Friday, March 28, 2008

Sunland Park Selections, March 29

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Graded Selections
Today
Post Time: 12:55 p.m.
Selections by Felix Chavez/Odds set by Sunland Park
1st – Purse $13,500. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000. New Mexico-breds. 870 yards. (Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Lujacks Call (M Villa 120) 7-2
2 – Vequita Slew (J Martinez 120) 4-1
3 – Big Daddy Red (E Ramirez 122) 5-1
4 – Figure On This (C Lambert 120) 8-1
5 – Skip a Know (C Zamora 124) 8-1
6 – Mark of Charro (C Madeira 120) 5-2
7 – Sitters Feature ( A Perez 120) 10-1
8 – Native Kings Baby (Ad Fuentes 120) 12-1
AE 9 – Sapello Skip (F Martinez 120) 6-1
AE 10 – Slacker Spin (O Ortega 122) 6-1
1 — No. 6 Mark of Charro has won five races, comes from decent barn.
2 — No. 1 Lujacks Call gets the always dangrous Mark Villa to ride.
3 — No. 5 Skip a Know has hit the board in 29 races.
2nd – Purse $21,000. 3year olds. Maiden. 350 yards.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Special Highnoon (O Rincon 122) 9-2
2 – Alertly (N Garcia 122) 10-1
3 – Three Folly Six (T Guymon 122) 12-1
4 – Make a Move Tonight (A Rivera 122) 10-1
5 – Ruby Lane (B Harmon 122) 12-1
6 – No Moe Sixes (S Martinez 122) 6-1
7 – Four Wheelin Willie (F Martinez 122) 8-1
8 – Featurel (JJ Gonzales 122) 4-1
9 – Miss Jess Corona (E Ramirez 122) 3-1
10 – Corona On a High (O Ortega 122) 15-1
AE 11 – Southern Lady Cartel (M Perez 122) 20-1
AE 12 – Oh Jazz (O Ortega 122) 20-1
1 — No. 9 Miss Jess Corona gets the solid Esgar Ramirez to ride, Carlos Sedillo trains.
2 — No. 1 Special Highnoon has hit the board in 3 of 4 starts.
3 — No. 6 No Moe Sixes finished fourth in last race, comes from decent barn.
3rd – Purse $12,800. 3 year olds and up. Claiming $10,000. 400 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Im too Precious (E Ramirez 122) 8-1
2 – Special Accomodash (J Maldonado 120) 9-2
3 – Hooked On Fame (S Martinez 122) 15-1
4 – Eye On the Jury (F Martinez 122) 7-2
5 – Elegant Cat (N Garcia 122) 10-1
6 – Street to Glory (B Perez 124) 8-1
7 – Quick Dashes Legacy (C Zamora 122) 12-1
8 – Reds True Dream (E Tavarez 122) 15-1
9 – Kings Nv (O Rincon 122) 10-1
10 – Call On the Man (O Ortega 122) 5-2
AE 11 – Rockin La Jolla (S Martinez 122) 15-1
AE 12 – Oxy Clean (C Silva 122) 8-1
1 — No. 10 Call On the Man ran second in last our, has hit the board in 5 of 7 starts.
2 — No. 9 Kings Nv won last start, likes the distance.
3 — No. 4 Eye On the Jury has hit the board in 9 of 21, gets good jockey aboad.
4th – Purse $19,600. 3 year olds and up. Claiming $12,500. New Mexico-breds. 350 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Streak of Lightcadil (JJ Gonzales 122) 6-1
2 – Houston Durun (A Escareno 122) 9-2
3 – Whata Tuff Miracle (C Zamora 122) 20-1
4 – Glorias Miracle (F Martinez 122) 5-2
5 – We Usta Know (M Villa 122) 8-1
6 – Drh Jaminstateofmind (N Garcia 122) 20-1
7 – Trick Me Easy (C Madeira 122) 8-1
8 – Authorized Rime (O Ortega 122) 7-2
9 – Alejandros Runaway (T Guymon 122) 12-1
10 – Cashadoldo (D Essman 122) 15-1
AE 11 – Blazin Susan (JJ Gonzales 122) 15-1
AE 12 – Power Connection (N Garcia 122) 15-1
1 — No. 4 Glorias Miracle just missed in last start, gets Freddie Martinez to ride.
2 — No. 8 Authorized Rime just missed as well last time out, has won twice.
3 — No. 2 Houston Durun has hit the board in 6 of 14.
5th – Purse $26,200. 3 year olds and up. Allowance. 350 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Sandy Sunrise ( O Rincon 122) 7-2
2 – Eyesa Special Lady (C Zamora 122) 15-1
3 – Genuine Strawdash (C Silva 122) 15-1
4 – Eye Mite Zoom (S Martinez 122) 6-1
5 – Sixes Diamonds (JJ Gonzales 122) 9-2
6 – Royal Snow 468 (F Martinez 122) 5-2
7 – Eyesa Special Star (A Escareno 122) 20-1
8 – Dr Proctor (B Perez 122) 10-1
9 – First to Runaway (C Madeira 120) 10-1
10 – Coyame Splash (E Ramirez 120) 8-1
AE 11 – Timbercove Bay (C Zamora 122) 6-1
AE 12 – On a Thin Line (T Guymon 122) 6-1
1 — No. 6 Royal Snow 468 comes from good barn, Freddie Martinez rides.
2 — No. 1 Sandy Sunrise has hit the board in three of four starts.
3 — No. 8 Dr Proctor won last start, Carl Draper trains.
6th – Purse $10,700. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000. Fillies and Mares. 6 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Truly a Treasure (O Ceballos 118) 4-1
2 – Memorly (A Cruz 118) 10-1
3 – Justin’s Girl (J Maldonado 118) 6-1
4 – Pink Toenails (Q Bui 115) 8-1
5 – Just Validation (G Murphy 118) 7-2
6 – Dumtell (K Tohill 118) 5-1
7 – Brite Red State (A Juarez, Jr 118) 2-1
1 — No. 7 Brite Red State has hit the board in 12 of 25 races and comes from decent barn.
2 — No. 5 Just Validation has won 7 of 41 races.
3 — No. 3 Justin’s Girl has won 5 of 27.
7th – Purse $13,800. 3 year olds. Claiming $12,500. Fillies. 5 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Tower Inferno (G Murphy 118) 3-1
2 – Early On (A Cruz 118) 6-1
3 – Ginny’s Pig (K Tohill (118) 2-1
4 – Martini Wagner (J Martinez 120) 12-1
5 – Gold Stella (A Juarez, Jr 120) 4-1
6 – Angelicalupe (C Silva 120) 12-1
7 – Lupita’s Pride (T Wales 118) 9-2
1 — No. 3 Ginny’s Pig comes from solid barn, Ken Tohill rides.
2 — No. 1 Tower Inferno comes from good barn, Glen Murphy rides.
8th – Purse $10,500. 3 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $10,000. Fillies. 6 furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Know That Melody (K Tohill 120) 8-1
2 – What’s Your Gender (A Arreola 120) 6-1
3 – Lil’ Rave (J Coates 120) 12-1
4 – Shanna Savana (J Martinez 120) 3-1
5 – Transition (D Essman 120) 10-1
6 – Little Brown Wolf (N Summers 120) 12-1
7 – Drag Time (M Perez 120) 20-1
8 – Wildcat Lil (C Lambert 120) 4-1
9 – High Tone Woman (J Espitia 120) 20-1
10 – Indiabonita (C Silva 120) 20-1
11 – Thorny Issue (R Jaime 120) 20-1
12 – Emerald Ring (A Juarez, Jr 120) 5-1
1 — No. 3 Lil’ Rave is a first time starter worth looking at.
2 — No. 4 Shanna Savana gets Joe Martinez to ride, Henry Dominguez trains.
3 — No. 12 Emerald Ring comes from decent percentage barn.
9th – Purse $14,800. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $6,250. New Mexico-breds. 6 furlongs. (50-cent Pick 4, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Stately’n Nicer (V Escobar 118) 15-1
2 – That’s Mr. to You (M Perez 118) 15-1
3 – Flipson (C Madeira 118) 15-1
4 – One Good Reisen (A Cruz 118) 6-1
5 – J J’s Trail (Q Bui 118) 12-1
6 – Ghostly Dance (A Juarez, Jr 118) 7-2
7 – Dancingthruthenite (J Espitia 118) 9-5
8 – Calsilver (K Tohill 120) 5-2
1 — No. 8 Calsilver has won three straight and 8 of 24.
2 — No. 7 Dancingthruthenite has won 4 of18, comes from decent percentage barn.
3 — No. 6 Ghostly Dance has won 9 of 43.
10th – Purse $25,100. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $12,500. New Mexico-breds. 6 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – B. G. Tiger (C Madeira 118) 9-5
2 – Bold Nxs (G Murphy 118) 12-1
3 – Isaiah F (A Juarez, Jr 118) 8-1
4 – John Clements (K Tohill 118) 10-1
5 – Colorofrun (A Cruz 118) 12-1
6 – Caledo (J Martinez 118) 5-2
7 – Da Candy Man (D Essman 118) 20-1
8 – Vic’s the Man (C Lambert 118) 7-2
1 — No. 8 Vic’s the Man won last time out, Casey Lambert rides.
2 — No. 1 B. G. Tiger comes from good barn.
3 — No. 6 Caledo gets Joe Martinez to ride.
11th – Purse $100,000. 3 year olds and up. Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap. New Mexico-breds. 4 and one-half furlongs. (Late Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Gulchrunssweet (A Juarez, Jr 121) 5-2
2 – Aint He a Bull (R Jaime 116) 12-1
3 – Boom Boom (F Martinez 118) 8-1
4 – Chaco Latte (G Murphy 114) 15-1
5 – Catabolize (C Zamora 117) 12-1
6 – Wild Gini (N Summers 115) 15-1
7 – Frankenbean (M Perez 119) 6-1
8 – Copelan’s Ace (C Lambert 116) 15-1
9 – Hecamefromaclaim (D Sterling 121) 7-2
10 – Timeless Mike (K Tohill 119) 9-2
AE 11 – Lester’s Diamond (J Martinez 113) 20-1
AE 12 – Armadillo (A Cruz 113) 20-1
1 — No. 1 Gulchrunssweet has won 11 of 47, has worked well of late.
2 — No. 7 Frankenbean gets Miguel Perez to ride.
3 — No. 9 Hecamefromaclaim has won 11 of 31 for solid trainer Todd Fincher.
12th – Purse $13,300. 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $6,500-$8,000. Fillies and Mares. New Mexico-breds. One mile, ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Dollypuddin (D Sterling 122) 8-1
2 – Fast Basket Maker (T Wales 122) 4-1
3 – Big Lady Run(J Espitia 122) 6-1
4 – Tall Ticket (V Smallwood 122) 8-1
5 – Birdie Gulch (C Rivas 122) 3-1
6 – Storminenchantment (A Cruz 122) 10-1
7 – Mistressofthegame (R Jaime 119) 5-1
8 – West Queen (M Perez 115) 15-1
9 – Sass O Lass (G Murphy 115) 15-1
10 – Dig This Lady (A Juarez, Jr 122) 10-1
AE 11 – Sierra Sage (A Cruz 112) 20-1
1 — No. 5 Birdie Gulch has finished third in 10 starts.
2 — No. 2 Fast Basket Maker has a second in six starts.
3 — No. 7 Storminenchantment has a second in eight starts.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Marquez/Pacquiao do well among fans

The Manny Pacquiao/Juan Manuel Marquez fight at 130 pounds wasn't just a winner in the ring, it was a winner in the homes of boxing fans.

The battle of the two 130-pound stars was seen in nearly 400,000 homes after generating over $3 million in ticket revenues.

Pacquiao won the rematch by split decision. This goes to show that people will pay to see the best fights. Also, boxing has had a good couple of years in 2007 and the first quarter of this year. The best fights are happening and the fights have been simply fantastic.

And boxing is still very popular, particularly among Latino and Filipino populations.

Boxing still has a great following among other ethnicity's. Many of the sport's problems have revolved around mismatches, perceived influence by promoters and managers and in some respect to the lack of media coverage.

