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Today's Sports

  • Jolene Martinez excels at Lamar

    Former Robertson wing Jolene Martinez nailed a game-winning three-point basket with 19 seconds left in regulation, boosting Lamar (Colo.) Community College to a 73-71 victory over Trinidad State on Feb. 19 in Trinidad, Colo.

    A few games earlier in the season, Martinez swished critical free throws to seal a win for the Runnin’ Lopes, also over TSJC, on Jan. 15.

    It was that kind of season for Martinez. As a freshman, the onetime Lady Cardinal provided a spark for Lamar’s resurgent women’s basketball program, which finished 18-13 under new head coach Timm Dixon.

  • State tourneys include three...

    Running down the fabled ramp of The Pit is a thrill not limited to high school basketball players and coaches getting deep enough into the state tournaments to earn that privilege.
    It’s also quite a joy for the referees.

    Getting selected to officiate the state tournament games is considered an honor reserved for some of the better qualified referees representing each of the regions around New Mexico each year.

  • Isotopes tickets go on sale...

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    Tickets for individual Albuquerque Isotopes games will go on sale to the public 9 a.m. Saturday at Isotopes Park and online. The day also includes the team’s annual Select-A-Seat and National Anthem Auditions.

    Beginning promptly at 9, single game tickets will be available for purchase at the Isotopes Park Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.abqisotopes.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

  • Seventh-grade MMS boys finish 20...

    Memorial Middle School’s seventh-grade boys’ basketball team recently wrapped up a dominant season with a 60-16 victory over West Las Vegas Feb. 27 at the MMS gym.

    Later, WLVMS defeated MMS in the season-ending eighth-grade boys’ game, 43-37.

    For the seventh-graders from MMS, it was another day at the office in what has been a strong winter.

    Led by head coach Benny Ortiz and assistant Jeff Houdek, the Cardinals posted a 20-3 overall record that includes several “B” team games and forfeits.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santo Domingo (DH), 3 p.m., Santo Domingo Pueblo
    Basketball
    • Class B state tournament boys’ quarterfinals, beginning 8 a.m., Bernalillo
    • Class 2A state tournament boys’ quarterfinal: Pecos vs. Mesilla Valley, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    Softball
    • NMHU at Oklahoma Panhandle State (DH), 1 p.m., Stilwell, Okla.

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas at Questa, 4 p.m., Questa
    Basketball
    • Class 2A state tournament boys’ semifinals, TBA, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

  • Highlands athletes invade...

    Three noted New Mexico Highlands University athletes joined counterparts from around the country for national championship competition over the weekend in Birmingham, Ala.

    Birmingham was the host site for both the NCAA Division II indoor track and field and wrestling nationals.

    Highlands’ Jillisa Grant and Danisha Phipps made the trip for the Cowgirl track and field team. Unofficially, their efforts landed NMHU a 26th place team finish in the indoor nationals.

  • One and done for Vegas teams

    The Pecos Panthers will be going to the Santa Ana Star Center for this week’s state basketball quarterfinals.

    So will the Mora Rangerettes.

    And count the defending state champion (Class B) Wagon Mound Trojans in for their quarters, which play out at Bernalillo High School.

    But no teams from Las Vegas proper will join them, having been eliminated in games over the past weekend.

    CLASS 2A BOYS
    No. 2 seed Pecos throttled No. 15 New Mexico Military Institute by a 90-70 count on Saturday evening at Sanchez Gym.

  • RHS, WLV softball teams unbeaten

    Robertson softball got off to a promising start by winning a season-opening tournament at Sandia Prep in Albuquerque over the weekend.

    The Lady Cardinals went 3-0 over the weekend, defeating Estancia, Sandia Prep and Rehoboth by scores of 12-0, 25-7 and 8-3.

    RHS returns to action in the St. Michael’s tourney March 21-23 in Santa Fe.

    • • •

    West Las Vegas softball also had a good weekend, sweeping Lovington on the road.
    Game scores were 16-5 and 11-6.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March...

    Monday
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Christian (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson at Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    Basketball
    • Class B state tournament girls’ quarterfinals, beginning 8 a.m., Bernalillo
    • Class 2A state tournament girls’ quarterfinal: Mora vs. Clayton, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    Wednesday
    Baseball

  • Madness on: State hoops begins

    Hoop dreams for eight Las Vegas-area high school teams begin in earnest this weekend with first-round state tournament games across New Mexico.

    Friday is ladies’ night, as girls’ basketball teams play at various campus sites.

    Lady Cardinals
    In Class 3A girls’ hoops, Rick Armijo’s Robertson Lady Cardinals (11-14) earned a No. 8 seed and host No. 9 Socorro.

    Robertson owns a regular-season win over the Lady Warriors (15-12), having prevailed 68-55 on Feb. 12 at Mike Marr Gym.