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Today's Sports

  • Daniel in the Cougars’ den

    ALBUQUERQUE — Taking state in wrestling is one thing.

    Winning your weight class in the Joe Vivian Classic is something else.

    A state championship means you’ve conquered the best grappling competition your school classification has to offer.

    A Joe Vivian title means you’ve survived the most brutal bracket in New Mexico, beating all comers across all classifications, not just those from similarly sized schools.

  • Cowboys sweep Nebraska clubs

    Back on a winning streak is the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team following a weekend sweep of Chadron State and Nebraska-Kearney.

    And the Cowgirl hoopsters aren’t feeling too badly either after a split against the Nebraska visitors.

    Coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys stopped Chadron 85-75 on Friday, then cruised past UNK 86-72 on Saturday at the Wilson Complex.

    Thomas Manzano lit up the scoreboard with 30 points on 10 -of-21 shooting, and he had six rebounds and two steals for NMHU (12-4 overall, 8-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) against CSC.

  • Dons 0 for 3 but finish well at...

    There are no tangible consolation prizes for coming up just short on the basketball court. But the West Las Vegas Dons (4-11) will take a moral victory at this juncture of the season.

    The Dons came within two possessions of beating Wingate on Saturday night in the St. Michael’s Round-Robin Tournament before falling 62-56 and finishing 0 for 3 in the three-day event.

    West’s Jordan Lopez and Wingate’s Lambert Michalski traded trips to the foul line, then Martin Blea’s free throw cut the Bears’ lead to 58-53.

  • Cards hold on, beat Mora in...

    The Mora Rangers proved their long ball makes them a deadly threat to bigger teams. The Robertson Cardinals, meanwhile, proved they can hit foul shots in crunch time.

    RHS, ranked seventh in Class 3A, held on to beat Mora, likely underrated at ninth in Class 2A, by a 62-57 margin Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Cardinals were sharp early, opening a 30-14 lead at halftime and making it a 20-point spread at 36-16 after consecutive three-pointers by Justin Bustos and Dalan Abreu.

  • Cowgirl tracksters 14th in DII

    New Mexico Highlands University’s women’s track program earned its highest accolade to date by being selected 14th in a national preseason poll released this week.

    The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association lists Highlands in that spot on its indoor track and field preseason rankings, released Tuesday. It is the first time the organization has compiled computerized preseason ratings for Division II.

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  • West girls tame Lions

    West Las Vegas had turnover problems early, but superior depth helped the Lady Dons in an otherwise steady effort Tuesday night against Santa Rosa; the home team won 59-44 at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Vanessa Lucero scored 11 first-half points and finished with 17. Miranda Martinez, held to two points in the first half, hit two three-point baskets in the second half and finished with 11 points.

  • Lady Dons 5th, Lady Cards 7th in...

    Robertson’s upset of top-rated Lovington has shaken up the rankings of Class 3A girls’ basketball in New Mexico.

    The Lady Cardinals, playing smart defense and drawing several significant offensive fouls late in the game, pulled out a 33-31 victory over the Wildcat girls in Lovington.

  • RHS grapplers 2nd in Moriarty

    Short several wrestlers due to illness and injuries, Robertson nevertheless went 4-1 and captured second place in this past weekend’s Moriarty Duals.

    Robertson 145-pounder Troy Estrada, one of two Cardinals who went 5-0, was named to the all-tournament team, the lone wrestler from Class 3A to earn that distinction in an event chock full of big-school mat talent.

  • 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.”