There are so many great stories out there that have never been reported and I see that as a lack of a reporter's willingness to go and get the story.

Finally in recent months we have heard the great stories of the likes of Kelly Pavlik and Israel Vasquez on the national scene and hopefully there are more to come. Plus, a book on former fighter Micky Ward is on bookshelves. If you get a chance, pick that up, it's titled "Irish Thunder."

- Felix

Sunland Park Selections, March 28

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Graded Selections
Friday, March 28
Post Time: 12:55 p.m.
Selections by Felix Chavez/Odds set by Sunland Park
Note: Simulcasting from Meadows begins at 10:15 a.m. Tampa Bay, Freehold and Laurel, 10:25 a.m. Beulah Park, 10:55 a.m. Aqueduct, 11:00 a.m. Gulfstream, 11:15 a.m. Oaklawn and Hawthorne, 12:30 p.m. Sunland Park, 12:55 p.m. Turf Paradise, 1:30 p.m. Bay Meadows, 1:45 p.m. Santa Anita, 2:00 p.m. Turfway, 3:30 p.m. Rosecroft, 4:30 p.m. Northville and Penn National, 4:40 p.m. Meadowlands, Mountaineer, Northfield and Saratoga, 5:00 p.m. Charles Town, 5:15 p.m. Pompano and Remington Park, 5:25 p.m. Delta Downs and Woodbine, 5:30 p.m. Northlands and Sam Houston, 6:00 p.m. Maywood, 6:20 p.m. Fraser, 8:00 p.m. Los Alamitos, 8:15 p.m.
1st – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. (Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Southern Passer (R Ramirez 120) 3-1
2 – Bp Cartels Miracle (A Escareno 120) 12-1
3 – Phat Baby (V Escobar 120) 12-1
4 – Sixes Over Sevens (S Martinez 120) 8-1
5 – Sonora Regard (O Ortega 120) 6-1
6 – Black Jack Miracle (C Zamora 120) 4-1
7 – El Rio Azul (S Estrada 120) 12-1
8 – Azis Voice (O Rincon 120) 12-1
9 – Mercedes Two (T Guymon 120) 5-1
10 – Tabitha Slew (GR Carter 120) 8-1
1 — No. 1 Southern Passer won debut on March 14, will be tough to beat today, comes from very good barn.
2 — No. 6 Black Jack Miracle ran third to Southern Passer last time out, should be in the hunt today.
3 — No. 9 Mercedes Two comes from the solid Wes T. Giles barn.
2nd – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Chola Chola (A Perez 120) 12-1
2 – Cash Me the Money (A Torres 120) 12-1
3 – A Hot Chamisa (E Ramirez 120) 6-1
4 – Dustys Cabin (B Perez 120) 3-1
5 – Streaking Policy (J Coates 120) 12-1
6 – Imocorona (C Lambert 120) 8-1
7 – Victoria Hotpants (R Ramirez 120) 4-1
8 – Caliente Force (M Bourdieu 120) 5-1
9 – Strawfly Kid (J Martinez 120) 8-1
10 – Regard Jr (O Ortega 120) 12-1
1 — No. 4 Dustys Cabin won debut, comes from solid Carl Draper barn.
2 — No. 7 Victoria Hotpants comes from decent barn, Ricky Ramirez rides.
3 — No. 6 Imocorona hopes for improvement today.
3rd – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – One Miracle (A Perez 120) 12-1
2 – Devil Writer (R Ramirez 120) 3-1
3 – Dm Hot Hot Hot (GR Carter 120) 5-1
4 – Phoebe Wallingford (O Rincon 120) 8-1
5 – Caliente Especial (E Ramirez 120) 8-1
6 – Dm Royale Gift (A Torres 120) 8-1
7 – Banking Lane (O Ortega 120) 6-1
8 – Shines Likea Rainbow (C Madeira 120) 8-1
9 – My Box of Chocolate (B Perez 120) 4-1
1 — No. 2 Devil Writer has had good works, Ricky Ramirez rides.
2 — No. 8 Shines Likea Rainbow comes from good barn, could be right in hunt.
3 — No. 9 My Box of Chocolate worked well last out, comes from solid barn.
4th – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Tall Order (GR Carter 120) 5-1
2 – Cartel Dreamer (R Ramirez 120) 4-1
3 – Miss Royal and Run (F Martinez 120) 6-1
4 – Playing Jacks (B Harmon 120) 12-1
5 – Cash of Colours (N Garcia 120) 12-1
6 – Bj Bring It On (T Guymon 120) 12-1
7 – Now He Blazes (E Ramirez 120) 8-1
8 – Kat Kora (C Lambert 120) 8-1
9 – Lads Miracle (B Perez 120) 3-1
10 – Jdk Lucky Lobo (M Perez 120) 12-1
1 — No. 1 Tall Order comes from the very good Michael Joiner barn, G.R. Carter rides.
2 — No. 9 Lads Miracle comes from the solid Carl Draper barn, has worked well.
3 — No. 7 Now He Blazes gets Esgar Ramirez to ride.
5th – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Betmir (R Ramirez 120) 3-1
2 – Princesa de Houston (O Ortega 120) 6-1
3 – Dannie Jo (V Escobar 120) 12-1
4 – Hey Check Me Out (A Torres 120) 8-1
5 – A Prime Cartel (GR Carter 120) 8-1
6 – Stylus Valentine (T Guymon 120) 5-1
7 – Janos (O Rincon 120) 8-1
8 – Pass the Six Pack (E Ramirez 120) 4-1
9 – First Miss Dash (M Perez 120) 8-1
1 — No. 1 Betmir has had good works for trainer Blane Wood, gets the solid Ricky Ramirez to ride.
2 — No. 5 A Prime Cartel ran second in last race, G.R. Carter is aboard today.
3 — No. 8 Pass the Six Pack could challenge with Esgar Ramirez to ride.
6th – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Mr Bartinder (B Perez 120) 8-1
2 – Fd La Tormenta (O Rincon 120) 3-1
3 – Wild Wonder Child (N Smith 120) 8-1
4 – Ladies Travel First (N Garcia 120) 12-1
5 – Fabulous Strawfly (M Bourdieu 120) 4-1
6 – Sir Charly (JJ Gonzales 120) 8-1
7 – Jackies Perfect (F Martinez 120) 5-1
8 – Rime N Royal (E Ramirez 120) 6-1
9 – Forever Streakin (B Harmon 120) 8-1
1 — No. 7 Jackies Perfect could be a danger with Freddie Martinez aboard and coming from the very good Fred Danley barn.
2 — No. 2 Fd La Tormenta hesitated in last start, with a better run could be a danger in this spot.
3 — No. 5 Fabulous Strawfly worked very well on March 17, gets the solid Martin Bourdieu to ride.
7th – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Sir Prince Cash (J Garcia 120) 8-1
2 – Sv Chickadee (B Perez 120) 8-1
3 – Famous Jack (F Martinez 120) 6-1
4 – Kiptysside (M Bourdieu 120) 12-1
5 – Hearts Runaway (R Ramirez 120) 3-1
6 – Heza Strait Shot (A Perez 120) 8-1
7 – Sidif Thru Traffic (Ad Fuentes 120) 8-1
8 – The River Card (N Garcia 120) 4-1
9 – Mindfreak (E Ramirez 120) 5-1
1 — No. 5 Hearts Runaway had a super workout on Feb. 25, could be the one to beat today for trainer Blane Wood.
2 — No. 8 The River Card had a nice work earlier this month.
3 — No. 3 Famous Jack has worked OK, Freddie Martinez rides.
8th – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Skagways Man (M Bourdieu 120) 4-1
2 – Divine Miracle (R Ramirez 120) 3-1
3 – Mighty Sixes (E Ramirez 120) 5-1
4 – Perfect Lie (A Escareno 120) 10-1
5 – Betcha Fly (F Martinez 120) 6-1
6 – Rebas Fast Side (JJ Gonzales 120) 10-1
7 – A Pair of Sixes (A Torres 120) 10-1
8 – Corona Slew (O Rincon 120) 10-1
9 – Joyful Sign (C Lambert 120) 12-1
10 – Cartel Shooter (T Guymon 120) 10-1
1 — No. 10 Cartel Shooter won debut, Wes Giles trains.
2 — No. 1 Skagways Man comes from decent barn, worked well two races back.
3 — No. 5 Betcha Fly has the solid combo of jockey Freddie Martinez and trainer Fred Danley on his side.
9th – Purse $10,000. 2year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. (50-cent Pick 4, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Bp Shes Southern (F Martinez 120) 3-1
2 – La Intocable (A Torres 120) 12-1
3 – Indy Go Fast (M Bourdieu 120) 8-1
4 – Lyin Down (O Rincon 120) 4-1
5 – T P Houston (N Garcia 120) 12-1
6 – Six Tunes (E Ramirez 120) 12-1
7 – Her Royal Flush (GR Carter 120) 12-1
8 – Queens Royal Ransom (R Ramirez 120) 6-1
9 – Quick Ta Fame (C Zamora 120) 8-1
10 – My Southern Cartel (T Guymon 120) 5-1
1 — No. 1 Bp Shes Southern was second last time out, the second start could prove fruitful.
2 — No. 10 My Southern Cartel has good breeding, comes from good barn.
3 — No. 6 Six Tunes won debut, Esgar Ramirez rides.
10th – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Sally Wood (T Guymon 120) 10-1
2 – Miss Flying Fame (C Zamora 120) 5-1
3 – Sizzling Corona (S Martinez 120) 12-1
4 – Match This Miracle (JJ Gonzales 120) 4-1
5 – This Chick Is Easy (GR Carter 120) 3-1
6 – Bridgelei (N Garcia 120) 10-1
7 – Sparkling Royally (O Rincon 120) 10-1
8 – Frankies Royal High (A Escareno 120) 10-1
9 – Rickys Promise (R Ramirez 120) 6-1
10 – Diesel Demon (O Ortega 120) 10-1
1 — No. 4 Match This Miracle won debut, J.J. Gonzales rides.
2 — No. 9 Rickys Promise worked well in last workout, Blane Wood trains.
3 — No. 5 This Chick Is Easy ran second in last start.
11th – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. (Late Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Crucified (B Harmon 120) 12-1
2 – View Cash (L Gamez 120) 8-1
3 – A Cartel Encounter (GR Carter 120) 4-1
4 – Western Chicks (JJ Gonzales 120) 5-1
5 – Bertsgenuinestrawfly (B Perez 120) 12-1
6 – One Diamond Kitty (T Guymon 120) 3-1
7 – Postive Miracle (C Zamora 120) 12-1
8 – Call Me Mr Kool (O Rincon 120) 8-1
9 – His Time to Blaze (F Martinez 120) 6-1
10 – Butchs Gem (J Martinez 120) 12-1
1 — No. 4 Western Chicks ran second in debut, comes from good barn.
2 — No. 3 A Cartel Encounter gets G.R. Carter in saddle, Michael Joiner trains.
3 — No. 6 One Diamond Kitty comes from the very good Wes Giles barn.
12th – Purse $10,000. 2 year olds. New Mexico Spring Futurity Trial. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Makeminecaine (R Ramirez 120) 4-1
2 – Luv Ya Miracle (O Ortega 120) 12-1
3 – Bolexie Blue (T Guymon 120) 6-1
4 – Destinys Redalo (S Estrada 120) 12-1
5 – Heza Medallin (O Rincon 120) 12-1
6 – Whosyourmamanow (JD Valenzuela 120) 8-1
7 – Lolitas Injun (Ad Fuentes 120) 8-1
8 – Goldenboro (B Perez 120) 12-1
9 – Behind Blue Eyes (F Martinez 120) 5-1
10 – Fire Down (GR Carter 120) 3-1
1 — No. 10 Fire Down just missed in last start, Michael Joiner trains.
2 — No. 1 Makeminecaine won debut, Blane Wood trains.
3 — No. 3 Bolexie Blue comes from good barn, is well-bred.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hatton/Lazcano fight

Junior welterweight Ricky Hatton will take on El Paso's Juan Lazcano on May 24 in England.

We last saw Hatton on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, Nev., losing to Floyd Mayweather. That was the 43-1 Hatton's first loss in his career.

