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Today's Sports

  • All-state volleyball splash

    One more set of accolades arrived like a Christmas present for the Robertson volleyball program, which made it to the Class 4A state championship match a second year in a row this past November.

    Four Lady Cardinals — Alianza Darley, Brandelyn Fulgenzi, Lauren Fulgenzi and Ashlea Lujan — were named all-state players by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association this week.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Dec. 24-30

    SUNDAY (Dec. 24)
    No varsity events scheduled

    MONDAY
    No varsity events scheduled

    TUESDAY
    No varsity events scheduled

  • Dons, Panthers triumph; Cards...

    The Mora Rangers, playing at West Las Vegas on Tuesday night, performed just well enough so that one run could decide the game.

    Thanks to a stretch of effective defense in the fourth quarter, the Dons ensured that run was theirs.

    West’s solid finish clinched a 70-61 win in front of a good bipartisan crowd at Gillie Lopez Gym. After an 18-9 run in the opening quarter, the Dons stayed in control and led by as many as 14.

  • Trujillo brothers prevail in...

    Jonathan Trujillo, one of Robertson’s wrestlers who won individual state championships last season, took just 17 seconds to pin one of his four victims this past Saturday. Trujillo went on to win his 138-pound weight class and help propel the Cardinals to a fifth-place team finish in the Rattler Invitational hosted by Tucumcari High.

    Younger brother Andrew, another state champ in 2017, also placed first Saturday, while teammate Tristan Trujillo, yet another Cardinal grappler with state championship credentials, came away with a runner-up finish.

  • 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.