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El Paso Parkland leaves, Artesia boys take third


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ARTESIA —  The Rio Rancho Rams won the boys’ championship trophy at the City of Champions Classic Saturday and the host team took third, albeit by default.

The Bulldogs were supposed to play El Paso Parkland for the third place crown.

“Due to an administrative decision of their school district, they didn’t feel it was safe for those guys to be traveling that late,” said Bulldog head coach Michael Mondragon.

“The coach talked to their administration and they made that decision and we’ve got to respect it,” Mondragon added.

The game was slated to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

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Las Cruces Onate 63, Goddard Rockets 52

In the consolation championship game on Saturday afternoon the Goddard Rockets (4-4) couldn’t overcome a massive first quarter deficit against the 6-A Knights (8-1).

Onate outscored Goddard 25-6 at the end of the opening period. Goddard found some footing in the second period as they blasted the Knights 18-11.

In the opening period of the second half, Goddard outscored the Knights 13-12. In the game’s final frame Onate outscored Goddard 17-15.

Senior Dalin Stanford led the way for the Rockets with 13 points. Junior Derek Carrica fouled out and scored 8 points for Goddard.


Goddard Lady Rockets 51, Ruidoso Lady Warriors 13

Goddard (5-5) didn’t come away empty-handed at the tournament. Saturday it looked like the seventh-place game was going to be close as the Lady Rockets had a 14-11 lead at the end of the first period.

Goddard shutout Ruidoso (0-5) in the second and third periods and then outscored Ruidoso 11-2 in the final period.

Senior Eden Wiggins was the leading scorer for Goddard with 17 points. Senior Camaryn Villapondo had 15 points, including a couple of three-pointers and junior Bailey Beene had 13 points, the majority of them came from downtown.

Gallup Lady Bengals 69, Artesia Lady Bulldogs 52

The final game of the night featured the home team taking on Gallup in the third-place contest.

The contest was close in the first half as Gallup (6-2) had a 15-14 lead over Artesia (2-2).

In the second period, Artesia outscored the Bengals 15-13.

Gallup pulled away in the second half outscoring Artesia 24-19 in the third period and in the final period the Lady Bengals earned their stripes outscoring Artesia 17-4.

Gallup junior Ashley Antone was the leading scorer for the Lady Bengals with 18 points. The visiting team had four other players score in double figures.

Senior Gracie Puentes was Artesia’s leading scorer with 17 points.

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