On a night when Los Lunas standouts Mia Mendoza and Riley Luther were recognized for reaching statistical milestones, the Tigers’ Tuesday defeated Rio Grande 3-0 to clinch the District 5-5A championships.
LLHS (18-3, 9-0) will look to complete an unbeaten district season Thursday when the Tigers host Albuquerque High. Mendoza, a junior, recently recorded assist 2000, while Luther, a senior, now has registered more than 750 kills.
Also Tuesday, Belen (10-11, 4-3) handled Grants 3-0, while Valencia (13-9, 5-2) downed Highland 3-1. Belen hosts Valencia Thursday to end the regular season.
State tournament brackets will be announced Sunday. Currently, Los Lunas is ranked fourth in 5A, while in 4A, VHS has a ranking of No. 11 and BHS No. 19.
Mike Powers spent more than 40 years as a television news and sports anchor, mostly in the Albuquerque market. He has won numerous awards including New Mexico Sportscaster of the Year. He covers a wide range of sports, including the Valencia County prep scene.