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Today's Sports

  • Big night for Cordova

    Carlos Cordova, who’d missed the season opener, made up for lost time Wednesday night, lighting up the scoreboard at Montoya Gym for 41 points.

    That effort — which included 18 points in the third quarter alone — helped Pecos defeat Mora 95-74 and break the Rangers’ four-game winning streak in one of northern New Mexico basketball’s longest running rivalries.

    The game was tied 12-12 after one quarter and it was a slender 33-30 Pecos lead at intermission.

  • Lady Dons run record to 4-0

    Jenika Padilla scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, leading West Las Vegas to a fourth victory in as many outs this young season.

    This time the victim was the Clayton Yellowjackets, tripped up 58-37 on their home court.

    Padilla — one of four seniors on the Lady Don roster — hit one two-point bucket and one three-pointer in addition to swishing all five of her free throws in the fourth quarter.

    By that time, the Lady Dons were comfortably ahead.

  • Braves nip Cardinals in double...

    Santa Fe Indian outscored Robertson 12-7 in the second overtime of a physical, foul-plagued boys’ basketball skirmish Tuesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Braves won 92-87 to improve to 5-1 and spoil the Cardinals’ season debut.

    Robertson led by as many as 12 points and stayed in front for most of regulation. It was 69-60 RHS with about five minutes left when Kasean Pryor swished a three-pointer from the top of the key off an Arjay Ortiz assist.

  • No. 11 Wolves run past Cowgirls

    Colorado State-Pueblo’s women’s basketball team, ranked 11th in the country, gave a little demonstration as to why on Tuesday evening at the Wilson Complex.

    The ThunderWolves (9-0 overall, 3-0 RMAC) stormed to a 23-6 advantage after 12 minutes, a 40-15 bulge at halftime and a 64-24 cushion through three quarters en route to a 73-48 rout of host New Mexico Highlands (2-4, 1-2).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 9...

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Westminster, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Sandia Prep Invite: Robertson boys vs. TBA; West Las Vegas boys vs. TBA; Albuquerque
    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys JV at Bernalillo tourney, TBA, Bernalillo

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. West Texas A&M, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Sandia Prep Invite: Robertson boys vs. TBA; West Las Vegas boys vs. TBA; Albuquerque

  • Nobody’s perfect - Robertson’s...

    PORTALES — On the verge of an epic achievement made possible by countless hours of work, the Robertson Cardinals found that 24 minutes can make all the difference.

    The RHS football team’s second-half struggles were enough to send the previously undefeated Cardinals down to defeat at Portales on Saturday in the Class 4A state championship football game.

    The Rams (12-1) won 43-14 on their home field, the new Greyhound Stadium they share with Eastern New Mexico.

  • Lady Cards: SFIS champs

    “We defended the ball,” said Robertson girls’ basketball coach Leroy Barela. “We protected the ball. And we shared the ball well.”

    And as a result, the Lady Cardinals can now share a trophy, won this past weekend at the Santa Fe Indian School Lady Braves Classic.

    Robertson ran its record to 5-0, its best start in several seasons, by defeating Navajo Prep 65-31 in the tourney final Saturday night.

  • Maiava honored by league

    NMHU and Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball player Kaylani Maiava has been chosen this week’s RMAC Defensive Player of the Week.

    Maiava had an outstanding weekend as the Cowgirls opened up conference play in Alamosa, Colo. The Cowgirls (2-4) took down Adams State 77-62 with Maiava’s help as she had 15 points and five assists offensively. On the other end, she had eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 7...

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • Mora boys (A,B) vs. Pecos, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym
    Wrestling
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 4 p.m., Tucumcari

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Sandia Prep Invite: Robertson boys vs. Española Valley, 5:30 p.m.; West Las Vegas boys vs. Silver, 2 p.m.; Albuquerque
    • West Las Vegas boys JV at Bernalillo tourney, TBA, Bernalillo
    • West Las Vegas girls (B,C) vs. Cleveland, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Mora boys and girls at Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Santa Rosa

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Westminster, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Rams topple Cards in state...

    PORTALES -- The Robertson Cardinals' undefeated season came to an end Saturday in the Class 4A state championship football game, as Portales won 43-14 at Greyhound Stadium.

    The Rams (12-1) were the No. 2 seed in the playoffs but got to host the final because Robertson had hosted the teams' most recent postseason meeting, a semifinal last November won by the Cardinals.

    For Robertson (12-1), it was a  second straight appearance in the state championship game. The Cardinals hadn't lost since the 2015 final at Hatch Valley.