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Ruidoso Free Press


April 24, 2012

Ruidoso girls’ goals getting bigger

By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Yes, yes, the Ruidoso girls got two more state qualifying legs in this year’s Spring Classic at Roswell’s Spring River and New Mexico Military Institute golf courses. But the Lady Warriors had already secured their spots at state the week before during the Leroy Gooch, and coach Melissa Misquez said the goal now is to start placing in the top three at these tournaments. “Getting our legs isn’t good enough for them anymore,” Misquez said. “Now they want to push harder and place higher.” The Lady Warriors scored a 497 on the tournament’s first day at Spring River Monday, then shot 482 on Tuesday at NMMI. They finished seventh out of a field of 12. Taylor Fjelland shot 89 both days, and Misquez said she’s transformed into a leader in the course of the year. “Taylor is leading them to practice harder and develop a will to win,” Misquez said. “She’s risen to the challenge and has come around to be a great leader for the team.” Both Ruidoso teams have only one more meet left before the district tournament at Socorro, having played in a three-team meet Monday at UNM’s Photo by Karen Boehler Championship South course in Albuquerque. They’ll be at a last-chance Ruidoso’s Kaylor Grado follows her shot at Spring River golf course in Roswell during the first day of the Spring Classic, April 16. qualifier Friday at NMMI.

“They really want to shoot a respectable score at UNM, since that’s where the state tournament is,” Misquez said. “They’re wanting to learn as much as they can about that course and be competitive at state.” The Ruidoso boys struggled in the two-day event, shooting 346 at NMMI Monday and 349 on Tuesday at Spring River. Neither score was good enough for a qualifying leg. Tony Nanz shot 82 and 80 – not bad scores, but not good enough for individual legs, either. “He had a couple of bad breaks that kept him from putting a good round together,” said boys coach Eric Eggleston. “He could have really spiraled down today (Tuesday), but was able to catch himself and turn in a respectable score, but was still one shot short of his final individual leg. He’s right there.” The boys still have only one team leg to get to state, meaning they need to shoot qualifying scores at both UNM and NMMI this week to get in. They could secure a spot at state with a win at the district tournament, but Eggleston said that’s kind of a tall order. “Not only would we have to win, we’d have to shoot a qualifying score,” Eggleston said. “That’s a tough course (New Mexico Tech), and it’s Socorro’s home course. They beat us by 35 shots at Spring River, and district is on their home turf. We’d have our work cut out for us.”

Lady Warriors to try to stop losing skid By Todd Fuqua

Sports Editor

The Ruidoso softball team started the year with three straight wins – and might have had a tournament trophy if the seasonopening Hot Springs tournament hadn’t been snowed out in the championship game. But since then, the Lady Warriors have won only one game. The Lady Warriors are 4-15 overall and winless in District 4-3A, following a week in which they’ve dropped four games to top 10 teams Cobre at home and West Las Vegas on the road, and a pair of district games to top-ranked Portales. Ruidoso began the week with Cobre April

16, dropping 14-6 and 15-5 decisions to Cobre, ranked No. 4 by NMOTC. com. “I just wanted these to be some good games, to have some decent defense and hit the ball,” said Ruidoso coach Sal Beltran. “We did that, except for one or two innings, and that’s what killed us.” Ruidoso wasn’t exactly steamrolled to begin with in each game. The Lady Warriors trailed by only a run heading into the fourth inning of the first game, and made an attempt at a comeback in the bottom of that frame, but literally ran themselves out of a bigger inning when Marissa Gonzales was thrown out at the plate, trying to score on a double by Destri Vincent.

After spotting the Lady Indians (14-3) five more runs in the top of the sixth and one more in the seventh off Ruidoso starter Amanda Bryant, the Lady Warriors again tried a comeback in their final at-bats. Marissa Gonzales reached on a walk and then was driven home by a two-run home run by Vincent. Lorely Enriquez then reached on an error. But after Shanna Sandoval flew out to right field, Enriquez was erased as part of a 6-4-3 double play hit into by Sarah Reynolds to bring the game to a close. Cobre opened game two with four runs in the first two innings, taking advantage of six walks issued by Vincent, who started the contest. The Lady Indians really opened things up in

Sports in brief Full contact football

for any event, call Sandee Jourden at Are you a former high school star 257-4565. Dates for events are: wanting to relive your time on the Swimming –April 24 at 19 a.m., gridiron? Are you interested in helping the RAC. to raise funds for the Ruidoso High Billiards – April 24 at 10:30 a.m. School athletic program? at Ruidoso Senior Center. If so, then you need to be on an Basketball free throw and three alumni team that will play in a full pointers – April 28, 10 a.m. at the contact – pads and everything – game Middle School outdoor courts. at Horton Stadium May 12 against Horseshoes, May 22 at 10 a.m., Tularosa. Smokey Bear Forest Trail parking lot. All equipment will be supplied, Recreational events – May 25, 9 and cost is $95 per player to particia.m. at Ruidoso High School track. pate. You do not have to be a Ruidoso Track and field – May 26, 9 a.m., High School graduate to play. Ruidoso High School track. Half of all proceeds will go Pickleball – First week of May, directly to the RHS athletic program, call 630-1099 to enter. and tickets are available by contacting Raquetball and tennis, contact Erik Padilla at 505-331-0353. PracBart Young at 257-3193. tices are Sundays at 3 p.m. at the RHS Big Willie Classic practice field. A golf fundraiser for People for Senior Olympics Kids will be held June 16 at Valle Del Qualifying for this year’s state Sol Golf Course in Carrizozo. The Seniors Olympics has begun, and this tournament is also accepting prize or year is also a qualifying year for the cash donations to keep the event fun 2013 national games in Cleveland. and interesting for participants. The age minimum is 50 years as Prizes may include – but are not of Dec. 31, 2012, and a $5 registration limited to – golf bags, golf clubs, fee entitles the individual to particiballs, towels, trophies and gift cards. pate in all offered events. Deadline This event is named after Willie for early bird registration of $45 for Silva, a long-time business owner in state games is May 31, while regular Carrizozo. He contributed greatly over registration is $60 by June 15. Late many years to his community, and we registration is $70 by June 30. There would like to continue that tradition. is also an extra fee for bowling, golf, For more information, contact swimming and racquetball. To sign up James Silva at 480-332-4354.

the fourth inning, though, exploding for eight runs on five hits, including a grand slam by Kayla Rodriguez which landed in the bleachers beyond the left field fence. At Portales, Ruidoso lost by identical scores of 11-1, but Beltran said his team actually did better

than the scores reflect. “The scores could have been even more lopsided, but we were holding them to just one or two runs per inning instead of 7 or 8,” Beltran said. “Also, we lasted into the fifth inning instead of bowing out in the third. There were some posi-

tives.” While Ruidoso was at least keeping the Lady Rams from running completely rampant over the course of five innings, Portales pitcher Kelsey Laurenz held the Lady Warriors to just three hits in both contests.

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