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Today's Sports

  • Tuesday night hoops: Dons,...

    Tuesday night in boys' basketball:

    * West Las Vegas beat Mora 70-61. The visiting Rangers cut a 41-30 halftime deficit to 56-49 but Dons defense created turnovers and pulled away in the fourth.
    * Espanola Valley defeated Robertson 88-64. The host Cardinals trailed just 33-31 at halftime.
    * Pecos routed Pojoaque Valley 60-26.

    For more, see the Optic print and online editions throughout the week.

  • Maestas among Hall of Fame...

    Longtime New Mexico Highlands University professor Ron Maestas is among the seven honorees who’ll be inducted into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.

    The Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2017 on Saturday; an induction ceremony is planned for spring.

    In addition to Maestas, this year’s class includes Pam Allen, Rick Galles, Roy Gerela, Anthony Sandoval, Johnny Tapia and John Wooten.

  • Lady Cards stun No. 1 Rams on...

    With five seconds left in Friday night’s game and her team trailing 47-46, Robertson guard Maria Barela fired up a prayer from well beyond the three-point line.

    Barela’s long-range shot was right on target, stealing the lead from No. 1 Portales on the Rams’ home court. The Robertson defense picked up at three-quarter court, preventing the Rams from advancing up the floor, and time ran out.

    Final score: Robertson 49, Portales 47.

  • Hoops roundup: Lady Dons second...

    After leading and then getting back within striking distance,  West Las Vegas lost 52-39 to host Pojoaque Valley in the girls’ championship game of this weekend’s Ben Lujan Tournament in Jacona.

    The Lady Dons were within single digits most of the game but the host Elkettes put up a strong finish.

  • Cowboys win in OT, complete road...

    Nine Cowboys scored to help New Mexico Highlands clinch a gritty, 99-96 overtime win at Colorado Mesa on Saturday night in Grand Junction, Colo.

    Jacob Holland led Highlands’ men with 26 points, Chris Lewis posted a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and West Las Vegas grad D.J. Bustos added 10 points. Deion Bauman recorded seven assists and three steals along with nine points.

    NMHU led by as much as 14 in the second half but Mesa outscored its guests 25-9, taking an 81-79 edge on C.J. Davis’ 3-pointer with 1:23 left.

  • Saturday hoops updates

    Saturday in high school basketball:

    * West Las Vegas lost 52-39 to host Pojoaque Valley in the girls' championship game of this weekend's Ben Lujan Tournament in Jacona.

    The Lady Dons were within single digits most of the game but the Elkettes put up a strong finish.

    * The Pecos boys' team won 87-62 over Santa Fe Indian in the Ben Lujan Tournament third-place contest. Coach Ira Harge's Panthers bounced back after a loss to Bernalillo on Friday in the semifinals.

    Joshua DeHerrera paced Pecos with 18 points.

  • Lady Cards stun No. 1 Portales...

    With five seconds left in Friday night's game and her team trailing 45-44, Robertson guard Maria Barela fired up a prayer from well beyond the three-point line.

    Barela's long-range shot was right on target, stealing the lead from No. 1 Portales on the Rams' home court. The Robertson defense picked up at three-quarter court, preventing the Rams from advancing up the floor, and time ran out.

    Final score: Robertson 47, Portales 45.

  • Friday night hoops updates: Ben...

    The West Las Vegas Lady Dons will play for the Ben Lujan Tournament girls' championship on Saturday evening in Jacona.

    West beat Penasco 51-46 in the semifinals Friday, improving to 6-1. The Lady Dons will meet tourney host Pojoaque Valley, which toppled Mora 60-19 in the other semifinal, at 6 p.m. Saturday.

    In other results from the Ben Lujan Tournament:

  • NMAA shuffle on hold for now

    Schools across New Mexico are bracing for sweeping changes to classification and alignment set to take effect in the 2018-19 school year.

    The New Mexico Activities Association approved the round of changes in its Nov. 30 meeting but this past week agreed to consider several appeals before the year is out.

  • Capital grounds Cardinals

    Arjay Ortiz scored 19 points with eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks — all team highs — but it came in a losing cause Thursday night, as host Capital doubled up Robertson 90-45 in Santa Fe.

    Unlike the Cardinals’ triumph two nights earlier at home against Valencia, Robertson didn’t get off to a good start, and the Jaguars’ quickness on both ends of the floor made a difference.