The prep tennis season continues to roll on. Here is a recap of last week’s action.

Belen Eagles

Belen was in Carlsbad last week for the Claire Higgins Family Tournament for both the boys and girls teams.

On the girls side, the Lady Eagles took second-place overall, and Gabriella Jaramillo brought home a first-place finish in the three-seed category.

After beating Kyla Theimer of Goddard 6-4, 6-0, to make the finals, Jaramillo then dispatched Ashley Vigil of Robertson 6-1, 6-1 to take home the top honors.

Riley Cordova finished runner-up in the one-seed category, getting two wins in the process.

Cordova beat Elena Harvey of Artesia 6-4, 6-0, then took care of Isabel Armendariz, of Hobbs, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7, to meet up with Avery Williams of Goddard.

Cordova fought hard, but eventually fell 6-3, 6-2 to Williams.

Angelina Matzke also finished in second place, hers coming in the five-seed.

Matzke opened with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Zoe Salas of Hobbs. Then, after falling behind one set to Amber Easley of Carlsbad, Matzke rallied to take the next two sets, 6-3 and 10-3, to reach the championship.

Matzke ended up falling 6-1, 6-0 to Stella Garcia, of Roberston, following her run to the championship.

Angelina Fragua took third-place in the six-seed category, while Isabella Jaramillo did the same in the two-seed category.

In the doubles action, Cordova and Isabella Jaramillo took top honors in the one-seed flight, taking down Mikaella Sena and Gabriela Fulgenzi, of Robertson, in the finals.

For the three-seed match, Matzke and Angelina Fragua won first-place after defeating a pair from Seminole High School in Texas for the championship.

In the two-seed event, Gabriella Jaramillo and Ava Fragua finished as runner-ups.

On the boys side of the tournament, the Eagles finished fourth overall at the event, and saw a couple of boys come away with top three finishes.

In the four-seed category, Luke Austin took home runner-up for the Eagles.

Austin got a first-round win over Derek Sullivan, of Carlsbad, with set wins of 6-4, 6-4. Then in the semifinals, Austin would take care of Lawrence Martinez, of Robertson, 6-3, 6-4, to make the championship.

Austin’s run came to an end there, losing 6-1, 6-3 to Andrew Salgado, of Hobbs.

Janek Stockhaus took third-place in the six-seed flight. After beating Sean Erosido of Carlsbad, 6-1, 6-3, Stockhaus fell Eli Glissen, of Carlsbad, 7-5, 6-2.

Stockhaus rebounded, though, beating Nicholas Lara, of Goddard, 6-4, 6-0, to take third place.

In the boys doubles, Belen picked up a pair of third places and a fifth-place.

Taylor Wright and Santiago Silva won third place in the one-seed doubles, while Austin and Evan Stynen did the same in the three-seed doubles.

Stockhaus and Vicente Silva brought home a fifth-place win in the two-seed doubles category.

Belen will have a busy week coming up, taking on Miyamura and Gallup on consecutive days. Then, the Eagles will go to Santa Fe for the Capital High School Invitational.


Valencia Jaguars

Valencia was in action twice last week, taking on Moriarty and Miyamura, with mixed results. Then they squared off with St. Pius to start this week.

On the boys side, the Jaguars won both meetings during the week, 5-0 over Moriarty, and 8-1 over Miyamura.

In the meeting with Moriarty, Xavier Castillo downed Devin Edwards, 2-1, while Daniel Altobello defeated Jahkeem Graham, 6-5.

In doubles against Moriarty, Xavier and Isaiah Castillo won the one-seed, while Altobello and Nick Torres won the two-seed, and Victor Ramirez and Phakin Vipasdamrongkul won the three-seed doubles.

Against Miyamura, Xavier Castillo beat Jameson Ferguson 6-1, 6-2 in the one-seed singles.

Isaiah Castillo, Altobello, Torres, Ramirez  and Vipasdamrongkul made it a clean sweep of the singles matches for the Jaguars.

