Today's Sports

  • State runner-up — West Las Vegas...

    ALBUQUERQUE — West Las Vegas moved a step closer to the elusive state boys’ basketball championship over the weekend, but the Hope Christian dynasty remains intact.

    Hope (27-4), ranked No. 1 all winter in Class 4A, earned a third consecutive state title and the program’s 13th under head coach Jim Murphy by beating West 69-57 on Saturday at WisePies Arena AKA The Pit.

  • No bull: Steers too ornery for...

    The Mora Rangers gave their best shot at what other teams had failed to do in 29 tries this season — knock off mighty Magdalena in boys’ basketball.

    But the No. 1 ranked Steers stampeded past Mora 78-65 on Thursday in the Class 2A boys’ semifinals at Bernalillo High.

    Magdalena would go on to nip Logan 61-60 in Saturday evening’s championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque, capping a 31-0 campaign.

    For the better part of three and a half quarters Thursday, the No. 5 seeded Mora (21-9) hung with Magdalena.

  • Cowgirls 3rd in nationals

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field came away with a third-place team finish, another program milestone, in this past weekend’s NCAA Division II national indoor track and field championships in Birmingham, Ala.

    Highlands, which had finished the indoor schedule ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in school history, garnered 37 team points. That put the Cowgirls into a tie for third with Ashland, behind only Central Missouri (47) and Hillsdale (40). Forty schools were represented in the meet.

  • Lady Cards Sandia Prep champs...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Kendra Duran smashed three home runs over the weekend, including two in the championship game Saturday afternoon, and the Robertson softball team (3-0) started its season by winning the Sandia Prep tournament for the third consecutive season.

    The Lady Cardinals blanked host Sandia Prep 10-0 in the final, getting a 3-0 head start on Duran’s first home run of the day (and second in three games).

    Elicia Trujillo later homered to nudge the Lady Cards toward a 10-run rule victory.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March...

    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 4 p.m., Tucumcari
    • Robertson JV at Capital, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas vs. Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field
    • West Las Vegas at Santa Fe, 3:30 p.m., Santa Fe

    • Robertson JV vs. Capital (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    • West Las Vegas vs. Raton (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson at Sandia Prep, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

  • HU track, wrestling take on...

    The national spotlight awaits athletes from New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field and men’s wrestling teams.

    The Cowgirl tracksters claimed the first ever No. 1 national ranking in NMHU history this past week. They compete in the NCAA Division II national indoor track and field championships starting Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

    Sophomore Shanice McPherson leads the country in the long jump, having recorded a distance of 6.49 meters on Jan. 30.

  • On to the Final Four

    West Las Vegas struggled all night to make 3-pointers.

    And 2-pointers.

    But the Dons were brilliant at making 1-pointers. And that accuracy at the free-throw line saved them in a 52-48 squeaker over Cobre on Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • Cardinals, Dons sweep foes

    Robertson remained unbeaten in the 2015 baseball season, sweeping Capital on Tuesday at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field.

    The Cardinals won 5-1 in game one after getting off to a 3-0 head start in the first inning.

    Eleazar Allen, who started at pitcher, helped himself by hitting a two-run double in that opening frame, scoring Colin Pedro and Nate Archuleta.

    Pedro finished 2 for 4. Keanu Baca went 2 for 3. Archuleta was 1 for 1 with a walk and a hit by pitch.

  • Air Force bounces Lobos

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev.  — Zach Kocur scored 20 points with four 3-pointers and No. 9 seed Air Force beat eighth-seeded New Mexico 68-61 in opening game of the Mountain West tournament on Wednesday.

    New Mexico allowed the Falcons (14-16) to wind down the shot clock with a five-point lead in the final minute and Trevor Lyons’ 18-foot jumper with 38 seconds left gave Air Force a 66-59 lead. The Academy held on from there to advance to a quarterfinals matchup with top-seeded Boise State on Thursday.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March...

    • NMHU vs. Regis, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson at Cobre tournament, TBA, Bayard
    •West Las Vegas at Socorro (DH), 11 a.m., Socorro
    • State tournaments, TBA
    • Robertson at Sandia Prep tourney, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Robertson at Cavern Classic, 7:30 a.m., Carlsbad
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at NCAA Division II indoor nationals, TBA, Birmingham, Ala.