Today's Sports

  • State basketball: Panthers,...

    As their state tournaments began Saturday evening, the Pecos Panthers and Mora Rangers left nothing to chance.

    Both teams rolled to decisive first-round victories and advanced to the quarterfinal rounds, while West Las Vegas and Robertson fell on the road against a couple of the top four squads in Class 4A boys' basketball.


  • State basketball: Area girls...

    A 3-for-3 showing by Las Vegas-area girls basketball teams served up good news for local fans on Friday night as the state tournaments opened at campus sites around New Mexico.


  • College sports — Spring 2018...

    Editor’s note: Events subject to change. Check the latest edition of the Optic.

  • Let the madness begin: The Optic...

    For many in northern New Mexico, this is the most wonderful time of the year.

    State basketball tournaments will tip off this weekend with first-round matchups at campus sites across the Land of Enchantment. Seven area teams are competing in five brackets, each looking to capture the elusive blue trophies that go to the state champions.

    We preview their quests here.

    GIRLS (Friday, March 2, at campus sites)

    CLASS 4A

  • Postgame ruckus casts shadow on...

    Authorities are reportedly reviewing a postgame disturbance that marred the Robertson-St. Michael’s district boys’ basketball semifinal this past Thursday night in Santa Fe.

    Police were summoned to Perez-Shelley Gym for the scuffle, which broke out shortly after the host Horsemen rallied from 11 down to edge the Cardinals 60-58.

    A number of spectators and players were involved in the incident, which spilled from the court floor out into the lobby area. It is unclear the degree to which coaches of both teams were involved.

  • Sluggers dig into schedule

    Highlands University baseball (4-8) split two with Colorado Colorado Springs Friday and Saturday at Brandt Park.

    The Cowboys prevailed 6-1 on day one, getting stingy pitching from Cameron Polich, Kyle Bledsoe and Dakota Pacheco, plus a two-RBI triple from James Cordova.

    But the Mountain Lions got even by winning 15-4 on Saturday. Highlands had an uphill climb after spotting the visitors an 8-0 lead but got a 3-for-4 day from Joseph Cilladi.




  • District champs

    With a 51-35 win over Pojoaque Valley on Friday, the Robertson girls’ basketball team added a District 2-4A tournament title to the regular-season championship secured one week earlier.

    RHS (24-3 overall) went unbeaten against district foes in the regular season, finishing 8-0 in 2-4A.

    Head coach Leroy Barela and his team secured a No. 2 seed in the state tournament when brackets were released late Sunday.

  • Seven area teams make state...

    State basketball tournament brackets are out, and there were few surprises for area teams, seven of which will be vying for championships starting this weekend.

    Robertson’s girls and Pecos’ boys, who lead the list of hopefuls from northeastern New Mexico, received seeds that match the poll positions they’ve held for much of the season.

    The Lady Cardinals (24-3) are a No. 2 seed in Class 4A and will host No. 15 Taos as part of a full slate of girls’ games on Friday night.

  • LaFleur, Bustos fuel Cowboy...

    Sparked by a 3-point barrage from Adrian LaFleur — with help from West Las Vegas’ own D.J. Bustos — the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team came from behind to rock Colorado Mesa 98-84 in the regular-season hoops finale Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    LaFleur made eight 3-pointers in 12 attempts and finished with a game-high 32 points. Bustos nearly matched a career high with 17 points, including five 3-pointers in eight tries.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 28-...

    WEDNESDAY (Feb. 28)

    • Las Vegas youth league girls’ games, 5:30 p.m., Rec Center

    No varsity events scheduled


    • NMHU at Colorado School of Mines, 5 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • State tournaments, first-round girls’ games, campus sites