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Today's Sports

  • LV ref selected for state

    Going to the state high school basketball tournament — arguably the No. 1 sporting event in New Mexico in terms of popularity — is considered a major achievement for coaches and players.

    It’s also a pretty big deal for the referees, too.

    State tournament game officials are chosen only after an annual voting process designed to ensure the best-qualified referees are on the courts of The Pit and Santa Ana Star Center as championships are decided.

  • It’s Cards-Warriors II

    If their previous meeting this season is any indicator, Robertson and Socorro will give fans a treat when they battle this evening in the Class 3A boys’ state basketball tournament.

    The RHS-Socorro quarterfinal is scheduled to tip off at 4:45 p.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    The Warriors edged the Cardinals 49-48 Jan. 8 at Mike Marr Gym in Las Vegas. That game stayed tight throughout, and Robertson led late before relinquishing control in the closing seconds.

  • Sure is Monday
  • ‘Pokes get first RMAC win

    Thomas King went 3 for 5 and drove in two runs as New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team (5-6, 1-3) picked up its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory of the season Sunday at Brandt Park.

    Highlands beat Regis 10-4 in the finale of a four-game series. Regis had won 4-2 on Friday and swept a Saturday doubleheader 8-5 and 3-0.

  • Robertson boys eliminate Braves...

    Saturday night’s Robertson-Santa Fe Indian playoff game could have been a cozy reunion for two former district foes, but the No. 4 seed Cardinals were all business, disposing of the Braves 89-47 before a spirited Mike Marr Gym crowd.

    Robertson advances to the Class 3A boys’ quarterfinals and will play Socorro at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Dalan Abreu led Robertson with 20 points and Justin Bustos tallied 14 of his 19 in the first half as RHS ran up a 47-23 lead.

  • West Las Vegas girls cool Hot...

    Briana Montaño scored seven of her team-high 16 points in the second quarter Friday night, leading host West Las Vegas past Hot Springs 47-39 in the first round of the Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.

    West Las Vegas will play the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Santa Fe Indian School, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Cindy Roybal’s Lady Braves dispatched Crownpoint 72-35 in another Friday game.

  • Robertson girls falter against...

    Perimeter prowess helped St. Michael’s Lady Horsemen score a crushing 52-32 upset of host Robertson on Friday evening in the first round of the Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.

    St. Mike’s, which came into the game as the No. 14 seed, shot its way to leads of 14-2 and 19-9 and never let up against the No. 3 Lady Cardinals.

    Brittany Quintana knocked down a couple of early threes and finished with 12 points for St. Mike’s.

    Jamie Allen, the lone Lady Cardinal in double figures, had 11, unofficially.

  • Mora boys roll into quarters

    High-scoring Mora suffered no first-round hiccups Saturday, blowing past Laguna-Acoma 86-63 in the Class 2A boys’ opener at Montoya Gym.

    The second-seeded Rangers play No. 7 Tucumcari at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Santa Ana Star Center. The Rattlers defeated Navajo Pine 63-53.

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    In one of a few first-round upsets in the 2A girls’ bracket, Pecos’ Lady Panthers (No. 10) nipped No. 7 Clayton on the road Friday 39-35, advancing to a Tuesday quarterfinal with district rival Peñasco, a No. 2 seed.

  • Regis stumps Cowboys

    New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team (4-6, 0-3) couldn’t find an answer for the Regis Rangers in their first three games over the weekend, falling 4-2 on Friday and 8-5 and 3-0 on Saturday.

    Jarod Robinette was the lone Cowboy to collect multiple hits Friday, going 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI. Trent Evins (1-2) struck out seven and held the Rangers (5-4, 3-0) to six hits and two earned runs through six innings but never got the run support he needed to pull out the pitching win.

  • Dons sluggers sweep Socorro;...

    Strong hitting throughout the lineup enabled West Las Vegas to sweep Socorro in a Saturday baseball doubleheader.

    The Dons (3-0) won 20-10 and 18-11, with Nicholas Aragon and Stephen Montaño earning pitching triumphs. West hosts Hope Christian at Rodriguez Park on Monday, with first pitch set for 3 p.m.

    “We banged out the hits,” said WLV coach Dean Gallegos. “We had a lot of kids with multiple hits.”