FARMINGTON — With district baseball and softball in full swing, the local sports scene is packed with key games in the push for the state tournaments.
A few games to keep an eye on this week are Shiprock at Navajo Prep softball on Thursday, and Piedra Vista baseball at Rio Rancho on Tuesday.
Heading into District 1-4A play, Wingate, Navajo Prep and Shiprock were bunched up in the MaxPreps' rankings, sitting at ninth, 10th and 14th, respectively, as of Saturday.
After a sluggish start to the season, dropping eight of their first 10 games, the Lady Chieftains have won four straight.
Navajo Prep has shown it can hang with bigger programs, pushing Kirtland Central — which beat Shiprock 21-5 earlier this season — to the brink in an 18-17 loss.
Piedra Vista got off to a great start in its first year competing in 6A and entered District 1-6A play with a 14-4 record. But the Panthers went 1-2 in their first three district games and things won't get any easier against Rio Rancho, which is 16-5. A PV win could keep them in the case for the district crown while a loss could send them reeling.
In track and field, all the San Juan County teams will be at the annual Bill Slade Invitational hosted by Kirtland Central on Thursday. Events are set to begin at 9 a.m.
The Farmington and Piedra Vista tennis teams will get started in district action this weekend. PV will play four matches in two days in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, while Farmington will be in Albuquerque and Belen for matches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.