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Today's Sports

  • West girls stop Lovington in...

    In one of the bigger moments in program history, West Las Vegas rocked Lovington 72-55 in girls basketball Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym. Both teams tied for No. 1 Wednesday in the NMHSCA poll of Class 3A. West's win makes the Lady Dons 11-1. See Monday's Optic for details.

  • Cowboy wrestler upsets No. 1...

    New Mexico Highlands 125-pounder Seth Wright upset the No. 1-ranked wrestler in NCAA Division II in a competitive but ultimately unsuccessful dual meet Friday at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.

    The Grizzlies, rated No. 10 in the nation, won the dual 29-15.

    Wright’s effort in a 9-4 decision over national finals regular Arsenia Barksdale was one highlight for the Cowboys and coach Doug Moses, who returned to the mats after the holiday break. Wright is now 5-1 overall.

  • Several area teams ranked

    The latest New Mexico High School Coaches Association polls have a number of area basketball teams rated among the best in the state.

    West Las Vegas’ Lady Dons top the list, ranking No. 1 among the state’s Class 3A girls’ squads. WLV is tied with Lovington, whom the Lady Dons host on Friday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym. West is coached by Jose “Majic” Medina.

    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals are ranked eighth in the same poll after a recent run to the championship game in a Roswell Goddard tournament.

  • Top 3A girls' teams meet...

    It’s bigger than No. 1 vs. No. 2.

    It’s No. 1 vs. No. 1.

    When West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team plays Lovington on Friday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym, it’ll be a matchup between the state’s top two Class 3A teams — and it’s rare for the Meadow City to host such a contest in any sport.

    The Lady Dons and the visiting Wildcat girls, who tip off at 3:30, are in the unique position of sharing the No. 1 ranking in the latest New Mexico High School Coaches’ Association poll, released Wednesday.

  • Silver mettle

    Though they fielded wrestlers in just 10 of 14 weight classes, Robertson went a respectable 3-4 in the year-ending Silver Duals.

    Each of the Cardinal grapplers won at least once, and six posted winning records in the event, held last week in Silver City.

    Daniel Martinez (152 lbs.) went 7-0, recording early falls in every match. Johnathan Lucero (140) continued a strong start, going 6-1. Estevan Baca (215) also compiled a 6-1 record.

  • West extends Goddard but falls...

    For one half Saturday, West Las Vegas’ boys’ basektball team played well enough to ground the Class 4A Goddard Rockets.

    In a season of learning and building for coach Morgan Montaño’s squad, that is a positive sign.

    But it wasn’t nearly enough for the Dons to pull the upset. Ahead just four points at intermission, Goddard took off in the second half for a 72-55 win.

  • Birds shake Snakes, climb to 12-2

    Justin Bustos swished three baskets from three-point range — two in the opening quarter —  and went on to score a game-high 24 points Saturday night as Robertson won big over Tucumcari, 80-57.

    The Cardinals (12-2) have a full week to prepare for another pre-district tuneup. They play at Taos on Saturday, Jan. 9, then visit Socorro Jan. 12.

  • Leftover Stu

    Bernalillo guard Dillon Darnell swished 13 three-pointers during the Spartans’ three games in the 56th Stu Clark Tournament, which concluded Dec. 30 at Highlands’ Wilson Complex.

    That outside shooting exhibition included two games of six treys apiece — each just one shy of tying the single-game record — earned Darnell the record for most threes in one Stu Clark tourney.

  • Stu-pendous! Cardinals win Stu...

    Tuesday night may have been a Hollywood ending for the Robertson Cardinals, but Wednesday evening was a horror movie, albeit one with a positive outcome for RHS fans.

    The Cardinals outlasted Shiprock 62-50 in a game plagued by turnovers and subpar shooting to clinch the championship in the 56th annual Stu Clark Tournament before hundreds of fans at the Wilson Complex.

  • Lady Cards reach Goddard final

    Beset by a string of injuries and some disappointing losses in the first half of the season, the Robertson girls’ basketball team needed a pick-me-up during the holidays.

    They got it.

    Playing what head coach Aunna Bradley called their strongest basketball to date, the Lady Cardinals reached the championship game of the Goddard Invitational before losing to hometown team Roswell 50-44 on Wednesday.

    “We led most of the game,” Bradley noted. “Then they hit a couple of threes and took the lead from us.”