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Today's Sports

  • Dons’ rally falls short at...

    West Las Vegas chopped Pojoaque’s 20-point lead down to a few possessions’ difference Monday night, but the rally came too late and the host Elks won 57-45 at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.

    The meeting of former district enemies pumped Pojoaque’s record to 9-6 while dropping West to 4-9.

    “Too many empty possessions and turnovers,” said WLV coach Morgan Montaño. “We played a hard fourth (quarter), but they held the ball and we couldn’t finish.”

  • New HU coach takes to the air

    Promising changes and progress, newly hired New Mexico Highlands football coach Eric Young introduced himself to the community Monday evening via KMDZ radio’s weekly sports talk show.

    “Turning around a team in a year is not that big a deal to me,” said Young, who said the seven years he spent in the junior college ranks has helped him become accustomed to relatively rapid building projects. “What’s more exciting to me is being able to build over three or four years.”

  • Dons wrestlers 3rd at St. Mike’s

    Six West Las Vegas wrestlers placed in the top four of their divisions to lead the Dons to a third-place finish Saturday at the St. Michael’s tournament.

    The team finish is the highest at least in recent memory for West Las Vegas. Thirteen teams participated in the two-day event held at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe.

    Host St. Mike’s won the tourney, followed by Roswell Goddard, WLV and Tucumcari.

    Brandon Maddux (112 lbs.) and Jayvis Medrano (171) both went 3-1 and didn’t lose until the finals.

  • Final play sinks Redbirds

    James Thornton scored five points in the final minute — including an old-fashioned three-point play with 10 seconds remaining — to lift Socorro past No. 4 Robertson 49-48 on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Cardinals, playing in their home gym for the first time this season, found themselves playing catch-up throughout, thanks to a first-half barrage of three-point baskets by Warrior guards Zach Esquivel and Jared Marquez.

    Socorro led 22-15 through one period after going up by as much as nine.

  • No. 3 FLC grounds Cowgirls

    Highlands hung in there a while, playing close with the undefeated, No. 3 nationally ranked Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team for most of the first half Friday evening in Durango, Colo.

    Then the Skyhawk women (13-0, 8-0) took flight in doubling their visitors up 66-33.
    NMHU (5-11, 2-8) led twice, 2-0 and 4-3, and as late as the 5:58 mark in the first half, the Cowgirls trailed by a mere single-digit margin. China Smith’s fast break layup made it a 20-14 game with 7:27 to go before halftime.

  • Lady Cards win one for Pete

    It probably wasn’t easy for the Robertson girls’ basketball team to play on Saturday night.

    That day, Pete Garcia — a longtime Las Vegas City Schools technician, Cardinal supporter and father to Lady Cardinal senior Marka Garcia — succumbed to his battle with cancer.

    Coach Aunna Bradley said he’d accompanied the team on the road trip to No. 1 Lovington.

    Heavy hearts and all, Robertson went on to a stirring 33-31 upset victory.

  • Rangers nip Panthers for NRG...

    Tim Romero led Mora with 22 points as the Rangers narrowly defeated Pecos 52-48 on Saturday in the Northern Rio Grande Tournament championship game.

    The final, held at Pojoaque High’s Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona, was a rematch of the teams’ meeting in last week’s Tri-City tournament championship.

    But in that contest, Mora manhandled Pecos 84-45. Saturday, Pecos stayed in striking distance and trailed 30-20 at halftime.

  • Lady Dons rally, nip Pojoaque

    Down 23-10 after an 11-0 Pojoaque run and banged up at two key positions, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons seemed snakebitten at every turn Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    WLV post Vanessa Lucero and wing Briana Montaño — two of the Lady Dons’ veteran leaders — nursed knee injuries. The third of West’s big three, point guard Miranda Martinez wasn’t finding many easy shots, either. But she led a gritty effort as the host Lady Dons overcame a 13-point deficit to steal a significant non-district win from the Elkettes, 52-48.

  • Horsemen double up RHS in battle...

    Okay, holiday break is over and school is back in session. Get ready for some math.

    The difference between No. 3 and No. 4 equals 25 points.

    Huh?

    Third-ranked St. Michael’s downed fourth-rated Robertson 47-22 on Wednesday night in Santa Fe, erasing an early deficit and likely confounding boys’ basketball pollsters yet again.

    RHS recently did that by bumping off Portales 51-48 in the Stu Clark Tournament when the Cardinals were seventh and Rams fourth in the polls.

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