Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ex-Players Catch On As Coaches.(Sports)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

Los Lunas, Belen Grads Find Success

What Pam Zens and Melanie Murray could not achieve as players they almost did as coaches.

And maybe they still will.

Zens, the ex-Los Lunas High School volleyball and basketball standout, and Murray, one of the best girls basketball players in Belen High's history, both nearly won state championships earlier this month in Las Cruces.

Zens, an assistant at Albuquerque's La Cueva High, where she is a teacher, watched as the Bears lost to Sandia in the Class 5A finals at the Pan American Center.

Murray is an assistant at Rio Rancho High School, and the Rams reached the final four in 5A, losing to Sandia in the semifinals before beating Clovis in the consolation game. …

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