When the Class 4A boys basketball state championship brackets came out on Sunday, there were some surprises.
It was not defending Class 4A state champion Roswell (20-7) that topped the girls Class 4A bracket when it was announced Sunday.
Seeking perfection is something that seldom comes along in sports. On Friday night, the Tigers boys basketball team achieved perfection, running thought the District 6-4A regular season and tournament without a loss.
It was the very best basketball from the very best district in girls Class 4A Bbasketball on Saturday night in front of a sea of orange-clad fans on one side of the gym and a sea of blue on the other.
Baseball season got underway for Valencia and Belen over the weekend, while Los Lunas got on the right track.
Under new coach Ray Valerio, Belen opened the softball season with a 12-4 win over Sandia Prep on Friday.
It is seldom that a semifinal playoff game between two District 6-4A boys basketball teams is decided in the first two minutes.
When Belen sophomore Emilio Ulibarri stepped to the line with three seconds left, the Eagle faithful that had made the trip to Gallup Wednesday night knew they were seeing something special.
Class 4A top-ranked Los Lunas had little trouble with Miyamura on Thursday night in one District 6-4A semifinal girls basketball game; downing the Patriots, 64-51.
It has been a tough start to the baseball season for Los Lunas. The Tigers were expected to contend for a state title with virtually all of their offense back and some quality pitching led by Ruger Rodriguez and Isaac Parra.
The Class 4A Jaguar softball girls started the season in good fashion on their home diamond on Thursday with a 3-2 win over Class 5A Rio Rancho.
After winning the District 6-4A wrestling championship last week, Los Lunas coach Steve Chavez knew he had one of the best wrestling teams in the state.
Although the Eagles are not celebrating a team state wrestling title, two senior wrestlers from Belen got their names in the history books with record-setting performances.
Sometimes, the real victory for a team is not in the placement, but is in the accomplishment in the face of adversity.
When the regular season ended on Saturday night, Los Lunas completed a historic District 6-4A campaign, and Belen capped off a three-game winning streak to pull into third place in the district race with a surprising 70-68 win over Grants on the Pirates' home court.
For Belen baseball coach Steve Contreras, last season was bittersweet. Not only did the Eagles lose their perennial all-star, Hunter Blaylock, but Belen also failed to make the playoffs, finishing fourth in District 6-4A with a 4-6 record and 9-15 overall.
Eight seniors graduated from the most successful baseball team in Valencia's four-year history. The Jags left every emotion on the field in the Class 4A semifinal loss to Miyamura.
In softball, you generally go as far as your pitching staff will carry you.
It was a record-setting year for the Los Lunas girls track program, tying for third at the Class 4A state championships as Nicole Jenrette broke a state record in the long jump.