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Several area teams ranked

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By Dave Kavanaugh

The latest New Mexico High School Coaches Association polls have a number of area basketball teams rated among the best in the state.

West Las Vegas’ Lady Dons top the list, ranking No. 1 among the state’s Class 3A girls’ squads. WLV is tied with Lovington, whom the Lady Dons host on Friday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym. West is coached by Jose “Majic” Medina.

Robertson’s Lady Cardinals are ranked eighth in the same poll after a recent run to the championship game in a Roswell Goddard tournament.

Robertson is coached by Aunna Bradley.

Along with West and Robertson, District 2-3A teams in the top 10 include No. 3 Santa Fe Indian, No. 7 Pojoaque Valley and St. Michael’s, which is in a three-way tie for eighth with RHS and Thoreau.

Socorro is fourth, Hope Christian fifth and Portales sixth in the 3A girls’ poll.

Fresh off its memorable drive to the championship in the 56th Stu Clark Tournament Dec. 28-30, the Robertson boys’ basketball team jumped a few spots to fourth in the NMHSCA’s Class 3A boys’ poll.

Coach David Bustos has the Cardinals off to an 11-2 start.

Fellow District 2-3A clubs in the top 10 are No. 3. St. Mike’s, No. 6 Pojoaque and No. 7 Santa Fe Indian.

Hope Christian, which garnered a maximum number of first-place votes, remains atop the list, followed by Sandia Prep. Lovington is fifth, Bloomfield eighth, Socorro ninth, and Portales and Ruidoso are tied for 10th.

Mora’s Rangerettes, coached by David Salcido, are ranked seventh in Class 2A girls’ basketball. Texico is No. 1, followed by Santa Rosa, Navajo Pine, Clayton, Navajo Prep and Tularosa. Mora and Lordsburg are tied for seventh, with Capitan and Rehoboth rounding out the poll.

Neighbors to the north, Des Moines, Springer and Cimarron are rated second, sixth and 10th, respectively in Class 1A boys’ hoops. Cliff is No. 1. Des Moines is No. 2 in the girls’ poll, also behind Cliff.

Santa Rosa’s Lions are third in the Class 2A boys’ poll behind top-rated Mesilla Valley Christian and Texico.