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Today's Sports

  • Dons fifth in Dexter tourney

    Tomas Benavidez scored 14 points and Ambrosio Castellano tallied 13 for West Las Vegas, helping the Dons to a 51-42 win over Cloudcroft Saturday in the fifth-place game of the Dexter Invitational.

    It was an uplifting weekend for the West boys, who bounced back from a 79-64 opening round loss to Hagerman to win their last two games. The Dons defeated Hot Springs 64-52 on Friday, reaching the consolation final.

    On Saturday, WLV built a modest early lead on Cloudcroft and began to pull away in the second quarter, taking a 31-22 halftime lead.

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  • RHS girls roll in Santa Fe

    Miranda Garcia led all scorers with 17 points Tuesday night as Robertson won convincingly, 53-31 at Santa Fe High.

    Karlee Bradley (12 points, four assists, six steals) and Kassandra Tapia (11 points, 15 rebounds, five assists) also reached double figures; Daniella Montoya added four assists and six steals for the eighth-ranked Lady Cardinals, who play in an Aztec tournament this weekend.

  • NMHU back in town

    It’s been a while since New Mexico Highlands basketball fans got to see their favorite teams live in Las Vegas, but given the caliber of the upcoming weekend lineup of games at the Wilson Complex, the wait may be well worth it.

    Metro State College of Denver (11-2, 4-1 RMAC), ranked as high as 12th in NCAA Division II in preseason polls, will be here Friday night to take on the host Cowboys. The Roadrunners are led by wings Reggie Evans (17.2 ppg) and Donte Nicholas (16.8 ppg).

    Saturday the Cowboys face Regis (6-7, 1-4).

  • West girls are No. 1

    As expected, West Las Vegas girls’ basketball has claimed sole possession of the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A.

    The latest New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll, released Wednesday, gives the Lady Dons (14-1) the nod. West had been tied with Lovington for the top spot but beat the Lady Wildcats in a head-to-head matchup last week. The team has since defeated Mora, Santa Fe and most recently Peñasco (64-42 on Wednesday night).

  • Cardinal grapplers get healthier

    Troy Estrada’s return from an injury came at a welcome time for the Robertson High wrestling team.

    Estrada racked up a 5-0 record over the weekend, boosting the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish in the Moriarty Duals.

    “Troy has been out with an injury, and we are really glad to have him back in the lineup,” said coach Richard Martinez.

  • Gonzalez to lead RHS football

    Speculation about the future of the Robertson High football program can come to a close.

    The school is promoting defensive coordinator Leroy Gonzalez to the head coaching position, sources close to the school’s athletic department have confirmed.

    Gonzalez succeeds Richard Martinez, who submitted his letter of resignation shortly before the holiday break.

  • Crespin siblings fight Jan. 29...

    Getting even.

    It’s part of what Arturo and Amanda Crespin hope to accomplish on Jan. 29 when they return to the ring for a professional boxing card at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque.

    Arturo is scheduled for a rematch with Carlos Sanchez, who dealt him his first professional defeat last year.

    Amanda is slated to take on Nohime Dennison, who spoiled her pro debut in a narrow decision this past August.

  • Rifilato returns

    The last man to lead the New Mexico Highlands football program to a league championship is returning to a sideline near you.

    NMHU late last week announced the hiring of Ed Rifilato — most recently the head coach at Fort Lewis — as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator.

    In 1999, his sole year as Highlands’ head coach, Rifilato led the Cowboys to a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title. He had been Carl Ferrill’s defensive coordinator at NMHU the three years prior to that.

  • Lady Dons vanquish Demonettes

    Linda Esquibel scored nine of her 17 points in the opening period Monday night, and she was one of nine Lady Dons to put points on the scoreboard in a 60-25 shellacking of host Santa Fe High.

    The No. 1 team in Class 3A girls’ basketball, West Las Vegas is 13-1 as it heads into Wednesday night’s home game with Peñasco, the last tuneup before the district schedule gets under way Jan. 20 with Santa Fe Indian School.

  • Cards' rally falls short at...

    Foul shooting played a role for better and for worse Saturday night as Robertson lost a 75-71 boys’ basketball nailbiter at Taos.

    The Cardinals, ranked fourth in the latest Class 3A boys’ poll, lost their first game in nearly a month at the hands of the 4A Tigers, who will join District 2-3A next season as part of a statewide reclassification.