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With just minutes of deliberation, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to restore the baseball and softball teams’ 2021 season just days after school administrators had shut it down for lack of funds.
Facing an entire schedule of away games, the school was about $12,000 shy of the money needed for programs to complete their schedules, the trustees learned during a special meeting Wednesday.
Most of the cost was due to the fact that the school’s primary bus transportation was deemed unreliable for long trips, so the school needed to charter alternative transportation for the players.
Additionally, when the budget was created at the beginning of the school year, it was done with the idea that the Rough Riders would be playing a traditional schedule, with half their games in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
When the governor’s health orders continued to make that impossible, Luna switched to an all-road slate.
Now, however, Region 9 schools for both sports have agreed to tinker with their schedules to give the Rough Riders some home games to reduce their travel.
Likewise, New Mexico Highlands University, which in the past has leased its fields to Luna, agreed to let the Rough Riders practice and play on its fields for free this season.
The trustees’ heard from several players during its meeting, including two softball players who broke into tears, prompting one of the trustees to bring them tissues.
The trustees directed school personnel to shift money around in its budget to ensure both programs continue.
“The best-case scenario is it’s about $12,000 and we won’t know until we get a little further into it,” said Luna interim president Dr. Kenneth Patterson. “That does depend on a lot of variables. The goal of this was never to cancel a season. We absolutely have a huge value for our athletes. “It brings some life to our campus. We have 58 student-athletes and it’s a great activity on our campus.”
COMING HOME: Guard Joe Saterfield, who helped Centennial win the Class 4A state basketball championship in 2015, and also played at Tularosa and Alamagordo, will be returning home to play at Northern New Mexico College after a year at Ranger Junior College in Ranger, Texas. The Eagles also signed fellow guard Marc Howard from Whatcom Junior College in Bellingham, Washington, where he scored 20.7 points as a junior. Finally, Elijah Landrum, a former SMU signee who was out of basketball last season, signed with the Eagles. He started 10 games as a freshman in the 2017-18 season, scoring 3.1 points a game.
MOVING TO PENN STATE: Outside hitter Mia Haceesa, who helped Santa Fe Indian School reach the state volleyball tournament in 2019, has signed to play at Penn State at Lehigh.
CLEVELAND 3, SANTA FE 2: The visiting Demonettes grabbed a 2-0 lead, but then faded down the stretch, losing a key district match to the Storm 21-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-22, 15-11. Laila Bernadino had 20 kills for Santa Fe and Jorja Chambers had 13.
RIO RANCHO 3, CAPITAL 2: Rebecca Sorenson had 14 kills for the visiting Jaguars (0-2), but it was not enough to overcome the Rams in the 25-17, 24-26, 25-19, 22-25, 15-12 loss.
LOS ALAMOS 3, TAOS 0: The host Hilltoppers (1-0) got nine kills from Ashley Hammond, and Kalen Meltom had 26 assists in a 25-19, 26-16, 25-12 sweep over Taos (0-1).
ST. MICHAEL’S 3, BOSQUE SCHOOL 0: Rhegan Glidewell had seven kills and Carmen Pacheco added six to lead the host Horsemen to a 25-15, 25-14, 25-20 win over the Bobcats.
SANTA FE 3, RIO RANCHO 0: The host Demonettes (2-0) got 15 kills from Jorja Chambers and 12 from Laila Bernadino in a 25-10, 25-18, 25-14 sweep.
CLEVELAND 3, CAPITAL 0: After putting up a struggle in the opening set, the host Jaguars (0-1) fell 25-23, 25-16, 25-21 to the Storm.
SANTA FE 3, BERNALILLO 0: Jorja Chambes had 7 kills and Beliicia Esquivias had 12 assists to lead the Demonettes (1-0) to a 25-4, 25-11, 25-9 sweep over the Spartans.
ST. MICHAEL’S 3, EAST MOUNTAIN 0: Rhegan Glidewell had 10 kills to lead the host Horsemen (1-0) to a 25-21, 25-17-25-22 win over the Timberwolves. Carley Gravel had 13 assists and Jayla Martinez added 11 in the sweep.
ST. MICHAEL’S 9, REHOBOTH 0: The visiting Horsemen (2-0) put a pounding on the Lynx, scoring four in the first half and adding five in the second.
SOCORRO 5, LOS ALAMOS 4, 1OT: Jenna Harris had two goals, Tara McDonald added a goal and two assists, and Lily Shevitz had a score for the visiting Hilltoppers (0-1), but they could not hold off the Warriors.
ST. MICHAEL’S 2, SANDIA PREP 1: Elsa Smith opened the scoring in the first half and the host Horsemen (1-0) added a second goal in the second half before holding on for the victory over the defending 3A state champion Sun Devils.
LOS ALAMOS 8, OAK GROVE/MENAUL/EVANGEL CHRISTIAN 1: The host Hilltoppers (1-0) cruised to an easy victory over the coop team from Albuquerque.
TAOS 7, ST. MICHAEL’S 0: Alex Waggoner scored three goals with an assist, Aiden Heflin had two goals, Nitis Morgan had two assists and Otto Van Willigen had a goal and an assist for the host Tigers (1-0) against the defending 3-0 champion Horsemen (0-1).
A ST. MIKE’S WIN: St. Michael’s Raylee Hunt took first place in Tuesday’s St. Pius Super Cinco race, finishing the 2.64-mile course in 16 minutes, 58 seconds.