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Championship games for local teams today

Goddard’s Sophia Price (10) spikes the ball during a game earlier this season at Ground Zero. (Steve Notz File Photo)

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Goddard has a chance to put an exclamation point on the season. It was rough for the Lady Rockets for a two-game stretch, but their athletic ability pulled them out of their funk. Goddard adjusted on the fly after going 12-1 to start the season.

Head coach Dewayne Roberts has announced it’s state title or bust. This isn’t something he’s said recently, it’s been the team’s motto from day one. Why not after falling five points short to a Los Lunas team that he probably still dreams about? Roberts is trying to have no doubt about it for his seniors and everyone that returned off the 2018 team.

On Monday, Goddard won a showdown in Lovington to win their back-to-back District 4-4A title. Both teams were tied for the district crown before Goddard won in five sets. Before that, Portales had beaten Goddard in their first two meetings of the year. Portales will meet Goddard at Goddard for the final showdown on Saturday for a chance at the district tournament title.

With both teams safely in the playoffs, the only thing they’re playing for is pride and seedings. Goddard is No. 2 and Portales is No. 3 in state rankings.

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Goddard hosts Portales today at 6 p.m. at Ground Zero.


Roswell’s Mercedes Velasco (3) hits the ball against Hobbs Monday night in Carlsbad. (David Rocha File Photo)

It has been well chronicled that the Lady Coyotes’ destiny rests in their own hands. It’s very simple, they have to win today at Hobbs or Roswell will miss the state tournament for the first time in three years.

Look for reigning District 4-5A coach Heather Baca to have her team ready to play. Roswell lost to Hobbs in Carlsbad on Monday, which is why they need to win this district game, to force themselves into the tournament. The Lady Coyotes took care of business on Thursday night and dispatched the Clovis Wildcats in three straight games to force a must-win with Hobbs.

Both teams have split the four meetings this season, it is just going to be about who is ready and what team makes the fewest errors at crucial times.

“Our girls know they have to win out to get in,” Coyotes’ coach Baca said.

Game time is today at 2 p.m. in Hobbs.

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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