Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Robertson Eager To Beat Portales for Title.(Sports)

Byline: Will Webber Journal Staff Writer

LAS CRUCES Four years ago, Benny Ortiz was a man trying to make a commitment to a school that couldn't fully commit to him.

Hired away from Silver High School in the summer of 1997, Ortiz arrived in Las Vegas, N.M., as the next girls basketball coach at Robertson High. Although it was a good opportunity for an unproven young coach, it wasn't everything he wanted at least initially.

Also a devoted school teacher, Ortiz was told there were no teaching jobs available. Although promised he would be next in line, he faced the prospect of making ends meet on a meager coaching stipend.

He chose to take his chances and stay until something, anything came up. …

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