Hatton is better suited for the 140-pound ranks. He's stronger at that weight and there are several lucrative matches for the entertaining and solid fighter.

For a comeback fight, Lazcano is a good pick. The El Paso fighter has had a good career winning 37 fights, 27 by knockout. But Lazcano probably won't beat Hatton in England. Hatton will be motivated, he will encouraged by his move back down to 140 pounds and he is simply too strong for Lazcano.

If Hatton wins his fight, he could fight Paul Malignaggi, if he beats Lovemore N'Dou in a rematch. That fight would be in the fall.

But first up is Hatton/Lazcano and that's a good fight for the sport. It's a battle between two fighters that have fought some of the game's biggest names. I just like the hungrier, stronger fighter in Hatton. Lazcano has some good pop, but I don't think it's enough for him to get the win.

- Felix

Mosley/Judah

Welterweights Shane Mosley and Zab Judah meet on May 31 in Las Vegas, Nev. Judah has had a career of mixed results.
He has beaten the likes of Junior Witter, Micky Ward and DeMarcus Corley. He also gave sluggish performances in losses to Carlos Baldomir and Cory Spinks. He's also given top notch fighters like Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather tough times.
The fight with Mayweather could be the 30-year-old's last big fight unless he pulls off the win. Judah has a good skill level, but the longer the fight goes against good fighters as of late, it seems as if he tires.
Judah needs a good training camp and if he goes into the fight with Mosley in the best of shape, he will give Mosley a good fight.
But expect Mosley to win. He gave Cotto everything he could in their meeting last year and he still looks like has plenty in the tank. Plus, Judah is not as strong a puncher as some of the others that Mosley has faced.
Mosley isn't in his prime like he was 10 years ago, but he's still one of the best around and he is still a dangerous welterweight and still a danger to the top fighters in his weight class.
Judah will give Mosley a battle early on, but Mosley will be too much late in the fight and will win by a comfortable margin on all three scorecards.

- Felix

All-State Basketball

NMPreps.rivals.com All-State Teams
Class 5A
1st Team:
Jeff Taylor (Hobbs) SF Sr.
Jaden Isler (Clovis) PG Sr.
Marcus Williams (Rio Rancho) PG Sr.
Jaye Crockett (Clovis) SF Jr.
Emilio Andrade (Albuquerque) PG Sr.
2nd Team
Matt Billups (Los Lunas) PG Sr.
Alfonso Hubbard (Gallup) G Jr.
Allen Tate (Hobbs) G Sr.
Xavier Blount (Highland) SG Jr.
Chad Adams (Highland) SF Jr.
3rd Team
Michael Maya (Valley) G So.
Lucio Lutrell (Las Cruces) G/F Jr.
Dan Koller (La Cueva) F Sr.
Jonathon Mader (Cibola) F Sr.
Bryce Hill (Clovis) SG Sr.
Honorable Mention
Gabe Sanchez (Rio Grande) F Jr.
Derrek Peterson (Hobbs) PG Sr.
Juhreese Thompson (Hobbs) F Jr.
David Domingo (Albuquerque) F Sr.
Eddie Crawford (Albuquerque) F Sr.
Nathaniel Abeyta (Mayfield) F Jr.
Jose Cruz Lopez (Carlsbad) F Sr.
Travis Geiger (Alamogordo) F Jr.
Chris Newsome (Rio Rancho) SF Sr.
Eric Kibi (Sandia) F Sr.
Marcus Franco (Highland) PG Jr.
Isaac Dow (Manzano) F Sr.
Tyson Griego (West Mesa) G Sr.
Player of the Year: Jeff Taylor (Hobbs) SF Sr.
Coach of the Year: Brian Smith (Rio Rancho)

Class 4A
1st Team:
Chris Johansen (St. Pius X) SF Sr.
Derek Montoya (Artesia) G/F Jr.
Mike Torrez (Espanola Valley) F Sr.
Alex Kirk (Los Alamos) C So.
Josh Miera (Albuquerque Academy) SG Sr.
2nd Team
Justin Cooper (Goddard) SG Sr.
Michael Nelson (Goddard) PG Sr.
Paul Jessen (St. Pius X) G Sr.
Kyler Garrison (Piedra Vista) PG Sr.
Jeremiah Cordova (Espanola Valley) G Sr.
3rd Team
Michael Rubio (Roswell) PG Sr.
Andrez Brewster (Santa Teresa) G Jr.
Dylan Chavez (Capital) F Sr.
Ben Allen (Los Alamos) PG Sr.
Cole Petrulis (Albuquerque Academy) F Sr.
Honorable Mention
Nik Allen (Los Alamos) G Sr.
A.J. Peralta (Roswell) F So.
Matt Brito (Espanola Valley) PG Jr.
Josh Valdez (Espanola Valley) G/F Sr.
Kellen Quintana (Bernalillo) SG Jr.
Eddie Lopez (Grants) SG Sr.
Anthony Lopez (Deming) F Jr.
Devin Bidtah (Shiprock) G Sr.
Player of the Year: Chris Johansen (St. Pius X) SF Sr.
Coach of the Year: Richard Martinez (Espanola Valley)
Class 3A
1st Team
Ryan Gonzalez (Pojoaque) SG Sr.
Jordan Romero (St. Michael’s) PG/SG Jr.
Brandon Encinias (West Las Vegas) F Sr.
Eric Geyer (St. Michael’s) G/F Sr.
Dale Minschwaner (Sandia Prep) SF Sr.
2nd Team
Julian Gowdy (Sandia Prep) SF Sr.
Marcus Slocum (Portales) F So.
Baski Baker (Socorro) F Jr.
Matt Murphy (Hope Christian) PG So.
Kenny Lucero (West Las Vegas) F Sr.
3rd Team
Adrian Rivera (West Las Vegas) C Jr.
Antonio Carrejo (Socorro) G Sr..
Jeremy Montano (Socorro) G Sr.
Nick Bliss (Portales) G Jr.
Cade Payne (Bloomfield) C Jr.
Honorable Mention
Courtney Mackey (Lovington) G Sr.
Lance Smith (Lovington) F Sr.
Aric Trujillo G (Raton) Jr.
Eddie Ortega (Pojoaque) G/F Sr.
Alex Martinez (Hatch Valley) G Sr.
Ryan Chavarria (West Las Vegas) PG Sr.
Billy Good (Portales) F Jr.
DeMarcus Doucette (NMMI) PG Sr.
Player of the Year: Ryan Gonzalez (Pojoaque) SG Sr.
Coach of the Year: Hamilton Doyle (West Las Vegas)
Class 2A
1st Team
Ryan Panzy (Dulce) F Sr.
Courtland Luscombe (Texico) PF Sr.
Parnell Begay (Navajo Pine) PF Sr.
Jamie Cruz Jr. (Mesa Vista) PF Jr.
Jeremy Roman (Mesilla Valley) F Sr.
2nd Team
Casey Crist (Texico) F Sr.
Zach Adams (Mesilla Valley) G Jr.
David Ortiz (Estancia) G Sr.
Jeff Reeves (Santa Rosa) F Jr.
Keith Hyde (Monte del Sol) PG Jr.
3rd Team
R.J. Rice (Estancia) F Sr.
Daniel Schueler (Texico) F Sr.
George Sando (Jemez Valley) G Jr.
Adrian Morgan (Questa) G Sr.
Joseph Gurule (Penasco) G Jr.
Honorable Mention
Diego Romero (Questa) G Jr.
Jonathan Allison (Bosque Prep) G So.
Randy Nez (Navajo Pine) G Sr.
Emery Coleman (Tularosa) G Fr.
Jesus Roybal (Santa Rosa) G Sr.
Joe Jordan (Ramah) F Sr.
Luke Hyde (Monte del Sol) F Sr.
Christopher Tran (Mora) G Sr.
Player of the Year: Ryan Panzy (Dulce) F Sr.
Coach of the Year: Thomas Vigil (Mesa Vista)

Class 1A
1st Team
Bill Squire (Hagerman) F Sr.
Jerett Mendenhall (Cliff) G Sr.
Robert Arellano (Springer) G Sr.
Brandon Whitten (Cimarron) F Sr.
Justin Whitt (Temple Baptist) C So.
2nd Team
Ethan Shelley (Cliff) F So.
Casey Kennedy (Des Moines) F Sr.
Casey Jackson (Animas) PF Sr.
Wesley Gilmore (Elida) SG Sr.
Isaac Bejarano (Hagerman) SG Fr.
3rd Team
Skyler Richins (Animas) PF Sr.
Josh Counce (Temple Baptist) F Sr.
Johnny Chavez (Springer) PG Jr.
Kyler Smith (Dora) G Jr.
Antonio Oaxaca (Gateway Christian) F Jr.
Honorable Mention
Thomas Garcia (Springer) PF Sr.
Justin Archibeque (Vaughn) G/F Sr.
Jimmy Atwater (Des Moines) G Jr.
Sadler Hair (Dora) F Sr.
Tim Holecek (Quemado) F Sr.
Logan Medlin (Tatum) PG So.
Brice Blanco (Gallup Catholic) SG Jr.
Keeson Bell (Clovis Christian) F Sr.
Player of the Year: Bill Squire (Hagerman) F Sr.
Coach of the Year: Pete Shock (Cliff)

NMPreps.rivals.com Players and Coach of the Year
Player of the Year: Jeff Taylor (Hobbs) SF Sr.
Junior of the Year: Derek Montoya (Artesia) G/F
Sophomore of the Year: Michael Maya (Valley) G
Freshman of the Year: Isaac Bejarano (Hagerman) PG
6th Man of the Year: Tyler Turner (Hobbs) SG Jr.
Coach of the Year: Hamilton Doyle (West Las Vegas)


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Sunland Park Selections, March 23

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Graded Selections
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Post Time: 12:55 p.m.
Selections by Felix Chavez/Odds set by Sunland Park
Note: Simulcasting from Montreal begins at 11:05 a.m. Gulfstream Park and Will Rogers Downs, 11:15 a.m. Fair Grounds, 11:35 a.m. Sunland Park, 12:55 p.m. Northlands and Northville, 1:00 p.m. Santa Anita, 1:30 p.m. Bay Meadows, 1:45 p.m. Dover Downs, 3:30 p.m. Remington Park, 5:25 p.m. Los Alamitos, 6:30 p.m.

1st – Purse $21,000. 4 year olds. Maiden. 400 yards.
(Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Redneck Baby (N Garcia 124) 6-1
2 – Real Snow (S Estrada 124) 3-1
3 – Jess B Dashin (O Ortega 124) 8-1
4 – Chiseled Like Stone (M Perez 124) 6-1
5 – Okie Dokie Darling (J Maldonado 124) 15-1
6 – Tj Proudest Plebe (A Escareno 124) 12-1
7 – Whos Not Home (O Rincon 124) 8-1
8 – Hispano (J Coates 124) 12-1
9 – Mighty First Class (R Ramirez) 124) 4-1
10 – La Metralleta (C Silva 124) 8-1
AE 11 – Tomen Avizo (R Ramirez 124) 7-2
AE 12 – Sippin On Coke N Rum (J Coates 124) 10-1
1 — No. 2 Real Snow finished second in last start, but that was first time in the money, beware.
2 — No. 4 Chiseled Like Stone comes from very good barn, gets the solid Miguel Perez to ride.
3 — No. 9 Mighty First Class gets the solid Ricky Ramirez to ride.

2nd – Purse $26,200. 3 year olds and up. Allowance. 350 yards.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Juanitas Rose (B Perez 120) 4-1
2 – Mr Special Eyes (F Martinez 122) 6-1
3 – Chivatos Blue Sky (O Ortega 122) 8-1
4 – Fastcocktail (C Zamora 122) 12-1
5 – War Chimes (E Ramirez 124) 3-1
6 – Chicky Rime (R Ramirez 122) 8-1
7 – Scoobie Doo Run (A Escareno 124) 15-1
8 – Snub (O Rincon 122) 6-1
9 – Oscars Loaded (B Harmon 122) 8-1
10 – Lucilles Siesta (M Bourdieu 121) 12-1
AE 11 – First to Runaway (E Ramirez 120) 10-1
AE 12 – Woods Two (F Martinez 122) 10-1
1 — No. 5 War Chimes won last start, Esgar Ramirez to ride and Carlos Sedillo trains. The barn has produced a decent percentage of winners.
2 — No. 1 Juanitas Rose is coming off a long layoff, did run in the Ruidoso Futurity. Comes from very good Todd Fincher barn.
3 — No. 8 Snub has hit the board in 13 of 26 races, ran third in last out.

