Saturday, May 31, 2008


So...Candace's parents helped Greg and I with Brooke's CANDY LAND party last night. There were about 45 kids in attendance (what in the world were we thinking?). We had hot dogs, chips, fruit, veggies, chicken wings, and CANDY. The kids hardly ate anything at all. They drank tons of water and Vitamin Water and ate some of the candy (so much for our preparation!). We had door prizes and games. The kids kept saying it was "the best party ever."

I've posted a bunch of pictures on our family web site. Here's a link:

Brooke and Candace's Candy Land Party Pics

Monday, May 26, 2008

Greg's Patient a National Spelling Bee Favorite

Greg's patient, Matthew Evans, is a favorite to win the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee this year. I'm including a picture of him checking in today as he prepares to compete this week. I received the following information from Matthew's mom Helen Evans:

The quarterfinals air live on Thursday, May 29th from 2:00-5:30 PM EDT (12-3:30 PM MST).

The semifinals air live on ESPN on Friday, May 30 from 11 AM-2 PM EDT (9 AM - 12 PM MST).

The championship finals air live on ABC from 8-10 PM EDT (6-8 PM MST).

You can go to the National Bee website,, for real time round results if the suspense of the broadcast is more than you can bear. Matthew's speller number is 162.

Go Matthew! last thing...Last year's winner, Evan O'Dorney had some hilarous moments. Check out these two YouTube videos of him if you want a good laugh! Seriously! watch both of them (the first video mentions Matthew Evans).

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Brent and Daniel's Graduation/Track Victory Party

We had a party on Tuesday, May 20th, for Brent and Daniel in our backyard to celebrate their graduation and their state track victory. I took a few pictures at the beginning and end of the party but was too busy in the middle to get pictures then. I'm guessing there were about 100+ people there. You can kind of see the "jumpy slide" in some of the pictures. Brent wanted catering from "Smokehouse." We also had Navajo Tacos and LOTS of dessert (see the picture).

Almost all of Brent's coaches attended (from track: Coach Kenny Henry, Coach G., Coach George, Coach Provolt with their wives/girlfriends. Ex-UNM Track Coach--and dad to Brent's coach--Matt Henry and his wife Lisa also attended; from football: Coach Judge Chavez and his girlfriend). Sorry...I didn't get pictures of them :-(

A lot of the great track stars from New Mexico showed up. At Brent and Daniel's table was Curtis Beach (Academy), Chad Clark (La Cueva), and Derek Montoya (Highland). Rolando Trammel (Was high point man for the state meet from Highland) showed up later. Jon Mader (state champ in javelin), Brandon Simpson (state champ in high jump), Mycah Huitron (runner up in high jump), Eddie Eubanks (4x1 relay and 100m race)--all from Cibola, showed up. So did Chris Newsome (Rio Rancho). I'm including a video of Chris Newsome (piano), Simp, Mycah, and Eddie...Singing and dancing at the end of this post.

Matt Valenzuela and Jordan Madrid made "Build a Bears" for Brent and Daniel. They filled out the certificates with all of their inside jokes for the guys.

I'm including a picture of Zach "Burch" Kaberlein with his new girlfriend Melinda. Yep...Zach actually has a girlfriend.

Greg had one of his patient's parents print up a big poster of Brent and Daniel (that I took of them after they won state). The coaches gave us the state championship banner to use at the party.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Cibola Boys Track Banquet

Coach Kenny Henry (the best coach any of my children have had in ANY sport) takes the time to talk about every single athlete in the track program during the end-of-season banquet. Brent was the third to last out of all the athletes. I took video of what he said about Brent (Brent got a bunch of tears this year). Also note Brent doing his "fist pounding" handshake (he got all the coaches to do the screeching noise). I'm going to really miss Cibola Boys Track.

Here is Coach Henry summing up the boys' state track championship

Cibola's State Championship 4x200 Relay Video

Cibola's State Championship 4x200 relay team. Brent starts the third leg in third place and surges past the competition (Rio Rancho's Orion Murphy and La Cueva's Chad Clark).

You can select high quality to watch the video on YouTube's web site if it looks too grainy here. Click the "YouTube" logo in the bottom right corner of the actual video and it will take you to the YouTube web site. Look for the place to RATE the video and to it's right, you will see VIEWS. Under VIEWS you will see a link that either says to "Watch in high quality" or "Watch in standard quality." If it says to "Watch in high quality," click on that (if it says to "Watch in standard quality," do nothing but hit play).

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cibola Boys Finish Undefeated Season With State Title

The ABQ Journal finally posted an article about our track victory. They got a few e-mails from Cibola parents who were disappointed about the lack of news coverage. BTW...Brent said he jumped up at the perfect time for the team picture. I will still be posting Greg's and my pictures from the event.

Cibola Boys Finish Undefeated Season With State Title

Journal Staff Writer

There was simply no beating the Cougars on the track in 2008. On Saturday, the Cibola High School boys track and field team completed its undefeated season with a runaway victory at the Class 5A state championships at the University of New Mexico Track and Soccer Complex. It was Cibola’s first-ever boys track and field state title and only the program’s second state trophy. The Cougars’ first came in 2007 when they placed third as a team.

