Today's Sports

  • Dons outwork Taos, top district

    Looks like these West Las Vegas Dons are District 2-4A boys’ basketball contenders after all.

    On Wednesday night, they hung tough against a talented Taos squad — a team branded the early frontrunner in the district by at least one out-of-town media outlet — for a 56-51 victory at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The win elevates West to 11-9 overall and 2-0 in district under first-year head coach Clyde Sanchez. Taos fell to 11-10 and 2-1.

    The third quarter proved to be huge.

  • Lady Cards cruise past Mora

    Although Mora posted a better second half than it had in the first, the Rangerettes could do little to keep up with the host Robertson Lady Cardinals in a 50-21 score on Tuesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    Robertson (17-3) is the No. 2 team in Class 4A girls’ basketball (and 11th best overall in New Mexico, regardless of class) according to MaxPreps’ most recent ratings.

    The Lady Cards look up only at Portales, which recently ended Moriarty’s 18-game unbeaten start.

  • Cards take down Hilltoppers

    In a de facto warm-up for this weekend’s big Cardinal Classic, the Robertson wrestling team turned away Class 5A Los Alamos in a home dual Tuesday evening at McFarland Hall.

    The Redbird grapplers won 10 weight classes, including eight via pin, one decision and one forfeit. The only match to go the distance was Andrew Trujillo’s bout. A first-period miscue nearly led to a fall and cost him near-fall points, but he battled back in the second and pulled out a 7-6 verdict.

    Seven of the eight Cardinal pins didn’t go past the first period.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Jan. 26-28

    FRIDAY (Jan. 26)

    • NMHU women and men vs. Regis, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Lopez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Los Alamos, TBA, Los Alamos
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Rio Rancho
    • Mora Middle School boys at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    Track and field

  • Prep roundup: Dons, Lady Cards...

    In a game of runs, the host West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team outlasted visiting Robertson, 70-52, on Friday night in front of a capacity crowd of 3,000 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The lead changed hands a half dozen times in the first half, and it was primarily Steven Sandoval’s labor inside the lane that kept the Dons in the game. A breakaway one-handed dunk by Arjay Ortiz put an exclamation point on the half.

  • Free throw contest on tap Sunday

    Boys and girls age 9-14 are invited to showcase their foul shooting ability this coming Sunday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Knights of Columbus Las Vegas Council 804 is hosting its annual free throw contest beginning at 1 p.m. Registration opens at noon.

    Parents and guardians are asked to bring their child’s birth certificate on the day of the competition.

    Those needing further information may call Ben Maynes, 575-545-3378; Benny Garcia, 505-617-1857; or Raymond Lujan, 505-429-0532.

  • NMHU roundup: Topal takes RMAC...

    With her main competition in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference — teammate Tashay Hunter — not competing, Highlands’ Annie Topal swiped the league’s best triple jump mark over the weekend at UNM’s Martin Luther King Invite.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Jan. 24-27

    WEDNESDAY (Jan. 24)

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Lopez Gym
    • Valley Middle School boys  vs. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 4 p.m., Valley gym
    • NMHU at Chadron State, 7 p.m., Chadron, Neb.
    • West Las Vegas, Pecos at Moriarty, 3 p.m., Moriarty

  • Weekend sports updates: East...

    Saturday in Las Vegas-area sports:

    NMHU men 96, Colorado Christian 61.

    Colorado Christian women 75, NMHU 46.

    Robertson girls basketball 66, West Las Vegas 50.

    Pecos boys 76, Raton 28.

    Pecos girls 69, Raton 31.

    Mora boys 93, Questa 26.

    Questa girls 47, Mora 36.

  • Locals key in NM wrestling...

    Junior wrestling programs on both sides of town helped fuel a dramatic triumph for New Mexico in the recent New Mexico National Showdown.

    Forty-nine wrestlers from the West Las Vegas, Cardinal and St. Jude Fire wrestling clubs joined forces under the banner of New Mexico Gold and captured first place as a team. The tournament drew more than 1,000 young grapplers in 96 teams representing 11 states, according to Matthew Probst, one of the volunteer coaches.