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Today's Sports

  • Real season begins

    By Vincent Nolasco
    Special to the Optic

    The NCAA West Regional and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships will take place this Friday and Saturday at Brownson Area located on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

    The top three placers in the NCAA West Regional and RMAC Championships in each of the weight class will seal a ticket to the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, next month, March 14-15.

  • Destiny taking course

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Highlands sophomore Destiny Dilworth hit a pair of NCAA qualifying marks at the Joe Davies Open Saturday afternoon in the final tune-up for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

    The meet was held in Golden, Colo.

  • District tourneys roll on

    Robertson hosts the semifinal of the District 2-3A girls’ basketball tournament Wednesday night at Mike Marr Gym, and the winner gets to cross the Gallinas for a shot at regular-season champ West Las Vegas on Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Cardinals, who beat Pojoaque Valley 42-38 in the regular-season finale, await the winner between the Elkettes and Raton, a 55-54 winner over Taos.

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    The boys’ district tourney also continues Wednesday, with Pojoaque hosting Tuesday’s Raton-Robertson victor.

  • Lobos return to the Top 25

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s strategy was simple against No. 6 San Diego State: Get the ball to Cameron Bairstow.
    Bairstow scored 26 points on a series of jumpers, dunks and layups to lead the Lobos to a 58-44 victory over the Aztecs on Saturday night.

    As a result of that effort — and last week’s get-even triumph at Nevada-Las Vegas — the Lobos returned to the AP Top 25 for the first time since Week 2, checking in at No. 25.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 26...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • District 2-3A boys’ tournament: Tuesday’s Robertson-Raton winner at Pojoaque Valley, TBA, Jacona
    • District 2-3A girls’ tournament: Tuesday’s Raton-Pojoaque Valley winner at Robertson, TBA, Mike Marr Gym

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • District 2-3A boys’ tournament: Wednesday’s winner at Taos, TBA, Taos

    Friday
    Baseball

  • Title trifecta - Lucero, Yara...

    Four state championships in four seasons. A 40-0 record that included a Joe Vivian Classic title.

    Rico Montoya added those glittering prizes to his resumé Saturday, setting the table for what could be a history-making final year for the Robertson High junior.

    Montoya pinned two opponents and then engineered a 14-2 clinic of a major decision over St. Michael’s senior Geno Palermo to win state over the weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • One game, two winners

    As they took to the court at Mike Marr Gym Friday night, the Robertson girls’ basketball players had an unusual source of support in the stands — their crosstown rivals, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons.

    By virtue of their 42-38 win over Pojoaque Valley, the Robertson girls not only tipped the regular-season District 2-3A title to West Las Vegas, they also leapfrogged Pojoaque in the standings to finish second in the district.

  • Rangers battle to No. 2 in 2-2A

    Submitted to the Optic

    This season’s version of the Mora Rangers has been a pleasant surprise. Amid player transfers, youth, and one of the toughest schedules in Class 2A, the Rangers finished the season with an overall mark of 11-15.

    More importantly Mora secured a hold of second place in District 2-2A with a 5-3 record although they lost a 74-67 nailbiter to the Peñasco Panthers on Feb. 20. Despite the defeat, Mora is the second seed for the upcoming district tournament which begins Tuesday at Joseph Montoya Gymnasium.

  • Tough weekend for Highlands...

    Playoff hopes turned dim for New Mexico Highlands’ basketball teams, which suffered sweeps at the hands of Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Christian over the weekend at the Wilson Complex.

    Perhaps the bright spot of the weekend was the men’s close call (77-69) Friday night against Mines, the No. 11 team in NCAA Division II.

    The Cowboys got within two late in that game before the Orediggers (21-3, 17-3) put some distance between themselves and the ‘Pokes with the help of four free throws by Luke Meisch.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 24...

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • District 2-3A girls tournament: Taos at Raton, TBA, Raton

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School boys at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • District 2-3A boys tournament: Raton at Robertson, TBA, Mike Marr Gym
    • District 2-3A girls tournament: Monday’s winner at Pojoaque Valley, TBA, Jacona