Today's Sports

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 27...

    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Moriarty, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •Pecos boys (A,B) and girls (A,B) at Desert Academy, 5 p.m., Santa Fe
    •Pecos Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Pecos
    •NMHU at Wayland Baptist, 7 p.m., Plainview, Texas

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • Mora Middle School boys at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa


  • NFL: And then there were four

    It’s conference championship weekend in the NFL, and the top two seeds in each conference delivered on a pair of marquee matchups by coming through with victories in the divisional round.

    In the AFC, it will be the New England Patriots at the Denver Broncos; in the NFC it’s the Arizona Cardinals at the Carolina Panthers. The winners meet in the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7.

    And what a group of star players, featuring yet another Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady showdown.

  • Right on cue

    Las Vegas Optic

    “We have a lot of talent in this small community, and we would like to compete on the national level and put the original Las Vegas on the map,” said Stephen Mora, who operates the fledgling Meadow City BCA Pool League.

  • Dons win big vs. Clayton

    As the non-district portion of the schedule winds down, West Las Vegas amped up its offense in a 92-51 win over visiting Clayton on Thursday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons (14-3 and a top-three team in Class 4A boys' hoops) overpowered the Yellow Jackets early and didn't let up.

  • Cardinals tame Lions

    Sebastian Gonzales roared louder than any Lion visiting the Bird Cage on Thursday night.

    The Robertson senior guard scored a game-high 33 points to lead the host Cardinals to an 87-60 win over Santa Rosa at Mike Marr Gym. Ranked as high as second in Class 4A boys' basketball, Robertson improved to 17-2 overall.

    The Cardinals have now won 13 consecutive games, their last defeat being Dec. 19 at Lovington.

    Warren Fulgenzi (21 points), Erik Encinias (11), Francisco Arguello (10) and Arjay Ortiz (10) joined Gonzales in double figures Thursday.

  • Morgan, Lady Dons sink Lady...

    Seven Lady Dons scored as part of a balanced attack that sunk the Grants Lady Pirates 69-53 on Tuesday night in Grants.

    The victory was West Las Vegas’ 15th in 18 games this season.

    Solid in the paint and on the free-throw line, West forward Kerstin Morgan led all scorers with 19 points.

    \Lady Dons senior guard Deanna Bustos torched the hosts for three 3-pointers in the opening period. The touch from the perimeter helped West take a 20-18 edge going into the second quarter.

  • RHS girls overcome slow start

    Jasmine Jenkins had the only made field goal and six of Robertson’s seven points in the first quarter Monday in the team’s late-add game with Miyamura at Mike Marr Gym.

    Then the rest of the Lady Cardinals started to get into the act.

    Robertson wound up with a 54-40 win, its second in a row, to improve to 7-10.

    Head coach Leroy Barela and his squad are scheduled to play Thoreau at home on Saturday.

  • Battle of top-three neighbors

    MORA — Manuel Romero doesn’t carry himself like a visitor when he finds himself on the sideline reserved for guests at Joseph Montoya Gymnasium.

    He looks quite comfortable, thank you. Like a guy visiting his old home.

    A couple of championship banners hanging overhead may offer a clue as to why. Romero was head coach at Mora in 1995 and 1998, when the Rangers earned those coveted banners, and there’s a certain amount of reverence he still has among the basketball fans of Mora County.

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Jan. 22,...

    •NMHU women and men at Adams State, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    •Pecos boys (A,B) and girls (A,B) at Academy for Technology and the Classics, 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    •Valley Middle School boys vs. Eldorado, 4 p.m., Valley gym
    Track and field
    •NMHU women at Cherry & Silver Invite, TBA, Albuquerque; and at Air Force Invite, TBA, Colorado Springs

    •NMHU women and men at Fort Lewis, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Durango, Colo.

  • Wrapping it up