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Today's Sports

  • Dons third in district hoops...

    A 46-35 loss to St. Michael's on Friday night has West Las Vegas' boys' basketball team looking up at both top seed Taos and the Horsemen for next week's district tournament.

    Jovan Montoya scored a game-high 16 to lead the Horsemen on Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym. Steven Sandoval paced the Dons with 10.

    After falling behind by 15 late in the third, West rallied to get within seven twice in the final period. But superior foul shooting and a rebounding edge for St. Mike's made the difference down the stretch.

  • Cardinal wrestlers in third...

    Robertson's wrestling team found itself in third place Friday night with day one of the Class 1A-4A state tournament in the books.

    The Cardinals (54 team points) trail defending state champ Silver (94) and Cobre (61.5) going into Saturday action at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Seven Las Vegas-area grapplers advanced to the semifinals in six weight classes. A number of other locals remain alive for third place in consolation brackets.

  • Rangers, Pecos teams rule...

    The Mora Rangers took advantage of a supportive home crowd clad mostly in green, clinching the regular-season District 5-2A boys’ basketball championship Thursday night.

    Mora beat its closest district rival, Escalante, in an 83-66 home contest.

    The Rangers improved to 18-7 overall and stayed unbeaten in the district at 7-0.

    The visiting Lobos slipped to 13-11 and 6-2. Their hope of catching Mora for the regular-season title and hosting rights for this coming week’s district tournament evaporated with the defeat.

  • Meadow City Soccer Club excels...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas’ Meadow City Soccer Club kicked off its 2018 season this past weekend at the AYSO Meltdown Tournament held in Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

    Despite playing up an age division and being one of the few co-ed teams playing in the 12U Boys division, the select team went 3-1 over the two-day friendly, outscoring its competition 8-3.

    “We looked solid out there,” said Ron Doss, who co-coaches with Ian Williamson and Shannon Doss. “Our fitness, team play, and skill set are right on track.”

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 18-22

    SUNDAY (Feb. 18)
    Baseball

    • NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, noon., Brandt Park
    Softball
    • Luna at Lamar Community College (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.

    MONDAY
    Basketball

    • District 2-4A girls tournament TBA
    • Las Vegas youth league girls’ games, 5:30 p.m., Rec
    Softball
    • Luna at Otero Community College (DH), noon, La Junta, Colo.

    TUESDAY
    Basketball

  • State wrestling this weekend

    With wrestlers lined up for each of the 14 weight classes, the Robertson Cardinals have a legitimate shot at winning their first state championship as a team since 2015.

    The state wrestling tournaments for all classes get under way at 9 a.m. Friday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. The two-day event culminates with the finals, which begin around 4 p.m. Saturday.

  • HU wrestlers wrap regular season

    Hosting its third dual meet in less than a week — after months of road trips without a home event — the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team lost to Western State (Colo.) 23-16 on Tuesday evening at the Wilson Complex.

    In Highlands’ brief home schedule, it was the second dual that went down to the final match of the night.

    As they had against Colorado Mesa, the Cowboys racked up wins in the lower and middle weights, taking a 16-3 lead in the dual. But the Mountaineers won the last five weight classes to take the team victory.

  • Prep hoops roundup: Lady Cards...

    It may have been Valentine’s Day, but the Robertson girls’ basketball team was in no mood to be charitable.

    Early in the fourth quarter, up 66-9 after scoring 51 uninterrupted points against visiting Taos, the Lady Cardinals were still hustling. Alianza Darley and Maria Barela hit the deck for a loose ball, and seconds later, Angelica Montoya lunged to swat a Lady Tiger shot.

    Those three accounted for the next six points before — with 3:28 left in regulation — head coach Leroy Barela pulled his starters out.

  • Luna sluggers beat ENMU JV,...

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College baseball team took three of four games against Eastern New Mexico junior varsity over the weekend in Portales.

    The Rough Riders (4-4) won the first three games 6-1, 24-5, 17-5 and lost the series finale 9-7.
    Fabian Reyes, James Ramos and Ivan Varela were on the winning pitching side. Jason Solis was tagged with the loss.

    In the first game of the series, Eric Alvarado went 3 for 4 with four RBI and one triple.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 16-19

    FRIDAY (Feb. 16)
    Baseball

    • NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    • State championship tournaments, 9 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    SATURDAY
    Baseball

    • Luna vs. Western Oklahoma State, 2 p.m., Portales