Today's Sports

  • Cowgirls cruise in Colorado

    Las Vegas Optic

    Getting a key contribution from several New Mexico natives, the Highlands women’s track and field squad earned a team championship in this past weekend’s NCAA Division II Challenge hosted by Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, amassed 130.5 points, well ahead of Nebraska-Kearney (92.5) and Colorado State-Pueblo (77).

    Salcia Slack triumphed in the triple jump, clearing 41-3 3/4, winning the event and qualifying for the NCAA national meet.

  • Lady Dons roll to 17-3

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Five Lady Dons scored in double figures and West Las Vegas’ team defense forced turnovers that led to numerous offensive chances in a 77-31 rout of Capital this past Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    It was among the last tune-ups for West before the start of the District 2-4A portion of the schedule this week. West hosts Taos on Thursday evening.

  • Cardinal Classic: Team effort

    Las Vegas Optic

    Could the annual Cardinal Classic be making inroads as the premier regular-season wrestling tournament in the state?

    That distinction still belongs to the Joe Vivian Classic in Albuquerque, but the local tourney — boasting both quantity and quality of competition — could warrant a place in the conversation.

    Missing a couple of key grapplers, Robertson placed fifth as a team out of 26 schools participating in this past weekend’s tournament.

  • Gaylor 4th in RMAC tourney

    Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands 141-pounder Dan Gaylor battled back from a loss in the semifinals, winning in the consolation bracket only to fall three points shy against Peter Cunningham of Cal Baptist.

    That 9-6 verdict came in the third-place match of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrestling tournament this past Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

    It was the first RMAC-only tourney in 20 years.

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Feb. 3, 2016

    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    •West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •Valley Middle School boys vs. Cariños, 4 p.m., Valley gym
    •Mora Middle School boys vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mora

  • Scoreboard: Lady Dons romp past...

    In one of the team's last non-district games, West Las Vegas turned away visiting Capital 77-31 in girls' basketball action on Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The running clock for a 35-point margin went into effect midway through an especially rough third quarter for the young Lady Jaguars. West outscored Capital 18-2 in that period, allowing just one field goal by Audrey Gonzales with 1:22 left in the quarter.

    Deanna Bustos (17 points), Jenika Padilla (12), Jaylen Gutierrez (11), Analysse Lucero (11) and Kerstin Morgan (10) scored in double digits for West, 16-3 overall.

  • Wrestlers to vie for RMAC titles

    Submitted to the Optic

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships in 20 years are set for Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs.

    The event, which will feature all nine RMAC wrestling schools, is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The second session is slated for 3:30 p.m., while the finals, which will be broadcast live on Comcast Entertainment Television, are set for a 5 p.m. start.

  • Meet the Cowboys

    Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University’s likely wrestling lineup, by weight class:

    125 lbs.) Jacob España, redshirt junior, Albuquerque (Volcano Vista High). España is 14-11 overall with one pin, six technical falls, three major decisions.

    125) Trevor Perez, redshirt freshman, Las Vegas, Nev. Perez is 2-3 with one pin.

    133) Trey Humphrey, redshirt senior, Overland Park, Kans. Humphrey is 6-5 with two pins.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 31...

    •NMHU at RMAC championships, TBA, Colorado Springs

    8Pecos boys (A,B), girls (A,B) at Monte del Sol, 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    •West Las Vegas freshman boys vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    •Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Peñasco, 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Socorro, 4 p.m., Socorro
    •Mora boys (A,B), girls (A,B) at Questa, 3:30 p.m., Questa

  • Quintana sets marks for Cowgirls

    Las Vegas Optic

    Jayme Quintana, who once starred for West Las Vegas in golf and basketball as well as track and field, broke new ground in her collegiate career this past weekend.

    Quintana reportedly set a school record for New Mexico Highlands University’s women in the 600-meter run as part of the Cherry & Silver Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

    Quintana finished 10th individually with a time of 1:38.3. That time eclipsed M.J. Oheue’s record set in 2014, according to the school.