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Today's Sports

  • The Pit or bust! Area teams tip...

    Ladies’ Night provided three victories in as many games for the Las Vegas-area girls’ basketball teams who qualified for the state tournaments.

    West Las Vegas and Robertson both triumphed at home in the Class 3A girls’ openers on Friday, while Mora held court as well in Class 2A.

    It was a somewhat different story on Saturday, when the boys took center stage. Of the four Vegas-area squads in the mix, the West Las Vegas Dons emerged victorious. But the Robertson and Mora boys saw their seasons come to an end on the road.

  • Sluggers endure sluggish offense

    A ground ball hit into a double play wiped away a potential tying and winning run for New Mexico Highlands on Friday in a 2-1 loss to visiting Colorado State-Pueblo.

    CSUP closer Kolby Rimer earned a save and preserved a win for starter Mike Fabrizio in a classic pitchers’ duel at Brandt Park.

    The ThunderWolves held the Cowboys to five hits — two by second baseman Nick Gonzales.

    Austin Mascorro opened the scoring for Pueblo by making it home in the top of the first off a groundout by Evan Kenebrew.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona
    Softball
    • NMHU at Metro State and Colorado Christian, 10 a.m. and noon, Lakewood, Colo. (RESCHEDULED)
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    Basketball
    • Class 2A girls’ state quarterfinal: Mora vs. Hatch Valley, 8 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

  • State basketball tips off this...

    It’s nice to be playing at home for the first round of the state basketball tournaments, as will be the case for West Las Vegas’ boys and girls, Robertson’s girls and Mora’s girls this weekend.

    But the ultimate goal is to be miles away in the depths of the world-famous Pit by the time the finals play out March 14-15.

    FRIDAY
    West Las Vegas Lady Dons are the No. 5 seed in Class 3A girls’ hoops. West (19-8) will host No. 12 Thoreau (17-9) at 7 p.m. Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym. The teams have not met this season.

  • Romero signs with NMMI

    Once the summer rolls around, David Romero will have time to fully focus on the next step in his education and tennis career — a trek to Roswell and New Mexico Military Institute.

    For now, his sights are set on making a run at the state championship in Class 3A boys’ singles. And, of course, graduating from Robertson High School.

    Romero teamed with cousin Amadeo Lopez to pursue the state title in boys’ doubles last spring, and the two cousins came away with that championship trophy.

  • LV junior wrestlers rock mats

    Submitted to the Optic

    Eight local grapplers brought home medals from the New Mexico Junior Wrestling State Tournaments this past month.

    Las Vegas Junior Wrestling took wrestlers to District the first week of February and to the NMJW State Championships that  wrapped up Feb. 9 in Moriarty.

    “We are proud to say that we came home with two junior state champions, two third place, two fourth place, one fifth, one sixth,” the local club said through a news release.

  • Luna teams pick up wins;...

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College softball team got back to its winning ways on Saturday after beating Trinidad State 9-4. The game was played in Trinidad, Colo.

    The win puts the Lady Rough Riders at 4-7 on the year.

    They will begin their conference season at home this Friday and Saturday as they take on Western Texas College. Two doubleheaders are scheduled for each day beginning at noon.

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  • All China - Highlands’ Smith...

    NMHU Sports Information

    In a vote by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference head coaches, senior China Smith has been named the 2013-14 Co-Defensive Player of the Year as well as First Team All-Conference, announced the RMAC offices Wednesday.

    Senior Alyssa Lopez became an All-Conference honoree for the third time when she was named to the Third Team for the season.

  • Lobos ground Falcons, set up...

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Seniors Cameron Bairstow and Kendall Williams put on a show in their final home game for No. 21 New Mexico, combining for 34 points Wednesday night to lead the Lobos to an 80-52 victory over Air Force.

    Bairstow finished with 21 points and seven rebounds and Williams had 13 points for New Mexico (24-5, 15-2 Mountain West).

    Leading 27-20, the Lobos closed the first half on a 7-0 run capped by a buzzer-beating dunk from Alex Kirk on an inbounds play for a 34-20 lead.

  • Go Fish - March 7

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Fishing report, March 4:
    Charette Lakes: Opened for the season March 1.