3rd – Purse $10,400. 3 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000-$6,250. Fillies and Mares. One mile. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Gifted K K A T (Travis Wales 120) 6-1
2 – Wildwood Sal (G Murphy 117) 6-1
3 – Oh Swale (K Tohill 117) 8-1
4 – Waitin’ On Doc (O Ceballos 119) 6-1
5 – Allegro Con Fuoco (M Perez 120) 4-1
6 – Lawfullott (Q Bui 117) 3-1
7 – Ecstatic Twist (C Silva 120) 5-2
1 — No. 7 Ecstatic Twist has run well of late for trainer Jon Arnett, has hit the board in 4 of 7 races.
2 — No. 1 Gifted K K A T is dropping in class, comes from low percentage barn.
3 — No. 5 Allegro Con Fuoco gets Miguel Perez to ride, has hit the board in 5 of 15 races.

4th – Purse $22,000. 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Maiden. One mile.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Dorita’s Dream (M Villa 122) 3-1
2 – Holding Slew (J Martinez 117) 10-1
3 – Bongo Straits (R Jaime 122) 4-1
4 – Salt the Vault (J Espitia 115) 8-1
5 – North Fleet Street (G Murphy 122) 6-1
6 – Handsome Bill (M Bourdieu 122) 5-2
7 – Santaquin (T Wales 122) 8-1
8 – Quick as a Blink (C Lambert 122) 12-1
1 — No. 6 Handsome Bill will be tough to beat today, has run better of late, comes from ok percentage bgarn.
2 — No. 1 Dorita’s Dream gets the always dangerous Mark Villa to ride today and hopes for improved effort over this track today.
3 — No. 5 North Fleet Street comes from low percentage barn, gets Glen Murphy to ride.

5th – Purse $14,000. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000. New Mexico-breds. 5 furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Who You Gonna Call (R Jaime 120) 4-1
2 – Prospectors Rebel (C Zamora 122) 7-2
3 – Catch Simon (JD Valenzuela 113) 20-1
4 – The Big Rumble (A Perez 118) 15-1
5 – Hesadynamitelooker (M Villa 118) 12-1
6 – Southern Excess (G Murphy 118) 5-1
7 – Mr. Windfall (J Martinez 118) 8-1
8 – Bubba Hyde (M Bourdieu 118) 5-2
9 – Hesapogilooker (Q Bui 118) 8-1
1 — No. 8 Bubba Hyde ran second last time out, should be right in the hunt against this bunch.
2 — No. 1 Who You Gonna Call won two starts back, could be in the hunt.
3 — No. 2 Prospectors Rebel has hit the board in 8 of 17 races.

6th – Purse $19,500. 3 year olds and up. Claiming $15,000. 6 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Live Free (A Juarez, Jr 120) 5-2
2 – Our Friend Rick (T Cunningham 122) 6-1
3 – Cheris Lit’l Devil (J Martinez 120) 7-2
4 – Sandy Bob (T Wales 120) 10-1
5 – Wired to Conquer (M Perez 115) 10-1
6 – Noble Tradition (R Jaime 120) 9-2
7 – Joe’s Ablazin (JD Valenzuela 112) 15-1
8 – Royal Devil (M Bourdieu 120) 4-1
1 — No. 1 Live Free has finished second three straight times, comes from decent barn. Is taking a step up in class.
2 — No. 3 Cheris Lit’l Devil has run against similar, keep in mind today.
3 — No. 5 Wired to Conquer won last start, Miguel Perez rides.

7th – Purse $30,500. 3 year olds. Allowance. New Mexico-breds. 5 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Comfy Lead (A Cruz 118) 3-1
2 – Skar (A Juarez, Jr 120) 6-1
3 – Daddy O. (J Martinez 118) 5-2
4 – Uncle Jack G (G Murphy 118) 4-1
5 – Neves (K Tohill 120) 8-1
6 – Run Kelen Run (D Essman 120) 8-1
7 – Speedwheel Red (M Perez 118) 5-1
1 — No. 3 Daddy O. hopes for better effort today for trainer Henry Dominguez. Has good speed, distance should help.
2 — No. 1 Comfy Lead comes from good barn, has been consistent in career and distance is to liking.
3 — No. 4 Uncle Jack G has hit the board in 3 of 6 starts.

8th – Purse $13,800. 3 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $10,000. New Mexico-breds. 5 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Jackpotonaroll (D Sterling 120) 8-1
2 – Gems of Love (J Coates 120) 20-1
3 – Padre Domingo (N Summers 120) 6-1
4 – A Treasured Quote (J Espitia 120) 20-1
5 – Coyote Red (M Villa 120) 10-1
6 – Big Eloy (C Zamora 120) 8-1
7 – Tristans Slew (C Madeira 120) 7-2
8 – D. E. Clever King (R Jaime 120) 10-1
9 – Sid’s Wonder (V Smallwood 120) 20-1
10 – The Turkinator (M Bourdieu 120) 20-1
11 – Clancy’s Bandito (D Lucero 120) 10-1
12 – Missing Deputy (D Essman 120) 3-1
1 — No. 7 Tristans Slew runs for solid trainer Joel Marr, improved in last start.
2 — No. 3 Padre Domingo has had some decent works, is a first time starter.
3 — No. 6 Big Eloy comes from solid barn.

9th – Purse $28,500. 3 year olds and up. Claiming $20,000. Fillies and Mares. 5 and one-half furlongs. (50-cent Pick 4, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Cop a Smoke (A Juarez, Jr 118) 5-1
2 – Swiss Mint (M Villa 118) 8-1
3 – Brooksidedancer (D Essman 118) 10-1
4 – Music Goes Round (T Cunningham 118) 12-1
5 – Kranky Karol (C Silva 122) 5-2
6 – Unique Cruise (J Martinez 118) 6-1
7 – Stays in Vegas (N Summers 118) 3-1
8 – Diamond Chimes (J Rocha 118) 6-1
1 — No. 5 Kranky Karol has won 7 of 32, is serious threat today, loves distance.
2 — No. 7 Stays in Vegas has hit the board in 6 of 9 races, ran well at distance in last start.
3 — No. 8 Diamond Chimes is dropping in class, has won 3 of 16.

10th – Purse $29,000. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $15,000. Fillies and Mares. New Mexico-breds. 6 furlongs. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Western Yankee (V Smallwood 118) 15-1
2 – Foolish Fortune (G Murphy 118) 10-1
3 – Tricky Sunset (R Jaime 120) 3-1
4 – Robin de Debil (C Lambert 118) 12-1
5 – Windy Storm’n Rose (A Cruz 118) 8-1
6 – Cool Cucurri (T Wales 118) 4-1
7 – Miss Possibility (J Martinez 118) 6-1
8 – Lani’s Excess (C Silva 118) 12-1
9 – Rylie Cheyenne (A Juarez, Jr 118) 10-1
10 – Copelan’s Appeal (M Bourdieu 118) 12-1
11 – Paris Prospect (M Villa 118) 8-1
1 — No. 3 Tricky Sunset won in last stasrt, loves the distance and has hit the board in 18 of 30 starts.
2 — No. 11 Paris Prospect is dropping in class, is coming off layoff.
3 — No. 7 Miss Possibility gets the solid Joe Martinez to ride and comes from solid Henry Dominguez barn.

11th – Purse $100,000. 3 year olds and up. The Sydney Valentini Handicap.
Fillies and Mares. New Mexico-breds. One mile. (Late Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Wild Gini (N Summers 116) 10-1
2 – Let the Musicbegin (C Lambert 115) 8-1
3 – She’s Long Gone (M Perez 114) 15-1
4 – Peppers Pride (C Madeira 125) 4-5
5 – Good Looker R F (K Tohill 120) 7-2
6 – Theregoesdancer (G Murphy 117) 6-1
7 – Complete Pride (S Martinez 115) 12-1
1 — No. 4 Peppers Pride is perfect in career with 14 wins, can adjust to distance, Joel Marr trains.
2 — No. 5 Good Looker R F will be in the hunt for win, has won 6 of 11 and comes from decent barn.
3 — No. 2 Let the Musicbegin could be in the hunt, gets Casey Lambert to run.

12th – Purse $10,500. 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $10,000. Fillies and Mares. 6 furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Piles Isle (J Espitia 122) 6-1
2 – Shelbyville Slew (M Villa 122) 15-1
3 – Alpha Power Dixie (T Cunningham 122) 15-1
4 – Lovely Lois (F Rojas 122) 12-1
5 – Pat’s Prospect (M Perez 115) 20-1
6 – Mad Duck (G Murphy 122) 4-1
7 – Quads Princess (R Jaime 122) 6-1
8 – I’m a Covergirl (C Rivas 122) 15-1
9 – Star’s Gal (C Madeira 122) 3-1
10 – Fire Lass (J Martinez 122) 6-1
11 – Fiery Diva (A Cruz 122) 15-1
12 – Honor and Praise (T Wales 122) 15-1
1 — No. 9 Star’s Gal comes from good barn, has hit the board in all four starts.
2 — No. 10 Fire Lass is a first time starter for trainer Henry Dominguez, worked well last time out.
3 — No. 6 Mad Duck has hit the board in 4 of 12 races.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sunland Park Selections, March 22

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Graded Selections
Saturday, March 22
Post Time: 12:55 p.m.
Selections by Felix Chavez/Odds set by Sunland Park
Note: Wagering on the Magna 5 starts at 10:00 a.m. Simulcasting from Laurel begins at 10:10 a.m. Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Freehold, 10:25 a.m. Beulah Park, 10:55 a.m. Aqueduct, 11:00 a.m. Gatineau and Turfway, 11:10 a.m. Gulfstream and Will Rogers Downs, 11:15 a.m. Fair Grounds, 11:35 a.m. Oaklawn, 12:05 p.m. Hawthorne, 12:35 p.m. Sunland Park, 12:55 p.m. Northlands, 1:00 p.m. Santa Anita and Turf Paradise, 1:30 p.m. Bay Meadows, 1:45 p.m. Fraser, 2:15 p.m. Dover Downs, 3:30 p.m. Rosecroft, 4:30 p.m. Northville and Penn National, 4:40 p.m. Meadowlands, Mountaineer, Northfield and Saratoga, 5:00 p.m. Charles Town, 5:15 p.m. Pompano and Remington Park, 5:25 p.m. Delta Downs and Woodbine, 5:30 p.m. Sam Houston, 6:00 p.m. Balmoral, 6:20 p.m. Los Alamitos, 8:00 p.m.

1st – Purse $21,000. 3 year olds. Maiden. 870 yards. (Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Crown Me Royalty (J Martinez 122) 12-1
2 – Nicholes Ransom (R Jaime 122) 4-1
3 – Panther Peak (O Ortega 122) 5-1
4 – Dreamy Winner (M Villa 122) 8-1
5 – More Blaze (F Martinez 122) 5-2
6 – Gender Bender (E Ramirez 122) 8-1
7 – Super Divine (N Garcia 122) 7-2
8 – Strawfly N Rumors (R Ramirez 122) 10-1
AE 9 – Trick Dot Dash (M Perez 122) 6-1
AE 10 – Snow Panther (M Villa 122) 10-1
1 — No. 5 More Blaze has a second in three starts, gets Freddie Martinez to ride.
2 — No. 7 drops in class, ran fourth in last start.
3 — No. 2 Nicholes Ransom is also dropping in class.

