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  • Dons make it to Stu final

    West Las Vegas head coach David Bustos is well familiar with the feeling of playing in the Stu Clark Tournament championship.

    He’s been there enough.

    Bustos — who’s led teams to three Stu titles and two runner-up finishes — and his Dons (9-2) earned a spot in the 2016 final with a hard-fought victory over Class 5A St. Pius  in Thursday’s semifinals at the Wilson Complex.

  • Panthers keep momentum rolling...

    Extending its winning streak to eight consecutive games, the Pecos Panthers doubled up East Mountain 71-34 in the semifinals of the Tri-Cities Tournament on Thursday night at Sanchez Gym.

    The Panthers and coach Ira Harge advanced to Friday’s championship game with Santa Rosa, played after this issue had gone to press. (See the Optic website, www.lasvegasoptic.com, for updates.)

  • RHS girls shine in Texico

    Five different Lady Cardinals scored in the fourth quarter Thursday as Robertson pulled out a 38-36 nailbiter at Texico in the Citizens Bank Tournament.

    Robertson (9-1) was to play Farwell (Texas) in Friday’s final. Farwell advanced with a 66-57 win over Eunice.

  • Lady Dons edge SFHS

    West Las Vegas’ girls punctuated 2016 with a 57-52 triumph over Class 6A Santa Fe High on Thursday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Again a hot start keyed the WLV win. The Lady Dons outscored the Demonettes 19-11 in the first period.

    It was 31-28 at intermission and 44-37 going into the final frame.

    Jenika Padilla’s 24-point afternoon highlighted the Lady Don win.

    WLV scoring: Jenika Padilla, 24; Analysse Lucero, 10; Jenna Bustos, 8; Tiffany Encinias, 6; Alisson Hill, 5; Jasmine Montaño, 4.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 1...

    SUNDAY
    • No local varsity events scheduled

    MONDAY
    • No local varsity events scheduled

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Peñasco, 5 p.m., Peñasco
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Ruidoso, 3 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Moriarty, 4 p.m., Moriarty
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball

  • Stu Clark Day Two: Dons back in...

    West Las Vegas head coach David Bustos is well familiar with the feeling of playing in the Stu Clark Tournament championship.
    He’s been there enough.
    Bustos — who’s led teams to three Stu titles and two runner-up finishes — and his Dons (9-2) earned a spot in the 2016 final with a hard-fought victory over Class 5A St. Pius  in Thursday’s semifinals at the Wilson Complex.

  • Emphatic opening - Cards, Dons...

    West Las Vegas and Robertson will stay in prime time this Stu Clark Tournament, thank you very much.

    Both local boys’ hoops teams earned lopsided wins Wednesday to begin the 63rd edition of the tourney at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cardinals never trailed in routing Cobre 68-36 in the first evening game. Then, the Dons used a 21-9 surge in the opening period to take control en route to a 87-51 romp against Bernalillo in the nightcap of day one.

  • Mora, Pecos prevail to tip off...

    Playing on their home court for the Tri-Cities Tournament, Pecos dominated every quarter to win handily over Maxwell, 84-50, on Wednesday at Sanchez Gym.

    Carlos Cordova scored a game-high 21 points and Panther teammate Mario Archuleta had 19 as Pecos won its seventh consecutive game.

    Joshua DeHerrera added 11 for the Panthers (7-1), who were to play East-Mountain-McCurdy in the semifinals.

    Kolten Riggs had 14 and Aaron Salazar 13 for Maxwell, which lost for the first time in nine games.

  • National semis on Saturday

    By Ralph D. Russo
    The Associated Press

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 30...

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. South Dakota Mines and Technology, 1 and 3 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Stu Clark Tournament: seventh-place game TBA, 9:30 a.m.; fifth-place game TBA, 11 a.m.; third-place game TBA, 6 p.m.; championship game TBA, 7:30 p.m.; all games at Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls at Texico Citizens Bank tourney, TBA, Texico
    • Tri-Cities tourney: seventh-place game TBA, noon; fifth-place game TBA, 2 p.m.; third-place game TBA, 4 p.m; championship game TBA, 6 p.m.; Sanchez Gym