Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

NMAA Merging Tourney.(Sports)

Byline: Ken Sickenger Journal Staff Writer

Boys, Girls Play Same Time, Place

New Mexico's boys and girls state high school basketball tournaments are likely to become a single event next school year.

The New Mexico Activities Association's board of directors Wednesday approved a proposal that would merge the two tournaments for 2001-2002.

The change will eliminate all third-place games and include a rotation that allows girls teams to play championship games on Friday one year and Saturday the next, while boys teams do the reverse.

Boys and girls also will begin practicing basketball on the same date, while the beginning date for spring sports practice will be pushed back two weeks. …

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