Mora coach resigns after loss

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By The Staff

After two years at the helm of the Mora Rangers basketball program, Coach Hank Laumbach announced his resignation Tuesday.

“It was an amazing couple of seasons,” Laumbach said in a news release. “A lot of work and time invested resurrecting the program. It’s time to move on.”

Under the guidance of Laumbach, the Rangers brought home first-place trophies from both the Tri-Cities and the Northern Rio Grande tournaments. They also won District 2-AA in back-to-back seasons.

“Winning the district on back-to-back occasions was a highlight, but winning that first round of state at home both times will always be special,” Laumbach said.

Laumbach departs with a 39-17 overall record.  

Last season ended in Rio Rancho as the Rangers reached the elite eight for the first time since 2005, but got the early exit by eventual champs Mesilla Valley Christian School. Building on last season’s successes, Laumbach set high goals for this season.

“Our goal was to play at the Pitt and nothing less”

This season, after finishing the regular season 26-2, including three tournament championships and an opening round win in state tournament play against Laguna Acoma, the Rangers earned a No. 2 seed before falling to Tucumcari at the Santa Ana Star Center.