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Kenn Rodriguez- News-Bulletin photo: IMPACT  PLAYERS, such as junior Daniel Barela, center,  will be the key to a successful season for the Valencia baseball team. The Jaguars have fielded young teams the past few years. That trial-by-fire has produced a  team that is youthful yet experienced, said VHS coach Carlos Carrasco.

The 2014 prep baseball season is well underway and all three Valencia County high school squads have seen their share of successes.

Repeat bid by LL girls sunk by SF surge

"A Tale of Two Cities" author Charles Dickens could have easily written the script to Los Lunas' dramatic experience in the Class 4A Girls Basketball Tournament championship game Friday night at The Pit.

Shot at championship just short for VHS girls

Kenn  Rodriguez- News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA DEFENDERS, Brenda Baeza (23), Raeanne Herrera (25)  and Lorien Aragon (4) set up their defense against Santa Fe in their Girls Class 4A State Tournament semifinal game at The Pit in Albuquerque Thursday  morning.

You don't have to tell the Valencia girls basketball team that basketball can be a game of inches. Looking into their teary, red-rimmed eyes at a post-game press conference Thursday, you could tell they'd just experienced it first hand.

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.