FARMINGTON — Three local high school sports figures earned awards from the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.
Piedra Vista softball coach Kevin Werth received the High School Coach of the Year award for 2013, while Kirtland Central's Christian Mackey and Piedra Vista's Beau Clafton were named to the Top 10 Male Multi-Sport High School Athletes list.
The organization named Werth the top high school coach in New Mexico regardless of sport after he led PV to an eighth-straight 4A state title.
"It's real humbling and a reflection of my assistants and the wives and administration at PV," Werth said. "The parents and kids have bought in. I've said it before, but without the kids, none of this is possible. I know I get the award, but I share it with everyone here, and it's a reflection on the program as a whole."
Mackey and Clafton were joined by eight other high school seniors from across the state as part of the Top 10 Male Multi-Sport athletes for their all-around sports exploits.
Mackey is a force in the Broncos athletic program, playing football on the defensive line and at tight end. In basketball, he's one of the more dominant post players in the state, where he averages 20 points and 10 rebounds a game this season. Then during track season, Mackey is the defending state champion in both shot put and discus.
"It's a great honor to be recognized for all three sports," Mackey said. "I've worked pretty hard in all three of them, and it's a blessing to succeed in all three."
Clafton stars in the Panthers' football and track programs.
The PV senior was named football all-state at four positions — kick returner, running back, tight end/slot and defensive back.
During the track season, Clafton highlights the PV sprint and relay teams and is the top javelin thrower in the state regardless of classification.
The other eight athlete to join Mackey and Clafton on the top 10 list were Tim Brennan of Sandia, Kamal Cass of Clovis, Bo Coleman of Valley, Cody French of Goddard, Jacob Holland of Los Lunas, Jordan Lara of Rio Rancho, Tate Shelley of Cliff and Daryl Wiggins of Del Norte.