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Spring fever strikes

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN SENIOR GABRIEL LUCERO takes a lead off first base as a Gallup pitcher checks him off the base during the Eagles 8-2 win over Gallup Saturday.

Los Lunas took the first baseball meeting this season against arch rival Belen this week, but all was not lost for the Eagles, who bounced back at home against Gallup Saturday to split their games for the week and remain solidly in second place with a record of 14-6, 4-2 in district as of the end of play Saturday.

VHS takes top spot with win over Tigers

Valencia pitcher Amber Baca scattered five hits and the visiting Jaguars were able to keep host Los Lunas off balance at the plate to earn a crucial District 6-4A 4-2 win at Tiger Field in Los Lunas Friday afternoon.

Jaguars jam LLHS take lead with victory

Kenn Rodriguez -News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA’s  JOSH DOYLE slides safely into second under the tag of Los Lunas’ Nate Abeita during the Jaguars’ 10-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Valencia pitcher Garret Garcia scattered four hits and the visiting Los Lunas Tigers committed several uncharacteristic mistakes Saturday morning as the Jaguars took the District 6-4A lead with a decisive 10-1 win at Jaguar Park at Valencia High School.

Starting swiftly

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: AREA RUNNERS Aaron Valenzuela of Belen, third from the right; Arturo Trujillo of Valencia, second from the right; and Jared Garcia of Belen, first from left; start the boys 1,600-meter race during the Valencia Invitational at Valencia High School on Saturday.

The host Valencia boys track and field team took first place while the Valencia girls squad finished third at the Valencia High Invitational on Saturday.

Toliver steps down at LLHS

Less than a year after replacing its head football coach, the Los Lunas School are again looking for a new head man at Los Lunas High School after coach Duane Toliver's sudden regination Friday.

Back to the ballpark

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.