Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Baseball/Softball 5A Polls, March 31

1. La Cueva
2. Eldorado
3. Carlsbad
4. Rio Rancho
5. Onate
6. 6 Mayfield
7. Hobbs
8. Las Cruces High
9. Cibola
10. Sandia

1. Las Cruces High
2. Cibola
3. La Cueva
4. Rio Rancho
5. Valley
6. Carlsbad
7. Mayfield
8. Sandia
9. Onate
10. Eldorado

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Endorsment impressive in win

On Sunday afternoon, it was quite a ride for 3-year-old Endorsement in his Sunland Derby win. Endorsement stood toe to toe with favorite Conveyance and then wore him down when it mattered down the stretch.

Endorsement entered the race with just one victory, but that victory came in the race preceding the Derby. And it appeared that Endorsement was improving coming into the race. he got a solid ride from veteran jockey Robby Albarado and was prepared nicely by trainer Shannon Ritter.

Albarado was latest in a strong stream of jockeys to ride at Sunland Park Racetrack. Albarado has won several top races, but he still hasn't won a Kentucky Derby. But he'll have his chance on May 1 with Endorsement.

Endorsement won the Sunland Derby at 11-1 and will be around those odds or higher on Derby day. Endorsement is bread to go long and his team feels the Derby could be to his liking.

Conveyance had no excuse in Sunday's race. He had little pressure and simply was beaten in the final strides. But Conveyance is likely headed to the Derby as well and can't be counted out.

- Felix

Siju Shabazz falls to Italy fighter

Las Cruces amateur fighter Siju Shabazz lost a 17-15 decision to Ital's Simone Fiori, 17-15, on March 27 in Illinois. The U.S. and Italy battled in a dual competition.

- Felix

Austin Trout update

While Las Cruces junior middleweight Austin Trout awaits word on his next fight, the unbeaten fighter has gone to camp with middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik to help him prepare for his spring fight with Sergio Martinez later this spring.

- Felix

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Rodriguez, Han win

El Paso boxers David Rodriguez (heavyweight) and Abie Han (junior middleweight) each won their fights on Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico. Rodriguez improved to 33-0 with a second round knockout of Daniel Bispo, while the 9-0 Han stopped Ulises Duarte in round two. Both train in Las Cruces under trainer Louie Burke.

- Felix

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunland Park Oaks, March 28

While the Grade 3, Sunland Park Derby has received much of the attention for the race card on March 28 at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, the six-horse Sunland Parks is interesting. While it would have been nice to see a couple of more horses in the field, there is value in the race.

The talented Ellafitz ships in for trainer Bob Baffert and is 3-1 in the morning-line. She has won 2 of 4, but the local favorite Queen Greeley is the morning line favorite at 2-1 and has won 3 of 4 for trainer Todd Fincher. Also keep an eye out for Harissa and Tornado Betty.

There are several other top races for Sunday's card, including the New Mexico Breeders' Derby and Oaks.

Also coming in for Sunday's card in the third-race allowance is a Steve Asmussen horse by the name of Sea Gaze, which has won 11 of 39 races and is shipping in from Oaklawn Park.

First race on Sunday is 12:55 p.m.

- Felix

Look at the field for March 28 Sunland Derby

Preview of candidates for the Grade 3 $800,000 Sunland Derby
By Sunland Park Racetrack media relations guru Eric Alwan

The Grade 3 $800,000 Sunland Derby bursts onto the national racing scene on Sunday, March 28. The 1 and 1/8 mile classic ranks as the second richest Kentucky Derby prep race in North America. The eighth running of Sunland Park’s signature event offers a hefty $400,000 first place check and a berth in the Kentucky Derby. Last year’s Sunland Derby was loaded with top runners. Fourth place finisher Mine That Bird went on to score a thrilling win in the Kentucky Derby at 50-1 odds. The 2010 Sunland Derby promises to draw record crowds. An all-Thoroughbred program is planned for Sunland’s biggest day. Here’s a preview of the leading candidates.

