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Today's Sports

  • West's Sandoval tops 4A in...

    Steven Sandoval knows defense.

    The West Las Vegas senior racked up 147 total tackles this past football season, ranking first in Class 4A and second among players in all classifications.

    The only player with more? Santa Rosa’s Darren Chavez, with 148.

    “It means a lot,” said Sandoval, who has moved on from the gridiron to his last basketball season. “Every year since I was a freshman, I’ve been top five. So it’s nice to finish No. 1.”

  • West, Mora teams shine in...

    Although Robertson’s good fortune didn’t carry over to the following day’s football game between the schools, the Lady Cardinal basketball team got the weekend off to a strong start by vanquishing Ruidoso 75-28 Friday evening.

    The road win, Robertson’s second in as many games this young season, moved the team to 2-0 going into a scheduled Tuesday game at Class 3A Santa Rosa.

    Alianza Darley scored 13 of her team-high 24 points in the second quarter as the Lady Cardinals grew a 19-5 advantage to a 47-20 halftime cushion.

  • College basketball: Highlands...

    Five Cowboys scored in double digits Saturday night as New Mexico Highlands fell 91-79 against nationally ranked Fort Lewis at the Wilson Complex. The Cowboys, who lost the previous night to Adams State, fell to 5-3 overall and 0-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Jordan Jones led Highlands against the Skyhawks with 17 points, and Chris Lewis had 15. Nmamdi Okoro (12), Mike Nwabuzor (11) and Jacob Holland (11) also scored in doubles.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Dec. 6-8

    WEDNESDAY (Dec. 6)
    Basketball
    • Pecos boys (A,B) vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., WLV
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Tierra Encantada, 4 p.m., Valley

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas boys at Sandia Prep tourney, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Robertson girls at Capital City tourney, TBA, Santa Fe
    • Pecos girls vs. Mesa Vista, 6:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym

  • Heartbreak in Cardinal country:...

     

    One minute and seven seconds.

    That’s how much time it took to turn elation to heartbreak for Robertson football fans on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium, where the visiting Ruidoso Warriors pulled out a 57-54 win in the Class 4A state championship game.

  • Hoops: Mora wins opener

    Getting solid play from their bigs, the Mora Rangers prevailed against Cuba 73-68 in a close contest Friday as part of the Brian Gallegos Memorial Shootout hosted by West Las Vegas.

    It was a successful debut for Mora coach Carlos Arellano.

    Later Friday, West Las Vegas' Lady Dons doubled up Wingate 72-36, with Briana Marquez leading the double-digit scorers.

    West's boys also won their home debut, routing Wingate 70-51 in the nightcap. The Dons, playing just their third game under new head coach Clyde Sanchez, shot well from distance and led by as much as 36.

  • Pecos program awaits NMAA ruling

    The 2017-18 basketball season of Pecos senior Carlos Cordova — and possibly the Class 3A state championship the Panthers won last winter — hang in the balance, awaiting a decision from the New Mexico Activities Association.

    The NMAA Board of Directors is expected to meet Dec. 12 to consider the eligibility of Cordova and related matters, including whether Pecos will have to forfeit any or all games in which Cordova has played in the last two years. The ruling could conceivably lead to a vacation of the 2017 state title, as some have speculated.

  • Robertson's Kendra Duran...

    A quick, explosive bat.

    A durable, accurate pitching arm.

    Yavapai Junior College got both in one signing, as Robertson senior Kendra Duran made her college choice official this past month.

    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals have made consistent deep runs in the state tournament throughout Duran’s prep career, the last three under coach Michael Quintana.

    Last spring, they went undefeated in district and finished 21-8 and were one of the final six teams at state.

  • West Las Vegas' Robbie...

    Robbie Alarcon didn’t have far to look to find a college baseball program that inspired him.

    Just a couple of blocks northeast, as a matter of fact.

    The West Las Vegas ace, who’ll play his senior season with the green and gold this spring, has signed a letter of intent with New Mexico Highlands.

    The NCAA Division II Cowboys have long been contenders in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Joining that tradition appealed to Alarcon, as did the thought of continuing his baseball career and his studies in his hometown.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Dec. 3-8

    SUNDAY (Dec. 3)
    • No varsity events scheduled

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas boys (B,C) at Cleveland, 5 p.m., Rio Rancho
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Memorial, TBA
    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado State-Pueblo, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Mora girls (A,B) vs. Pecos, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym