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Today's Sports

  • West girls alone atop district...

    West Las Vegas assumed sole possession of first place in District 2-4A girls' basketball after dominating Robertson 65-42 on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym. 

    The Lady Dons trailed 11-7 after the first period but broke the game open by outscoring their hosts 30-10 in the second. West got a big performance from forward Kerstin Morgan, and liberal use of the press stymied Robertson's offense all night.

    For more on the East-West weekend and other area sports, see the Optic print editions this week. 

  • Cards rally past Dons in battle...

    No. 2 ranked Robertson rallied past No. 3 West Las Vegas 59-56 in district boys' basketball Friday night at a packed Mike Marr Gym.

    Warren Fulgenzi sank two free throws with 5 seconds left to make it a four-point game. D.J. Bustos drew a foul from Fulgenzi during a 3-point shot with 0.5 on the clock, giving the Dons a chance. But Bustos missed the first foul shot.

    West led most of the game and it was 37-30 late in the third quarter after scores by Nicholas Gurule and Bustos. But Sebastian Gonzales led the Cardinals on a 14-2 run to take a 44-39 lead.

  • Girls win district debuts

    Deanna Bustos went off for 14 points in the third quarter Thursday night and West Las Vegas outscored Taos 20-5 in that period on its way to a 56-38 win to begin District 2-4A play at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Bustos finished with 22 points to lead all scorers.

    West Las Vegas improved to 18-3 and 1-0 heading into the Robertson game late Saturday (see the Optic online edition for coverage).

    After a tentative start, Taos led 3-1 by virtue of Midnight Lujan’s old-fashioned three-point play at the 6:16 mark.

  • Local coaches share insights on...

    Las Vegas Optic

  • Super Bowl turns 50

    The Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO — It’s the perfect scenario, a Hollywood-type script: Peyton Manning emulates John Elway and rides off into the sunset with the Lombardi Trophy in his grip.

    Will it really happen?

    For Manning to take the Denver Broncos to their first NFL title since the team’s current general manager, Elway, did in 1999 before retiring, seems the sentimental choice across the nation.

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Feb. 7, 2016

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    •NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    Softball
    •NMHU vs. California State-Dominguez Hills, 3 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    •NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, noon, Brandt Park
    Basketball
    •Valley Middle School boys at Aspen, 4 p.m.

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    •Pecos boys (A,B) vs. Academy for Technology and the Classics, TBA, Sanchez Gym
    •Memorial Middle School boys vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., MMS gym

  • Opening night

    D.J. Bustos poured in 29 points Wednesday night, firing an opening salvo in West Las Vegas’ push for another District 2-4A boys’ basketball title. The Dons topped Taos 71-54 in front of a robust crowd at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    It figures to be an especially intriguing race this February, with all four boys’ teams ranked in the top 10 for Class 4A. The Dons entered the season as the presumptive favorite and the defending district champ, having reached the state championship game last March, but they’ve got plenty of company now.

  • NMHU announces signings

    Las Vegas Optic
    The excitement that is National Signing Day did not leave New Mexico Highlands University untouched. Head football coach Jeff Mills and soccer’s Oscar Mendoza announced a number of signings (and transfers) Wednesday.

    FOOTBALL

  • Grapplers get one last tune-up

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

    With more than 1,200 matches over the two-day event, there was plenty of mat time for all participants in this past weekend’s Cardinal Classic, which served as a final tune-up before district and state tournaments.

    Defending Class 1A-4A state champion Robertson and first-year head coach James Martinez were missing a couple of key grapplers but managed a top-five finish in the team standings.

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Feb. 5, 2016

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    •NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    Basketball
    •NMHU women and men vs. Westminster, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •Mora boys (A,B) and girls (A,B) vs. Escalante, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    •Memorial, West Las Vegas, Mora Middle School boys at Taos tournament, TBA, Taos
    •Valley Middle School boys at Pecos, 4 p.m., Pecos
    Softball