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Capital’s baseball program is making progress under second-year head coach Nicholas Salazar, winning a best-ever five starts last season and already at six this time

By Arnie Leshin  Going by results of the last two seasons under head coach Nicholas Salazar, the Capital baseball team is making progress.   Currently at 6-12 overall and winless in four District 5-5A starts, it follows on last year’s 5-21 mark. And if you don’t think that’s progress on …

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St. Michael’s drops two to visiting District 2-3A rival Robertson in softball Friday afternoon, with a lack of hitting in the 10-0 win in the opener, and too many errors in the 18-13 closer

By Arnie Leshin  This time it was double-trouble, a doubleheader at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex against District 2-3 rival Robertson Friday afternoon.   In the opener, the Lady Horseman didn’t have an answer for Cardinal senior right-hander Mckayla Encinlas’ pitching. She went the five innings of the 10-0 win …

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Hoop Memories: It’s been seven decades that I’ve been caught up in the world of basketball and can list the best of NCAA men’s tournaments, other highlights, and still have plenty more space to go from 1950 to the many more present changes

By Arnie Leshin  Whether you were rooting for Virginia or Texas Tech, you had to admit it was quite a dandy final to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.   I’ve sat through many as a spectator and as a sportswriter, and it’s been long years of storing most of them …

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Football may rule in the state of Texas, but that’s Texas Tech in the Monday championship game of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament against Virginia at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

By Arnie Leshin  There are many ways to reach the championship game of the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.   If you are a commuter, get your tickets in advance, store them in a safe place, and don’t leave home for the game without them. To get to the US Bank …

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UConn women at it again, no matter that they were a 2nd seed wearing their blue road uniforms, sitting on the visiting team bench, and downing No. 1 seed Louisville to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament and their 12th straight Final Four

By Arnie Leshin  Geno (the genius) Auriemma had it all figured out.   His UConn women were a 2nd seed, no big deal because all that would mean is they have to wear their road blues and sit on another bench, the one designated for visiting teams.   Then there …

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OREGON NCAA WOMEN;S BASKETBALL

By Arnie Leshin  Oregon, also a 2nd seed, followed the UConn women into the NCAA Tournament with the Sunday night West Regional played in the friendly confines of Portland.   With the crowd strongly in their favor, the Ducks got behind junior standout Sabrina Ionescu and sent No. 1 seed …

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St. Michael’s softball team crossed home plate over and over in overwhelming visiting Pecos, 21-0 and 22-8 Thursday in mercy-rule style of the non district doubleheader rout

By Arnie Leshin  Bring on Pecos. Thursday, the St. Michael’s softball team got a non district doubleheader visit from the Panthers and needed only eight innings to come away with a sweep at Christian Brothers Athletic Complex.   It was a 21-0 football score in the 3-inning opener, and the …

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Praise from St. Michael’s head basketball coach Martin Esquibal for his All-District players Cia Alvarez and Joelyn Fernandez, both seniors, 3-sport athletes, and keys to the hoops program

By Arnie Leshin  Coaches usually provide a few good words when discussing their All-District players, but St. Michael’s girls head coach Martin Esquibal didn’t go overboard, just needed to offer more than just a few good words.   “I’m very happy for Cia and Joelyn to be selected,” he said …

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Lipscomb is not a household name, but will be known more when it takes the floor at Madison Square Garden in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) semifinals Tuesday night

By Arnie Leshin  It’s in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee’s music city, and is a private liberal arts institution with a latest enrollment just over 5,000. Now in the Division I Atlantic Sun Conference, they are the Bisons.   There, now you know about Lipscomb, the university whose men’s 5th …

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