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Today's Sports

  • Winning with Grace

    One of the most valuable cheerleaders in West Las Vegas’ historic repeat championship this past weekend wasn’t even on the floor of The Pit when the squad was performing.

    But she was in the hearts and minds of her former teammates just the same.

    Their routine even reflected it, when they hit one particular pose, stuck their heads up high and together yelled “Grace!”

  • College roundup: Homers can...

    This past weekend in local college athletics:

    • New Mexico Highlands University baseball (8-20) took one win in a four-game Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference road series at Regis Friday through Sunday in Denver.

    Regis took Friday’s opener 12-7 after the teams combined for nine home runs. Andrew Bryniarski hit two for Regis as part of the Rangers’ 5-1 start. Auggie Francis, Codie Simmons, Justin DeHoog, Jared Brown and Carlos Ramirez all hit homers for Highlands.

  • Prep roundup: Redbirds win three...

    Robertson’s baseball team is off to a scorching 10-1 start after going 3-0 in the Portales tournament over the weekend.

    “We’re hitting the ball well,” said Cardinal head coach Rick Armijo, “and our pitching and defense has been consistent.”

    Robertson began by crushing Sandia Prep 17-2 on Friday. The Cardinals scored the game’s first nine runs, including seven in their first set of at-bats.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 28-...

    WEDNESDAY (March 28)
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) vs. Raton, 3 p.m., WLV field (RESCHEDULED)

    Softball
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Raton (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field

  • WLV, Pecos cheer squads extend...

    West Las Vegas and Pecos cheerleading teams both earned repeat state championships Saturday at the state spirit competition.

    State Spirit is held at Dreamstyle Arena, aka The Pit,  in Albuquerque.

    West repeated in the category of Class 1A-4A co-ed cheer.

    Pecos extended its reign in Class 3A cheer.

    Taos won in 4A cheer, and St. Michael's won in 1A-4A dance.

  • State spirit championships this...

    Cheer and dance squads from Pecos, Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools are in Albuquerque today (Friday, March 23) for the state spirit championships.

    Events were to begin at 8 a.m. at Dreamstyle Arena AKA The Pit. Admission prices are $8 (general, no re-entry), $5 (students, seniors and military, no re-entry) and $12 (re-entry passes). Parking at The Pit is $5 a vehicle.

    Floor times for area teams are as follows.

    FRIDAY
    8:10 a.m. Robertson dance, Pom category
    9:30 a.m. West Las Vegas dance, Pom
    11:20 a.m. Pecos cheer, Game Day category

  • Prowling for championships

    The Pecos High School cheer squad has been a steady source of enthusiasm.

    This weekend, the spotlight is on them.

    Pecos will look to defend its state 3A cheer title this Friday and Saturday at Dreamstyle Arena, aka The Pit.

    West Las Vegas, which won the 4A co-ed cheer category, will also seek a repeat, while Robertson, one of the programs on the rise in both cheer and dance, looks to make some noise as well.

    Check lasvegasoptic.com for updates Friday and Saturday.

  • Dons football sends three to...

    For the first time — certainly in recent history — three West Las Vegas football players from the same graduating class are set to go on to play at the next level.

    David Romero, Steven Sandoval and Cassius Trujillo have signed national letters of intent, committing to continue their gridiron careers at Bethany College, Tabor College and Eastern New Mexico University, respectively.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 25-...

    SUNDAY (March 25)
    Baseball

    • NMHU at Regis, noon, Denver
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Metro State (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field

    MONDAY
    Baseball

    • West Las Vegas at St. Michael’s (DH), 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora vs. Jemez Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. St. Michael’s, TBA
    Golf
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Hope Christian, 8 a.m., Albuquerque

  • Fulgenzi shining in San Antonio

    Warren Fulgenzi Jr.’s excellence on the tennis court hasn’t missed a beat as he’s transitioned from high school to college.

    Fulgenzi, a sophomore, earned Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors recently for Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Fulgenzi won in both singles and doubles against Sul Ross State and University of the Southwest.

    Our Lady of the Lake competes in the NAIA.