Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • SEASON PREVIEW: Robertson boys...

    “When I took the job, I understood the challenge that I was going to face.”

    A quote from president-elect Barack Obama? Good guess. Try new Robertson boys’ basketball coach David Bustos.

    Bustos, who led boys’ teams at West Las Vegas and more recently Pecos deep into the state tournament, is trying to build a winner at RHS. But he acknowledges that it will be a marathon rather than a sprint.

  • SEASON PREVIEW: Dons boys'...

    New Dons head coach David “Morgan” Montaño remembers what it was like to play in front of large crowds while he was a member of the Dons basketball program in the mid ‘80s, and he says the fans won many a game for the Dons in those days.

    He wants for his players to feel the same thing and wants the Dons’ fans to know how much they mean to the program.


    I have a number of things on my mind this week, so let’s get on with it.

    This past Saturday night, Steve Sandoval and I filled in for the “Road Warriors,” Dale Turner and Coach Art Abreu on 96.7 SAM FM to do the Highlands basketball game vs. Eastern New Mexico. Dale and Art are of course the voices of NMHU athletics. But this is not about the “Road Warriors”; this is about the NMHU basketball team. I just thought I would mention that.

  • NMHU runner 25th in national meet

    Laurent Ngirakamaro concluded his collegiate distance running career in style on Saturday, finishing 25th in the NCAA Division II national cross country championships.

    Ngirakamaro posted a time of 31:57 in the men's 10-kilometer race held in Slippery Rock, Pa. The New Mexico Highlands University senior closes a strong two-year run at the Las Vegas school that included an All-American showing in the 2007 national meet.

    Scott Bauhs of Chico State (Calif.) won the men's individual championship with a time of 30:23. He finished 13 seconds ahead of Adams State's Aaron Braun.

  • Cowboys 2-0 after dominating...

    Chris Dunn hit nine of 13 field goals on his way to a game-high 24 points Friday night as the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys beat University of the Southwest 94-74 in Grants.

    The Cowboys improved to 2-0 under first-year head coach Joe Harge. They play host to West Texas A&M on Tuesday evening at the Wilson Complex.