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  • Bulldogs maul competition
  • March Madness

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Saddled with the No. 14 seed in the East bracket — paired against powerful No. 3 seed Baylor — the New Mexico State University men’s basketball team wants nothing better than to play the Cinderella role when it opens the NCAA tournament on Friday.

    The Aggies and first-year head coach Paul Weir enter with a 28-5 record but will be a long shot to get past the Bears (25-7).

  • B.J. Gonzales hoops tourney this...

    As the B.J. Gonzales Memorial Basketball Tournament turns 15, the growth of the event still amazes its founder.

    “It’s mind-boggling,” said Benedict Gonzales, who launched the event as a way to honor his late son, killed in a vehicular accident years ago.

    The tournament tips off at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through the weekend with full days of basketball on Saturday and Sunday at Gillie Lopez Gym on the West Las Vegas campus.

    Admission to the tournament is $3, with proceeds going toward a benefit scholarship fund.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Luna Community College vs. Frank Phillips (DH), noon, TBA
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    Basketball
    • B.J. Gonzales Memorial Basketball Tournament, 6 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Softball
    • Luna Community College at Howard (DH), noon, Big Springs, Texas
    • Robertson JV, West Las Vegas JV at Pecos tournament, TBA, Pecos
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Eagle Ridge, 3 p.m., TBA
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Carlsbad Invite, TBA

  • State champs! Pecos Panthers...

    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.

  • 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.