Today's Sports

  • Dons bounce back by beating Taos

    From the Las Vegas Optic

    TAOS — Adrian Rivera is off to a roaring start this basketball season.

    The West Las Vegas post scored 31 points in a monster effort against host Taos on Thursday night in the opening game of the Tigers’ own tournament. The Dons (1-1) prevailed 63-55 and will play Goddard at 7:45 p.m. Friday in the tourney semifinals.

    Tomas Benavidez added 12 points and Fabian Varela cleaned the glass for 13 rebounds to help West down the stretch.

  • Lady Dons rout Taos in season...

    West Las Vegas raced out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back as the Lady Dons opened the season with a 51-32 win over Taos at the Gillie Lopez Gym on Monday.

    The Lady Tigers managed to pull within five midway through the first period, but the Lady Dons held on for a 12-7 first period lead.

    “We let them get back in the game,” said head coach Jose Medina. “We started to relax and we were not following through on defense and we weren’t rotating well on our press. “

  • Peek still riding high in PRCA...

    In tie-down roping, Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo., is still the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings leader with $156,475, but Hunter Herrin of Apache, Okla., who was third in 8.2 for round five, moved closer to the lead with $155,755. Peek stayed in front by finishing sixth in 8.9 and earning $2,704.

    Herrin is the average leader with an aggregate of 42.6 for five NFR rounds.

    The PRCA National Finals Rodeo is ongoing this week in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Peek is the brother of Jon Peek, who coaches New Mexico Highlands University’s rodeo team.

  • Pecos hoopsters win first game

    The Pecos Panthers won their first game of the season Saturday night 69-68 over the Escalante Lobos, a night after dropping a 75-70 decision to Tularosa.

    Tim Baca scored 28 points and Joseph Gonzales added 18 in the winning game against Escalante. Head coach Clyde Sanchez said his team had left a lot of their legs on the hardwood the night before in Tularosa, but the Panthers managed to pull out the contest on a Ricardo Ortiz free throw with seconds remaining after Baca hit a pair of charity tosses to tie the game at 68. Ortiz added 13 points for Pecos in the winning effort.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Lady Dons...

    Four Lady Dons finished in double figures Saturday night as West Las Vegas completed an undefeated three-day run in the seventh annual Brian Gallegos Invitational at the Wilson Complex.

    In the de-facto championship game of the round-robin shootout, WLV (4-0) sailed to a 68-51 win over Ruidoso.

    Linda Esquibel, playing her usual aggressive offense, scored 16 points to pace the Lady Dons. Geneva Rivera had 14, and Kristen Encinias and Vanessa Lucero 10 apiece.

  • Local girls' teams win big...

    Decisive victories with notable contributions from the reserves as well as the starters. That’s what Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball teams got in the opening day of the Brian Gallegos Invitational on Thursday.

    West Las Vegas broke open a relatively close game with Socorro to win big, 65-37. And in the nightcap, Robertson blew out an overmatched young Shiprock Northwest team 84-17.

    In the other day one game, Ruidoso routed Raton 64-24.

  • Doyle, Warriors overpower young...

    Hamilton Doyle may have a bittersweet recollection of the Meadow City, given his history in town, but after his return Thursday night, he had reason to smile.

    Doyle, now the head coach at Socorro, guided his Warriors to a 54-34 decision over Robertson at Mike Marr Gymnasium.

    It wasn’t the prettiest win, rife with turnovers and subpar shooting for both squads.

    Standout 6-5 post Baski Baker was a steadying presence for Socorro early on, giving the Warriors an edge after the young Cardinals threatened to make things interesting.

  • Young grapplers place in...

    Five for fighting.

    Actually, make that five for wrestling.

    Five grapplers in the Las Vegas junior wrestling program placed among the elite in the Panhandle Nationals Nov. 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

    One of them, Rico Montoya, won his division outright, compiling a 5-0 record to capture the championship in the 70-pound weight class for wrestlers 11 and younger.

    The Panhandle Nationals tournament is one of several major national events on the junior wrestling circuit, and it draws young competitors from across the region.

  • Near-miss for Cowgirls vs. USW

    It’s a good thing the Highlands Cowgirls had Amanda Beauchamp, Desiree Valentine and Katelyn White back in the fold for Monday night’s home game against University of the Southwest. Considering all the fouls whistled against NMHU in the first half alone, the team needed the extra personnel.

    Indeed, free throw shooting allowed Southwest to stay in the game in the early going. Highlands, increasingly healthy and boasting a nearly full roster for the first time this season, controlled much of the contest but the Mustangs used a late flourish to snag a 59-51 win.


    Newsflash: St. Michael’s no longer in District 2-3A. Is it possible? Can it be real? Are there some people doing somersaults of joy? What would you say if this is a possibility?

    Well, for those who would like to see this, you might get your wish, that is if a new alignment and classification proposal by the New Mexico Activities Association is approved by New Mexico school superintendents and the NMAA Board of Directors.