Today's Sports

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 15...

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • Mora boys (C) and girls (C) vs. West Las Vegas, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Robertson JV at Moriarty, 3:30 p.m., Moriarty

    • NMHU women and men at Colorado School of Mines, 6 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, noon, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas boys (B,C) vs. Rio Rancho, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • Battle of 518

    The first time he tried to dunk the basketball Wednesday night, Kasean Pryor ran out of runway.

    The second time, Dante Jenkins’ lead pass gave him more than enough room. The Robertson sophomore, eyeing the rim the whole way, wound up for takeoff, extended his arm and slammed the ball home.

    Pryor’s dunk put an exclamation point on an 83-68 win over visiting Mora before a full house at Mike Marr Gym.

  • Girls’ hoops sign-up ongoing...

    Girls’ basketball players in grades three through seven are invited to sign up for city league now through Jan. 20.

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Department announces registration ($40 per child) for the upcoming girls’ season in two divisions — third and fourth grades and fifth through seventh grades.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 13...

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas boys, girls at Hope Christian tournaments, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Valley boys at Tierra Encantada, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson at Joe Vivian Classic, 11 a.m., Volcano Vista, Albuquerque

    • NMHU women and men vs. Metro State, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Wingate, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Mills out at NMHU

    Time has officially run out for Jeff Mills’ construction project at the New Mexico Highlands University football program.

    Now, with a new interim coach in place, the school is looking to rebuild not only the team but its run-down field in the coming months.

    Mills was relieved of his duties as the Cowboys’ head coach in late December, according to sources close to the program.

    NMHU spokesman Sean Weaver on Monday confirmed Mills’ departure, though he did not elaborate on the circumstances because it is a personnel issue.

  • Pecos nails hat trick

    Make room for another trophy at Sanchez Gym.

    The Pecos Panthers earned a hat trick of northern New Mexico boys’ hoops tournaments this past Saturday by gashing Dulce 66-48 to win the Northern Rio Grande title.

    Carlos Cordova (18 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and five assists) led a strong finish for Pecos (12-1). Xavier Padilla (17 points, five boards, three steals) and Mario Archuleta (15 points, five boards) also had a big game in the final at Pojoaque Valley’s Ben Lujan Gymnasium.

  • Tigers roll Tide in epic sequel

    By Ralph D. Russo
    The Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla. — College football’s first national championship rematch was even better than the original, with an incredible twist at the end.

    Deshaun Watson and Clemson dethroned the champs and became the first team to beat Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty in a national title game, taking down the top-ranked Crimson Tide 35-31 Monday night in the College Football Playoff.

  • Padilla nets 23; Lady Dons...

    Jenika Padilla outscored the Hot Springs girls’ basketball team by herself on Saturday, 23 points to 12.

    And the West Las Vegas Lady Dons’ 56-12 road win pumped their record up to 9-3.

    West was to host Mora, winner of this past weekend’s Northern Rio Grande girls’ bracket, on Tuesday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 11...

    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Mora, TBA, Mike Marr Gym

    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys, girls at Hope Christian tournaments, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Pecos girls (A,B) vs. Monte del Sol, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Eagle Ridge, 4 p.m., TBA

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Youngsters play on big stage

    Submitted to the Optic

    Several Las Vegas-area youth football players recently returned from national-level competition.

    Two-time All-Americans C.J. Perea and Tony Rubin were joined by first-time All-Americans Logan Vigil and David Olivarez this past weekend in the Youth All-American Bowl in Atlanta.

    Perea and Rubin played for Team Blitz AA6 and AA10. Vigil and Olivarez played on Team Beast AA5. Games were played at The Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the Campus of Kennesaw State University.