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Spring forward: Girls prep softball preview

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN PITCHER Emma Gonzales, left, shown pitching against Atrisco Heritage this past Saturday, is one of six juniors on the Eagles squad this season and one of the team’s key players.

When the 2013 softball season closed, the Los Lunas Tigers were the top of the heap in Valencia County, having finished second in District 6-4A before winning a dramatic first-round game at the state tournament before falling to eventual state runners-up Aztec in the double-elimination portion of the playoffs.

Strong to the finish

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA DEFENDERS Miranda Chavez (30), Brenda Baeza (23) and Savannah Stump, far right, battle for the ball with Los Lunas’ Teige Zeller (33) during the Tigers’ 55-38 win at Valencia Friday night.

The first two quarters of the girls basketball game between Los Lunas and Valencia were exactly like the first two games the teams played this season. But that's where the similarities ended.

Eagles, Tigers and Jags finish 1-2-3 at district

Kenn Rodriguez- News-Bulletin photo: THE BELEN WRESTLING TEAM, shown here before their dual match against Los Lunas in January, placed first at the District 6-4A Wrestling meet on Saturday in Gallup. The Eagles qualified all 14 wrestlers for this weekend’s Class 4A State Wrestling Meet in Rio Rancho.

Saturday's District 6-4A Championship Wrestling Meet at Gallup High School was a complete sweep for Valencia County schools, as well as a resounding triumph for Belen, which beat out arch rivals Los Lunas 219.5 to 173.5 to claim first place in the six-team event..

Relay ready

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: LOS LUNAS SWIMMERS Caleb Garnand (position 2), Tommy Browning (position 3) and Jonathan Gamez (position 4) prepare to start the 100-yard butterfly at the District 2 Swimming Meet at Albuquerque Academy Saturday.

The Los Lunas girls and boys teams placed low in the standings at the District 2 Swim Meet Saturday, but both teams were able to qualify relay squads, ensuring that the Tigers will participate at the State Swim Meet Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.

Bad night for Belen keeps Gallup in 2nd

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN’S COLTON LEWIS, center, loses the ball while driving the paint surrounded by a pack of Gallup defenders in the Eagles’ loss to the Bengals on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

The Belen boys had a chance to make the District 6-4A race a little more interesting last week but were unable to complete the comeback at home, losing 67-60 Tuesday night, Feb. 11 to visiting Gallup.

Drought of doom

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN DEFENDERS Kristin Sainz, left, Mariah Forde (33) and  Amanda Menchaca (21) surround Valencia’s Miranda Chavez (30) during the Eagles’ 51-39 upset win Tuesday at Belen High School.

The Valencia girls basketball team experienced a drought Tuesday night against Belen — and the dry spell burned down the Jaguars chances of earning the No. 2 seed in next week's District 6-4A tournament.