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Today's Sports

  • West world - Late three-pointer...

    John Balizan has found his happy place.

    It’s a little area near the far right corner, just beyond the three-point line. It’s where Balizan struck with an epic long-range basket for the second time this winter.

    This time the shot came with less than 10 seconds left in regulation on the biggest stage yet this basketball season – the District 2-4A boys’ tournament final Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym, with thousands in attendance.

  • Lady Dons upset Lady Cards to...

    For the 10th time in Jose Medina’s 15-year tenure as West Las Vegas girls’ basketball coach, the Lady Dons reached the district tournament final.

    For the eighth time in that span, the Lady Dons emerged victorious.

    West upset host Robertson, the regular-season champ, 40-37 on Friday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    While the Lady Cardinals and coach Leroy Barela went on to receive the higher seed in the upcoming state tournament because of that regular season, the 2-4A banner and a measure of bragging rights went to their crosstown rivals.

  • State brackets out: Panthers a...

    No mystery here. The Pecos Panthers, riding a 25-game win streak and unbeaten this year against fellow Class 3A boys’ basketball teams, are the No. 1 seed in that state tournament.

    Brackets for all classifications were released late Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. State tournament play begins Friday for girls and Saturday for boys across the state. First-round games will be hosted by higher seeds at their home campuses. Then the tournaments will shift to neutral sites for subsequent rounds March 7-11.

  • Locals help Cowgirls to 4th

    NMHU women’s track and field earned a fourth place finish at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor championships hosted by Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D., over the weekend.

    Two of the Meadow City’s own homegrown stars helped the Cowgirls conquer the 1,600-meter relay in the meet.

    Robertson alumnus Kristen Montaño and West Las Vegas’ Jayme Quintana teamed with Tashay Hunter and Elicia Gallegos to set a facility record in a winning time of 3:51.36.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 1...

    WEDNESDAY
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico (DH), noon, Cowgirl Field

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado School of MInes, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    Basketball
    • Class 4A state tournament: Robertson girls vs. St. Michael’s, 6 p.m., Mike Marr Gym; West Las Vegas girls vs. Socorro, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Class 3A state tournament: Pecos girls vs. Loving, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Class 2A state tournament: Mora girls at Ramah, TBA, Ramah
    Tennis

  • Family tradition

    When Arjay and Tessa Ortiz and their parents, Benny and April, get together with family, there’s typically some type of competition involved.

    “Any time we get together, we always play something,” said Benny. “Basketball, Ultimate frisbee. We have family in Portales and Artesia and even with April’s realtives in Wyoming, anywhere we go, we always take (sports) shoes and a frisbee.”

  • Gallegos’ late shot bounces...

    Isaiha Gallegos has hit some big shots, but none of them bigger than the one he swished on Thursday night.

    Gallegos’ three-point basket from the right wing in the final second of the game lifted West Las Vegas to a 54-51 triumph over St. Michael’s before a mostly full Gillie Lopez Gym. The Dons’ win got them into the District 2-4A boys’ tournament final Saturday night at Robertson.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 26...

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC at Otero (DH), 1 p.m., La Junta, Colo.
    Basketball
    • NMAA state tournament selection and seeding show, 6 p.m.

    MONDAY
    No local varsity sports scheduled

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Luna Community College at Trinidad State Junior College, TBA, Trinidad, Colo.
    • NMHU vs. University of the Southwest (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico (DH), noon, Cowgirl Field

    WEDNESDAY

  • Highlands’ Gonzales RMAC Player...

    NMHU Sports Information and Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands softball player Victoria Gonzales was named this week’s (Feb. 21) Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Subway Athlete of the Week.

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowgirls won three of four games in their home-opening series this past weekend against Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

  • East-West in tournament final

    Would the third time be a charm for St. Michael’s against West Las Vegas in their girls’ basketball series this season?
    Not hardly.

    Jenna Bustos found her shooting touch from outside and buried four three-pointers in leading the Lady Dons past St. Mike’s 50-38 in the District 2-4A tournament semifinal on Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West (19-8) will play at regular-season district champion Robertson (20-5) at 7 p.m. Friday at Mike Marr Gym.