Altobello and Torres got the two-seed doubles win, while Isaiah and Xavier Castillo would do the same in the one-seed doubles.

Against St. Pius, the Jaguars came up short of the overall win, losing 5-4.

Xavier Castillo and Nick Torres took their singles matches in straight sets.

The Jags also collected two wins in doubles matches. Xavier and Isaiah Castillo taking theirs in straight sets over Monte Taylor and Brandon Eklund, while Joseph Baros and Victor Ramirez won their doubles match in straight sets over Lorenzo Gradi and Oliver Wykoff.

The girls side saw the Lady Jaguars split the week, losing to Moriarty, 6-1, but then bouncing back to beat Miyamura, 5-4.

The lone win over Moriarty came in the doubles side of the meeting.

Karleigh Gibson and Antigone Genson won the two-seed doubles over Vera Brazell and Clara Morgan by a final of 6-3, 6-3.

It went much better against Miyamura, as the Lady Jaguars took three singles matches and two doubles.

In the singles, Jenny Schaefer won, 6-3, 6-0, over Sahara Kezia Fiedacan. Preslee Eylicio would get by Amlia Wagner by a final of 6-3, 6-1. Karleigh Gibson collected a 6-1, 6-4 win over Hailey Situ.

In doubles action, Genson and Eylicio would take the one-seed, while Gibson and Schaefer took the two-seed to give Valencia the overall win.

Against St. Pius on Monday, the Lady Jaguars fell by an overall final of 9-2.

Eylicio won her singles match over Victoria Stone in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 13-11.

Schaefer and Genson won their doubles match for the other victory against St. Pius, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Valencia will have a busy week ahead, taking on Grants and then traveling to the Capital High School Invitational on Saturday.


Los Lunas Tigers

The Tigers took on Grants last week, and the results were mixed.

For the girls side, the Lady Tigers got a 7-2 win over Grants, taking four singles matches and all three doubles matches.

On the singles side, Taleyah Beyer defeated Chloe Rychener, of Grants, 6-3, 7-5, to take the one-seed.

In the two-seed, Samantha Dodd got a 6-1, 6-4 two set win over Alexia Munson.

For the four-seed, it was the Lady Tigers’ Alaina Viramontes getting a two set win over Abriyah Urioste, 6-1, 6-1.

Peyton Slatunas took home the five-seed win, beating Elena Perez, 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles, Beyer and Alivia Sanchez got the one-seed win, while Dodd and Viramontes got the two-seed win. Slatunas and Roisin Shaughnessy would win the three-seed.

The Lady Tigers then made up their  match against Cibola on Monday — which had been postponed from last week due to snow — and the ladies made the best of it, winning 8-1.

Beyer won her singles match in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), as did Dodd, 6-2, 7-5. Alaina Viramontes did the same, winning 6-2, 6-2 in straight sets, and Roisin Shaughnessy won her singles match in straight sets as well, 6-2, 6-2.

Alivia Sanchez won her singles match in three sets, rallying after losing her first set, 4-6, to take the final two, 6-4, and 10-6.

The Lady Tigers claimed all three doubles matches during the meeting.

On the boys side, it was a rough go for the Tigers, losing to Grants by a final of 8-1, including dropping all three doubles matches.

The lone win in the match up for Los Lunas came from Nick Morales, as he picked up a 6-3, 7-5 win over Isaiah Tena in the three-seed category.

The Tigers had their match with Cibola moved to Monday because of weather.

Against Cibola, the boys fell by a final of 7-2.

Nick Morales won his singles match in straight sets over J.D. Waring, 6-2, 6-2, and Morales and Alex Covarrubia won their doubles match for the only other win for the Tigers during the meeting.

Los Lunas will take on Manzano this week before heading to Santa Fe for the Capital High School Invitational.

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Adam Evarts is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where he studied journalism and history. He has lived in Valencia County most of his life. Adam covers sports for the Valencia County News-Bulletin, including prep competitions for the three local high schools, Senior Olympics, rodeo, Little League and more.