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HOCKEY | LAREDO

2006 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FINALS | GAME 1 GAME 2 TONIGHT

LAREDO BUCKS vs.ODESSAJACKALOPES 7:30 p.m. L.E.C

goal was Grenville's eighth of the playoffs. Grenville said of the game, "We got off to a good start and our special teams is starting to click after playing mediocre in the regular season," he said. "We're just keeping it easy and getting the puck on net and making the easy plays. We chip it in and chip it out and the pucks are going in for us right now." Grenville added of his hot hand, "The team is playing well around us and I'm just in the right place at the right time. It's a team game and we're all playing well here.

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BY RACQUEL TORRES

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Bucks overpower Odessa

The Laredo Bucks knew they had to score early to beat the Odessa Jackalopes and throw them off their trapping game and that is exactly what the Bucks did to take the early Southern Conference Finals series lead. Laredo scored two goals in the first, three in the second and one in the third to pound Odessa 6-2 in front of 5,219 fans Friday night at the Laredo Entertainment Center. Game 2 is tonight at the LEC and the series shifts to Odessa next week for Games 3 and 4. It didn't take the Bucks long to get on the scoreboard. Five minutes into the game Hans Benson scored his first goal of the playoffs on a rebounded shot from the right circle with Nick Warriner and Steve Simoes assisting. Laredo's leading playoff and regular season scorer Chris Grenville extended the Bucks' lead 2-0 eight minutes later. Jeff Bes handled the puck and skated down the left side and passed it off to Grenville who went top shelf on Odessa all-star netminder Mike Gorman. Steve Simoes also assisted on the play. The

Photo by Cuate Santos | Laredo Morning Times

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Bucks'Hans Benson, left, and Steve Simoes, right, celebrate after Benson scored the first goal of Game 1 of the CHL's Southern Conference Finals Friday at the LEC.

FOOTBALL-SOCCER | LAREDO

Lobos' IFL kick off is just a week away

By NINO CARDENAS

LAREDO MORNING TIMES

Photos by Cuate Santos | Laredo Morning Times

Four times an

South's Carranza's passion, skills make her the city's best

By NINO CARDENAS

LAREDO MORNING TIMES

MVP

TOP SCORER | 29-5A GIRLS SOCCER

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or some players the learning curve in high school varsity sports is gradual while others seem to fit in, right out of the gate. The latter was the case for Rachel Carranza, a United South girls soccer team mainstay for the past four years. "She's awesome to work with, extremely knowledgeable of the game. She is willing to do whatever you ask of her," South head coach Dawn Aguilar said. "Every coach would like that in all her athletes ... she is one of a kind." Carranza, who stands only 5'1", closed out her high school soccer career not only as the Panthers' leading scorer, but the city's top scorer -- for

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. the past four years. Carranza scored 20 goals in her freshman year, helping the Lady Panthers, coached by Alice Darland, capture a district 29-5A championship. Her sophomore year, Carranza knocked in 35. In her junior year, she finished with 30 and got another district title under coach Aguilar. In this, her last year, Carranza kicked in an additional 20 goals, and the Panthers were runner-up in District 29-5A. "When I score, to me, it represents a big `thank you' to all those people who support and believe in me. Most of the time, my first goal is dedicated to my parents," Carranza said.

The all-time South goal leader leaves her high school with a total of 105 "thank you's" that garnered her four straight district MVP honors -- the maximum for any athlete and a feat that Carranza dedicates to her family and coaches. "I am so proud of winning the past four MVP titles, because I know I really worked hard for it even before high school," Carranza said.

