Today's Sports

  • Padilla nets 23; Lady Dons...

    Jenika Padilla outscored the Hot Springs girls’ basketball team by herself on Saturday, 23 points to 12.

    And the West Las Vegas Lady Dons’ 56-12 road win pumped their record up to 9-3.

    West was to host Mora, winner of this past weekend’s Northern Rio Grande girls’ bracket, on Tuesday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 11...

    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Mora, TBA, Mike Marr Gym

    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys, girls at Hope Christian tournaments, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Pecos girls (A,B) vs. Monte del Sol, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Eagle Ridge, 4 p.m., TBA

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Youngsters play on big stage

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    Several Las Vegas-area youth football players recently returned from national-level competition.

    Two-time All-Americans C.J. Perea and Tony Rubin were joined by first-time All-Americans Logan Vigil and David Olivarez this past weekend in the Youth All-American Bowl in Atlanta.

    Perea and Rubin played for Team Blitz AA6 and AA10. Vigil and Olivarez played on Team Beast AA5. Games were played at The Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the Campus of Kennesaw State University.

  • Ninjas, Rebels play winter...

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    For weeks, members of Las Vegas’ Meadow City Soccer Club trained in freezing temperatures in preparation to close their 2016 season at a 3v3 LIVE! soccer tournament in Las Cruces.  

    That preparation paid off Dec. 10 when the Ninjas U10 3v3 boys swept their competition for gold and the Rebels U12 girls, in their first 3v3 tourney, split 2-2 for a bronze.

    The Ninjas, led by head coach Ian Williamson, played five games in as many hours and outscored their competition 33-13.

  • Rematch looms for Alabama,...

    The Associated Press

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson doesn’t think an offensive coordinator change a week ahead of the national championship game will bother the Crimson Tide.

  • State preview? Lady Dons take...

    One point was all that separated Moriarty and West Las Vegas on Tuesday night in a classic matchup of Class 4A girls’ basketball state tournament hopefuls.

    The host Pintos withstood their guests’ steady fourth-quarter rally to escape with a 46-45 win.

    The Pintos, whose only blemish thus far has been a loss to one of Class 5A’s better teams, St. Pius X, improved to 10-1.

    The Lady Dons are 8-3.

  • Redbirds challenge 5A champs

    Robertson’s boys provided a serious test to the reigning Class 5A state champion Española Valley Sundevils on Wednesday night, coming up short 67-59 on the Sundevils’ home floor.

    Española led 35-26 at halftime.

    It was Robertson’s second road game in as many days. The Cardinals routed Peñasco 58-21 on Tuesday, sending the Panthers to a 4-5 record.

    The Redbirds and head coach Manuel Romero are 6-6 overall.

  • Dons roar past Warriors

    A Ruidoso defender barreled into Moses Esquibel’s path, smashing into the West Las Vegas junior’s slender frame.

    No matter. Not this night.

    Esquibel absorbed the hit and dropped his jump shot cleanly into the hoop. As an official signaled for a foul and counted the basket, Esquibel hopped into the air, pumping his fists, growling and defiant.

  • Rodgers on roll as wildcard...

    The Associated Press

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers backed up his confidence-boosting “run-the-table” statement with a remarkable six-game run of quarterback play that helped get the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.

    In the locker room, or on sideline conversations in practice, Rodgers’ attitude didn’t change. He remained steady, and believed in his teammates whether they were two games under .500 or NFC North champions.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 6...

    • NMHU women and men at Black Hills State, 5:30 p.m., Spearfish, S.D.
    • Robertson boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • 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
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Taos, 3 p.m., Taos
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Tierra Encantada, 4 p.m., Griego Gym