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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 23...

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at New Mexico State, 5 p.m., Las Cruces
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Tohatchi, 4 p.m., Tohatchi
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym
    Football

  • Cards get past Ruidoso, advance...

    Robertson rode a 14-0 head start to a 34-22 win over visiting Ruidoso on Saturday afternoon, advancing to the Class 4A state football semifinals.

    The Cardinals (11-0) will host defending state champion Hatch Valley (10-2), which knocked off Cobre in another quarterfinal Saturday in Bayard.

    It'll be a rematch of the 2015 state championship game, won by the Bears in Hatch.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • Building a CHAMPION

    Mora head volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez said there’s a lot of credit to go around for her team’s Class 2A state championship — won Nov. 12 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    A sampling of her comments follows.

  • Rangerettes conquer Class 2A...

    Capturing a state volleyball championship was an accomplishment not only for the team but for the community, said Rangerettes team captain Maria Garcia.

    “It feels great to win a state championship,” she said. “It was something really good for our community, our school and my team.”

    “It feels great being able to win my senior year,” agreed Christen Laumbach. “My team and I have been wanting this for as long as I can remember.”

  • Playoff time for Birds

    Ruidoso head coach Kief Johnson has said that while he credits Robertson for being a quality team, his Warriors didn’t play their best game when they lost 47-14 at Cardinal Stadium back on Sept. 16.

    Robertson opens against Ruidoso Saturday afternoon in the Class 4A state football playoffs. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

    The Cardinals (10-0 overall) are the No. 1 seed in the classification and want to return to the state title game for a second straight season.

    The Warriors (6-5) are the No. 8 seed and looking for an upset.

  • Montoya 2 for 2 for UNC

    Rico Montoya is back to doing what he got so accustomed to in high school — winning wrestling tournaments.

    Montoya, a sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado, won his second tournament title in as many events this past Sunday. The latest championship was in the 133-pound division of UNC’s own open tournament in Greeley.

    He started the tournament with a 12-1 romp against New Mexico Highlands’ Jack Gaylor.

    Then he scored a fall in 1:02 against Jared Johnshoy of Colorado Mesa.

  • Scherzer, Porcello win Cy Youngs

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK  — Max Scherzer celebrated aboard a boat off the British Virgin Islands, doused by college pals on a floating party.

    Rick Porcello enjoyed the moment at his parents’ home in New Jersey, surrounded by family, friends and a few bottles of wine.

    As for Justin Verlander, well, fuming supermodel Kate Upton brought the heat for her fiance.

    Rotation mates for five seasons in Detroit, the three right-handers topped the Cy Young Award talk Wednesday:

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 18...

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men at Western New Mexico, 6 p.m., Silver City
    • Robertson hosts Eliana Herrera Memorial Tournament (JV and frosh girls; benefits Eliana Marie Herrera Scholarship Fund), 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Pojoaque tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Moriarty, 3:30 p.m., WLVMS gym

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls host preseason jam, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

  • State champs! Mora volleyball...

    RIO RANCHO — With a couple points left to play in Saturday’s Class 2A state volleyball championship match, Mora head coach Jacquelyn Sanchez forced her gaze away from her team and looked for her father up in the stands at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    Dante Vigil somehow knew his daughter would do just that, and the two made eye contact, briefly.

    “He’s a state champ,” Sanchez said, “He won in 1979 for basketball. And in that moment I looked at him because I knew I was going to be up there too.”

  • Lady Cards reach final

    RIO RANCHO — Robertson made it all the way to Saturday’s  state championship match in Stacy Fulgenzi’s first season as head coach.

    It was the program’s third title match appearance in the past decade and its first since 2008.

    But top-ranked Sandia Prep, 23-1, didn’t look impressed, blasting to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 sweep and repeating as Class 4A state champion.