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Today's Sports

  • July 31 dance to benefit...

    It’s a big dance to help the Las Vegas Kryptonite baseball team get to the big dance — the upcoming state tournament.

    Camino Oscuro, a band from Pecos, will play at the Night Owl from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, July 31. The dance and show will help raise funds for the Kryptonite, who play in the Sandy Koufax tourney in late July and early August.

  • North wins two of three All-Star...

    Former West Las Vegas standout Kristen Encinias connected on several big long-range shots Friday night in the Class 3A North-South All-Star girls' basketball game. But her last make, from short range, was the biggest of them all.

    Encinias sank one of two free throws with 24 seconds left in regulation to nudge the North ahead 74-73, and that would end up the final margin in one of the more exciting North-South contests in years.

    The North went on to sweep Friday's hoops doubleheader after also prevailing 101-85 in the boys' game.

  • North sweeps Friday twinbill

    West Las Vegas’ Kristen Encinias had several big outside shots Friday night, but the biggest make she had was from the free-throw line.

    Encinias sank one of two freebies with 24 seconds left to nudge the Class 3A North All-Stars ahead 74-73, and that ended up the final margin in one of the most exciting all-star contests in recent history.

    Encinias, who hit three from long range, had 14 points total; Pojoaque’s Jackie Bartleson led with 23.

  • City subsidy of boxing questioned

    The city of Las Vegas’ recent decision to give $15,000 to a boxing promoter has come under some criticism.

    But city officials say Las Vegas will benefit from the advertising for a planned September fight, which will include the city’s logo.

    On July 1, the City Council voted to give the money to Fresquez Productions, which aims to bring Albuquerque pro boxer Holly Holm for a fight on Sept. 5. Her opponent will be announced at a coming press conference, according to Fresquez.

  • Put best seats up for grabs, say...

    As part of its deal with the city of Las Vegas, a boxing promoter will give the city eight ringside seats and 30 general admission seats for the planned Holly Holm fight in September.

    Should the community expect to see the politically connected in the choice seats?

    Absolutely not, if some city officials get their way.

    Councilman Morris Madrid, a boxing fan, said he thinks the city should raffle off the seats and let the proceeds go to some good cause such as a homeless shelter. He said city officials shouldn’t be eligible.

  • North vs. South

    For one last time, Kristen Encinias will play basketball for coach Jose “Majic” Medina.

    As West Las Vegas’ girls’ coach, Medina will undoubtedly miss Encinias’ dependable performance in the paint, her steady free throw shooting and her leadership in the locker room when the Lady Dons open camp this coming season.

    But the two will team up once more on Friday night, wearing the red of the Class 3A North All-Stars instead of the green and gold of WLV.

  • LVLL minors Red Sox, Kryptonite...

    It’s human nature to love a thriller. You are not alone if the baseball of this past weekend made you want to scream. It wasn’t bad, you know it, and if you were there, you might long remember the time...

    LVLL minors championship:

    Red Sox 7, Yankees 6

    As regular-season champs, the Sox were favored in this one, but the Yanks came out on a tear. Beginning with a run by Elena Archuleta, they struck for a 3-0 lead midway through the first. And they led 6-1 through three frames.

  • Holm slated to fight in town...

    Albuquerque pro boxer Holly Holm may be coming to Las Vegas, with some help from the city.

    On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council approved a request from Fresquez Productions for $15,000 to help sponsor a Holm fight set for early September. Her rival hasn’t been announced.

    The money will come from a portion the city’s lodger’s taxes, which are assessed to motel bills.

    The council voted 3-1 for the $15,000; Councilwoman Diane Moore dissented. Moore said she would rather the issue go through the lodger's tax board first.

  • WLV's Armijo wrestles for...

    John Armijo started his summer in Orlando, but he wasn’t there to check out Disney World.

    Armijo, who graduated from West Las Vegas in May, was the lone representative of Class 3A on an all-New Mexico wrestling team that competed in the Amateur Athletic Union Scholastic Nationals, a duals tournament hosted by Disney’s Wide World of Sports facility.

  • North-South festivities begin...

    Many of the top prep athletes from the Class of 2009 will converge on the Meadow City beginning Monday for the annual North-South games in football and boys’ and girls’ basketball.

    Las Vegas and NMHU have hosted the Class 3A event for several years, earning high marks from many participating coaches and athletes.