Both the Valencia and Belen high school girls basketball team started the new year with wins at home over the weekend.
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Valencia and Belen both posted tough home wins over the weekend, while Los Lunas split a pair of road games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Los Lunas and Belen both landed All-State selections in football and volleyball, which were recently announced by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
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.
The Belen boys basketball team won their fifth in a row while Valencia registered two straight wins. The Los Lunas boys split a pair of games at home.
The Valencia girls basketball team moved their overall record to 7-1 with a pair of wins over Moriarty and Albuquerque Del Norte last week, while district foes Los Lunas and Belen both won games on the road.
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.
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.
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.
It was a good weekend for the Belen and Valencia wrestling squads at the Las Cruces Invitational, and an even better one for Los Lunas, which finished second at the Capital Invitational in Santa Fe.
It was tournament time for the Belen and Los Lunas girls basketball teams in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, while the Valencia continued to tear through its pre-district schedule, scoring their fifth win in six away games.
The Tom Torres Tiger Duals wrestling meet hosted a virtual who's-who of elite wrestling programs in the state this past Saturday.
When Ahren Griego last stepped foot in the Los Lunas High School gymnasium, he was an outgoing senior.
The Valencia girls basketball team went undefeated last weekend at the Capital Invitational in Santa Fe, improving to 3-1 on the season with three wins in the round-robin tournament.
The Centennial boys basketball team came to Los Lunas Friday and got a measure of revenge against the Tigers on the hard court as the Hawks beat LLHS 57-51 in the Tigers' season opener.