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Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 12:00 am | Updated: 7:48 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Dec. 1, 2004 - AHEAD OF THE GAME: The state of New Mexico has attracted another highly touted athlete from the Northwest to the Land of Enchantment. Joelle Ingram, a senior at Canyon del Oro High School, has chosen to take her game to the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque on a full volleyball scholarship starting next fall.

Ingram, 18, was among the team leaders for the Dorados this season in kill percentage. Through the regular season Ingram, with a 47.9 percentage, was second among players appearing in 60 or more games and more than 100 kills.

The senior has excelled on both the club and high school level. She earned Club Cactus Player of the Year honors in each of the past two seasons and was selected to the 5A Coaches Southern Region First Team this year with teammates, Audrey Bockerstette, Marti Larriva and Kelly Mogan.

Ingram, at 6-foot-1-inch, will add size to a Lobo team that finished the 2004 season with a 9-17 record and was eliminated by Colorado State in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament.

Off the court she's an honor roll student at CDO and an avid cyclist. In 2000 she won the Arizona State Mountain Bike Championship in her age bracket.

Ingram is the second Northwest athlete to flock to New Mexico this fall. Earlier in the month, Erin Parsons from Marana High School agreed to play basketball at New Mexico State.

NEW SEA-ZEN

Robert Clark may find himself in a couple of new positions when the season gets underway Dec. 1. The senior wrestler at Mountain View High School is attempting to adjust to a new style in his first year with the program. An avid jujitsu wrestler, Clark will be trying to transplant his wrestling from the ancient form of Zen wrestling to conform to the high school style, which is a completely different form of wrestling. The transformation won't be an easy one, said Mountain Lion head coach Bob Newman, but so far Clark seems to be catching on. Newman and Mountain View will call its young but experienced squad to action Dec. 1 when the Mountain Lions take on Tucson and Buena.

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?

Anthony Gonzalez got the Canyon del Oro boys basketball team off to a fast start Nov. 23 when the Dorados opened their season in the Boyd Baker Classic against Cholla at Ironwood Ridge High School. The senior poured in a career-high 24 points as CDO defused the Chargers, 69-32. Gonzalez's previous high of 17 points came last year as a junior. The CDO forward set the new career mark in the first half of the Dorado's rout, tallying 20 of the team's 33 points. Juniors Jake Larrow, 16 points, and Matt Sanchez, 14 points, combined with Gonzalez to score 54 of the team's 69 points. After the 37-point win, Gonzalez paid homage to the team's defense and what he said is the real reason the Dorados were able to shut down Cholla.

" 'D' it up, that's our motto," said Gonzalez of new head coach Nainesh Desai's team attitude. "Coach has a way of firing us up."

Desai's defensive schematics worked against the Chargers. CDO held Cholla scoreless in the second half before the Chargers could manage its first basket with eight minutes remaining in the game.

70 AND STILL GOING STRONG

The Tucson Rancherettes, a 70-year old and up women's slow pitch softball squad featuring players from Tucson, Las Vegas and El Paso, is proving you're never too old to kick some serious butt. The team became the first squad from the West Coast to ever compete at a USSSA National Tournament when the Rancherettes barreled its way into Sherwood, Ark. Sept. 18 through 20. The Rancherettes escaped the "Natural" State with a unblemished 4-0 record against the Michigan Mavericks and the Virginia Golden Oldies.

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