Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Spartans Have Will to Return.(West Side Journal)

Byline: James Yodice Of the Journal

It's long been one of sports' most unappreciated truths -- an athlete's learning curve is almost always accelerated more by his failures than his successes.

A team dynamic, by extension, can be similarly understood.

If one were to judge Bernalillo High School's baseball program in the aftermath of its 16-9, nine-inning loss to St. Michael's in the championship game of the Class 3A state tournament, the uninformed might be led to an incorrect -- and incomplete -- conclusion.

The Spartans certainly were emotionally overwrought, as was their right to be. Bernalillo dearly wanted to bring Sandoval County its first baseball title since 1956, but in the final analysis it didn't perform as well as it needed to, when it needed to. …

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