Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Reigning Supreme.(Sports)

Byline: KEN SICKENGER Of the Journal

New Mexico is a land of high school sports dynasties. Teams all over the state begin each season with high hopes of raising state-championship banners. In reality, a few schools end up raising most of the banners.

Name nearly any sport and there's a dominant New Mexico program that comes to mind.

Want examples?

Boys basketball: Hobbs has won three state titles in a row and 14 overall.

Girls basketball: Since 1980, Kirtland Central has played in 20 of 22 championship games and won 14 times.

Football: Try Artesia. Despite a rare playoff miss in 2000, the Bulldogs have played in 17 state-title games since 1974 winning 15 of them. …

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