The win highlighted an actionpacked weekend for West Side teams. The Cibola softball team earned its second straight state title in Farmington, while local tennis players and track and field athletes earned numerous individual titles.

While Cibola’s win in track surprised almost no one — the Cougars won every meet they entered this year — the victory
proved emotional for coach Kenny Henry.

“I tend to get like that from time to time,” Henry said. “We stand there down on the field
getting ready for the awards to be announced. You start looking at the kids on the team, and it will get you.”

The Cibola boys dominated the meet literally from start to finish. After kicking things off with Brandon Simpson’s victory in the high jump Friday morning — an event in which three other Cougars also scored — Cibola went on to place in 14 of the remaining 18 events, including an exhilarating win in Saturday evening’s meet-ending 1,600-meter relay. The quartet of Brent Jorgensen, Daniel Gooris, Tyler Jaramillo and Matt Valenzuela edged the La Cueva squad by .03 seconds to win the race.

It was the Cougars’ seventh event win of the weekend.

No team even came close to Cibola, which amassed 109 points during the two-day meet. Rio Rancho was a distant second with 64, followed by La Cueva (62).

“It was really exciting for us. I can’t really even explain how pumped up we were,” Henry said.
Gooris had the biggest individual impact on Cibola’s team tally. Gooris won a state title and set a new 5A state record in the pole vault by clearing 16 feet, 4 inches. He also picked up points by finishing third in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the 110 hurdles, fourth in the high jump and running on the winning 1,600 relay.

Gooris finished second only to Highland’s Rolando Trammel in the 5A boys’ highpoint race, and Valenzuela was a close third.

Valenzuela had a golden weekend, taking home four first-place medals. The sophomore won the open 400 dash and then upset top seed Thomas Trujillo of Rio Rancho by .15 seconds for the title in the 200 dash. Valenzuela also ran on Cibola’s winning 800 and 1,600 relays.

“He was a man on a mission,” Henry said. “I have to tip my hat to him. Not many sophomores can be geared up for a competition and perform that way for two days.”

Cibola’s Jon Mader — who on Monday was named the Albuquerque Public Schools athlete of the year — concluded his illustrious high school athletic career on a high note. The Cougar senior whipped the field in the javelin, winning with a toss of 193-1. Rio Rancho’s Andrew Lujan took second in 178-0, while Cibola’s Daniel Fiaseu placed third in 177-5.

“I’m just really thankful he got the success that he deserved,” Henry said of Mader, a three-sport star at Cibola. “We knew individually he could do some great things, and what it meant for our team was just icing on the cake.”

Monday, May 19, 2008

Our Latest Family Pictures by Bri Saban :-)

First, I just want to say that we love our photographer: Bri Saban! She's the best! She did Brent's senior picture shoot and just took pictures of our family. You can check out what she's fixed up so far on her blog. Comment me on your favorites! We will try to decide on the ultimate picture for our family room!

LOL...Please tell me you LOVE the picture of Brent holding the lollipop. It was a test to prove that Brent would pose however Bri wanted him to ;-)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Cibola Boys Take STATE in Track!

I'm too tired to write a big long post but wanted to let everyone know that Brent's Cibola Boys Track team won 1st in state for the first time EVER. In fact, it's been 25 LONG years since any Cibola Boys Sports team has won a state title in ANY sport. We beat the second place team, Rio Rancho, by something like 45 points :-)

Brent won two first place medals (4x200 relay and 4x400 relay). They barely lost second place, coming in third, in the 4x1oo relay BUT actually broke a school record with their time. I think they broke Cibola school records in all three of his relays :-) He also came in 5th in the 400m race (he looked a bit tired in that race). Pictures to come!

One thing before I go...

NM State Track Meet Day 2--7:33 AM

Getting ready for what could be a slightly larger group for French toast before the state track meet. Mom is "throwing down" so I'm on my own (she mumbled something about the Buca di Beppo lasagna). Greg called...stuck inside the RV AGAIN (more details on the RV later). The boys better win this thing after the days we've been having...LOL

Okay...This picture is for Kim (and anyone else who cares)...This is our set up. Greg and his father are posed in front. We have two RVs (not trailers!) and a big tent in between.

Cibola Track Update & Family Picture #1

We have been CRAZY busy since last weekend's graduation and this weekend's state track meet. After day #1 Cibola had scored 40 points. The closest team to us has something like 12 (I think it's Eldorado). Rio Rancho should get big points tomorrow. We hope we continue to do well. We were missing a key component to our relays (Tyler Jaramillo) who was down with a stomach virus. We hope he'll be back in good health by tomorrow. I have OH so many stories to tell about the RV we rented (Greg is sleeping in it at the UNM track parking lot right now).

When I got home, I found one of the family pictures our photographer e-mailed to me (photographer...Bri Saban also took Brent's senior pics).

From left to right: Elise, Cheryl, Brent, Brooke, Brian, and Greg. BTW...I don't know HOW I was able to jump in my 3-4 inch platform shoes--I was trying to recreate one of my cheerleader jumps from LONG ago :-) Brooke got some AIR!

