Today's Sports

  • BREAKING: Mora rallies past...

    Here come the Mora Rangers.

    Mora rallied for a 60-52 victory over Menaul in the Class 2A boys state basketball quarterfinal Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. 

    Mora's Casimiro Fresquez scored 17 of his game-high 28 points in the first half. 

    The Rangers led 6-0 and 10-4, but the Panthers answered with a 14-2 surge to grab an 18-12 advantage early in the second quarter. It was 30-27 Menaul at the break. 

  • BREAKING: Robertson, Pecos boys...

    Robertson has clinched a spot in the Class 4A boys state basketball tournament semifinals.  

    Pecos is also through to the final four in 2A. 

    The No. 2 seed Cardinals defeated Portales 65-52 on Wednesday evening at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. They will play the winner of the West Las Vegas-Bloomfield game at 9:45 a.m. Friday at The Pit. 

    Leading scorers for the Redbirds were Sebastian Gonzales with 24 points, Arjay Ortiz with 21, and Warren Fulgenzi with 12.

  • BREAKING: Cardinals lead Rams at...

    At intermission, Robertson leads Portales 36-16 in the Class 4A boys state basketball tournament quarterfinals at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. 

    Arjay Ortiz has 13 points to lead Robertson; Sebastian Gonzales has 11.

    Pecos also leads at the break 34-19 vs. Laguna Acoma. The Panthers are in a 3A quarterfinal at Rio Rancho High School. 

    Later, Mora plays in the Class 2A boys bracket, and West Las Vegas takes on Bloomfield in another 4A quarterfinal, also at the Star Center.

  • BREAKING: Rangerettes eliminated

    Magdalena, the No. 4 seed in Class 2A girls basketball, controlled the second half and took a 48-32 win over No. 5 Mora on Tuesday night in Bernalillo. 

    The quarterfinals loss means the end of the season for the Rangerettes. And it brings a close to a disappointing day at state for girls basketball teams from the area. Earlier Tuesday at The Pit, West Las Vegas was upset by Santa Fe Indian. 

    On Wednesday, four boys teams from the area will try to make it to the final four in their respective classifications. 

  • BREAKING: Lady Dons upset by SFIS

    The ride is over for West Las Vegas girls basketball.

    Santa Fe Indian, the No. 6 seed, upset West 52-46 in their Class 4A girls state basketball quarterfinal Tuesday night at Wise Pies Arena AKA The Pit. 

    West led much of the way by as much as 17-8. It was narrowed to 26-23 at halftime.

    Disparity in foul shooting accuracy hurt the Lady Dons, as did foul trouble. Jaylen Gutierrez, Deanna Bustos and Jenna Bustos all were limited by the latter.

  • Cowgirls rated 3rd as nationals...

    Las Vegas Optic

    As they prepare to vie for a national championship in the NCAA Division II indoor championships this weekend in Pittsburg, Kans., the Highlands Cowgirls boast a No. 3 national ranking.

    That distinction comes from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross County Coaches Association.

    For the second year in a row, New Mexico Highlands’ women won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor title, edging host Chadron State as well as perennial power Adams State.

  • State Quest Begins

    The Las Vegas area sent six of its eight state hopefuls on to the quarterfinal rounds of the state basketball tournaments playing out this week in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo.

    Boys’ teams from Robertson, West Las Vegas, Pecos and Mora all advanced. So did girls’ teams from WLV and Mora in what has been one of the most collectively successful winters in modern history for northeastern New Mexico high school basketball.

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  • Cardinal sluggers open with...

    Austen King belted a walk-off game-winning single to give Robertson an extra-inning victory over Kirtland Central in the season opener for both squads this past Saturday in Las Vegas.

    The Cardinals went on to sweep a doubleheader 3-2 and 5-2 to get new head coach Rick Armijo off to a good start in his debut.

    But the opener, which spilled into an eighth inning, was particularly entertaining.

  • Mora hoops icon Cassidy shares...

    Like many area fans, Mark Cassidy is pumped up that the New Mexico Activities Association happened to schedule Robertson, Mora and West Las Vegas boys’ quarterfinals back-to-back-to-back Wednesday afternoon at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    “It makes it easier (to take in all three),” Cassidy said. “That’s cool.”

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