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Prep Highlights

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Last week

West Mesa’s softball team had a solid week. With an 8-2 victory Thursday over Albuquerque High, the Mustangs took over first place in District 5-5A with a 4-0 mark.

Valley’s baseball team could have fallen two games behind Rio Grande in 5-5A on Thursday night, but the Vikings recorded an important 4-2 road victory and created a tie with the Ravens (both are 3-1) atop the league standings.

Nicole Pendley of Rio Rancho tossed a six-hit shutout Thursday, silencing Volcano Vista’s bats in an 8-0 victory in an early battle for first place in District 1-5A softball. Pendley also drove in three runs.

Rio Rancho and Volcano Vista earned opening wins in District 1-5A baseball Tuesday. On Wednesday, Eldorado – which had to rally to beat an improved Manzano squad – and La Cueva won their opening league games in 2-5A.

The week ahead

Today: Two big baseball doubleheaders are on tap today at 10 a.m. In 1-5A, Volcano Vista visits Rio Rancho. In 2-5A, La Cueva is at Eldorado.

The Albuquerque Invitationals (track and field) are at Milne Stadium and Wilson Stadium, both starting at 10 a.m. and running until midafternoon.

Monday: Desert Greens Golf Course in Paradise Hills is hosting the Albuquerque Metro Golf Championships. There is an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

The Albuquerque Metro Tennis Championships begin, with the boys at Jerry Cline and the girls at Albuquerque Academy. The tournament runs through April 26.

Tuesday: Among the top baseball games are St. Pius at Albuquerque Academy in District 5-4A. In prep softball, Cibola goes to Volcano Vista and Cleveland takes on Rio Rancho.

Friday: It’s the first day of the Richard Harper Memorial Track and Field meet at Albuquerque Academy, always one of the season’s premier events. Most of the metro area’s top teams (Cleveland’s girls are the exception) will be in attendance.

– James Yodice

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