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Today's Sports

  • Pecos: Tri-Cities champion

    Yes, the Pecos Panthers still know how to play in close games.

    The Panthers had to tap into that skill set for the first time this season Friday, rallying to edge Santa Rosa 49-48 in the finals of the Tri-Cities Tournament.

    Pecos and head coach Ira Harge got plenty of practice in nailbiters last season; eight games ended with single-digit margins of victory, with four of those decided by a single possession.

    This year, not so much. Up until Friday, each of their games had been decided by 11 points or more.

  • Dons push Jags in Stu final

    For the second time in four years, former Las Vegan Adrian Ortega coached his Atrisco Heritage Jaguars to a Stu Clark Tournament championship.

    Atrisco, the lone representative of Class 6A, defeated West Las Vegas 66-47 this past Friday night at the Wilson Complex.

    For WLV head coach David Bustos, the finals appearance was his sixth; he won back-to-back titles with West in 2000-01 and took Robertson to the title in 2009.

  • Betting on red in Reno

    Jonathan Trujillo pinned five opponents and went 6-0 to earn a championship at 132 pounds, highlighting a productive weekend for the Robertson wrestling team at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno.

    Trujillo, a junior, tripled up Christian Hudson of Caldwell (Idaho) by a 6-2 tally in the championship match.

    Trujillo is a returning Class 1A-4A state champion for the Cardinals, having won at 120 pounds.

  • Lady Cards open 2017, rip Ruidoso

    Like many other basketball players, Alianza Darley began her new year by running a layup drill.

    In Darley’s case, she did hers in the opening minutes of Robertson’s makeup game with Ruidoso, scoring the game’s first eight points on repeated drives to the hoop.

    Darley finished with a game-high 21 points as the Lady Cardinals disposed of Ruidoso 55-36 Monday night at Mike Marr Gym.

  • NRG tourneys top coming weekend

    Pecos will be looking for the hat trick in northern New Mexico hoops tournaments this weekend.

    The Northern Rio Grande Tournaments run Thursday through Saturday at Ben Lujan Gym in Jacona. This past weekend, Pecos’ boys added the Tri-Cities tourney title to the championship trophy the Panthers earned Dec. 17 at the Ben Lujan Invite.

    Pecos (9-1) opens with McCurdy at 8 p.m. Thursday, rounding out a full day at Pojoaque Valley’s home gym.

  • Hardrockers down NMHU

    Three decisive runs lifted South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to an 81-66 victory at New Mexico Highlands this past Friday in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball action at the Wilson Complex.

    The first, a stretch in which the Hardrockers drilled three consecutive three-pointers, transformed a 33-31 halftime edge into a 42-32 cushion. Then, after the Cowboys rallied, the visitors scored 11 in a row for a 53-39 lead. Later South Dakota Mines (8-5, 4-3) pulled away with a 15-5 surge after the Cowboys had gotten within 66-61.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 4...

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    Wrestling
    • Pecos, Robertson JV at Foothill triangular, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • 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
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Taos, 4 p.m., MMS

    FRIDAY

  • Stu Clark Day Three: Atrisco...

    Class 6A Atrisco Heritage Academy beat West Las Vegas four quarters to three Friday night to win the 63rd Stu Clark Tournament.

    Officially the Jaguars won 66-47, taking the collection of trophies for the second time in four years. 

    West played close most of the way, and it was tied 45-45 with about two and a half minutes left in the third quarter. But Atrisco scored 21 uninterrupted points to seize control. 

  • Dons make it to Stu final

    West Las Vegas head coach David Bustos is well familiar with the feeling of playing in the Stu Clark Tournament championship.

    He’s been there enough.

    Bustos — who’s led teams to three Stu titles and two runner-up finishes — and his Dons (9-2) earned a spot in the 2016 final with a hard-fought victory over Class 5A St. Pius  in Thursday’s semifinals at the Wilson Complex.

  • Panthers keep momentum rolling...

    Extending its winning streak to eight consecutive games, the Pecos Panthers doubled up East Mountain 71-34 in the semifinals of the Tri-Cities Tournament on Thursday night at Sanchez Gym.

    The Panthers and coach Ira Harge advanced to Friday’s championship game with Santa Rosa, played after this issue had gone to press. (See the Optic website, www.lasvegasoptic.com, for updates.)