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Today's Sports

  • And then there were 4

    Hatch Valley has won 23 of the last 25 football games it’s played the last two years and 32 of the last 38 dating back to the 2014 season.

    In that time, the Bears have hoisted a state championship trophy — and they’ve managed to eliminate Robertson from title contention not once but twice.

    The Cardinals — 11-0 and ranked No. 1 — thus may have extra incentive to beat their southern New Mexico rivals when the teams clash Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium in a rematch of the 2015 Class 4A championship game.

  • Outlaws third in bracket;...

    Getting a six-touchdown performance from quarterback C.J. Perea, the Las Vegas Outlaws 9-10 football team earned a third-place finish in the recent High Desert Championships’ Zia bracket.

    The tournament was held Nov. 12-13 in Albuquerque.

    The Outlaws lost to Albuquerque Bulldogs on day one, but the team bounced back to beat Atrisco Heritage Jaguars 36-6 for third place.

    Perea threw two touchdown passes to Zeke Villegas and one each to Ethan Tafoya, Mark Balizan and Logan Vigil. He also rushed for another.

  • Dons, Lady Cards tip off with...

    West Las Vegas’ boys’ basketball team, hoping to reach the Class 4A state championship game for the third consecutive season, opened the 2016-17 slate with a lopsided 86-27 win over Bosque Prep on Tuesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Also tipping off the season with a victory Tuesday was Robertson’s girls, a 74-47 winner over Wingate at Mike Marr Gym.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 25...

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at New Mexico State, 5 p.m., Las Cruces
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Tohatchi, 4 p.m., Tohatchi
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym
    Football
    • Class 4A state playoffs: Robertson vs. Hatch Valley, 1 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

    SUNDAY

  • Thanksgiving football

    Riding a 14-0 head start they’d gained in the opening quarter, the Robertson Cardinals stayed in front throughout their 34-22 win over visiting Ruidoso this past Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    As a result, Robertson stayed unbeaten at 11-0 and advanced to a Class 4A state football semifinal against Hatch Valley.
    Hatch is the last team to have beaten Robertson — in the 2015 state championship game last December. The rematch kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

  • Cowboys outgun Mustangs

    The game was in Silver City, but James Healy’s shooting was pure gold.

    Healy scored a career high 27 points and swished seven of 14 attempts from three-point range this past Friday to lead New Mexico Highlands to a 77-70 win at Western New Mexico.

    The Cowboys broke into the win column for the first time in three tries. Their next game is a rematch against the Mustangs on Nov. 29 at the Wilson Complex.

  • West to host shootout

    West Las Vegas tips off basketball season with the Brian Gallegos Memorial Shootout this Friday and Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons, who finished their 2015-16 campaign as state runner-up in Class 4A boys’ hoops, will host 3A state semifinalist Pecos along with Clayton and the junior varsity team from Class 6A Cleveland.

    On the girls’ side, the round-robin event features the Lady Dons as well as Sandia Prep, Santa Rosa and Eunice.

    West’s boys were to host Bosque Tuesday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 23...

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at New Mexico State, 5 p.m., Las Cruces
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Tohatchi, 4 p.m., Tohatchi
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym
    Football

  • Cards get past Ruidoso, advance...

    Robertson rode a 14-0 head start to a 34-22 win over visiting Ruidoso on Saturday afternoon, advancing to the Class 4A state football semifinals.

    The Cardinals (11-0) will host defending state champion Hatch Valley (10-2), which knocked off Cobre in another quarterfinal Saturday in Bayard.

    It'll be a rematch of the 2015 state championship game, won by the Bears in Hatch.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • Building a CHAMPION

    Mora head volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez said there’s a lot of credit to go around for her team’s Class 2A state championship — won Nov. 12 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    A sampling of her comments follows.