Today's Sports

  • HU tracksters, wrestler take on...

    Five New Mexico Highlands University athletes — four in women’s track and field and one in wrestling — represented the school in NCAA Division II national competition over the weekend.

    The Cowgirl tracksters and coach Bob DeVries were in Pittsburg, Kans., for the NCAA Division II indoor nationals.

    Tashay Hunter posted the Cowgirls’ best individual result, clearing 40 feet, 1.5 inches, in the triple jump. Teammate Annie Topal also competed in the event, placing 12th with 39-6.5.

  • Prep roundup: RHS tennis teams...

    The defending state tennis champion Robertson Lady Cardinals checked off another regular-season tournament title on Saturday in Las Cruces.

    And this time, the RHS boys joined them in the winners’ circle.

    Robertson swept to wins in the Las Cruces and Mayfield event, continuing a tough stretch requiring a lot of miles of travel for head coach Warren Fulgenzi and his teams.

    The RHS girls had won the previous weekend’s tournament in Roswell, with the boys finishing second.

  • Pecos boys repeat as state champs

    ALBUQUERQUE —Last March, when the Pecos Panthers won the Class 3A state basketball title, it had been 51 years since their previous championship triumph.

    It was only 364 days between titles this time. Pecos handed top-rated Texico its first defeat of the season 58-44 in the 3A boys' final Saturday at The Pit, becoming the first Las Vegas-area hoops team to earn a repeat state championship.

  • Wrestling at nationals

    New Mexico Highlands University 149-pounder Reis Humphrey placed fourth in last month's NCAA Division II West super regional at the Wilson Complex.

    He was set to compete in this weekend’s national championship tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Check lasvegasoptic.com and Wednesday’s print edition for coverage.

  • Luna baseball wins two to end...

    The Luna Community College baseball team is opening conference play this weekend with a series at Odessa College.

    Luna most recently broke a nine-game losing streak after beating University of the Southwest JV 9-7 and 16-12 on the weekend of March 2-3.

    The Rough Riders entered the weekend 6-12 on the year.

    J.R. Maldonado and Wellington Balsley each had two hits in game one.

    Jared Gonzalez added two RBI with Eric Alvarado hitting a double.

    James Ramos took the win with Manny Cachora had the save.

  • Pecos boys top Estancia, return...

    RIO RANCHO — Avenging the team's only loss to a fellow Class 3A boys' basketball team this season was just a bonus.

    Pecos turned up the intensity in the third quarter of its state semifinal and stormed to a 69-48 win over Estancia after leading 31-26 at halftime Thursday night at the Santa Ana Star Center. The Panthers' win came in front of hundreds of fans -- many adorned in green and gold -- and earned the team a return trip to The Pit for the state championship game on Saturday.

  • Quarterfinals tough on local...

    The Pecos Panthers, defending champs in Class 3A boys’ basketball, punched their return ticket to the final four on Wednesday night, bouncing Cuba 70-43 in a quarterfinal held at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    However, after this week's quarterfinals, the Panthers were the only Optic-area team left in the state tournament.

  • Cowgirl foursome at indoor...

    Four Cowgirl track and field athletes will represent New Mexico Highlands University at this weekend’s NCAA Division II Indoor national Championships in Pittsburg, Kans.

    Tashay Hunter, Annie Topal, Kristal Robertson and Osheen Erskine will compete at the NCAA meet this Friday and Saturday

  • Cowgirl softball sweeps Eastern

    Sometimes all it takes is a trip back home to make things better.

    Highlands’ softball team doubled its season win total Tuesday afternoon by sweeping a solid Eastern New Mexico program 9-7 and 9-1 at Cowgirl Field. It was the Cowgirls’ home debut after opening with 14 games on the road.

    Two of those 14 games were a doubleheader that Eastern swept on Feb. 20 in Portales.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 9-10

    FRIDAY (March 9)

    • Luna at Odessa College (DH), noon, Odessa, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Metro State, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson at Cobre tournament, TBA, Bayard
    • Class 3A state tournament final, teams TBA, 1:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 4A state tournament final, teams TBA, 3:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Luna vs. Dawson Community College (DH), noon, WLV field