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Today's Sports

  • Mid-school hoopsters wind down

    Boys’ basketball teams from two area middle schools went head to head Saturday in the Valley as the hoops season neared its conclusion.

    In a matchup of sixth- and seventh-graders, the visiting West Las Vegas Middle School squad won 33-13 after building upon a slim 9-8 edge through one period. The West team improved to 6-8, while the young Roadrunners remain in search of a victory.

  • Lakers’ Buss dead at 80

    The Associated Press

    Jerry Buss built a glittering life at the intersection of sports and Hollywood.

    After growing up in poverty in Wyoming, he earned success in academia, aerospace and real estate before discovering his favorite vocation when he bought the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. While Buss wrote the checks and fostered partnerships with two generations of basketball greats, the Lakers won 10 NBA titles and became a glamorous global brand.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 20...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLVMS
    Softball
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico (DH), 1 p.m., Portales

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Pecos boys and girls (A,B) at Santa Fe Prep, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Wrestlers gear up for state...

    New Mexico’s top wrestlers — including 28 from the Las Vegas area — prepare for the state tournament this Friday and Saturday at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Robertson qualified for state in 13 of 14 weight classes and soars into state having won a half dozen district titles this past weekend in Taos.

    West Las Vegas qualified for state in eight weight classes. Pecos made the cut in seven classes. The Dons and Panthers each have one individual district champ.

  • Cardinals district wrestling...

    Winning six of 14 individual weight classes, Robertson cruised to another district wrestling championship on Saturday, garnering 248 team points.

    Tournament host Taos took runner-up honors with 190. Tucumcari (172.5), West Las Vegas (120) and Pecos (96) rounded out the team standings.

    Next stop is the state tournament Feb. 22-23 at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Coach Richard Martinez’s Cardinals qualified for state in every class except heavyweight, a division in which they did not field a wrestler.

  • Last week of regular season...

    One more week remains in the regular season for high school basketball players around the state, and the past weekend was busy with hoopsters clamoring for a shot at district championships and higher seeding in the upcoming state tournaments.

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    It was no contest for Robertson’s boys in an 84-44 laugher over shorthanded Raton Friday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Cardinals exploited their visitors’ difficulties taking care of the basketball and limited the Tigers’ incursions onto their half of the court.

  • Highlands making noise

    Four Cowboys tallied double-digit scoring totals and Mannie Cass’ double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds led the way despite a poor shooting performance Saturday night in New Mexico Highlands’ 91-83 defeat of Western State Colorado.

    The Cowboys, who also upended Colorado Mesa on the previous evening, have won three of the last four games, seven of the last nine, and are in the thick of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason hunt.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 18...

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Santa Fe Indian, 4:30 p.m., Santa Fe

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls (A,B) vs. Peñasco, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLVMS
    Softball

  • Rival NMHU, ENMU sluggers square...

    For most baseball teams, a 15-0 hole is pretty much the same as a grave.

    Maybe the New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys are The Walking Dead.

    Improbably, Highlands erased that deficit in the season debut against Eastern New Mexico on Friday afternoon at Brandt Park, going on to win 22-16.

    The Cowboys didn’t fare as well Saturday, however, losing a couple of close games by 5-2 and 6-5 margins. The instate rivals were to wrap the series on Sunday afternoon.

  • Fenton gives Lobos boost over...

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Senior reserve Jamal Fenton gave New Mexico just what it needed in the second half Saturday against Boise State with starting point guard Hugh Greenwood in foul trouble and struggling with his shot.
    Fenton scored all 11 of his points in the second half to help the No. 19 Lobos (22-4, 9-2 New Mexico) hold off the Broncos 60-50.
    Cameron Bairstow led the Lobos with 16 points and added seven rebounds, and Tony Snell finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.