2nd – Purse $20,000. 2 year olds. Maidens. 300 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – El Pistin (Ad Fuentes 120) 12-1
2 – Nacho Libre (JJ Gonzales 120) 8-1
3 – Wss Striking Bug (O Ortega 120) 10-1
4 – Hands Up Dazzle (J Coates 120) 12-1
5 – Eyes Plain Dashing (S Martinez 120) 9-2
6 – Flying to Holland (F Martinez 120) 4-1
7 – Amsterdam (R Ramirez 120) 3-1
8 – Lightning Lass (E Ramirez 120) 6-1
9 – Air Born Miracle (C Zamora 120) 10-1
10 – Feature Magic Rocket (T Guymon 120) 15-1
1 — No. 7 Amsterdam has had some good works, comes from the always dangerous Blane Wood stable.
2 — No. 8 Lightning Lass gets the always dependable Esgar Ramirez to ride in debut.
3 — No. 6 Flying to Holland is coming off a decent work, gets the solid Freddie Martinez to ride.

3rd – Purse $14,300. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $6,250. New Mexico-breds. 350 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Pro Se Litigant (O Ortega 122) 10-1
2 – Holy Posole (L Gamez 122) 8-1
3 – Getusum (Ad Fuentes 122) 15-1
4 – Blastin Terror (R Ramirez 122) 6-1
5 – High On a Miracle (J Coates 122) 6-1
6 – Ej Shuefly (F Martinez 122) 6-1
7 – Real Bold Heart (N Garcia 122) 3-1
8 – Another Talker (E Ramirez 122) 4-1
9 – Rime Wagon (O Rincon 122) 15-1
10 – Victory Winner (S Thompson 122) 10-1
AE 11 – Do Iou Too (S Thompson 122) 6-1
AE 12 – Cashin in a Buck (E Ramirez 122) 15-1
1 — No. 5 High On a Miracle has won 5 of 28, has a decent speed figure for this bunch.
2 — No. 8 Another Talker just missed in last start, comes from a good barn and gets the solid Esgar Ramirez to ride.
3 — No. 7 Real Bold Heart hung on for second in last start, should be right in hunt today.

4th – Purse $17,300. 3 year olds. Claiming $15,000. 350 yards.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – More Than Royal (F Martinez 122) 5-2
2 – Ima Flashy Task (R Ramirez 122) 6-1
3 – Mb Shiney Delivery (N Garcia 120) 15-1
4 – Special Vows (D Pinon 120) 15-1
5 – Stones Rainbow (O Ortega 122) 6-1
6 – Fishers Jessi (E Ramirez 120) 3-1
7 – Fames Bold Dancer (A Escareno 122) 10-1
8 – Jess Scrutinizin (JJ Gonzales 122) 8-1
9 – Sheza Scootin Rocket (M Bourdieu 120) 10-1
10 – Ricochet Kas (J Coates 122) 15-1
AE 11 – Celas Trouble (B Harmon 122) 10-1
AE 12 – Jess Lavish Me (O Rincon 122) 8-1
1 — No. 1 More Than Royal gets the solid Freddie Martinez to ride, finished second in last start in an allowance race.
2 — No. 2 Ima Flashy Task won last start, gets the solid Ricky Ramirez to ride.
3 — No. 7 Fames Bold Dancer ran better last time, gets poor percentage jockey aboard.

5th – Purse $100,000. 3 year olds and up. Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap. New Mexico-breds. 350 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – A First Caller (R Ramirez 122) 10-1
2 – First a Medley (C Zamora 122) 10-1
3 – Genuine American (F Martinez 124) 6-1
4 – Streakaway Deuce (S Thompson 121) 15-1
5 – Dueling Juan (B Perez 124) 6-1
6 – Call My Bank (E Ramirez 123) 10-1
7 – Gotta Get (JJ Gonzales 125) 5-2
8 – Uncovered Regard (O Ortega 122) 15-1
9 – Now Heza Blazin (J Maldonado 122) 12-1
10 – Gun Battle (B Harmon 123) 3-1
AE 11 – Hearts Miracle (S Thompson 120) 15-1
AE 12 – Our Talisman (J Martinez 120) 20-1
1 — No. 7 Gotta Get will be tough to beat today, has won 19 of 37 and comes from a very good Fred Danley barn.
2 — No. 10 Gun Battle is another strong runner, has won 8 of16 andjust missed in last start for trainer Robert Driggers.
3 — No. 3 Genuine American comes from the competitive Carl Draper barn, gets Freddie Martinez to ride and finished fourth in last start.

6th – Purse $22,000. 3 year olds. Maiden. Fillies. One mile. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Snow Shoe Sally (A Cruz 120) 10-1
2 – Super Heroine (G Murphy 120) 2-1
3 – Flying Jackpot (D Essman 117) 8-1
4 – Dreamful (J Martinez 120) 4-1
5 – Bad Comma (A Juarez, Jr 120) 6-1
6 – Pelosi (D Sterling 120) 3-1
7 – Skip’s Girl (J Espitia 120) 12-1
8 – Matty by a Nose (JD Valenzuela 115) 15-1
1 — No. 2 Super Heroine should be just fine at distance, has finished second in both starts, comes from the very good Henry Dominguez barn.
2 — No. 6 Pelosi finished second in last start on thistrackon Jan. 20, comes from decent barn.
3 — No. 4 Dreamful keeps searching for more consistency under the guidance of trainer Henry Dominguez.

7th – Purse $11,500. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $6,250. Fillies and Mares. 5 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – St Wager (A Cruz 118) 5-1
2 – Miss Tiburon (J Coates 122) 10-1
3 – Bo Dance (JD Valenzuela 113) 12-1
4 – Truly a Treasure (O Ceballos 118) 6-1
5 –Yoga Gal (T Wales 120) 5-2
6 – Five Times a Cat (C Silva 122) 6-1
7 – Dumtell (M Bourdieu 118) 8-1
8 – Amaras (J Martinez 118) 3-1
1 — No. 5 Yoga Gal has won two straight and is running well and nshould like the distance. Comes from decent percentage barn.
2 — No. 8 Amaras comes from good Jon Arnett barn and the very good Joe Martinez rides.
3 — No. 1 St Wager has hit the board in 9 of 20 starts.

8th – Purse $10,700. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000. 5 furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Four Striper (JD Valenzuela 113) 12-1
2 – Golden Wager (R Jaime 118) 20-1
3 – Blanca Nieve (D Pinon 117) 30-1
4 – Calvary Bridle (J Espitia 122) 5-1
5 – Sealed With a Kiss (A Juarez, Jr 118) 7-2
6 – Gotta Beat Em All (V Smallwood 118) 12-1
7 – Sport (T Wales 118) 10-1
8 – Crowning Victory (C Silva 122) 8-1
9 – C K Jett (G Murphy 118) 9-2
10 – Super Danny (K Tohill 120) 5-2
1 — No. 10 Super Danny has won 9 of 34, Chris Hartman trains.
2 — No. 4 Calvary Bridle comes from low percentage barn, but did earn win last time out.
3 — No. 8 Crowning Victory has hit the board in 11 of 33 races.

9th – Purse $15,000. 3 year olds and up. Claimijng $10,000. 6 furlongs.
(50-cent Pick 4, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Take Home the Gold (A Juarez, Jr 120) 3-1
2 – Darksuit (J Espitia 118) 20-1
3 – Golden Capote (M Villa 118) 6-1
4 – Mountain Dreamer (G Murphy 120) 7-2
5 – Run Riley Run (C Lambert 119) 10-1
6 – Hi You (M Bourdieu 122) 9-2
7 – Ty’s Pache (Q Bui 115) 10-1
8 – Retreat Not (M Perez 118) 6-1
9 – Papago Road (F Martinez 122) 8-1
1 — No. 1 Take Home the Gold won last time out with Alfredo Juarez Jr. aboard.
2 — No. 6 Hi You has won 2 of 3 and comes from decent percentage barn.
3 — No. 7 Ty’s Pache won two starts back, is dropping back in class.

10th – Purse $30,500. 3 year olds. Allowance. Fillies. New Mexico-breds. 6 furlongs. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Pretty Lucky (C Madeira 120) 5-2
2 – Unbridled April (C Silva 118) 15-1
3 – Miner’s Hit (T Wales 120) 12-1
4 – Inexcessive Choke (M Bourdieu 120) 8-1
5 – Dome’s Lil Lady (D Sterling 120) 6-1
6 – Roo’s Groomstick (A Juarez, Jr 120) 6-1
7 – Rapid Bull (J Martinez 118) 3-1
8 – Diamonds N Bling (K Tohill 118) 4-1
1 — No. 8 Diamonds N Bling has hit the board in 2 of 3 starts, is hoping for better showing today.
2 — No. 7 Rapid Bull comes from good barn, Joe Martinez rides this horse, who has hit the board in 3 of 4 starts.
3 — No. 1 Pretty Lucky has hit the board in both starts and comes from the very good Joel Marr barn.

11th – Purse $32,700. 3 year olds and up. Allowance. New Mexico-breds. One mile. (Late Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Evening With Chime (A Juarez, Jr 118) 7-2
2 – Chrome Boy (M Villa 118) 5-2
3 – Bob’s Banjo (J Martinez 120) 5-1
4 – Lisasfinishline (C Madeira 115) 4-1
5 – Knows Its Regal (M Bourdieu 118) 20-1
6 – Copelan’s Mask (D Essman 118) 10-1
7 – Sugarland Express (K Tohill 118) 8-1
8 – Outofecho (J Espitia 111) 6-1
1 — No. 2 Chrome Boy has won two straight, gets the solid Mark Villa to ride.
2 — No. 1 Evening With Chime comes from decent barn, has hit the board in 8 of 13 races.
3 — No. 8 Outofecho has hit the board in 5 of 7 races, comes from low percentage barn.

12th – Purse $13,300. 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $8,000. New Mexico-breds. 6 furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Mister Storm Bird (C Rivas 122) 8-1
2 – Mr. Fast Lane (T Wales 122) 20-1
3 – Traders Turn (S Martinez 122) 4-1
4 – Bum in the Sun (JD Valenzuela 117) 12-1
5 – Drinkin Buddy (R Jaime 115) 5-1
6 – Star of Kings (A Cruz 122) 3-1
7 – You’re the Juan (T Cunningham 122) 10-1
8 – Chimes Prospect (D Essman 122) 10-1
9 – Spirit of the West (F Rojas 122) 20-1
10 – Talkaboutaringer (M Bourdieu 115) 8-1
11 – Bailey J (A Perez 115) 15-1
12 – Leading a Storm (V Smallwood 115) 20-1
1 — No. 6 Star of Kings has finished second in last two starts, comes from low percentage barn.
2 — No. 1 Mister Storm Bird got second in last start, gets low percentage rider aboard.
3 — No. 5 Drinkin Buddy has a second in eight starts.

Gary Bradley appears headed to Farmington

It looks like Gary Bradley will be the new head football coach at Farmington High School. The longtime assistant coach at Mayfield interviewed for the spot last week and was long rumored to be the frontrunner. More on the story later.

- Felix

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Austin Trout and big time sparring

It appears that unbeaten Las Cruces junior middleweight Austin Trout will head to Big Bear, Calif., later this month to train with welterweight Shane Mosley to help Mosley get ready for his May 31 fight with Zab Judah.

Mosley is one of the sport's best fighters and has taken on some of the biggest names in the sport. He lost a close decision to unbeaten Miguel Cotto last November.

Trout is 13-0 in his career and is scheduled to fight sometime in April.

Also, El Paso super bantamweight Antonio Escalante, who is 17-2-1, could fight in mid-May on a Telefutura-televised card. One of the opponents being mentioned is 32-7-3 Gerson Guerrero.

- Felix

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Jack Cisco and Hatch Valley

Longtime New Mexico high school football coach Jack Cisco has been hired as the new head football coach at Hatch Valley. He replaces Charles Gleghorn, who left to take the head coaching job at Kirtland Central.

Cisco has coached at Roswell High and in Texas. He was born in Roswell and attended Roswell High School. He will start his duties at Hatch Valley on March 31.

He was an assistant coach at Roswell High when the school won state championships in 1987 and 1988. He was the head coach at Roswell in 2000 when the school won a Class 4A title.