Owner: Zabeel Racing International Corporation.
Trainer: Bob Baffert.
Lifetime Record: 4-4-0-0, $254,400.

Conveyance looks like a blue chip star in the making from the Bob Baffert stable. The unbeaten son of Indian Charlie has rattled through four straight impressive victories including stakes triumphs in the Grade 3 San Rafael and the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. In his most recent spin in Arkansas, Conveyance displayed brisk early speed and carried it well through the one mile distance over the natural dirt course. The grey-roan colt has rarely been headed in any of his four races. His dominating early kick should translate effectively over the Sunland Park surface. Obviously loaded with talent, Conveyance holds an impressive bankroll in excess of one quarter million dollars and a career top Beyer figure of 99. Conveyance is ranked in the Daily Racing Form’s Top 10 Derby Watch. Martin Garcia rides the likely morning line favorite for the Kentucky Derby.

Owner: Joseph Lacombe Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Doug O’Neill.
Lifetime Record: 5-2-0-2, $103,710.

Trained by two-time WinStar Derby winning trainer Doug O’Neill, Classical Slew certainly presents some powerful connections. O’Neill’s charge has placed in two graded stakes races in Southern California. The Bernstein colt ran third in both the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship and the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes. He ran fifth behind Lookin at Lucky in the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar last summer. The 2-time winner has earned over $102,000. O’Neill won the 2003 WinStar Derby with Excessivepleasure and the 2005 edition with Thor’s Echo.

Owner: WinStar Farm LLC, Bill Casner et al.
Trainer: William Mott.
Lifetime Record: 6-2-2-1, $86,170.

Trained by Hall of Fame conditioner William Mott, Drosselmeyer rates a formidable contender for the Grade 3 $800,000 Sunland Derby. Racing as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade 2 Risen Star at the Fair Grounds, Drosselmeyer closed valiantly to gain fourth place while fighting a pronounced speed bias that day. The Distorted Humor colt owned by the WinStar Farm was beaten less than 2 lengths by Discreetly Mine. In six career starts, the sophomore has raced no worse than fourth while competing against some of the nation’s best. He has carved out two wins and two seconds with his powerful closing kick. Popular at the betting windows, Drosselmeyer has been favored in five of his six career starts. Bill Mott trained the legendary multiple Horse of the Year Cigar.

Owner: WinStar Farm LLC, Bill Casner et al.
Trainer: Shannon Ritter.
Lifetime Record: 3-1-1-0, $30,383.

Endorsement is another elegantly bred colt from the WinStar Farm. The son of Distorted Humor recently scored a 2 length maiden victory at Oaklawn. He set the pace and kicked clear with ease to capture the $36,000 event going one and one-sixteenth miles. Distance should be no problem for this fast improving chestnut colt. The sophomore is out of the A.P. Indy mare Charmed Gift. Although he lacks stakes experience, Endorsement is coming on fast of late and could be a sleeper in the Sunland Derby. His workouts at the Fair Grounds have shown plenty of progress in recent weeks.

Owned by Thomas R. Capehart.
Trainer: L. Brant Taylor.
Lifetime Record: 7-1-1-2, $39,320.

Local conditioner L. Brant Taylor saddles this experienced son of Thunder Gulch for the Sunland Derby. In his seventh career out, Fog Alert tackled some elite company in the Grade 3 El Camino Real at Golden Gate Fields. The grey-roan gelding responded with a strong performance and finished fourth behind Connemara and Posse Power. Fog Alert made a bold middle move and led in upper stretch. Fog Alert broke his maiden last fall at the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita winning a $50,000 maiden claiming race. He followed that effort with a solid third behind Ranger Heartley and The Program in a $40,000 allowance race at Hollywood Park.

Owner: Bongo Racing Stable.
Trainer: Todd Fincher.
Lifetime Record: 6-1-0-1, $21,400.

Former Southern California campaigner Guiltbyassociation made his New Mexico debut a winning one by defeating Raise the Bridle by a nose at Sunland Park on Feb. 17. The Birdstone colt was forced very wide into the first turn during the Borderland Derby, and he wound up fifth. The eventful trip certainly cost him valuable real estate. Trainer Todd Fincher has dominated the Sunland Park stakes this season. His horses have earned over $650,000.

