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WEB EXCLUSIVE – Boys basketball: Belen coasts to win at Socorro, Jags rout ‘Toppers on road

Eric Heinz-El Defensor Chieftain photo: Belen senior Brandon Ammons drives to the basket during the Eagles' 56-40 win over the Warriors Tuesday night in Socorro.

As temperatures dropped outside Socorro High School gym Tuesday night, things got a little chilly inside as well. The Socorro boys’ basketball team’s offense seemed to go into a deep…[Read more]

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WEB EXCLUSIVE – Prep girls basketball: Jags take down No. 1 Sartans, Belen decimattes Socorro


The Belen and Valencia girls both found wins in their opening games, but the Jags snagged the first signature win of the season Tuesday night at home. The No. 4…[Read more]

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Sports: On Deck (11/27/14)

VHS softball luminaria sale The Valencia High School softball team will be selling luminarias for the holiday season. Price is $10 per dozen, which will be delivered to purchasers by…[Read more]

Boys Prep Basketball Preview: A changing of seasons, Eagles, Jags and Tigers have a lot of seniors shoes to fill


The 2013-14 season proved to be an extremely competitive one for all three Valencia County boys high school basketball teams. District 6-4A, the league Belen, Los Lunas and Valencia played…[Read more]

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Prep sports: VHS softballers Sharpe, Young sign college letters of intent

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA HIGH SOFTBALL players Erin Sharpe, left, and Kayla Young, both signed national letters of intent to play at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska on Tuesday.

Valencia softball players Erin Sharpe and Kayla Young are self-described best friends. So it’s fitting that the duo were sitting next to each other, signing their national letters of intent…[Read more]

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State Football: Persitent Panthers push Jags out of playoffs

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: Valencia defensive linemen Issac Lewis (28) and Nathan Jolley (56) and linebacker Marcos Griego rush the Piedra Vista offense during the two teams' Class 5A State Playoffs game Friday.

TOMÉ – Through two quarters, the No.8 Valencia Jaguars held their own against visiting Piedra Vista in the brisk conditions at Jaguar Stadium. But the Jags seemed to leave something…[Read more]

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NMAA Class 5A State Volleyball Tournament Brackets

Pools Pool A:  (1) Piedra Vista,  (8) LOS LUNAS, (12)Los Alamos Pool B: (2)  Roswell Goddard, (8) Albuquerque Academy, (11) VALENCIA Pool C: (3) Centennial, (6) Roswell, (10) Aztec Pool…[Read more]

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State Volleyball: Rockets rise to eliminate Tigers in quarters

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: Los Lunas coach Amy Bell looks on at her team while Lauren Guinn (7) high fives teammates during the Tigers three-set loss to Roswell Goddard Friday afternoon.

RIO RANCHO – The Los Lunas volleyball team showed they were up to the challenge of playing No. 2 Roswell Goddard early on Friday. But the Rockets proved to be…[Read more]

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State Volleyball: Scrappy Jags succumb to Sundevils

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: Members of the Valencia volleyball team come together after a winning point during their first-round match against Española Valley Thursday night.

RIO RANCHO – There were times in their first round match against Española Valley that the Valencia volleyball team looked as though they were a much higher seed than an…[Read more]

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Prep sports: BHS’ Forde, Gordon sign with Air Force, Wyoming

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: Belen's Daniel Gordon looks on as father Andrew Gordon signs off on the younger Gordon's national letter of intent for the University of Wyoming, where Gordon will wrestle.

BELEN – As boyfriend and girlfriend, Belen seniors Daniel Gordon and Mariah Forde probably do a lot of fun things together. Tuesday that included signing the collegiate national letter of…[Read more]

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Sports Spotlight: St. Mary’s volleyball, cross country have successful seasons

Photo courtesy of St. Mary's Middle School: The St. Mary's Middle School of Belen volleyball team consisted of, from left, Dominique Gallegos, Kamryn Duenas, Olivia Montoya, Lorena Baldonado, Isabella Sais, Caitlyn Cordova, Mandi Koester and Monique Aragon.

Belen’s St. Mary’s Middle School volleyball and cross country teams both recently finished successful seasons. The volleyball team finished 10-2 this season and made the quarterfinals of the Albuquerque Parochial…[Read more]

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