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La Cueva fans generally don’t have to wait long before their Bears are competing for another championship at a state tournament.

See if you can find a year since 1990 when the Albuquerque school did not take a state tourney. It’s in the Roll Call of State Championships below…

Girls Soccer
2006…La Cueva upends defending champ Las Cruces with a 1-0 victory over the Bulldawgs in the Class 5A title game

2004…Third title for Bears’ coach Amber Ashcraft when her squad beats Cibola 3-0 in championship

2002…A tight 1-0 battle with Eldorado goes La Cueva’s way; it’s the school’s eighth overall girls soccer crown

1998…Bears hand Eldorado its only loss of the year in the Class 4A championship: La Cueva 2, Eldo 1

1997…Perfect 21-0 season for La Cueva and coach Enrique Serrano after a 2-0 shutout of Manzano

1995…Only a 13-6 season record, but Bears clobber Sandia 6-1 in finale to claim supremacy in the state

1994…Fourth overall championship for La Cueva under coach Gregory Rusk when his team beats Los Alamos 4-2

1993…State bragging rights go to Bears, who beat Academy 3-1 to cap an 18-1 overall record for the year

1991…Two straight titles when La Cueva nips rival Sandia 3-2 in the state championship contest

1990…Bears go unbeaten and capture first soccer title with a 4-2 victory over Manzano

Boys Soccer
2009..Top-seeded Bears go back-to-back by wrapping up the 5A draw by nipping Eldorado 1-0 in championship contest

2008…Six year wait is long enough for Bears fans as La Cueva pounds Mayfield 7-1 for 5A title

2002…A 23-2 season for the Bears ends on the ultimate high note – a 2-1 victory over Las Cruces in state championship contest

1996…La Cueva shuts out Sandia 2-0 to take Class 4A crown for a second time in three years

1994…A 3-2 win over Farmington in 4A finale gives Bears first boys soccer championship

2009…Bears end four-year run by Las Cruces schools by beating Mayfield for Class 5A championship. Final: La Cueva 31, Mayfield 14

2004…Two years without a loss as La Cueva, coached by Fred Romero, completes 13-0 season with a 40-0 shutout of Clovis
2003…Bears bring back big school football trophy to Albuquerque, finishing perfect season by edging Mayfield 24-21 in 5A finale
1992…La Cueva wins first gridiron championship under coach Ron Warren as Bears club Roswell 35-0

Boys Basketball
2010…Play of Dylan Fritsch & Ronnie Daniels leads the way as Bears beat Mayfield 61-53 for second straight 5A crown
2009…Only fourth seeded entering the tourney, La Cueva walks away with 5A championship after beating Highland 56-52
2003…Bears and coach Frank Castillo finish 25-3 campaign with a 55-53 victory over Sandia in 5A title contest

1994…La Cueva fights way through Class 4A state tourney bracket and ends run with a 65-52 victory over West Mesa

1989…A 25-1 season ends in a most-pleasing way for Bears’ fans as La Cueva squeaks by Albuquerque High 75-74 for first hoops title

Girls Basketball
2009…It’s no fluke. La Cueva captures Class 5A title for second straight year following a 51-43 victory over Cibola in championship

2008…Coached by Greg Berger, Bears gain first hardwood title on the girls side with a 49-44 victory over Eldorado

2011…In a high scoring 5A championship game, La Cueva goes back-to-back by nipping Volcano Vista 11-10
2010…Six big school crowns in eight years as Bears, now with Gerard Pineda as head coach, blast Rio Rancho 14-2
2008…La Cueva returns to the top of Class 5A baseball with a narrow 4-3 victory over Onate in finale

2006…Bears complete four-year dynasty by smothering Eldorado 11-1 in 5A championship game

2005…It’s close, but no cigar for Eldorado. La Cueva and coach Stan McKeever beats cross-town rivals 6-5 for another title

2004…No stopping the Bears, who finish 25-0 season with an 11-0 destruction of Clovis in 5A title contest

2003…First baseball crown for La Cueva after a convincing 13-4 beating of Las Cruces in 5A championship

2005…La Cueva picks up Albuquerque’s first big school softball title in 15 years when Bears knock off Alamogordo 1-0 in 5A title game

La Cueva has dominated the Class 5A boys tennis scene since 2000 and have the titles to prove it. Cody Hall, a four-time winner between 2005 and 2008, leads the parade, while Justin Hauck (two-time champ, ’03-’04) and Lorenzo Baca (2009) have also successfully negotiated the boys singles tournament draw.




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