Owner: George and Lori Hall.
Trainer: Kelly Breen.
Lifetime Record: 3-1-0-1, $30,300.

The lightly raced son of Friends Lake won his two-year-old debut in 2009 with ease. He scored an eye opening 6-length maiden win last June at Monmouth over an off track while racing at 10-1 odds. The fast closing sort was wheeled back in the Grade 2 Sanford at Saratoga last summer, and he ran a strong fourth while encountering traffic problems in the stretch. He was only beaten a length by the classy Backtalk. Trained by New Jersey based conditioner Kelly Breen, Nacho Friend made a strong three-year-old bow at Aqueduct recently where he finished third in the Gotham Stakes. Breen has the three-year-old colt in fine condition. His recent workouts are eye catching. Breen saddled two starters in last year’s Kentucky Derby. Monmouth Park kingpin rider Joe Bravo gets the call on Nacho Friend.

Owner: Lathrop G. Hoffman.
Trainer: Henry Dominguez.
Lifetime Record: 5-2-1-1, $91,770.

Storming Saint gained his first career stakes in the $100,000 Borderland Derby through disqualification of his stable mate Raise the Bridle. Both runners surged well clear of the pack in the Borderland Derby to produce a dynamic finish. Storming Saint earned the victory because of interference through the stretch drive. The chestnut colt by Sweetsouthernsaint showed an abundance of talent early in career. His career debut came in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Ruidoso Downs last summer, and the strapping closer closed well to get second. After scoring a 13-length maiden at Zia Park going one mile, he went on to finish third in the Riley Allison Futurity. He and Raise the Bridle would make two excellent locally based runners pointing for the $800,000 Grade 3 Sunland Derby. Trainer Henry Dominguez won the 2007 WinStar Derby with Song of Navarone.

Owner: Gainsway Stable
Trainer: Steve Klesaris
Lifetime Record: 5-1-3-0, $103,340.

The grey son of Tapit ran a solid second behind Discreetly Mine in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds. In his previous outing over an off track at Aqueduct, Tempted To Tapit scorched his rivals by nearly 12 lengths and earned an impressive 100 Beyer Speed figure. His trainer, Steve Klesaris, directs powerful barns on the East Coast. The versatile gelding has earned over $103,000 far surpassing his yearling sales price of $18,000 at the Keeneland Sales of September 2008. This pace enforcer blends terrific speed with staying power and would be a major force in the Sunland Derby. Tempted To Tapit is ranked in the Top 20 in the Daily Racing Form’s Derby Watch.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sunland Derby Prediction, race is March 28

Conveyance to win Sunland Derby
By Felix Chavez
El Paso Times
Sunday’s version of the Sunland Derby promises to be the best ever in the eight years of the event, which takes place at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
Most likely, this year’s winner and perhaps another horse will move on to the Kentucky Derby. The Grade 3 event is worth $800,000 overall and half of that goes to the winner.
The field is nine-deep and there are several notable contenders among the 3-year-olds.
The leader of the pack and the general consensus as the favorite is Conveyance, which has won all four career races and proved he can travel well when went to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas last month and won the Southwest Stakes. He previously had raced in California. Conveyance is fast and earning the No. 3 post will only help his trek around the track in the one and 1/8th mile race.
Conveyance is trained by Bob Baffert and gets the talented Martin Garcia to ride. It’s going to very difficult to beat him if he’s at his best.
Baffert likes his horse a great deal and feels he’s improving a great deal as he matures.
Conveyance’s challengers are likely to be Tempted To Tapit, Classic Slew, Nacho Friend and Storming Saint.
Storming Saint has familiarity with the track having won the Borderland Derby last month and he is getting better with each race.
Nacho Friend is an improving for trainer Kelly Breen and might just have a chance against this field if he can get clear in the final stretch.
Classic Slew is an interesting horse and is going the distance for the first time. Trainer Doug O’Neill has had plenty of success at Sunland Park and may have this horse sharp in time to do some damage.
Tempted to Tapit comes into this race with high hopes. He’s won just 1 of 5 but is finding his groove as a horse and a win isn’t out of the question in this race. He will go for the lead up front with Conveyance and that could set up an interesting speed battle.
But in the end, I have to go with the 9-5 morning favorite Conveyance. He has all the factors working for him – jockey, trainer, confidence and the ability to go wire to wire. Conveyance looks the part of a Kentucky Derby horse and he seems to be improving with each workout in the morning and with each performance at the track. And Baffert knows how to get a horse ready for the Derby.
In the final analysis, I like Conveyance for the top spot followed by Nacho Friend and Tempted to Tapit.

