Today's Sports

  • Back in the dance - Robertson...

    Going into Saturday’s Class 4A state football semifinal, the Portales Rams’ record was perfect.

    With the game still hanging in the balance like the thick fog in the air around Cardinal Stadium, Estevan Varela’s timing was perfect, too.

    The Robertson senior defensive tackle smashed into Portales quarterback Junior Ramirez, jarring the ball loose, and then scooped it up, giving his team possession deep in Portales territory.

  • WLV teams dominate hoops openers

    West Las Vegas basketball teams made such quick work of their opponents this past weekend in their own WLV Thanksgiving Shootout, one would think they had to be in a hurry to get home to dig into leftover turkey and the fixings.

    The two-day event saw both boys’ and girls’ teams winning decisively.

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    For the Dons and head coach David Bustos, the weekend served as the opener for a season they hope will lead back to the Class 4A state championship game.

  • Cowboys drop two out west

    After dropping two road games in the Ayres Thanksgiving Classic this past weekend in Riverside, Calif., New Mexico Highlands’ men are on a five-game skid.

    A difficult night on the foul line — and trouble defending outside shooting — made a difference as Highlands fell to Concordia 88-72 on Friday.

    The Cowboys hit 10 of 18 attempts from the line (55.6 percent) compared to 10 of 11 (90.9 percent) for Concordia. The Eagles shot early and often from 3-point distance, connecting on 16 treys in 38 tries.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 2...

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School hosts WLVMS Invitational, 3 p.m., WLVMS gym

    • West Las Vegas girls at Shiprock tournament, TBA, Shiprock
    • Robertson boys (B,C) host RHS Invite, TBA
    • Memorial Middle School girls at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym


  • BREAKING: Robertson stuns No. 1...

    Robertson is headed back to the state football championship. 

    The No. 4 seed Cardinals (10-2) upset previously unbeaten and No. 1 Portales 26-14 on Saturday evening at Cardinal Stadium. The team advances to a state title game at Hatch Valley this coming Saturday. 

    The Rams finish at 11-1.

    See the Optic print editions for more coverage. 

  • West Las Vegas hoops teams rout...

    West Las Vegas' basketball teams made such quick work of their opponents Friday, one might think they wanted to hurry and get home for more Thanksgiving leftovers. 

    The 2015 Class 4A state runner-up Dons routed Hot Springs 101-16 to tip off their season. 

    Earlier, the Lady Dons dominated the Hot Springs girls 75-19 to move to 2-0.

    Both games saw the mercy rule running clock throughout the second half. 

  • Game time changed for Saturday...

    Due to weather and road conditions, kickoff time for Saturday's state football semifinal between Robertson and Portales has been pushed back to 4 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium. 

    The New Mexico Activities Association reportedly called for the change to better accommodate travel as a storm system sweeps across the state. 

  • Cowgirl track No. 2 in national...

    Once upon a time, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team was able to sneak up on opponents.

    Those days are gone.

    The Cowgirls will enter the 2016 indoor season as the No. 2 ranked team in NCAA Division II, per the U.S. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association’s preseason poll released this past week.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries with the assistance of Patrick Johnson and Howard Dunbar, have become a fixture in the national rankings in recent times.

  • Lopez lone North pick from LV

    A key contributor through much of her high school career, Hannah Lopez loomed especially large for the Robertson volleyball team this fall.

    Lopez’s strong play in the middle, both in terms of blocking and attacking, was a significant factor in the Lady Cardinals’ runs to a district tournament title and a postseason run that ended in the Class 4A state semifinals.

    She was one of the squad’s leaders not only in terms of tactics but in terms of emotion, firing up teammates with explosive play and well-timed contributions.

  • Bears stun Packers

    The Associated Press

    GREEN BAY, Wis.  — Drenched from a soaking rain, Jay Cutler finally walked out of Lambeau Field with a win.
    The defense helped make Thursday night a Thanksgiving to remember for the Chicago Bears.

    Cutler threw for 200 yards and a score, and the Bears held off the Green Bay Packers on fourth-and-goal from the 8 with 22 seconds left for a 17-13 victory.

    “It was just really a good team effort defensively,” coach John Fox said.