— Felix

Saturday, March 15, 2008

New Mexico Prep Hoops Scors

Saturday’s Scores
Boys Basketball
Championship
Class 5A
Hobbs 73, Clovis 71
Class 4A
St. Pius 59, Albuquerque Academy 51
Class 3A
Pojoaque 50, West Las Vegas 46
Class AA
Texico 58, Mesilla Valley 55
Class A
Cliff 53, Animas 41
Girls Basketball
Championship
Class 5A
La Cueva 49, Eldorado 44
Class A
Animas 49, Magdalena 38

Frank Borden and NCAA Tournament

Former Gadsden High School basketball player Frank Borden will play in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, which starts next week.
Borden plays for American University in Washington, D.C. American beat Colgate 52-46 on Friday afternoon to claim the Patriot League Tournament Championship.
Borden played 38 minutes, picked up two assists and had two rebounds. On the season, he is averaging 2.8 points per game, is 16-for-19 from the free throw line and has hit nine 3-pointers. He played two years at at Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz., before signing with American University last spring.
Borden helped lead the Panthers to the 2005, Class 5A state basketball tournament and the District 3-5A tournament title. His sister Alice Borden played volleyball at New Mexico State for four years.

- Felix

New Mexico State Basketball Tournament

This year's version of the New Mexico High School State Basketball Tournament has been one of the best in recent memory. There have been several close games and the attendance at the games have been tremendous.

Among the most exciting players to watch at the tournament for me have been Hobbs' Jeff Taylor, Albuquerque High's Emilio Andrade, Kirtland Central's Dayon Hall-Jones (girls hoops), Artesia's Derek Montoya, Clovis' Jaye Crockett and Mesilla Valley Christian's Zach Adams.

Andrade is a great shooter for the Bulldogs and helped them back to the state tournament for the first time in a decade, Crockett is a beast inside and has been a big reason the Wildcats are in the 5A boys final, Hall-Jones was a crowd pleaser during the three games she played because of her tenacity and big-play ability, Montoya is scorer plain and simple, Taylor is the state's most versatile player and Adams is one of the state's best passers and has the ability to make big shots at the most crucial times of a game.

- Felix

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mayfield boys advance to 5A boys semis

Trojans in Class 5A boys semis after win against
Gallup
By Felix Chavez
Sun-News reporter
ALBUQUERQUE - Nobody gave the Mayfield Trojans much
of a chance of reaching the semifinals of the Class 5A
high school boys basketball tournament this season.
On Wednesday night, the 6th-seeded Trojans proved
those disbelievers wrong, knocking off No. 14 Gallup
in a 62-56 thriller at the Pit.
“This team is scrappy,” Mayfield guard Artie Villa
said. “We believe in ourselves and we showed that
tonight.”
The Trojans are now 19-8 on the year and will play No.
2 Hobbs tonight at 8:15. The other semifinal pits No.
2 Clovis vs. No. 5 La Cueva at 4:45 p.m. The two
semifinal winners meet on Saturday night at 8:30 for
the title.
Gallup’s season ends at 18-12.
“I was happy to make the top five,” Mayfield head
coach Tommy Morrow said. “For us to make the final
four is a great accomplishment.”
Mayfield, which has won eight straight games, will be
making its fourth appearance in the Final Four. The
last one came in 2002 when the team finished second.
Mayfield surged out of the halftime break with
confidence and it showed. The Trojans made 10 of 18
from the field and outscored Gallup 28-11 to take a
52-42 lead entering the fourth. The Trojans scored the
first seven points of the half and it seemed as if
everyone contributed in some way.
Point guard Luis Quinones hit two treys and had eight
points, guard Artie Villa chipped with seven points
and backup point guard Jacob Ortiz had four points.
“We didn’t panic at halftime,” Quinones said. “We knew
if we came out and cleaned up some things, we’d do
fine. We executed on both ends of the court.”
Villa led MHS with 15 points, guard Art Borunda had 13
and Quinones had 12, all in the second half. The
Trojans shot 48 percent from the field in the second
16 minutes.
But Gallup, which rallied from a 12-point deficit in
the second half to unseat No. 3 Highland week, came
back in the fourth quarter behind junior Alfonso
Hubbard.
Hubbard scored eight points and guard Rulon Benally
hit a 3-pointer to help bring the Bengals back to
within 58-56 with 1:56 left. Hubbard led Gallup with
20 points.
But the resilient Trojans had the final laugh. Borunda
scored on a drive with 1:31 left and after a Gallup
turnover, Quinones scored on another drive to the
basket with 1:07 for the final margin. Gallup tried
desperately to close the gap in the final minute, but
missed several shots from 3-point range.
Mayfield struggled mightily from the field in the
first half and was fortunate to be down just 31-24 at
the break.
The Trojans were just 7-for-28 from the field,
including a 2-for-13 struggle in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, Gallup was 11-for-25 from the field and
took a 22-10 lead early in the second quarter behind
3-pointers from Chandler James and Benally.
But the Trojans came back with seven straight points
to cut the lead to 22-17 on baskets by Villa, Jon
Allen and Borunda.
Gallup built its lead back up to 31-21, but a
3-pointer by Mayfield’s Javier Ybarra cut the deficit
to 31-24.
Borunda was the only Trojan basketball player with
success from the field, going 4-for-4 from the field
and scoring eight points.
The Trojans had just four turnovers, but missed
several layups and 6 of 15 free throws.
Gallup got 10 points from Zach Troncoso and seven from
Hubbard.
Tonight’s game with Hobbs will be a rematch of their
Dec. 21 battle in Hobbs, a game the Trojans lost
83-43.
“We’re a different team than back in December,”
Quinones said. “We’re playing better, we’ll give it
our best shot.”
Gallup 16 15 11 14 - 56
Mayfield 10 14 28 10 -62
Gallup
Raydel Jones 1-3 1-2 3, Rulon Benally 2-4 0-0 6, Zach
Troncosco 5-10 5-7 15, Alfonso Hubbard 9-17 2-2 20,
Armando Segovia 0-1 0-0 0, Alexander James 0-1 0-0 0,
Chandler James 2-6 1-2 6, Ryan Acothley 0-5 0-2 0,
Ryan Becenti 0-1 0-0 0, Anthony Grant 0-1 0-0 0,
William Porch 2-4 2-4 6. Totals 21-53 11-20 56.
Mayfield
Jacob Ortiz 2-3 0-1 4, Art Borunda 6-10 1-1 13, Luis
Quinones 3-7 4-4 12, Oscar Robles 0-3 2-2 2, Estefano
Vargas 0-3 0-0 0, Artie Villa 5-13 4-5 15, Jeremiah
Willis 0-2 0-2 0, Jon Allen 2-4 1-4 5, Javier Ybarra
2-5 0-0 5, Nathan Abeyta-Robles 0-5 6-7 6. Totals
20-55 18-26 62.
Felix Chavez can be reached at fchavez@lcsun-news.com

Albuquerque High and Hobbs

Hobbs High School and Albuquerque High have played some of the best games in New Mexico State high school basketball history.

On Wednesday afternoon in Albuquerque, the two renewed their rivalry in the 5A quarterfinals. Hobbs won 75-68, but it wasn't easy. The No. 2 Eagles had to hit some free throws late to beat the No. 10 Bulldogs and advance to Thursday night's semifinals against either Mayfield or Gallup.

Hobbs has been very good in recent years and this year is no different. But AHS has struggled since winning the state title in Class 4A in 1998.

But AHS had a resurgent season under head coach Ron Garcia. The team won 19 games and on Wednesday led 18-16 after one quarter and trailed just 31-26 at the half.

Guard Emilio Andrade led AHS with an impressive showing on the perimeter. He hit 8 of 16 from the field, scored 24 points and dished out three assists. The Bulldogs also forced 21 Hobbs turnovers.

But Hobbs was too much. Forward Jeff Taylor, who is being courted by several Division I scouts, had 26 points and 12 rebounds, while guard Allen Tate was very impressive with 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting and five rebounds.

- Felix

Former Deming coach Ike Montoya

Former Deming High School coach Ike Montoya earned a nice win at his new high school, the Artesia Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon in the Class 4A boys high school state tournament with a 73-70 win against Santa Fe Capital in overtime. Actually, Montoya has been in Artesia for three years.

On Wednesday, his squad rallied from seven points down in regulation to force overtime on a Devyn Garcia layin at the buzzer.

Then in overtime, the Bulldogs outshustled the Jaguars to advance to meet St. Pius in Thursday's semifinals.

Montoya's son, Derek Montoya, is one of the state's top players in Class 4A. Montoya scored 28 points in Wednesday's victory.

Ike Montoya coached Deming to a state title in 2005 and a runner-up showing in 2004.

- Felix

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Las Cruces High Girls Basketball

The Las Cruces High girls basketball program has come a long way under third-year head coach Matt Abney.

On Tuesday, the program took another step forward, qualifying for the semifinals for the first time in the high school girls basketball state tournament by beating Cibola 43-39.

The No. 5 Bulldawgs weren't as big or athletic as the No. 4 Cougars. But Andrea Aragon hit four big 3-pointers, Amy Fratzola had 16 points and forwards Devon Mulheron and Domonique Rivera scored just enough inside to help secure LCHS' 19th win of the year.

Las Cruces High battled hard on defense and on the boards and were able to cut down on turnovers in the second half to pull out the win.

The win earned LCHS a spot in Thursday's semifinals against No. 1 La Cueva, a 63-54 winner against Sandia on Tuesday afternoon,.

La Cueva is also a big team, but not as athletic as Cibola. The Bears beat the Bulldawgs 51-43 earlier this season in Las Cruces.

Win or lose, it's been a great year for the Bulldawgs. Las Cruces High will need to defend the post and cut down on turnovers against Las Cueva. If the Bulldawgs can do that, they have a chance to advance to Saturday's 5A final.

Felix

Monday, March 10, 2008

Mesilla Valley Christian and Class 2A boys basketball

Class 2A boys basketball doesn't get as much attention in Southern New Mexico because of the lack of teams and tradition.

But Mesilla Valley Christian High School is taking care of that. In 1A, the team was a Final Four participant in 2000 and 2001.

In recent years, the school has moved up to 2A and last year, the SonBlazers won the school's first state title and is the No. 1 seed in this year's tournament, which starts Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center.

The SonBlazers love to play fast with point guard Zach Adams leading the way and forward Jeremy Roman leading the team in the paint.

I believe Adams could start for many teams in this state on any level and Roman transferred from 5A quarterfinalist Mayfield.

The SonBlazers have a fair chance of repeating as 2A champs. They take on Capitan in Wednesday's quarterfinals and should they win, a matchup with a very good Mesa Vista team could happen on Friday morning.

Mesa Vista, which must get past a formidable Santa Rosa squad, beat MVCS earlier in the season by six. However, the SonBlazers didn't have Roman at the time and Roman adds another element to the game.

Mesilla Valley has good depth and good size. The SonBlazers must be consistent on offense and must continue to get big performances from Adams and Roman, but also have two or three others step up on offense.

Texico and Penasco are also threats in 2A. Remember, MVCS beat Penasco by just two points, 53-51, in last year's final.

- Felix

Mayfield boys basketball and 5A hoops

If you missed last Saturday's Mayfield/Manzano first round state basketball tournament game, then you missed a dandy.

Mayfield rallied from 12 points down in the second half and beat the Monarchs 78-74 in triple overtime.

Both teams gave a tremendous effort and made big play after big play, which is supposed to happen in state tournament games.

Mayfield has quietly had a great year in prep basketball. The team doesn't really have what you would call a superstar, but rather eight or nine guys that can get the job done.

Also, the team didn't have any players from the state champion football team come out and help and plus after last year, forward Jeremy Roman transferred to Mesilla Valley Christian, where he has helped the team to a No. 1 seed in Class 2A.

Head coach Tommy Morrow and his staff have done a wonderful of getting the team to play tough defense and putting the team in the best position with his personnel.

The 18-8 Trojans will meet No. 14 Gallup on Wednesday night at the Pit in Albuquerque. Gallup stunned No. 3 Highland on the road on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals for the second straight year.

Gallup head coach John Zecca said 10,000 fans from Gallup might make it on Wednesday night, giving the Bengals a big time advantage.

Gallup reached the quarterfinals for the second straight year as a lower seed. Last year it was a No. 10 seed when it won its first round game at Eldorado on the road to advance to meet Hobbs.

