Today's Sports

  • State football playoffs begin

    Talk about deja vu.

    The West Las Vegas Dons don’t have to dig deep through their old game film or scorebooks to research their first opponent in the Class 4A state football playoffs.

    They were at St. Michael’s just last weekend, losing 47-8.

    As fate would have it, a New Mexico Activities Association seeding committee paired the Dons against the same Horsemen bunch against whom they ended the regular season. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex in Santa Fe.

  • State volleyball this weekend

    Going into the state tournament as a favorite hasn’t worked out in recent history for the West Las Vegas volleyball team.

    As they boarded a bus and headed to Rio Rancho on Wednesday afternoon — Destination: Santa Ana Star Center! — the Lady Dons had to hope for a surprise run as an underdog.

    West (8-13 overall under first-year coach Elizabeth Ulibarri) was to open pool play Thursday morning against a couple of the toughest teams in the Class 4A tournament.

  • Outlaws claim third in Zia...

    On the heels of a third-place finish in the Zia Bowl playoffs, the 9-10 Las Vegas Outlaws are scheduled to play in the High Desert state championships this weekend in Albuquerque.

    The 9-10 Outlaws absorbed their first loss of the year in the semifinals of the Zia Bowl tourney, which wrapped up Oct. 30 in Santa Fe.

    The defending champion Los Alamos Extreme avenged an opening-day defeat at the hands of the Outlaws to advance to the title game. The Outlaws bounced back with a win over the Rio Rancho Punishers in the third-place game.

  • Pelzel earns tourney title

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU reports

    New Mexico Highlands wrestler Kellen Pelzel captured a tournament championship this past Sunday at the Oklahoma City Open.

    Pelzel, a sophomore from Centralia, Wash., was the champion at 165 lbs. in the Elite Division.

    NMHU teammate Chris Collins was runner up at 197 lbs. in the Amateur Division. Jacob Hawthorne was fourth at 174, and Mike Ramirez was fourth at 133, both in the Amateur Division.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 11...

    • NMHU men vs. Eastern New Mexico, 7 p.m., Canyon, Texas
    • NMHU women vs. Roger State, noon, Wilson Complex
    • NMHU vs. Fort Lewis, 6 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Class 2A state tournament quarterfinals, 8 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho (semifinals to follow at 4:45 p.m.)
    • Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals, 9:45 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho (semifinals to follow at 4:45 p.m.)


  • Going out a winner

    RIO RANCHO — The Pecos Panthers became back-to-back state cross country champions on Saturday, getting a one-two individual finish from senior Julian Garcia and junior Josh DeHerrera.

  • Cards, Dons punch into postseason

    The lone unbeaten team in Class 4A football, Robertson (10-0) will be the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.

    West Las Vegas (6-4) also earned a spot in the postseason as the No. 11 seed and will have an instant rematch with No. 6 St. Michael’s this coming weekend in Santa Fe. For the Dons, it’s the first playoff appearance since 2003, according to the school.

    The Horsemen won 47-8 earlier Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale.

    The New Mexico Activities Association announced the state brackets late Saturday.

  • Redbirds cap 10-0 campaign

    A 57-6 beatdown of visiting Pojoaque Valley completed a 10-0 regular season for the Robertson football team Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    The game, which saw RHS score the first 21 points in the opening period, was called in the middle of the third quarter.

    Diego Chavez was a turnover-producing machine, recovering two fumbles and picking off an Elk pass, and he also made seven tackles. He caught one touchdown pass to aid the offense.

  • NMHU XC runs out of runway at...

    New Mexico Highlands’ bid to return to nationals in cross country fell short this past Saturday at Washington Park in Denver, site of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional.

    Collins Kurui, Highlands’ No. 1 man and winner of three races this fall, finished 43rd with a time of 33:12 and missed the cut for individual qualification. Head coach Bob DeVries said the lingering effects of an injury hampered Kurui’s racing at the most difficult time of the year.

  • RHS spikers rally to district...

    SANTA FE — After Robertson’s volleyball team got down early and then lost game one 25-21 Saturday night, host St. Mike’s had reason to feel good about its chances in the District 2-4A tournament final.

    Not so fast, the Lady Cardinals said.

    Getting contributions from across the lineup, Robertson rallied to win the next set, 25-23. And the next one, 25-9. And the next one, 25-17.