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A look at future foes of county high school teams

Now that we've looked back at 2013, it's time to look forward to 2014. Specifically, let's look at the three high schools that will be district opponents for the Belen Eagles, Los Lunas Tigers and Valencia Jaguars in the new Class 5A next fall season — the Santa Teresa Desert Warriors, Chaparral Lobos and Las Cruces Centennial Hawks.

A Year of Milestones

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN FOOTBALL COACH John Lerma was named the Class 3A/4A All-Metro Coach of the Year in December.

In a year full of personal milestones, Belen football coach John Lerma added two more in the month of December — Class 3A/4A All-Metro Coach of the Year and retired educator.

Jag girls top Tigers in OT

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA’s KARINA DOW (2), shown here against Moriarty, earned All-tournament team honors in leading the Jaguar girls to the Alamogordo VFW Invitational tournament title.

In a possible preview of the upcoming district girls basketball battles, the Valencia girls basketball team beat cross-town rivals Los Lunas girls 42-36 in overtime in the championship of the Alamogordo VFW Invitational on Saturday.

Los Lunas boys avenge Alamo loss in VFW tourney

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: LOS LUNAS’ Jacob Holland (4), shown here against Alamogordo in Los Lunas on Saturday, Dec. 20, was named to the Alamogordo VFW Invitational all-tournament team along with fellow senior Chris Sanchez.

The Los Lunas boys basketball team got revenge for a loss and picked up a tournament title in the process while the Valencia squad suffered a trio of set backs at the Alamogordo VFW Invitational over the weekend at Alamogordo High School.

Los Lunas, Belen show strength in Deming Duals

The unusual format of the Deming Duals wrestling meet kept the Los Lunas and Belen wrestling teams from bringing home any hardware collectively, but both teams performed well at the meet, held at Deming High School on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The extra mile

News-Bulletin file photo: LOS LUNAS’ TOMMY BROWNING is one of the Tigers’ top returners for the 2013-14 swim season.

Coach Lin Onsea talks about his Los Lunas and Valencia swim teams, saying "going the extra mile, it means something a bit different that the usual definition.

Los Lunas boys, girls take fourth place at APS Invite

The Los Lunas boys and girls swim squads finished fourth in the their third meet of the year at the APS Mini Invitational hosted at the West Mesa Aquatic Center in Albuquerque, while the Valencia girls and boys finished in the bottom half of the seven-team meet.

Winning Ways

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN’S THOMAS CORDOVA (24) and John Michael Hicks (20) apply defensive pressure to Del Norte’s Chris Thomas (1) during the Eagles-Knights game at Belen High School Friday night.

The Los Lunas and Belen boys basketball teams both went undefeated on the week while Valencia gained some insight playing up north at the Española Tournament this past weekend.

Goin' South

The New Mexico Activities Association denied the appeals of 16 of 17 schools heard on Thursday, Dec. 5, leaving the Belen Consolidated Schools and Los Lunas Schools to consider their options going into the 2014-15 athletic season.


News-Bulletin file photo: VALENCIA HIGH HEAVYWEIGHT  Nathan Jolley, top, and heavyweight George Truesdell of Los Lunas, bottom, are among the top returning wrestlers for their respective squads.

The 2012-13 wrestling season ended with the Los Lunas and Belen High School teams finishing second and third behind Class 4A titans, Farmington Piedra Vista.