Today's Sports

  • Dons split first two games

    Taking down visiting Peñasco by six and then pushing Wingate in a five-point loss on the road, the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team has officially opened the Ernie Rodriguez Era with a promising start.

    The Dons’ debut under their new head coach came Wednesday evening as they beat Peñasco 64-58 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Jordan Lopez led West with 21 points.

    Lopez’s steal and subsequent layup, followed by a defensive stop and a free throw by Benny Salinas capped a 7-0 start to the game for WLV.

  • Lady Sundevils romp

    Black Friday was followed by Red-and-Gold Saturday, and there were no good deals to be had for the West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team.

    Visiting Española Valley, a 64-28 winner, outworked the Lady Dons on rebounding and defense and had little trouble in an early-season blowout at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Greyhounds sprint past Cowboys

    Marcus Williams led all players with 21 points, and three teammates also scored in double figures but New Mexico Highlands lost a 104-98 shootout with Eastern New Mexico this past Wednesday night on a neutral court in Santa Rosa.

    Highlands battled back after falling behind by as much as 13 points — 79-66 at the eight-minute mark in the second half — but never got over the hump.

    NMHU (1-2) opens its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule with Metro State this Friday in Denver.

  • Santa Rosa grabs 2A football...

    A late touchdown lifted the Santa Rosa Lions to a 21-14 victory over Eunice in the Class 2A state championship football game Saturday in Santa Rosa.

    Eunice, seeded No. 1, had routed Tucumcari 49-20 and beat Tularosa 20-13 to reach the final. The third-seeded Lions made it by shutting out Loving 49-0 and then roaring past No. 2 Texico 48-13 last week.

    Meanwhile, in Class 3A, a pair of defense-oriented semifinals took place Saturday, setting up a St. Michael’s-Lovington showdown for the title.

  • La Plaza elections now slated...

    If you happen to be interested in helping guide and govern La Plaza Little League this coming spring and summer, you have the opportunity to step up to the proverbial plate.

    La Plaza is scheduling board elections for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the league concession stand at Rodriguez Park. All positions are open for elections.

    The board elections had originally been scheduled in November, but the outgoing board opted to reschedule and re-advertise the meeting to allow for more potential participation.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 28...

    No local varsity events

    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Tucumcari (A,B), 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas at Bernalillo, 3 p.m., Bernalillo

    • NMHU women vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    • Robertson boys at Taos Invitational, TBA, Taos

  • FYI - Sports - Nov. 28, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

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  • HU’s Rockhill 4th in UNK tourney

    New Mexico Highlands sophomore Robert Rockhill went 3-2 and took fourth place in the heavyweight division, highlighting the Cowboy wrestling team’s effort at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open on Nov. 19.

    Freshman 133-pounder Tre Humphrey compiled a 4-2 mark and pinned two opponents. He is 6-4 overall this season, including the opener at Oklahoma City.

    In the third-place match, Rockhill lost to Joe Alston of tourney host UNK via fall at the 3:54 mark.

  • Xplosion softball finishes what...

    Finally, the Las Vegas Xplosion softball team has an offseason.

    The squad finished its extended run by winning its third consecutive U.S. Slowpitch Softball Association tournament, the Rio Rancho Invitational, last month.

    “It has been not only a toll on the girls and coaches but for the parents also,” said coach Michael Quintana. “It takes a lot of commitment and financial doing to support the girls in something they love.”

    Quintana said several girls had particularly strong efforts.

  • Fast start for WLV

    In the first game of the 2011-12 season, the West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team made quick work of visiting Capital, 55-20, on Tuesday night at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West coach Jose Medina stifled the Lady Jaguars with a couple of defenses and unleashed a three-quarter-court press early, producing turnovers. West had its own turnover issues early, and neither side had a field goal until Capital’s Selene Gonzales’ bucket with 2:46 left in the first.