We'll post more pics when we get them. We'll also post track stuff. Cross your fingers for a Cibola Cougar victory tomorrow!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Brent Graduates from High School

Cibola's graduation took place today (Mother's Day). There were over 500 students graduating. I am including a picture from the PIT. You can see Brent's friend, Landon Hill, giving his student body president speech (on the screen).

I bought some chocolate-covered Oreos with Brent's picture on them and gave them to family and friends. Lindsey's dad is holding the ones I gave he and his wife Donna.

Brian and Elise were able to join us--They are currently attending school at the University of Utah. Brian had to wear shorts because he got a really bad sunburn on his knees at the track meet yesterday.

BTW...Our niece Andrea also graduated today (in Moberly, Missouri). Brent and Andrea will both be at BYU this fall.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there! I have two great moms in my life and hope they had a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Cibola Boys Track Team WINS District

The Cibola Boys Track Team won the district meet. They beat the 2nd place team, Rio Rancho, by 94 points! They are undefeated this track season. Brent earned three first place medals and one second place. They are on their way to the state championship meet this upcoming weekend and hope to be the first Cibola Boys athletic team to win state in ANY SPORT in 25 years! Go Cougars!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Interesting Story About Three of Brent's Track Buddies

I had hoped the Albuquerque Journal would print a picture of an event that happened at the City Championships--and they did. Brent is friends with all three of the guys who were involved in the incident (described below). NOTE: Rolando and Chad were nursing sore arms after the race. Chad says he'll be fine. Rolando and Curtis ate with us at Saggio's after the meet. Curtis was okay; Rolando said he doesn't want to know if he's hurt ( doctor visit for him). Here's the story about the incident and about the meet. The picture is at the end...

Hornets’ Trammel Crawls to Win

Journal Staff Writer

Rolando Trammel didn’t win the 300-meter hurdles by a nose at the Albuquerque Public Schools All-City track meet Saturday. He won by a fingernail.

The Highland junior crawled to the finish line at Milne Stadium, turning in a winning time of 39.89 seconds.

Trammel prevailed despite a wild finish to one of the day’s most anticipated races. The top three seeds all stumbled over the final hurdle.

La Cueva’s Chad Clark led down the stretch and was the first to trip. Trammel followed suit, and Albuquerque Academy’s Curtis Beach faltered next.

“I cleared the hurdle fine, but tripped over Chad,” said Beach, who finished 0.11 seconds behind Trammel in second. “Rolando is a heck of a competitor. He tumbled over to the line to get first.”
Trammel, who also took the triple jump, said he knew he could win despite the fall.

“I looked at the finish line and figured nobody passed it, so I crawled over to it,” he said.
Beach said the finish was unforgettable.

“It was a fun race, especially at the end,” he said. “I’ll remember that race for a long time.”

Beach had plenty of other highlights. He walked away with the meet’s high-point award after wins in the long jump and 110 hurdles.

Cibola took the team title with 136 points to more than double the score of runner-up La Cueva (65). Highland (59), Academy (58) and Eldorado (55) rounded out the top five.

The Cougars won four field events and three races. On the track, Matt Valenzuela took the 400 dash, and Cibola won the 400 and 1,600 relays. Daniel Gooris (pole vault) Jon Mader (javelin), Corey Roybal (shot put) and Brandon Simpson (high jump) also won for the Cougars.
Tyler Barela of Eldorado won the 100 and 200 dashes.

Gabe Aragon of Valley won the 800, and Academy’s Ben Johnson took the 1,600.

In Friday’s finals, Kevin Burnett of St. Pius won the 3,200 run and Eldorado’s Willie Pounds won the discus.

NOTE: You can click on the picture to see it in a larger format :-)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Cibola Boys (and Girls) Track Teams: CITY CHAMPS!

The Cibola Boys and Girls Track Teams were both crowned CITY CHAMPS in the Albuquerque City Meet this past weekend. The boys won by over 70 points! Greg had a banner made (hoping we would continue our undefeated streak). We held it up after the last race so the boys could see it. We let the girls use the banner for pictures too (NOTE: Some of their teammates left before the end of the meet). The last picture is of Brent with Curtis Beach (left, from the Albuquerque Academy) and Daniel Gooris (Cibola Teammate). Brent and Daniel are holding the trophy and Curtis is holding his plaque for "High Point Man." Cibola has district next weekend and then state the following weekend. Go Cougars!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Brooke's Track Banquet

Today was the LBJ Track Banquet held at Village Pizza in Corrales as per tradition. Brent, with Bridger Schaap and Terrance Motley, came to cheer Brooke (and Mackay Schaap) on. I'm including a few pictures of Brooke with her friends (Candace, Harleigh, and Nicole). There's also a picture with Coach Andy (Barb Anderson). The last picture is of Brooke with Julian. Brooke and Julian were awarded medals for earning the most points during the track season. There were a total of 38 7th Grade Girls on LBJ's track team so this was quite a feat for Brooke. Congratulations Brooke!