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Today's Sports

  • Lady Dons rally, nip Pojoaque

    Down 23-10 after an 11-0 Pojoaque run and banged up at two key positions, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons seemed snakebitten at every turn Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    WLV post Vanessa Lucero and wing Briana Montaño — two of the Lady Dons’ veteran leaders — nursed knee injuries. The third of West’s big three, point guard Miranda Martinez wasn’t finding many easy shots, either. But she led a gritty effort as the host Lady Dons overcame a 13-point deficit to steal a significant non-district win from the Elkettes, 52-48.

  • Horsemen double up RHS in battle...

    Okay, holiday break is over and school is back in session. Get ready for some math.

    The difference between No. 3 and No. 4 equals 25 points.

    Huh?

    Third-ranked St. Michael’s downed fourth-rated Robertson 47-22 on Wednesday night in Santa Fe, erasing an early deficit and likely confounding boys’ basketball pollsters yet again.

    RHS recently did that by bumping off Portales 51-48 in the Stu Clark Tournament when the Cardinals were seventh and Rams fourth in the polls.

  • Mat time
  • Lady Cards beat St. Mike’s

    Improvement continues for Robertson High’s girls’ basketball team, which scored one of its better victories of the season Tuesday evening at former district foe St. Michael’s.

    The Lady Cardinals (4-6) won 45-37 behind another inspired defensive effort from the whole lineup — and another big game from Jamie Allen and Kassandra Tapia.

    Tapia was a rebounding menace, grabbing a game-high 18 boards to go with 10 points and eight steals.

    Allen swished nine of 12 free throws and scored a team-best 15 points.

  • Rangers romp in NRG opener

    Las Vegas Optic

    Mora’s outside shooting — and a 43-point  combined effort by Tyler Martinez and Tim Romero — played a major role in its 71-48 win over Escalante Wednesday night in the opening round of the Northern Rio Grande Tournament, which continues through Saturday at the Pojoaque High campus in Jacona.
    Pecos was to play Coronado on Thursday.

    Mora (9-1) advances to play Mesa Vista in a Friday semifinal.

  • Martinez breaks wins record

    Robertson High’s wrestling team returned from last week’s Silver City Duals with another team title.

    RHS senior Daniel Martinez came back with the school record for wins in a career.

    Martinez went 8-0 to run his career victory total to 202, passing older brothers Jake and Adam in the Cardinal record book.

    Oh, and as he’s done at every tournament to date this season, Martinez also earned Outstanding Middleweight Wrestler honors.

  • Road split for HU teams

    Thomas Manzano recorded 27 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals, and Momcilo Latinovic scored 21 to go with 11 rebounds as New Mexico Highlands rolled over host Colorado Christian 79-62 Monday night in Lakewood, Colo.

    The victory came 24 hours after coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys (10-2 overall, 6-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) endured only their second defeat of the season, a 95-76 setback against then-undefeated Colorado School of Mines.

  • Mora boys rock Pecos, capture...

    Four Mora Rangers scored in double figures, outrunning and outgunning the Pecos Panthers 84-45 this past weekend in the unexpectedly lopsided finale of the Tri-City Tournament held in Pecos.

    The tourney final had been slated for Thursday, Dec. 30, in Santa Rosa but was moved to Saturday in Pecos, reportedly due to weather.

    Tyler Martinez led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Adam Laumbach with 14 and Andrew Lesse and Lucas Serna with a dozen each for Mora (8-1).

    Isidro Sena and John Vigil led Pecos (5-6) with 14 points each.

  • Cowboys stun No. 8 GVSU

    Now the Highlands Cowboys can say they beat the Lakers.

    No, not those Lakers — but it is a huge win nonetheless.

    New Mexico Highlands  upset Grand Valley State (Mich.) 73-69 on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., as part of the Trip Sports Grand Canyon Classic.

    GVSU’s Lakers went into the game 9-2 and ranked eighth in NCAA Division II men’s basketball.

  • 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.