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Kenn Rodriguez -News-Bulletin photo:  VALENCIA DEFENDERS Quentin Wanstall (25) and Garrett Gibson, right, try to defend Los Lunas’ Jacob Holland, center, during a fast break during the Jaguars-Tigers game Saturday at Valencia High School. Holland and the Tigers prevailed 74-59 to go to 6-0 in District 6-4A.

The Los Lunas boys basketball team moved closer to a No. 1 seed in the upcoming District 6-4A tournament this past weekend with a pair of road wins over county rivals Valencia and Belen.

BHS 2nd at Card Classic

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN WRESTLER Dustin Duenas, left, here wrestling an opponent from Silver High earlier this season, finished 4th, helping the Eagles to a 2nd place finish at the Cardinal Classic this past weekend.

The Belen wrestling team broke a team scoring record at the Cardinal Classic over the weekend, finishing with 302 points and six placers in the Gold Bracket to take second place in the tournament. They finished just behind Piedra Vista at the 25-team tournament at Robertson High School in Las Vegas, N.M.

TIGERS’ TALE

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN SENIOR GUARD Colton Lewis (10) looks to get past Los Lunas defenders Jalen Chavez (10), Chad Murphy (12) and Jacob Holland, in back, during the Eagles-Tigers District 6-4A game on Thursday, Jan. 23.

The Belen and Los Lunas boys basketball teams were tied 7-7 about five minutes into the first quarter of their game last Thursday night at Los Lunas High School.

Jaguars bounce back, beat Miyamura

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA FANS waive their hands to for good luck during a free throw shot late in the Jaguar girls basketball team’s game against Gallup Miyamura Saturday at Valencia High School.

The Los Lunas girls basketball team opened District 6-4A play with a pair of wins last week and added two non-district wins over the weekend, while the Valencia girls rebounded from their district opening loss at Gallup with a win over GHS' crosstown rivals Miyamura, Friday night.

Tigers tame Jaguars in dual match

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: LOS LUNAS ROMAN CERVANTES, left, moves to subdue Valencia’s Joey Sanchez during their 106-pound match at the Los Lunas-Valencia head-to-head dual match on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Valencia High School.

Because of a pair early forfeits, there wasn't much chance that host Valencia would be able to come back against Los Lunas in the two teams' dual match at Valencia High school on Wednesday, Jan 15.

ON, LOS LUNAS

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: LOS LUNAS’ ALLYSA VIGIL, far right, and Sanae Gaerlan (30) battle Belen’s Monica Garley-Moore, center left, and Amanda Menchaca, center right, for a loose ball during the Eagles-Tigers game at Belen High School Tuesday night.

If any team in District 6-4A thought that Los Lunas' four loses this season were an indication that the Tigers may no longer be the favorite for the league title in 2014, they may want to re-think that after Tuesday night.

Eagle eclipse

Kenn Rodriguez, News-Bulletin photo: BELEN’S NATHANIEL MARTINEZ, left, battles with Los Lunas’ Tristan Rasp during the Eagles-Tigers dual match on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Belen High School. Martinez beat Rasp 3-1 in overtime in the most electric match of the night.

With the ceiling lights off and a single light suspended above the mat, the atmosphere leading up to the dual wrestling match between Belen and Los Lunas was as dramatic.

The Will to Win

The Valencia girls basketball team continued their historic roll this week, winning a pair of games at home early in the week while the Belen girls traveled to the Four Corners and came away from the weekend trip with a third-place trophy.