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Athletic Hall of Honor & Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Know a La Cueva graduate who is worthy of the La Cueva Hall of Fame?  If so, please fill out the Nomination Form and return.

Hall of Honor

The following La Cueva graduates have been recommended to the Hall of Honor and for possible future selection to the Hall of Fame.

Class of 1988
Jennifer Woodcock, Melissa Wainwright, Heath Spence

Class of 1989
Heidi Anderson

Class of 1991
Nicole Highfill, Ronnie Meng, Bryon Joyce

Class of 1993
Matt Simmons, Jamie Smith

Class of 1994
Brian Donahue

Class of 1995
Anna Tuttle

Class of 1996
Cindy Stefanco

Class of 1997
Lauren Woodward, Troy Danoff, Chris Sorenson

Class of 1998
Jessica Wolfe

Class of 2001
Stacey Maron

Class of 2002
Beky Preston, Jeff Rowland

La Cueva Athletic Hall of Fame


Nicole Highfill, 1991, Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field.  LCHS and APS Athlete of the Year, NSCAA All-American, Gatorade Circle of Champions, University of Portland 2 Years, UNM 2 Years, Soccer News All-American, Played Semi-Pro soccer and coached club soccer. Degrees: Physical Therapy / Psychology

Brian Joyce, 1991, 4 year Basketball letterman at LC, State Champion/State Runner-up, team leader in scoring, assists, and steals.  McDonald's All-American nominee, All-State, All-District, All-City, All-Tournament. Full scholarship Idaho State. JC All-Region, school record in assists. At Oklahoma Christian College Brian set conference record for 3 pt scoring. 19 years as a college coach. Asst. Professor at Liberty University and Athletic Director at Timberlake Christian School.

Melissa Wainwright Bryant, 1991, Soccer and Basketball, First Team All-District and All-State in Soccer and Basketball.  Basketball District Player of the Year.  Attended the US Air Force Academy played basketball 1st year at Prep school and 4 years of soccer at the Academy.  Team Captain and 1st team All-Conference. Air Force Security Forces officer for 6 years. Retired Captain USAF

Matt Simmons, 1993, Football State Champions, All-State first team Cornerback and Running Back, Track State Champion in the 100 and 200, High Point scorer in state meet, APS Athlete of the Year. USA Today Honorable Mention All American. fFootball scholarship to UNM.  Youth football and speed training coach, Co-invented “Silk Feet,” authored book “My lips are Moving.”

Cindy Stefanko, 1996, Cross Country and Track for 4 years. Won State 800 as a sophomore, junior, and senior. Held 800 city record for 10 years. Diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 1996.  After surgery and treatments ran XC, Indoor and Outdoor Track at University of Texas. Academic All-Big 12 Track team. Vice-President of Operations Asian Urgent Care Development

Troy Danoff, 1997, 3 letters Football and Basketball, 1 letter Track.  First Team All-District and All-City and All-American Student Sports Magazine.  Selected to play in the HS All-American Bowl in Florida.  3 years starting center at UCLA, captain, and MVP offensive player senior year.  Selected to play in College All-Star game the Paradise Bowl. Currently a managing director at Prudential.

Frank R. Castillo, Coach, 1986 – Current:  Only Basketball coach LC has had.  NMHSCA 3 times, NMAA Hall of Honor, 2 Section 6 COY, National Finalist COY 2 times, APS Coach of Year, NMHSCA Level 4 award, NM Sports Hall of Fame 2016, 5 State Championships, Over 590 wins at LCHS.  Total wins over 700.

Matt Henry, Coach, 1986 – 1999:   5 State Titles in Cross Country and 5 State Titles in Track.  30 District Championships.  NHSCA National COY Boys Track and Field. University of New Mexico Head Cross Country and Track Coach. MWC Coach of the Year in Track and Cross Country.  ABQ Sports Hall of Fame Coach of the Year.  NM Sports hall of Fame inductee.

Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2017

Sara Bastian, 1996, 7 State Championship Teams / 3 year Varsity Starter Soccer / State Defender of the Year 1995 / All-State Soccer / Swimming and Diving / 3rd State Diving / Soccer Trinity University / Baylor Graduate / Mission Trip to Beijing, China / Organized-Coached Girls Soccer in Cape Verde, Africa:  Peace Corps / Mission trip to Honduras to coach Girls Soccer / Passed away September 2013


Shelly Chilcoat Schlagel, 1989, Golf:  NM High School State Champion 1989 / Tribune Lighthouse award winner 1989 / Golfer of the Year 1989 / College Golf:  Full scholarship University of NM 1989-1994. 4 year letter award winner, All-Mountain West Conference, Mountain West championship team / Academic All-American 1993-1994 / Academic All-Conference 1992-1994 / Assistant Golf coach UNM 2007-09 / LPGA teaching pro since 1995 / Pro at Canyon Club


Kelly Dix Dunbar, 1989, La Cueva Athlete of the Year / Cross-Country / Basketball / Track and Field.  Member of State XC team 1988 / Basketball State Championship at Eldorado High School as a freshman / Moved to La Cueva with first class / Biggest win after high school was the Duke City Marathon


