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Today's Sports

  • Rangers top Peñasco

    Mora’s boys’ basketball team topped Peñasco 82-60 on Tuesday, improving to 17-8 and 5-2 with just Saturday’s finale at No. 1 ranked Pecos (7-0 after Wednesday’s win over 5-3 Santa Fe Prep) left in the regular season.

    Cody Najar (31), Lorenzo Chavez (24) and Amrick Vasquez (11) led the Rangers in scoring.

  • LV junior wrestlers wrap up...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Junior Wrestling took wrestlers to district and to the New Mexico Junior Wrestling State Championships held Feb. 10 in Albuquerque. The program came home with two junior state champions, as well as third- and fifth-place finishers.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 22...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • NMHU at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m., Abilene, Texas
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado School of Mines, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Pecos boys and girls (A,B) vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC meet, TBA
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at RMAC/Super Region IV tournament, 9 a.m., Chadron, Neb.

  • Hounds take three of four at...

    Derek Crenshaw and Jacob Rodgers each went 4 for 5 with three runs batted in apiece to stake Eastern New Mexico to a 13-5 win in Sunday’s series finale at New Mexico Highlands’ Brandt Park.

    The usually sharp-hitting Cowboys were limited to six hits over nine innings, while the visiting Greyhounds notched 21.

    Highlands was trailing 7-0 when it got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. Jordan Chavez and Jordan Goliat each scored on wild pitches, and Kyle Davis made it home on a balk, cutting the gap to 7-3.

  • 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.