Felix Chavez can be reached at; (915) 546-6374

Sunland Derby Field, race is March 28

Sunland Derby field
Approximately 5:45 p.m Sunday (Race No. 12) at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Advanced wagering begins Friday.
1—Storming Saint (8-1)
Lifetime: 5—2 1 1 ($91,770)
Jockey: Luis Contreras
Trainer: Henry Dominguez
2—Nacho Friend (9-2)
Lifetime: 3—1 0 1 ($55,300)
Jockey: Joe Bravo
Trainer: Kelly J. Breen
3—Conveyance (9-5)
Lifetime: 4—4 0 0 ($254,400)
Jockey: Martin Garcia
Trainer: Bob Baffert
4—McKenna’s Justice (15-1)
Lifetime: 5—1 0 0 ($17,000)
Jockey: Ken Tohill
Trainer: Chris Hartman
5—Endorsement (10-1)
Lifetime: 3—1 1 0 ($30,383)
Jockey: Robby Albarado
Trainer: Shannon Ritter
6—Classical Slew (6-1)
Lifetime: 5—2 0 2 ($103,710)
Jockey: Tyler Baze
Trainer: Doug F. O’Neill
7—Fog Alert (12-1)
Lifetime: 7—1 1 2 ($39,320)
Jockey: Alfredo J. Juarez Jr.
Trainer: L Brant Taylor
8—Guiltbyassociation (20-1)
Lifetime: 6—1 0 1 ($21,400)
Jockey: Isaias D. Enriquez
Trainer: Todd W. Fincher
9—Tempted to Tapit (3-1)
Lifetime: 5—1 3 0 ($103,340)
Jockey: David Cohen
Trainer: Steve Klesaris

Prep Baseball/Softball Polls 5A

Class 5A Baseball Poll
New Mexico Coaches
1. Rio Rancho
2. Eldorado
3. La Cueva
4. Carlsbad
5. Mayfield
6. Onate
7. Cibola
8. Las Cruces High
9. Hobbs, Sandia

Class 5A Softball
NM Coaches
1. Cibola
2. La Cueva, Las Cruces
4. Sandia
5. Rio Rancho
6. Carlsbad
7. Mayfield
8. Onate
9. Valley
10. Eldorado

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vasquez

Boxing fans get ready for Rafael Marquez/Israel Vasquez IV. On May 22 in Los Angeles, the two featherweight boxers will do battle once again.

Boxing fans know this rivarly as full of blood and guts and everything that makes the sport both brutal and so rightfully engaging.

Vasquez owns the series lead having won 2 of 3. All three fights were closely fought and with a brutality that made some in the fight game not want to see these two fight again.

But Vasquez and Marquez, both among the best fighters in the world, wanted to make this fight happen. It's the true warrior in them to see who is the best.

Many of the boxing fans I now were wondering if these two fighters would fight each other again. The two fights have been taxing on both of them. Vasquez has been healing from detached retina surgery and Marquez has fought just once like Vasquez.

Yet, these two will get at it again and why not. These two are legends and have done much good when inside the ring and you have to respect their skill level and their desire to take on the best.

The 25 rounds these two men have fought have been pure savagery in a weirdly beautiful way. I'm gonna go out on a limb and predict a Marquez victory to even out the score, but whoever wins and whoever loses is still a champion in my mind.

