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Today's Sports

  • District wrestling this weekend

    Las Vegas Optic

    Wrestlers from Pecos, Taos and Tucumcari will be in town Saturday, joining host Robertson and West Las Vegas for the individual district tournament at the McFarland Hall gymnasium.

    At stake are qualifications to the state tournament. Top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to state, which is Feb. 19-20 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Robertson is the defending Class 1A-4A state champion and returns individual state champs Johnathan Trujillo, Brad Jordan, Joseph Paul Griego and Amos Rivera.

  • Lady Cards win in OT

    A topsy-turvy game spilled into overtime, and then Robertson’s team defense went to work.

    The Lady Cardinals held No. 8 Taos to two points in overtime Wednesday night en route to a stirring 43-41 victory at Mike Marr Gym.

    It was a bounce-back effort for Robertson (12-11 overall, 2-1 District 2-4A) after losing at home to a surging West Las Vegas bunch over the weekend.

  • Lady Dons roll on

    It was a football-looking play that began to separate the No. 3 West Las Vegas girls’ team from Pojoaque Valley in an eventual 50-28 blowout Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Alisson Hill got a hold of a loose ball along the left wing, but encountered an Elkette in close quarters. So she hiked it backward like a center to a quarterback — in this case Annalysse Lucero. Lucero immediately fired up a 3-pointer.

    The basket reclaimed the lead for the Lady Dons, 9-8, to end a close first quarter.

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Feb. 12,...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    •NMHU at Lubbock Christian, 4 p.m., Lubbock, Texas
    Basketball
    •NMHU women and men at Colorado School of Mines, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    •West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Valley, 4 p.m., WLVMS
    •Mora Middle School boys vs. Peñasco, 4 p.m., Mora
    Track and field

  • West cheer honored

    Las Vegas Optic

    Add another accolade to the trophy case for West Las Vegas’ cheer squad.

    The team is a recent recipient of the statewide Compete With Class award conferred by the New Mexico Activities Association, which oversees athletics and other extracurricular activities at the state’s high schools.

    The honor recognizes the WLV cheer team’s display of sportsmanship in the month of December and was announced by Sally Marquez, executive director of the NMAA.

  • LeBron salutes Kobe

    The Associated Press

    CLEVELAND — With 20,000 fans roaring, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own.

    One on one.

    “It was just a lot of mutual respect,” James said of the embrace. “Sometimes what is known doesn’t need to be said.”
    The two superstars shared the same floor in Cleveland for the final time on Wednesday night as the Cavaliers, despite playing the second half without Kevin Love, downed the Los Angeles Lakers 120-111 in their last game before the All-Star break.

  • Denver defense proves Super

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Pro Football Writer

    SAN FRANCISCO — On top of his game and now the world, Von Miller’s docket is quickly filling up.

    A parade. Lots of parties. A princely payday.

    “I was just talking to Coach Kubiak, I was asking if you could make the plane do backflips on the way home,” Miller said Monday after accepting the Super Bowl MVP trophy from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • Cards rally past Dons

    Warren Fulgenzi’s free throws with five seconds left bought all the insurance the Robertson Cardinals required in holding off West Las Vegas in a 59-56 thriller Friday night at a packed Mike Marr Gym.

    The foul shots gave RHS a seemingly insurmountable four-point cushion at 59-55. But D.J. Bustos, fouled by Fulgenzi on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, gave the Dons a glimmer of hope. Two makes, an intentional miss on the third and an offensive putback would’ve done the trick. But Bustos missed the first free throw, and the final outcome was set.

  • Lady Dons alone atop district

    An inspired performance by Kerstin Morgan helped West Las Vegas’ girls take sole possession of first place in District 2-4A Saturday night.

    The Lady Dons (19-3 overall, 2-0 district) outgunned host Robertson 65-42 to round out East-West weekend at Mike Marr Gym.

    Morgan led all scorers with 19 points, including 11 in the first half as West raced to a 37-21 advantage against its crosstown rival.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 10...

    Basketball
    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    •NMHU at Adams State, 7 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •West Las Vegas boys  (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •Memorial Middle School boys vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., MMS