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Today's Sports

  • Pecos hosting Tri-Cities

    After meeting in the championship games of the major regular-season tournaments in 2015-16, the Mora Rangers and Pecos Panthers could be headed to another trophy showdown in this year’s Tri-Cities Tournament.

    Pecos is hosting the Tri this time, with action beginning Wednesday at Sanchez Gym.

    As fate would have it, Mora (6-3) and Pecos (6-1) are on opposite halves of the bracket, meaning they could meet in Friday’s title game.

  • Michigan settles for the Orange

    By Ralph D. Russo
    The Associated Press

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 28...

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • Stu Clark Tournament: Atrisco Heritage vs. Sandia Prep, 1 p.m.; Moriarty vs. St. Pius X, 2:30 p.m.; Robertson vs. Cobre, 6 p.m.; West Las Vegas vs. Bernalillo, 7:30 p.m.; all games at Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls at Texico Citizens Bank tourney, TBA, Texico
    • Pecos boys host Tri-Cities tourney (including Pecos, Mora), TBA, Sanchez Gym
    • Pecos girls at St. Mike’s tourney, TBA, Santa Fe
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Sierra Nevada Classic, TBA, Reno, Nev.

  • All-state football: Postseason...

    You might say these guys earned these particular early Christmas presents.

    Five Robertson players and one from West Las Vegas were among those named all-state in football for this past season.
    Cardinals Darian Duran, Joseph Paul Griego, Connor Houdek, Babatunde Okundaye and Arjay Ortiz, along with Don Cassius Trujillo received word of the recognition by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Additionally, five local members of the senior class of 2017 were selected to the Class 3A-4A North All-Stars in football.

  • Montaño to play college softball

    For eight years, Michael Quintana has been counting on Samantha Montaño.

    For eight years, she has delivered.

    The dependability of the Robertson senior shortstop was cited as a major factor in an offer to continue her softball career (and education) at Dodge City Community College in 2017. Montaño on Dec. 2 signed a letter of intent, with a purple Conquistadors jersey and balloons in the school colors of purple and gold nearby.

    “I visited the campus, and I liked it,” Montaño said. “It’s a small town.”

  • Former NMHU coach in spotlight

    John Fassel, who served as head coach at New Mexico Highlands in 2003-04, has found himself in charge of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.

    Fassel, previously the team’s special teams coordinator, was promoted to the head coaching post on an interim basis to finish the season, which wraps up on New Year’s Day.

    The move was made after the Rams fired Jeff Fisher after a Dec. 12 loss to Atlanta, dipping the team to 4-9 in its first year back in L.A. Fisher was 31-45-1 in five years as head coach of the Rams.

  • Stu Clark Tourney this week

    Here comes the 63rd annual Stu Clark Tournament.

    One of the longest-running tourneys in the state, the Stu will run Wednesday through Friday at the Wilson Complex on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    Tournament passes are available for $12 each from both local school districts’ athletics offices and from Stu Clark committee members.

    The tournament tips off with Atrisco Heritage and Sandia Prep at 1 p.m., followed by Moriarty vs. St. Pius X at 2:30 on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 25...

    SUNDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    MONDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    TUESDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • Stu Clark Tournament: Atrisco Heritage vs. Sandia Prep, 1 p.m.; Moriarty vs. St. Pius X, 2:30 p.m.; Robertson vs. Cobre, 6 p.m.; West Las Vegas vs. Bernalillo, 7:30 p.m.; all games at Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls at Texico Citizens Bank tourney, TBA, Texico

  • Hoops in the valley - Lady Dons...

    Ten Lady Dons scored at least two points apiece — seven players in the opening quarter — as West Las Vegas routed Bernalillo 74-26 on Tuesday night.

    The game was held at Valley Middle School’s Griego Gym, part of what has become an annual occurrence.

  • Junior Hackers hitting stride

    Together as a team for only a year and a half, the Las Vegas Junior Hackers 14-and-under travel baseball squad recently captured the gold first-place trophy at the Toys for Tots tournament in Carlsbad.

    The championship rounded out a productive autumn for the Hackers, who placed second in similar USSSA events in Amarillo and El Paso. They also competed in an Albuquerque tournament, although they did not place.

    The team is coached by Roy Pacheco, who said he’s “amazed” by how well the players have progressed in a limited time together.