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Today's Sports

  • No bull: 'El Toro'...

    Friday night, Arturo "El Toro" Crespin got even.

    The Las Vegas junior middleweight avenged his only professional defeat with a four-round decision against Albuquerque’s Carlos "El Gallo" Sanchez. The bout was part of the undercard for Friday’s ShoBox event at Tingley Coliseum. Onetime Las Vegan Gary Shaw promoted the card.

    Sanchez had beaten Crespin in the WLV graduate’s third pro fight in June 2009. In a recent interview with the Optic, the 19-year-old Crespin said he was looking for “redemption” in the rematch.

  • West girls zip past St. Mike...

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team had the most memorable game — and the lone victory — in a challenging weekend for the Meadow City’s four varsity high school basketball squads.

    The Lady Dons, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, squeaked out a 38-34 win over St. Michael’s at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe on Saturday night, keeping their hold on first place in District 2-3A.

  • RHS wrestlers inch closer to form

    As big, economy-stimulating local sporting events go, the revered Stu Clark Tournament has nothing on the Cardinal Wrestling Classic.

    The Classic, which has carved out a traditional mid-winter spot on the Meadow City’s sports calendar, brings a couple dozen teams to town for mat action Friday and Saturday at Mike Marr Gym.

    The host Cardinals are looking to pick up a little momentum after last weekend’s strong showing. The team took first place in the Belen Duals and second in Albuquerque Manzano’s tournament.

  • Local boxers in ring Friday at...

    A trio of boxers with local ties will be in the ring Friday night at Albuquerque’s Tingley Coliseum, site of a ShoBox card being staged by Gary Shaw Promotions.

    Michael Coca-Gallegos, an area native now living in Albuquerque, will be seeking his first professional victory after losing his first two fights. Coca-Gallegos is looking to upset fellow up-and-comer Vincent “Lil Man” Mirabal (4-0, 1 KO).

  • Dons battle but fall at Pojoaque

    In its 62-46 defeat of visiting West Las Vegas on Wednesday night at Ben Lujan Gymnasium, Pojoaque pumped its district record against Las Vegas teams to 2-0.

    But the outcome was far from certain early in the fourth quarter.

    Tomas Benavidez had just driven to the hoop and scored off a pass from Ambrosio Castellano to bring the Dons within 43-40, and West looked to have a little momentum on its side. Ryan Montoya answered for the Elks, but a bucket by T.J. Esquibel made it 46-42.

  • Cards pull away to win by 20

    Justin Bustos led all scorers with 22 points Wednesday evening as host Robertson jumped back into the District 2-3A race courtesy of a 85-65 thumping of Raton at Mike Marr Gym.

    Was the final score indicative of the Cardinals’ dominance?

    Yes and no, depending on what part of the game you examine.

  • Don wrestlers 4th in Trinidad

    Helped by a couple of wrestlers who reached the championship matches in their weight classes, the West Las Vegas wrestling team snagged fourth place in the 12-team Trinidad Invitational over the weekend in Trinidad, Colo.

    Dumas (Texas) came out on top in the team standings amid a close battle among the top four teams. Dumas amassed 148 team points to edge La Junta (Colo.), 143; Trinidad, 142; and West Las Vegas, 141.

  • RMAC baseball: Cowboys picked 2nd

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Mesa State College baseball team is picked to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season championship for the sixth year in a row, according to the RMAC’s eight head baseball coaches. The Mavericks are also expected to win the Mountain Division.

    New Mexico Highlands is expected to finish second. The Cowboys have RMAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year Drew Vassil and five total players on the league’s preseason team.

  • Cowboys slam WSC

    Roman Andrade wasted no time Saturday night in erasing the memory of the previous night’s heartbreaking loss to Mesa State.

    Andrade, New Mexico Highlands’ leading scorer, burned the Western State Mountaineers for 25 points in the opening half alone and finished with 35 as the Cowboys won 100-72.

  • Cowgirls earn split, RMAC win...

    Whitney Polosky tallied 20 points and Amanda Beauchamp had 18 on Saturday evening, leading New Mexico Highlands to a 78-72 win over league opponent Western State (Colo.).

    That outcome gave Highlands a split of a weekend Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference homestand. Mesa State had won 65-62 on Friday.

    NMHU converted on 21 of 24 free throws Saturday and while the Cowgirls hit 43 percent from the floor for the game, they were a healthy 48 percent in the second half.

    NMHU improved to 7-8 overall and 2-6 in the RMAC; WSC is 6-10, 4-4.