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Today's Sports

  • Villanova, Notre Dame take titles

    The Associated Press

    Villanova has its second national championship in three years after a 79-62 victory over Michigan on Monday night in San Antonio, Texas.

    The Wildcats went 31 years between their first title in 1985 and their second one two years ago in Houston. Coach Jay Wright and Villanova didn’t have to wait very long for another one.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 4-6

    WEDNESDAY (April 4)
    Baseball

    • Mora at Mesa Vista, 4 p.m., Ojo Caliente
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque tourney, TBA, Pojoaque
    • West Las Vegas JV at Hope Christian (DH), 3 p.m., Albuquerque
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas at Hope Christian, 4 p.m., Albuquerque
    • Pecos vs.  Estancia (DH), 3 p.m., Pecos
    Track and field
    • West Las Vegas, Pecos at Santa Fe High Golden Spike, 3 p.m., Santa Fe

  • Locals earn all-state and North...

    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association has announced its all-state and North-South honorees for the recently concluded prepbasketball season.

    North-South eligibility is limited to members of each year’s graduating class, while all-state selection is open to all classes.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 1-4

    SUNDAY (April 1)
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    MONDAY
    Baseball

    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Rio  Rancho, 4 p.m., WLV field
    Softball
    • Robertson JV vs. St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., RHS field

  • Growing Isiaha: For onetime Dons...

    When Isaiha Gallegos was a little boy he told his grandma Josephine that one day when he grew up he was going to buy her a mansion and hire assistants to help her around the house.

    See, Isaiha Gallegos appreciates many things in life. Perhaps he appreciates his grandma and his grandfather Ruben the most. The duo raised Isaiha from the age of one. They also raised Isaiha’s older sister.

  • RHS tennis teams score key sweep...

    While their girls’ team counterparts were coasting to a 9-0 sweep, Robertson’s boys scored a confidence-boosting victory over New Mexico Military Institute in tennis action Wednesday in Las Vegas.

    NMMI’s boys, which beat Robertson the last time they played each other, are considered one of the main threats to win state in 1A-4A boys’ tennis. Thus, Wednesday’s 7-2 win was a nice coup for the host Cardinals.

  • College roundup: Carrica shows...

    Erin Carrica muscled her way to two throwing event wins as part of a day in which New Mexico Highlands’ women corralled a half-dozen first-place medals overall at Eastern New Mexico’s Greyhound Open.

    Carrica won in both the shot put and discus, claiming her first collegiate wins. She is a senior from Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High.

    Another first-time winner Saturday was Tamia McLean, who raced to victory in the 800.

  • Heavy medals: Locals rake in...

    Angelica Montoya, Savannah Sena, Arjay Ortiz and Tonati Aparicio-Blythe of Robertson and Miguel Coca of West Las Vegas all won multiple first-place medals in this past Saturday’s West Las Vegas Invitational at the Herrera Complex.

    The Lady Dons’ overall team efforts — highlighted by Cameron Sandoval’s win in the long jump — were enough to secure second place in the girls’ team standings. The Dons placed third on the boys’ side.

    GIRLS’ HIGHLIGHTS

  • Villanova joining basketball...

    The Associated Press

    VILLANOVA, Pa. — The Final Four had been set for decades: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky were crowned as college basketball’s royalty.

    They are the bluebloods of basketball — where deep NCAA Tournament runs are the norm, NBA prospects play, hardwood rules the sports landscape and an air of superiority reigns in programs rich in tradition and with alumni rich enough to help fund state-of-the-art practice facilities or arenas.

  • LV snowboarder seeks gold

    Submitted to the Optic

    Dennis Duran, 26, from Las Vegas, has been invited to attend the BoarderCross and Giant Slalom national competition starting this weekend at Copper Mountain, Colo.

    The competition, which runs from March 31 to April 6, is sponsored by the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association. BoarderCross is a snowboarding race in which four athletes simultaneously race to the bottom of the mountain through a gated course with rollers and turns.