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Several schools have been around as long as Sandia High, but the Albuquerque school trumps almost everyone in one area: The Matadors have earned a state championship in every team sport.

Check it out in the Roll Call of State Championships…

 

Football
1976…Sandia is cream of the crop in Class 4A after Matadors, led by coach Jim Ottmann, beat Mayfield 23-6 in title game

Volleyball
1973…The state’s first-ever championship volleyball match is held and it’s Sandia that knocks off Rio Grande in three games for the crown

Boys Soccer
1992…Though a perennial contender under Ron Allen, the Matadors lone first-place trophy for the coach comes with a 2-0 victory over La Cueva

1982…An undefeated season for Sandia and coach Pat Boeke after a 5-3 win over Cibola in the Class 3A-4A finale

Girls Soccer
2008…Sweet redemption for Matadors after disappointing final the year before. Class 5A championship: Sandia 1, Eldorado 0

2000…A 3-1 victory over rival La Cueva gives Sandia the Class 5A blue first-place trophy

1996…The Matadors grab state bragging rights by narrowly edging Eldorado 1-0 in championship game

1985…It’s only a 1-1 in the state finale for girls soccer, but that means Sandia – along with Los Alamos – gets its first title

Wrestling
Five-time team wrestling champs in 1960, 1972-73 and 1980-81, Sandia has a couple of grapplers who have claimed individual honors three times in a row. Tony Tracey, from 1977 to 79, and Ralph Harrison, from 1979 to 81, were kings of their weight class state tournaments.

Boys Basketball
1985…Sandia caps 23-3 season by scoring a convincing 78-59 victory over Cibola in Class 4A championship game

1967…Five years after their last title, Matadors and coach Don Torgerson reach the pinnacle with a 74-70 win against Valley

1962…A 67-64 victory over St. Michael’s in the Class A championship gives Sandia its first title on the hardwood

Girls Basketball
2010…Edging top-seeded Eldorado, 42-40, in the championship, Matadors and coach Susan Kubala emerge as Class 5A champs.
2001…Led by future Lobos Lindsey Arndt and Judy Vogt, Sandia grabs glory in girls basketball for first time with a 58-51 triumph over La Cueva

Baseball
1980…Back-to-back state championships for Sandia after nipping Hobbs 7-6 in the Class 4A title game

1979…Coached by Hank Paskiewicz, Matadors rule on the diamond in Class 4A after squeezing by Alamogordo 5-4

1974…A decisive 14-3 victory over Roswell High means Sandia is state champ in 4A

1968…First title on the diamond for Matadors when, led b coach Lanny Winters, wins 1-0 battle with La Cruces

Softball
1978…It’s only the third year for New Mexico staging a state softball tournament and Sandia captures it with an 8-5 win over Del Norte

Tennis
Several times, Sandia representatives have come out on top when the season-ending state singles tournaments have taken place. Sandra Walker in 2007, as the 5A champ, is only the most recent girls titlist as she followed in the footsteps of Anna Surviladze (2006), Nina Surviladze (2001 and 2004) and Connie Harrington (1973). On the boys’ side, Andrew Irving in 1997 and John Perry in 1989 proved best at the state tourney.

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