Today's Sports

  • Wins tip off 2016

    A 40-point second quarter on offense.

    A 2-point second half — including a  total shutout in the fourth quarter — on defense.

    It added up to a lopsided 87-17 win for West Las Vegas over Thoreau in boys’ basketball action this past Saturday at Thoreau.

    West (10-1) had 10 players score and 12 get playing time. D.J. Bustos swished five 3-point baskets on his way to a game-high 25 points.

  • Cowboys split RMAC homestand

    Las Vegas Optic

    With the host Cowboys leading by only two points late in Saturday night’s New Mexico Highlands-Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball contest, the Orediggers’ Caleb Waitman went up for the tying lay-in.

    Highlands’ Marlon Johnson went airborne, too, swatting the shot away, and teammate Matthew Logan snagged the rebound.

    Moments later, Johnson got the ball back on the other end of the floor and dunked it emphatically, strengthening the Cowboy lead to 69-65.

  • Mora, Pecos reach Tri final

    Las Vegas Optic

    Mora and Pecos took care of business in semifinal action this past Wednesday, setting up a championship showdown on New Year’s Eve in the annual Tri-City Tournament, being held at Montoya Gym in Mora.

    The Rangers, coached by Hank Laumbach, rolled past Jemez Valley 82-45 to improve to 6-3.

    They’d routed Cimarron 76-43 to open their run in the three-day event.

  • Lady Panthers, Lady Cards finish...

    Las Vegas Optic

    In the third and final day of the St. Michael’s girls’ tournament Wednesday, Pojoaque Valley beat Pecos 53-39 for third place.

    Ron Drake’s Lady Panthers are 5-6.

    They’d vanquished Monte del Sol  52-19 in Monday’s first round before falling against tourney host St. Mike’s on Tuesday.
    Earlier, Robertson (3-7) captured fifth place with a 39-31 win over Silver.

  • Cards win Stu

    Warren Fulgenzi’s clutch 3-pointer, followed by a defensive stop and a pair of free throws from Diego Chavez came at the perfect time Wednesday night, buying Robertson some insurance late in a 63-59 win over Bernalillo in the 62nd Stu Clark Tournament championship game.

    It’s the Cardinals’ first Stu title since 2009 and their sixth in the history of the tournament, the longest running in New Mexico prep basketball.

  • Lady Dons rout Socorro

    Las Vegas Optic

    Playing at the Valley Middle School gym, West Las Vegas’ girls had little trouble in a 76-34 romp against visiting Socorro on Wednesday afternoon.

    A 24-6 disparity in the first quarter set the tone. Jenika Padilla outscored the Warriors with seven of her game-high 16 points in the first period.

    Jenna Bustos (15), Deanna Bustos (14), Kerstin Morgan (14) and Jaylen Gutierrez (11) also reached doubles.

  • This week’s games-NFL Special...

    •N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, 11 a.m.
    •New England at Miami, 11 a.m.
    •New Orleans at Atlanta, 11 a.m.
    •Baltimore at Cincinnati, 11 a.m.
    •Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 11 a.m.
    •Jacksonville at Houston, 11 a.m.
    •Tennessee at Indianapolis, 11 a.m.

  • Cards reach Stu Clark final

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Making 17 of 17 free throws down the stretch in the fourth quarter, Robertson demonstrated clutch play in defeating Silver 62-55 Tuesday night to reach the Stu Clark Tournament championship.

    It’s the first title appearance for the Cardinals since they made a three-year run from 2009 to 2011, winning once and finishing as runner-up the next two years.

  • Bowl slate winds down

    The Associated Press
    Previews of Saturday’s college bowl games:
    OUTBACK BOWL: Two teams riding five-game winning streaks will meet in the Outback Bowl.
    No. 12 Northwestern (10-2, No. 13 CFP) and Tennessee (8-4, No. 23 CFP) will play for the second time on New Year’s Day. The Volunteers won the previous meeting in 1997.
    Four of the Wildcats’ five straight wins have been decided by seven points of less.

  • Record breaker