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Today's Sports

  • College roundup: Carrica shows...

    Erin Carrica muscled her way to two throwing event wins as part of a day in which New Mexico Highlands’ women corralled a half-dozen first-place medals overall at Eastern New Mexico’s Greyhound Open.

    Carrica won in both the shot put and discus, claiming her first collegiate wins. She is a senior from Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High.

    Another first-time winner Saturday was Tamia McLean, who raced to victory in the 800.

  • Heavy medals: Locals rake in...

    Angelica Montoya, Savannah Sena, Arjay Ortiz and Tonati Aparicio-Blythe of Robertson and Miguel Coca of West Las Vegas all won multiple first-place medals in this past Saturday’s West Las Vegas Invitational at the Herrera Complex.

    The Lady Dons’ overall team efforts — highlighted by Cameron Sandoval’s win in the long jump — were enough to secure second place in the girls’ team standings. The Dons placed third on the boys’ side.

    GIRLS’ HIGHLIGHTS

  • Villanova joining basketball...

    The Associated Press

    VILLANOVA, Pa. — The Final Four had been set for decades: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky were crowned as college basketball’s royalty.

    They are the bluebloods of basketball — where deep NCAA Tournament runs are the norm, NBA prospects play, hardwood rules the sports landscape and an air of superiority reigns in programs rich in tradition and with alumni rich enough to help fund state-of-the-art practice facilities or arenas.

  • LV snowboarder seeks gold

    Submitted to the Optic

    Dennis Duran, 26, from Las Vegas, has been invited to attend the BoarderCross and Giant Slalom national competition starting this weekend at Copper Mountain, Colo.

    The competition, which runs from March 31 to April 6, is sponsored by the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association. BoarderCross is a snowboarding race in which four athletes simultaneously race to the bottom of the mountain through a gated course with rollers and turns.

  • Winning with Grace

    One of the most valuable cheerleaders in West Las Vegas’ historic repeat championship this past weekend wasn’t even on the floor of The Pit when the squad was performing.

    But she was in the hearts and minds of her former teammates just the same.

    Their routine even reflected it, when they hit one particular pose, stuck their heads up high and together yelled “Grace!”

  • College roundup: Homers can...

    This past weekend in local college athletics:

    • New Mexico Highlands University baseball (8-20) took one win in a four-game Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference road series at Regis Friday through Sunday in Denver.

    Regis took Friday’s opener 12-7 after the teams combined for nine home runs. Andrew Bryniarski hit two for Regis as part of the Rangers’ 5-1 start. Auggie Francis, Codie Simmons, Justin DeHoog, Jared Brown and Carlos Ramirez all hit homers for Highlands.

  • Prep roundup: Redbirds win three...

    Robertson’s baseball team is off to a scorching 10-1 start after going 3-0 in the Portales tournament over the weekend.

    “We’re hitting the ball well,” said Cardinal head coach Rick Armijo, “and our pitching and defense has been consistent.”

    Robertson began by crushing Sandia Prep 17-2 on Friday. The Cardinals scored the game’s first nine runs, including seven in their first set of at-bats.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 28-...

    WEDNESDAY (March 28)
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) vs. Raton, 3 p.m., WLV field (RESCHEDULED)

    Softball
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Raton (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field

  • WLV, Pecos cheer squads extend...

    West Las Vegas and Pecos cheerleading teams both earned repeat state championships Saturday at the state spirit competition.

    State Spirit is held at Dreamstyle Arena, aka The Pit,  in Albuquerque.

    West repeated in the category of Class 1A-4A co-ed cheer.

    Pecos extended its reign in Class 3A cheer.

    Taos won in 4A cheer, and St. Michael's won in 1A-4A dance.

  • State spirit championships this...

    Cheer and dance squads from Pecos, Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools are in Albuquerque today (Friday, March 23) for the state spirit championships.

    Events were to begin at 8 a.m. at Dreamstyle Arena AKA The Pit. Admission prices are $8 (general, no re-entry), $5 (students, seniors and military, no re-entry) and $12 (re-entry passes). Parking at The Pit is $5 a vehicle.

    Floor times for area teams are as follows.

    FRIDAY
    8:10 a.m. Robertson dance, Pom category
    9:30 a.m. West Las Vegas dance, Pom
    11:20 a.m. Pecos cheer, Game Day category