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Week in Review: A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico

BASKETBALL

MORA TRIUMPHS: The Mora Rangers didn’t let little things like facing a raucous opposing gym full of people or even a previous loss to hometown Santa Rosa stand in its way this week en route to a Tri Cities championship. Rangers guard Casimiro Fresquez scored 32 points to lead the Rangers past the host Lions 89-69 in the title game. Ferdinand Valencia contributed 20 for Mora.

COACHING CAROUSEL

HELP WANTED: St. Michael’s is searching for a couple of new coaches after recent resignations. Boys soccer coach Merritt Brown stepped down after a 10-year reign in which he went 117-90-6 with six district crowns. And volleyball coach Steve Long called it quits after three seasons at the helm, going 18-48 with one state tournament appearance.

SWIMMING

ADMIRABLE EFFORT: Los Alamos junior swimmer Sarah Lott turned in a notable performance at the pre-Christmas Elite Pro-Am meet in Edmond, Okla. Competing against 40 club teams from 40 states, she came in seventh in the 200-meter freestyle in a time of 1:52.21, and eighth in both the 100 free and 500 free.

BASEBALL

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TAOS TO LOSE TEAM: The Pecos Baseball League, won by the Santa Fe Fuego last summer, took a bit of a hit when the Taos Blizzard announced it has been sold to a group that plans to move it to Garden City, Kan., for next season.

UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO

BASKETBALL: It’s a big couple of days for high school basketball fans as today the Taos boys visit Capital at 7 p.m. and the West Las Vegas boys look to rebound from their first defeat on Sunday by playing host to Ruidoso at 4 p.m. today. And the Northern Rio Grande boys and girls tournament continues with semifinal matches all day today at the Ben Lujan Gymnasium at Pojoaque Valley High School, with the title games set for Saturday at 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys). The field includes Questa, McCurdy, Mora, Pecos, Escalante, Mesa Vista, Dulce and PeƱasco.

WRESTLING: The YMCA junior wrestling program is set to begin next week in Los Alamos, but there’s still time to sign up. The program, which runs from Jan. 5-April 17, costs $60 for YMCA members and $90 for non-members. The program is open to prospective wrestlers in grades 1-6, as well as newcomers in grades 7 and 8. For more information call the YMCA at 662-3100.

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