- Felix

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Baseball/Softball 5A Polls

Class 5A Baseball
1. Rio Rancho
2. Eldorado
3. Carlsbad
4. La Cueva
5. Onate
6. Las Cruces High
7. Sandia
8. Mayfield
9. Hobbs
10. Rio Grande

Class 5A Softball
1. Cibola
2. Las Cruces High
3. La Cueva
4. Sandia
5. Mayfield
6. Carlsbad
7. Valley
8. Onate
9. Eldorado
10. Albuquerque High

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sunland Derby on March 28

It's exciting times for the horse racing folks over at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Bob Baffert-trained Conveyance and Kelly Breen-trained Nacho Friend are going to run in the Grade 3, $800,000 race, which could see more than one horse go to the Kentucky Derby in May.

Raise the Bridle and Storming Saint, both of which ran in the Borderland Derby on Feb. 27 at Sunland, will likely also run.

More top horses could also venture to the New Mexico track making the 8th running of the event the best ever by far.

- Felix

Austin Trout update

For you fans of Las Cruces boxer Austin Trout, he is still waiting to fight WBA interim junior middleweight Nobuhiro Ishida. Trout was hoping to get something done by the spring, but now it looks like it could be summer.

- Felix

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sunland Derby

Looks like the Grade 3 Sunland Derby could be getting some big time horses in Tempted to Tapit and Conveyance. Conveyance is trained by Bob Baffert, Tempted To Tapit is trained by Steve Klesaris. Conveyance won the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park earlier this year, while Tempted To Tapit ran second in the Risen Star.
The Sunland Derby is March 28 at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
- Felix

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Two boxing notes

It looks like Las Cruces boxing judge Levi Martinez will be one of the three judges of the Manny Pacquiao/Joshua Clottey fight on Saturday night in Dallas.

Also, Las Cruces amateur boxer Siju Shabazz, a light heavyweight, is slated to fight for the U.S. against Italy later this month.

- Felix

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mesilla Valley Christian boys hoops

It has been quite a run for the Mesilla Valley Christian boys basketball team in recent years. A state championship, a runner-up showing and a semifinal appearance.
And this year, the SonBlazers are the verge of winning another state title. The team has lost just one game and is seeded No. 1 in in Class 2A state tournament and will play on Wednesday at 3 p.m. vs. No. 8 Mora at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

The core group of SonBlazers have been a steadying force for the team in the past few years, i.e. Cody Correa, Scott Adler, Greg Patti, Kyle Vasey.

This year's group has been as good as any of the previous three squads. The SonBlazers won the district championship, won the Alamogordo Holiday Tourney against top teams and beat a pretty good Santa Rosa team on Saturday in the first round of the state playoffs.

Regardless of what happens in the upcoming week in Albuquerque, this has been a special group of players at MVCS for head coach Terry Adler. You have to like the SonBlazers' chances of winning it all. Again Class 2A is tough from top to bottom. Hagerman is good, Mesa Vista is always in the hunt, Mora will play hard and Bosque School has been steady as well. And of course there is Tularosa, which beat MVCS earlier this year and can't be discounted.

