Today's Sports

  • BREAKING: WLV, Pecos cheer...

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Cheerleaders representing West Las Vegas and Pecos high schools have won state championships at this weekend's NMAA State Spirit competition.

    West won in the category of Class 1A-4A Co-ed Cheer. Pecos won in Class 3A Cheer.

    The two-day event was held at Wise Pies Arena AKA The Pit.

  • Locals chosen for North hoops...

    Ten area players have been honored by being named to the North-South all-star games for basketball.

    Selection is limited to seniors from each year’s graduating class. The annual North-South games are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, with selections based on input from coaches in their respective regions. In addition to those named to initial all-star rosters, there may be additional honorees depending on participation.

  • Ninjas win gold

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas’ Meadow City Soccer Club recently took 10 players to compete in a 100-plus team Classic FC Spring Cup XXII in Albuquerque. The 07 Ninjas battled harsh weather and opponents from around the state in the two-day tournament of 7v7 action.

    Playing with four underage players and two talented girls in the age 10 Boys division, the Ninjas outscored their opponents 12-2 and won Las Vegas’ first-ever gold in a tournament this size.  

    The club is now training for a tournament in Clovis in late April.

  • Dons fall in one-run nailbiter

    James Archuleta struck out five Bernalillo batters through four innings, but West Las Vegas’ strong defensive effort was trumped by the Spartans’ go-ahead run in the fifth.

    Bernalillo won the pitchers’ duel 2-1 Tuesday afternoon at WLV Field.

    The Dons fell to 5-2. They and Robertson (7-2) will play in this weekend’s Portales tournament.

    The Spartans opened with a run in their first at-bat.

    But West tied the score soon enough, as an Archuleta base hit scored Santiago Mondragon from third base.

  • Padilla, Coca among early...

    West Las Vegas’ Jenika Padilla and Miguel Coca wasted no time qualifying for state in their first meet out of the chutes this past weekend in Moriarty.

    Padilla’s 109-3 in the girls’ javelin earned her a spot at state, as did Coca’s 4:33.61 in the mile run.

    Padilla came within two inches of also qualifying in the long jump. Moses Esquibel was within a second of making the cut in the 400-meter dash. And J.J. Esquibel missed the cut in the half-mile by three seconds.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    • Luna Community College at Midland (DH), noon, Midland, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Regis, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Portales tournament, TBA, Portales
    Cheer and dance
    • State Spirit Championships, TBA, The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Luna Community College vs. West Texas (DH), noon, WLV Field
    • Robertson at Lubbock Invite, TBA, Lubbock, Texas
    • West Las Vegas at Santa Fe tournament, TBA, Santa Fe


  • Cowgirls take 3 vs. Grizzlies

    Down to the final out in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Highlands Cowgirls found a way to get the better of visiting Adams State.

    Katelyn Bates roped a single to left, and Brittany Moya dashed home from second for the walk-off winner in an 11-10 thriller Sunday afternoon at Cowgirl Field.

    Highlands had trailed 5-2 three innings into the contest, rallying to grab a 10-6 lead only to see it vanish in the seventh.

    The comeback win was the third in four games with the Grizzlies over the weekend.

  • McPherson shines on

    Former New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field standout Shanice McPherson continues to excel.

    McPherson, who transferred to NCAA Division I Northern Arizona University, earned Big Sky Most Valuable Female Athlete honors for the indoor track season.

    She helped the Lumberjack women capture a Big Sky conference championship on Feb. 25.

    Individually, she won the long jump, placed second in the 60-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash to lead NAU.

  • Montoya wrestles on big stage

    Rico Montoya of Las Vegas finished his first trip to the NCAA Division I wrestling tournament last week after going 0-2 in the 133-pound bracket.

    Montoya won five individual state championships during his prep career at Robertson High and helped the Cardinals to the state team championship. He is attending and wrestling for the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

    As an unseeded entrant, Montoya faced a tough path in the national tournament, having to tangle with some of the top grapplers in his weight class.

  • Lady Card netters: third...

    For the third weekend in a row, the Robertson girls’ tennis team brought home a tournament title from a long road trip.

    And the RHS boys came pretty close, too.

    This time, it was a tourney in Carlsbad, where the Lady Cardinals beat St. Mike’s 6-3, edged Hobbs 5-4 and shut out Carlsbad 9-0 to clinch the trophy.

    On the boys’ side, the Cards defeated El Paso Jefferson 6-3 before falling to Carlsbad 8-1 and then rebounding with a 5-4 verdict over Artesia to take third place.