The Trojans/Bengals matchup might not be as big in terms of name recognition as some of the other quarterfinal matchups. But the game should be close.

Mayfield has beaten some decent teams from up north this year, including Cibola, Los Lunas and Manzano.

Gallup played in a tough district with Rio Rancho, Cibola and West Mesa.

One of the more intriguing battles of the quarterfinal round is No. 10 Albuquerque High and No. 2 Hobbs. The two have combined to win 27 state titles and have played in some of the best games in state tournament history.

Hobbs reached the semifinals last year and won four straight titles from 1999-2002. But AHS, which last won a state title in 1998, has struggled in recent year. But head coach Ron Garcia has the team on the upward swing and last week, the Bulldogs stunned No. 7 Los Lunas on the road.

The Hobbs/AHS game is at 4:45 on Wednesday. The Gallup/Mayfield game is slated for 8:15 p.m.

- Felix

Pacquiao/Marquez prediction

It's been a good start to the year for boxing. The Kelly Pavlik/Jermain Taylor rematch was competitive 166 pounds, Israel Vasquez outpointed Rafael Marquez in a very good fight at 122, the third between the two and Nate Campbell outpointed Juan Diaz on March 8 to win a portion of the lightweight title.

And this Saturday, March 15 Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez meet for the second time in a rematch of their 2004 fight, which ended in a draw. In the 2004 fight, Marquez was down three times in the first fight, but rallied to earn the draw.

Marquez/Pacquiao II will be fought at 130 pounds.

"Manny is focused," said Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach. "He's ready to go. We'll see the best of Pacquiao. He's trained well. Juan is a good fighter. If Juan fights aggressive, we have a plan, if he counters we have a plan for that too."

Many expect Saturday's fight to be as thrilling as the first. Both fighters have won big fights since their last encounter. The only disappointment is that the rematch didn't happen sooner.

But both fighters have improved since the last fight. Pacquiao is one of the game's biggest punchers, Marquez is solid in most parts of his arsenal.

"In the last fight, I made the right adjustments to get back into the fight," Marquez said. "Since them, Manny has improved. He's done a lot of good things. But I'm ready to fight, I'll be right there and it'll be a good fight. I'm a better, technical fighter. I have more speed, I'm stronger than I was four years ago. Manny got tired in that last fight. I've prepared as well as I can, I have everything to beat Manny."

Pacquiao can be very explosive as we've seen in fights with Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and in the first fight with Marquez.

Marquez is a shrewd boxer, who in my opinion has been one of the sport's most unsung fighters and worst promoted until recently.

Pacquiao is certainly in his prime in his career. He's gotten smarter as a fighter, more relaxed and he understands what it means to be a champion.

Marquez is steady, he doesn't get overwhelmed by the moment and he understands how to beat Pacquiao.

Marquez has to be careful when to exchange with Pacquiao, he has to counter Pacquiao wisely and he must be busy with his punches.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao has to be patient against Marquez and not try to fight the Mexican veteran's fight.

Saturday's fight is going to be very intriguing. Can Pacquiao hurt Marquez again? Can Marquez continue the momentum and figure Pacquiao out again? Is it a case of Marquez simply having the right stuff to beat Pacquiao? Was Pacquiao in tip top shape in the first fight?

It's a must fight this Saturday. You have two great champions who have beaten some of the sport's best. And there was so much intrigue in the first fight, can this one be better?

I love Marquez and his style, but I like Pacquiao to win this fight. Pacquiao is stronger, he's faster and he's matured and taken this fight very seriously. I believe both figthers will have their moments early on, but I see Pacquiao taking over midway and winning by late-round stoppage.

- Felix

Sunday, March 9, 2008

David Rodriguez wins by knockout

El Paso heavyweight David Rodriguez, who trains in Las Cruces, won his 28th career fight on Saturday night in Cancun, Mexico. He knocked out 18-8 Josh Gutcher in the first round to improve 28-0 with 26 knockouts.

- Felix

Saturday, March 8, 2008

State Tournament Basketball Scores, March 8

Boys Basketball
State Tournament
First Round
Class 5A
Albuquerque High 59, Los Lunas 51
Cibola 56, Sandia 42
Clovis 89, Onate 64
Gallup 65, Highland 63
Hobbs 81, Valley 53
La Cueva 72, Gadsden 64
Mayfield 78, Manzano 74, 3OT
Rio Rancho 75, Alamogordo 64
Class 4A
Albuquerque Academy 72, Bernalillo 56
Artesia 57, Shiprock 52
Capital 66, Santa Teresa 46
Espanola Valley 74, Farmington 28
Goddard 80, Grants 59
Los Alamos 63, Deming 54
Roswell 83, Belen 71
St. Pius 77, Piedra Vista 60
Class 3A
Hope Christian 88, Robertson 67
Laguna-Acoma 56, Wingate 49
Pojoaque 60, Lovington 40
Portales 57, Hatch Valley 47
Sandia Prep 77, Santa Fe Indian 43
Socorro 71, Bloomfield 46
St. Michael’s 55, NMMI 42
West Las Vegas 77, Tohatchi 57
Class AA
Capitan 72, Cloudcroft 60
Dulce 57, Mora 51
Mesa Vista 67, Rehoboth 48
Mesilla Valley 98, Loving 36
Monte del Sol 57, Jemez Valley 44
Penasco 53, Navajo Pine 52
Santa Rosa 50, Estancia 48
Texico 71, Bosque School 67, OT
Class A
Animas 54, Carrizozo 50
Cliff 68, Mountainair 32
Clovis Christian 69, Tohajilee 60
Dora 58, Springer 57
Elida 63, Des Moines 58
Gateway Christian 61, Magdalena 57
Hagerman 80, Gallup Catholic 34
Temple Baptist 58, Grady 46

Friday, March 7, 2008

Prep Basketball Scores, March 8

State Tournament Scores
Girls Basketball
State Tournament
First Round
Class 5A
Alamogordo 58, Rio Grande 44
Cibola 43, Highland 35
Eldorado 64, West Mesa 37
Hobbs 52, Valley 47
La Cueva 40, Gallup 38
Las Cruces 57, Los Lunas 32
Rio Rancho 39, Clovis 30
Sandia 41, Mayfield 35
Class 4A
Del Norte 45, Goddard 44
Deming 68, Artesia 67
Kirtland Central 60, Belen 33
Moriarty 56, Aztec 29
Piedra Vista 45, Los Alamos 43
Roswell 37, Albuquerque Academy 33
Shiprock 68, Silver 48
St. Pius 65, Espanola Valley 29
Class 3A
Hope Christian 75, Ruidoso 61
Lovington 69, Socorro 63
Pojoaque 57, Crownpoint 55
Portales 38, West Las Vegas 22
Robertson 43, Hatch Valley 29
Santa Fe Indian 59, Sandia Prep 47
St. Michael’s 60, Wingate 22
Thoreau 60, Tohatchi 56
Class AA
Bosque School 47, Clayton 42
Coronado 66, Pecos 55
Lordsburg 65, Capitan 44
Mora 48, Escalante 35
Navajo Prep 71, McCurdy 36
Rehoboth 73, Penasco 40
Texico 59, Estancia 12
Tularosa 58, Jal 44
Class A
Animas 65, Carrizozo 37
Cimarron 60, Melrose 45
Cliff 74, Mountainair 22
Clovis Christian 52, Desert Academy 35
Elida 66, Roy 51
Gallup Catholic 55, Tatum 19
Grady 63, Tohajilee 44
Magdalena 66, Hagerman 25

Johnny Tapia and Las Cruces fight

Looks like veteran fighter and former world champion at 115, 118 and 126 pounds, Johnny Tapia will fight on an April 11 card at the Pan American Center. Also slated for the April 11 card is Las Cruces junior middleweight Austin Trout. Stay tuned for more details.

- Felix

Monday, March 3, 2008

Sunland Park Selections, March 4

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Graded Selections
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Post Time: 12:55 p.m.
Selections by Felix Chavez/Odds set by Sunland Park
1st – Purse $20,800. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $12,500. 400 yards.
(Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Diez Quatro (L Gamez 122) 12-1
2 – Be He Bold (A Escareno 124) 10-1
3 – Stolaway King (T Guymon 122) 8-1
4 – Timinator Baynes (M Bourdieu 122) 10-1
5 – Texas Zoomer (M Perez 122) 7-2
6 – Copper Carmela (O Rincon 122) 15-1
7 – Fast and Jittery (S Martinez 122) 4-1
8 – Speedy Strawfly (B Perez 119) 6-1
9 – Move With Ease (F Martinez 122) 5-2
1 — No. 9 Move With Ease ships in from Los Alamitos, has won 5 of 11, Freddie Martinez rides.
2 — No. 5 Texas Zoomer has finished second in two straight starts, comes from solid barn and Miguel Perez rides.
3 — No. 7 Fast and Jittery should be right in the hunt today, has won two of last three and comes from decent percentage barn.

2nd – Purse $20,000. 2 year olds. Maiden. 300 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Wily Bono (O Ortega 120) 10-1
2 – Runnin for the Roses (S Thompson 120) 6-1
3 – Make Em Dash (O Rincon 120) 10-1
4 – Eye Can Do It ( T Guymon 120) 3-1
5 – Paint My Stoli (F Rojas 120) 12-1
6 – Jesstifiable (R Ramirez 120) 4-1
7 – Lady Streakin Leader (A Escareno 120) 10-1
8 – Bye My Side (M Bourdieu 120) 10-1
9 – Little Rebas Corona (B Perez 120) 6-1
10 – Shez Shazoomin (S Martinez 120) 8-1
AE 11 – Reacorona (T Guymon 120) 6-1
AE 12 – Jessaquicky (F Martinez 120) 8-1
1 — No. 4 Eye Can Do It has had good works prior to first tart, comes from the very tough Wes Giles barn.
2 — No. 10 Shez Shazoomin comes from decent barn, has had a decent work.
3 — No. 6 Jesstifiable comes from the always dangerous Blane Wood barn.

3rd – Purse $28,000. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $15,000. New Mexico-breds. 870 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Whatta Mag (R Ramirez 120) 9-2
2 – Cowboy Jackpot (F Martinez 122) 6-1
3 – Jackson Banks (E Ramirez 120) 8-1
4 – Jerry Tom Special (M Perez 120) 6-1
5 – Tuffest Alibi (Ad Fuentes 120) 12-1
6 – I Know Angel (J Martinez 120) 8-1
7 – Whichita (N Smith 120) 5-2
8 – Race Car Carter (M Villa 120) 7-2
AE 9 – Compas Runaway (M Bourdieu 120) 12-1
AE 10 – Sterling Dude (R Ramirez 120) 6-1
1 — No. 4 Jerry Tom Special has run well of late, gets Miguel Perez to ride.
2 — No. 8 Race Car Carter comes from the very good Henry Dominguez barn, has hit the board in 10 of 16 starts.
3 — No. 6 I Know Angel gets Joe Martinez to ride, has won 5 of 36.

4th – Purse $29,500. 3 year olds. Allowance. New Mexico-breds. 350 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Won Hot Chick (C Zamora 122) 3-1
2 – Mo Corona (M Bourdieu 122) 8-1
3 – Chicks a Cover Girl (F Martinez 120) 6-1
4 – Blazin Rule (R Ramirez 120) 8-1
5 – Vsh James Dean (B Harmon 120) 20-1
6 – Blushing Cartel (M Villa 120) 8-1
7 – Icu Cash (B Perez 120) 8-1
8 – Chicks Gotta Secret (O Ortega 120) 6-1
9 – Royal Blazin (E Ramirez 120) 4-1
10 – Coronas Rocky (J Maldonado 120) 15-1
AE 11 – Ima Flashy Task (R Ramirez 122) 10-1
AE 12 – Quick Cartel (F Martinez 122) 8-1
1 — No. 1 Won Hot Chick comes from decent barn, has hit the board in 4 of 7 starts.
2 — No. 2 Mo Corona has hit the board in all three starts, is coming off win at this distance.
3 — No. 9 Royal Blazin gets the solid Esgar Ramirez to ride, comes from decent barn.

