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Today's Sports

  • Let the Madness begin

    The Associated Press

    There are 67 games to be played over the next three weeks to determine the next national champion, a magical time known as the NCAA Tournament.

    So what’s in store in 2017? Is there any way to top the madness of last year’s tournament filled with double-digit upsets and an incredible ending?

    Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Villanova its first championship since 1985 after North Carolina tied the game on Marcus Paige’s double-clutch 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left.

  • Quintana 11th in national meet

    Three New Mexico Highlands University women achieved All-American status to highlight the Cowgirls’ trip to Birmingham, Ala., for the NCAA Division II national indoor track and field championships.

    • Tashay Hunter, an NMHU sophomore, placed eighth in the triple jump, clearing 12.21 meters. In doing so, Hunter earned first-team All-American honors and became the fourth NMHU athlete to do so in the event. Hunter is from St. Andrew, Jamaica.

  • RHS tennis triumphs

    For the second consecutive weekend, Robertson’s tennis teams returned from a long road trip with matching team championships.

    RHS took down Mesilla Valley 8-1 and Centennial 8-1 to win both boys’ and girls’ team titles at the Mayfield Invite in Las Cruces.

    Last week, they swept to dual team Coyote Classic championships in Roswell.

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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Robertson JV vs. Capital (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    Softball
    • Robertson JV vs. Capital (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) at Clayton, 3 p.m., Clayton

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Luna Community College vs. Frank Phillips (DH), noon, TBA
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    Softball
    • Luna Community College at Howard (DH), noon, Big Spring, Texas

  • BREAKING : Pecos wins state title

    ALBUQUERQUE -- As was the case one year earlier, the Pecos Panthers ended their journey through the state basketball tournament feeling the pain.
    This time, though, it was a different kind of pain.
    "My face hurts from smiling," said Carlos Cordova, smiling nonetheless, as a team that had somehow escaped widespread media attention all winter found itself at the center of a post-championship press conference.
    Cordova and the Panthers defeated Santa Rosa 60-49 in the Class 3A boys' title game Saturday morning at The Pit.

  • First time for everything

    By Gwen Albers
    United World College
    UWC-USA’s first-ever rugby team went into an Albuquerque tournament of Feb. 25 with the odds against them.

    UWC-USA was making its debut appearance against teams in the New Mexico Youth Rugby league, some of which had 20 to 25 years of experience.

    Only two of the UWC-USA’s nearly 20 members had played rugby before coming to the international high school in Montezuma. Those who had played school-yard rugby and in youth leagues.

  • Final Four basketball updates

    CLASS 4A BOYS semifinals
    Hope Christian 66, Robertson 42, final.

    3A BOYS semifinals
    Pecos 71, Dulce 51, final. Panthers advance to state championship game vs. Santa Rosa 10 a.m. Saturday in The Pit.

    CLASS 2A BOYS semifinals
    Lordsburg 66, Mora 57, final.

    CLASS 4A GIRLS semifinals
    Shiprock 61, Robertson 56, overtime, final.

  • Nationals qualifier
  • Two RHS teams in Final Four

    Robertson punched not one but two tickets to the Final Four of the state basketball tournaments with a pair of hard-fought wins over West Las Vegas in the quarterfinals.

    Meanwhile, boys’ teams from Pecos and Mora stayed on track in their pursuit of state championships in 3A and 2A, respectively.

    Cardinals 66, Dons 54
    It was West Las Vegas that threatened to run away with the game in the early going Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • Coach: I owe career to WLV

    The West Las Vegas Dons may have lost Wednesday night, but as the program continues its quest to win a state basketball championship, they can count on Aaron Chavez to be firmly in their corner.

    Chavez, 34, is associate head coach of a successful Bakersfield (Calif.) College men’s hoops program, and he has been with the Renegades for more than a decade. He also helped coach at Bard College (N.Y.) prior to moving to the west coast.