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  • Shocking the world
  • Giants exude quiet confidence

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Unlike four years ago when they dressed in black suits as a symbol of unity before facing the undefeated Patriots, the Giants returned to the Super Bowl this time with no sartorial gimmicks.

    Touching down in Indianapolis for their rematch with New England on Sunday, the Giants are simply a confident team. They believe in themselves as much as they did in 2008 when they ruined the Patriots' perfect season with a stunning 17-14 victory in Arizona.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 1...

    WEDNESDAY
    No varsity events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. Taos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Raton (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Raton
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Chadron State, 7 p.m., Chadron, Neb.
    • Robertson at Bernalillo, TBA, Bernalillo

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

  • A Classic matchup

    Robertson freshman Richard “Rico” Montoya was all business Saturday in scoring a decision over Belen’s Phillip Gonzales in the 120-pound championship match of the Cardinal Wrestling Classic at Mike Marr Gym.

    But while the unusually poised youngster may have treated it like any other match, it was actually a pretty significant moment.

  • Dons nip Santa Rosa

    Joe Ortiz turned in another big night, and Ruben Bustamante and Lucas Rodriguez shined in the backcourt for West Las Vegas in Thursday’s 60-53 victory over visiting Santa Rosa.

    Though the Lions held their own with pure hustle, Ortiz’s versatile inside-outside game tipped the advantage to West Las Vegas. Ortiz finished with 17 points; Bustamante had the hot hand with 18, and Rodriguez played well, chipping in nine.

    Josh Tenorio (13) and Marcus Lopez (12) led Santa Rosa, which brought a good crowd.

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  • HU teams cage Lions

    A convincing home sweep of Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado-Colorado Springs has shoved the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team back over the .500 mark both overall and in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    The Cowboys (10-9, 8-7 RMAC) outlasted CSUP 89-83 on Friday night to earn a season split with the ThunderWolves, and they followed that with an 88-71 knockout of UCCS Saturday night at the Wilson Complex
    Highlands’ women managed to split their weekend homestand, losing Friday and winning Saturday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 30...

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Ruidoso (A,B,C), 3 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls vs. Taos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Los Alamos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Los Alamos
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Raton (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    WEDNESDAY

  • State polls: Rangers, Panthers 5...

    They’ve been close rivals all season — no surprise here — so it’s appropriate that the Mora and Pecos boys’ basketball teams are ranked closely in this week’s New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll for Class 2A boys’ hoops.

    The Rangers and head coach James Branch are ranked fifth in the poll, and coach Clyde Sanchez’s Panthers are right behind them at sixth.

  • Comeback kids

    Tuesday was Jose “Majic” Medina’s birthday, and his West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team’s present was a 59-48 comeback victory over Socorro.

    It’s not clear whether someone also gave Medina a bottle of Maalox to go with it.

    Socorro looked like a team intent on playing spoiler early on, rolling to a 14-2 advantage and staying in front almost the entire first half.

    With some of his usual floor leaders having a quiet game, Medina mixed things up by turning to his younger players.

  • NMHU hopes to pack the gym

    With both men’s and women’s teams hovering around the .500 mark, battling for winning records and vying for a place in the postseason, New Mexico Highlands women’s head basketball coach Tiffany Darling is calling out for fan support.

    Darling is inviting area fans to pack the Wilson Complex for this weekend’s homestand with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    Highlands hosts doubleheaders beginning at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.