Jeff Kiraly, 1991, Football / Baseball / New Mexico Player of the Year and High School All-American / Full ride scholarship to Arizona State / Drafted by New York Mets / Drafted by Pro baseball out of high school / 7 years pro baseball / Owner Ultimate Dug-out West / High shool coach Piedra Vista, Farmington


Jesse Larson Dixon, 1996, La Cueva Athlete of the Year / Soccer - 2 time High School All-American and New Mexico Player of the Year / 4 year letter winner and starter at Harvard, team captain / Inductee into Harvard Athletic hall of Fame / Played in the WUSSA


Richie Louis, 1990, Soccer New Mexico Player of the year and All-American / Tribune Player of the Year / 3 varsity letters / lead team to 3rd place in 1988 and State Championship in 1989 / First Team All-State and All-District 88 and 89 / Full ride scholarship and 4-year starter at University Nevada Las Vegas / Played semi-pro for New Mexico Chiles / 1 year La Cueva Baseball


Kent Messer, 1992, La Cueva Athlete of the Year / 3 years Football / 3 years Baseball / College baseball Emporia State University / Highlands Park High School, TX:  Coached Clayton Kershaw and Mathew Stafford / Middle school principal


Max Wade, 1993, La Cueva Athlete of the Year / Football / Basketball / Track and Field/ Baseball (All-American and Player of the Year) / Air Force Academy Scholarship (career ending injury freshman year) and military service / Max and his wife Michelle started Galloping Grace Youth Ranch in Albuquerque.  The purpose is to "Bring pure joy to children."

Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2016

Kurston McMurry, class of 1990, was a multi-sport letterman in soccer, basketball, and baseball.  He was the Albuquerque Public Schools Male Athlete of the Year and he played baseball at San Diego State University.  Kurston is a lawyer living in Tulsa with his wife Paige and 3 children.


Brian Hayden, class of 1990, was a High School All-American basketball player and APS Basketball player of the year.  He played basketball at the University of New Mexico and later played professional basketball in Europe.  Brian is a high school counselor in Phoenix.


Tammy Pearman, class of 1991, lettered in track as well as soccer.  She played soccer at George Mason University and was selected and played for the US National Soccer Team.  Tammy is a service delivery manager for SAP and lives in Northern Virginia with her 4-year-old daughter.


Nikki Knutson Wall, class of 1993, lettered in soccer, basketball, and track.  She was the Maloof Scholarship winner for the top APS scholar-athlete, the NM Soccer Player of the Year, and a NSCAA Soccer All-American.  She played soccer at the University of New Mexico and then professionally in Rome.  Nikki is an attorney/medical rep and lives in Albuquerque with her husband Chris and 2 children.


AJ Bramlett, class of 1995, was a four-year basketball letterman and played on the National NCAA Basketball Championship team at the University of Arizona.  He was later drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and played for 9 seasons.  A J is the founder of Run the Walk and the Director of Basketball Operations, he lives in Albuquerque with his 2 children.


Mindy Mizell Galey, class of 1996, was a track and cross country letterman.  She was a high school and collegiate All American at the University of Oklahoma.  Mindy is a media relations director for the American Red Cross and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Travis Galey.


Leslie Hammond Riegel, class of 1996, lettered in cross country as well as swimming.  She was a High School All American and APS Athlete of the Year.  She swam for Northwestern University and was also an Olympic qualifier.  Leslie is a freelance writer and editor living in Taos with husband Ryan, 1 child and expecting child number 2 in April.


Nick Andrews, class of 1997, lettered in both soccer and basketball.  He was a Maloof Scholar-Athlete winner and La Cueva Boys Athlete of the Year.  He played basketball at the University of New Mexico.  Nick is a doctor and assistant professor at UNM Health Sciences in Albuquerque, and lives with his wife Addie and 3 children.


Alaena Chilson, class of 1999, was a multi-sport letter recipient in volleyball, track & field, and a state champion in diving and was the APS Female Athlete of the Year.  She attended Baylor University and later coached volleyball at Hill College.  Alaena lives in Albuquerque and is a marketing executive for Federated Insurance.


Amy Warner, class of 2000, lettered in soccer as well as track and was the New Mexico State Champion in the 100 meters as well as the two-time Tribune Athlete of the Year.  In addition, Amy was a High School and College All American soccer player at Notre Dame.  Amy is a medical rep with Eli Lilly and lives in Albuquerque with her husband Jay Fankin and 3 children.


Nick Speegle, class of 2000, was class President, as well as a letterman in track and football.  He played football at the University of New Mexico and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, where he played for 2 seasons in the NFL.  Nick is a doctor of chiropractic, living in Albuquerque with wife Jamie and 2 children.


Doug Zembiec, class of 1991, was a two-time State Champion in wrestling and was an All-American wrestler at the Naval Academy. Doug was a La Cueva athlete who ran cross country and wrestled.  He was also a Naval Academy graduate, US Marine, and War Hero who made the ultimate sacrifice when he lost his life in Iraq.  Major Zembiec is known as the "Lion of Fallujah".