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Today's Sports

  • Upcoming bowl games

    Friday, Dec. 26
    Heart of Dallas Bowl
    Illinois (6-6) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

    Quick Lane Bowl
    At Detroit
    Rutgers (7-5) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl
    UCF (9-3) vs. N.C. State (7-5), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

    Saturday, Dec. 27
    Military Bowl
    At Annapolis, Md.
    Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

    Sun Bowl
    At El Paso, Texas
    Duke (9-3) vs. Arizona State (9-3), 12 p.m. (CBS)

  • HU’s Carney invited to NFLPA bowl

    Submitted to the Optic

    The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that punter Patrick Carney of New Mexico Highlands has committed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

    Patrick Carney earned four All-America nods for his senior campaign: Daktronics First-Team All-American, USA College Football First-Team All-America, All-America by Beyond Sports Network and Academic All-America by Capital One Academic All-America as selected by CoSIDA. The Chico, Calif., native is majoring in business administration and maintains a 3.75 grade point average.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 26...

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Stu Clark Tournament (includes Robertson, West Las Vegas boys), 1 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (B,C) at Española tournament, TBA, Española
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. McCurdy, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Mora, Pecos boys at Tri-Cities Tournament, 2 p.m., Santa Rosa
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Silver City tournament, TBA, Silver City

    Saturday
    Basketball

  • Four from RHS 1st team all-state

    On the heels of a senior campaign in which she led the state in scoring and captained her team to the state semifinals, Robertson’s Caitlin Diefendorf achieved all-state recognition in girls’ soccer.

    It was the third consecutive season Diefendorf has been named to the first-team all-state squad as recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She was an honorable mention as a freshman and has been a first-teamer the past three years.

  • Stu Clark tourney tips off Friday

    Las Vegas’ annual holiday hoops showcase tips off at 1 o’clock on Friday, bringing a three-day weekend of boys’ basketball to New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

    Tournament passes for each daily session are available for $12 each.

  • Playoff picture gets clearer

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    With five of the six playoff slots in both conferences decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule’s final week has been removed.

    Think again.

    Nine of the 10 teams already qualified for the Super Bowl chase have something to play for on Sunday.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 24...

    Wednesday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Thursday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Stu Clark Tournament (includes Robertson, West Las Vegas boys), 1 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (B,C) at Española tournament, TBA, Española
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. McCurdy, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling

  • Las Vegas girls take on the...

    Two of Class 4A girls’ basketball’s premier programs — No. 1 Portales and No. 2 Hope Christian — were in town over the weekend, providing a monumental challenge for the locals.

    It was a tall order in particular for Robertson’s Lady Cardinals, who hosted Portales on Friday, then Hope on Saturday.

    • • •

    Robertson led several times and was within four points with two and a half minutes left Saturday in an eventual 39-30 defeat to the Huskies.

  • Rico wins national title in Reno

    Ka-ching. Ka-ching.

    No gambling involved here, either.

    Rico Montoya made off like a bandit in one of the nation’s most prestigious amateur wrestling tournaments over the weekend in Reno, Nev.

    The Robertson High senior won a national title in the 132-pound weight class of the Reno Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

    Montoya defeated Juaquin Olivas of Sunnyside in the finals with a 3-2 tally.

  • Cowgirls shock CSUP

    Las Vegas Optic

    Anngelina Sanchez scored all of her 14 points in the second half as New Mexico Highlands outgunned Colorado State-Pueblo 41-28 Saturday night to grab a 64-54 upset of the visiting ThunderWolves, who’d been unbeaten through five league games.

    Jenny Johnson scored 10 and Brittany Brown 9 for the Cowgirls (4-6 overall, 3-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).
    CSUP is 7-3, 5-1.

    Giulia Simioni added six assists for NMHU after notching 10 the previous night in an 84-81 loss to Colorado-Colorado Springs.