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Today's Sports

  • NMAA shuffle on hold for now

    Schools across New Mexico are bracing for sweeping changes to classification and alignment set to take effect in the 2018-19 school year.

    The New Mexico Activities Association approved the round of changes in its Nov. 30 meeting but this past week agreed to consider several appeals before the year is out.

  • Capital grounds Cardinals

    Arjay Ortiz scored 19 points with eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks — all team highs — but it came in a losing cause Thursday night, as host Capital doubled up Robertson 90-45 in Santa Fe.

    Unlike the Cardinals’ triumph two nights earlier at home against Valencia, Robertson didn’t get off to a good start, and the Jaguars’ quickness on both ends of the floor made a difference.

  • Good start to Lujan tourney for...

    For these Pecos Panthers, the grind of three-day tournaments is second nature — not to mention practice for the more important tournaments down the road.

    The Panthers opened the first of their usual troika of annual regular-season tourneys — the Ben Lujan Tournament — by routing Monte del Sol 80-37 on Thursday in Jacona.

    Xavier Padilla led all scorers with 19 points, and Pecos teammates Mario Archuleta (12), Joshua DeHerrera (11) and Omar Dominguez (10) joined him in double figures.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Dec. 18-23

    MONDAY (Dec. 18)
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., TBA
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Peñasco, 4 p.m., Valley
    • Las Vegas YABL games, 5:30 p.m., Abe Montoya Recreation Center

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Lopez Gym
    • Pecos boys (A,B) at Pojoaque Valley, 5 p.m., Jacona

    WEDNESDAY

  • Ben Lujan Tournament updates

    Updates from the Ben Lujan Tournament (boys' and girls' basketball) being hosted by Pojoaque Valley Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 14-16, in Jacona:

    THURSDAY
    Pecos boys 80, Monte del Sol 37
    Bernalillo boys 81 Mora 63
    West Las Vegas girls 48, McCurdy 18
    Mora girls 50, Bernalillo 44

  • Good news for the Panthers

    Pecos boys’ basketball team celebrated a Class 3A state championship last March in The Pit.

    The team will not have to forfeit the title or any games as result of an New Mexico Activities Associaton investigation into player Carlos Cordova’s living arrangements with assistant coach Dominick Baca, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported this week.

    The NMAA probe resulted from a story in the New Mexican featuring the friendship between the two.

  • Ben Lujan tourney, Thursday...

    Schedules for the annual Ben Lujan Tournament (boys' and girls' basketball), which run Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 14-16, at Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona:

    Ben Lujan Tournament (boys)

    THURSDAY

    Pecos vs. Monte del Sol, 10:30 a.m.
    Mora vs. Bernalillo, 1:30
    Peñasco vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4:30
    Pojoaque Valley vs. Desert Academy, 7:30

  • State hopefuls collide at Capital

    Returning to The Jungle (AKA Edward Ortiz Gymnasium) for the second time in four days, the Robertson wrestling team lost its first dual meet of the young season 51-24 to host Capital

    Both programs figure to be in the mix for state titles in late February — Robertson in 4A and Capital in 5A — but on Wednesday evening, the Jaguars looked the more mat-ready.

  • Redbirds pick up first hoops win

    T.J. Trujillo made the game-tying free throw with 1:23 left, then completed an old-fashioned three-point play to regain control for good, and Robertson edged Valencia 49-47 for its first boys’ basketball win of the season.

    The win came in Tuesday night’s Cardinals home opener at Mike Marr Gym.

    While the return of leading scorer Arjay Ortiz was a boon to the Robertson lineup, it was also a special night for freshman guard Caleb “Lubby” Marrujo.

  • Cardinal hoopsters pick up first...

    T.J. Trujillo made the game-tying free throw with 1:23 left, then completed an old-fashioned three-point play to regain control for good, and Robertson edged Valencia 49-47 for its first boys' basketball win of the season.

    The win came in Tuesday night's Cardinals home opener at Mike Marr Gym.

    Coach Manuel Romero's team is 1-4 as it readies for a tough road game Thursday at Capital.

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    Also Tuesday, West Las Vegas' girls fell short in their upset bid at top-rated Portales, 62-42.

    See the Optic print and online editions this week for more.