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average (third in the CHL), .919 save percentage (fifth) and three shutouts. And he accomplished all of it while finishing 12th in minutes amongst CHL goalies. “I’m not the quickest or most athletic guy,” Traylen said. “I cut my angles well and don’t give the shooter too good of a look. If I continue playing that way, we’ll be successful.” Ruskowski is confident that Traylen is close to becoming a full-fledged force in the league. “He’s got to understand the league

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Dustin Traylen

Bucks confident in goalies
By DENNIS SILVA II
LAREDO MORNING TIMES

Bucks Coach Terry Ruskowski is hoping a situation that possibly cost his club the President’s Cup last season does not rear its ugly head again this year. Having learned his lesson when no depth was available when goalie Kevin Reiter was lost to injury in Game 3 of the 2007 Southern Conference Finals against New Mexico, Ruskowski is better prepared this year. The Bucks have two strong goalies — an All-Star No. 1 and a solid backup — and the addition of Paul Drew on Monday gives them versatility and balance as they head into Saturday’s semifinal playoff opener.

“Last year, I was unprepared if something happened to my goalie, and sure enough, something did,” Ruskowski said. “It took a toll on us, and I told myself I wasn’t going to be caught in that situation again this year.” Dustin Traylen has provided strong play in the net as the Bucks’ No. 1 goalie, using his size and bulk as a strong b arrier against shooters. An All-Star starter this year, the 63, 203-pound rookie played in 38 games, acquiring a 25-8-2 record. He compiled a 2.23 goals-against

better,” he said. “He still needs to learn which guys to key on and how to stop shooters. Once he gets confidence in that, he’ll be hard to beat.” John Ceci was a midseason pickup that has paid huge dividends for Ruskowski, allowing Traylen some rest without sacrificing production. The 5-11, 170-pound Ceci played in 16 games, compiling a 7-7 record and a 2.64 goals-against average. He accumulated a .902 save percentage.

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29-5A | SOCCER

29-5A | BASEBALL

29-5A girls ousted
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South’s Gus Garcia (4) gets tagged out by Alexander’s Justin Gonzalez (22) during the third inning Tuesday night at Krueger Field.

Guarneros’ no-no boosts United
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United’s Sandra Gomez (11) controls the ball amongst a pair of Nikki Rowe defenders during first half action of Tuesday’s bi-district playoff game at the SAC.

LBJ boys advance to area playoff round
By NINO CARDENAS
LAREDO MORNING TIMES

It wasn’t the year of the Longhorn. One day after the boys soccer team was ousted from the postseason the girls met the same fate Tuesday evening.

The number seven is not as lucky as one might think, at least not for United. The 29-5A champ United Lady Longhorns lost in their seventh venture into bi-district playoffs with a 4-0 loss to the Nikki Rowe Lady Warriors of 30-5A. The Longhorns were playing

in their third bi-district game in three years under coach Jerry Vera, while the Warriors were back after a seven year absence. The Nikki Rowe Lady Warriors didn’t create more scoring opportunities than the United Lady Longhorns, but they did cap-

italize in the handful of chances that they managed. The wind, as it has all season at the SAC, played a factor in the game but what ultimately doomed the Longhorns were missed opportunities.

Make that five run-ruled district wins for the United Longhorns. Behind Jorge Guarneros’ nohitter, United run-ruled LBJ on Tuesday night, 13-0, in five innings at the SAC. Guarneros threw six strikeouts and walked two. The losing pitcher was Alex Salinas. Guarneros and Ramon Sandoval had two hits apiece to lead the offense for the Longhorns, who are now 5-1 in district. LBJ fell to 3-3. Alex Salinas was the losing pitcher. Nixon 3, Eagle Pass 0: Javier Cantu pitched a complete-game of no-hit ball as Nixon pulled off

the upset. George Barron had one hit with one RBI. Hector Ramirez had two hits, Jessie Sanchez had two hits and a home run. Losing pitcher was Chris Villa. The Mustangs are now 1-6 in district. The Eagles dropped to 4-2. W i n n 5 , M a r t i n 1 : Sergio Ramirez was the winning pitcher as the Mavs improved to 4-2 in district. Luis Cantu was the losing pitcher in a complete-game effort, striking out five. For Martin, Victor Tijerina had two hits, including a triple. The Tigers fell to 2-4 in district.

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29-5A | SOFTBALL

Espinoza leads ’Dogs over ’Horns
By CLARA SANDOVAL
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Alexander’s Aldercy Ortegon (3) scores as she avoids a tag from United pitcher Candace Dunford (12) during the second inning of Tuesday’s district game at the SAC. United catcher Leonor Gonzalez (10) looks on.

Senior Gabby Espinoza struck out seven and gave up only one walk as the J.B. Alexander Lady Bulldogs beat the United Lady Longhorns 7-5 in district 29-5A action Tuesday night at the Student Activity Complex. “We just got over the hump of beating United. I felt that we had the talent and today they showed that they can play with anybody,” Alexander coach Jorge Salinas said. The Lady Bulldogs banged out eight hits and backed Espinoza with a solid defensive team effort. “Offensively we hit the ball well, and we did not strike out a whole lot and put the ball in play and that lead to some key runs that we need,” responded Salinas. United had nine hits but failed to capitalize on its opportunities by leaving four runners stranded on base.

Alexander and United now have identical district records at 63 and are currently tied for third place in the district standings. One month ago, it was United who enjoyed the victory over Alexander in the first round of district with a 3-1 win. Alexander’s Clary Martinez (1for-3, 2 runs scored) beat out a throw from United’s Lizzy Austudillo to give the Lady Bulldogs a scoring threat. Martinez would score on a sacrifice single by Sonia Alvarado (1for-3, 1 RBI, 1 run scored) to give the Lady Bulldogs a 1-0 lead on top of the first inning. “Clary and Sonia had a good game. The seniors overall showed good leadership and they stuck together for the victory,” Salinas said. United responded to Alexander’s challenge when Lizzy Silva (4-for-4, 3 singles, 1 double, 2 RBIs) drove in Cristina Mendoza (2-for4, 2 runs scored) to tie up the ball

game at one a piece. Alexander continued to tack on two more runs in the second inning. Aldercy Ortegon (2-for-4, 1 run scored) was hit by a pitch and stole second to put her in scoring position. Teammate Mandee Walker (1for-4) banged out a single down the middle two put two runners on base. Catcher Yessie Flores (1-for-3) strolled to the plate and ripped a hard double to score Ortegon and put Walker in third. Walker would score on a wild pitch to give Alexander a comfortable 3-1 lead. Espinoza looked solid on the mound recording four strikeouts in four innings of play. She had 110 pitches with 80 strikes and only 30 balls in seven innings of play. “Gabby got in a zone and she hit her corners like that she is tough to hit,” Salinas said.

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