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Today's Sports

  • Wrapping it up
  • Bills hire first female coach

    The Associated Press

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — The NFL has its first full-time female coach.

    Kathryn Smith was promoted by the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night to take over as special teams quality control coach on Rex Ryan’s staff.

    She will assist special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and his assistant Eric Smith, filling the role that opened after Michael Hamlin was not retained following the season.

  • Panthers outlast Dulce in...

    The deficit kept inching upward for the Pecos boys’ basketball team Wednesday night at Dulce.

    But it wasn’t big enough.

    The Panthers, who’ve had some experience rallying against seemingly cozy leads, proved resilient again and came back for a 66-63 triumph in the District 2-3A opener for both schools.

    Arturo Archuleta led Pecos with 19 points, and Joe Vigil scored 15, as head coach Ira Harge’s Panthers boosted their record to 12-5.

  • Inside-outside game lifts Cowboys

    It was “Pick Your Poison Night” Saturday at the Wilson Complex.

    When Regis didn’t challenge Highlands closely enough along the perimeter, Kendrick Nichols and Jonathon Mines knocked down 3-point baskets.

    When the Rangers defense moved outward, Marlon Johnson, Kaylen Shane and Ron Lawton exploited the opportunity to deliver some thundering dunks.

    By the end of the evening, the host Cowboys had an 89-78 victory and sole possession of first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • Griego third in ‘the Joe’

    Defending state champion Joseph Paul Griego led the charge for Robertson in this past weekend’s massive Joe Vivian Classic, known as the biggest and best regular-season wrestling tournament in New Mexico.

    Griego, who competes in the 145-pound weight class, captured third place by pinning Jeremy Winter of La Cueva at the 2:25 mark. The RHS junior went 6-1 over the two-day, 32-team tourney held at Albuquerque High School.

  • Contender status

    With convincing weekend performances on the hardwood in out-of-town tournaments, West Las Vegas and Robertson boys’ basketball teams have bolstered their resumés as state title contenders in Class 4A.

    Playing on the Huskies’ home floor, West earned a rematch of last March’s state championship and mounted a serious challenge at No. 1 and defending champ Hope Christian. Meanwhile, Robertson swept three strong foes, including host St. Michael’s, in the St. Mike’s Shootout.

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  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 17...

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Thoreau, noon, Thoreau

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    •Mora boys (A,B,C) vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Grants, 4 p.m., Grants
    •Pecos girls (A,B) at Dulce, 5 p.m., Dulce
    •Valley Middle School boys at Pecos, 4 p.m., Pecos

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    •Pecos boys (A,B) at Dulce, 5 p.m., Dulce
    •Memorial Middle School boys vs. Valley, 4 p.m., MMS gym
    Wrestling

  • This week’s games-NFL Special...

    SATURDAY
    •Kansas City at New England, 2:35 p.m. (CBS)
    •Green Bay at Arizona, 6:15 p.m. (NBC)
    SUNDAY
    •Seattle at Carolina, 11:05 a.m. (Fox)
    •Pittsburgh at Denver, 2:40 p.m. (CBS)

    All times Mountain.

    DAVE’S GAMES
    OF THE WEEK

  • Miranda & Michelle

    West Las Vegas stars Miranda Martinez and Michelle Tapia weren’t just a couple of the better basketball players in their Lady Dons days; they were also two who took particular interest in developing their game, putting in the hours necessary to get a chance to advance to the next level.

    The work ethic helped both land spots on the New Mexico Highlands women’s team, and both are now Cowgirl veterans who have worked their way into starting roles this season for coach Brianna Finch.

  • Cowboys contending in RMAC

    At this time last winter, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball program was undergoing some growing pains under first-year head coach Craig Snow.

    Consider this team grown and still growing.

    Entering the weekend — both NMHU teams host Chadron State and Regis on Friday and Saturday nights at the Wilson Complex — the Cowboys are 8-7 overall and right in the thick of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference race at 7-2.