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Today's Sports

  • State tournaments open this...

    West Las Vegas senior Linda Esquibel learned this week she’s the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from the New Mexico Activities Association.

    Now she’s hoping the scholarship is a good omen for herself and her fellow Lady Dons, who open the Class 3A girls’ state tournament at home 7 p.m. Friday against Hatch Valley.

    West (24-4), coached by Jose Medina and his staff, is the No. 4 seed in the tournament; Hatch the No. 13 seed. This is the teams’ first meeting this season.

  • Mora runner signs with HU

    “Hard work usually yields positive results,” wrote Mora High School cross country standout Henrique Chavez in the scholarship essay he recently authored.

    Chavez’s own diligence has helped land him a scholarship on the New Mexico Highlands University men’s cross country team. The Mora senior recently signed his letter of intent to attend — and run for — NMHU.

  • Bustos, Grizz bumped from tourney

    ALAMOSA, Colo. — Despite playing without their top scorer for much of the game in junior Rachel Espinoza, the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves continued their fine RMAC Shootout play as they held the Adams State College women’s basketball team to a 28.1 percent shooting effort in the first half en route to a 70-61 win in the quarterfinal round Tuesday night at Plachy Hall.

  • Rangers reign in district, await...

    The Mora Rangers will be hosting the Rehoboth Christian Lynx at 5 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the state tournament.

    The Rangers earned the right by defeating the visiting Pecos Panthers in the District 4-2A championship game on Saturday evening. It’s the first time since the 2006 season that Mora has hosted.

    “The Rangers are rolling,” said Coach Hank Laumbach. “It’s not how we started; it’s how we finish that matters. The season is done for some teams that beat us early on.”

  • WLV girls win district tourney

    Miranda Martinez led all scorers with 17 points and teammate Vanessa Lucero scored 16 to spearhead West Las Vegas’ 53-41 win over Santa Fe Indian School on Saturday in the District 2-3A tournament championship game.

    The Lady Dons will host a first-round state tournament contest on Friday evening at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • State tournament brackets set

    Fans of local area high school basketball teams now know whom and where their favorite hoopsters will be playing in the opening round of the New Mexico state tournaments.

    Girls' first-round games will take place Friday at the home campuses of the higher seeds. The boys will play Saturday.

  • P-Rod nabs honor again

    New Mexico Highlands University baseball player Phillip Rodriguez has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-Rawlings Player of the Week for the second time this season.

    Rodriguez posted another strong statistical weekend for the Cowboys in their doubleheader against RMAC rival Colorado State-Pueblo. He finished the weekend with a .500 batting average, going four for eight with three runs and one run batted in.

    Rodriguez is second overall in the RMAC in batting average with a season batting average of .556.

  • Elks down WLV, RHS boys

    Boys’ basketball teams from Robertson and West Las Vegas saw their District 2-3A tournament hopes dashed by the same opponent this week — Pojoaque Valley.

    The Elks, veterans of extended postseason runs — including a state championship — in recent seasons, pummeled West Las Vegas 57-44 on Tuesday evening in the opening round. Then they beat Robertson 61-50 on Wednesday, advancing to Thursday’s semifinal at St. Michael’s.

  • HU sluggers sweep Cougars; now 9...

    The New Mexico Highlands baseball team swept the Colorado Christian Cougars on day two of the series by scores of 15-10 and 9-8, completing a four-game series sweep to open the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule over the weekend.

    The offense was again the main story of the day as the team hit .420 on Saturday.

    The Cowboys are now 9-1 overall and 3-0 in RMAC play; they trek to Portales on Tuesday to take on the Greyhounds of Eastern New Mexico University in a non-conference matchup.

  • Four firsts for Highlands'...

    Angella Graham of New Mexico Highlands University was named the meet’s top female athlete in this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Golden, Colo.

    Graham won four individual events — the pentathlon, high jump, long jump and triple jump — and was a runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles.

    The effort led the Cowgirls to a third-place team finish behind only national powerhouse Adams State and Nebraska-Kearney.