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To’hajiilee wins Rehoboth basketball tournament

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Maes, Harrison, Toledo too much for Lady Lynx

REHOBOTH, N.M. – The Rehoboth Lady Lynx entered the Jan. 13 Rehoboth Girls Basketball Tournament with a reputation for tenacity and nerves of steel.

But the 2A To’hajiilee Lady Warriors (6-9, 1-0) managed to cut through that Rehoboth veneer and beat the Lady Lynx 60-53 in...

Gallup rolls over Window Rock, 68-45

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Joaquin Ortega, Tyrell Begay dismantle Window Rock

The Window Rock Scouts hung with the Gallup Bengals for most of the first quarter, before junior guard Quincy Smith and eighth-grader forward Joaquin Ortega proved too much to handle and Gallup rolled over the Scouts 68-45 in a boys third place consolation basketball game of the Gallup Invite played Jan. 6 at Gallup High School.

The consolation game was played after the tournament championship because Artesia and Sandia Prep were attending the tournament from far away locales. Artesia won the championship game over Sandia Prep, 58-48.

The other tournament teams were Artesia, Sandia Prep, Wingate, Tohatchi, Miyamura and...

Fighting for all the right reasons

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MMA fighter Ryan Benavidez turns his life around

ALBUQUERQUE – When life gets you down, you can either run from the fight or hit back with all you got. Striking back is what Albuquerque hometown mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Benavidez did.

I had the fortune of meeting Benavidez while visiting Duke City, where we struck up a conversation. Growing up, Benavidez was raised by his grandparents. With no mother or father figure to offer guidance and stability, he soon found himself turning to drugs and alcohol. Mainly, Benavidez says, he was addicted to marijuana. He started smoking pot when he was a sophomore in high school and even began to sell it. Thankfully he never got...

Gallup girls beat Cleveland, 52-45

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PHOTOS By Knifewing Segura

Defensively-minded Gallup beats Los Lunas, 50-38

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Josh Lynch scores 20 in win

The Gallup Bengals dug in defensively long enough to hold off a scrappy Los Lunas team and beat the Tigers 50-38 Dec. 21 in a boys prep basketball game played at Gallup High school.

The Bengals (6-4) never trailed in the contest, which saw Los Lunas (8-2) make several runs at trying to either tie the game or get ahead. The Tigers started two versatile big men, which gave Gallup trouble. But by the same token, Gallup’s Josh Lynch was agile enough to get free for inside points and rebounds to maintain scoring edges. Lynch led Gallup with 20 points in the game.

“We made some runs, some key runs, but weren’t able to get out in front,” Tigers’...

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