Today's Sports

  • Dons roar past Warriors

    A Ruidoso defender barreled into Moses Esquibel’s path, smashing into the West Las Vegas junior’s slender frame.

    No matter. Not this night.

    Esquibel absorbed the hit and dropped his jump shot cleanly into the hoop. As an official signaled for a foul and counted the basket, Esquibel hopped into the air, pumping his fists, growling and defiant.

  • Rodgers on roll as wildcard...

    The Associated Press

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers backed up his confidence-boosting “run-the-table” statement with a remarkable six-game run of quarterback play that helped get the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.

    In the locker room, or on sideline conversations in practice, Rodgers’ attitude didn’t change. He remained steady, and believed in his teammates whether they were two games under .500 or NFC North champions.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 6...

    • NMHU women and men at Black Hills State, 5:30 p.m., Spearfish, S.D.
    • Robertson boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • Robertson girls at Sandia Prep tourney, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Mora boys, girls, Pecos boys, girls at Northern Rio Grande Tournaments, TBA, Jacona
    • Mora boys JV, girls JV at Raton tourneys, TBA, Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Taos, 3 p.m., Taos
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Tierra Encantada, 4 p.m., Griego Gym

  • Pecos: Tri-Cities champion

    Yes, the Pecos Panthers still know how to play in close games.

    The Panthers had to tap into that skill set for the first time this season Friday, rallying to edge Santa Rosa 49-48 in the finals of the Tri-Cities Tournament.

    Pecos and head coach Ira Harge got plenty of practice in nailbiters last season; eight games ended with single-digit margins of victory, with four of those decided by a single possession.

    This year, not so much. Up until Friday, each of their games had been decided by 11 points or more.

  • Dons push Jags in Stu final

    For the second time in four years, former Las Vegan Adrian Ortega coached his Atrisco Heritage Jaguars to a Stu Clark Tournament championship.

    Atrisco, the lone representative of Class 6A, defeated West Las Vegas 66-47 this past Friday night at the Wilson Complex.

    For WLV head coach David Bustos, the finals appearance was his sixth; he won back-to-back titles with West in 2000-01 and took Robertson to the title in 2009.

  • Betting on red in Reno

    Jonathan Trujillo pinned five opponents and went 6-0 to earn a championship at 132 pounds, highlighting a productive weekend for the Robertson wrestling team at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno.

    Trujillo, a junior, tripled up Christian Hudson of Caldwell (Idaho) by a 6-2 tally in the championship match.

    Trujillo is a returning Class 1A-4A state champion for the Cardinals, having won at 120 pounds.

  • Lady Cards open 2017, rip Ruidoso

    Like many other basketball players, Alianza Darley began her new year by running a layup drill.

    In Darley’s case, she did hers in the opening minutes of Robertson’s makeup game with Ruidoso, scoring the game’s first eight points on repeated drives to the hoop.

    Darley finished with a game-high 21 points as the Lady Cardinals disposed of Ruidoso 55-36 Monday night at Mike Marr Gym.

  • NRG tourneys top coming weekend

    Pecos will be looking for the hat trick in northern New Mexico hoops tournaments this weekend.

    The Northern Rio Grande Tournaments run Thursday through Saturday at Ben Lujan Gym in Jacona. This past weekend, Pecos’ boys added the Tri-Cities tourney title to the championship trophy the Panthers earned Dec. 17 at the Ben Lujan Invite.

    Pecos (9-1) opens with McCurdy at 8 p.m. Thursday, rounding out a full day at Pojoaque Valley’s home gym.

  • Hardrockers down NMHU

    Three decisive runs lifted South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to an 81-66 victory at New Mexico Highlands this past Friday in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball action at the Wilson Complex.

    The first, a stretch in which the Hardrockers drilled three consecutive three-pointers, transformed a 33-31 halftime edge into a 42-32 cushion. Then, after the Cowboys rallied, the visitors scored 11 in a row for a 53-39 lead. Later South Dakota Mines (8-5, 4-3) pulled away with a 15-5 surge after the Cowboys had gotten within 66-61.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 4...

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • Pecos, Robertson JV at Foothill triangular, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

    • Robertson girls at Sandia Prep tourney, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Mora boys, girls, Pecos boys, girls at Northern Rio Grande Tournaments, TBA, Jacona
    • Mora boys JV, girls JV at Raton tourneys, TBA, Raton
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Taos, 4 p.m., MMS