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HEARTLAND BOUND

Submitted photo: FIVE VALENCIA COUNTY RODEO riders and shooters qualified for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo recently at the New Mexico Junior High Finals Rodeo competition. They are, from left, Marisela Sandoval, Lindsey Orris, Roberto Galaz, Hayley McNiel and Abbie Shofner. Galaz and Orris earned state championships at the NMJHFR — Galaz earned a title in shooting while Orris was named reserve state champion in goat tying.

Five Valencia County rodeo riders will be representing the county and the state at the upcoming National Junior High Final Rodeo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday, June 22, through Saturday, June 28.

Burbank runs to success on track

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: JOSHUA BURBANK of Valencia High School, front, was the state champ in Class 4A in the 100-meter dash and runner-up in the  200-meter dash and district champion in both events as well.

At the end of the 2014 high school track and field season, Valencia High sprinter Joshua Burbank stood alone as a state champion. But the junior in high school said it took a group effort to set him up for that individual success.

Grappler scores a first with scholarship

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA GRADUATE LoriAnn Archuleta, center, signs her national letter of intent to wrestle at Missouri Valley University in Missouri  alongside VHS asstistant coach Vince Armijo, left, and Jaguar wrestling coach Lorenzo Carrillo, right.

Sitting in a side room in the otherwise darkened Valencia High School gymnasium, LoriAnn Archuleta looks down at the scholarship papers in front of her, then at her family and asks "What's today's date?"

A pair above par

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: LOS LUNAS HIGH GOLFERS, Chesten Browning, left, and Dylan Gonzales are the first pair of eighth-graders to qualify for the NMAA State Golf Tournament from the same team in the same season. The duo also helped LLHS to win the District 6-4A title this season.

As he steps back on the driving course at Isleta Eagle Golf Course, Los Lunas High golfer Dylan Gonzales turns to his teammate Chesten Browning and laughs while asking "Really? Stanford? That's exactly what I said."

Academy rally ends season for Valencia

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA THIRD BASEMAN Garret Garcia slings the ball to first during the VHS’ 5-2 loss to Academy in the Class 4A State Baseball Tournament in Rio Rancho.

Sometimes one at-bat can change the complexion of a game. That was the case in the sixth inning of the No. 4 seeded Valencia quarterfinal match up against the Albuquerque Academy on Thursday in the Class 4A Baseball Tournament at Cleveland High School.

Down to the wire

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo:  VALENCIA SPRINTER Joshua Burbank, left, finishes first in the boys 100-meter dash at the Class 4A State Track and Field Championship Meet Saturday in Albuquerque. Burbank was a key element in the Jaguar boys’ fourth-place team finish.

Midway through the afternoon on Saturday, the Valencia boys and Los Lunas girls track and field teams were looking at the possibility of making the awards stands at the Class 4A State Track and Field Championship meet.

Jags find trouble in tourney

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: SENIOR MARISSA KITTERIDGE of Valencia beats out a throw to first during the Jaguars’ 14-2 state tournament loss to Aztec Friday.

No. 5 seeded Valencia got off to a great start in the Class 4A State Softball Tournament Thursday morning but was unable to continue that momentum through the rest of the double-elimination tournament and was eliminated Friday morning to end the Jaguars' historic season.