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Today's Sports

  • Lady Dons 3rd seed; Cards 4th

    Punctuating the regular season with a 46-39 win Friday over crosstown rival Robertson, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons are the No. 3 seed in the District 2-3A tournament.

    The team hosts No. 6 Raton on Monday evening in one of two first-round games. In the other, No. 5 seed Robertson plays at No. 4 St. Michael’s.

    Monday’s winners play one another the following night, with that winner advancing to play at No. 2 Santa Fe Indian. Whoever emerges from the fray goes on to face top seed Pojoaque Valley in Jacona.

  • Cowgirl frosh honored

    New Mexico Highlands University freshman Melissa Martinez has racked up honors in her first couple of weeks of being a Cowgirl.

    Martinez was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the week as well as the  National Fastpitch Coaches Association DII National Player of the Week. She is the first Cowgirl softball player to ever receive the latter.

  • Titles for Martinez, Vigil

    Daniel Martinez on Saturday joined his older brothers Adam and Jake in a select group of New Mexico high school wrestlers who have won four state championships.

    With one year of eligibility remaining, the Robertson junior now has a chance at five — a distinction earned by only Carlsbad’s Michael Scott Owen.

    Martinez and Robertson senior Estevan Vigil both went 3-0 at the state tournament over the weekend, each defending the titles at the weight classes they’d competed in a year earlier — 152 and 171, respectively.

  • WNMU sweeps NMHU

    Tony Riley, fouled on a late three-point shot, sank all three free throws to lift Western New Mexico over visiting New Mexico Highlands 88-85 this past Thursday in Silver City.

    It was the first loss in nine games for the Cowboys (17-8, 11-6).

    Roman Andrade led NMHU with 27 points.

    Earlier Thursday, WNMU’s women dropped the Cowgirls 69-62 despite a 13-point, four-rebound, five-steal night from Jessica Armijo. Ashley Logan had 12 points and five boards for Highlands (10-14, 5-12).

    NMHU plays at Western State Friday in Gunnison, Colo.

  • State wrestling tourney in Rio...

    Adam Martinez and Jake Martinez are part of an elite club in the history of New Mexico high school wrestling.

    Having won four individual state championships, they are two of only 12 grapplers to have done so. (Only one wrestler — Carlsbad’s Michael Scott Owen — has ever won five.)

    If he can win another state title Saturday at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center, Robertson High junior Daniel Martinez will join his older brothers in that exclusive group.

  • Las Vegas native to run in...

    Hometown fans will be able to watch Las Vegas’ own Victoria Martinez compete on the national level — and on New Mexico turf — when the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships come to Albuquerque Feb. 27-28.

    Martinez, 26, qualified for the national indoor 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.29 at a meet this past weekend at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. The time eclipsed Martinez’s previous personal best in the event.

  • Cowgirls upset Wolves

    Modest runs of 5-0 and 8-0 paved the way to one of the Highlands Cowgirls’ finest wins in recent history Tuesday for Senior Night at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowgirls surprised defending league champion Colorado State-Pueblo 62-49 to improve to 10-13 overall and 4-11 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. CSUP (15-9, 11-5) stays on track for a postseason run, but it was a feel-good night for coach Tiffany Darling and a Highlands team that has come a long way in a year.

  • Hoops season to finish with East...

    For those who love the Robertson-West Las Vegas athletic rivalry, there could be no better way to end the regular season.

    East-West clashes in boys’ basketball (Friday night at Mike Marr Gym) and girls’ basketball (Saturday evening at Gillie Lopez Gym) will bring the curtain down on the regular season this weekend.

    On paper, at least, there are clear favorites.

    Robertson’s boys’ team, led by coach David Bustos, is rated seventh in 3A, 16-7 and 4-4 in district going into Thursday night’s game with No. 3 Santa Fe Indian.

  • Jones the all-time winningest...

    New Mexico Highlands University head baseball coach Steve Jones has broken the All-Time wins record for the NMHU baseball program — and in doing so, became the winningest coach in NMHU history.

    Jones earned his 385th win on  Feb. 14 as his Cowboys defeated Hardin Simmons University by a final score of 16-3.

    Jones now has a career record of 385-294 with a .567 winning percentage in his 13 years at the helm of the Cowboy baseball program, which also makes him the fastest to reach 385 wins in school history.

  • NMHU president, professor...

    Proving their prowess is not confined to the college campus, a New Mexico Highlands University contingent that included NMHU President Jim Fries achieved victory in the recent Mount Taylor Quadrathlon.

    The self-titled “NMHU Viejos” won the 60-69 age division of the quadrathlon, which took place for the 27th time last Saturday at Mount Taylor, near Grants.