- Felix

State tourney schedule, March 9, 10

State Tournament Quarterfinal Matchups
Bernalillo High School
Class A
No. 1 Cliff vs. No. 8 Hondo, 2:30 p.m.
No. 4 Dora vs. No. 5 Tatum, 4:15 p.m.
No. 3 Des Moines vs. No. 6 Floyd, 6 p.m.
No. 7 Grady vs. No. 2 Magdalena, 7:45 p.m.
Class 2A
Santa Ana Star Center
No. 1 Texico vs. No. 8 Pecos, 6:30 p.m.
No. 4 Penasco vs. No. 5 Hagerman, 8 a.m.
No. 3 Navajo Pine vs. No. 6 Navajo Prep, 11:30 a.m.
No. 7 Estancia vs. No. 2 Santa Rosa, 3 p.m
Class 3A
The Pit
No. 1 Portales vs. No. 9 St. Mike’s, 8 a.m.
No. 5 Thoreau vs. No. 4 W. Las Vegas, 3 p.m
No. 3 Pojoaque vs. No. 6 Lovington, 11:30 a.m
No. 7 Hope Christian vs. No. 2 Santa Fe Indian, 6:30 p.m
Class 4A
The Pit
No. 1 Kirtland Central vs. No. 8 Del Norte, 8:15 p.m
No. 5 Los Alamos vs. No. 4 Espanola Valley, 1:15 p.m
No. 3 Roswell vs. No. 6 Volcano Vista, 9:45 a.m.
No. 7 Piedra Vista vs. No. 2 Shiprock, 4:45 p.m.
Class 5A
Santa Ana Star Center
No. 1 Eldorado vs. No. 8 La Cueva, 9:45 a.m.
No. 5 Clovis vs. No. 4 Gallup, 8:15 p.m
No. 3 Las Cruces vs. No. 6 Cibola, 4:45 p.m
No. 7 Valley vs. No. 2 Sandia, 1:15 p.m.
Class A
Bernalillo High School
No. 1 Cliff vs. No. 8 Mountainair, 2:30 p.m.
No. 4 Des Moines vs. No. 5 Fort Sumner, 4:15 p.m.
No. 3 Springer vs. No. 6 Melrose, 7:45 p.m.
No. 2 Tatum vs. No. 7 Gallup Catholic, 6 p.m.
Class 2A
Santa Ana Star Center
No. 1 Mesilla Valley Christian vs. No. 8 Mora, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Bosque School vs. No. 5 Coronado, 8 a.m.
No. 3 Tularosa vs. No. 6 Mesa Vista, 11:30 a.m.
No. 2 Hagerman vs. No. 7 Navajo Pine, 6:30 p.m.
Class 3A
Santa Ana Star Center
No. 1 Hope Christian vs. No. 8 Bloomfield, 1:15 p.m.
No. 4 Lovington vs. No. 5 St. Mike’s, 4:45 p.m.
No. 3 Santa Fe Indian vs. No. 11 Robertson, 8:15 p.m.
No. 7 Pojoaque vs. No. 2 Sandia Prep, 9:45 a.m.
Class 4A
The Pit
No. 1 Roswell vs. No. 9 St. Pius, 3 p.m
No. 12 Capital vs. No. 4 Volcano Vista, 11:30 a.m.
No. 3 Academy vs. No. 6 Los Alamos
No. 10 Grants vs. No. 2 Espanola Valley, 6:30 p.m.
Class 5A
The Pit
No. 1 Eldorado vs. No. 8 Hobbs, 1:15 p.m
No. 5 La Cueva vs. No. 4 Manzano, 9:45 a.m.
No. 3 Valley vs. No. 6 Clovis, 4:45 p.m.
No. 10 Gallup vs. No. 2 Mayfield, 8:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saturday's Prep Hoops Scores, March 6

Boys Basketball
First Round
Class 5A
Clovis 60, Gadsden 49
Eldorado 64, Las Cruces 45
Gallup 43, Highland 40
Hobbs 79, Rio Grande 70
La Cueva 61, Cibola 44
Manzano 67, Carlsbad 59
Mayfield 68, Albuquerque High 54
Valley 84, Rio Rancho 71
Class 4A
Albuquerque Academy 82, Belen 49
Capital 52, Santa Teresa 41
Grants 65, Shiprock 56
Los Alamos 89, Piedra Vista 56
Roswell 70, Chaparral 37
Volcano Vista 44, Artesia 22
Class 3A
Hope Christian 87, Ruidoso 33
Lovington 57, Newcomb 34
Pojoaque 53, Wingate 50
Robertson 81, Tohatchi 79
Sandia Prep 70, NMMI 37
Santa Fe Indian 83, Thoreau 52
St. Michael’s 46, Portales 43
Class AA
Bosque School 71, Eunice 18
Hagerman 68, Estancia 56
Mesa Vista 63, Escalante 46
Mesilla Valley Christian 62, Santa Rosa 50
Navajo Pine 67, Pecos 47
Tularosa 75, Texico 60
Class A
Cliff 76, Magdalena 50
Des Moines 59, Logan 57
Melrose 74, Evangel Christian 47
Springer 59, San Jon 41
Tatum 63, Hondo 37

