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Today's Sports

  • Contender status

    With convincing weekend performances on the hardwood in out-of-town tournaments, West Las Vegas and Robertson boys’ basketball teams have bolstered their resumés as state title contenders in Class 4A.

    Playing on the Huskies’ home floor, West earned a rematch of last March’s state championship and mounted a serious challenge at No. 1 and defending champ Hope Christian. Meanwhile, Robertson swept three strong foes, including host St. Michael’s, in the St. Mike’s Shootout.

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  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 17...

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Thoreau, noon, Thoreau

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    •Mora boys (A,B,C) vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Grants, 4 p.m., Grants
    •Pecos girls (A,B) at Dulce, 5 p.m., Dulce
    •Valley Middle School boys at Pecos, 4 p.m., Pecos

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    •Pecos boys (A,B) at Dulce, 5 p.m., Dulce
    •Memorial Middle School boys vs. Valley, 4 p.m., MMS gym
    Wrestling

  • This week’s games-NFL Special...

    SATURDAY
    •Kansas City at New England, 2:35 p.m. (CBS)
    •Green Bay at Arizona, 6:15 p.m. (NBC)
    SUNDAY
    •Seattle at Carolina, 11:05 a.m. (Fox)
    •Pittsburgh at Denver, 2:40 p.m. (CBS)

    All times Mountain.

    DAVE’S GAMES
    OF THE WEEK

  • Miranda & Michelle

    West Las Vegas stars Miranda Martinez and Michelle Tapia weren’t just a couple of the better basketball players in their Lady Dons days; they were also two who took particular interest in developing their game, putting in the hours necessary to get a chance to advance to the next level.

    The work ethic helped both land spots on the New Mexico Highlands women’s team, and both are now Cowgirl veterans who have worked their way into starting roles this season for coach Brianna Finch.

  • Cowboys contending in RMAC

    At this time last winter, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball program was undergoing some growing pains under first-year head coach Craig Snow.

    Consider this team grown and still growing.

    Entering the weekend — both NMHU teams host Chadron State and Regis on Friday and Saturday nights at the Wilson Complex — the Cowboys are 8-7 overall and right in the thick of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference race at 7-2.

  • Cards’ comeback frustrates...

    Two minutes and 59 seconds — which can be a long time in the context of a basketball game — remained on the clock Tuesday night when Moriarty boys’ head coach Mike Trujillo ordered his charges off the floor at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Pintos were done, even if the game wasn’t.

    And so Robertson took a 51-35 victory and improved to 11-2 this winter under head coach Manuel Romero.
    Although some Moriarty players lingered long enough to shake hands with their RHS counterparts, Trujillo was unavailable for comment.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 15...

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    •NMHU women and men vs. Chadron State, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    •Robertson boys at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    •West Las Vegas boys and girls at Hope Christian tournaments, TBA, Albuquerque
    •Pecos boys, girls (A,B) at Raton, 3 p.m., Raton
    •Mora girls (A,B) vs. Logan, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    •Valley Middle School boys vs. Tierra Encantada, 4 p.m., Valley gym
    Track and field
    •NMHU women at Texas Tech Open, TBA, Lubbock, Texas
    Wrestling

  • Tide rolls to national title

    The Associated Press

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alabama needed it all to win the toughest national title game it had ever played during the Nick Saban dynasty. All of its power. All of its speed.

    Even one gutsy trick.

    Derrick Henry, O.J. Howard and Kenyan Drake hit No. 1 Clemson with long touchdowns, and Alabama outlasted the dynamic play of dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson to win the College Football Playoff championship 45-40 on Monday night.

  • Cowboys split on trip to...

    Kendrick Nichols and Marlon Johnson both logged double-doubles, helping New Mexico Highlands complete a season sweep of Western State (Colo.) with an 88-73 win Saturday night in Gunnison.

    Johnson shot 7 for 13 on his way to 20 points to go with 10 rebounds and four assists before fouling out.

    Nichols sank five 3-pointers and also scored 20 points, snaring a team-high 11 boards.

    Ron Lawton’s 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting was a team high for the Cowboys, who outshot the Mountaineers 57 percent to 36 percent.

  • Rangers rule NRG

    Casimiro Fresquez and the Mora Rangers found themselves trailing Pecos by seven points late in the boys’ championship game of the Northern Rio Grande Tournament on Saturday at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.