Today's Sports

  • District champs! West Las Vegas...

    Judging by their first-quarter effort Monday night, it seemed the West Las Vegas Lady Dons were anxious to get back to action after their game at Taos had been delayed two days due to weather.

    West opened on a 15-3 run and went on to a 52-43 victory over the top-seeded Lady Tigers, winning the District 2-4A tournament championship.

    Deanna Bustos and Jaylen Gutierrez each scored 16 points to lead the Lady Dons, who were to learn their state tournament seeding on Tuesday after this issue had gone to press.

  • On to state
  • HU’s Humphrey nationals-bound

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Redshirt freshman Reis Humphrey has been named the Subway Eat Fresh NMHU Student-Athlete of the Week for Monday, March 2.

    Humphrey was voted First Team All-Conference in wrestling for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last week. He then went out and qualified for the 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, finishing second in the 149-pound weight class at the NCAA Western Regional in Pueblo, Colo., this past weekend.

  • West LV baseball opens with road...

    West Las Vegas opened its baseball season with a 10-4 win at Santa Fe Indian School on Monday, a promising debut for head coach Ryan Gabaldon’s Dons.

    Mike Ortiz earned the pitching win for West (1-0).

    “Everyone played well,” said Gabaldon. “Some work needs to be done, but overall I’m very proud of my boys. Our defense played tough, and the boys are hitting the ball hard. Great start.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 4...

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas at Los Lunas tourney, TBA, Los Lunas

    • LCC vs. Odessa JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Girls’ state tournament first-round games, TBA
    • LCC vs. Odessa JC (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • West Las Vegas at Los Lunas tourney, TBA, Los Lunas

  • Next stop: St. Louis

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    PUEBLO, Colo. — He was not even in the starting lineup two months ago. But redshirt freshman Reis Humphrey is going to the place every collegiate grappler dreams of.

    Humphrey went 3-0 to make the championship finals of the 149-pound bracket of regionals and automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships in two weeks in St. Louis.

    As a team, New Mexico Highlands was clinging to a sixth-place tie with Fort Hays State with 47 points through the end of day one.

  • Storm mangles game schedule

    A massive winter storm that left most of New Mexico buried in snow and ice over the past several days also wrought havoc upon a busy segment of the sports schedule statewide.

  • West girls finish well, advance...

    Jaylen Gutierrez led all players with 22 points, including three 3-point baskets, as West Las Vegas defeated Robertson 58-40 this past Thursday night in an all-Meadow City District 2-4A semifinal.

    The Lady Dons are to play at top seed and regular-season district champ Taos for the tournament final. That game, originally slated for Saturday, has been rescheduled for Monday due to weather.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 2...

    • NMHU vs. Adams State (DH), 11 a.m., Brandt Park (DEPENDING ON WEATHER, FIELD CONDITION)
    • District 2-4A girls’ junior varsity championship: West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 4:30 p.m. TBA (RESCHEDULED)
    • District 2-4A girls’ varsity championship: West Las Vegas at Taos, 6 p.m., Taos (RESCHEDULED)
    • District 2-3A girls’ final: Pecos vs. Dulce, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • District 2-3A boys’ final: Pecos at Santa Fe Prep, 6 p.m., Santa Fe or TBA

  • Highlands athletes reap honors

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Reis and Tre Humphrey gave opponents double trouble this season on behalf of the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team.

    This week, both brothers were recognized with selection to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference team.

    Reis Humphrey, who competed in the 149-pound division, compiled a record of 18-8 with two pins and three major decisions. He was named to the All-RMAC first team.

    Tre Humphrey went 11-6 at 133 lbs., pinning three foes and taking two major decisions. He was named honorable mention all-conference.