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Wingate netters closing in on district crown

Wingate High School sophomore Paige Pinto (6) tips the ball over the net during a District 1-4A match with Kirtland Central High School. Wingate defeated Kirtland Central, 3-0. (Times photo – Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi)


When the Wingate High Schools Lady Bears hopped onto their bus last Thursday and headed for Kirtland, their game plan was simple: own the court.

Wingate took complete ownership of the District 1-4A match with the Lady Broncos on Oct. 23, when they swept KC 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-16) and earned their eighth straight win in district play.

Wingate head coach Karen Malone said her team was focused and because of that they played a tough match.

“They were very aggressive tonight,” Malone said. “They played their game and they wanted to win. They wanted to beat them again, it was their thing, and they wanted this so bad.”

The Lady Bears met Kirtland Central earlier this this month, where they defeated the Lady Broncos, 3-1.

This time, they wanted to close it in three.

Malone said leading up to the match her team had talked about winning the match in an aggressive manner.

“Our whole game plan was ‘you walk in there, you own that court’, and they did,” she said. “I’m just proud of them.”

About The Author

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at or via cell at (505) 686-0769.


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