Today's News

  • Long line of kids await Santa

    The Coca-Cola Caravan trucked through town Sunday carrying the jolly old soul himself and plenty of giveaways for the kids. Children were also able to take free pictures with Santa.

    “Only a handful of stores in the whole country are selected to do this, and since one of the few times Las Vegas children get a chance to see Santa is during the Electric Light Parade, we brought Santa in from Atlanta,” Eileen Paternostro of Coca-Cola said.

  • Rangerettes roll past Penasco, Taos

    Two trips over the mountain.

    Two nice victories.

    The Mora Rangerettes are 2-1 after beating Peñasco’s Lady Panthers 53-44 last week and then nipping Taos 39-38 in a rugged overtime clash this past weekend.

    At Peñasco, the Rangerettes led 25-20 at the half before outscoring the Lady Panthers 17-2 in the third quarter for a cozy 42-22 advantage. Peñasco rallied, outscoring Mora 21-11 in the final period, but it was not enough.

  • Villanueva's Lucero in 10th at PRCA finals

    Martin Lucero, originally from Villanueva, and his partner JoJo LeMond of Andrews, Texas, are in 10th place in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association national finals’ team roping competition.

    The Lucero-LeMond duo posted a time of 10.5, trailing event leader Jake Stanley and Walt Woodard’s 4.1 as of Sunday.

    Lucero currently lives in Stephenville, Texas, but retains strong family ties to the Las Vegas area.

    The PRCA nationals are currently under way in Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Cowgirls lose twice in Pueblo; Seanoa all-tourney

    Two losses at the Al Kaly Classic over the weekend in Pueblo, Colo., dropped the New Mexico Highlands women's basketball team to 0-3 on the season.

    On Friday, Cameron (Okla.) edged the Cowgirls 77-67, and on Saturday, Willamette (Ore.) downed NMHU 86-57.

    On the bright side, Highlands wing Oliana Seanoa earned recognition on the all-tournament team.

  • Rangers nip Dons in boys' hoops thriller

    MORA — James Porter’s layup with eight seconds left in regulation gave the host Mora Rangers the last laugh Tuesday night as they staged a minor upset of West Las Vegas 66-62 at Montoya Gym.

    Mora improved to 2-1, its lone loss having come in another nailbiter at defending Class 3A champion Pojoaque. Tuesday’s game marked West Las Vegas’ debut under new head coach David “Morgan” Montaño.

    The game ended much like it began — a furious offensive barrage by both sides.

  • Dons bounce back by beating Taos

    From the Las Vegas Optic

    TAOS — Adrian Rivera is off to a roaring start this basketball season.

    The West Las Vegas post scored 31 points in a monster effort against host Taos on Thursday night in the opening game of the Tigers’ own tournament. The Dons (1-1) prevailed 63-55 and will play Goddard at 7:45 p.m. Friday in the tourney semifinals.

    Tomas Benavidez added 12 points and Fabian Varela cleaned the glass for 13 rebounds to help West down the stretch.

  • Lady Dons rout Taos in season hoops debut

    West Las Vegas raced out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back as the Lady Dons opened the season with a 51-32 win over Taos at the Gillie Lopez Gym on Monday.

    The Lady Tigers managed to pull within five midway through the first period, but the Lady Dons held on for a 12-7 first period lead.

    “We let them get back in the game,” said head coach Jose Medina. “We started to relax and we were not following through on defense and we weren’t rotating well on our press. “

  • Peek still riding high in PRCA finals, just barely

    In tie-down roping, Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo., is still the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings leader with $156,475, but Hunter Herrin of Apache, Okla., who was third in 8.2 for round five, moved closer to the lead with $155,755. Peek stayed in front by finishing sixth in 8.9 and earning $2,704.

    Herrin is the average leader with an aggregate of 42.6 for five NFR rounds.

    The PRCA National Finals Rodeo is ongoing this week in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Peek is the brother of Jon Peek, who coaches New Mexico Highlands University’s rodeo team.

  • Pecos hoopsters win first game

    The Pecos Panthers won their first game of the season Saturday night 69-68 over the Escalante Lobos, a night after dropping a 75-70 decision to Tularosa.

    Tim Baca scored 28 points and Joseph Gonzales added 18 in the winning game against Escalante. Head coach Clyde Sanchez said his team had left a lot of their legs on the hardwood the night before in Tularosa, but the Panthers managed to pull out the contest on a Ricardo Ortiz free throw with seconds remaining after Baca hit a pair of charity tosses to tie the game at 68. Ortiz added 13 points for Pecos in the winning effort.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Lady Dons unbeaten in shootout

    Four Lady Dons finished in double figures Saturday night as West Las Vegas completed an undefeated three-day run in the seventh annual Brian Gallegos Invitational at the Wilson Complex.

    In the de-facto championship game of the round-robin shootout, WLV (4-0) sailed to a 68-51 win over Ruidoso.

    Linda Esquibel, playing her usual aggressive offense, scored 16 points to pace the Lady Dons. Geneva Rivera had 14, and Kristen Encinias and Vanessa Lucero 10 apiece.