Today's Sports

  • 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...

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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Sports of winter 2016-17

    Tuesday, Dec. 6
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Clayton, 4 p.m., Clayton
    • Pecos girls (A,B) vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    Wednesday, Dec. 7
    • Mora boys (A,B) vs. Pecos, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 4 p.m., Tucumcari

    Thursday, Dec. 8

  • Rangers hold on

    From their tiny home gyms to the world-famous Pit, Mora and West Las Vegas boys’ basketball teams entertained diehard fans and won over some new ones in the winter of 2015-16.

    Both squads won district titles and made it to their respective state championship games — the Rangers in 2A and the Dons in 4A.

    On Tuesday night, the two teams battled it out against one another, with Mora holding on for a 65-60 verdict at Montoya Gym.

  • Lady Dons pass another test

    Annalysse Lucero scored 11 of her team-high 24 points in the final quarter Tuesday night as West Las Vegas pulled away late for a 62-53 win over Santa Fe Indian at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Dons improved to 3-0, and each of those victories has been hard-fought and dependent upon late heroics from different players.

    On Tuesday, it was Lucero and Starlin Morgan, a newcomer to the WLV varsity, who stood tall in clutch time.

  • Championship bound
  • Cowboys dispatch Mustangs

    Chris Clark led all players with 19 points and Marlon Johnson chalked up a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday night as New Mexico Highlands cruised to an 87-73 win over Western New Mexico in men’s basketball at the Wilson Complex.

    Albuquerque native James Healy scored 11 of his 18 points in the decisive first half as the Cowboys trotted out to a 43-25 advantage.

    NMHU squared its record at 2-2 overall under third-year coach Craig Snow. The Mustangs, who play in the Lone Star Conference, dropped to 1-4.