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  • Rocky ride of Ray Lewis comes to...

    By Tim Dahlberg
    AP Sports Columnist

    NEW ORLEANS — A lot of this Super Bowl was going to be about Ray Lewis anyway, even before strange tales of deer-antler spray and magic hologram chips came to light. He made sure of it by starting his retirement tour early, and bringing along the dances and inspirational speeches that TV cameras eat up.

  • Lobos win in Laramie

    The University of New Mexico’s Aussie connection paid dividends Wednesday.

    Australian post Cameron Bairstow scored 17 points and guard Hugh Greenwood had 13 to lead the Lobo men’s basketball team past Wyoming 62-59. The Lobos are 18-3 overall and 5-1 to lead the Mountain West.

    It was the third loss in a row for the Cowboys, whose resumé includes an upset over San Diego State.

    UNM hosts Nevada at 6 p.m. Saturday.
     

  • ‘Boom Boom’ to test win streak...

    Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin is on a roll.

    But the Las Vegas fighter faces a fellow New Mexico boxer who is also riding a win streak into this coming Friday’s pro card in Albuquerque.

    Brenda Gonzales, 30, of Moriarty is 2-0 as a pro, although she hasn’t fought in a sanctioned bout in a year and a half. Her victories came against Stephanie Maestas and Bridgette Ruiz, both in their in-ring debuts. The more recent bout was a four-round unanimous decision over Ruiz at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque on June 4, 2011.

  • Highlands sweeps WNMU

    Highlands’ women put a nine-game losing skid behind them. The men won their third in a row.

    Both developments came courtesy of downstate rival Western New Mexico, which visited the Wilson Complex for a Saturday matinee.

    Cowgirls 72, Mustangs 56
    One of NMHU’s best starts of the year gave the Cowgirls enough breathing room to weather a Mustang comeback.

    Highlands shot 57 percent, including an 8-for-15 clip from three-point land, in the first half.

  • Workin’ overtime - Dons edge...

    Reserve guard Martin “Tino” Castellano buried a three-pointer from the left wing with 13 seconds left in overtime, giving his West Las Vegas Dons insurance in an 88-82 win over Robertson on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    More than a thousand fans were on hand to witness the all-Meadow City contest, which took its place among the more exciting versions in the rivalry’s recent history.

  • Cowgirl tracksters compete in...

    New Mexico Highlands’ women had a solid showing at this past weekend’s New Mexico Invitational hosted by UNM in Albuquerque.

    Jillisa Grant placed sixth in the 400-meter run with a time of 57.06.

    Shot put participants Brittney Sangwin and Elizabeth Robertson landed ninth and 10th respectively in their event, throwing for 12 and 11.89 meters.

    Stephanie Gomez (19th, 5:45) led the Cowgirl contingent in the mile run. Former West Las Vegas standout Amanda Ortzow (21st, 5:55) and Brianna Cathcart (22nd, 6:06) followed.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 30...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex (RESCHEDULED FROM JAN. 11)

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys (A,B) at Santa Fe Prep, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora girls at Santa Fe Prep, 5 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Raton, 5:30 p.m., Raton

  • Rangerettes throttle Questa

    Scoring a second blowout victory in as many nights, the Mora girls’ basketball team spanked Questa 59-18 on Saturday.

    Mark Cassidy’s Rangerettes (15-2) are off to one of their best starts and play Thursday vs. Santa Fe Prep in a District 4-2A contest.

    Chantel Rivera (18), Destiny Pacheco (14) and Gerty Herrera (10) led Mora in scoring against Questa a day after routing Clayton.
     

  • Too close for comfort

    Celeste Trujillo hit two game-tying free throws with nine seconds left, and teammate Deanna Bustos swished the game-winners with :02 on the clock Friday night, lifting West Las Vegas (14-5) past Raton 54-52 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    As time expired, Raton’s Brylee Medina hurled a desperation shot that just missed, banking off the rim.

    By holding off the Lady Tigers, West averted what could’ve been a disastrous loss in District 2-3A play. The Lady Dons also found a way to gain a happy ending to a generally miserable contest for them.

  • Dons bomb Raton in 44-point rout

    Twelve West Las Vegas players got into the scorebook Thursday night and the Dons began their District 2-3A campaign by doubling up Raton 82-38 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West (6-13) was on pace to score 100, but the mercy-rule running clock — triggered when the lead hits 35 — made for a quick second half.

    The spread hit 63-28 midway through the third quarter after a Mike Ortiz three-pointer and stayed in 35-plus territory after a Martin Castellano three-ball moments later.