Last year Moriarty High School’s girls basketball team got swept by St. Pius X and lost two out of three to Albuquerque Academy. But after last Friday’s 40-32 win at Academy, the Lady Pintos not only made it a clean sweep over both schools, they swept Grants as well to finish 6-0 in District 5-5A. Friday the Lady Pintos will host the winner of the St. Pius vs. Grants game for the district championship.

After rolling to a 93-76 win last Friday over visiting Cuba in the regular-season finale, Estancia’s boys basketball team lost 83-73 Monday to Laguna-Acoma in the district tournament.

The Lady Bears beat NACA 46-23 in Monday’s district tournament first-round.

Mountainair’s girls basketball team won 50-37 last Friday at To’hajiilee.

Manzano’s boys play tonight at La Cueva in the first round of the District 2-6A tournament.

East Mountain’s boys basketball team lost last Friday at Portales, 69-20;

the Timberwolves played Tuesday at NMMI in the first round of the District 4-4A tournament after The Independent went to print.

East Mountain’s girls lost 57-8 at Portales; the Lady T’Wolves play tonight at Ruidoso in the first round of the district tournament.

The New Mexico Activities Association Foundation awarded scholarships to two area athletes: Estancia High’s Leanne Calhoon was only one of two student athletes awarded the $2,500 Extraordinary Participation Scholarship for excelling in athletics, activities, and academics.

East Mountain High’s Matthew Bedeaux won a $1,000 Activities Scholarship.

Both recipients will be recognized during the state basketball championships March 8-12.

Moriarty High’s ninth annual truck raffle to benefit the athletic department got underway last week. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any MESD coach or student athlete. Top prizes include a 2014 Chevy Silverado. Call 832-5951 for more information.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at