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Big Wednesday hoops night in the City Different, with District 5-5A at Capital against cross-town rival Santa Fe High in a clash for first place, and in 2-3A at St. Michael’s, it’s West Las Vegas visiting, with the two tied for first place in district

By Arnie Leshin  It’s that time when New Mexico high school basketball teams have their minds on two things, one is getting as high a seed as possible in district, and two, doing enough in the district tournament to earn a berth in the state tournament. For first place Santa …

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Ron Drake, the traveling man, handling his new head coaching role at Academy of Technology and The Classics with his basketball wisdom, and happy in teaching it to the young girls program

By Arnie Leshin  It was late afternoon Saturday, one day after Valentine’s Day, one day after Ron Drake’s birthday, and the holiday is no doubt older than he is, but to him, all that matters is having a basketball team to coach. And he’s been doing it a long time. …

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Second place Santa Rosa arrived at Pecos Saturday with upset on its mind, but the streaking Panthers were more then ready and sent the Lions away with a decisive 69-35 setback

By Arnie Leshin  With his Pecos team traveling to Texico Friday for its final regular-season game, senior Anthony Armijo put on a show before the home crowd at Louis G. Sanchez gymnasium Saturday night. Armijo, a freshman who turned in a stellar effort when the Panthers won their first of …

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Friday night defeat at Robertson snaps St. Michael’s 8-game win streak and it will need to turn back visiting West Las Vegas Wednesday night to avoid a playoff to decide the top spot

By Arnie Leshin  Yes, St. Michael’s is again travelling the same road as before, but this time its boys basketball team returned from Robertson Friday night with a one-game lead in DIstrict 2-3A with two regular-season games remaining. Unlike last season when the Horsemen lost their first district start at …

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Pecos girls basketball are being challenged for first place in District 7-2A after losing at Clayton, 63-58, Thursday night while Texico forced the top spot tie by claiming a 56-34 rout at Santa Rosa

By Arnie Leshin  Winning its first state basketball championship last season, the Pecos girls could have a tough time repeating in 2A. Although at 19-5 overall, Thursday night‘s 63-58 District 7 defeat at Clayton dropped the Panthers to 3-1 and into a first place tie with Texico after the Wolverines …

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Can be tough sometimes on the road as Santa Fe High boys did not have it easy Thursday night in a District 5-5A test at Albuquerque Manzano that brought a 56-49 win for the first place Demons

By Arnie Leshin  Santa Fe High and Capital are one-two in District 5-5A boys basketball and the only teams above .500, but taking to the road sometimes can make a difference. Such was the case Thursday night when the Demons, who had previously rolled over Albuquerque Manzano at home 73-50, …

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