2009 Year in Review: NMAA’s big decisions had a big impact on LA sports scene

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By Mike Cote

While the New Mexico Activities Association is based in Albuquerque, the impact of its decisions were felt in every corner of the state in 2009, including right here in Los Alamos.

From its realignment proposals and edits earlier this year to its stunning mid-year decision to suspend athletic activities throughout the state, the NMAA grabbed some big headlines this past year.

By this time next year, Los Alamos High School will have a new opponent in District 2AAAA in Santa Fe High. Santa Fe will replace Taos, which drops down to Class AAA following this academic year, which ends in May.

In early drafts of the proposed redistricting, Santa Fe was slated to replace Bernalillo, which would’ve moved into the Albuquerque metro area-centered District 6.

The once-and-future district rivals Los Alamos and Santa Fe have already faced off on several occasions in several sports and so far the Blue Demons have given the Hilltoppers a decent run for their money, although whether the Demons, one of the perennial  doormats of most Class 5A sports, can sustain that into 2010 remains to be seen.

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