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Santa Fe High senior Issac Beltran, St. Michael’s senior Jaden Mifsud, and St. Michael’s junior Santiago Martinez got to hoist championship trophies at the weekend state wrestling championships contested at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho

By Arnie Leshin  Given the No. 3 seed didn’t matter to Issac Beltran, whose only thoughts were to make up for lost tine by winning a state wrestling championship.   The Santa Fe High senior was mowing down opponents last year and almost a sure thing to make it to state …

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Just like that, a Saturday stunner, not once but three times when top-ranked Baylor fell to visiting Kansas, 2nd ranked Gonzaga lost at surging BYU, and No 4 San Diego State is no longer undefeated following a defeat to visiting UNLV

By Arnie Leshin  Well, what do we know, we know that men’s college basketball Saturday brought the first downfall of the nation’s top-ranked, 2nd ranked and 4th ranked schools. Yup, down went No. 1 Baylor, down went No. 2 Gonzaga, and down went No. 4 San Diego Stare for the …

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On Saturday, Robertson’s boys play at West Las Vegas with first place in 2-3A on the line, with the Dons taking first with a win, and if St. Michael’s wins in the earlier contest at Santa Fe Indian School, a Cardinals victory would create a 3-way tie

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, …

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Capital, St. Michael’s and Santa Fe High qualified 26 wrestlers for the annual state tournament that runs today and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, the Horsemen in A-3A, the Jaguars and Demons in 5A

By Arnie Leshin  It  will be a busy day on the mats today when the state wrestling tournament is contested at the Santa Ana Star Centerin Rio Rancho. St. Michael’s, in A-3A, qualified 10 and this includes four district champions. Probably the best chance for the Horsemen to claim state …

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Capital’s boys led throughout and held off the late challenge from visiting cross-town rival Santa Fe High to claim Wednesday night’s 69-62 key District 5-A clash for first place with one regular-season game for both and a possible playoff

By Arnie Leshin  Zack Cole is right, referees miss some, but this is so common, coaches complaining won’t fix this. Santa Fe High head coach Cole was referring to Wednesday night‘s key boys basketball game that his team lost 69-62 before a packed house at Capital’s Edward A. Ortiz Memorial …

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Clutch foul shooting in a pair of overtimes Tuesday night brought a 51-44 victory for the Santa Fe High girls over visiting Capital and exit last place in District 5-5A, snap a 6-game losing streak and defeat the Jaguars for the first time

By Arnie Leshin  It took two overtimes that included clutch foul shooting, but Santa Fe High probably escaped finishing last in District 5-5A by finally getting a win over cross-town rival Capital, 51-44, at Toby Roybal Memorial gymnasium Tuesday night. It also erased the sting of losing a pair of …

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The boos directed at former head coaches Steve Alford and Craig Neal came and went as their Nevada team turned back New Mexico Tuesday night for the second time this season, 88-74, when the Wolf Pack surged late in the first half at the Pit

By Arnie Leshin  Once the boos faded away, former New Mexico men’s basketball coach, Steve Alford completed his sweep of the Lobos, 88-74, at the Dreamstyle Arena, or if you prefer the UNM Pit, Tuesday night. The expected boos for visiting Nevada head coach Alford and assistant coach Craig Neal, …

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Is that the University of Carolina in the basement of the Atlantic Coast Conference, sure is in not one of the men’s basketball program’s better years that will keep it sidelined from March Madness

By Arnie Leshin  Just to identify the correct school, it’s the University of North Carolina’s men’s basketball team that is in sole possession of last place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Believe it, check the standings, notice that the Tar Heels won’t be invited to the “Big Dance, the March Madness, …

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Except for possible playoff games to settle first place ties, the regular season winds down with defending state champion Pecos’ girls traveling to Texico Friday with the top spot at stake in District 7-2A

By Arnie Leshin  The road to a second-straight 2A state championship for the Pecos girls basketball team takes them instead to Texico Friday night. Win that one, host the District 7 tournament, win that, and the path will be a berth at state, and hopefully a high seed. That’s what …

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