Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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

    •NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    •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

  • Cowgirls cruise in Colorado

    Las Vegas Optic

    Getting a key contribution from several New Mexico natives, the Highlands women’s track and field squad earned a team championship in this past weekend’s NCAA Division II Challenge hosted by Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, amassed 130.5 points, well ahead of Nebraska-Kearney (92.5) and Colorado State-Pueblo (77).

    Salcia Slack triumphed in the triple jump, clearing 41-3 3/4, winning the event and qualifying for the NCAA national meet.

  • Lady Dons roll to 17-3

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Five Lady Dons scored in double figures and West Las Vegas’ team defense forced turnovers that led to numerous offensive chances in a 77-31 rout of Capital this past Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    It was among the last tune-ups for West before the start of the District 2-4A portion of the schedule this week. West hosts Taos on Thursday evening.

  • Cardinal Classic: Team effort

    Las Vegas Optic

    Could the annual Cardinal Classic be making inroads as the premier regular-season wrestling tournament in the state?

    That distinction still belongs to the Joe Vivian Classic in Albuquerque, but the local tourney — boasting both quantity and quality of competition — could warrant a place in the conversation.

    Missing a couple of key grapplers, Robertson placed fifth as a team out of 26 schools participating in this past weekend’s tournament.

  • Gaylor 4th in RMAC tourney

    Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands 141-pounder Dan Gaylor battled back from a loss in the semifinals, winning in the consolation bracket only to fall three points shy against Peter Cunningham of Cal Baptist.

    That 9-6 verdict came in the third-place match of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrestling tournament this past Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

    It was the first RMAC-only tourney in 20 years.

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Feb. 3, 2016

    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    •West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •Valley Middle School boys vs. Cariños, 4 p.m., Valley gym
    •Mora Middle School boys vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mora