Today's Sports

  • Lady Dons defeat Ruidoso

    A balanced effort from the West Las Vegas Lady Dons led to a 68-42 road win at Ruidoso this past Saturday.

    West improved to 4-0 with another road trip set for Tuesday, when the Lady Dons were to visit Socorro. West Las Vegas then plays in this coming week’s Capital City Invitational.

    Briana Hidalgo delivered one of her best performances by scoring a team-high 15 points, collecting seven rebounds and five steals to lead West on Saturday.

    Hidalgo had ample help. Michelle Tapia tallied 14 points and eight boards. Jayme Quintana scored 10.

  • Mesa defends turf vs. NMHU hoops...

    Trailing by just three with 24 seconds left, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team couldn’t muster any more offense in an 81-75 defeat Saturday at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo.

    Dominick Baca’s three-pointer had reduced the deficit to 78-75, but Landon Vermeer hit two free throws for the host Mavericks on the next possession. And after a miss by Roland Fitch, Mike Melillo added an insurance free throw for the final margin.

  • Sipapu reports 14-inch snowfall

    Submitted to the Optic
    VADITO, N.M. — New Mexico’s first winter storm pounded Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort with a reported 14 inches of snow Sunday, and resort officials announced it is opening new terrain beginning this past Monday.
    Sipapu is open every day, and staff members are preparing for record-breaking attendance since it will be the only ski area open in New Mexico through Wednesday, said general manager John Paul Bradley.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 12...

    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., MMS

    • Mora boys (A,B) at Tucumcari, 5:30 p.m., Tucumcari
    • Mora girls at McCurdy, 5:30 p.m., Española
    • Robertson boys at Sandia Prep tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Robertson girls, West Las Vegas girls, West Las Vegas boys at Capital City tournaments, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas JV boys at Bernalillo JV tournament, TBA, Bernalillo


  • Lopez’s foul shots lift Cowgirls

    Her nickname is “The Silent Assassin,” but Alyssa Lopez was anything but quiet in crunch time on Friday night in Gunnison, Colo.

    Lopez snagged a defensive rebound, drew a foul, then sank two free throws in the closing seconds to lift New Mexico Highlands’ women to a 67-65 triumph at Western State Colorado.

    She finished with a team-high 15 points to go with seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in 37 minutes of work. She was a perfect 8 for 8 at the charity stripe, offsetting a difficult night from the floor (3-for-13 shooting).

  • Rangers outgun Dons

    With Mora and West Las Vegas crowding into Gillie Lopez Gym on Friday night, the facility was stacked with green.

    And the Rangers duo of Cody Najar and Lorenzo Chavez was money.

    The Mora wings accounted for a combined 61 points as the Rangers topped WLV 83-74.

    Mora, ranked fourth among Class 2A boys’ teams, improved to 3-1; West, ninth in 3A, fell to 2-1.

  • Bradley beats buzzer, boosts ‘...

    Abbey Bradley swished a game-winning basket to beat the final buzzer on Thursday, leading the Robertson Lady Cardinals to a 50-49 squeaker over Hartley (Texas).

    The win came in the first round of a three-day tournament in Clayton and it was the season opener for RHS and head coach Rick Armijo.

    Bradley led Robertson with 16 points, and Chantel Sena had 13.

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  • NHL labor talks stall again

    By Ira Podell
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK — NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday that he is out of ideas how to get negotiations back on track to save the hockey season.

    Talks fell apart Thursday night amid back-and-forth accusations, and the fallout was still being felt Friday. The two sides had no contact with each other on the 83rd day of the owners’ lockout of players.

  • Details emerge on final hours...

    The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Police released video Friday night that shows officers finding Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher asleep in his car just hours before he killed his girlfriend and later shot himself.

    The recording was among two dashboard videos made available by police nearly a week after the murder-suicide. The second video shows an officer responding to Arrowhead Stadium, where Belcher shot himself in front of team officials shortly after killing Kasandra Perkins at their home on Dec. 1.