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Today's Sports

  • Dons put up fight

    Jordan Lopez got a good look at what would have been a game-winning basket Friday night, but fate was unkind to his shot, and Ruidoso (9-8) held on to a razor-thin 62-61 win in boys’ basketball action at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West Las Vegas (4-12) led much of the evening in a contest that never saw either side lead by more than nine points.

    Mike Martinez, T.J. Esquibel and Brandon Quintana all scored late in a topsy-turvy first period as the Dons grabbed a 16-13 advantage.

  • Cards drop Lions

    Robertson’s Justin Bustos played Lion-tamer on Saturday night, pouring in a career-high 35 points in an 83-60 road victory at Santa Rosa.

    Dalan Abreu scored 21 and Antonio Arguello had 13 for the Cardinals.

    Robertson, coached by David Bustos, has won five in a row and is 12-6 overall.

    The Cardinals throttled Estancia 76-38 this past Thursday at Mike Marr Gym.

    Robertson now will have a break, returning to action on Tuesday, Feb. 1, with the District 2-3A opener at Taos.

  • HU breaks Mustangs

    Slam dunks are a good way to improve your shooting percentage, not to mention boost your approval rating with the home crowd.

    Thomas Manzano cashed in on that opportunity with a rim-rattling jam or two en route to 34 points Saturday night in New Mexico Highlands University’s 115-99 shootout with Western New Mexico.

  • Cardinals take down Braves

    Getting out to a running start against a team famed for getting out to fast starts on opponents paid off Tuesday night for Robertson’s boys’ basketball team.

    The Cardinals jumped to an early advantage and led by as many as 25 points in beating Santa Fe Indian School 84-60 at Mike Marr Gym.

    It’s a potentially important non-district win for RHS and head coach David Bustos. Ernie Rodriguez’s Braves have been a top 10 team in Class 3A all season; they ranked seventh in Wednesday’s New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll.

  • Jets’ Ryan started at HU

    New Mexico Highlands University’s football program got a plug — kind of, sort of — in a national sports column this week.

    Rex Ryan, the not-so-soft-spoken head coach of the New York Jets, is the subject of a piece by ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski. The column focuses on Ryan’s humble start as defensive coordinator for NMHU under George Martinez in the late 1980s.

    Among those interviewed by Wojciechoswski are Martinez and onetime NMHU linebacker Mike Ulibarri, now head coach at West Las Vegas.

  • Rangers rollin’
  • RHS wrestlers make waves with...

    Placing seven wrestlers in the top six — including four top-four medalists — the Robertson wrestling team earned one of its best-ever tournament finishes this past weekend at the Joe Vivian Classic at Albuquerque’s Cibola High School.

    “We took fourth as a team and that was huge,” said RHS head coach Richard Martinez. “Every wrestler had wins and contributed points.”

  • Cowgirls debut at Lobo Open

    Several Highlands women’s tracksters fared well in the Lobo Open, hosted by the University of New Mexico this past Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center, to open the indoor track and field season for collegians.

    So did former Robertson high jumper Marin Schweigert, now with UNM.

  • Breakdown
  • Crespin getting title shot

    Las Vegas professional boxer Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin will get her first shot at a championship in February.

    Crespin is due to fight fellow featherweight Brittany Cruz of Denver for the vacant

    Women’s International Boxing Association Youth Title as part of a Feb. 12 card at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo.

    The match will have a format of six two-minute rounds. Tickets are available online via the Sky Ute Casino box office.