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Today's Sports

  • Round 1: Lady Cards

    Wednesday night’s Robertson-West Las Vegas girls’ basketball game may have been entertaining for fans, but it left both squads a little worse for wear.

    Robertson, the sixth-ranked team in Class 3A girls’ hoops, upended fourth-rated West Las Vegas 71-62  before several hundred spiritied fans at Gillie Lopez Gym. In the process, however, West’s Vanessa Lucero and Robertson’s Kassandra Tapia — both considered important team leaders — sustained injuries that cloud at least the near future for the Lady Dons and Lady Cardinals.

  • District wrestling tourney...

    With the St. Michael’s Horsemen out of the way, this year’s District 2 (1A-3A) wrestling tournament will be devoid of the red (Cardinals) vs. blue (Horsemen) finals that were plentiful for years.

    Robertson, whose streak of state wrestling dominance fell at the hands of St. Mike’s last year, figures to be the favorite Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym, host site for this year’s district tourney. Unbeaten Daniel Martinez leads a host of strong Cardinal wrestlers. Fellow RHS seniors are Charlie Armijo, Gabe Lovato, John Pino and Jeremy Valdez.

  • Cowboys 7th in regional rankings

    Three consecutive victories — including one significant upset — propelled New Mexico Highlands up to seventh in the latest NCAA Division II Central Region men’s basketball poll.

    The Cowboys (16-5 overall) were unranked in the Feb. 2 poll but checked in at No. 7 in this week’s rankings, relayed Wednesday night by Amber Feldman, assistant coordinator for championships with the NCAA.

  • Santa Fe Spirit
  • Four HU athletes on all-academic...

    Four New Mexico Highlands atudent-athletes have been named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic teams for basketball.

    Whitley Coca and Briana Gholston from coach Tiffany Darling’s Cowgirls made the women’s all-academic lineup. Ledreece Smith and Mike Moody from coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys were honored on the men’s side.

  • Graham up to fourth on national...

    New Mexico Highlands University's Angella Graham moved to No. 4 on the national rankings list for the pentathlon with her performance at the University of New Mexico Multi and Classic Track and Field meet Feb. 4-5 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

    The seven-time All American in the multi-events and jumps scored 3,543 points in the five events comprising the pentathlon (60-meter hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump, 800 meters).

    It was Graham's first multi of the season and Coach Bob DeVries found reason to be encouraged.

  • LVLL beginning registration

    Las Vegas Little League is announcing open registration for the 2011 Little League baseball and softball season.
    Registration is for all levels of play — tee-ball, Minors and Majors.

    Early registration is encourged. Those who sign up in February will pay a $45 per player fee.

    The fee goes up to $50 a player in March and $60 a player in April.       

  • Crespin title fight is Saturday

    Meadow City fighter Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin is hours away from her first championship bout as a professional.

    Crespin (4-2-1, one knockout victory) is set to box Brittany Cruz (7-4-1, one KO) as part of a card Saturday at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo.

    Tickets are available from the casino box office.

    Up for grabs in the six-round Crespin-Cruz matchup is the vacant Women’s International Boxing Association youth featherweight division title.

  • Cowgirls nab win No. 11

    Five Cowgirls reached double figures Monday night as New Mexico Highlands broke the century mark for the first time this season in a 100-85 shootout against visiting Johnson & Wales University.

    The non-conference victory moves Coach Tiffany Darling’s Cowgirls three games within .500 at 11-14 overall. NMHU has won five of the last seven.

  • Rangers keep up the pace

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    Homecoming activities combined with a road trip to West Las Vegas on Jan. 27 and to Monte Del Sol in Santa Fe the following day for their district opener did not seem to affect the focus of the Mora Rangers (19-2).

    After defeating the Class 3A Dons of West Las Vegas 79-67, the Rangers traveled to the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe to open District 2-2A play against the host Dragons of Monte Del Sol. The Rangers prevailed 57-45 after overcoming a sluggish first quarter start.