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  • Denver defense proves Super

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Pro Football Writer

    SAN FRANCISCO — On top of his game and now the world, Von Miller’s docket is quickly filling up.

    A parade. Lots of parties. A princely payday.

    “I was just talking to Coach Kubiak, I was asking if you could make the plane do backflips on the way home,” Miller said Monday after accepting the Super Bowl MVP trophy from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • Cards rally past Dons

    Warren Fulgenzi’s free throws with five seconds left bought all the insurance the Robertson Cardinals required in holding off West Las Vegas in a 59-56 thriller Friday night at a packed Mike Marr Gym.

    The foul shots gave RHS a seemingly insurmountable four-point cushion at 59-55. But D.J. Bustos, fouled by Fulgenzi on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, gave the Dons a glimmer of hope. Two makes, an intentional miss on the third and an offensive putback would’ve done the trick. But Bustos missed the first free throw, and the final outcome was set.

  • Lady Dons alone atop district

    An inspired performance by Kerstin Morgan helped West Las Vegas’ girls take sole possession of first place in District 2-4A Saturday night.

    The Lady Dons (19-3 overall, 2-0 district) outgunned host Robertson 65-42 to round out East-West weekend at Mike Marr Gym.

    Morgan led all scorers with 19 points, including 11 in the first half as West raced to a 37-21 advantage against its crosstown rival.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 10...

    Basketball
    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    •NMHU at Adams State, 7 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •West Las Vegas boys  (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •Memorial Middle School boys vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., MMS

  • 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