Prep Hoops Scores, March 5, Girls State Tourney

Girls Basketball
First Round
Class 5A
Cibola 52, Rio Grande 50
Clovis 57, Cleveland 42
Eldorado 61, Alamogordo 18
Gallup 53, Manzano 50
La Cueva 52, Mayfield 46
Las Cruces 49, Carlsbad 23
Sandia 61, Onate 36
Valley 60, Hobbs 19
Class 4A
Del Norte 49, Artesia 36
Espanola Valley 55, Silver 36
Kirtland Central 68, Santa Teresa 29
Los Alamos 63, St. Pius 56
Piedra Vista 36, Deming 21
Roswell 63, Albuquerque Academy 28
Shiprock 47, Taos 30
Volcano Vista 59, Capital 39
Class 3A
Hope Christian 60, Miyamura 56, OT
Lovington 78, Wingate 31
Pojoaque 52, Ruidoso 37
Portales 43, Robertson 24
Santa Fe Indian 64, Newcomb 43
St. Michael’s 58, Socorro 38
Thoreau 58, Hot Springs 47
West Las Vegas 60, Hatch Valley 30
Class AA
Hagerman 30, Bosque School 18
Navajo Pine 86, Mora 54
Penasco 64, Dulce 58
Santa Rosa 57, Tularosa 44
Texico 54, Capitan 29
Class A
Cliff 42, Gallup Catholic 40
Des Moines 81, Logan 54
Dora 60, Evangel Christian 13
Floyd 70, Desert Academy 38
Grady 47, Cimarron 46
Magdalena 59, Animas 39
Tatum 63, Corona 32

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Prep Basketball opinion

When you think of top high school basketball coaches in New Mexico, you think of current coaches Pete Shock of Cliff, Hobbs' Russ Gilmore, La Cueva's Frank Castillo and Albuquerque Academy's Mike Brown and retired coach Jim Hulsman of Albuquerque High and the late Ralph Tasker of Hobbs.

On the boys, on this blog I have to mention Mayfield's Tommy Morrow. Morrow often goes unnoticed and underappreciated. He had plenty of success at Hot Springs before moving to Mayfield. Since 2000, the Trojans have played in a state title game, made another Final Four and came with a whisker of making two other Final Fours.

Also, the team has achieved a No. 1 ranking in the state playoffs and this year are No. 2 in the 5A playoffs, which start Saturday at home sites around the state.

Morrow is a smart coach, who often gets the most out of his players. The Trojans have been consistent force since he took over the program and this year they have as good a chance as any to win the state title.

Mayfield wasn't traditionally a basketball school before he arrived, but since his arrival he's turned the school into one you have to think of come postseason play.

- Felix

Escalante rating

Of note, El Paso junior featherweight/featherweight prospect Antonio Escalante is ranked No. 8 in the world at 122 pounds by boxing magazine, The Ring in its April edition.
Escalante is coming off a 10-round decision over Juarez' Mickey Roman last Friday at The Don Haskins Center.

