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Today's Sports

  • Cardinals wrestle fellow state...

    This week’s triangular wrestling meet at Rio Rancho High featured a most exclusive lineup.

    The three 2008 state champion wrestling teams — Class 5A Rio Rancho, Class 4A Belen and Class 1A-3A Robertson — met in head-to-head duals.

    Unlike the other two schools, however, the Cardinals fielded only eight of 14 weight classes, with several grapplers out due to illness.

    Rio swept both foes, beating Robertson 56-15 and routing Belen 62-11. Belen defeated Robertson 54-21.

  • Rangerettes stun WLV in overtime

    Amanda Padilla was Miss Big Shot on Tuesday night.

     

    Padilla hit the game-tying basket to force overtime and then connected on the game-winner as Mora surprised West Las Vegas 46-44 at Montoya Gym.

     

    Mora improved to 9-3, while WLV — the No. 2 rated team in Class 3A — slipped to 8-2.

     

    “It was nip and tuck the whole way,” Mora coach Mark Cassidy said, noting the game was tied 19-19 at halftime and remained tight throughout.

     

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN':...

    It is time once again for the annual Stu Clark Awards. Before we go through the awards, wouldn’t it be nice to come up with a mascot for the award? How about asking Ernest Armijo over at Armijo Glassworks to come up with a design, then put it in one of those nice glass trophies?

  • WLV runners set sights for...

    Azelynn Ulibarri doesn’t know a whole lot about Australia, she’ll admit.

    “They have cool accents,” she offered. “And pretty beaches.”

    Ulibarri, a West Las Vegas junior, and WLV freshman Gabriela Piña hope to get to know the Land Down Under a heck of a lot better by this summer. The two Lady Dons cross country runners have been selected to represent New Mexico in the 21st Annual Down Under Sports Tournaments beginning July 11.

  • WLV wrestlers win own tournament

    Winning a half dozen weight classes and reaching the finals in two others, the West Las Vegas wrestling team held off Bernalillo and the Robertson junior varsity for a victory in its own tournament Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West, coached by Robert Alarcon, amassed 154 team points. The second-place Spartans were second with 125, and the Cardinals had 102. Belen's junior varsity (61), Bataan Military Academy (47) and Capital (34) rounded out the team scoring in the tourney, which saw a couple of teams withdraw late after being scheduled to appear.

  • Cards nearly upset No. 2 Sandia...

    Mismatch? Maybe not.

    With exactly one minute left in Tuesday night’s game between No. 2 Sandia Prep and a rebuilding Robertson, the score was 42-42.

    Within that final minute, the visiting Sundevils found enough push to escape Mike Marr Gym with a win.

    Sandia Prep’s 6-4 forward Kody Salcido backed a defender up and caught the ball in the low post, spinning and scoring to take a two-point lead.

  • No. 2 Lady Dons take care of...

    West Las Vegas Lady Dons basketball coach Jose Medina is, as the Wide World of Sports theme once said, “covering the globe,” or in this case, covering the state and giving his team a sneak peek of some top Class 3A teams.

    On Saturday West ventured northwest to play one of the top teams in District 1-3A, Thoreau. The Lady Dons had three girls score in double figures in a 58-49 win and improve to 8-1.

    West led 13-4 at the end of the first period and got six second-period points from Geneva Rivera to increase its lead to 31-21 at the half.

  • Highlands' McPeek '...

    Luke McPeek, New Mexico Highlands' 197-pounder, came home with the Outstanding Wrestler award for upper weight divisions among non-Division I grapplers in this past weekend's Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie, Texas.

    Nineteen schools participated in the event. Highlands, coached by Doug Moses, competed head to head against Oklahoma City College (a 32-12 loss), Central Oklahoma (a 42-6 loss) and Wisconsin-Stevens Point (a 39-9 loss).

  • Lady Cards' smart finish...

    Kim Mares converted two free throws with 13 seconds remaining and the Lady Cardinal defense stuffed the Socorro Lady Warriors to preserve a 45-42 Robertson victory in girls' basketball action Saturday afternoon at Mike Marr Gym.

    Robertson trailed 42-38 after Roxanne Silva's free throws with 2:27 left.

    Baskets by Brooke Knezevich and Kassandra Tapia and tough defense led to a tie score. After a rare miss by Silva at the free-throw line, Knezevich hit drew a foul and made one of two charity tosses with 36 seconds left to give RHS a 43-42 edge.

  • NMHU teams sweep host OPSU

    Thank you, Oklahoma Panhandle State.

    The Aggie women have represented both of the victories this season for New Mexico Highlands, which won a 68-64 overtime thriller on Friday in Goodwell, Okla., to improve to 2-10 overall.

    Oliana Seanoa scored a game-high 20 points and teammate Amanda Beauchamp recorded a double-double with 13 points (10 of which came in overtime) and 10 rebounds to pace the Cowgirls.