Congratulations to our Kirtland Lady Broncos and Newcomb Skyhawks, district champions and state runner-ups in the New Mexico Class 4A and Class 2A, respectively. Central Schools would like to thank our athletes for representing the district at the state tournament with class and for an excellent season of basketball. Below is a quick recap of their recent games.
While our schools are competitive, the fact is we are one district and we follow the motto of ‘one vision, one mission,’ which was at the heart of the way we supported each other at state. Our schools and coaching staff deserve special recognition for their hard work and inspiring support of one another – like the Kirtland Central High School Band that played its heart out and the Kirtland Central Cheerleading Team that rooted in Newcomb colors. In short, you’ve made us all very proud.
From all of us at CCSD, our heartfelt thanks also to the fans, especially those that traveled to Albuquerque to support our teams, the state competition would have been oh so quiet without you.
Last, but not least, our thanks to Albuquerque Academy High School and Del Norte High School for hosting our basketball teams, and letting them practice at their facilities.
Ben Tensay
CCSD Athletic Director
NMAA State Championship – Class 4A Girls
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March 08: 1st Round of 16
Kirtland Central 65, Shiprock 28
March 12: Quarterfinals
Kirtland Central 71, Portales 39
March 14: Semifinals
Kirtland Central 55, Española Valley 23
March 15: Championship
Kirtland Central 43, Los Lunas 49
NMAA State Championship – Class 2A Boys
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March 09: 1st Round of 16
Newcomb 67, Tse’ Yi’ Gai 43
March 13: Quarterfinals
Newcomb 55, McCurdy 41
March 15: Semifinals
Newcomb 50, Mesilla Valley 48
March 16: Championship
Newcomb 37, Pecos 58
CCSD Teams In The News
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March 14, 2019 – Farmington Daily Times
Kirtland girls punch ticket to 4A finals
The Kirkland Central Lady Broncos are state finals-bound for the first time since 2012, dominating Española Valley 55-23 in today’s 4A state semifinals in Albuquerque. Continue Reading
Navajo Times KCHS vs Espanola and Portales
March 15, 2019 – NMAA Video Highlights
Kirtland vs Española Valley
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March 15, 2019 – Farmington Daily Times
Kirtland falls in title game to Los Lunas
"Give Los Lunas credit. They made us work. I thought we made them work, too. What it all came down to they just made a few more plays than we did. I thought we were pretty evenly matched. We let them get away from us and we could never narrow that gap." Continue Reading
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March 15, 2019 – NMAA Video Highlights
Kirtland vs Los Lunas
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March 15, 2019 – Farmington Daily Times
Deondre Begay last-second layup lifts Newcomb into state title game
The Newcomb Skyhawks will be playing for the team's first state title in school history after Deondre Begay hit a layup with 1.8 seconds left to give his team a 50-48 win over Mesilla Valley Christian Friday morning at Dreamstyle Arena. Continue Reading
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March 15, 2019 – NMAA Video Highlights
Newcomb vs Mesilla Valley
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March 15, 2019 – KRQE
Small high school beats the odds to compete in state tournament
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March 16, 2019 – Farmington Daily Times
Newcomb can't stop Pecos, settles for Red Trophy in title game
"(The season) was amazing. To think we could possibly end with 30 wins and finish with 29. This group is close to 80 games in its career. Can't say no more than that. I told them before the game that they'll understand how impactful they've been for families, around the community, for the students, for their little nephews and brothers that enjoy to come and watch them play. They're just kids, but they understand the impact they've had." Continue Reading
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March 16, 2019 – NMAA Video Highlights
Newcomb vs Pecos
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March 16, 2019 – Farmington Daily Times
Manning embraces return to state finals
“It was a great experience. The girls took me on a ride. I was just trying to guide them when I needed to, but it had a special feeling being back at Kirtland and being a part of this,” Manning said. Continue Reading
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