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Today's Sports

  • District Champs! Lady Dons...

    Riding the emotional wave of Wednesday’s hard-fought semifinal victory over Taos, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons reclaimed bragging rights in District 2-3A girls’ basketball Friday night, downing Robertson 60-45 at Mike Marr Gym.

    Miranda Martinez led all scorers with 23 points, including four in a critical 13-0 West Las Vegas run that transformed a 25-24 nailbiter into a 38-24 spread in the pivotal second quarter.

  • Cowgirl track fourth in RMAC...

    New Mexico Highlands’ women captured fourth place in this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor championships held in Kearney, Neb.

    It was a big weekend for All-American Angella Graham, who broke an event and venue record in the indoor pentathlon with 3,644 points. Graham won the long jump (18-9.25) and triple jump (39-10) and qualified for nationals provisionally in both events. She was fourth in the high jump (5-3.75).

  • NMHU closes at WNMU

    Double-doubles by China Smith and Domonique Rivera and an 18-point effort by Alyssa Lopez keyed a 57-54 New Mexico Highlands win at Western New Mexico on Saturday in Silver City.

    NMHU finishes 14-16 overall and 9-13 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, its best yet under coach Tiffany Darling and the best in several years.

    Smith had 11 points and 10 rebounds; Rivera had 10 and 10. Whitley Coca added eight points and five assists.

    The Cowgirls shot just 33 percent but outrebounded the hard-luck Mustangs (1-25) 46-35.

  • East, West to decide district

    It’ll be an East vs. West matchup in this weekend’s District 2-3A girls’ basketball tournament championships after West Las Vegas’ dramatic 48-46 win over Taos on Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The regular-season champ Robertson Lady Cardinals (19-6) have had the week off to wait for the survivor of the girls’ bracket. Taos, which beat Raton Monday, took the Lady Dons to the limit on Wednesday before falling.

    The girls’ district final tips off at 7 p.m. Friday at Mike Marr Gym.

  • Bustos is Grizzlies’ all-time...

    With the all-time career scoring record in her rear view mirror, Vera Jo Bustos can focus on the passing lane, where her Adams State Grizzlies hope to overtake a team or two in time for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout.

    Bustos, a West Las Vegas standout, broke the Grizzlies’ career scoring mark this past Saturday, tallying her 1,719th point in Adams State’s 81-52 rout of Colorado School of Mines.

  • Friday Night Frankie

    Frankie Archuleta’s long-awaited return to the boxing ring is on again — with a nationwide audience this weekend.

    Archuleta (27-7, 14 wins by knockout) is scheduled to fight Juan Carlos Bursos (25-1, 18 KOs) as part of a “Friday Night Fights” telecast set for 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN2. The card originates from the Million Dollar Elm Casino’s Osage Event Center in Tulsa, Okla.

  • La Plaza Little League meeting...

    It’s almost “play ball!” time for the Meadow City’s hundreds of Little Leaguers and their fans.

    La Plaza Little League is holding an organizational meeting for coaches this weekend.

    La Plaza coaches are being asked to gather at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at West Las Vegas Middle School.

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    On the other side of town, early registration for Las Vegas Little League players in baseball, softball and tee-ball recently came to a close (Feb. 20).

  • No. 7 Buffs sweep Cowgirls

    Seventh ranked national power West Texas A&M proved too tough for New Mexico Highlands softball this past week, sweeping the Cowgirls’ home doubleheader 3-0 and 11-2 in five innings.

    The two non-conference losses drop NMHU to 3-6.

    Highlands mustered just three hits in game one — by Roxanne Avalos, Shelby Hoffman and Alysha Alvarez.

    Melissa Martinez (2-4) was tagged with the loss despite holding the Lady Buffs to three runs on four hits, striking out 10.

  • District hoops tourneys this week

    The Mora Rangers have played themselves into a week off from basketball.

    Riding the 8-0 unbeaten streak in the District 2-2A schedule, second-year head coach Hank Laumbach and company coasted to a No. 1 seed in this week’s district tournament. The Rangers (24-2 and ranked third in the state), who got 30 points from Tim Romero and 17 from Tyler Martinez in the regular-season finale vs. Peñasco, will host the final on Saturday night at Montoya Gym.

    Meanwhile, Robertson boys and girls also await whoever emerges from the fray this week.

  • Strong start