Family dedication

About capturing the record-setting fourth MVP, Carranza continued: "I dedicate it to my family. They have been with me in the good times and the bad. They have supported me in everything and if there is one thing I am most honored with, it's being part of the Carranza family. "I am also very honored and thankful

Midway through training camp the Laredo Lobos are gearing up for their Intense Football League debut just one week away. The indoor football league kicks off on April 22 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, home of the CenTex Barracudas. On a cool and windy evening this past Thursday at the TAMIU grounds head coach Lawrence A. Fisher watched and directed his squad, pleased with what he has seen so far. "So far I'm most pleased with our backfield and their knowledge of the plays. Jermaine Lewis, now he knows every route. I wouldn't mind helping him get to the next level," Fisher said. Coach Fisher seems confident that the team is preparing itself well for the opening game. The quarterback position is up for grabs between Donald Currie and Neal Sharma. Currie is a 6-2, 220 QB from Alcorn State and Sharma 6-3, 215 from San Diego State. Defensively Fisher has some spots solidified in linebackers James Knapp, Marcus Ardley. In the backfield he has Mike Ward, Garyle Graham and Leon Holmes. The offensive and defensive lineman duties go to Sabree Anderson (6-4, 275), Kelvin McClinton (6-6, 340) and Cornelius Lambert (6-2, 285). Local players Roberto Ortiz, Rene Arriaga and Daniel Hermosillo have impressed the coaching staff. "It's amazing to see this guys catch on. I'm stunned," Fisher said. Since April 8 the team has been meeting every morning and evening learning the team plays and getting to know one another.

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United South soccer star Rachel Carranza finished her four-year career with a total of 105 goals.

Goalie Shaughnessy is returning for Heat

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

BASEBALL | LCC

Palominos sweep twinbill to stay in playoff hunt

TIMES STAFF REPORTS

BRENHAM ­ Laredo Community College kept pace in their pursuit of a Region XIV playoff bid with a doubleheader sweep over Blinn College by scores of 9-4 and 5-3 Friday at Leroy Dreyer Field. "We just came out and played ball," LCC skipper Chase Tidwell said. "We also got some good pitching from our staff and we picked up some timely hits when we needed them." The big inning carried the Palominos the rest of the way, including their game two series finale, which leaves the Ponies alone in fourth place with a South Zone record of 17-13 and 26-20 overall.

LCC freshman Tony Lerma was the game one winner pitching six strong innings. He allowed six hits and two earned runs and struck out two before giving way to Michael Puig, who threw a hitless seventh inning. Blinn's Fritch was the losing pitcher. The Palominos opened game one with seven runs in the first inning and led 7-2 after the third and 9-3 after the fifth. Blinn added a single run in the sixth, but it wasn't enough. Jeremy Sauceda had three hits for LCC, including a solo home run in the first inning. Freshman Cody Pifer led off game one with a solo homer and had 2 runs batted in. Also with 2 hits were freshmen

Paul Wourms and Daniel Alonzo. Wourms had a three-run homer in the first. With a hit each were Joe Leghorn, Joseph Brade and Gideon Williams. Greg Sillivent paced Blinn with 3 hits, the only Buc with multiple hits. "We punched them in the nose with seven runs in the first inning (of game one) and they never really recovered," Tidwell said. "We made some errors, but it didn't hurt us...we played some good ball this week." In the nightcap, LCC sophomore Jeremy Wilhelm earned the victory in six strong innings. He

The Laredo Heat Soccer Club has announced the resigning of the 2005 PDL's Southern Conference goalkeeper and team MVP Ryan Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy rejoins the Heat after a very productive 2005 campaign in Laredo and a successful senior season at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. While at HardinSimmons, Shaughnessy led the Cowboys into the NCAA Tournament and was named the American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Before coming back to Laredo, Shaughnessy toiled in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and Irapuato, Guanajuato from December to March getting training from professional goalkeeping coaches from SHAUGHNESSY Mexican professional teams. About returning to Laredo, Shaughnessy said, "I enjoyed our run into the playoffs last season and when I found out that Coach (Israel) Collazo was taking over the team on a full time basis, I knew this season would be exciting. "With the core group of players coming back from last year's team, plus the addition of several key players in key positions and the few young guns that Coach Collazo has signed, coming back to Laredo was really an easy decision to make." Along with Shaughnessy, the Heat also re-signed TAMIU standout Ryan Harrison, Nuevo Laredo native Steve Su, former TAMIU star Chuy Sanchez and newcomer Jacob Almack, a teammate of Shaughnessy's at HardinSimmons University. The Heat are taking a few days off for the Easter holiday before getting back into full gear and preparing for the

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