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Today's Sports

  • Mustangs buck Cards in Stu final

    Sometimes Goliath wins.

    Bigger, stronger and every bit as quick and deadly from the perimeter, the West Mesa Mustangs (8-2) methodically galloped to victory Thursday night in the championship game of the 57th Stu Clark Tournament.

    The Class 5A Mustangs, who quickly built a double-digit lead, defeated Robertson 85-65 to win their first Stu Clark trophy. The moment was particularly sweet for West Mesa head coach Shonn Schroer, whose father Phil was head coach at Robertson back in 1983, when the Cardinals won the Stu.

  • Young to lead HU football

    New year, new Highlands football coach too.

    Eric Young has been hired as New Mexico Highlands University head football coach, the school’s athletic department announced on Thursday.

    Young most recently coached at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif. Young coached the Siskiyous Eagles for the past six seasons.

    "I'm excited to get started. This is a great opportunity to turn this program around and bring back the tradition of winning to NMHU football," Young said in a news release.

  • Lady Cards 3rd in Goddard tourney

    Robertson came away with third place and a 2-1 record in this week’s Goddard tournament held in Roswell.

    Kassandra Tapia’s double-double performance of 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists fueled a 42-35 win over Santa Fe in Wednesday’s third-place game.

    Jamie Allen scored a dozen and grabbed eight boards for RHS. Shannen Lopez added 10 points.

    Allen and Tapia earned all-tourney selections.

  • RHS back in Stu final

    Having crowned its champion on Thursday night, the 57th Stu Clark Tournament is now a matter for history.

    (See the Optic’s Web site as well as this coming Monday’s print edition of the Optic for full details on day three, which unfolded after this issue went to press.)

    In Wednesday’s semifinals, Robertson endured a rugged clash against Bernalillo to reach the championship game for a second year in a row. West Las Vegas lost to bigger, faster West Mesa in the other semifinal.

    Wednesday highlights:

  • West girls bully Bernalillo by 18

    Not content with the perspective from the perimeter, Briana Montaño opted to get an up-close view of the basket on Wednesday night in West Las Vegas’ 62-44 romp over Bernalillo.

    Montaño got most of her points on hard-charging layups and scored 12 of her game-high 22 in the first half.

    Vanessa Lucero and Miranda Martinez added 10 points apiece as the No. 6 Lady Dons defeated the Class 4A Lady Spartans for the second time this season.

  • 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.