By Arnie Leshin
On Saturday in 2-3A, St. Michael’s plays at Santa Fe Indian School in a contest scheduled for 4 p.m, and in a 7 p.m.start, Robertson heads cross town to West Las Vegas, and the Horsemen figure to be rooting for the Cardinals, for if the Dons win, they will finish first and play host to the district tournament, which would place St. Michael’s second if it defeats the Braves.
Getting past Indian School in the regular-season finale is vital to the Horsemen, because that would create a three-way tie if the Cards win over WLV. Then it would take some mathamatics to piece together a playoff, which would probably be a coin flip to decide which one gets a bye and then to decide on where to play.
Presently, the Dons are 8-1 in district and Robertson and St. Michael’s are 7-2. Overall, the top-ranked, defending state champion Cardinals are 19-5, 4th-ranked Horsemen are 16-8, and 6th-ranked West Las Vegas is 15-8. Indian School is 12-11 and 3-6 and ranked ninth, so there could be four teams from this district at state.
In previous games, Robertson disposed of visited West Las Vegas, 44-39, and St. Michael’s won 67-43 at home versus Indian School, which is 12-11 overall and 4-5 in district.
Top-ranked Pecos, with three-straight state championships, travels to 4th ranked Texico (14-7) and has already wrapped up another 7-2A title at 5-0..Texico is 2-3 in district,, and lost twice to second place Santa Rosa In the game at the Panthers, it was Pecos by 60-44 over the Wolverines.The soaring Panthers are 22-3 and sporting a 20-game win streak. Third-ranked Santa Rosa (18-7) and Texico looking to land in the state tournament.
. . . But the Pecos girls, last year’s state champion for the first time, plays in the opener of the doubleheader at Texico and are tied with the Wolverines in district, both at 4-1, The lone district loss for the Panthers came against Santa Rosa, with the Lions at 3-2. Texico’s only district defeat was at Pecos.
Pecos is ranked fifth and is 20-5 overall and the 8th-ranked Wolverines are 12-11. Clayton (13-12) is ranked ninth, Santa Rosa (8-17) 14th, and if it stays this way, the district could send all four teams to the state tournament.