Today's Sports

  • Dons, Cards rock foes

    Thanks in no small part to the fourth-quarter heroics of Miguel Sena and Fenix Young, West Las Vegas forced a three-way tie for first place in District 2-4A boys’ basketball Thursday night.

    Sena scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Young went 4 for 4 at the foul line to lead the Dons (17-5) to a 60-46 win over Pojoaque Valley (18-5) at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Elks came into the contest alone atop the district standings, but West’s win set up a three-way tie (at 2-1) with Robertson (20-3), which beat Taos on Thursday night.

  • Youth soccer sign-up ongoing

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is now accepting registration for its upcoming spring season.

    The league is open to children age 4 to 12. Games are held every weekend beginning in early April, with practices starting in March. The season runs through late May.

    Cost ($60) covers team jersey, shorts and socks. Cleats and shinguards are also required but not included in the cost.

    Online registration may be conducted via lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or in person at Desertgate Internet on Bridge Street.

  • Strong Suit

    Back in 2003, when she was an eighth grader running for the Robertson cross country team that would go on to a state championship, Amelia “Amy” Martinez didn’t give strength training a second thought.

    It wasn’t part of the program, and it didn’t occur to her that it should be.

    “As a runner, you didn’t lift,” she said.

    Now, however, she says strength training is an integral part of conditioning for any competitive athlete.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 14...

    No local sports scheduled

    •West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    •Mora Middle School boys at Peñasco, 5 p.m., Peñasco
    •NMHU vs. Western State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    •West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Santa Fe Prep, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    •Valley Middle School boys vs. Gonzales, 4 p.m., Valley gym

  • 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,...

    •NMHU at Lubbock Christian, 4 p.m., Lubbock, Texas
    •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.