Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Softball Title Comes With a Sacrifice.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Eric Butler For the Journal

* Spartan girls attend special graduation after missing ceremony; Rams win Class 5A for first time

One team missed its own high school graduation, but players were smiling big, anyway.

The other team managed to fulfill the promise of years past.

As Bernalillo and Rio Rancho gathered first-ever state softball championships over the weekend in Las Cruces, each had a compelling story to tell when it was done.

Bernalillo's first title came with a sacrifice. Graduation ceremonies for the high school were taking place on the same day, 240 miles away from Las Cruces.

For Spartan seniors Suzanne Taylor, Kerry Mondragon, Alicia Arriola, Joslynn Gutierrez, Corrie Lackey and Franchesca Boyd, however, a 4-2 victory over Lovington for the Class 3A title wiped away any regrets on that day. …

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