- Felix

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

First Round State Tournament matchups, times

State Tournament matchups
Class A Girls
First Round
Logan at Des Moines, 6 p.m
Floyd at NMSD, 5 p.m
Evangel Christian at Dora, 6 p.m.
Cimarron at Grady, 6 p.m.
Gallup Catholic at Cliff, 5:30 p.m
Animas at Magdalena, 6 p.m.
Mescalero at Hondo, 6 p.m.
Corona at Tatum, 6 p.m.
Class 2A Girls
First Round
Mora at Navajo Pine, 3 p.m.
Mesa Vista at Navajo Prep, 6 p.m.
Dulce at Penasco, 6:30 p.m.
Rehoboth at Pecos, 6 p.m.
Santa Rosa at Tularosa, 6 p.m.
Capitan at Tularosa, 6 p.m.
Capitan at Texico, 6 p.m.
Bosque School at Hagerman, 6 p.m.
Eunice at Estancia, 7 p.m.
Class 3A Girls
First Round
No. 16 Robertson at No. 1 Portales, 7 p.m
No. 9 St. Mike’s at No. 8 Socorro, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Hot Springs at No. 5 Thoreau, 5:30 p.m.
No. 13 Hatch Valley at No. 4 W. Las Vegas, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Ruidoso at No. 3 Pojoaque, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Wingate at No. 6 Lovington, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Hope Christian at No. 10 Miyamura, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Newcomb at No. 2 Santa Fe Indian, 7 p.m
Class 4A Girls
First Round
No. 16 Santa Teresa at No. 1 Kirtland Central, 7 p.m.
No. 9 Artesia at No. 8 Del Norte, 6 p.m.
No. 12 St. Pius at No. 5 Los Alamos, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Silver at No. 4 Espanola Valley, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Academy at No. 3 Roswell, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Capital at No. 6 Volcano Vista, 6 p.m
No. 7 Piedra Vista at No. 10 Deming, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Taos at No. 2 Shiprock, 7 p.m.
Class 5A Girls
First Round
No. 16 Alamogordo at No. 1 Eldorado, 6 p.m.
No. 9 Mayfield at No. 8 La Cueva, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Cleveland at No. 5 Clovis, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Manzano at No. 4 Gallup, 7 p.m
No. 14 Carlsbad at No. 3 Las Cruces, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Rio Grande at No. 6 Cibola, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Hobbs at No. 7 Valley, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Onate at No. 2 Sandia, 7 p.m
Class A Boys
First Round
San Jon at Springer, 6 p.m.
Fort Sumner at Santa Fe Waldorf, 3 p.m.
Evangel Christian at Melrose, 6 p.m.
Des Moines at Logan, 6 p.m.
Magdalena at Cliff, 4 p.m.
Reserve at Gallup Catholic, 5 p.m.
Valley Christian at Mountainair, 6 p.m.
Hondo at Tatum , 6 p.m.
Class 2A Boys
First Round
Pecos at Navajo Pine, 2 p.m.
Questa at Coronado, 6 p.m.
Escalante at Mesa Vista, 7 p.m.
Rehoboth at Mora, 5 p.m.
Santa Rosa at Mesilla Valley Christian, 3 p.m.
Tularosa at Texico, 6 p.m.
Estancia at Hagerman, 4 p.m.
Eunice at Bosque School, 7 p.m.
Class 3A Boys
First Round
No. 16 Ruidoso at No. 1 Hope Christian, 6 p.m.
No. 8 Bloomfield at No. 9 Socorro, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Portales at No. 5 St. Mike’s, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Newcomb at No. 4 Lovington, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Thoreau at No. 3 Santa Fe Indian, 6 p.m.
No. 11 Robertson at No. 6 Tohatchi, 1 p.m.
No. 10 Wingate at No. 7 Pojoaque, 6 p.m.
No. 15 NMMI at No. 2 Sandia Prep, 5 p.m.
Class 4A Boys
First Round
No. 16 Chaparral at No. 1 Roswell, 7 p.m.
No. 9 St. Pius at No. 8 Kirtland Central, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Capital at No. 5 Santa Teresa, 5 p.m.
No. 13 Artesia at No. 4 Volcano Vista, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Belen at No. 3 Academy, 5 p.m
No. 11 Piedra Vista at No. 6 Los Alamos, 2 p.m.
No. 10 Grants at No. 7 Shiprock, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Valencia at No. 2 Espanola Valley, 7 p.m.
Class 5A Boys
First Round
No. 16 Eldorado at No. 1 Las Cruces High, 5 p.m.
No. 9 Rio Grande at No. 8 Hobbs, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Cibola at No. 5 La Cueva, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Carlsbad at No. 4 Manzano, 3 p.m.
No. 14 Rio Rancho at No. 3 Valley, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Gadsden at No. 6 Valley, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Highland at No. 10 Gallup, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Albuquerque High at No. 2 Mayfield, 7 p.m.