Today's Sports

  • 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


  • Stu Clark Day Three: Atrisco...

    Class 6A Atrisco Heritage Academy beat West Las Vegas four quarters to three Friday night to win the 63rd Stu Clark Tournament.

    Officially the Jaguars won 66-47, taking the collection of trophies for the second time in four years. 

    West played close most of the way, and it was tied 45-45 with about two and a half minutes left in the third quarter. But Atrisco scored 21 uninterrupted points to seize control. 

  • Dons make it to Stu final

    West Las Vegas head coach David Bustos is well familiar with the feeling of playing in the Stu Clark Tournament championship.

    He’s been there enough.

    Bustos — who’s led teams to three Stu titles and two runner-up finishes — and his Dons (9-2) earned a spot in the 2016 final with a hard-fought victory over Class 5A St. Pius  in Thursday’s semifinals at the Wilson Complex.

  • Panthers keep momentum rolling...

    Extending its winning streak to eight consecutive games, the Pecos Panthers doubled up East Mountain 71-34 in the semifinals of the Tri-Cities Tournament on Thursday night at Sanchez Gym.

    The Panthers and coach Ira Harge advanced to Friday’s championship game with Santa Rosa, played after this issue had gone to press. (See the Optic website, www.lasvegasoptic.com, for updates.)

  • RHS girls shine in Texico

    Five different Lady Cardinals scored in the fourth quarter Thursday as Robertson pulled out a 38-36 nailbiter at Texico in the Citizens Bank Tournament.

    Robertson (9-1) was to play Farwell (Texas) in Friday’s final. Farwell advanced with a 66-57 win over Eunice.

  • Lady Dons edge SFHS

    West Las Vegas’ girls punctuated 2016 with a 57-52 triumph over Class 6A Santa Fe High on Thursday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Again a hot start keyed the WLV win. The Lady Dons outscored the Demonettes 19-11 in the first period.

    It was 31-28 at intermission and 44-37 going into the final frame.

    Jenika Padilla’s 24-point afternoon highlighted the Lady Don win.

    WLV scoring: Jenika Padilla, 24; Analysse Lucero, 10; Jenna Bustos, 8; Tiffany Encinias, 6; Alisson Hill, 5; Jasmine Montaño, 4.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 1...

    • No local varsity events scheduled

    • No local varsity events scheduled

    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Peñasco, 5 p.m., Peñasco
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Ruidoso, 3 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Moriarty, 4 p.m., Moriarty
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton