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Today's Sports

  • Who was Stu Clark?

    With the 57th annual Stu Clark Tournament concluding on Thursday evening — third-place game at 6, followed by the championship around 8 — some spectators may be curious as to the origin of this Las Vegas holiday basketball tradition.

    Stuart “Stu” Clark, the tournament’s namesake, was one of New Mexico Highlands University’s most accomplished coaches and mentors.

  • Luna softball may be on upswing

    I can’t believe I’ve been covering sports in northeastern New Mexico for 24 years. Time goes by fast. Without giving up how old I am, I will tell you I’m fortunate that I age well.

    During the last two decades or so I have covered many teams — some good, some bad, many prominent, many contenders and many pretenders. But there is one team that stays close to my heart, and it’s right here at Luna Community College. I’m talking about our softball team.

  • Highlands runners honored for...

    Three New Mexico Highlands University runners have been honored on the All-Academic Team for cross country in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in recognition of their efforts this past fall.

    Nicaise Kazingo, a Highlands junior from Bujumbura, Burundi, is one of eight first-team All-RMAC Academic Team selections. Kazingo carries a 3.8 grade point average and majors in mathematics.

    Kazingo, who has earned All-American honors as a runner for coach Bob DeVries’ Cowboys, was one of the top two performers, along with Moses Kirui, in 2010.

  • A big bowl of Stu

    The 57th annual Stu Clark Tournament begins its three-day run Tuesday in Las Vegas.

    First session of the tourney (1 p.m.) pits St. Pius X against West Mesa. The second game  matches Atrisco Heritage, against Bernalillo.

    In the evening session (6 p.m.), the Meadow City’s boys take center stage. Robertson and Portales play in a matchup of two top 10 Class 3A teams. And in the nightcap, West Las Vegas faces Silver.

  • Lady Dons: Lujan champs!

    For the first time in Jose “Majic” Medina’s eight-year run as West Las Vegas girls’ basketball coach, the Lady Dons are Ben Lujan Invitational champs.

    West (8-1) downed Taos  61-45 in the championship game of the tournament on Wednesday night in Jacona.

    Briana Montaño (17 points) led the Lady Dons in scoring for the second time in the three-day event.

    But as has been the case this year, it was another team effort.

    “The girls hustled out there,” Medina said. “They played real well.

  • Stu starts Tues.

    Holiday hoops — in the form of the 57th annual Stu Clark Tournament — is set to tip off Tuesday in Las Vegas.

    First session of the tourney (1 p.m.) features two Albuquerque teams in a rematch of one of last year’s more entertaining Stu Clark contests when St. Pius X faces West Mesa. The second game pits a Stu newcomer, Albuquerque’s Atrisco Heritage, against a veteran of the tournament, Bernalillo.

  • Martinez, Martinez all-state

    Daniel Martinez made plenty of statements by making big plays on both sides of the ball for the Robertson football team this past season.

    Keen Martinez often added the punctuation to those statements.

    Daniel Martinez, a senior quarterback and outside linebacker for the Cardinals, was named to the first team all-state football team for Class 3A. So did fellow senior Keen Martinez (no relation), the Redbirds’ placekicker.

    Honors are bestowed by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

  • Wrestlers strike at Rattler Open

    Folks in Tucumcari may still be talking about the storm that blew into town last week.

    Not the snow, either, but the blizzard of Las Vegas wrestlers who stole the show in Tucumcari’s Rattler Open on Saturday.

    Seven Meadow City grapplers — six from Robertson, one from West Las Vegas — captured titles in the tournament.

    Robertson’s Dominic Lucero (112 lbs.), James Gonzales (125), Jeremy Valdez (135), Johnathan Lucero (152), Daniel Martinez (160) and Mathew Gurule (189) all won their weight classes.

  • Cowgirls rope first RMAC win

    Whitley Coca swished two free throws and teammate Marissa Magalei made one of two in the final 28 seconds of regulation Friday, providing insurance for New Mexico Highlands’ first win in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play this season.

    The Cowgirls (4-8, 1-5 RMAC) nipped Colorado-Colorado Springs 74-73, holding on in the face of a 13-5 Mountain Lion run over the last four and a half minutes.

    NMHU came close to its second RMAC victory the following night, losing 61-60 to Colorado State-Pueblo in another one-point verdict.

  • Lady Dons bounce Bernalillo

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team marched to its sixth win in seven games this season on Monday, freezing Bernalillo 52-37 in the opening round of the Ben Lujan Invitational hosted by Pojoaque High School.

    The Lady Dons (6-1) were to play Class 4A Española Valley (7-0) in a Tuesday semifinal. The Lady Sundevils won 55-38 over Peñasco, also Monday in Jacona.

    The tournament, which wraps up on Wednesday, boasts an impressive girls’ bracket that also includes a much-improved Taos club and the always tough host Elkettes.