5th – Purse $21,800. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $12,500. Fillies and Mares. 6 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – St Wager (A Cruz 118) 6-1
2 – Brooksidedancer (D Essman 118) 6-1
3 – Cool Cucurri (T Wales 115) 6-1
4 – Castelli Magic (K Tohill 118) 3-1
5 – Hermighty (Ad Fuentes 122) 5-2
6 – Bruisen Susan (M Perez 118) 8-1
7 – Kyla’s Kitten (C Lambert 118) 4-1
1 — No. 7 Kyla’s Kitten should be a serious challenger with Casey Lambert on board.
2 — No. 5 Hermighty is dropping in class, comes from the very good Chris Hartman barn.
3 — No. 2 Brooksidedancer is also dropping in class, comes from a low percentage barn.

6th – Purse $22,000. 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Maiden. One mile.
($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Alert Kissin (T Wales 122) 10-1
2 – Comanche Peak (A Cruz 122) 8-1
3 – Quick as a Blink (Q Bui 122) 10-1
4 – North Fleet Street (G Murphy 122) 6-1
5 – Bongo Straits (R Jaime 122) 6-1
6 – Handsome Bill (M Bourdieu 122) 10-1
7 – Regal Career (C Lambert 122) 5-2
8 – Popz (A Juarez, Jr 115) 15-1
9 – Dorita’s Dream (M Villa 122) 7-2
10 – Pickin Up Chicks (JD Valenzuela 117) 15-1
1 — No. 7 Regal Career improved to second last time out, comes from good barn and Casey Lambert is aboard.
2 — No. 4 North Fleet Street has four seconds in 16 starts, has run better of late.
3 — No. 9 Dorita’s Dream ships in from California, gets the dangerous Mark Villa to ride.

7th – Purse $21,800. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $15,000-$20,000. One mile.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Ego’s Star (J Espitia 120) 8-1
2 – Real Cool Jazz (Q Bui 118) 12-1
3 – Glitterboy (M Bourdieu 120) 5-2
4 – Abullwithapurpose (D Sterling 115) 10-1
5 – Our Friend Rick (N Smith 122) 6-1
6 – Mountain Dreamer (M Villa 122) 4-1
7 – Surefire Success (C Madeira 118) 6-1
8 – City Vow (A Juarez, Jr 118) 7-2
1 — No. 6 Mountain Dreamer won last time out, going longer distance, comes from decent percentage barn.
2 — No. 3 Glitterboy has hit the board in 7 of 15 races, gets Martin Bourdieu to ride.
3 — No. 7 Surefire Success has won 3 of 18 lifetime and distance is just perfect.

8th – Purse $25,300. 3 year olds. Maiden. Fillies. New Mexico-breds. 5 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Ms Doubleodancer (C Rivas 120) 20-1
2 – Starlet Run (M Bourdieu 120) 12-1
3 – Dome’s Lil Lady (D Sterling 120) 6-1
4 – Shes Likes the Boy (M Villa 120) 15-1
5 – Foxy Bean (T Wales 120) 20-1
6 – Birdie’s Ghost (A Cruz 120) 12-1
7 – Ms. Chimes (G Murphy 120) 20-1
8 – Sandia’s Valentine (K Tohill 120) 4-1
9 – Istint Magic (R Jaime 120) 3-1
10 – Espirita (O Ceballos 120) 8-1
11 – A Fine Band (C Silva 120) 6-1
12 – Inexcessive Lady (A Juarez, Jr 120) 10-1
1 — No. 9 Istint Magic improved to second last time out, Ken Tohill is the rider.
2 — No. 3 Dome’s Lil Lady comes from the solid Todd Fincher barn, has had some decent works.
3 — No. 11 A Fine Band is another first time starter, has worked well at track.

9th – Purse $17,100. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $7,500. New Mexico-breds. 6 furlongs. (50-cent Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – One Good Reisen (A Cruz 118) 8-1
2 – Flying Ghostly (D Essman 118) 15-1
3 – Bisti Badlands (V Escobar 118) 12-1
4 – Top Dancer (J Espitia 118) 6-1
5 – That’s Mr. to You (M Perez 118) 8-1
6 – Hesapogilooker (Q Bui 120) 12-1
7 – Desert Luck (G Murphy 118) 7-2
8 – Jimson (M Villa 118) 8-1
9 – Eusebio (J Martinez 118) 10-1
10 – Retsina Spring (K Tohill 122) 5-2
1 — No. 10 Retsina Spring won last time out at distance for top trainer Chris Hartman, has won 3 of 22.
2 — No. 7 Desert Luck has hit the board in 18 of 33 races for trainer Steve Asmussen.
3 — No. 4 Top Dancer has hit the board in 6 of 10 races and comes from the very good Henry Dominguez barn.

10th – Purse $30,500. 3 year olds and up. Allowance. New Mexico-breds. 5 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Comfy Lead (A Juarez, Jr 113) 4-1
2 – Armadillo (A Cruz 120) 10-1
3 – Golden Falcon (M Villa 120) 15-1
4 – Don’t Ask Me (T Cunningham 115) 20-1
5 – Uncle Jack G (G Murphy 115) 12-1
6 – Smarty Ghost (K Tohill 120) 8-1
7 – Jeeter Jones (M Perez 120) 8-1
8 – Promise Me Eishin (J Barton 122) 6-1
9 – Eishin the Storm (T Wales 120) 15-1
10 – I’m a Gone Guy (R Jaime 120) 3-1
11 – Thunderstorm Brat (D Essman 120) 15-1
12 – Brayden’s Band (S Martinez 122) 10-1
1 — No. 1 Comfy Lead just missed a win in last start, likes the distance.
2 — No. 10 I’m a Gone Guy should be right in the hunt today at distance, has competed well against similar.
3 — No. 12 Brayden’s Band comes from the very good Joel Marr barn.

11th – Purse $31,700. 3 year olds and up. Allowance. 5 furlongs. (Late Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Devil Red (C Silva 120) 6-1
2 – Strikinout N Miami (R Jaime 118) 8-1
3 – Fearless Anthony (C Lambert 122) 4-1
4 – Conceptual (K Tohill 122) 5-1
5 – Frankenbean (M Perez 117) 5-2
6 – Loves Bonus (Q Bui 118) 6-1
7 – Unbridled Trust (G Murphy 118) 7-2
1 — No. 1 Devil Red is competitive for trainer Ramon Gonzalez, has won 3 of 17.
2 — No. 5 Frankenbean ran a solid third in the Budweiser Handicap on Feb. 10 at this track.
3 — No. 3 Fearless Anthony has won 2 of last 3, distance should be OK.

12th – Purse $13,300. 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $8,000. New Mexico-breds. 6 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Ok’s Major War (D Essman 122) 10-1
2 – Mister Jackpot (T Cunningham 115) 10-1
3 – Mister Storm Bird (JD Valenzuela 117) 15-1
4 – Ghostly Mission (C Silva 122) 15-1
5 – Ben Breezy (D Sterling 122) 5-2
6 – Comical Genius (C Rivas 115) 20-1
7 – Sapello Cheo (J Martinez 115) 4-1
8 – Symphony in Gold (A Juarez, Jr 117) 6-1
9 – Wildinthewildwest (T Wales 115) 10-1
10 – Bum in the Sun (N Summers 122) 8-1
11 – Bailey J (M Perez 115) 12-1
12 – Your the Juan (N Smith 122) 20-1
1 — No. 5 Ben Breezy ran third in last start, comes from OK barn.
2 — No. 7 Sapello Cheo gets the dependable Joe Martinez to ride and the solid Ray Ashford to train.
3 — No. 2 Mister Jackpot is dropping in class, might be worth a look here today.

State Basketball Tournament 1st Round Games and Times

New Mexico State High School Basketball Championships
First Round Games
Boys
Saturday, March 8
Class A
Dora at Springer, 5 p.m.
Grady at Temple Baptist, 5 p.m.
Des Moines at Elida, 4 p.m.
To’hajillee at Clovis Christian, 1:30 p.m.
Mountainair at Cliff, TBA
Gateway Christian at Magdalena, 6 p.m.
Animas at Carrizozo, 4 p.m.
Gallup Catholic at Hagerman, 2 p.m.

Class 2A
Penasco at Navajo Pine, 7 p.m.
Mora at Dulce,
Rehoboth at Mesa Vista, 5 p.m.
Jemez Valley at Monte Del Sol, 2 p.m.
Loving at Mesilla Valley Christian, 5 p.m.
Bosque School at Texico, 6 p.m.
Cloudcroft at Capitan, 6 p.m.
Santa Rosa at Estancia, 6 p.m.

Class 3A
NMMI at St. Michael’s, 7 p.m.
Laguna-Acoma at Wingate, TBA
Hatch Valley at Portales, 7 p.m.
Tohatchi at W. Las Vegas, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe Indian School at Sandia Prep, 6 p.m.
Bloomfield at Socorro, 7 p.m.
Lovington at Pojoaque, 7 p.m.
Robertson at Hope Christian, 6 p.m.

Class 4A
Farmington at Espanola Valley, 6 p.m.
Belen at Roswell, 7 p.m.
Bernalillo at Albuquerque Academy, 7 p.m.
Grants at Roswell Goddard, 2 p.m.
Santa Teresa at Santa Fe Capital, 7 p.m.
Artesia at Shiprock, 5 p.m.
Los Alamos at Deming, 7 p.m.
Piedra Vista at St. Pius, 7 p.m.

Class 5A
Onate at Clovis, 7 p.m.
Sandia at Cibola, 7 p.m.
Gadsden at La Cueva, 7 p.m.
Alamogordo at Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
Gallup at Highland, 7 p.m.
Manzano at Mayfield, 7 p.m.
Albuquerque High at Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
Valley at Hobbs, 7 p.m.

Girls
Friday, March 7
Class A
Melrose at Cimarron, 6 p.m.
Grady at To’hajillee, 6 p.m.
Roy at Elida, 5 p.m.
Desert Academy at Clovis Christian, 5 p.m.
Mountainair at Cliff, 6 p.m.
Tatum at Gallup Catholic, 6 p.m.
Animas at Carrizozo, 6 p.m.
Magdalena at Hagerman, 7 p.m.

Class 2A
McCurdy at Navajo Prep, 7 p.m.
Pecos at Coronado, TBA
Rehoboth at Penasco, 6 p.m.
Escalante at Mora, 6 p.m.
Capitan at Lordsburg, 7 p.m.
Estancia at Texico, 6 p.m.
Tularosa at Jal, 5 p.m.
Clayton at Bosque School, 6 p.m.

Class 3A
Wingate at St. Michael’s, 7 p.m.
Robertson at Hatch Valley, 7 p.m.
Lovington at Socorro, 7 p.m.
Ruidoso at Hope Christian, 6 p.m.
Crownpoint at Pojoaque, 7 p.m.
Thoreau at Tohatchi, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe Indian at Sandia Prep, 7 p.m.
West Las Vegas at Portales, 7 p.m.

Class 4A
Belen at Kirtland Central, 7 p.m.
Artesia at Deming, 7 p.m.
Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, 7 p.m.
Aztec at Moriarty, 6 p.m.
Albuquerque Academy at Roswell, 7 p.m.
Silver at Shiprock, 6 p.m.
Del Norte at Goddard, 7 p.m.
Espanola at St. Pius, 7 p.m.

Class 5A
Gallup at La Cueva, 7 p.m.
Mayfield at Sandia, 7 p.m.
Los Lunas at Las Cruces High, 7 p.m.
Highland at Cibola, 7 p.m.
Clovis at Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
Rio Grande at Alamogordo, 7 p.m.
Valley at Hobbs, 7 p.m.
West Mesa at Eldorado, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

District 3-5A boys basketball team

All-District 3-5A boys basketball team
Alamogordo — Tremaine McClellan, Seth Pyett, Travis Geiger
Onate — Abe Tarin, J.C. Ayala, Steve Melendrez
Las Cruces High — Noah Fox, Lucio Luttrell
Gadsden — Pedro Ortiz, Daniel Rico
Mayfield — Art Borunda, Nathan Abeyta-Robles
MVP — Luis Quinones
Coach of the Year — Tommy Morrow