegas:

Steve Sandoval, Gabe Duran, David Balizan, Antonio Bustamante, Cassius Trujillo, John Balizan, Estevan Gonzales

Taos Tigers:

Santiago “Saint” Cortez, Jude Suazo, Amos Duran, Shane Martínez, Mateo Sisneros, Aidan Leblanc

Bernalillo Spartans:

Aron Neely, Josh Fosnock, Andre Bethea, Ayden Madrid, Damian Gutierrez, Adam Abeyta

Pojoaque Valley Elks:

Ben Lujan, Michael Ciddio, Michael Aguilar, Sterlin Martínez

Santa Fe Indian School Braves:

Did not attend meeting, thus no players recognized.