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Today's Sports

  • 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

  • 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

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    •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

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    •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
    Wrestling

  • Scoreboard: Lady Dons romp past...

    In one of the team's last non-district games, West Las Vegas turned away visiting Capital 77-31 in girls' basketball action on Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The running clock for a 35-point margin went into effect midway through an especially rough third quarter for the young Lady Jaguars. West outscored Capital 18-2 in that period, allowing just one field goal by Audrey Gonzales with 1:22 left in the quarter.

    Deanna Bustos (17 points), Jenika Padilla (12), Jaylen Gutierrez (11), Analysse Lucero (11) and Kerstin Morgan (10) scored in double digits for West, 16-3 overall.