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Today's Sports

  • Roundup - Rangel falls in NCAA

    Erick Rangel’s bid for a national wrestling championship came up short this past weekend, with the New Mexico Highlands University standout finishing 0-2 at the NCAA Division II tournament in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Rangel was locked in a narrow battle in his second match, and only a takedown awarded late in the second period made the difference in knocking him out of the wrestle-back bracket. Patrick Mestrez of Belmont Abbey took the 5-4 verdict after allowing only a single point — on a Rangel escape — in the third period.

  • Silva on a serious roll

    Submitted to the Optic

    She continues to set records.  

    In each of Katrin Silva’s last three ultra races, the Las Vegas-area resident has taken the women’s first place award.  

    On Oct. 19, Silva was the 1st Place Woman and 4th overall at the Deadman Peaks 50-Miler in New Mexico. Last month, Feb. 15, she was the 1st Place Woman and 9th overall at the Black Canyon 100K in Arizona.

    And on Saturday Silva was the First Place Woman and third overall at the Monument Valley 50-Miler in Utah.  

  • Madness tips off

    By John Marshall
    AP Basketball Writer
    College basketball fans, start your brackets.
    March Madness kicks into high gear this week with the start of the NCAA tournament, the time hoop heads circle the calendar like it’s Christmas.
    This year’s run through the field of 68 should be a blast — an undefeated team in the bracket, a wide-open field and a heavy dose of great players.
    So stock up the fridge, work on that fake cough to call in sick and dig the remote from under the couch cushions. It’s time to roll.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Santa Rosa (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santo Domingo (DH), 3 p.m., Santo Domingo
    Softball
    • LCC at Adams State (DH), 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas vs. Pecos (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Robertson at St. Mike’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Socorro tournament, TBA, Socorro
    Softball

  • Dons go dancing - West Las Vegas...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Cody Najar’s coast-to-coast layup had just gotten West Las Vegas within a bucket, 36-34, as the first half of Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal neared its completion.

    To the hundreds — perhaps thousands — of West Las Vegas fans in attendance, it felt like an exclamation point for the half, not to mention a Dons comeback from what had been an 11-point deficit six minutes earlier.

  • Weekend Roundup - Lady Cards...

    Spring is bringing fresh hope for the Robertson softball program, which opened by winning the Sandia Prep Sundevil Invitational over the weekend in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals completed their tournament with a 16-2 romp over Albuquerque Academy on Saturday.

    Academy had won its pool and RHS had won the other to set up the contest.

    Robertson slammed Estancia 24-7 on Friday, finishing on Bryanna Duran’s walkoff grand slam. The Lady Cards then edged Rehoboth in an 18-17 shootout.

  • McPherson national champ

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Winning a national championship in track and field is difficult enough, but to do it as a freshman makes it more special.

    Shanice McPherson, one of only three first-year athletes in the long jump and one of only two to make the event finals, led from the third leap and never looked back as she took the Division II long jump title on Friday. She became the second athlete in Cowgirls history — for the third time overall — to win an NCAA Indoor Championship.

  • Lobos 3-peat in Sin City

    By W.G. Ramirez
    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — New Mexico won the Mountain West Conference tournament the last two seasons, and the Lobos weren’t prepared to let the title go.

    Trailing by one with a little more than a minute left, Cameron Bairstow scored five of the Lobos’ last eight points to help 20th-ranked New Mexico win its third consecutive tournament title, with a 64-58 victory over No. 8 San Diego State in Saturday’s championship game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Monte del Sol, 4 p.m., WLV field
    •  Robertson JV at Santa Rosa (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Rosa
    Softball
    • Robertson JV vs. Capital, 4 p.m., RHS field

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Tucumcari, 5 p.m. (NEW TIME), WLV field
    Softball
    • Robertson at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas JV at Portales (DH), 4 p.m., Portales
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Eagle Ridge (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field

  • Dons make Final Four

    Dons fans, celebrate — your team is headed to the Final Four.

    And Cody Najar is making up for lost time.

    The West Las Vegas senior, who transferred to the school from Mora but missed a chunk of the regular season in an eligibility dispute, exploded for a team-high 26 points Wednesday night, leading the Dons past Ruidoso in the Class 3A boys’ basketball quarterfinals.